8 Apr 1995
This booklet has been long in the making - and I still have more to be done. However, I've decided to put together what I now have.
While I was looking at the Wisconsin Federal Census of 1860, Portage County, for my mother's Roe ancestors, I accidentally came across the Blakey family - a surprise since my Grandfather George supposedly was born in Hayward, Wis. The census (a copy is included here) shows Henry and Jemima, an older couple Edward and Margaret (Henry's parents), and James all born in England and Emily born in Wis.
By the 1870 Federal Census, they had moved to Jackson County, Minnesota - Emily had died and George had been born (in Wis.) Edward was listed alone, indicating his wife Margaret had died (I did find in the Mortality Schedule that she died in February of that year). Family tradition says that both Margaret and Emily were buried on the family farm.
By 1880, James had married and was listed with his wife; Henry and Jemima were listed with George and Will, their third son. Edward had remarried a Martha Haggard (a relative of James wife?) and had four children. I have found no trace of them anywhere.
An affidavit attached to a land record in 1904 states that in 1882 Edward left his family and returned to England, dying there in 1889. I have yet to verify that.
Besides the Census, I have included copies of obituaries (not every statement in obits. is accurate), and pictures, plus computer printouts of descendants. I would appreciate corrections, additions, suggestions, help in research, etc.
Verla A. Williams
4333 Pine Ridge Trail NE
Iowa City, IA 52240
Friday, January 15, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Husband: Henry BLAKEY
1. James Edward BLAKEY
Born: 15 Apr 1829Wife: Jemima THORP
Place: Bradford, York, England
Married: 23 Sep 1855
Place: Halifax, York, England
Died: 18 Dec 1904
Place: Jackson, MN
Husband's Father: Edward BLAKEY
Husband's Mother: Margaret
Born: 09 May 1829
Place: Bradford, York, England
Died: 27 Jul 1905
Place: Jackson MN
Wife's Father: Thomas/George THORP
Wife’s Mother: Unknown
1. James Edward BLAKEY
Born: 20 Sep 18562. Emily BLAKEY
Place: Rastrick, Yorks, England
Spouse: Rosanna HAGGARD
Married: 24 Mar 1878
Died: 28 Mar 1928
Born: Feb 18603. George Edward BLAKEY
Place: Portage Co., WI
Died: c. 1867
Born: 17 Feb 18634. William Henry BLAKEY
Place: Hayward? WI
Spouse: Lottie KEPHART
Married: 21 Nov 1894
Died: 8 Dec 1945
Born: 8 Sep 1870
Place: Jackson, MN
Spouse: Cora RIDGEWAY
Married: 25 Dec 1900
Died: 26 Jun 1946
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Henry and Jemima (Thorp) BLAKEY (Jackson, MN: A. C. Roberts, c. 1894). Image courtesy of Verla Williams.
The information on the reverse side indicates that the photo at one time had belonged to George Blakey, their son. It also appears as if this same image was used for the separate pall photos of Henry and Jemima.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Marriage Certificate. Henry BLAKEY and Jemima THORP (23 Sep 1855).
CERTIFIED COPY OF AN ENTRY OF MARRIAGE GIVEN AT THE GENERAL REGISTER OFFICE, LONDON
Application Number S106A
1855. Marriage solemnized at ___ in the Parish of Halifax in the County of York
When Married: Sep 23
Name and Surname: Henry Blakey - Jemima Thorp
Age: 25 - 25
Condition: Widower - Spinster
Rank or Profession: Silk dresser -
Residence at the time of Marriage: Brighouse - Brighouse
Father's Name and Surname: Edward Blakey - Thomas Thorp
Rank or Profession of Father: Comber - Weaver
Married in the Parish Church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church , by _____or after Barrow? by me, J.? R. Farris.
This Marriage was solemnized between us, Henry Blakey, Jemima Thorpe + her mark in the Presence of us, John Gregson, John Thomas
Certified to be a true copy of an entry in the certified copy of a register of Marriages in the Registration District of Halifax, Given at the General Register Office, London, under the Seal of the said Office, the 13th day of July, 1984.
MX 849189 This certificate is issued in pursuance of section 65 of the Marriage Act 1949, Sub-section 3 of that section provides that any certified copy of an entry purporting to be sealed or stamped with the seal of the General Register Office shall be received as evidence of the marriage to which it relates without any further or other proof of the entry, and no certified copy purporting to have been given in the said Office shall be of any force or effect unless it is sealed or stamped as aforesaid.
Caution: It is an offence to falsify a certificate or to make or knowingly use a false certificate or a copy of a false certificate intending it to be accepted as genuine to the prejudice of any person, or to possess a certificate knowing it to be false without lawful authority.
Form A513MX Dd 8264494 65M 1/83 Mcr(300528)
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Detail from 1860 US Federal Census. Image courtesy of Ancestry.com.
Edward Blakow 56 M
Margaret Blakow 59 F
Henry Blakow 30 M
Jemima Blakow 30 F
James E. Blakow 3 M
Emily Blakow 4/12 F
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Almond, Portage, Wisconsin; Roll M653_1426; Page: 191; Image: 192.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1,438 rolls.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
Detail of US Federal Census Mortality Schedule. Image courtesy of Ancestry.com.
Blakey, Margaret : 70 : F : White : Married : England : February : Keeping House : Inflammation of lungs
Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. A portion of this collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Detail from 1870 US Federal Census. Image courtesy of Ancestry.com.Blakey, Henry 40 M
Blakey, Jemima 40 F
Blakey, James 13 M
Blakey, George 7 M
Blakey, Edward 65 M
Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Des Moines, Jackson, Minnesota; Roll M593_6; Page: 105; Image: 448.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2003. Original data: 1870. United States. Ninth Census of the United States, 1870. Washington, D.C. National Archives and Records Administration. M593, RG29, 1,761 rolls. Minnesota. Minnesota Census Schedules for 1870. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. T132, RG29, 13 rolls.
Monday, December 28, 2009
"Some of the Men Who Toiled Early and Late to Build Jackson," (Newspaper and date unknown). Image courtesy of Verla Williams.
Update (3 Nov 2009): I received from Linda Doepel a much higher quality scan of this image which I reproduce below. She found it in a book called An Illustrated History of Jackson County.
Pioneers. Illustration from Arthur P. Rose, An Illustrated History of Jackson County, Minnesota (Jackson, MN: Northern History Publishing Co., 1910), p. 147. Image courtesy of Linda Doepel.
Rose (1910, 119) also mentions Henry Blakey and his father Edward as some of the early settlers of Des Moines Township:
Jackson township (renamed Des Moines by act of the board of county commissioners May 16, 1866) had the other townships of the tier attached to it at the time of organization, as well as the tier north of it. It lost the northern tier early in 1867 by the organization of Belmont township, Wisconsin in 1869, and the townships to the west in 1872. Following are the early settlers of Des Moines who received titles from the government and the years the patents were issued:
. . . 1873, Milton Mason (4), Martin L. Bromaghim (12), Alpheus C. Marshall (12), Welch Ashley (12), Hans Chesterson (15), Stanton F. Stone (18), Hiram II. Stone (18), Emmet Miner (20-21), Joseph E. Fields (26-27), Horace L. Trumbull (27), Levi Bennett. Jr. (28), Henry Blakey (28), Edward J. Orr (29), Jesse E. Prescott (30), Orson Cook (30), Michael Smith (30), William R. Maddock (33), Edward Davies (34); 1874, Hans Stall (2), Hans Hanson (2), Erick Christianson (2), Edward Blakey (27-28); . . .
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Abstract of Title to SW 1/4 of SW 1/4, Section 27, Township 102, Jackson County. Original Grantee Edward BLAKEY (15 Apr 1874). Image courtesy of Verla Williams. Scan and composite by Mark D. Williams.
Continuation of above. Image courtesy of Verla Williams. Scan and composite by Mark D. Williams.
Abstract of Title to NW 1/4 of SW 1/4, Section 27, Township 102, Jackson County. Original Grantee Edward BLAKEY (15 Apr 1874). Image courtesy of Verla Williams. Scan and composite by Mark D. Williams.
Abstract of Title to NE 1/4 of SE 1/4, Section 28, Township 102, Jackson County. Original Grantee Edward BLAKEY (15 Apr 1874). Image courtesy of Verla Williams. Scan and composite by Mark D. Williams.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Detail from 1875 MN State Census. Image courtesy of Ancestry.com.
Edward Blakey 70 M
Martha Blakey 37 F
Martha E. Blakey 2 F
Ernest E. Blakey 0 M
Henry Blakey 46 M
Jemima Blakey 46 F
James Blakey 18 M
George E. Blakey 11 M
Wm H. Blakey 5 M
Source Information: Ancestry.com. Minnesota Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Minnesota Historical Society. Minnesota State Population Census Schedules, 1865-1905. St. Paul, MN, USA: Minnesota Historical Society, 1977. Microfilm. Reels 1-47 and 107-164.
Minnesota. Minnesota Territorial Census Schedules, 1849-1855. St. Paul, MN, USA: Minnesota Historical Society, 2000. Microfilm.
Minnesota. Minnesota 1857 Territorial Census. Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN, USA.