Monday, December 27, 2010

Family History Journey 2010: Part 2 Information and Photos

I saw some new discoveries along my family history journey in 2010. There were some photos that I've never seen before. I'm glad that I got to see them.

Also there were some things I don't know. There were some interesting things that I found on my journey. Here's a short look back at what I discovered in 2010.

I didn't know that there is a book that mention Uncle Nym Lankford's and Great Uncle Frederick Lankford's names in it. The book is about Hattie McDaniel, Black Ambition, White Hollywood By Jill Watts

Great Uncle Nym was Hattie's 2nd husband. They were married about 16 years until their divorce. Great Uncle Fred was a famous "tango banjoist" in Denver, Colorado.

Also I don't know that their parents, Robert Louis and Charlotta (Dade) Lankford lived in Denver. I don't know for how long. 

I wrote some blogs for the Lankford Family Reunion in July 2010.  The Lankford / Lankfard Family Where it began with Charlotta Dade and Robert L. Lankford. The Lankford Connection The descendants of Leo and Mary (Allen) Lankford

I didn't know that Great Uncle Louis Adward Lankford went by "Add" Lankford. Uncle "Add" played professional baseball in the negro league around the turn of the 1900 to 1920's or so.

I don't know why some LANKFORDs spelled their names LANKFARD. Perhaps the why it sounded. There were records spelling the surname LANKGFORD also.

I don't know that Great Aunt Isabella Lankford Nickerson was buried with a child in her coffin. Great Aunt Isabella died in Denver in 1938. I'm not for sure what happened...

I didn't know what Uncle "Sam" Leo Lankford Jr. or Aunt "Annie" Anna Lankford Blakley looked like until this year. I knew that Uncle "Ad" Addison Lankford, son of Leo and Mary was married.

I didn't know her name. Her name was Alice. She was a lady from Minnesota. I thought that her name was Pearl. Uncle Ad and Aunt Alice were married at 2616 Locust by Rev Alie J. Johnson.

Also, I heard that Aunt Leola Lankford Farmer had two sons. Her first son I think was named, Moses. But I heard his name was Marvin. Then I heard the child was a girl. I don't know.  In either case the child died as an infant. 
Leo Sr. with sons Robert, Leo Jr. Addison

6 of the 7 Lankford daughters with mother, Mary back row 3rd for left side.

The 2nd Lankford Family Reunion July 2010
Logo by Leo Lankford the 3rd
7 Children of Sarah Belle Lankford Johnson.
Front row left to right, Josephine, Sharon, Betty,
Back row left to right, Marylee, Jennie Ann Wilbur, and Daniel "Pete" 
Some of the descendants of Sarah Belle Lankford Johnson. (3 generations)
Daniel "Pete" Lankford Sr with children, grandchildren and 2nd wife,Sandra 
Sharon Johnson (in yellow) with daughter, son in law and their children.

3 sons, 2 grandson and a great grandson of Leo Jr and Lois Lankford

Leo the 3rd and Leo the 4th Lankford: Father, son

The one with microphone, Earl Walker, son of Comezelle and Josephine Walker
C. Walker Jr. son of Comezelle and Josephine Walker. Jr. looks just like his father.

Some of the Descendants of Leo and Mary (Allen) Lankford)
The Men

Lula Blakley's three sons and one grandson.

Some of the descendants of Leo and Mary (Allen) Lankford
The Ladies

6 of 19 children of Lula, 3 daughters, 3 sons, one grandson, Dwayne and
one granddaughter, Chantelle and daughter in law, Jayne

First time I seen this photo.
I got this photo off
Rachael Ann Leftridge /Lafayette / Lew, 2nd wife of Isaac Blakey
Rachael had 18 children by Isaac.

Took this photo off a video on the Internet.
Great Grandfather Isaac Blakey aka Private Isaac Blaker MS Union Army 1963 - 1866.
Here's the blog with the video of Isaac Blakey. My journey continues. I believe that there is more out there. But where?  I believe if I start searching somewhere something might pop up. Happy Searching!

Staying On The Journey,

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Family History 2010 Journey: Part 1 New Information

It's been a great year searching on the family history. I came across a lot of information. There were names that I've added to the family tree. There were some people and relatives I've met for the first time.

Here are just a few things I came across.

I came across another connection on Frances Ovington Dade. This branch is on my mother's father's mother Charlotta Dade Lankford. Charlotta had a sister named Louisa Jane Dade Washington. Louisa has a lot of offspring. I came across about 3 or 4 searchers searching the Louisa Dade Washington lineage.

I came across something on my mother's father's father, Robert Louis Lankford. On the 1870 census Robert / Lewis Langford lived on the same block as his future sister in law, Mary Dade Madison. I think Robert went by Louis at times.

I came across something about my mother's father, Leo Lankford. According to Leo's World War II draft registration, he was paralyzed in the left hand and leg since he was four years old. I noticed in some photos Grandpa Leo held his hand a certain way. There are some photos with him with a cane.

I came across something on my mother's mother's mother, Anna Laura Washington Allen Walters. Anna was the mother of three children. I thought that the Walter children were Anna's step children. Anna went by Laura at times. But, I think her first name was Anna.

I came across John Nelson who was Anna Laura Walters grandson by her another daughter, "Bonita"/ Mary who was a Walters. John died in Atchison, Kansas in 1976. I don't know happened to John's parents. John's mother was listed as a widow on the 1910 census.

I came across something on my father's mother, Jennie Bartlett Blakley Lyle. She remarried some time in 1920 to a CHILTON Lyle. I thought her 2nd husband's first name was CHELTON.

Jennie knew Chilton about July of 1919. They had a child named Dorothy born April of 1920. The child later died July of 1920. Not for sure if Dorothy and a twin?

There were two death records. One with Dorothy's name on it. The other with Davis name on it. One died on July 3, 1920. The other on July 5, 1920.

I came across some information that I'm not for sure on my father's father John Blakley. Or  aka John Blakey. There was a black, John Blakey listed in the Kansas City, Missouri area around 1900.

I don't know if it was my Grandpa John. John married Jennie Bartlett in Excelsior Springs, Clay County, Missouri. John married with the BLAKEY surname.

However, John's surname was spelled BLAKYE on the marriage record. Also John was listed from Carrollton, Missouri while Jennie BARTEL was from St. Joseph, Missouri.

I came across some things I've overlooked on the Blakey White family. My father's father's father's mother, Julia White had a granddaughter named, Rebecca White.

On the 1880, Rebecca was listed as mulatto born in Missouri. Her parents were born in Virginia. I don't know if Rebecca carried the White surname. I can assume that Rebecca's parents passed away and Julia took care of her.

I've been searching for Mattie White and her daughter Ella Bentley Carr. I'm still looking into that. I came across an Ella White listed with Mattie who had 5 children...

I can't locate where Mattie and Ella passed away. Mattie died about 1947. Ella died about 1923.  This information was from family reunion booklets.

I found out about Richard "Dick" White's 2nd wife, Belle Stapleton. Her name was Mary Belle Brooks. She was the widow of David Stapleton. David and Belle had three children.

I'm still coming across information. I believe that there is more out there. I believe through time, I may stumble across some more clues. I don't have all the living descendants on the family tree.

Through the years I've been adding names to the family tree. Maybe some day, I'll come across more of the relatives that I don't know about. I'll add them to the list too. The family tree keeps growing.

My Quest Continues...
Staying On The Journey,Susan

Thursday, December 9, 2010

In Memory Of Mary Allen Lankford

I read this as a question: What do you like the most about your grand parents? I approach this question in another way. What I remember and discovered about my Grandma Mary.

For those who know me, I'm on a journey. I am searching information about my ancestors. I thought to share this on this day. I came across that question about a month ago.

(This blog was in 2009. I made some update.) I'm keeping warm the best way that I know how. Try to KEEP Warm. God Bless you.

Photo: Grandma Mary with her husband, Leo Lankford Sr. with their son Robert Louis Lankford.

My grandparent on my father's side. My father's father, John Blakley. passed on July 10, 1918. My father's mother, Jennie Bartlett passed on December 27, 1926. That's well before I was born.

My grandparents on my mother's side.
My mother's father, Leo Lankford. passed on in September of 1954. That's well before my time too. However, I got the honor to meet my mother's mother, Mary Allen Lankford.

Grandma Mary was born on December 21, 1889 in St. Joseph, Missouri. A matter of fact, Grandma Mary lived just about four houses away. I didn't have far to go to Grandma's house.

Here was what I remember and discovered about Grandma Mary. She stayed at our home for a short while. She fell in her house and some of her children were taking turns taking care of her.

I recall when Grandma Mary was in our house. We were in the front room. Grandma was cleaning out her purse. She handed my mother something. Grandma told my mother to give it to me. It was a tumble. I still have the tumble today.

I also remember that someone took a picture of Grandma Mary, with two of her daughters. One my mother and her sister, my Aunt Betty. I have a photo of my Grandma Mary, My mother, Lula and Aunt Betty.

There are some things that I did not think about back then. Grandma was about 85 years, 11 months and 14 days when she passed on on November 7, 1975. She was buried next to her husband at Ashland Cemetery in St. Joseph, Missouri.

My mother wanted me to I stayed home from school that day of her mother's funeral. I didn't go to the funeral. But, I did get to see her body. Her body was the very first died person I saw in a coffin. It was weird. It was like Grandma was just sleeping.

Over the years of my family history research, I discovered some things about my Grandma Mary. She was the only child born from my Great Grandma Anna Laura Washington.

There wasn't much known about Grandma Mary's father, William Robert Allen. He was born in Georgetown, Missouri about 1861. He worked on a farm. I assume that he died not to long after Grandma Mary was born. I have not found much information on him.

Grandma Mary's mother, Anna Laura WASHINGTON was listed as mulatto. She was half black and another race. She was born in St. Joseph, on June 13, 1867 to a William / John and Susan (LEACH) Washington. I found more on Anna's through her death records.

Grandma Mary was said to have been half American Indian. Her birth record stated that she was mulatto. My Grandma Mary stated that she was black even though she was less than half black.

My Grandma Mary was fair skinned with freckles. In her early days, she had long coal black hair. 

At times I heard that Grandma Mary was a Walters. Her mother, Laura remarried to a Thornton Walters. She had a son named Joseph Walter and daughter named Mary "Bonita" Walters. Grandma Mary married my Grandpa Leo. They had 11 children.

I thank God that I got the honor to have met one of my grandparents. I believe there will come a day when I will get to met the others ones who called upon the Lord. What a reunion that will be!

What I like most about my grandparents?
They called upon the name of Jesus to be saved.
They birth my parents.

Most of my Great Grandparents on my parents sides were born in slavery.
That makes me the third generation born after slavery.
I am thankful for my family lineage.

I was born for a purpose.
I was not born by accident.
Thank You, Jesus.

May all have a Good Day!

Staying On The Family History Journey,

The words of the LORD are pure words, Like silver tried in a furnace of earth, Purified seven times. NKJV Psalm 12:6

Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," And call understanding your nearest kin, NKJV Proverbs 7:4

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Rediscovery On The DADE Side

This was written in 2009. I reworded some things. Also ... added some updates with photos to bring the story to life.

This year, I've been making some rediscoveries on my family history. I must be on the right road. I'm doing OK! The joy of the Lord is my strength. Grace to you.

I been rediscovered some thing about my family history. I got some new leads on my Great Grandma Charlotta Dade Lankford. What a discovery, I came upon.

More over 20 years ago a lady from Illinois wrote me. She sent some information on her Dade lineage in Canton, Missouri area. She thought that we were related some how.

Back in 1988, I didn't have a lot of information as I have now. It was through the Missouri death Rrecords from 1910 - 1959 where I gained new insight on my lineage. There was so much that I didn't know.

Yeah, I've been making new found discoveries. I have connected what information I have found to this with the information 20 years ago. I can see that a "Lew" Louis Dade was my Great Grandmother Charlotta's brother. It was through their death records and census records that I made the discovery.

I see that Lewis (Louis) or Lew and Charlotta have the same names as parents. Isaac Dade and "Frankie" Frances Dade. Louis or "Lew" lived near the same Isaac and "Frankie" in the 1870's. Louis actually lived with them at one time.

I have come across at least 4 of Isaac and "Frankie's" children. Frankie was said to have had 14 children. One in which was Charlotta Dade Lankford. I came across information on Charlotta's death record on July 31, 2008. It took a while for me to locate Great Grandma Charlotta's death record. (See below)

There is so much that I have gain during the past three weeks in 2009. Back then, I added a lot more Dades to the family lineage. There are some similar surnames as well. This is confusing. I have to get the Madison, Washington and Nickerson right on my mother's side.

I thought that it was way too late to start searching for my family history after my mother's mother passed away in November of 1975. You know what? I thought wrong.

Since I began, I have gained a lot of information. And with more information begin made open to the public, I am learning more about my ancestors. I am glad that I have that spirit to search for my family history.

I pray that there will be people who are curious about their ancestors. It is good to know who the people before us were. They were as human as we are.

They lived on this planet just as we are. Some fell asleep in Jesus Christ. We who have called upon Jesus as LORD and Savior shall see them again when the time comes.

May we make more rediscoveries of things that we over look in life. May we be lead by the Spirit of God. May we see the hidden mysteries of the past.

A good man leave an inheritance to his children's children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous. NKJV Proverbs 13:22

For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, And those who plundered us requested mirth, Saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!" NKJV Psalm 137:3

A Rediscovery On The DADE Side
I think the more that I search I find out more.
Below: Charlotta Dade Lankfard's Death Record. One of your sons was the informat. His name was Isaac. However, I have not located an Isaac Lankford Jr.

It's still a mystery who Isaac Lankford Jr. is Perhaps he was Louis Lankford. Charlotta had at least 3 sons in New York at the time of her death. Louis, Frederick and Nym.
As the years go by I see new things.
My Journey continues...
Happy Day To You!
God Bless.

Staying On The Family History Journey,Susan

Thursday, November 25, 2010

The Surnames: Blakey - White

Family History---The Surnames On My Father's Side

"This is the day which the Lord had made; we will be full of joy and delight in it." The Bible In Basic English
You know that I am on this journey of my family history. I want to share a little bit more on my Great Grandpa Isaac BLAKEY. a.k.a. as Private Isaac BLAKER.
As I have been sharing some of my family history with you, I have told you that there were name changes through the generations. As I dug deeper into this "quest", I had come across many different spelling of our surname.

In May of 1989, I wrote a letter to a MO library. In June of that year I received a copy of a newspaper clipping that was date on February 25, 1858. I did not know that this existed... A worker at the library found it for me. He was so happy to share it with me. I am forever thankful that he did.

We all know through American History that slaves were "property". The were bought and sold as merchandise... Well, this article was the notice of "Public Sale of Negroes"... the sell of 9 slaves by W.C Harvey. I know that this sounds horrible. It's apart of history.

As I dug a little deeper into my family history, I came across that W.C. Harvey was Frances Blakey's son in law. Frances owned my ancestors. With the HELP from another person on this journey, I found even more information that I did not know.

As I have been re reading some of my old letters from my cousins and others who have came across my path, I am discovering more and more. My mind is wondering...why did not I see that before.

Here is an example... I told you that I thought that our Great Grandpa was John BLAKEY. We found out that his first name was Isaac. Two days ago a revelation hit me. My Great Grandpa had a "full" brother named John. [I believe that they had the same mother and father.]

I knew that my Great Grandpa had a brother named John but I didn't realized something. I thought that John's last name was BLAKEY. His last name was WHITE. That's the other name that is in our family. Our Great Grandpa Isaac was the only known person in his family with the Blakey surname. [His family= parents and siblings]

Here is a bit of our oral history from our family reunion booklets. " The White-Blakey-Blakley Family traces their generations back to the year 1843. After arriving in New Orleans, from Africa on a slave ship, a mother and her three sons and a daughter were sold at a slave auction and given a bill of sale.

Nothing was ever mentioned of the father, but this happened in many slavery cases. The two oldest Isaac 12 and John 10 were sold to a man by the name Blakey and he took them to Forest Green, Mo.

John remained there but Isaac at the age of 16 ran away and joined the Union Army. He fought for three years and nine months until the Civil War ended and the emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln and Slavery was abolished.

Isaac then returned to New Orleans to find the rest of his family who had not been sold with him. He was told that his mother and brothers, Spencer and Dick and his sister, Matt had been sold to a slave holder named White and shipped to Natchez, MS.

He went there and located them easily. He convinced them that Forest Green, MO was a better place to live, so they moved there were where John [Blakey] was still living there...."

I came across more discoveries on this leading. That article that I mention...."Slavery Descendants To Have First Reunion" took place in the early 1970's in Sioux City Iowa. That article confused me some.
Cousin Leslie and his mother Willie. Cousin Willie was the oldest and last member of the descendant of Richard White who was my Great Grandpa Isaac's brother. [Willie was one of my 2nd Great Uncle Richard's daughters.]

Both Willie and Leslie are in heaven. I have been re reading some of their letters. They wrote so much about our family history in the letters that they sent me.

They were so eagerly wanting to reunite the "family" together with reunions. They had a hunger to learn more about our family history. The wanted to have a REUNION to JOIN together the Blakeys, the Whites and the Blakleys as one. [Our common ancestors= the father and the mother to the very first generation ---The father and mother from Africa.]

Mrs. Willie was one of the person who had the first reunions in Sioux City Iowa. As I have been re reading her letters. I have been reminded of the "joy" that I had in finding out what I did not know. I believe that God led me to keep searching for more... Others who HELPED me on this journey encouraged me to not give up.
What am I thankful for ? I am thankful for the covenant blessings of HELP, STRENGTH, and JOY that God has upon my life. I am thankful that God leads my path when I don't know which way to go.
I am thankful that God brings helpers into our daily lives so that they can "lighten" our loads from our troubles. I am thankful that others are encouraging one another. It's an honor to be honored when honor is due. I thank God for honor.

I am thankful for that God leads me to strength to strength as the joy of the Lord is my strength of all my days. I am thankful for the Help that is there from God in times when I am high, higher than a kite or when I am feeling down, way down "lower than dirt". God is so faithful. He knows what I need more than I do. He brings me through whatever.
Whatever day you are reading is entry, Have An Adventurous Day!
It's A New Day Dawning! The Quest Continues...~Susie~
"Spiritual grit is what we need." Oswald Chambers

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The LANKFORD Brothers Signatures On WW I and WW II Draft Reg Cards

James Andrew signed his name  LANKFARD

Louis Adward LANKFARD in 1942 but Louis LANFORD in 1917-1918

Frederick or Fred signed his name LANKFARD on both cards.

Leo signed his surname ? It appears to be LANKFARD. His left hand and leg were paralazed.
Nym or Nymadula signed his surname Nym LANKFORD and Nymadula LANKFARD

 Note: I wonder why some signed their names that way. I think there was something to that. James, Louis, Frederick and Nym signed their surnames LANKFARD. (It appears that Leo signed his surname that was too. )

Staying On The Family History Journey,Susan

Monday, November 1, 2010

Update On Family Search

I thought to post an update on my research. Every little clue helps out on the journey. I'm still looking for obituaries, news clippings, wedding invitations, old letters, post cards and so forth.

On My Mother's Side: Mary Allen and Leo Lankford Sr:
The Lankford Connections with Washington, Walters, Ovington, Dade Connections

I have come across a few more Hendred Searching. They are on the Louisa Jane / Janie DADE WASHINGTON side. I found them on I haven't heard from them.

I posted some blogs on the Connections of Frances OVINGTON DADE's children

Louisa Jane / Janie DADE WASHINGTON



Working on...
Louis Newton DADE

On My Father's side: Jennie Bartlett and John Blakley Blakey with Hooper, Blakey-White connections

I have come across little information every now and than.  Every little clue helps. I'm going back over what information that I have on I may come across more by doing this.

I've been searching on the in laws ..I'm going back to at least the cousin's / Aunts'/ Uncles' in laws to their parents or grandparents in some cases. I think the more I can add it might link up with people who didn't know where their ancestor went.

I'm still on the quest to find more.
I think that there is more.
I just don't know where to search.

Staying On The Journey,Susan

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Different Races

I had this idea to blog on different races. As I look at my family lineage, there are a varieties of ethnic groups that make up where my background comes from. There are Black Americas, Black Africans, African Americas, American Indians, Mulattoes, Whites, and so forth that are connected with my lineage.

I can't recall when I knew that there were different races in our family. On my mother's father's side: I heard that Great Grandpa Robert L. Lankford had a half sister named Mamie. She was half white. She was said to have been daughter of slave master Morton.

There is little know of Mamie Morton. She was born in Ky. She did keep contact with Great Grandpa Robert.

What's so amazing, some of the Mortons lived in the city where Great Grandpa Robert resided in MO. When my mother's father Leo, ( Robert's son) passed away, one of the Mortons attended his funeral in Sept of 1954.

I don't know when the Lankford family came from KY to MO. But Great Grandpa Robert's last name may have been changed. Morton was believed to have been the slave name.

Back in the days, people seemed to be hush hush about things. There were things people didn't talk about. I think that there are some who are embarrassed that the races mixed. Even more so had off springs.

While I was growing up, I can't recall when I first saw "mix" couples. When I looked at family photos. I noticed different "shades" of people. Some looked white.

I can say that I have relatives who are of another "color" than I am. I'm not embarrassed. I have white, mulatto and Mexican in laws and cousins. Yes, even nieces and nephews of other races.

I think it's in how we believe and see things in life. God created us in His image. God is HUMAN. We are of the HUMAN Race. I had a thought. We can't marry out of our race. There is only one RACE. That's the HUMAN RACE.

May we appreciate our family heritage. May we learn about our family history. May we see that the spirit of the person is what we should look at...

While On The Journey...
Different Races

There is ONE race.
That's the human race.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Dade Connections: Mary Ann DADE MADISON

The Frances OVINGTON DADE Connections.

Frances was my mother's father's mother's mother
Frances had 14 children.
Through research, I have come across 4 of them.

(My mother's father's mother)
4.) Charlotta DADE LANKFORD
1852 - 1924

3.) Louis Newton DADE
1847 - 1937

1836 - 1921
I can't remember when I came across Mary Ann Dade.
I first saw her name on the MO death records.
One day I was searching of Dades in Lewis County MO.
That's when I found Mary Ann MADISON's Death Record.
I read who her parents were.
I saw the Frances OVINGTON DADE Connections

According to Mary Ann Dade Madison's death record, she was born on Nov 16, 1836. Through other research I can conclude that she was the daughter of Frances (OVINGTON) and Isaac DADE.

Mary Ann married George Madison om July 22, 1865.
On their marriage record they listed 2 children prior to the marriage.
Sarah Jane Madsion aot 5 and William Henry Madison about 2.

Mary Ann and George had a slave marriage in 1857.
Mary Ann was the mother of 7 children.
She died on Dec 24, 1921 in Canton MO.

After searching the census and marriage records this is was I came up with.
Mary Ann and George Dade on the MO census records. With their children...
Sarah Jane Madison 
born about 1860
William Henry Madison born about 1862
William married Hannah Jane Ashby on August 14, 1881

Margaret Madison
about 1865
Sarilda Madison
about 1869
Elizabeth Madison
 about 1869
Thomas Madison
about 1871
Unknown Madison

On the  1870 MO Census
Mary Ann age 27 MO born in 1843.
She was keeping house. White with 5 children

On  the 1880 MO Census
Mary A. was 45 born in 1835

On  the 1900 MO Census
Mary A. MAAISON was 63 MO in 1830
Mother of 7 with 2 living. Year of marriage 1857.
Her mother Frances Dade black/ white  age 101 KY Born was in her household.

On the 1910 MO Census
 Mary was a widow. Age 73 MO born in 1837.
Black living with daughter Essie M. Wilson MO born about 1890
 and granddaughter Opal Wilson  MO born about 1908

On the 1920 MO Census
Mary owned her home. age 84 MO born 1836 Black
Living with daughter Essie M. Wilson
and granddaughter Opal GAYNER born about 1909.

There's not much more that I have come across on
Mary Ann and George Madison.
I Believe that there are some descendants on Mary Ann and George Madison.

Maybe one day someone will have that desire to learn more about their family history. They will start their journey ontheir family history. They may even think that that's how far can they go back.

Staying On The Journey,

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Was Addison L. Lankford And Louis A. Lankford The Same Person?

This information came on: 8 June 2010. I was going through some records and found different spellings of Lankford surname. I was trying to figure out if my Great Grandparent's son, Louis Lankford and Add Lankford were two people. They appeared to be two people. But I found out that he was one person.

Well, that mystery is solved! Louis and Add were the same person. Louis Adward Lankford went by Add Lankford. Add was his middle name or his nickname Add.

On, I had Louis Lankford and Add / Addison Lankford as two different people. I had to transfer what information I had on Addison to Louis' profile. It was a task to do but I got it done.

While I was doing my research, I never thought that Louis and Add were the same person. But as I was doing my research things didn't match up. Until I talked with my Aunt Josie. She said she hadn't heard of a Louis Lankford. For some reason Louis went by his middle name.

This was what didn't match of on my research. I found an Addison S. Lankford... Addison L. Lankford. This made me think about Louis A. Lankford.

I only found Add or Addie on the 1900 census. Addison S. or Addison L. was born about 1881. I've searched the 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 censuses.

Louis Addison born about Jan of 1882. I thought about some things after finding the 1900 census. The Lankford surname was spelled Sankford. What confusion.

All the L's were S's.  Addison S. could have been Addison L. Lankford.  That's when it hit me. Louis could have been his middle name.

The 1900 census states that Charlotta had 10 children. While the 1920 census appears that there were 11 children.  Only 9 children were living in 1900.  Jennie may have died before 1900. But there was a still born born in 1893.

The big question was
Was Addison L. and Louis A. Lankford the same person?

I though of things while on my search...Louis could have went by his middle name...  Indeed Louis and Addison were the same person. I'm glad that the mystery was solved.
So, I though that I needed to write something about Uncle Louis life. He played profession baseball during the negro league in the early 1900's. He was married to Virgie. They had no children together. Louis had children by two other women.  He was the father of 4.  Louis passed away in June of 1967 in New York.
Staying On The Journey,

I have learned so things about searching. I begin to see if the person had a nickname. Or what was their middle names. I have discovered there were some who went by their middle names.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Stillborn Lankford Infant

One day, I went to the main Public Library in St. Joseph, Missouri.
I was going to do some family history research.
I was searching for city birth and death records.
I can't recall the year.
It was during the 1990's.

I went through the index.
I thought to go through the entire records.
I went through the records page by page.
As I was searching, I came across something.
I found a Lankford stillborn female on record born in 1893.

For some reason I didn't or forgot to write down the date.
This book was the actual record book.
The mother was Charlotta Lankford.
The father was Robert Lankford.

Charlotta was listed as having 10 children on the 1900 census.
One child was not living.
This child was believed to have been Jennie Lankford.
Jennie was listed on the 1880 census.
Jennie was born about 1873 in Missouri.
I have found no additional information on Jennie.

Also I looked at the 1920 census.
The page the Charlotta was on was faded.
I couldn't make out the number of children Charlotta had.
The number appears to be 11 not 10.
There were 9 children living in 1920.

Did Charlotta have 11 or 10 children?
The mystery of Isaac Lankford Jr. is still a mystery.
Isaac Jr. was the informant on Charlotta Lankford's 1924 death record in NY.

While On The Journey,
Stillborn Lankford Infant

Perhaps Charlotta forgot to include this child.
She should have remember how many children she had.
Or the person who gave the census information didn't know.

Peace to you,
The Lankford Family in 1892
I didn't notice the dog until the Lankford Family Reunion in July 2010.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Watching A Video

Back in 2008 or so I came across a video online. I was googling one of my cousin, Ted Blakey from Yankton, South Dakota. I came across his 12:51 video interview in Yankton.

I didn't know what I would discover in that video. I had to re listen to it at least twice. I wanted to take a picture of a picture that I saw. There was an article too that I had to see.

Through the years I forgot about that video. Some how I came across it again. It was still online. Thank God!

It wasn't until May 12, 2010, when I took some photos of some of my relatives from the video. One was my 2nd Great Grandfather, Isaac Blakey.

I had seen a photo of my Great Grandfather, Isaac on October 31, 1981. I was visiting my cousin, Mary Jane Blakey Lightner. We share the same Great Grandfather Blakey. Our Grandfather's were brothers.

I was so happy that I got to see another photo of my Great Grandfather I saw a photo of Great Grandfather with his 2nd wife, Rachel back in October of 1981. I didn't have a camera then. I wished I did.

I was so happy that I had a digital camera now. I was more than watching a video. I was looking at history. A part of my family history that was recorded for others to discover online. Thank God for video recording.

Staying On The Journey,

Both Ted Blakey and Mary Jane Lightner have passed on.

Friday, September 17, 2010

If I Could Choose

I was thinking about some of my ancestors. If I could choose one of my ancestors to meet with and talk to, Who would I choose?

Out of all my ancestors that I have discovered on my lineage,
I would choose my Great Grand Father Isaac Blakey.
Why? I have many reasons.

A number ONE, he was my Great Grand Father. But what questions would I ask him?

Here are some questions.I know that I can't speak to my Great Grandpa. He has passed on. I know that I can't communicate with the died. What I wrote after the questions was what I have discovered on my journey.

How did you escape to join the Mississippi Union Army while in slavery?
I read that Great Grandpa Isaac played marbles while he was serving during Civil War. He was between the age of 12 - 15 when he ran away from Missouri to join the Mississippi Army.  There are records that stated that he and his mother (Julia) were sold and they went south.

What can you tell me about your first wife?
Great Grandpa's first wife, Martha Scott was my father's father's mother. She died in child birth on Hew Davis' plantation.  There were twin sons born on 21 June 1871. One was my Grandpa John. His brother Andrew died in child birth.

How did you gather together as a family in Missouri after the Civil War?
I don't know how many brothers and sister my Great Grandpa Isaac had.  The family was divided around the breaking out of the war. I searched the census records.

I think 2nd Great Grandma Julia had about 14 or 16 children. She was widowed on the 1880 census. There were so many same name in the family.

How did you hear about Jesus?
In my Great Grandpa's pension records, he had a minster testify for him. Great Grandpa Isaac was a deacon in the church. Great Grandpa was apart of the church. He went to church.

Why did you keep the Blakey surname?
Great Grandpa Isaac was the only one in his family that I have come across with the Blakey surname.  His parents and siblings carried the White surname. When Isaac join the Civil War in MS, he became Private Isaac BLAKER. 

Great Grandpa went by the surname BLAKEY. But I have found his name to be WHITE when he was listed in the 1880 census with his mother, Julia as head of the household. According to Isaac's  on his pension records he declared his name to be Isaac Blakey .

What was your relationship with your slave holder?
I have read my Great Grandpa Isaac's pension records. There were two slave holders that testified for my Great grandpa. They spoke kind words of Great Grandpa.

One who sold my Great Grandpa into slavery (W.C. Harvey) stated that Great Grandpa had a good reputation as a slave. This man knew my Great Grandpa since Isaac was born.

The other ex slave owner, (Y.C. BLAKEY) who was 10 older than my Great Grandpa. This man gave a good report as while. He stated that the "family" name was BLAKEY. The slave holders helped raise my Great Grandpa.

These ex slave owner lived about 10 miles from Great Grandpa at the turn of the 1900's. Both testified that Great Grandpa was the same boy that they knew. I think that there was some respect in the family.

Staying On The Journey,
If I Could Choose


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Memories Of The Past

This was from my Xanga site posted on Friday, 22 August 2008
I added photos in this blog. (There were some update added too.)
There is a place where I can go stand and see a part of my family history. I can look around and think-- Memories Of The Past. I can see  the land and houses in our neighborhood. As I do this, I would think about some things. Things I've discovered through my family search.

I can see the place where my mother was born. Then I can turn my head to the house where she passed away. I can see the places where my Grandparents lived. (The photo what the car in it. The home of Leo and Mary Lankford in May of 1965.)

 The area where at least 5 generation grew up.

I was standing on the block where history took place. There was much history here. I recall old photos that came back into my thinking. It brought life as I was looking at the vacant lots.

The areas where Grandma Mary, Grandpa Leo, and their children , my Uncle "Sam", Aunt Leola, Aunt Sarah Bell and Aunt "Jennie" used to live. This was less than a block away. They were neighbors with my parents too.

My mother's parents, Leo and Mary were born in the early and late 1880's. My parents, David and Lula were born in the teens and 1920. I came along in the early - mid 1960's. I could imagine how the difference in our up bringing could have been.

Three of the houses are torn down. Still I can see the imagines in my mind of what the outside of the houses looked like. I recall that time when the houses were torn down. (The photo on the right was the home of William and Leola Farmer.)

I am discovering new things about my ancestors. I am glad that the past generations recorded some things. I am so glad that I have been coming across new information.

I even thought about our neighbors. There was one neighbor who has been went us as long as I can remember in the 70's. Mr. Mier passed away Jan of 2010. He was in an

What a journey in time to see and been apart in our neighborhood. How wonderful it is to be in the place where some of my ancestor lived. I can see that some of the same trees are still here when my ancestors were here.

I am so thankful that I grew up in the area where my parents grew up. I am so thankful that I can share memories of the past. I am thankful that I can use my imagination to take a look at memories of the past.

While On The Journey
Memories Of The Past


From LSF
His Gift Of Prayers Blessing For Wisdom And Guidance!

"May Your presence be with me as I walk the path of life, Lord. Help me to be wise in my choices...and if I have doubts encourage me to stop and ask myself what You would have me to do. Let my faith in Your loving care grow stronger every day, for that is the only foundation of happiness!

May Your Gift of Prayer bring blessings of Wisdom and Guidance to me and all of my Fellow Members near and far! ~ Amen."

Yes, the LORD will give what is good; And our land will yield its increase. NKJV Psalm 85:12

Friday, August 20, 2010

Time Capsule For The Next Family Generations To Come

What would I put in a time capsule for the next family generation to come?

Things of this time that we lived in.
Some of the important things in life.
News articles of this time.
Family History Information:
This would be a must
Hoping that this will be past down to future generations
This website

Things that were from family life
Things that had meaning

Old photos from the past generation and of present life
Devices that we used
Wondered what future generation would thing about them?
Ancient of days devices...

Writing On How Life Was During Our Lifetime:
Journals, Books, Letters 
Ideas on how we lived
Some of the family stories
What we believe.
The Faith (in Jesus Christ)

On The Journey....
Time Capsule For The Next Family Generation To Come

Peace and hope to you,

Here's An Article on myfather's side
The Blakey White Family

This article was written about 1970.
The reunion was held in Sioux City Iowa.
Some of the information was incorrect.
The people listed... coming from Africa weren't the people in article
The mother
of Isaac and John were born in VA.
Isaac and John born in MO.
Perhaps that story of slaves from Africa was another generation.
This article got me interested in searching more.
I came along ways on the journey.
Wonder why BLAKEY / WHITE?
The mother's name was Julia WHITE born  children.
The father's name was Andrew WHITE born about 1818.
I need to update and make some corrections on this news clipping.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Dade Connections: Louisa Jane / Janie DADE WASHINGTON

On May 8th 2010,  I came across someone who was searching for
Jane WASHINGTON lineage.

I checked the Missouri Death Records.
Here was what I found.
And I saw...
Another Frances OVINGTON DADE Connection. 

      According to her death record,
Louisa Jane Washington died on April 21, 1910.
She was born in March of 1817. I think Louisa Janes's birth year was an error.
After some searching on Louisa Jane, I came up with 5 different birth years.

I searched the MO census records...Jane was born
According to the Census...
1870 born in 1842
1880 born in 1836
1900 born in 1841
1910 born in 1816
and on the death record
In 1910 born in 1817.

      I checked the Missouri 1910 census records. On that 1910 census, there was a Jane Washington listed with J. Washington, a black male in Dickerson, Lewis, Missouri. Most likely this Jane(listed born 1816) could be the right Jane Washington.

 On the 1910 census, Jane's son was born 1868. He could have been John Washington born in 1858. There was a 10 year age difference. Jane's age on the 1910 census record was 94..  (Also, I noticed that the census was taken 15 days before Louisa Jane died.)

     So, the year of Louisa birth can be accepted... about Mar 1826 in Kentucky. I have searched for Louisa Jane's parents. Her mother, Frances / Frankie OVINGTON Dade was born about 1812 in KY. There were other birth years for Frances; Dec 1799, and 1810. Louisa Jane's father Isaac DADE was born about 1808 in  VA.

     Louisa Jane DADE married David Washington.

David Washington
abt 1828 - Mar 19, 1897

According to the 1900 MO census,
Jane WASHINGTON was the mother of 13.
5 of Jane's children were living when the 1900 census was taken.
Here's a  list that I've found.

The Children of Louisa Jane / Jane DADE and David WASHINGTON.

1.)  ELLEN Washington
(1852 - 1922)
 Daughter of  Louisa Jane Washington
Ellen had 5 different birth years;
1849, 1852, 1853, 1854, and 1859.
Ellen Washington married George Hendred in 1872.
According to the 1900 census Ellen Hendred had 8 children:
7 children were living when the census was taken.
One children's name is unknown.

1. George E. Hendred
(1873 -1956)
Son of George and Ellen Hendred

George E. Hendred married Rena A. Robinson (1878 -1956)

George and Rena had 3 or 4 children
1.) Zella B. Hendreds (1908 - 1958)
Zella married James A. Bailey (1908 -1992)
2.) Tomas / Thomas Elmer Hendred (1901-1919)
3.) Florance J. Hendreds born about 1914
?) Wonder if Fzella or Florance J. / 
Zella Hendred (1914-1958) 

2.) James W. Hendred
(1874- 1910)
Son of George and Ellen Hendred

James married Elizabeth (Lizzie) Selby on Jan 28, 1898.
James' birth year different on death record.
James surname was spelled Hendreds.

3.) Lewis / Isaac Lon Hendred
 Dec 25, 1875 - Sept 3, 1955
     Son of George and Ellen Hendred
It appeared that Lewis went by Isaac Hendred.
 Isaac Hendred married Rosa May Carter on Jan 28, 1898
    On the 1900 census Rosa was listed as having a child.
The child's name unknown.
    Rosa died before 1907
   Isaac Hendred married
Elsie Lee Marshall 
on August 22, 1907

Elsie Lee MarshallJuly 28, 1890 - Apr 16, 1963
   Isaac and Elsie had 10 children
 1)   Marshall A. Hendred
(1907 -1964)

 2)   Floyd B. Hendred
(1909 - 1991)
 3)   Russell T. Hendred
(1912 - 1995)
Russell married Bernice Smith Allgood on Jan 2 , 1943.
 4)   Caroline M.Hendred
(1915 - 2002)
 5)   Maxine L. Hendred
(1916 - 2002)
 6)   Derwood / Durwood D. Hendred
(1918 -2000)

Durwood D. Hendred married Helen Garr

Durwood and Helen Hendred had 8 children
Deborah, Durel, Judith, Nada, Nancy, Paula, Teresa
Anthony E. Hendred Sr
(1948 - 2005)
Anthony married Betty Ann Wilkinson.
They had 2 children
Anthony E. Jr and Travis Hendrerd

Durwood D. Hendred had a son name, Durwood D. Hendricks.
Cotten Corner was the mother of Durwood D. Hendricks.

Continuing list of Isaac and Elsie Hendred's children

 7)   Raymond / Ray O. Hendred
(1920 - 2011)
 8)   Horace W. Hendred born 1923
 9)   Manford /Manferd Hendred
(1924 - 2002)
Manford Hendred married May Henry Crumb (1921 - 2001)
10)  Betty Lou Hendred

4 John HendredBorn about 1879 -
    Son of  George and Ellen Hendred

5.) Luttia Luella Hendred Manley1885-1931)
    Daughter of George and Ellen Hendred

   Luttia / Luella married William O. Manley
William and Luella had about 13 children.
3 children had passed on.

1.) Evelyn Manley
2.) George Franklin Manley
George married Earlie Clay on May 5, 1936

3.) Artie William Manley
(1911- 2000)
On Sept 9, 1937 Artie married Ethel Leona Clay (1919 -2000)

4.) Donna B. Manley

5.) Cora A. Manley
6.) Hattie Lou Manley
Hattie married Ardell Jack William
They had 9 children
Albert, Betty, Earnest, Genevia, George, Mary, Richard, Rosa
Kenneth Eugene Williams
(1936 - 2003)
Kennenth married ---Kinchelow
They had two children.
Kena and Kenneth Williams Jr.

Continuing with William and Luella Manley's children.

7.) Ruby D. Manley
8.) Blanche Manley
9.) Doris Manley
10.) Phillip Manley
(1923- April 5,1931)

11.) Wayne Manley
12.)  Veda M. Manley
13.) Leonard E. Manley

Luella's Missouri Death Record
Note: Luella's mother's first name written as Luella, not Ellen
George's surname was typed HENDRIX
Also Luella died three days after her son, Philip's death.

6.) Florence Hendred 
Born about 1887 -
Daughter of George and Ellen Hendred

Manleys that died in Marion County Missouri
1910 - 1959

List of Hendred that died in Lewis County Missouri
1910 -1959

7.) Charles William Hendreds

(1890 -1919)
Son of George and Ellen Hendreds
NOTE: The birth year was different.
Also Informant, Elmer Robinson could have been related.

2.) ISAAC C. Washington

Son of David and Louisa Janie Washington.

Isaac Washington's death record.
NOTE: Isaac was list as informant on mother death record.
Wonder if Mary Hazelwood related to the Washington.

Isaac Washington married Mary Ann Brown (1857 - 1959)
Isaac and Mary Washington had a daughter.
Rosa / Rosie / Rose Ann Washington
(1879 - 1932)

Rose A. Washington had a daugther
Junita / Juanita Washington
(1906 - 1950)

Junita Washington married Edgar Tate on Feb 6, 1927.
They had 4 children.
1.) Louise Tate
2.) Edgar J. Tate
3.) Lewis Edgar Tate
(1939 - 1940)

4.) Mindolyn / Mindol Tate
(1931 - 1949)

Mindola Tate married Harold Clay on Oct 17, 1946.
Mindola's mother approved of the marriage.
Junita was a witness to Mindola' and Harold's wedding.

3) JOHN Washington
(1858 - 1916)
Son of David and Louisa Jane Washington
John was one of the informants on his mother Louisa Jane's death record.
He was listed on the 1910 census with his mother.
NOTE: Brother, Isaac Washington was the informant to this death record.

4)  BENJAMIN Washington
Jan 24, 1864 - Nov 8, 1882
Son of David and Louisa Jane Washington

5)  FRANK Washington
Born about 1867
Son of David and Louisa Jane Washington
6)  DAVID Washington
Born about 1870
Son of David and Louisa Jane Washington

7) WILLIAM / Willie Washington
Mar 28, 1872 - Apr 14, 1902
Son of David and Louisa Jane Washington.
Willie was listed with his mother, Jane on the 1900 census in Missouri.

Additional Information on
David and Louisa Jane Washington.
On the 1870 Missouri Census in Lewis County,
there was a household listing a David and Jane Washington.
There was a child named Ellen LOVE, mulatto born in about 1859 in MO.
There were 3 other children.
Those children were listed as black.
Fannie Washington
Born about 1863 in MO
Believed to have been a child of David and Jane Washington

Jane Washington
Born about 1865 in MO
Believed to have been a child of  David and Jane Washington

George Washington
Born about 1869 in MO
Believed to have been a child of David and Jane Washington

This list is a total of 10 children of David and Jane Washington.

There was a Francis Washington who died on June 8, 1884
She was buried near David, William and Benjamin in MO.
Perhaps Francis was related.
So that would make it 2 children... unaccounted for.

Ellen HENDRED's Death Record...
According to an Eddie Hendred.
Ellen's father's surname was an unknown LOVE.
Ellens' Mother, Janie DADE

Note: According to William Manley, husband of Luella Hendred's death record, Ellen Hendred was born in Monticello, Missouri.. Wonder if Eddie Hendred could have been George Edward Hendred? Edward Hendred married an Rhena Roberson on Dec 3, 1903 in MO.

Hope this information was helpful. Especial to the descendants of Louisa Jane / Janie DADE WASHINGTON. May we all continue to search for our family lineage. May we continue to add something to the family tree.

I'm connected on the Charlotta DADE LANKFORD Branch. The LANKFORD Connections. Louisa Jane was one of  Charlotta's sisters. Charlotta was my  Great Grandmother on my mother's father's side.

Staying on the Family History Journey,

Special Note:
You can click onto the words that are in color.
It leads you to another website on that person.

This blog was updated on 25 July 2011