Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Children Of Robert and Charlotta DADE LANKFORD / LANKFARD

I was doing some research in the Lankford/ Lankfard family. I was searching for Mr. and Mrs. Robert Louis / Lewis LANKFORD/ LANKFARD. As I was trying to compile a story on them, I began to see things. Here's some of my adventure.

I came across that Lewis LANKFORD married Miss Charlotta DADE on Jan 25, 1873 in Canton, Missouri. During the process of going back over the census records and information I have on the Lankford / Lankfard Family, I made some discoveries that I've over looked.

Mr. Robert Lankford / Lankfard
(1852 - 1919)

I can't recall when I made the discovery of Robert and Charlotta having 11 children. I had always thought that there were 9. But through research there were more. According to the 1910 census Charlotta was recorded of having 11 children. There were 9 living at the time the census was taken.

I've been searching back over what I have on The Lankford / Lankfard Children. I came up with a list of 13 of them. But, I believe that there were only 11 of them.

Mrs. Charlotta (DADE) Lankford / Lankfard
(1954 - 1924)

On the 1880 census; the Lankford children; recorded as the children of Lewis and Charlotta; were Jennie, James, Lula and Fred. I notice that James the oldest wasn't listed. It could be that James was recorded as Jennie and a female. Jennie and James born about the same year. I found no other record of Jennie Lankford only on the 1880 census.

On the other census records, the Lankford children included; Louis, Leo, Anna, Charles, Nymadula and Isabelle. This would make up the list of 9 children not 10. Here's the list of the Lankford names I first heard of.

James Lankford
Lula Lankford
Frederick Lankford
Louis Lankford
Leo Lankford
Alice Lankford
Charles Edward Lankford
Nymadula Lankford
Isabelle Lankford

Through the years, I came across two other names. There was a stillborn born in 1893. Another son listed on Charlotta Lankford's death record. His name was Isaac Lankford Jr. This has been a mystery to me since I received Charlotta's death record.

The stillborn was listed on a book at the located library in St. Joseph, Missouri. The names Robert and Charlotta Lankford was listed as parents. This could be one of the children of the 11 that wasn't living on the 1910 census.

As for Isaac Lankford, I don't think was the correct name on Charlotta's death record. The source was from the undertaker. I think the son listed could have been Louis Lankford. There were only three of Charlotta's sons living in New York at the time of her passing.

Frederick, Louis and Nymadula were in New York. There son the was giving the information to the undertaker could have been Louis. I have not found any record on Isaac Lankford Jr.

As for the other Lankford / Lankfard children. That child was born after the 1900 census. The children passed away before the 1910 census was taken.

The list of Robert and Charlotta's children

James Andrew Lankford (1874 - 1957)
Lula Mae Lankford MADISON (1875 - 1961)
Frederick Lankford born 1878
Louis Lankford ( 1882 - 1967)
Leo Lankford ( 1884 - 1954)
Anna Alice Lankford SMITH ( 1885 - ? 1960's)
Charles Edward Lankford born in 1890
Stillborn Girl Lankford (1893 - 1893)
Nymadula Lankford born leap day 1896
Isabella V. Lankford NICKERSON (1898 - 1938)
Unknown Name Lankford born after the 1900 census

If Jennie Lankford and Isaac Lankford Jr. were on the Lankford / Lankfard Family tree, I only came across one record of them both. It reminds mystery. However the stillborn and the unknown Lankford / Lankfard children were recorded with two records. The stillborn death was recorded. And the 1910 census listed that Charlotta had 11 children.

It's interesting to look at what we search for from time to time. We can over look things in the process of compiling what we've discovered over the years. I will go back over what I have again and again. Perhaps I missed something.

My Journey Continues...

Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Isaac and Rachel Blakey Family Connections: Mary [Blakey] WHITE Green:

I've been tracing the whereabouts of  Mary ( BLAKEY) GREEN.
What have I discovered about  Mrs. Ollie Green?

Mary BLAKEY was born on July 3, 1874 in Natchez,  Mississippi. She was  the first daughter of Isaac BLAKEY and Rachel (LEPHRIDGE) BLAKEY.  Mary was listed on the 1880 census with her Grandmother, Julia WHITE, who was the head of household.

Also in that same household with Mary, were her parents, Isaac and Rachel, Mary's siblings, John Andrew, Julia and Henry, her uncles, Spencer, John, David, Josh, an aunt, Martha and cousins, Rebecca and Andrew. On the 1880 census, the family surname was WHITE. 

Here's some info I thought to share. I added some of my thoughts and discoveries.
I hope someone sees or finds more family connections. 

----- Info from Blakey Blakley White Family Reunion Booklet: Oral History ----

"Rev. Ollie and Mary (Blakey) Green were another couple who came to South Dakota from Missouri. Aunt Mary was the oldest one in the Isaac Blakey Sr. family.  She was born in Natchez, Mississippi and moved to Forest Green, Missouri at an early age.

She married Ollie Green, and later they moved to Yankton. Aunt Mary was known for her kind heart and  her good cooking and baking. Although they had no children of their own, they helped care for everyone else. I know that when the Hayes family was left without a mother, they always looked out for them.

Uncle Ollie Green was a brick tender. I have heard that he was the best there was around these parts. Aunt Mary worked as a domestic in homes."

------- Info from Blakey Blakley White Family Reunion Booklet :  Oral History ----
"Now as the Allen Chapel A.M.E of Yankton celebrates its 100th year, there is another church that must be mentioned. As I have told you in the other stories, I was you and can only tell you what I remember. I would say maybe somewhere about 1912, there were a lot of Blacks here through the Blakey Exodus from Missouri.

The Blakeys had been Baptist in Missouri and became Methodist upon arriving in Yankton. However, some wanted to remain Baptist.  When Rev. Ollie and Mary Green arrived, They thought there should be a Baptist Church. In talking with Tom Douglas, who I should say here had been owned  ,by two slave masters and also used the other name of Christopher Columbus Yancey at times, he donated land located at 10th and Summit Street to construct the Second Baptist Church.

We went to church at the A.M.E. in the morning and went up "on the hill" on Sunday afternoons. these churches in Yankton were unique as we were nearly all related and we depended on each other. Anything that was for the good or bad for us was discussed at the Churches.

The N.A.A.C.P meeting were held there. Some of the people I remember that attended Second Baptist were  Deacon Ernest Hayes, Deacons John Henry Blakey,  those two Deacons continued having services there until in the late 1960's, Dick and Edner Bentley, Ed and Lillie Hayes,  I can remember a Rev. Monroe, Archie, Eddie and Emerson Jackson, Dick, Earldean, Dorothy and Georgia Hayes.

The little Church does not stand any more, but the memories will last a life time."

------- Some of my discoveries and Thoughts -----

I was searching the MO marriage records for Mary and Ollie. I couldn't find a Mary BLAKEY who married an Ollie GREEN. I'm not for sure but, Mary appeared to had kept the WHITE surname.

I did come across an Ollie Green who married Mary WHITE in Missouri on July 28, 1889. The father of Mary White was Isaac White. I believe that this Isaac was Isaac BLAKEY.

I continued to trace Ollie and Mary Green whereabouts in Missouri. On the 1900 census records, Mary was listed as having one child, who was living at the time of the census. However, the child wasn't listed in the household with Mary. On the 1910 census, Mary was listed as having a child, but the child was listed as deceased.

I have located Ollie's and Mary's whereabouts as they moved to South Dakota. It was about 1912. They appeared on the 1915, 1920, 1925 , 1930, 1935 and 1940 censuses in South Dakota. Mary's name appeared in the 1945 SD census, Ollie did not.

It's most likely, Ollie and Mary passed on in Yankton, South Dakota.  I searched the death record index for Yankton. I came across an Olive Green who passed on March 17, 1945. This Olive could have been Ollie Green. And a Mary Green who passed on Feb 17, 1949 in Yankton, South Dakota.

I  have been  searching for obituaries. I came across Mary's named mentioned in some one of her siblings' obituary in 1943. However, she wasn't listed in another sibling's obituary in 1952.  I believe that the Mary Green who passed in 1949 was Mary (BLAKEY / WHITE) GREEN.

Perhaps someone may know more Ollie and Mary.
I hope to make some discoveries in the future.
What happened to Ollie and Mary Green?
I'm awaiting to come across more records as more info are available to the public.

Thanks for reading.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Happy February!

Welcome to February!
I hope you have a wonderful month.
Blessings to you.

Thanks for reading.
Perhaps you see some family connections.
S.A. Blakley

Here's  Family History February
Here are some of my discoveries last February.

I explored and discovered more info for Find A Grave and Obituaries.
I was making corrections as I was adding more to the family tree.
I set up some memorials on Find A Grave.

I searched in Lewis County Mo on the Clays and Manleys.
Found some obituaries, photos and Find A Grave Memorials

Ralph Louis Clay found obituary (1943 - 2014)
Harry Frank Clay Sr. found photo on
Donna Jean Clay  found on Find A Grave (1957 - 2013)
Cora Ann Clay : added to Find A Grave
Harry  Frank Clay Sr. :  added to Find A Grave
Robert Smith Clay:  added to Find A Grave

Found Leonard Manley tombstone on a billion grave

As I was searching info on Elmer Robinson, I made the discovery that his wife, Cora Robinson was the sister of Willie C. Hendred. Added Cora was the missing Hendred sibling.

Doris Manley lived with Cora Clay so did Leonard Manley.

Found on Find A Grave Tombstones:
Added more into to family history
Arthur R. Hayes was born in Salisbury
Georgia Tolson passed in 1957
Earledean Hunter passed in 1992
Dorothy Baker ? Two were listed but not for sure if correct on.
Virile Baker passed in 1951
Hayes Baker ? Not for sure if correct one.

Question how the surname is spelled: Hayes or Hays

Found Thomas Blakey's memorial and tombstone on Find A Grave
Added memorials to Find A Grave
George Edward Hendred
John Hendred
Cora Henderds Robinson
William Charles Hendreds

Note on Lankford / Lankfard Children
On the 1910 census, Charlotta was listed as having 11 but 9 were living
Charlotta may have had a child after the 1900 census.

The 1963 MO Death Records open to the public.
Edward Houston was born on July 4, 1894. He passed on July 23, 1963.
Edward was the husband of Rena White Houston.

Searching for James Jackson's mother? Kate Gaines Jackson.
James was the husband of Hattie White Jackson.

Discovered that Barney Dewey King was born in 1899 in Galebury, Ill
His father was Will Edgar King. He was buried near his son in CA.

Found Veta Mae Stewart's name on husband's obituary.

Found Glaglow MO newspaper online: "Slave Ad" advertised on Jan 28, 1858.

Found tombstone of Goldie / Golda Woodson. She was married to William Manley

Found tombstone of Edna Bentley. Edna wife of Richard Bentley.
Created more memorials on Find A Grave: Richard Bentley's parents

Found tombstone: Paul I. Blakey and his wife, Catherine on Find A Grave

Received info Melanie James Clay born in Clarence, MO.

Confirmation  on George Franklin Manley Sr's children
Dona Manley Blakney
Dora Manley

Searching on Thomas J. Blakey:  Did he marry twice?