Note: Oliver) and John T. Blakeney. He moved to Danville, IL., and served in the Black Hawk War for one year. He married Susannah Ellis on November 25, 1834, and they lived among the Indians in the region. They had twelve children, eight of whom survived. They are Sarah (McCorkle), T.W. Blakeney, Susannah (Brooks), Nancy (Stevens), Rachael (Ellis), Mary (Royse), Martha (Field). They liked to smoke pipes made of clay on their back porch. One of the stories told to the grandchildren was of the Indians who came to visit their home. The Indians liked fire water (whiskey) and fly (raisin) bread. If they saw the Indians coming, they would go under their trap door in the house and hide after putting bread or whiskey out until the footsteps departed. He voted the Republican ticket ever since the party was organized, and was a member of the Christian church. They lived three quarters of a mile west of Westville.
HISTORY OF VERMILION COUNTY ILLINOIS, A TALE OF ITS EVOLUTION, SETTLEMENT AND PROGRESS FOR NEARLY A CENTURY, By LOTTIE E. JONES Author of "Decisive Dates in Illinois History"
William Blakeney was a native of Kentucky, and his wife Susan (Ellis) Blakeney, was born in Greene County, Ohio. Susan Ellis came to Vermilion County with her father about 1821, but Mr. Blakeney came in 1829. He came to Illinois earlier than this but did not locate in Vermilion County for some time after he left Ohio. He traveled over the state on foot, visiting the lead mines at Galena. He served in the Black Hawk war in 1832, three years after coming to Vermilion County. Physically, William Blakeney was a splendid specimen of manhood. He was tall, had a powerful frame and was very active.
He was acknowledged the strongest man west of the Wabash, and could outrun any man in this section were he white man or Indian. Mr. and Mrs. Blakeney were the parents of twelve children, eight of whom grew to mature years and married and had families of their own.
Mr. Blakeney's home was in Georgetown Township. One of his sons, well known as Sergeant Blakeney, married the daughter of Benjamin Brooks, the founder of Brooks' Point.
Note: William was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, the second child of Sarah (
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