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Thomas Westbury Blakeney

Thomas Westbury Blakeney

Male 1842 - 1922  (79 years)

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  • Name Thomas Westbury Blakeney 
    Born 19 Jul 1842  Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Apr 1922  Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Sandusky Cemetery, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I6586  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 1 Nov 2017 

    Father William Blakeney,   b. 8 Dec 1812, Bourbon, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1900, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother 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 
    Family ID F241  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Matlida Jane Brooks,   b. 28 Jan 1848, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1919, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 21 Oct 1868  Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Mable Nile Blakeney,   b. 1869, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1881, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 12 years)
     2. Parylee Blakeney,   b. 1871, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1948, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     3. Brooks V. "Brooksie" Blakeney,   b. 1872, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1875, Vermilion, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
    Last Modified 18 May 2022 
    Family ID F3340  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Mary Jane Blakeney
    Mary Jane Blakeney

    Headstones
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  • Notes 
    • U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 Name: Thomas W. Blakeney Side: Union Regiment State/Origin: Illinois Regiment Name: 125 Illinois Infantry. Regiment Name Expanded: 125th Regiment, Illinois Infantry COMPANY: K Rank In: Corporal Rank In Expanded: Corporal Rank Out: Sergeant Major

      Illinois Marriages, 1851-1900 Name: Thomas W. Blakeney Gender: Male Spouse Name: Matlida J. Brooks Marriage Date: Oct 21, 1868 Marriage County: Vermilion Comments: This record can be found at the County Court Records, Film # 1298746 - 1298749.

      Census: Dist 21 12 SEP 1850 Vermilion, Illinois, USA Occupation: Farm hand 1860 Vermilion, Illinois, USA Census: 1860 Vermilion, Illinois, USA 6 Census: 1880 Georgetown, Vermilion, Illinois, USA Occupation: Farmer 1880 Georgetown, Vermilion, Illinois, USA 7 Note: Pape database: [also listed as BLAKNEY-hd] BLAKENEY, T. WES Date of Birth 7/19/1842 Place of Birth GEORGETWN, IL Father BLAKENEY, WILLIAM Mother ELKINS, SUSIE [Ellis-hd] Spouse MATILDA Wedding Date 10/22/1868 Date of Death 4/3/1922 Cemetery SANDUSKY

      1862 mustered in IL 125 Co K as Corporal - residence Catlin mustered out as Sergeant Major ["Uncle Wes" "Sergeant"]

      = = = = = = = = = = BIOGRAPHIES Source: ?Portrait and Biographical Album of Vermilion County, Illinois. . .? Chicago, Chapman Brothers, 1889. Reprinted and indexed by Illiana Genealogical and Historical Society, 1981, pages 495-496. Corrections and comments in brackets are added. - First 3 paragraphs only -

      SERGEANT T. W. BLAKENEY. The personal appearance of the subject of this notice must invariably attract attention in a crowd, he being fine looking and of commanding presence, with a countenance indicative of the most estimable traits of character and the bearing which signals a gentleman. He is the offspring of a fine old family of Irish origin [the family was SCOTS-Irish, not Irish], and noted for great strength, courage, endurance, honesty and patriotism.

      The paternal great-grandfather [John with wife Martha] was born in Ireland [Scots Northern Ireland] and crossed the Atlantic in time to assist the colonists in their struggle for independence. He was a man of more than ordinary intelligence; one who loved liberty, and whose sympathies were warmly enlisted in the American cause. At the close of the war the government owed him $1,000 for his service as a soldier. This he refused to accept, however, claiming that an Irishman could afford to do this much for the sake of citizenship and independence. [take some of this with a grain of salt!] He was married and because the father of a family, and his own son, John [John T Blakeney, Sr], fought all through the war of 1812. Later he [John T Blakeney, Sr], served in the Black Hawk War. True to instincts of patriotism which had distinguished his ancestry, the subject of this sketch [Thomas W. Blakeney], soon after the outbreak of the great rebellion , proffered his services as a soldier of the Union army and, like his ancestors, gave his support to the cause of freedom [Illinois 125th Volunteers, Company K].

      Mr. Blakeney [Thomas W. Blakeney] is a native of this county [Vermilion], and was born in Georgetown Township, July 19, 1842. His father, William Blakeney [son of John T Blakeney, Sr], was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, and married Miss Susan Ellis, a native of Greene County, Ohio. The latter is the oldest pioneer of the county [Vermilion], having come hither when a young lady, with her parents as early as 1821. She is now seventy-four years old, while Mr. Blakeney [John T Blakeney, Sr] is seventy-six. The latter came to this county in 1829. He traveled over the State on foot, visiting the lead mines at Galena, and fought in the Black Hawk War in 1832. He was a splendid specimen of manhood physically, being of powerful frame and very active. He was acknowledged as the strongest man west of the Wabash, and could outrun any man in this section, either white man or Indian.