Note: Note: He was 73y1m5d old. 1880 United States Federal Census Name: John Blakeney Home in 1880: Georgetown, Vermilion, Illinois Age: 59 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1821 Birthplace: Kentucky Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head) Spouse's name: Angeline Father's birthplace: Kentucky Mother's birthplace: Virginia Neighbors: View others on page Occupation: Farmer Marital Status: Married Race: White Gender: Male John Blakeney 59 Angeline Blakeney 54 Martha Blakeney 29
Source: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Vermilion County, Illinois. . ." Chicago, Chapman Brothers, 1889. Reprinted and indexed by Illiana Genealogical and Historical Society, 1981, pages 489-490.
Synopsis of this biography: [information in brackets added] [these biographies are very confusing] John Blakeney, Sr., died age 77, native of Pennsylvania [then to KY, then to IL] [We know him as JOHN T. BLAKENEY, Sr, b. 10 May 1786 d. 31 Jan 1864, age 77y 8m 21d, brother of William Hugh Blakeney who m. Ann Williams] = = = = = Beginning of article.
JOHN BLAKENEY [John T Blakeney, JR] This genial old pioneer of Vermilion County, although approaching his three-score and ten years presents the picture of a green old age, the culmination of a well-spent life, during which he has marked his course uprightly, lived at peace with his fellow-men and gained in a high degree their unqualified esteem. The picture of the sturdy oak, which has withstood the storms of time and maintained its strength and honor, may be well compared to the life of Mr. Blakeney. He has always been willing to "live and let live," has helped a fallen brother whenever in his power, and has been satisfied in the accumulation of sufficient of this world's goods to insure him against want in his declining years. He owns and occupies a comfortable home comprising seventy-seven acres of good farming land, lying on sections 4 and 5 in Georgetown Township.
A native of the Blue Grass State, our subject was born in Bourbon County April 26, 1820, and lived there until a lad of nine or ten years. Then leaving Kentucky he came with his parents to Vermilion County, Ill., in September, 1829, and completed his education as it had been begun, in a log school-house. His father, John Blakeney, [John T Blakeney, SR] was a native of Pennsylvania, and the mother, who in her girlhood was Sarah Oliver, was born in Virginia. The Blakeney family was noted for its strong men, who were almost without exception finely developed physically, and followed agricultural pursuits. The parents of our subject spent their last years in Georgetown Township. John Blakeney, Sr., lived to be seventy-seven years old, and the mother was sixty-five years old at the time of her decease. They were the parents of twelve children, namely: Martha, William, Hezekiah, Nancy, John, Thomas, Sara J., Polly A., Melinda, Hugh, James and Angeline.
Young Blakeney [John T Blakeney, JR] grew up amid the wild scenes of life on the frontier, assisting in the development of his father's farm, and also followed the river transporting produce from Danville to New Orleans. He remained a bachelor until approaching the twenty-eight year of his age, and was then married Feb. 10, 1848, to Miss Angeline, daughter of Edward and Mary (Ashby) Bowen, of Bourbon County, Ky. Mrs. Blakeney was a mere child when coming to Illinois in 1829. Her father secured a tract of lane in Georgetown Township, Vermilion County, where he spent the remainder of his years, and died at the age of seventy-four. The mother [Bowen]died when comparatively a young woman and when Mrs. Blakeney [Angeline Bowen Blakeney] was but a child, leaving four children: Angeline [Bowen Blakeney], Nancy [Bowen], John [Bowen]and James Henry [Bowen].
Mrs. Blakeney [Angeline Bowen Blakeney], after her mother's death, was taken into the home of her maternal grandfather, with whom she remained until his death, then returned to her father [Edward Bowen], who twice married after the death of his first wife. Of his second union there were born six children and none by the third. Mrs. Blakeney [Angeline] still retains a faint recollection of her native county in Kentucky [she was only 3 when they left!]. Of her [Angeline] union with our subject [John T. Blakeney, JR] there were born ten children, namely: James H., Martha J., Wesley, Mary C., who died when one year old,; Francis, who also died at the age of one year; Alwilda, who died at the age of three; Lincoln, who died when a promising lad of fourteen years; Thomas W., who died at the age of eight years; Lura, who died when one year old, and an infant who died unnamed.
Both our subject and his estimable wife are members in good standing of the Christian Church. Mr., Blakeney, politically, was a Whig until the abandonment of the old party, and now a strong Republican.
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