Saturday, April 25, 2015

Searching For More Clues: On The Lankford / Lankfard Family Connections

Photo of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lankford / Lankfard was taken in 1892
The Robert and Charlotta (Dade) Lankford / Lankfard  Family Connections
  I've been trying to piece together some clues.
I was looking at the order of death of their children.
Here are some things that I have come across.

A Stillborn female Lankford passed on in May of 1893

An Unknown Lankford child was born after the 1900 census
and passed before 1910 census.
~  Mrs. Ezekiel W. Nickerson ~
Mrs. Isabella Nickerson passed on  in Sept 1938

Mr. Charles Lankford passed sometime between 1920 and 1954.
Perhaps passed on in Kansas City.

Mr. Leo Lankford Sr. passed on in Sept of 1954
Mr. James Lankford passed on in  July of 1957

~ Mrs. William E. Madison ~
Mrs. Lula Mae Madison
passed in Sept of 1961
The list of below passed on sometime after Sept of 1961

Mr. Fredrick A. Lankford / Lankfard 
Mr. Nymadula Lankford / Lankfard 
~  Mrs. Christopher Columbus Smith ~
Mrs. Anna Alice Smith


Mr. Louis Adward "Ad" Lankfard passed in June of 1967

Possible clues to checkout

Locate obituaries in newspapers
Leo Lankford's  1954 obituary located and list survivors
James Lankford's 1957 obituary located  but un readable
Lula Madison's 1961 obituary located and list survivors

Search for the following obituaries
Isabella Nickerson in Denver, Colorado newspaper, Sept of 1938
Louis Lankford / Lankfard in New York City, New York newspaper, June of 1967

Only clues on other brothers:  They lived in New York City, 1961
Fredrick Lankford / Lankfard
Nymadula Lankford / Lankfard
Thanks for reading.
I hope to find some more clues.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Searching For Info On Brothers: Charles, Nymadula and Frederick Lankford / Lankfard

 Searching for info on the  Lankford / Lankfard Brothers
Sons of Robert and Charlotta  (DADE) LANKFORD / LANKFARD
Charles Edward Lankfard
Charles Lankford passed sometime after the 1920 census and before September of1954. He wasn't listed on his brother, Leo's obituary.  Charles was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, January 4, 1890.

Charles married Meta Hughes. They had a daughter named Lelia Laura Lankford Thompson Hill. Lelia resided in Kansas City Missouri where she passed on May 19, 1960. Lelia had a son named Charles Lankford. It was believed, Lelia's father, Charles passed on in Kansas City. There is no record of his death in MO before 1954. 

Frederick A. Lankfard

Nymadula Lankfard
Nymadula and Frederick Lankfard passed after Sept of 1961. They were listed on their sister, Lula Madsion's obituary October of 1961. 

Nymadula Lankfard was born on Leap Day 1896 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Nym was married to Hattie McDaniel and two other women. One named Irene, they had a daughter named Marjorie Lankfard who passed at a young age. Nym's other wife was named Gertrude "Gertie". She was German.

Frederick A. Lankfard was born Canton, Missouri on January 28, 1878. He was a traveling musician. He married a Mollie B. Whitney in 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri.  According to obituaries both Nym and Frederick resided in New York City, New York.

Frederick, Nymadula and Charles were my Grandfather Leo Lankford / Lankfard Sr's brothers. I hope to find leads on them. What happened to them? Where they were buried?

Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mrs. Anna Alice Lankford Smith

The DADE LANKFORD / LANKFARD Family Connections
Mrs. Christopher Columbus Smith

I'm still searching for info on my Great Aunt Alice. She was born in Canton, Missouri about 1885 to Robert Louis LANKFORD / LANKFARD and Carlotta (DADE) LANKFORD / LANKFARD. She was the wife of Christopher Columbus Smith.

I'm trying to locate her obituary. I have spoken to relatives. They state that she passed in St. Joseph, Missouri. Perhaps in the late 1960's I'm searching and I hope to find more info on her. Perhaps  someone could add more info.

Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Reviewing Family History: Making New Discoveries

Welcome to the Month Of April! 
Hope that you're enjoying Spring!
May you have a Happy Springtime!

I've been searching online newspapers for family connections.
I've been coming across more than I expected.
I'm going back over some of what I compiled over the years.
It's been a task in doing.
I'm making new discoveries as I'm reviewing family history.

Here are the In Remembrance: In Family History for April
Hope you see some Family Connections.

Thanks for reading.
S. A. Blakley
Here was what I discovered last April of 2014!

Continued to compile photos in files on computer

Searching for a Nym and Irene LANKFORD
Located a Mrs. Irene LANGFORD :in New York City's directories: 1931 and 1960
Not for sure if she was the correct Irene who was married to Nym.
Continued to search for info on Nym LANKFORD

NOTE that a Donald OSBORNE passed in 2003.
Donald was the husband of  Geneva Sue Williams.
Geneva was the daughter of  Adrell and Haddie (MANLEY) WILLIAMS

Googling BLAKEY:
Came across a Dr. Joan BLAKEY

Copied emails:  Family info

Came across an article on Arthur BLAKEY in MN
He was crowned Winter Carnival King

Received some info on Colleen Mae (THOMAS) BLAKEY (1921- 1990)
Source from a relative: Colleen was the wife of Spencer BLAKEY Jr.
Searched for info on Colleen THOMAS
Found her on the 1940 Census with parents and siblings.
Created a memorial for Colleen Mae (THOMAS) BLAKEY
Added info to Spencer and Colleen's memorials on Find A Grave

Question: were Ernest HAYES and Edward HAYES brothers?
Discovered the two together listed on a census.
Ernest's name on census was William.

Came across info on Brooke BLAKEY.

Copied South Dakota grave stones photo list

Came across info on Rubeina "Ruby" BLAKEY.
She was the wife of Jordan BLAKEY.
Ruby was the President of Ann Arbor Michigan Women's Federation
She lived at 910 Green.

Some of The South Dakota Census were released
Searching for BLAKEYs, GREENs, BENTLEYs, JACKSONs etc.

Searching the Censuses From April 18 - 30, 2014
Finding order of family members.
Note when they came to Yankton, South, Dakota:

Jordan BLAKEY                                 1911
Ernest and Martha HAYES                 1913
Spencer BLAKEY                               1906
Henry and Mary BLAKEY                 1905
Edward and Lillie HAYES                  1913

Copied info from the 1915 SD Census Index of BLAKEY, GREEN, etc.

Found South Dakota Tombstone of Ernest W. HAYES.
Ernest was the husband of Martha BLAKEY HAYES.

Found Margaret and Ollie BLAKEY on South Dakota census

NOTE: Roberta (LANKFORD) HILL KEELING passed on April 26, 2014
She was the daughter of Robert Louis  LANKFARD and Grace (SMITH) LANKFORD
Robert L. LANKFARD was the son of Leo LANKFORD/ LANKFARD and

Journaling on the South Dakota BLAKEY Family Connections

Continued searching the order of family members on the SD censuses
Came across more names: BLAKEY children of Isaac and Maggie, Henry and Mary

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

In Remembrance Of Rachel Blakey

 What have I discovered about Rachel Blakey, the beloved wife of  Isaac Blakey?

According to Rachel's obituary, she departed this life on Friday, March 17, 1916 at 7:30 pm at the age of 59.  According to her death record, Rachel's life was 59 years, 11 months and one day old. She was the daughter of Andrew Lafayette and Charity; maiden name unknown. Rachel was born in Mississippi, a housewife and passed on in Salisbury, Missouri.

According to Rachel's obituary; She was a consistent Christian. She became a Christian in 1883 and was a member of  The First Baptist Church in Forest Green, Missouri since 1889.  Rachel was devoted mother and a loving wife. Her husband and 11 children attended her funeral.

The link of Rachel's obituary is attached to her memorial on Find A Gave 
Her husband and her children are listed on her memorial.

I came across the list of Rachel's children through her husband, Isaac's pension records, from censuses, family history booklets, pension records and misc. 

Through my years of searching, I came across more on Rachel. I even had an opportunity to see a photo of her on Saturday, October 31, 1981 in Yankton, South Dakota.  I continued to search for information on for Family Connections.

I believe that there's more information about Rachel. There are other photos of her. I pray that others will share what they know. I believe that her surname was Jackson. I came across another record listing her as Rachel Jackson. I wonder; What was her maiden name?

I first came across Rachel's name in this article entitled: Slavery Descendants Have First Reunion.

Here a part of the 1971 article which mentioned Isaac and Rachel.

Who was Rachel Ann  Jackson Lafayette / Lefew /  Lephridge Blakey?
Rachel was the woman who raised my Grandfather John Blakey / Blakley as her own son.

I hope to find more  Blakey family connections.
Here's the list of Rachel's children by Isaac.

Mary (White) Blakey Green
Charity Blakey
Isaac Blakey

Jordan Blakey
Julia Blakey

Frances Blakey
Henry Blakey
Beecher Blakey

Lillie / Susie (Blakey) Hayes
Spencer T. Blakey

Martha "Mot" (Blakey) Hayes
Joe Blakey
Rosa Blakey

Ollie "Deke" Blakey
Edna Mae / Edner (Blakey) Marion Jackson Bentley
David Blakey
Annie Rebecca Blakey

Lawhorn "Doc" Blakey
Archie T. Blakey

I have another blog comparing the names of the Blakey children with other names that I came across.  It's interesting. Oral history stated that Rachel had 18 children. The other names could have been nicknames of the children. Example the name David. There are 19 children listed above.

Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Isaac and Rachel Blakey Family Connections : Jordan Blakey:

This is a repost with some updates.  Jordan Blakey: Who Was He?  I have made some new discoveries on him during 2014. I hope someone sees some family connections. Happy Reading!

Jordan BLAKEY was born with a twin sister, Julia BLAKEY on March 1, 1878 in Jackson, Hinds County in Mississippi. Their parents were Isaac BLAKEY and Rachel (LEPHRIDGE) BLAKEY. Jordan was one of 18 children of Isaac and Rachel.

 Jordan wasn't listed on the 1880 or 1900 census with his Grandmother, Julia WHITE and his parents . What appears unusual on the 1880 census was that his twin Julia was listed as age 4, born about 1876.

On the 1880 there was another child. I was wondering if the 2nd Henry, age 2, could have been Jordan., born in 1878.  Wonder why, Jordan wasn't listed on both of those census. And for 1900, Jordan would have been about 22. He could have been married.

According to 1910 Missouri census and records Jordan was listed as a farmer. He was married to Lizzie ?. The year of marriage could have been about 1903 or 1906.   Lizzie was born about 1882. She passed on between 1910 - 1915. Not for sure if she passed in Missouri or South Dakota.
According to the 1915 South Dakota census, Jordan moved to there about 1911.  He married to Flora BENTLEY on Oct 20, 1915 in Yankton, South Dakota. Here is their wedding announcement

On the 1920 census, Jordan was listed at Township 93, Yankton, South Dakota
He was listed as a farmer, listed with Flora. On their marriage record in 1915, Jordan was listed as a widower. Flora were listed as a widow. 
Jordan and Flora were only listed on the 1920 census together.  They divorced. Jordan had at least 3 children by Flora.  Clarence Ollie Blakey,  Laura B. Blakey  and Vern M. Blakey. Jordan and Flora were married at least 5 to 8 years...divorced around 1921 - 1925 

As I continue to search for Jordan, I came across more info that I wasn't sure of. I have tried to piece together and make the connections with things that I've been finding. I searched the census records, city directors and whatever info that I could.

I have connected one descendant of Clarence Ollie Blakey. And other one on from Verna M. Blakey. I'm thankful for what they have shared with me. And I 'm hoping to find more on Jordan's family.

          On the 1930 census, Jordan was in Alliance, Box Butte, Nebraska.
He was employed as labor for the railroad. He was 52  ... listed with wife Ruby who was born about 1896 (IN ).

I believe that this is the correct Jordan.  He was 25 when he 1st married to Lizzie about 1906. He was married to Flora in 1915. Ruby was 19 when she 1st married. Don't know the year when she married Jordan.

Jordan and his 3rd wife Rubenia "Ruby" moved to Ann Arbor Michigan. That could have been sometime between 1930 and 1935. They remind there until their death.

On the 1940 census Jordan was listed  with his wife, Rubenia ...Clarence Etchison and William B. Clark on 910 Green Street

 Jordan BLAKEY's 2nd wife Flora LAWRENCE was with a list of Flora's children with the BLAKEY surname: Clarence and Verna were born in SD. The others in CA.

Clarence Ollie BLAKEY (1920 - 1988)
Clarence married Zenolia HARVARD
Had about 10  children

Laura B. BLAKEY (1921 - 1939)
Laura passed on while a teenage.

Verna M. BLAKEY (1923 - 1983)
She married Lester Martin WILLIAMS and later divorced in 1946.
Verna had a son with the DELAHOUSSAYE surname.

Vernon L. Blakey ? Not for sure, this could have been Verna.

Thomas J. "Tom" BLAKEY (1930 - 2013)
Thomas was married twice.
Etta Mae GRIFFIN and Lillie Elizabeth SIMPSON

Flora Stella BLAKEY (1933 - 1976)
Flora was married Walter C. ROSE on June 23, 1950.
Flora married Cleveland Christopher GREENE on October 9, 1953.
and had children with the GREENE Surname.

Baby Girl BLAKEY (1935 - 1935) She was stillborn.

I haven't found any additional info on  Jordan BLAKEY and Flora (LAWRENCE) BLAKEY. They did have descendants. I hope someone will see a connection with The  LAWRENCE - BLAKEY Family Connections

Here's an article mentioning about Jordan's 57th birthday.

Thanks for reading,

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Welcome To The Month Of March!

 Greetings to you! Spring is coming! 

I searched and found more on Find A Grave Memorial.
I came across more obituaries. I added a lot more info to family connections.
Here's In Loving Memory: In Family History: March

Thanks for reading.
S. A. Blakley

Here's a view of my March search for 2014.

Continued to search on Find A Grave:
Received transfer memorial of Den DADE and  Mone  DADE.
They  were the sons of  Louis  N. Dade  and  Mary  Ann  VENOY  DADE

Mone  married Mrs. Madge B. CLARK. She was married to Hiram C. CLARK
Madge was also known as "Maggie"
Discovered the Madge B. CLARK's maiden name was PLEASANT.
Maggie was married to Hiram C. Clark.

Created more memorials on Find A Grave:
Rena White Houston and Tony Houston to Forest Green, Cemetery in MO.

Came info on Laura BLAKEY's memorial on Find A Grave.

I heard that Clarence Ollie BLAKEY had a sister. There is a photo of her as a teenager. Discovered that she was born about 1921 and passed on in 1939 in Sacramento CA. Her  tombstone is cracked down the middle.

I called a relative and shared about the memorial.
I heard that there is a photo of Laura as a teenager.

Found more info on Clarence Ollie BLAKEY
and Zenoila (PERRY) BLAKEY's children and in laws

Found obituary of John L. "Johnnie" J.P. POWELLS ( 1946- 2014)
Found more info on Clarence Ollie Blakeys children.
Ollie Riccho BLAKEY married Stephany GROSS
Jacquelyn P. "Jackie" BLAKEY, wife of J.P. Powells.
Carolyn Laverne Blakey married Gerald Overton GARDENER

Came across Flora E. "Stella" BLAKEY GREENE's memorial
on Find A Grave : a billion graves.
Flora was the daughter of Flora (LAWRENCE) BLAKEY.
Flora with by Stella: Flora Stella (BLAKEY) WALTER ROSE GREENE
There is a photo of her grave maker.
On Find A Grave looking for California BLAKEYs  memorials where buried
Took note on plots and block locations.

The wife of Lawhorn Blakey: Inez BLAKEY

Velma ? BLAKEY, the wife of Archie BLAKEY
Velma's son was Robert ELLIS
Searching for Robert Ellis.
Found a Velma Mae MARYLAND

Searched Find A Grave: Looking at plots and lot numbers
Same plot number are section near BLAKEYs
Also found Robert Ellis' memorial in same cemetery

Compiled a list of Isaac BLAKEY from son Isaac, his son Isaac and so on.
 Family member wanted info on 5 generation of Isaac Blakey Sr. Jr. III, IV, V,
Searched more for Isaac BLAKEY

Had a small Family Gathering: 12:30 - 3:30: It was a nice warm day.

Came across info:
Robert Louis Lankford MADISON and Gertrude MOORE
daughter Marha (MADISON) BROWN

There was a Louis E. MADISON who married a Gertrude

Found a memorial on Find A Grave
Leahy "Lee" CRAYTON

Copied Info from blog CA BLAKEYs , WHITEs Family Connections
KINGs in California : Barney KING: The California DADE Family Connections

Needed to work on Blogs Update The BLAKEY / WHITE Connections in CA
Worked on blogs Update on the Blakey / White Connections in CA
Lawhorn BLAKEY

Alberta White MORRIS
Lucille White BROWN

Made some discoveries that I've over looked on The DADE Connections
Den / Diana  DADE were they twins? 
1880 census both  same age
Isaac DADE born Dec 1879
Julia DADE born April 1910

Mary Belle / Margaret born 1872 Were they the same person?
Katherine B. DADE THOMPSON married George

Shared some info with a family connection member

Came across more on MANLEY Family Connections
Info on George and Dora Johnson MANLEY: Children
Cora Blakney
Dora Manley...found article: Aunt Peanut: Grandma
George Manley Jr. married 4 times

Discovered Mary Tone/ Lone HENDERED
Shared with one searcher

Mindlyn TATE
Harold CLAY 1991
Doris M. TATE

Find A Grave: Obituaries
Bernice Akers TILLMAN
Bernice Hendred married Russell T. HENDERED.

Added more LANKFARDs to family tree.

Found info on Leonard MANLEY: Daughter Jennifer

Info  on Doc MANLEY ....16 kids:

Searching for Wayne MANLEY

Searching for Cora Henderd ROBINSON on 1900 census
Can't locate her and her husband Elmer
They were living in Steffenville, MO.

Search for William / Robert ALLEN's death record.
for 1883 - 1893 Not on list for Buchanan County MO.

Found a James WASHINGTON listed  drown in July of 1889.

Put photos in files.

Made list of searchers interested in family connections