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

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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