Tuesday, December 30, 2014

In Family History: January Through December

I've been making a lot of wonderful discovering along the journey. 
I hope to post some of my findings in the years to come.

I thought of post the In Family History: January Through December.
I will update as new information comes along.

Family History January

Family History February

Family History March

Family History April

Family History May

Family History June

Family History July

 Family History August

 Family History September

 Family History October

 Family History November

 Family History December

Thanks for reading.

Hope you find what you're searching for.
Happy Hunting!
Susan

Sunday, December 28, 2014

New Discoveries: What To Share?

It's been a great year of exploring and discoveries on family connections. I found so much information. I'm still sorting through what I've stumbled across. I'm so thankful that the Lord allowed me to find what I did.  I believe that there is more to come.

I plan to blog on some of my discoveries in the years to come. I've been wondering what should I share? Or if I should some of the things, I know or even think about in the family history. I need wisdom on some things.

I don't know who is reading what I blog. I hope that there are some who are truly searching for their family connections. And that they are finding what they are searching for. God bless you.

I believe that there are relatives on family connections that are searching. They want to learn more. Then there are some who have a little information. But can't make the connection. They don't know where to search.

I came across a cousin, who's sibling was searching on their family lineage. This cousin stop searching because she felt unable to go any further. She couldn't find any thing. I believe God hears our heart. And that He wants those who seek to find and keep on seeking. Only if we keep seeking and seeking...

I pray that there are more relatives out there who have a desire to find more on their family connections. I pray that they don't to give up. But, to continue on searching wherever way they can. With what little info that is known, I believe in some cases, there is still hope to find something.

What we know is important to pass on to the next family historian or compiler on our family lineage. I don't know who will follow after me. I'm leaving what I have discover on websites and my personal journaling. May God bless whoever will continue the search.

I believe that there are things that we should just leave alone. Perhaps down the line it could be shared in the right timing. We need wisdom when releasing any info.

There are some things that people can't handle. They may feel embarrassed about what in the family history.  Remember, that we all are human. We have to forgive and let go of things. We make mistakes. We can learn from one another and what our ancestors did and didn't do. We can't change our family history. But, we can continue to be a blessing to the next generation.

May we learn to share what we know or heard on our family connections.
May the Lord grant us wisdom in how to share what we know.
Amen.

About that cousin who gave up searching, she knows more about her family connections now.  I believe that God does answer prayer. So if you are searching, Keep on searching... Believe that there could be a breakthrough down the road. ~ I have had so many of them. What Great Joy that is to come across. Thank You, Jesus!

Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley

Thursday, December 25, 2014


Merry Christmas From Family Connections!
Happy Birthday Jesus!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Day Of 1917

The Christmas Day of 1917 was a sad day for the Blakey Family, relatives and friends. The family gathered together to bury their loved one. I don't know if there was an obituary of Isaac Blakey. He passed way on Dec 23, 1917. I have been searching for my his obituary.  (Isaac was my Great Grandpa.)

I don't know what the heading of Isaac's obituary could have been.
We can only imagine. Former MO Slave and Veteran During The Civil War Passes Away at 72. 
Here's my  version of an obituary in remembrance and honor of Isaac Blakey.


Private Isaac Blakey
1845 -1917
Isaac Blakey, a Civil War Veteran was laid to rest on Christmas Day 1917, two days after his passing. He had stories he shared of his freedom years from slavery and of his War time. He was born a slave until the early 1860's and became a free man for 54 years.  

Isaac Blakey was born into slavery in Fayette, Missouri. Isaac's date of birth was unknown. But his accepted birthday was on June 30, 1847. According to one of Isaac's former slave owner's, Isaac was born in the year 1845.

Isaac was born to the slave union of Andrew and Julia (Finney) White both from Virginia. Isaac was rise as a slave in Howard County Missouri. It was about the 1861 when Isaac and his mother were sold and they went south. Isaac then ran away to join the Civil War in Natchez, Mississippi.

It was on Nov 1, 1863, Isaac, at the age of about 16, enlisted as Private Isaac Blaker. He was stationed in MS Co H. Reg't 6, US Col'd Heavy Artillery MS. During the Spring on 1864, Isaac was accidently wounded to his leg. He was honorable discharged on May 13, 1866.

After the war, Isaac met Martha Scott from MS. They later married about 1870 in MS. They had twin sons born on June 21, 1871 in Woodville, MS. Martha and son Andrew passed in June of 1871. Isaac was left to raise his son, John.

Isaac met Rachael Lephridge. She was from MS. They later married on July 3, 1873. And to this union they had 18 children.

Isaac resided in Mississippi from about 1861 to 1878 - 1879. It was during sometime after the war he was trying to locate and reunite with family from MO. He located them and moved them back to MO.

Isaac returned to Missouri around the Spring of 1879. By 1880, he was living with his mother, Julia, some of his siblings and relatives in Chariton County. Isaac was a farmer. He was a deacon in the black First Baptist Church in Forest Green, MO. He was believe to have been of the faith.

In Isaac latter life, he became disable. He was unable to work due to his injury during the Civil War. He lived out his life in Chariton County Missouri.

Isaac was preceded in his death by parents, Andrew White and Julia (Finney) White. His 1st wife, Martha (Scott) Blakey and 2nd wife Rachel Ann (Lephridge) Blakey, his children, Andrew, Charity, Julia, twin of Jordan, Frances, Beecher, Joe, Rosa and Annie Blakey.

Isaac was survived by his children, John and his wife, Jennie, (John was the twin of Andrew), Mary and her husband, Rev. Ollie Green, Isaac and his wife, Maggie, Jordan and his wife, Flora, Henry and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, Lillie and her husband, Edward Hayes, Spencer and his wife, Mary "Lovie" Blakey, Martha and her husband, Ernest Hayes, Ollie and his wife, Margaret, Edna (Blakey) Jackson, Lawhorn, and Archie Blakey. And a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren and cousins and friends.

On Christmas Day, Dec 25, 1917, Isaac was laid to rest next to his wife, Rachel. He was buried in the black cemetery (Hoffman Cemetery) in Chariton County, Missouri. This was the place where the family were buried.
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According to Isaac's death record: Isaac was born in Shannondale, Chariton County Missouri USA
Isaac Blakey's name on death record. Isac Blakey. He was listed as an African. Father's name, Andrew White. Mother's name not known. Isaac was buried on Christmas Day in Forest Green, MO
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There was a memorial set up for all the colored who served in the Civil War. Isaac was honored with a plaque in Washington DC as one of the many soldiers who served in the Civil War.


 

Friday, December 19, 2014

1981 Letter From Mary Jane Lightner: On John (Blakey) Blakley And Cousins

Here's letter from one of my cousins. She passed away in 2003.
 Mary Jane was a great help to me in my early family history journey.
My Grandpa John was buried in SD.  


Thankful for memories of letters.
Cousin Mary was preaching the Gospel.
I continue to search for family history.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Making More Discoveries

Welcome to December!
Happy Holidays!


I have been making some progress on family connections.
I hope to compile some stories on what I have discovered..

Remembering Birth dates and Death dates of loved one who have gone on.
Family Connections In Family History: December

Thanks for reading.
Have A Wonderful Month of December.
Susan