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Friday, January 15, 2010


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

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Henry BLAKEY Descendants Diagram

Henry BLAKEY Descendants Diagram. Image courtesy of Ancestry.com.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Family Group Sheet for Henry BLAKEY (1829-1904)

Husband: Henry BLAKEY
Born: 15 Apr 1829
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
Wife: Jemima THORP
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 1856
Place: Rastrick, Yorks, England
Spouse: Rosanna HAGGARD
Married: 24 Mar 1878
Died: 28 Mar 1928
2. Emily BLAKEY
Born: Feb 1860
Place: Portage Co., WI
Died: c. 1867
3. George Edward BLAKEY
Born: 17 Feb 1863
Place: Hayward? WI
Spouse: Lottie KEPHART
Married: 21 Nov 1894
Died: 8 Dec 1945
4. William Henry BLAKEY
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

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)

Marriage Certificate
. Henry BLAKEY and Jemima THORP (23 Sep 1855). Image courtesy of Verla Williams.

Application Number S106A

1855. Marriage solemnized at ___ in the Parish of Halifax in the County of York

No. 26
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.

The Parish Church in the parish of Halifax is Halifax Minster dedicated to St. John the Baptist. It was here that Henry Blakey and Jemima Thorp were married.

Halifax Minster, Halifax, Yorkshire, England. Image courtesy of AboutBritain.com.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

1860 US Federal Census

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

Township Map of Jackson County, Minnesota

Township map of Jackson County, MN. Image courtesy of The Minnesota GenWeb Project.

Friday, January 1, 2010

US Federal Census Mortality Schedule: Margaret BLAKEY (Feb 1870)

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.