Friday, September 15, 2017

E.W And Isabella (Lankford) Nickerson Family Connections: Journey On The Search ~ Update

 Here's some of my journey on the search for my Nickerson Family Connections. My search took a turn in 2010 or so. I'm thankful that  had a photo of Ezekiel and Isabella. I'm continuing to search for info on Ezekiel Watson Nickerson  and Isabella (Lankford) Nickerson. 

E.W Nickerson
Isabella V. Nickerson

My first clues about E.W. and Isabella were photos of them. As they say, a picture can speak a thousand words. I had very little info on E.W. Isabella was my grandfather's sister.

I began my search on Isabella and located her on the 1900, 1910 and 1920 census.  I found them both on  the 1930 census Ezekiel and Isabella were listed with 5 children. All born in Colorado.

Nathanial NICKERSON born about 1922
Katherine was listed as Nathan. Error on census.

Vivian NICKERSON born about 1923
Lankford NICKERSON born about 1924
Betina NICKERSON born about 1927
Robert NICKERSON born about 1928

I believe that Ezekiel and Isabella had other children after 1930. As I was searching, I came across funeral info on E.W. and Isabella. That lead me to more searching.  I came across a Bettie NICKERSON in TX with her Aunt Ruth WHITE on the 1940 census. Ruth was listed on Ezekiel's funeral home info as next of Kin.

After further searching, I discovered that Ruth's maiden name. I thought it was  Nickerson. Indeed, she was Ezekiel's sister.

I was searching for Betina Nickerson  on the 1940 census record. But, I came   across Bettie NICKERSON. She was one of four NICKERSON children listed with the WHITE household in TX. All were born in Colorado. Bettie could have been Betina.

I obtained a copy of Isabella's death record. She passed on Sept 15, 1938. On the funeral home info it stated that the baby was in the casket with Isabella. One can assume that Isabella give birth and died afterward.

I had always thought that when I read, "child was in the casket" with Isabella, and that Isabella died after giving birth.  On December 5, 2013, I came across a death record of Freddie NICKARSON. He passed on April 9, 1941. Ruth White was the informant on the death record.


I checked to see who his parents were. E. W. NICKERSON from Denver, Colorado and Elizabeth LANGFORD from St. Joseph, Missouri.  I thought to myself and wondered. That's Ezekiel's and Isabella's son. He was born in Sept 15, 1938. So, it appears that Isabella had more than one baby before she passed on. Twins perhaps.

It appears that Ruth White cared for the four NICKERSON children after Ezekiel couldn't. Perhaps that was why the children were with Ruth and her husband in 1940. I can't locate where E.W. Nickerson was in 1940. That still leaves a question.

I was told that E.W. was ill and couldn't care for his children. Why was Isabella's name listed as Elizabeth who was from St. Joseph, MO. That's another mystery.

I came across  a photo  of Freddie NICKERSON as a child. The photo came from my Grandmother Lankford's home. The year of Freddie birth on the 1930 census was about 1935. But, on his birth record the year was 1938. I don't think that there were two Freddies.

Also, Leona the youngest child, she was listed for her year of birth as about 1939. She could have been born in 1938. I don't think  Isabella had triplets.  It could have been. Leona, Freddie were the same age on the 1940  census.

 Isabella (LANKFORD) NICKERSON was the sister of Leo LANKFORD. The photo of the children were found in the home of Leo and Mary (ALLEN) LANKFORD./ LANKFARD.

What about the connections between the 1930 and 1940 census? It give clues to who some of the NICKERSONs where about. I discovered that Nathan NICKERSON passed on in 2007 in Oregon . According to his obituary, he had a sister name Doris. And brother named Robert NICKERSON. Nathan Nickerson was born in Colorado.

The photo of  7 of 11 of Isabella's sibling in 1892

I continue to search for info on Ezekiel And Isabella Nickerson. I haven't located a Leona NICKERSON nor of a Lydia NICKERSON. I'm not for sure if they were the same person. E.W. and Isabella had about 8 or 9 children.

I have contact some descendants of  the following children of E.W. and Isabella NICKERSON
Nathan Nickerson
Betina  "Bettie" (Nickerson) Young
Robert Nickerson
Vivian V. (Nickerson) Simpson James had children
Lankford J. Nickerson may have had a daughter.
Doris (Darlene) Laverne Nickerson had off spring.

Thanks for reading: Family ConnectionsGod bless you.
S.A. Blakley

Friday, September 1, 2017

2017 September: In Remembrance The Elias W. BARTLETT Sr. Family Connections

Welcome to September:  Family Connections: Remembrance of Birth Dates and Death Dates:

Click to view The Blakey / Blakley WHITE Family Connections.

September Day Unknown

In Memory of  Harriett (BUFFINGTON / HOOPER) BARTLETT. She was believed to have been born in 1849. She was the 2nd wife of Elias W. BARTLETT Sr.


In Memory of  D. W. BLAKLEY Sr. was believed to have been born. According to the 1920 census record David was 4/12 years old...that would have made him born in Sept of 1913. David's brother, Isaac told him, David that he wasn't born in November. David celebrated his birthday in November. David was the son of John BLAKEY/ BLAKLEY and Jennie (BARTLETT) BLAKLEY LYLE.

On September 16 ~
In Memory of  Hazel V. BLAKLEY passed in 1933. She was the daughter of John BLAKEY / BLAKLEY and Jennie (BARTLETT) BLAKLEY LYLE.

On September 17 ~ 
In Memory of  Rev O. P. BLAKLEY was born in 1912. He was the son of John BLAKEY / BLAKLEY and Jennie (BARTLETT) BLAKLEY LYLE.


 On September 2 ~ 

In  Memory of  Geniva (LYLE) JONES She was born in 1924.  She was the daughter of Chilton LYLE and Jennie (BARTLETT) BLAKLEY LYLE

On September 6 ~ 
In Memory of Faris C. LYLE. He was born in 1923. He was the son of Chilton LYLE and Jennie (BARTLETT) BLAKLEY LYLE

September 9 ~  In Memory of Catherine Marie (STRANGE) LYLE. She was born in 1933. She was the wife of Faris C. LYLE.


On September 2 ~ In Memory of  Shedrick BONNER. He passed in 1997. He was the husband of Georgia (ARMSTRONG) BONNER. Georgia, the daughter of George Thomas ARMSTRONG and Juanita (BARTLETT) ARMSTRONG.

Sarah "Sallie" (BARTLETT) PEYTON

On September 15  ~ In Memory of  William YOUNGER. He was born in 1882. He was the husband of Myrtle (PEYTON) YOUNGER MILLER.

  On September 11 ~ In Memory of  Jackson William HORAN. He was born in 1866. He was the husband of Lucy E. (BARTLETT) MOSSELL GROSS - HORAN

 On September 23 ~
In Memory of  Lucy E. BARTLETT MOSSELL GROSS HORAN . She passed in 1940. She was the daughter of Elias W. BARTLETT SR. 

2017 September In Remembrance: Isaac and Frances (OVINGTON) DADE

September: In Remembrance: The DADE Family Connections
Family Connections: Remembrance of Birth Dates and Death Dates:

The Louis Newton DADE and Mary Ann
(VENOY) DADE Family Connections

On September 21 ~  In Memory of Lloyd Milton DADE He passed in 1917. He was the son of John Wesley DADE and Helen N. (HOLDER) DADE.

On September 26 ~  In Memory of Mary Belle DADE She passed in 1949. She was the daughter of Louis Newtown DADE and Mary (VENOY) DADE.

On September 28 ~  In Memory of Robert Lee "Bobby" DADE He passed in 2009. He was the son of Den and Louetta (ROBINSON) DADE.

The David WASHINGTON Sr. and Louisa Jane "Janie"
(DADE) WASHINGTON Family Connections

  In Memory of William Henry COBY. He was believed to have been born in 1886. Perhaps on Sept 1. He was the husband of Florance (HENDRED) COBY.

Bernice H. Smith ALLGOOD HENDRED She passed sometime in September 1987. She was the wife of Russell T. HENDRED. ~ The David WASHINGTON Sr. and Louisa Jane "Janie" (DADE) WASHINGTON Family Connections
On September 3 ~  In Memory of Lola Lee (PITTS) HENDRED She was born in 1910.  She was the wife of Marshall HENDRED.

On September 3  ~ In Memory of  Isaac Lewis HENDRED He passed in 1955. He was the husband of Elise (MARSHALL) HENDRED.

On September 3 ~ Durwood Donald HENDRED He passed in 2000. He was the son of L. Isaac HENDRED and Elsie Lee (MARSHALL) HENDRED.

On September 6 ~ In Memory of  Ivan BIRDITT  He passed in 1971. He was the husband of Elizabeth J. (DADE) NICKERSON BIRDITT. Elizabeth was the daughter of Den and Louetta DADE. ~

On September 12 ~  In Memory of Harry Lewis GARR Sr. He was born in 1899. He was the husband of Eva Lena (MANLEY) GARR.

On September 12 ~ In Memory of  Archie MANLEY He passed in 1911. He was the son of William MANLEY and Luttie (HENDRICKS / HENDRED) MANLEY. Archie had a twin, Artie MANLEY. ~

On September 14 ~  In Memory of Harry Frank CLAY Sr. He was born in 1936. He was the son of Robert Smith CLAY and Cora Ann (MANLEY) CLAY.

On September 17 ~  In Memory of Ardell Jack WILLIAMS. He was born in 1908. He was the husband of Haddie Lu (MANLEY) WILLIAMS

On September 17 ~  In Memory of Bernice (AKERS) HENDRED. She was born in 1926.  She was the wife of Raymond O. HENDRED.

On September 21 ~ In Memory of  Roy William CLAY JR. He was born in 1964. He was the son of Roy CLAY Sr. and Circa Jean (PERKINS) CLAY

On September 22 ~  In Memory of Ralph Cecil CLAY. He was born in 1920.  He was the husband of Doris Ivy (MANLEY) CLAY.

On September 23 ~ In Memory of  Sheliah Marie (WILLIAMS) MANLEY. He was born  in 1941. She was the wife of  Leonard Eugene MANLEY.

The Robert  and Charlotta (DADE) LANKFORD / LANKFARD Family Connections

  In Memory of Isabella LANKFORD / NICKERSON. She was believed to have been born in Sept of 1899. She was the daughter of Robert and Charlotta (DADE) LANKFORD / LANKFARD

David W. BLAKLEY Sr. He was believed to have been born. According to the 1920 census record David was 4/12 years old...that would have made him born in Sept of 1913. David's brother, Isaac told him, David that he wasn't born in November. David celebrated his birthday in November. David was the son of John BLAKEY/ BLAKLEY and Jennie (BARTLETT) BLAKLEY LYLE.

On September 3 ~  In Memory of Mary Evelyn (THOMAS) TILLMAN She was born in 1939. She was the daughter of Milton Vernon THOMAS and Mary Virginia (LANKFORD) THOMAS.

On September 12 ~  In Memory of Leola (LANKFORD) FARMER She passed in 1994.  She was the daughter of Leo Sr. and Mary (ALLEN) LANKFORD/ LANKFARD.

On September 13 ~  In Memory of Charles Edward "Charley" LANKFORD / LANKFARD He passed in 1937. He was the son of Robert and Charlotta (DADE) LANKFORD / LANKFARD.

On September 14 ~  In Memory of Leo LANKFORD He passed in 1954. He was the son of Robert and Charlotta (DADE) LANKFORD/ LANKFARD.

On September 15 ~  In Memory of Isabella V. (LANKFORD) NICKERSON She passed in 1938. She was the daughter of Robert and Charlotta (DADE) LANKFORD / LANKFARD.

On September 15 ~ In Memory of Isabella V. (LANKFORD) NICKERSON She had a child born on Sept 15,1938 believed that child passed on that day. Isabella passed on that day also after givng birth to twins.

On September 15 ~  In Memory of Freddie NICKERSON and another child were born in 1938. They were the children of E. W. and Isabella (LANKFORD) NICKERSON.

On September 16 ~  In Memory of Gladys Louise (PEASON) LANKFORD  She was born in 1918.  She was the wife of Charles Addison "Puffy" LANKFORD.

On September 27 ~  In Memory of Anna Charlotte  (LANKFORD) BLAKLEY She was born in 1909.  She was the daughter of Leo Sr. and Mary (ALLEN) LANKFORD / LANKFARD.

On September 30 ~ Lula Mae (LANKFORD) MADISON She passed in 1961.
She was the daughter of Robert and Charlotta (DADE) LANKFORD / LANKFARD

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August In Rememberance: The BARTLETT Family Connections

 Some of the Descendants of Wade H. PEYTON and Sarah "Sallie" (BARTLETT) PEYTON

In Memory of  Bettie CHAMBERLAN. She passed on August 27, 1927, She was the daughter of Wrennie CHAMBERLAIN and Gaynell (YOUNGER) CHAMBERLAIN CALIE

In Memory of  Gaynell (YOUNGER) CHAMBERLAIN CALIE. She passed on August 28, 1978. She was the daughter of William YOUNGER and Mytrle (PEYTON) YOUNGER MLLER.

 In Memory of  Katherine A. "Katie" (ROBINSON) PEYTON. She was born on August 29, 1902. She was the wife of Dr. Wade H. PEYTON Jr.

Son of Elias W. BARTLETT Sr.
 In Memory of   Charles BARTLETT, He was born on August 28,  1866.
He was the son of Elias W. BARTLETT Sr.

Click for  Blakey / Blakley WHITE Family Connections

August In Remembrance: The Dade Family Connections

 In Remembrance of Birth Days and Death Dates: DADE Family Connections
Some of the Descendants of  Louis and Mary (VENOY) DADE

On August 2 ~  In Memory of    Japlin G. DADE was born in 1866.
He was the son of Louis Newton DADE and Mary (VENOY) DADE.

On August 4 ~ In Memory of    Virgil Louis KING. He passed in 1941. He was the son of Barney and Hazel (DADE) KING

 On August 5  ~ In Memory of    Robert Lee DADE. He was born in 1917. He was the son of Den "Dennie" DADE and Louetta / Etta (ROBINSON) DADE.
 On August 5  ~ In Memory of   Melvin Milford COLLINS Sr. He passed in 1975.  He was the husband of Julia Mary (BROWN) COLLINS

 On August 12 ~ In Memory of   George Charles COLLINS  He passed in 1942. He was the son of Melvin M. COLLINS Sr. and Julia Mary (BROWN) COLLINS.

On August 12 ~  Robert Lee DADE passed on August 12, 1982. ~ Not for sure if this Robert is related.

On August 12 ~ In Memory of   William Edgar KING. He  passed in 2000. He was the son of Barney and Hazel (DADE) KING

On August 19 ~ In Memory of    Mary (VERNOY) DADE. She passed on in 1915.
She was the wife of Louis Newton DADE.

On August 20 ~ In Memory of  Unnamed DADE born in 1911. 

On August 22 ~ In Memory of  Unnamed DADE who passed on in 1911.

On August 25 ~ In Memory of  Lillian (WASHINGTON) DADE She passed in 1964. She was the wife of Roy DADE.

On August 29, ~ In Memory of   Haddie Lu (MANLEY) WILLIAMS She passed in 1987. She was the daughter of William and Luella (HENDERD) MANLEY

Some of the Descendants of David and Louisa  (DADE) WASHINGTON

On August 6 ~ In Memory of  Maxine Louise (HENDRED) CRAYTON. She was born in 1916. She was the wife of Leahy L. "Lee" CRAYTON

On August 8 ~ In Memory of    William  Charles "Willie" HENDRED He was born in 1890. He was the son of  George HENDRED and Ellen (LOVE / WASHINGTON) HENDRED

On August 11  In Memory of    Otto S. CLAY passed on in 1979.
He was the husband of Ruby Dee (MANLEY) CLAY.
 On August 12Manfrerd HENDERED He passed on in 2002.
He was the son of Isaac and Elise (MARSHALL) HENDRED.

On August 17 ~ In Memory of   Elsie (SIMMONS) WILLIAMS She passed in 2003 She was the wife of Kenneth WILLIAMS Sr.

 On August 18 ~ In Memory of    Betty Lou (HENDRED) EWING She passed on in 2004.
She was the daughter of Isaac and Elise (MARSHALL) HENDRED.

On August  ~ In Memory of   Artie William MANLEY and Archie MANLEY. They were born in 1911. Artie was born on the 19th or 20th. Archie was born on the 16th. They were the twin sons of William Arthur "Doc" MANLEY and Luella (HENDRED) MANLEY
 On August 28 ~ In Memory of  Horace W. HENDRED He was born in 1922.
He was the son of Isaac and Elise (MASHALL) HENDRED.

On August 29 ~ In Memory of   Martha Elizabeth (McGruder) TATE. She was born in 1939. She was the wife of Robert X TATE.

On August 30 ~ Sheliah M. (WILLIAMS) MANLEY She passed in 2012. She was the wife of Leonard Newjean MANLEY

Some of the Descendants of Robert and Charlotta (DADE) LANKFORD / LANKFARD
On August 5 ~ In Memory of   William Emmanuel MADISON Sr.  He passed in 1961. He was the husband of Lula (LANKFARD) MADISON

On August 23 ~ In Memory of   Paul Anthony WEST He passed in 2012. He was the son of Norman WEST and LaVerne (NICKERSON) WEST HOLLAND THOMSPON.

 On August 26 ~ In Memory of   Betina "Betty"(NICKERSON) SIMMS YOUNG. She was born in 1926. She was the daughter of Ezekiel and Isabella (LANKFORD) NICKERSON.

On August 27 ~ In Memory of   Paul Anthony WEST.  He was born in 1976. Norman WEST and LaVerne (NICKERSON) WEST HOLLAND THOMSPON.

On August 30 ~ In Memory of  Comezell WALKER Sr. He was born in 1922.
He was the husband of J. L. (LANKFORD) WALKER WILSON

Monday, July 31, 2017

Lupus Issue: Since 2001

This blog was written 10 Years Ago
Thanks for reading
God bless you.
S.A. Blakley

Notes on Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Lupus Issue This blog is the continuation from my Biopsy Issues on the 24th of 2007...
Seven days had past.

It was Tuesday the 31st of July 2001. I received a phone call from the kidney doctor's nurse. She said that the doctor wanted to see me on August 1, 2001. Many things went through my thoughts that day. What if ? But the peace of God was with me.

That day came. It was one of the worst days of my life. I received the bad report of having Acute Lupus Nephritis IV (SLE). Some of you may be thinking, What is Lupus? Lupus is one of many disorder of the immune system know as autoimmune disease. There are different types and stages of Lupus. The Lupus I had was almost full. It was serious. (Systemic Lupus Erythematous.)

The kidney doctor explain to me that Lupus is like the opposite of aids. My's a civil war going on inside a person's body. What's suppose to be on the good side in protecting the body turn against and fights parts of the body that it's designed to protect.

When I heard that report that I had Lupus, I could not cry. I believe that the Spirit of the Lord had to have been with me. The doctor explain the procedure of what I would have to go through. I could lose all my hair and it would grow back. I could not respond to what I was hearing. I was not in shock.

Back to my testimony...I had to make a decision...I needed to be hospitalized for two days. I had to start chemotherapy for 6 months. The kidney doctor set up all what was necessary for what I needed. I agreed to check in the hospital that night.

First, I had to take care of some business before checking into the hospital. As I was packaging my suit case, I had thoughts of What if? I did not know how I was going to pay for the hospital bills so forth. I was worried. Then a thought came to me and said. "Remember, I paid the price for your healing". This voice brought comfort to my soul.

There was some point after this time, I did cry. I got the comfort of the Holy Spirit that every thing was going to be alright. What was on my mind next... to go to Wal Mart. I needed to go shopping so that my brothers would have some food in the house while I was away.

My brother and I went shopping. When we got there I was headed to see a person who worked there. He was a Word of Lifer. We sung in the choir together. I can remember the expression on his face when I saw him. He was on the phone and was looking at me. I motioned to him as though I told him to come here.

When I spoke to him. I told him what was going on. I wanted him to tell Pastor Eric, Pastor Brian and Peri that I was going to be in the hospital for a few days and that I had Lupus. This friends said that he would tell them. I went about to do my shopping. I had to walk slow. I was in a lot of pain. I had trouble breathing if I walked fast.

After we got all my shopping, we went home to put up the food. Then I was finishing getting all what I plan to take to the hospital. My two sisters took me there. I wanted to check as late as possible. It was about the 9 PM hour. I went through all the procedures that was needed...

On my first night there, one of my sisters stayed with me. This night in the hospital started off unusual. Not too long after I go there, I was hungry and wanted a sandwich. As I was waiting, I started to itch. I though that I was allergic to something. The nurse gave me some medicine through the IV that was in my arm.

The nurse said that I should not have had any reaction to what she gave me. I was itching up a storm. So the nurse gave me something to stop the itching. Yeah, it did and it also made me very very sleepy. My sisters told me that I was saying some silly things. I don't recall saying too much. I was so sleepy. All I recall waking up the next morning.

The next day, I was to take my first chemo. Every thing was set to go for my treatment. The chemo lasted from about 3 to 4 hours. The largest dose was first chemo. Then things begin to change during that day. I can not recall when I notice a different in my condition. More blood work was done.

The doctor said that I was responding very well to the chemo. I was not having any side effects. Thursday went very good. Then came the third day. I wake up about 6 AM high in the spirit on that Friday, August the 3rd of 2001.

That morning I saw the nurse there, I told him that I had a lot of energy. He said what I was taking I could have ran around the hospital building a couple of times. I had some powerful medicine injected into me. I was so high with full of energy.

The doctor came and saw how I was doing. I ask him questions. He notice a change in me as well. I talk a lot more. The doctor signed me out and through all the paper work, it was time for me to go. It was about the 4 PM hour.

As one of my brothers was wheeling me out, I saw Pastor Eric on the way out of the emergency room doors. I told my brother to hurry up, I wanted to talk that man. We caught up with Pastor E. I told him that I will see him tonight in church. Then I got out of the wheel chair and into my sister's van.

It was Friday, I had to get my medicine and get myself ready for church by 6:30 PM. And I did. I was so happy to go to church that day. I had ask the kidney doctor could I go to church. He said yes, as long I would keep a distant from people with colds, babies and so forth sickness.

Yeah, I had a lot of energy. I seem to had a clearer thinking pattern too. I was seeing much better. Things appeared much brighter and the colors were beautiful. This chemo seem to have brought life back into me. A friend told me it sounded like I had a transfusion of life that came from God into my being.

Through the months that followed I made more improvements. In about a month's time I had lost about 30 pounds. It was mostly fluid build up. I lost more weight because of the chemo too. I was shrinking. I was at the point to where I needed to gain some weight.

I cannot recall how much medication I was taking at that time. It was too much for me. January 12, 2002 was the sixth month of chemotherapy. I was glad that it was. I kept believing that what I had went through was working. I believe that I was healed.

Through out the 6 months of chemo, I prayed and sought God earnestly. I surrounded myself in a faith atmosphere. I read and listened to the whole Book of Psalm. I confessed healing scriptures. But most important I praised and worshipped God.

On February 4, 2002, I had my follow up visit to see the kidney doctor. He talk about the chemo treatments and the results. I had been seeing the doctor once a month. I had to take blood work a week before every treatment to check my white blood cell count. I could not have a cold or fever when I took the chemo.

But on the 4th of February 2002, the doctor looked at the test results. He said Do I claim victory over Lupus? I said YEAH! I had all joy about the test results. I had improved a lot over the months.

The strangest thing happened to me after I claimed victory over Lupus. The days that followed, I caught the flu. I had to miss Friday Night church. It was Faith Life Weekend. Yeah, I was depressed and VERY MAD too. But I made it to the Sunday Night Gathering.

I want to sum this all up... and than take you back to the year 2003. First I had no pain not to far after my first chemo in August of 2001. I became pain free within days but the swelling took a while and was gone with in two months.

I have not been on any medication for Lupus since September / November of 2004. I have been doing good. I take 2 vitamin pills and an aspirin a day. As for my medical bills. I made arrangement to pay off all my hospital bills and so forth. I paid my last bill off in 2005.

I will go back to the year 2003.. During the summertime something began to happen to me again but in a new way. I had pain but I did not know what was causing it. Yeah, I started to sleep back in my recliner in July and August. But by October - December of 2003 the pain grew worst.

In January of 2004, I had a kidney doctor's appointment. I told him about what was going on. He subscribed me some pain pills. They seem to have helped out but up to a point. I had been noticing that my left foot was turning black again. In February, I was concern about it and call the kidney doctor's nurse.

On February 9th of 2004, I called the nurse, I told her about my foot. She thought that I may have had a blood clot. She told me to go to the emergency room. So, I had my sister in law take me there.

The ER visit lasted about 5 hours. They ran test, checked my heart, lungs and so forth. The test results was that the Lupus had reoccurred. At first the doctor wanted to kept me over night. My first response was. "I did not bring my Bible." I did not have to stay in the hospital over night. I had to make an appointment to see the kidney doctor for follow up.

I had the follow up with the doctor about a month later. He did not want me to take the kidney biopsy until the was the right time. When ever that meant. My family was concern that the doctor took so long in ordering the kidney biopsy.

The day came a day before my birthday, April 7, 2004. I went through the procedure again with a different doctor. He was explaining to me that I was an expert at this. I said I don't want to be. I had a harder time this time around with this kidney biopsy. I was very mad that the Lupus came back. I did not want to tell people about it.

In February of 2004, not to far after I claimed the victory over Lupus, I had something in my spirit trying to give me fear. The thought of Lupus was going to return. That thought had been there but I spoke back to it. By His stripes I am healed. At times the thought of Lupus comes to my thinking. Even doctors speak that to me that it will return.

Back to my biopsy. I had to wait 7 days for the results of the test. It came on April 13, 2004. Yes The bad report of Lupus. I made arrangement to have 6 more chemotherapy treatments....On the morning of April 14, 2004, I woke up in my recliner. I was talking with God.

I spoke to God with tear in my eyes saying "I did not know how much more I can take of this". I was speaking of the pain that I was in . In the quiet of the still moments of that morning, I heard a voice tell me to stop breathing.

And so I did. As I held my breathe, I felt something. What was it? there was NO Pain. For that moment of holding my breathe I had comfort. The peace of God had surrounded me. I believe that God was with me and that I needed to hang on.

My two sisters were with me again to take me to the hospital. I did not use the wheel chair to where I had to go....I walked very slowly into the hospital in pain and out of breath. What more could happen this time? I don't what to share that ordeal... I will say that I did have Chemo that day. I did make it home. Thank You Jesus.

A normal treatment time including check in and check out would last around 4 1/2- 6 1/2 hours each in 2004. Some of the times the treatment times were not normal. The last chemo that I have had was in Sept of 2004. I have been off all mediations for Lupus since September /November of 2004. I thank God for bringing me through.

During the 2nd round of chemo for 6 months, I did experience some side effects. In June of 2004, I had dry eyes and redness because of the medication that I was on. It appeared as though I had been crying. My eyes were so blood shot red.

In September of 2004: Test Results: Positive for Lupus.... with no symptoms of Lupus. I came to this conclusion. A positive negative on Lupus does not mean that I have Lupus. It's been about 3 years since my last chemo. Still I am on no medication for Lupus. I still have a positive test results for Lupus with no symptoms of Lupus.

I am living life the best way that I can. There are times when I need take it easy. I rest from time to time. I try to reduce my stress level and not to worry as much. I try to not to over do things. I try to keep alert to what attacks my body. I keep track of unexplained rashes or pains that come and won't leave. In all what had attacked my body has left...

I read up on Lupus for the knowledge reason. I try to eat right and stay out of the sun as much as possible. I was on the internet on day. I can across a website that had a wristband. The wristband had this words on it that I like ....LIFE WITHOUT LUPUS. I wear this orange wristband as a testimony and reminder that I'm living life without Lupus.

You can learn more about Lupus at

There are times in life when we don't know what to do when we receive that bad report. We need to remember that God is with us in all that we do. Lord, help us to remember that You are with us always. Amen!

I have had these words with me since May 8, 1998. I will leave you with these thoughts. "Whatever you hear, Remember, that I (God) will always be with you to help you and guide you through."

Friday, July 28, 2017

Some Thoughts About The Surnames: Bartel and Blakye / Bartlett and Blakey

I was thinking about father's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John BLAKEY / BLAKLEY Sr.  I was looking at their marriage license. In the beginning, I had a very hard time locating it.  No matter how, I spelled their surnames, they were not on the index. So, I began to search the index page by page. I know that they were married around 1902 in Missouri.

Finally, I made this discovery. I came across a John BLAKYE. He was from Carrollton, Missouri. His wife's name was Jennie BARTEL from St. Joseph, Missouri. The marriage took place in Excelsior Springs, Clay, Missouri on July 28, 1902. This was what I was searching for.

John's surname was spelled BLAKEY. The E and Y were turned around. As for Jennie, I wondered about the spelling of BARTEL. BARTLETT is the spelling that I was searching. I don't know how this could haven been misspelled.

I wondered, if BARTEL was another name to the BARTLETT family. Jennie wasn't married before John. Jennie's mother, Harriet and siblings on the 1880 and 1900 censuses were listed with the BARTLETT surname. 

What a journey this has come out to be. I can't find any other spelling of BARTEL connected to the family.  It's still a mystery.  I may have to leave it at that.

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S. A. Blakley

Saturday, July 8, 2017

In Memory Of James A. Washington: He Passed Too Soon

 Who was James A. Washington? I first heard of  James while searching the 1880 census record. He was the son of William and Susan Washington.  He was listed as mulatto and a 7 year old who attended school. The census was taken on June 9, 1880.

I knew very  little of James. I learned that he my Great Grandmother, Anna Laura (Washington) Allen Walters' brother. I tried to trace him on the 1900 / 1910 censuses and other records. He never showed up. I assumed that he passed. But, when?

I searched the death records. I came across a James Washington, colored who drowned on July 8, 1889. I thought that he was that person. But, I needed proof. I didn't know where to look.

About 4 years ago, I started to explore old newspapers. I didn't think that the news wouldn't record his death. I never thought to look. But,  one day, I came across a notice of a James who did drown. I was amazed that I stumbled across the news of James' passing.

As I kept searching, on Feb 27, 2017,  I found the evidence that James was William Washington's son. The article mentioned where they lived. One thing I noticed that his race wasn't mentioned. James "Jim" drowned on Sunday, July 8, 1889 at 10:30 am. His body was found on the next day.

The article mentioned that James was swimming. He went out to the middle of the stream near the bridge where it was deep. He had a cramp. There were people were trying to help him. They couldn't get to him.

The searchers couldn't find his body on Sunday. But, they recovered the body by using fish hooks on that Monday. What a horrible sight to witness.

As I look back over my search for my Great Uncle James. I  thought I wouldn't find anything on him. I wondered: What became of his life? I'm thankful that I found out what I did.

Indeed, James lived a very short life. He was born about 1873 in St. Joseph, MO.  Apparently, he liked to swim. He was in school. Tragically, he drown at the 102 river at the age of 16.

I believe that James is with Jesus. God had a purpose for his life. Though James lived 16 years on this earth, he is not forgotten. He left a mark on those he touched.  ~ R.I.P Great Uncle James.

Thanks for reading.
God bless you

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July In Remembrance: Some of The Descendants of Elias W. Bartlett Sr.

Hope you find some Family Connections.
Here's the link for the Blakey / Blakley WHITE Family Connections. Click on link.

Below are the BARTLETT Family Connections.
God bless you.
S.A. Blakley

On July 3 ~
In Memory of Dorothy LYLE  She passed  in 1920. She was the daughter of Chilton LYLE and Jennie (BARTLETT) BLAKLEY LYLE

On July 5 ~
In Memory of Doris LYLE. She passed in 1920. She was the daughter of Chilton LYLE and Jennie (BARTLETT) BLAKLEY LYLE. She was the twin of Dorothy.

On July 6 ~
In Memory of Bonnie  Jean RICHARDSON She passed in 1965. She was the daughter of Eugene and Mary (BLAKLEY) RICHARDSON.

On July 10 ~
In Memory of John BLAKEY / BLAKEY Sr.  He passed in 1918. He was the son of Isaac and Martha (SCOTT) BLAKEY.

On July 14 ~
In Memory of Wauneta / Juanita BLAKEY / BLAKLEY She passed in 1910. She was the daughter of John and Jennie (BARTLETT) BLAKEY / BLAKLEY

On July 23 ~
In Memory of John BLAKLEY Jr.  He passed in 1975. He was the son of John and Jennie (BARTLETT) BLAKLEY LYLE.

On July 25 ~
 In Memory of Juanita (BARTLETT) ARMSTRONG was born in 1891.  She was the daughter of Elias and Harriett (BUFFINGTON/ HOOPER) BARTLETT
On July 31 ~ Mary Jane (BLAKLEY) RICHARDSON was born in 1911. She was the daughter of John BLAKEY / BLAKLEY and Jennie (BARTLETT) BLAKLEY LYLE