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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Death of Jemima Thorpe BLAKEY (27 Jul 1905)

Obituary. Jemima Thorpe BLAKEY (27 Jul 1905).

Death of Mrs. Blakey

The sudden death of Mrs. Henry Blakey occurred after only a few hours sickness at her home in the west part of the city on last Thursday morning. Mrs. Blakey has not been in the best of health since the death of her husband last fall, but that her end would come as soon was not entertained by any of her friends or family.

Jemimia Thorpe was born in Bradford, England, May 9, 1829 and came to America forty-seven years ago with her husband to Wisconsin where they remained about ten years when they came to Jackson county where they have since made their home. They homesteaded a fine quarter section west of Jackson where they lived until they came to this city to reside in 1894.

Mrs. Blakey was a woman who had won many friends by her kind manner and was always ready to assist a friend or neighbor when help or sympathy was needed. She was the mother of three sons, James, of Hayward, Wis., George and William here at home, Emily, the only daughter having died during their residence in Wisconsin.

The funeral was held from the home on Saturday, the Rev. Wilkinson preaching the farewell sermon. The body was laid to rest in Riverside cemetery beside those of her husband amid a large offering of floral tributes.


voxdoc said...

In Henry's obituary it stated that "[h]e came to this country in 1856, settling in Wisconsin where he remained for a year." Jemima's obituary above claims she "came to America forty-seven years ago and settled with her husband in Wisconsin where they remained about ten years when they came to Jackson county. . ." Forty-seven years before 1905 would have been 1858 so there is a discrepancy between the two accounts. Also note that Henry's states they lived in Wisconsin for one year and Jemima's states it was about ten years.

In the Introduction, Verla Williams points out that the Blakey family was listed in the 1860 Wisconsin Federal Census and by the time of the 1870 Federal Census had moved to Jackson. This means that no matter what year they emigrated, they would obviously have had to have lived in Wisconsin longer than one year.

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