Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Update Info On The Children Of Jennie Bartlett Blakley Lyle

This is a repost with updates from The Jennie Bartlett Connections: The Blakleys and The Lyles

I was re thinking about my Grandma Jennie (Bartlett) Blakley Lyles's children.  She was my father's mother. What I know of her is what my mother's mother Mary (Allen) Lankford told my mother and my father shared with me. Jennie had 19 children.

I have been searching for records on the Blakley and Lyle / Lyles children. I have found documents on 17 of Jennie's children.  I had a thought. Maybe Jennie could have had 2 miscarriages.  My Grandma Mary and Grandma Jennie knew each other and they lived in the same area. 

Here is what found out about Jennie's life through her children's births:

Here's a list of Jennie's children by John Blakey / Blakley:

Unnamed female stillborn Blakey 

November 10. 1902 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Infant Edna Blakey
1903 - 1904

Pastor, Elder John Blakley Jr.

Mr. Isaac Blakley

1906 - 1980

Isaac married Anna Lankford
They had two sons

Mr. Paul Blakley

Infant Cecil Blakey
1908 - 1909

Cecil was a girl


Infant Jaunita Blakey
1910 - 1910

Rev. Olbery Pierson Blakley

Mrs. Gene Thomson Richardson

Mary Jane Blakley  Richardson

Mr. David W. Blakley
Miss Hazel V. Blakley

Baby (Boy) Blakley
1917 -1918
Baby Boy's first name wasn't listed.
John Blakley Sr. died 4 months after Jennie's last child was born.
Jennie had to raise her children.
Jennie remarried to Chilton Lyle year unknown perhaps in 1920.

Jennie's children by Chilton Lyle

Doris Lyles /
 Davis Lyles
Dorothy Lyles

Don't know the name or names of this child (ren).
There were two death records.
There was a single birth with different names and death date.

Dorothy  LYLE

April 27, 1920 to July 3 or 5, 1920

Sergeant Faris Chilton Lyle

Geneva Lyle Jones

Edgar Lyle
Oct 17, 1925  to April 16, 1926

I've came across the following assumptions and by other sources.
This is some of my thoughts:

In the beginning stages of my search,
I thought that Jennie may have eloped with John Blakey in MO. 
Jennie was born in May of 1883 in Carrollton, Missouri.
She was the daughter of Elias and Harriett (Hooper) Bartlett.

John's family was from Chartion County MO area. 
I don't know where or when John and Jennie met.
I did come across a John Blakely on a census in Carrollton, MO
I can assume that knew each other for a year are so... 1901 or 1900.
At some point in Jennie's life she, her mother and some of her siblings left Carrollton, MO.

John and Jennie ended up in St. Joseph, MO.
I can't pin point the year when they again their move.
Lucy Mossell, Jennie's half sister was in St. Joseph about 1900. 

I came cross Jennie's and John's marriage record.
She married her first husband, John Blakey in April of 1902 in Excels Spring, MO.
John was listed as from Carrollton. Jennie was listed as from St. Joseph, MO.
Before the year was up Jennie's first child was stillborn in Nov 10, 1902 in St. Joseph, MO.

I can assume since Jennie had a half sister living in St. Joseph, that was why the family came. Perhaps that was why Jennie and John settled there too.
I discovered that Jennie's mother, Harriett
and siblings, Lucy, Sam , Juanita, came to St. Joseph, as well.
I came across two Sam Bartletts.
I don't know if they were related.

Grandma Jennie lived a short life.
She passed on December 26, 1926 at the age of 41.

As I was trying to piece together Jennie life through what my mother, father and what records
 I have come across, I can pass on what I think and what I have discovered.

My mother said that Mrs. Blakley was a hard worker.
She was a small woman.
She died of a heart attack.

I haven't located an obituary on Jennie Lyle.
I can say that she was my Grandma.
She was a hard worker.
She left behind a husband, Chilton Lyle.
9 children, some siblings, nephews and nieces, cousins and a host of friends.

As for Jennie's children, some of the older Blakley siblings took care of some of the younger Blakleys. As for the Lyle / Lyles  two children, they went to an orphanage home for children on Lafayette Street in St. Joseph, MO.
Hope to come across more some day. Meanwhile...
Staying On The Family History Journey

 Thanks for reading
S.A. Blakley

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

If I Could Choose: Re Post (With Updated Information)

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, (my father's father's, 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 Finney White) 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, (at the First Baptist Church in Forest Green, Missouri.)

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 that 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

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Exploring New Clues

Happy December!
Greetings to the last month of 2015.
It's been a long journey.

I made a lot of discoveries in December of 2014.
I have made a lot of new discoveries this year.
I'm exploring the new clues that I've stumbled across.
It takes time to find things.

I hope to come across more family connections.
I'm thankful for all who have helped me on my search.
There's so much out there.

I believe that we all have a piece to our family connections.
I'm thankful for those who are sharing what they know.
Every little clue helps.

 Hope all will are entering into the season Of Christmas.
God Bless you.

Here are some book by relatives

Janice Almond Home page:

Sign up to receive FREE monthly newsletter, ALMOND JOY. Coming, January 2016 and receive FREE book.

Being Grateful: How to Open the Door to a More Fulfilled & Abundant Life in 13 Easy Steps (The BEING Series) (Volume 1)

Pastor Earnestine Blakley
Building Godly Habits: A Spiritual Building Plan: Habits for Godly Living

James Blakley
The Diamond Head Deception                                
The K-Frost Caper                                
The Steel Deal             
Curtiss L Hayes
Life Still Goes On         

Robert "Bob" Motley and Bryon Motley
Ruling Over Monarchs, Giants & Stars: Umpiring in the Negro Leagues & Beyond

Bob Motley page on Facebook~ The ONLY living Negro League Baseball Umpire.

Pastor Ivery Joseph White: Books
He is the son of Rev. Chester F. White and Margaret L. White. 

Here are the In Remembrance:
In  Family History: December

Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Giving Thanks

May we remember to give thanks everyday. Thanksgiving is every day. Not just one day on the calendar.  May we count our blessings by giving thanks for God for all that He has done and will be for us.  May we enter into the Holidays with thanksgiving on our lips. Amen.

Enjoy the season of Thanksgiving.

Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley

Friday, November 13, 2015

It's A Special Day!

It’s the 102nd year of my father’s birth.
He celebrated his birthday on Nov 13th.
Thanks for reading.
Have A Happy "Good" Friday, The 13th
Happy 11/13/15 Day!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Veterans Day!
I want to honor those who are veterans and those served in U.S.military.

Thank you!
Have A Blessed Day!
Here are some relatives who have served  in the military and have passed on.
Their memorials that I have found or set up on Find A Grave;

Click on LIST.|

With Honor: Giving Thanks
I am thankful for the service men and women
who put their lives on the line to fight for our country.
May God protect all the service members of the military branches near and aboard.
May God bless their families and comfort them.
  Those who are living.
--U.S. Vietnam--
---Air Force Vietnam--
-- Air Force---
I have many cousins who have served and are serving in the military.

Thanks for reading

Monday, November 2, 2015

Tracing The Lankford / Lankfard Surname Through Research And Thoughts

It's been a journey Tracing the Lankford / Lankfard Surname Through the children of Robert and Charlotta (Dade) Lankford / Lankfard. With all the documents and what each child left behind as a paper trail, it still leaves a mystery.

On the back of this photo, the surname was spelled LANKFARD
I wasn't out to prove which surname was the family surname. I don't which one is the correct spelling. As I searched the records, the surname could have been Lankfard. It's in records.

What stands out the most isn't what was recorded in records, it was how the surname was recorded. The most important thing was how the siblings wrote on the postcards and how they signed their surname. That's evidence in itself.

As for the tombstones, that's another story. I would think, when a person orders a tombstone, the person who orders it, spells the name out. I don't think it was by accident that the LANKFARD surname was on Robert, Charlotta, Leo and Mary's tombstones.

 Here's the list of the links to the blogs on each child of
Robert and Charlotta (Dade)Lankford / Lankfard

James Andrew LANKFARD
Frederick A. LANKFARD
Charles Edward LANKFARD
Nymadula / Nym LANKFARD
Louis Adward LANKFARD

 I honor both spelling. My linage spelling is LANKFORD. But, I believe most of the earlier family spell their surname LANKFARD. Somehow the LANKFORD spelling stood out.

Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Journey Continues On November 2015

Greetings to you!  Happy November!  

My journey quest continues. I'm finding more as new info is being release to the public. I have come across more names, obituaries, and vital info. I'm hoping that more info will be released. I'm making some updates and corrections.

On facebook group pages there are
127 Blakey / Blakley / White Family Connections Members
  83 Bartlett Family Connections Members                                         
  23 DADE Family Connections Members

I hope that others will connect.
Have a Wonderful November.
We have  a lot to be thankful for

Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley

In Family History: November

Here's some of what I was searching and some discovering on my Family Connections Calendar in November of 2014. I have another part of my findings in my Family Connections Note Book. I will post later this month.

At the top of calendar working to November 1, 2014

Faris Kashif LYLE ~ Shirley LYLE
Jessica Selestins m. Aug 31, 2014

Found online Newspaper for St. Joseph, Missouri

Lived in California
Eddie 17 1935
Archie 24 1919
Flora 30 1924

Lillie BLAKEY HAYES d. between 1930= 1943

Note on Edna BLAKEY's son
Edward JACKSON d. 1959 heat attack
wife Fleda L. SLADE (1926- 2013)
Gravel E
Rickey Elwood
Anthony Mitchell b. 1951
Barry Eugene (1952-2003)
Joseph Lammi b. 1955

Robert STOCKS b. Nov 1, 1965
daughter Olivia STOCK

Note: LYLE
Hamid O. LYLE 53
Mary Alice
Omare ...Jacquelyn

Added Amer LYLE Faith M. b. Sept. 1 1962

Marion D. MINOR
Etta Louise MOORE MINOR (1932-2014)
Debora MINOR b. 1957
Lindaa Louise THOMASTON
Elizabeth ELKINS
Lisa PERRY b. 1964
Patricia (1958-2009)

Clarence Ollie BLAKEY
Vicotria,  daughter... Michelle GONZALES
m. Charles K. BOWMAN on April 26, 1997

Riccho Ollie BLAKEY m. Stephanie R. GROSS
Riccho Dashawn BLAKEY b. Nov 2 1972
Ashad BLAKEY b. Nov 30, 1979
Nelson Clarence BLAKEY

Nancy (Henry) CANNADY b. 1943
Cheryl L. STEGER (1947-2012)

Notes: on days on calendar.

Amer N. LYLE b 1956
John C. NELSON d 1975
Isaac BLAKEY joined Civil War 1863

Newspaper article on Jordan Blakey
He turned 57 in 1938

Searching Newspapers: St Joseph, Missouri

Add to list: Etta MOORE MINOR (1938- 2014)

Searching for Moses WHITE info

James W. HENDRED d 1910

? Isaac DADE / DAYD
Missouri Union Civil War vet
(1844- 1907)
 DADEs in Illinois
Mildred CORNNER / COTTON b 1929 ~ LA


DAYD, Isaac Dec 1845
Len Mar 1868

1900 Census Isaac Russell DAYD

Find A Grave:
Added Alfred Ray DADE b 1961 d 1996
Alfred son of Charles E. DADE and Mary TATE

CARDER, Megan M. BLAKEY d. 1999

Elizabeth (WHITE)  GETHERS d. 1992

Searched for Etta Louise MOORE MINOR
Added child Sheryl MARTIN to Find A Grave


Pamela STOCK ADAM d. 1997
William Leslie TERRILL b. 1928

Benjamin WASHINGTON b. 1882

Added more on MOORE/ MINOR Family Connections

Tony WHITE b. 1889
Military related
Searching for Clarence Ollie BLAKEY's Lineage
Pamela Denise BLAKEY CLARKE b. 1971
Bianca Florann

Found obituary of 
Mike Lee BLAKEY d. 1954
Archie BLAKEY d. 1943 in California in 1919.
Flora E. BLAKEY d. 1954 age 30
Corrine O. HAYES
Note: Verna M. BLAKEY
m. Lester Martin WILLIAMS

Olive / Ollie BLAKEY and Margaret BLAKEY

Honoring Relatives serving in the military
Eugene WHITE sr. b. 1901

Doris Jean Married Eric Larry BURNETT
1968 div 1969

Note mailed DNA got results on Oct 24 , 2014

Ollie BLAKEY d 1972

LANKFORD / NICERSON Family Connections
Cousin Levern called
spoke of Vivian JAMES had a daughter named Sheryl

DWB b. in 1913

Vivian JAMES' daughter, Nancy listed with Henry CANNADAY 1993

R.L. LANKFORD d. 1919 on Nov 14th

Catherine ? BLAKEY wife of Paul

Issac R. BLAKLEY b. 1934

Added Uldene Frances YOUNGER ERIN
born Dec 14, 1905 died on Jul 14, 1991


Mary Ann DADE MADISON b. 1835

Anniversary of Family Connections on facebook
November 16, 2011

Judith Ann BLAKEY b. 1940

Searched for BLAKEYs

Mailed some info to a cousin in OR

Arlene MITCHELL BLAKEY d. 1981

Edward / Eddie Clem JACKSON
b. 1922

Anne , Lynne
Robert, Laura

Flora LAWERENCE BLAKEY d. 1954 on 21st

Jesse C. GUYTON b. 1963

Rena WHITE HOUSTON d, 1945

Made note:  Archie had no children ?

 Cousin called from OR.

Searched for Census and City Directories in CA
Archie with wives:  Flora, Genève, and Velma

Ollie with wife Margaret

Lawhorn with wives Mettie , Roberta and Inez

More CA City Directories 1950's - 1970's

Searching for California  BLAKEYs  Info / Bio /Jobs /Residences

Juanita WASHINGTON TATE d. 1950 (DADE Family Connections)

Thomas J. BLAKEY m. Etta Mae GRIFFIN div. 1974

Archie T. BLAKEY d. 1943
Liested on the city directory with Velma

Lawhorn BLAKEY construction worker don't go to school?

Richard .T. BENTLEY; Army WWI
Oct 26, 1916 to March 25, 1919 served 3 years

Find A Grave:
Catherine Virginia ARMSTRONG ELLIS
(BARTLETT Family Connections)

Barbara called

Marshall HENDRED b. 1907

Ollie WHITE 1916
LATMER California

d. 1954

Eugene T. RICHARDSON d. 1991

Catherine ARMSTRONG EILLIS d. 2012
Geo T. ARMSTRONG b. 1882
Georgia ARMSTONG m) Sherdrick BONNETT 1947,

Posted Lineage on family connections on facebook.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Remembering Yankton October 31, 1981

I've been thinking about my journey to Yankton, South Dakota.  I can't forget it. I've learned more about my family connections over the years.

It's been 34 years since I met my Great Auntie Mary "Lovie" (KINNEY) BLAKEY. She was my Grandpa John BLAKEY / BLAKLEY's sister in law. Great Auntie Mary was my only Great Auntie that I remember meeting in person. That was the only time we've met.

On Saturday, October 31, 1981, I met some other relatives in Yankton. Some of Mary's grandchildren, Mary Jane and her husband James LIGHTNER and Mary Jane's sister Doris and some of their children.

It was a long journey getting there. I was glad, I made it. It was on this day that discovered who my Great Grandpa was. I thought his name was John Blakey. But his name was Isaac Blakey. Mary Jane had a photo of our Great Grandpa Isaac with his wife Rachel. I was amazed to see that photo. I wished I took a picture of it. Below is a photo of my Great Grandpa Isaac.

Private Isaac Blakey
(1845- 1917)

I was fascinated by all the things Great Aunt Mary and cousin, Mary Jane had been sharing with me through our corresponds over the years. As I look back, I'm thankful that I kept the letters that Mary Jane wrote me. I've been re reading them. There are some things I forgot about.

I've been searching more of the clues that Mary Jane spoke of in her letters. At that time, I didn't know what cousin Mary was speaking about. But, as I'm coming across more information, there are some things that are making some sense.

I thank God for all that I've encountered on my journey quest to know more about my family connections. I have come across a lot of relatives in the process. I hope to connect with more. If not in person, by internet. That's how I have been finding family connections.

Thanks for reading.
S. A. Blakley

Monday, October 26, 2015

Tracing The Lankford / Lankfard Surname Through Leo

Who was Leo Lankford Sr. / Lankfard?

He was the son of Robert and Charlotta (Dade) Lankford / Lankfard. 
He was born on May 30, 1884 in Canton, Missouri.
He passed on Sept 14, 1954 in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Leo Lankford Sr. / Lankfard
(1884- 1954)

On the 1900 census
He was 16 listed as Sea Sankford
LIVED with parents at 2413 Edmond
Age 17 in 1901
 he was Listed as Leo Lankford;
Address 2413 Edmond: Job Tmstr
Age 18 in 1902  
Listed as Leo Lankfard;
Address 2411 Edmond: Job Tmstr

Age 20 in 1904
Leo Lankfard lived at 2413 Edmond
Age 21 in 1905 
Leo Lankford lived at 2412 Edmond listed as a tmstr
Age 25 in 1909 
Leo Lankford lived at 2412 Edmond

On April 16, 1909 
Mary WALTERS married Leo LAUKFORD on index
On the 1910 Census  
Listed as Lea Lankford / Can't read place where LIVED

Age 26 in 1910
Leo Lankford lived at 2413 Edmond
Age 27 in 1911
Listed as Leo Lankfard; no c after name mentioning that he was colored.
Address 2722 Mary; Job Tmstr
Age 28 in 1912
Listed as Leo Lankford at 2414 Sylvanie

Age 29 in 1913
 Listed on other directory Leo lived at 2616 Locust:
Surname spelled Lankfard

 Age 30 in 1914
 Listed Leo Lankford at   2616 Angelique as a tmstr

On the 1930 Census
listed as age 46
 Leo Lankford lived at 2622 Locust with wife Mary.
He was a teamster.
Age 53 in 1937 
 Listed as Leo Lankford 2616 Locust

Age 55 in 1939
 Listed with Surname spelled Langford on census record
LIVED at 2616 Locust

Age 55 in 1939
listed as a Hauler

On the 1940 Census as age 55,
Listed as Leo (Mary) Lankford
lived with wife and children at 2616 Locust.

 As 57 in 1951
 listed as Leo Lankford at 2616 Locust

Age 59 in l953
listed as Leo Lankford lived with wife at 2616 Locust St

Age 70 in 1954
Surname spelled LANKFORD on death record
Surname spelled LANKFARD on his tombstone
Tombstones at Ashland Cemetery 
St. Joseph, Missouri.

The family surname has been spelled Langford / Lankfard.
However, only one child  of Leo and Mary, Robert, spelled his surname LANKFARD
His off spring carried on with the LANKFARD spelling also.
There is no doubt that Leo used the LANKFORD surname majority of his life.
It's ironic that his surname on his tombstone is spelled LANKFARD.
Leo and Mary Allen LANKFORD / LANKFARD have descendants with both spellings.
Thanks for reading.
S. A. Blakley

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Family Connections And DNA

I sent off for my DNA kit from ancestry.com in 2014. I received me results on October 24, 2014.  I was waiting to see what region my ancestors came from. I was very surprised.

It's been a year since I took the test. I finally got in a DNA circle.  Our common ancestors are Andrew / Andre WHITE and Julia FINNEY.  So, far only 3 of us are in this circle.

I started out with about 63 possible matches. I'm up to 109 as of October24,  2015. In the beginning, there were a few I saw right off the bat. There were some common ancestors on our family tree. However none of these DNA matches are in my circle.

It's sad to see that most of the people who took the DNA test don't have family tree charts. And there are many searchers who have their family tree private. How can people make family connections when things are hidden?

I don't know why people who search for family history, but don't what to share what they know.  What's the point? I guess we all have our reason.

My reason is to find more about my ancestors. And to share what I have and what I have discovered along the way. I don't get it when people hide with they know. It couldn't be that bad.

The living people on family trees are hidden. Only those who have passed on are available to see. That would make sense.

Here are my results:  DNA Results took 23 days. I don't know how things work. I was a bit surprise on the America section.

   73 % African
   20%    Ivory Coast / Ghana
   18%    Cameroon / Congo 
   13%    Nigeria 
   13%    Senegal
   04%    Benin/Togo
   03%    Mali

   02%    Africa South-Central Hunter- Gatherers
   01%    Africa Southeastern Bantu

    0%    American
    0%    Native American

24% European
   12%    Great Britain
   07%    Europe West
   03%    Europe East
   01%    Italy / Greece
   01%    Scandinavian

    03% Other

   Pacific Islander (Less than)
   01% Polynesia

   West Asia  (Less than)
   01% Caucasus

I was surprised that there was no Native American in my family linage. That was want was passed down through the generations. It's makes me wonder.

Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley

Friday, October 23, 2015

Journey Quest : Oct 2015

 Some how , I made two blogs for October 2015!
Here's the other one.

Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley

Here's  some more of what I discovered in October of 2014!
 Mailed DNA sample

Searching info  and making some discoveries on
Otis HAYES and Jane WHITE HAYES  Family Connections

Jane WHITE HAYES d. 1982

Hayes , Curtiss Leo b. Jan 10, 1931
m) Opal Juanita OWENS

Daughter Monica ALMOND
Curtiss Leo ( Claudia) HAYES -- photo
Collin L.  HAYES 
Collin's daughter Chantal

Otis (Deloris) HAYES

Dr. Kristie (photo)
Karen (photo) facebook

Kim's daughter , Brittany (John) BOEHM
Brittany's daughter, Stella

Buried in same cemetery: Find A Grave
Forest Lawn Memorial

Freddie LANKFORD d. 2006

John Henry BLAKEY d. 1980
Beecher BLAKEY b. 1885

Searching info on Carl JONES Sr.'s parents: Mulatto.
Carl Jones Sr. born in 1909.

Noting some things.
James HENDRED b. 1875

Doris BLAKEY IVORY b. 1948

Loraine (BOSTON) HAYES b. 1922

Paul  BLAKLEY died 1946

Betty Joyce THOMAS DEAN b. Oct 4, 1942

Jacquelyn Michelle HOFFMAN
Jan 11 1996
Oct 4, 1996

Searched for info on Patrick "Pat" WHITE killed in 1906

T. B. ROSS Family Connections
Carliss HOLLAND fb

DWB passed on Oct 7, 1989
Family Connections Henry BLAKEY and Mary FRISTOE

Find A Grave:
Parents names to memorial added
Floyd BLAKEY WWII profile
Floyd BLAKEY's children
Nathanial Blakey in Omaha, Blakey

Robert L. BLAKEY

Searching for Henry / Mary FRISTOE children
Floyd's children in Wisconsin

Found some info
Laura BLAKEY death note

Beverly Ann (BLAKEY) Robert Coleman
Tanisha Marini
Dara M


Kelly M. (Steven) PORKORNY, 33
sister Autumn BLAKEY age 25, Aug 25th

Virgil L. KING b. 1928 downed in 1941
Mary Elizabeth FRISTOE d. 1957

Raymond BLAKEY Sr. children by Johnnie
put in right place

Find A Grave

John Tyler TOLSON
m) Arite
2) Georgia
3) Sara  
Finding Your Roots NOTES
Oct 7, 2014

Changed mother's name to Johnnie Mae BULTER BLAKEY
Aruthur BLAKEY

Arthur BLAKEY Sr. born in 1910 not 1909

Eugene Gene Gary GUYTON
25 July 1941 to Jan 19, 2008

Tombstones: Maybelle GUYTON
                      John W. GUYTON Jr. 1940 - 1991

Found info
Virgil Louis KING, drowned at age 12

Barney D. KING IV
born 31 Jan 1961
Mother's last name HENLEY

Searched for Barney Dewey KING age 53 born in  1961
Sarah Elizabeth age 53
Amanda M. KING

Oct 8th info
John/ Maybell GUYTON's 12 children

DNA sample in lab

William MADISON b. 1868


Forest Charleston

Parents Charles SCROGGIS and Annie ANDERSON


Frederic FARMER
Malik Loins FARMER

Paul's 73rd Birthday

John Will GUYTON III 1963- 2003

Mary L. BYRD

Search for NICKERSON

Otis and Jane HAYES

John W. GUYTON d. 1991

Otis HAYES b. 1906

Ted BLAKEY d. 2004


Called Aunt Josie


James P. BLAKEY b. 1921


Louis N. DADE born 1847

Blog Idea on Family Tragedies Death
By child birth, Accidents, murders, early deaths

ancestry.con 2441

BLAKEY died at birth Boy 1912
BLAKEY girl 1914

Called Aunt Josie

Edge LYLE b. 1925
Lawhorn BLAKEY d. 1977
Ransom Louis SIMMONS d. 2007

James WESTON Jr. b. 1926

Searching info


Precious Joy 1986

NOTES: To top of calendar  October 2014

Blog Ideas: Updates

John Will GUYTON and Maybelle BLAKEY GUYTON's children

Joseph Charles (Anne)
Robert (Kathy)
John Will Jr.
Eugene Gary
Gilbert Larne
Rosemary Soynin
Chamudi Beverly
Jeanett Irene
Janet Mae MONROE
Jancie Marie
Elizabeth Iqo

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

My Father's Family Surname

Entry dated Dec 5, 1983
My father said "that when he was young, he heard that the name Blakey was taken off a billboard. Old timers said this (when Isaac was passing on his way south to Mississippi?)

Some thoughts and research info

I asked my father, why the family surname was spelled Blakey? He said that he didn't know why. But, that was what he heard the older relatives said how to spell the family surname. My father said that he was taught to spell the family surname Blakley.

As I've done some research, a cousin told me some thing similar to what my father said. Also this cousin said that it was a barber shop billboard. There was a story behind it. But, my cousin didn't get to share that story with me. 

While I kept searching on my family history, I discovered something interesting bout the family history. Some of the former slave family members took the White surname. But, Isaac took the Blakey surname. It's interesting to know that the former slave-owner Frances Blakey's maiden name was WHITE.

The slave family was divided before the Civil War broke out. Then after the war, the former slaves gathered as a family. Only Isaac took the Blakey surname. Perhaps it was because Isaac became a free man and joined the Union Army in Natchez, MS in 1863.

Another twist to the story about the family surname. It's ironic that Isaac's surname in the Civil War was  BLAKER.  How he came up with that surname a mystery. That's odd.

Perhaps he couldn't use his former surname as a slave. So the R was replace the Y. Isaac stated that his name was Isaac Blakey as he applied to pension benefits. There was no record of Isaac Blakey on file. Though Isaac did prove that he was Isaac Blaker.

As for the blakey surname, the name could have been how people thought  it should have been spelled. Or it's how it sound when people heard it.  It's so with the Blakley surname. My Grandpa John Blakey changed the surname to Blakley. Indeed that surname has been spelled Blakely and  other ways as well. 

I ordered a birthday 🎂. Here's my last name I saw on the box.
 I had a smile on my face...and said I'm here for the BLAKEY 🎂. Yes, I calmed it. 

Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley

Monday, October 19, 2015

Tracing The Lankford / Lankfard Surname Through Louis "Add"

Who was Louis Adward Lankford / Lankfard?

Louis was the son of Robert and Charlotta (Dade) Lankford / Lankfard.
He was born on Jan 20, 1882 in Canton, Lewis, Missouri
He passed in Jun of 1967 in New York, New York, New York,
Mr. Louis Adward "Add" Lankfard
(1882 -1967)

On the 1900 census
He was listed as  Addie S. SANKFORD / SANDFORD
He was a laborer.
City Directories in St. Joseph, MO
1901 ~ He was listed as Louis A Lankford               
He was a laborer at 2413 Edmond

1902 ~ He was listed as Louis A. Lankfard,
He lived at 2411 Edmond

Louis had a daughter by Leola PETERSON.
Thelma Rowena Lankford JACKSON.
(1902 - 1961)
Louis' Occupation ? 1908 - 1920Professional Baseball Player 

1909 ~ He was listed as Add Lankford, moved to Idaho
On the 1910 census
He was listed as Louis A. Lankford
He was a laborer at 2412 Edmond

1911 City Directory of St. Joseph, MO
Louis as listed  with LANKFARD surname
He was as a laborer at 2412 Edmond

Louis had a daughter and a son by Sarah Elizabeth WRIGHT.
Children born in Pocatello, Idaho
Adlene H. Lankford (1912 - 1931)
Charles "Puffy" Addison Lankford (1915 - 2009)

World War I Draft Reg Card 1917-1918
He lived in Manhattan, New York, New York on 160 West 142nd St.
Next of kin wife Virginia LANKFARD
Louis Adward LANKFARD was the name spelled and signed on record

  Louis Lankford married Virginia "Virgie" B Hill on Sept. 3, 1918 .
Louis had no children by Virgie.

On the 1920 Census
He was listed as Louis LANKFORD
He lived on 160 West 142nd St.
with wife Virgie
His Job: Attendant R.R. Station
Soundex: spelled surname: LAUKORD / LAUTFORD

City Directory NY
He was listed as  Louis A. Lankford at h160 W 144th
He was a por

On the 1925 NY Census
He was  listed as Louis Lankford with wife Virgie and mother in law at 160 West 142nd St

On the 1930 census
He was listed as Louis  LANGFORD
He live on St. Nicholas St.
 with wife Virgie
His Job: Porter at apartment house
Source World War II Draft Reg Card 1942
Louis lived on 824 St Nich Ave #24 NY.
Next of kin Nym Lankford.
Virgie was not listed.
Louis signed his surname Lankford.
Louis and Virgie Lankford
Re  married on 32nd Wedding Anniversary 1944.
Source Newspaper article

Louis was mentioned in two of his sibling's obituary. 
His surname was spelled Lankford on his, brother Leo Lankford's obituary in 1954.
And Lankfard in Lula Madison's obituary in 1961.

As I began searching for info on Louis, it was a task in doing.
I didn't know that he went by two names.
In St. Joseph, MO, he was Louis Lankford and Louis A. Lankfard. 
There were times he went by Add Lankford.
Add and Addie appears to have been  his nicknames.

When he became a professional baseball player his name was Add Langford.
 When he moved to NY, his name was some times Add Lankford.
He also went by Louis Lankford. 

Add Langford
a.k.a. Add Lankford
Louis Adward "Add" Lankford / Lankfard
It appears that Louis spelled his surname three ways.
 Langford / Lankford / Lankfard.
He was Louis Adward Lankfard.
He was Louis A. Lankford.
He was Add Langford.
He was Add Lankford.

However, Louis children spelled their surname LANKFORD.
It appears that the Langford and Lankford surname stood out.
Louis would mail post cards to his siblings.
He would address the surname as LANKFARD.
He would sign his name Add.
Well, it appears that Add added something different to the family connections.
He left  us a paper trail to discover who he was.
 Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley

R.I. P. Great Uncle Add.

Friday, October 16, 2015

The Frances Ovington Dade Connection: # 3.) Louis Newton DADE: Repost With Updates

This is a repost and update on the DADE Family Connections.
I have made a lot of discoveries.
I hope you see some family connections.
Thanks for reading.


3.) Louis Newton "Lew" DADE

Louis "Lew" Dade was born on October 16, 1847 in Lewis County Missouri.
He passed away on February 18, 1937 in Canton, Missouri.
He married Mary Ann Venoy.
Louis and Mary had 11 children.

1.) Japlin Gilam Dade
(1870 - 1910)
Japlin was married a Mrs. Nancy Moore

2.) Mary Bell Dade
(1872 - 1949)
She was listed as single on her death record.
She  was believe to have had 3 children.
Mary went by Bell on census records.
It was confusing. She had a sister in law named Bell Dade.
Mary Bell Dade's children.

Roy Dade
(1895- 1960)
He married Lillian Virginia Washington

 Clarence N. Dade
(1904 - 2003)
He married Marjorie Richards
Katherine B.  Brown Thompson
(1907 - 1996)
She married George Thompson

3.) Margaret / Maggie Elizabeth Dade
(1873 - 1954.)
She married Charles W. Brown

Charles W. Brown Jr. (1910 - 1910)

Julia Mary Brown Collin
(1910 - 1970)
She married Melvin M. Collins
Their children
Melvin Milford Collins
(1939 -1939)

George Charles Collins
(1941- 1942)

John Wayne Collins

Barbara Jean Collins Washington JONES

Mary Julia Collins

Richard Leroy Collins
(1946- 2015)
4.) Noah Den / ie Dade
(1877 -1975)
Den was married to Louetta / Etta Robinson.
They had 8 children
Elizabeth J. Nickerson,
She married William H. NICKERSON

Hazel Catherin King,
(1906 - 1990)
She married Barney Dewey KING

Louis P. "Louie" Dade, 
(1908 - 1980)
He married Frances HOLDER
He married Violet Bicsel HORAN

Mary Alice Dade,
(1909 - 1911)

Unnamed Dade,
(1911- 1911)

Glady Bea Dade Richards,
She married Carl Clifton Richards

Raymond Dade

Robert Lee Dade
(1917 - 2009)

5.) Diana Dade ( born about 1877)

6.) Isaac Dade ( born about 1879)

7.) Pearl Dade( born about 1881).

Pearl was married to Belle Cotton.

Continuing with the children of Louis and Mary Ann Dade
8.) George Dade
(born about 1883)

9.) Goldie / Golden Adom Dade
(1884 - 1920)

10.) Money / Mone Dade
(1888 - 1940)
Mone was married to
Madge B. "Maggie" PLEASANT Clark
(1879 - 1973)

11.) John Wesley Dade
(born about 1891 - !918))
John was married to Helen HOLDER.
They had a son,
Lloyd Milton Dade

I  have searched the census, marriage and death record for Louis Newton Dade's family.
That was were I found the above information.
Here's a few things I came up with.

On The 1870 census
Louis was listed with the name spelled Lewis Dade, age 23 MO born 1847.
Appeared living with parents, Isaac and Franky Dade.
His wife, Mary and their son Gilman born 1870.
Gilman could have been Japlin G? year of birth 1866.
I couldn't find Japin on the 1870 census.

On The 1880 Census
Louis was listed as Lewis Dade, age 33, MO born 1847,
Married to Mary R. Dade, Listed with 6 children;
Japlin, Mary, Margaret, Diane, Dennie and Isaac.

On The 1990 Census
Louis was listed as Louis BATES age 52, MO Born Oct 1847.
Wife, Mary A. BATE, married age 30; 1870
Louis was listed with 7 children
Mary, Margaret, Pearl, George, Golden, Money, Wesley
and one grandson, Roy who was Pearl's son.
Wife, Mary A. was the mother of 11
with 10 living when the 1900 census was taken.
Don't know if that could have been Gilman?

On The 1910 Census
Louis was listed as Lewis Dade, age 62, MO, Born about 1848,
Married to Mary A. Dade with 4 sons, Pearl, Golden, Mane (Mone), and Weslie.
They lived on 11th Street.

On The 1920 Census
This was the first time Louis was listed as Louis N. Dade, age 72 MO, Born about 1848,
Widowed. Lived with daughter, Maggie (Margaret) and Maggie's daughter, Julia born about 1903.
They lived at 1013 Grand Street. Louis owned the home.

On The 1930 Census
Louis was listed as Louis Dade age 83, MO born about 1847. Widowed,
Listed with daughter, Margaret born about 1879 and her daughter, Julia born about 1913 < wrong year. Lived on Grant Street Louis owned his home.
His job was curvier: bones and shell work .

Piecing The Story Together:
Frances OVINGTON DADE was lsted as 101 on the 1900 MO census.
According to the 1900 census, she was listed having 14 children.
7 were living at the time when the census was taken.

So far, I've come across 4 of the 14 children of Frances Ovington Dade.

1.) Louisa Jane / Janie Dade Washington
Mrs. David Washington
1826 - 1910)

2.) Mary Ann Dade Madison
Mrs. William Madison(1836 - 1921)

3.) Louis Newton Dade
A.K.A. Louis "Lew" Dade

(1847 - 1937)

4.) Charlotta / Charlottie Dade Lankford
Mrs. Robert Lewis Lankford(1852 - 1924)

The Journey Continues...
Hoping to find Another Frances OVINGTON DADE Connection

But who was Frances DADE OVINGTON to me?
Frances was the mother of Charlotta DADE LANKFORD.
Charlotta was the mother of Leo LANFORD Sr.
Leo Sr. was the father of Lula my mother.
me, Susan

Thanks for reading.
I hope some of the descendants of Louis Newton Dade find this blog.
Below is Louis Newton's death record.
Staying On The Ovington Dade Connection.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Family Surname: It Was Blakey Not Blakley, Sorta

Enter dated: In the year 1985: My father's brother, Isaac and his wife, Anna moved to South Dakota in the 1930's. They discovered that the family surname was BLAKEY not BLAKLEY.

Photo of Isaac and Anna Charlotte (Lankford) Blakley

Some of my thoughts:

I think it was during the 1970's or early 1980's when I learn about the spelling of my family surname. It was spelled BLAKEY. Back then, I didn't know the reason why our surname was changed. But through family searching I made some discovers.

Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley

Monday, October 12, 2015

Tracing The Lankford / Lankfard Family Surname: Through Nymadula / Nym

Who was Nymadula Lankford / Lankfard?

He was the son of Robert L. and Charlotta (Dade) Lankford / Lankfard.
He was born on Feb 29, 1896 in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Nymadula Lankfard

On the 1900 census.
 LIVED with parents and siblings at 2413 Edmond

On the 1910 Census
Name spelled: Nymmadula LANKFORD
LIVED with parents and siblings at 2413 Edmond.

City Directory St. Joseph, MO
1912 and 1913
2412 Edmond name Nymadula Lankford.
 He was a laborer

City Directory St. Joseph, MO  in 1914
2412 Edmond name Nymadula Lankfard.
He was a teamster for R. L. Lankfard

City Directory St. Joseph, MO in 1918
2412 Edmond name  Nym Lankfard.
He was a teamster.

Nym was a laborer.
Lived at 2414 Edmond.
 He was listed as single
SOURCE : World War I Draft Reg Card 1917-1918
On this record Nym surname was written both ways.
The first surname on paper spelled LANKFARD
Nym signed the record LANKFORD.

City Directory Denver in 1919
Lived in  Denver, Colorado, USA 2100 Arapahoe Listed as Nym Lankford a porter

He married Hattie McDaniel
Listed on 1920 census Nannie?
Hattie was a singer/ entertainer wife of Nym LANGFORD in WY.
They were lodgers in Casper, Wyoming

1923 Denver City Directory
Nym and Hattie Lankford r 2928 Downing.

WY 1924 and 1925
Believed to lived in Casper, Natrona, Wyoming, USA

On the 1930 Census
He lived in Manhattan, New York, New York:
Surname spelled: LANGFORD
LIVED with wife Irene and daughter, Marjorie Lankford
They lived  at 146th Street
Marjorie passed as a young child.

In 1938 ~ Divorced
from Hattie McDaniel: Source from Hattie McDaniel's bio
On the 1940 Census.
New York, New York, New York, United States
Surname spelled LANKFARD.

 Source World War II Draft Reg Card 1942
Nym was 46,
Married to Irene Lankford.
Lived at 246 W 14 6 Stapt 6 in New York
Worked: at Rome Concession, Penn Sta /
 Surnamed spelled LANKFORDBut, signed LANKFARD

 Nym was married to Gertrude "Gertie"
She was a German.
They lived in New York, New York

Mrs. Nym Lankfard
Mrs. Gertrude "Gertie" Lankfard
 The last mention of Nym:
He was mentioned on his brother Leo Lankford's obituary Sept of 1954 as a survivor...
also on sister's Lula Mae Maddison's obituary Sept 26, 1961. 
His surname was spelled Lankford in his brother Leo's obituary.
 Nym's surname was spelled Lankfard in Lula' s obituary.

 Nymadula's death was perhaps in NY NY;
There was a website stating that Nym was killed in a shot out.
I can't verify that.
I can't locate his death record.

It appears that Nym went by the surname of LANKFARD.
There is a book that mentions Nym's with the LANKFARD spelling.
Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

My Father Working On A Farm

I was thinking about my father.
The following enters are about the same subject.
The years were 1926 and 1929.
I'm not for sure how long my father was on the farm.

Enter Dated August 5, 1978:
 (I added words)

(My ) Dad, age 13, Great Bend, Kansas, 1926.
(He) worked for a 1 year on a farm driving horse while men would sacked hay.

Enter Dated Dec 26, 1984:
When (my) father was 16, when (he) went to Great Bend, Kansas
....for a summer to work on a farm to drove horses.
(The year would have been in 1929.)
My father in Dec of 1976
Some of my thoughts.
My father's father passed when my father was about 5.
My father's mother passed when my  father was about 13.
My father's older siblings cared from him.

I just had a thought.
My dad was only 13 and 16 living in Kansas.
I didn't ask my father who he stayed with in Great Bend, Kansas.
He could have been with some of his brothers.

Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley