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Ancestors of George Curtis Blakely

Generation No. 4

      8. Francis Blakely, born December 24, 1770 in New York?, Virginia?, Scotland?, Ireland?; died October 31, 1857 in North Liberty, Knox Co., Ohio. He was the son of 16. ? Blakely. He married 9. Rachel Hardesty 1797 in ,Washington Co., PA.

      9. Rachel Hardesty, born 1780 in Maryland?, PA?, Scotland?/Scotland, Saint Marys Co., MD; died in ,Knox Co., Ohio. She was the daughter of 18. Francis Hardesty and 19. Sarah ??.

Notes for Francis Blakely:
!Burial: Blakely Burial Ground-Farm of Hugh Blakely. Not kept up but
is in Hugh Blakely's deed that any of the family can restore
it if they wish. It is in a clump of trees and has a lot of
poisen ivy. There are many stones there.

!Residence: 1770 -New York?; 1776-1805 - Washington Co., PA;
1805-1857 - Knox Co., Ohio (1800 - Finley Twp. Washington
Co., PA 1806 Taxpayer Fairfield Co., Clinton Twp, OH as Blakeney

!Stories passed down: see notes.

Stories passed down over the years: One is from Elkanah Franklin Blakely
given to me by Mary Ramser. "Our Great Grand Parents left Ireland about
the year 1770. G. G. father died on board the ship and was buried in the
ocean. G. G. mother and three children--John, William, and Zephiniah (
(Grandfather (Francis) was born after they landed in America)--arrived safe
in America. William settled not far from Baltimore and raised a family.
Mother remembers three of his children--ones name was John, one Charles,
one Sarah. John came to Morrow Co., Ohio. He left no boys. His children
was all girls--six of them. G. G. Mother married again--a man by the name
of Canada. She had one child by Canada--a daughter who married a man by
the name of Atherton. After Atherton died, she married a man by the name
of Goon. G. G. Mother came to Dry Creek in Knox County, Ohio and made
her home with her daughter until she died. She lived to be one hundred
years old. Mother says that our Grandfather did not know what became of
his other two brothers but thought that John had gone to (Canada?).
I copied this just as he had written--it is not very plain. Anna
(I believe this was Georgiana Reichert.)

Another story is found in the Family Bible belonging to Sarah Grubb Blakely,
wife of William Blakely, son of Francis: This family is of Scotch Irish
linage and was founded in America by Francis Blakely, born in Ireland,
his ancestors having gone to that locality from Scotland. Francis Blakely
came to America near the turn of the 17th Century and settled in Washington
Co., PA, where he married Rachel Hardesty who was born in Scotland.

Another story comes from Mrs. Charles Zimmerman of Altamont, Ill in 1934.
It goes like this: My Great-Great Grandfather Blakeley, was married in
Ireland, started to America with his wife, died and was buried in the ocean.
One boy was named Francis, who was my Great Grandfather. The children were
separated. Francis went to Washington Co., PA. Another brother went to
Maryland, a third to Massachusets. Some of the New England family visited
at one time in Ohio. The one who went to Maryland was reputed to be wealthy
and a slave holder.

Another story coming from Mildred M. Blakely=Dresher of Hutchinson, KS
in 1956 as told by her Aunt Christie Waddell. It is as follows: Our Great-
Great Grandfather Blakely was married in Ireland, started to America with
his wife and three little boys, was taken sick at sea and died and was
buried in the ocean. One boy whose name was Francis was our Great Grandfather.
The children were seperated. Francis went to Washington Co., PA. One went
to Maryland and the other to Massachusetts. Some of the New England family
members visited at one time in Ohio. The one that went to Maryland was
reputed to be quite wealthy and a great slave owner.

Then Dr. Garth Blakely had two more stories very similar to the previous
ones except that the family settled in New York where the mother raised the
children. The boys were William, then Francis, then a younger brother whose
name is not remembered. The second story he found was: the boys grew up
in Ireland and as they became of age, left home and came individually to
America. William is said to have settled in New England or New York or
Maryland. Francis is reported to have landed in America at the same place
as William did but later went to PA, either directly, or by way of Virginia
or Maryland. The third brother settled in the South and reputedly was a
well-to-do slave owner. There was no further information on the third

!Birth: 1850 census listed as New York for Francis & Maryland for Rachel.
1860 census Francis two children listed parents birthplace as VA.

!Residence: 1820 census Blakeney in Knox Co. Clinton Twp, Ohio.
1830 census Blaking Knox Co. Ohio
1840 census Blakely Knox Co., Pike Twp., Ohio
Moved to Knox Co, Ohio on Dry Creek in 1805 although it was
Fairfield Co, Ohio at that time. Became a Co. in 1808.

More About Francis Blakely:
Burial: Blakely Cemetery, Knox Co., Ohio

Notes for Rachel Hardesty:
!Church Affil: Methodist Episcopal

More About Rachel Hardesty:
Burial: North Liberty, Knox, Ohio
Children of Francis Blakely and Rachel Hardesty are:
  i.   Hannah Blakely, married Daniel Grubb March 14, 1834 in ,Knox Co., Ohio; born April 06, 1811 in ,Rockingham Co., Virginia; died in North Liberty, Knox Co., Ohio.
  Notes for Hannah Blakely:
!Marriage: Brother and sister married brother and sister. (Daniel & Sarah
Grubb, brother and sister, married Hannah and William Blakely,
brother and sister.

  Notes for Daniel Grubb:
!Daniel & Sarah Grubb, brother and sister, married Hannah and William
Blakely, brother and sister.

Occup: Farmer

  More About Daniel Grubb:
Burial: Blakely Cemetery

  ii.   Sarah "Sally" Blakely, born August 14, 1803; died March 01, 1861 in North Liberty, Knox Co., Ohio; married Adam Johnston; died August 22, 1851 in North Liberty, Knox Co., Ohio.
  More About Sarah "Sally" Blakely:
Burial: Blakely Cemetery

  Notes for Adam Johnston:
!Lived: at North Liberty, OH where the new cemetery is now located.

!Father: probable William Johnston, North Liberty founder and buried
in the Blakely Cemetery.

  More About Adam Johnston:
Burial: Blakely Cemetery

  4 iii.   Sr. William Blakely, born January 22, 1805 in Finley Twp., Washington Co., PA.; died August 28, 1878 in Jelloway, Knox, Ohio; married Saloma (Sarah) Grubb April 10, 1828 in ,Knox, Ohio, by Andrew Scales.
  iv.   Richard Blakely, born December 22, 1806 in ,Knox Co., Ohio; died June 17, 1853 in Butler, Logan Co., Ohio; married Elizabeth "Jane" Wallis August 30, 1829.
  Notes for Elizabeth "Jane" Wallis:
!Parents: James & Catherine (Robinson) Wallace.

  v.   Elizabeth "Betty" Blakely, born 1807; married (1) ?? Kessler; married (2) George Waddell.
  vi.   James Hugh "Hardesty" Blakely, born May 20, 1809 in Knox Co., Clinton Twp., Ohio; died 1881 in North Liberty, Knox Co., Ohio; married Catherine Wallis 1827; born April 10, 1803 in ,,PA; died April 21, 1866.
  Notes for James Hugh "Hardesty" Blakely:
!Moved: to Pike Twp. (Near Amity) in 1871 and engaged in farming.

!Was numbered among the pioneers.

!Church affil: Methodist Episcopal and good citizen of the Twp.
Taken from the book "History of Knox Co., Ohio" by Hill.

  More About James Hugh "Hardesty" Blakely:
Burial: Blakely Cemetery, His Farm

  Notes for Catherine Wallis:
!Parents: James Wallis (Scotland) and Catherine Robinson (Ireland)
Sister to wife of Richard Blakely.

  vii.   Mary Elanor "Polly" Blakely, born 1812; married ?? Austin.
  Notes for Mary Elanor "Polly" Blakely:
!Moved: to Illinois.

  Notes for ?? Austin:
!Moved to Illinois.

  viii.   Rachel Blakely, born September 03, 1816; died in Altamont, Effingham Co., Illinois; married (1) John Wyland; married (2) John Bulger April 04, 1834.
  More About Rachel Blakely:
Burial: Mt. Moriah Cem.

  Notes for John Bulger:
!Name: could be Bulyer also.

  ix.   John Thomas Blakely, born July 10, 1818.
  Notes for John Thomas Blakely:
!Moved: to Cincinatti, married there and went to Springfield, Ill.

  x.   Joel Blakely, born May 14, 1821; married Elizabeth "Eliza" Butler May 19, 1840; died in ,,Kansas.
  Notes for Joel Blakely:
!Moved: to Fayette Co., Ill, then to Altamont, Ill. next to Dexter, Ill,
next to Mason, Ill and back to Altamont, then to Kansas where
his wife died.

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