Note: Dear Ron; I have been researching my family tree – one limb that is Blakeney – and I am becoming more confused by the minute! I don’t know if you can help me, but I am going to try. My gg grandfather was William A. Blakney born March 25, 1843 in Tenessee (according to census records) but moved to Wabash County IL when he was little (before 1850). He is older brother to Tobias Blakney (b. 1853) who went to Vermilion Co. IL after his marriage. I thought Tobias went there because they had other family members there. Which led me to believe that Tobias and William were definitely related to the Vermilion Blakeneys, and I was guessing that William Blakeney born in 1812 was possibly their uncle. I know for a fact that my William and Tobias’ parents were Alvin (b. approx. 1814) and Elizabeth (Adams) Blakney. So, I thought that Alvin and the older William were brothers. BUT I cannot verify this.
So I am wondering if possibly John (b. 1786) and Sarah Blakeney (b. 1792) in the Dukes Cemetery in Vermilion County are Alvin’s parents? If you have any information on their other children, I would greatly appreciate the help. Thanks so much in advance, Sherry Whitman Escanaba, MI
From: Ron Yates [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 9:36 PM To: 'Sherry Whitman' Subject: RE: Blakney Family research
Sherry, I am sorry I can't be more specific but I have enclosed all the connections that I have to date in case it might help with a lead. Ron
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 8:21 AM To: Ron@yatesville.net Subject: RE: Blakney Family research
Thank you so much for sharing your research with me - you are the first to at least give me an idea that my Alvin might very well be a son of John T and Sarah (Oliver) Blakeney. You have listed an "unknown" Blakeney born to them in 1814 in Bourbon County, KY. My Alvin was born about that time in Ky! I know this is just an educated guess and needs to be verified. I wondered how you knew that John and Sarah had these two "unknown" children b. in 1814 and 1816? I have emailed some of the other Vermilion Co. IL Blakeneys and they only list the "known" children and seem to feel Alvin was not one of theirs.
Thanks too for referring me to Norma Ewing. She wasn't able to help me much with exactly how Alvin fits in, but when I gave her some of my other family names (Adams, Morgan) she got pretty excited as it may mean they we are related in more ways than one! This is all so interesting. Thanks again, Sherry
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 12:47 PM To: 'Sherry Whitman' Cc: Norma Ewing Subject: RE: Blakeney Family research
Don't these mysteries just drive you crazy!
I just completed an intensive 10 day mid-West visit; I was able to spend a day in Bock and Sandusky Cemeteries. Bock, Sandusky and Dukes combined provide a compelling synopsis of how this family developed, lived and died. This visit allowed me to connect about 50 people together so I am feeling pretty snappy today. My contribution to the effort is not as a major researcher; it may be more along the lines of organizing and communicating things. This is my limp excuse for not recalling where I picked up the notes regarding the two "unknown" children b. in 1814 and 1816.
How long have you been working this mystery? Have you done it long enough to be able to triangulate whether this is right and collaborated by other compelling facts? Can you smell if this is right? I haven't chosen to focus on this mystery but it is interesting. I will plug into my systems with documentation that we will assume this was Alvin and see if it continues to make sense. Let me know if you dust up any further information. You have at least two new potential cousins at least in the hunt. With best regards, Ron Yates
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