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William Blakeney

William Blakeney

Male 1812 - 1900  (87 years)

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  • Name William Blakeney 
    Born 8 Dec 1812  Bourbon Co., Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 May 1900  Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Sandusky Cemetery, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I282  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 5 Sep 2009 

    Father John T. Blakeney, Sr.,   b. 10 May 1786, Allegheny, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1864, Westville, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Sarah Oliver,   b. 8 Nov 1792, Albemarle, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1864, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 23 Jan 1810  Paris, Boubon, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F210  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Susanah W. Ellis,   b. 29 Apr 1815, Greene, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1898, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 25 Nov 1834 
    Children 
     1. Sarah K. Blakeney,   b. 7 Jun 1837, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1911, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     2. John R. Blakeney,   b. Abt 1839, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1850, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 10 years)
     3. William A. Blakeney,   b. Abt 1840, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Thomas Westbury Blakeney,   b. 19 Jul 1842, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1922, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     5. Rachel Blakeney,   b. 28 May 1844, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Nov 1919, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     6. Wright Ellis Blakeney,   b. 7 Nov 1845, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1873, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 27 years)
     7. Nancy Blakeney,   b. 1846, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1917, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     8. Martha Ann Blakeney,   b. 22 Jul 1850, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Apr 1916, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
     9. Mary J. Blakeney,   b. Abt 1853, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Susannah Blakeney,   b. 30 Sep 1855, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1938, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    Last Modified 25 Oct 2020 
    Family ID F241  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • William was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, the second child of Sarah (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"

      VOLUME I

      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.