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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

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Map of Bradford, Yorkshire and Manchester, Lancashire, England

Map of Bradford, Yorkshire and Manchester, Lancashire, England. Image courtesy of DuckDuckGo.com.

Ancestors of Henry Blakey

For many years we were unable to discover any of the Blakey ancestors prior to Edward Blakey, who came to America with his wife Margaret, son Henry (my maternal 2x great grandfather), and family. Without realizing it at the time, the key to unlocking this information was in the 1860 US Census where the family's surname was listed as "Blakow."

Searches in the Ancestry.com database provided census material in Yorkshire for 1841 and 1851. Along with other documents and records, we were slowly able to piece together the most probable ancestry of Henry Blakey back several generations more than previously had been known. Below is a chart tracing Henry's ancestry back six generations. The records use several variant spellings of "Blakow" including: Blackow, Blacoe, Blacow, and Blaikoe. For convenience, we have decided to adopt Blackow for all of Edward's ancestors.

Henry BLAKEY pedigree chart. Image courtesy of Williams Family Pages.

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.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

1870 US Federal Census

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

"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); . . .