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Isaac Blakey (1845-1817) Civil War Vet --Born into slavery in MO. Became a freed man.... Served on Union Side MS Army 1 Nov 1863 to13 May 1866. Company H in Reg't 2, 5, 6 Heavy Artillery

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30 Jun 1847 1
Fayette, MO 1
Death:
Salisbury, Chariton County Missouri 1
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Full Name:
Isaac Blakey 1
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Private Isaac BLAKER ( Isaac WHITE) 1
Birth:
30 Jun 1847 1
Fayette, MO 1
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Birth:
Fayette, MO 1
Birth:
Male 1
Death:
Salisbury, Chariton County Missouri 1
Death:
23 Dec 1917 1
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Burial Date: 25 Dec 1917 1
Burial Place: Forest Green, Missouri 1
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Height: 5' 10" 1
Weight/Build: 180 lbs 1
Eye Color: Dark brown 1
Hair Color: Black 1
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Place: MS 1
From: 1863 1
To: about April / March 1880 1
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Place: Missouri 1
From: 1847 1
To: 1861 1
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Mother: Julia 1
Father: Andrew White 1
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Mother: Julia (from VA) 1
Father: Andrew WHITE 1
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Rachel Ann Lew/LEPHRIDGE/ Leftridge 1
03 Jul 1873 1
Spouse Death Date: March 1916 1
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Martha Scott 1
1870 1
Woodville, MS 1
Spouse Death Date: June 1871 1
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Farmer 1
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African 1

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What's In A Name? Pension Affidavit of Three Witnesses

Chariton Country MO

Prove--What's In A Name

     "This is the day that the LORD has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it." Hebrew Name Version 

      What's in a name?       As I researched my father's lineage, I came up with different surnames. I was thankful that I had a lot of HELP from some of my cousins and other researchers along the journey.

      Last week I was in bed reading my Great Grandpa Isaac Blakey's pension records. He had to prove who he was because he was disable due to what happened to him during the Civil War. [I even found one spellings of Great Grandpa Isaac's name as Blakely as well] 

     Around 1890 Great Grandpa Isaac applied for disability. On a statement dated May 7, 1894 Isaac explained how he was wounded..." that while drilling at camp at Natchez Mississippi in the year of 1864. In the Spring- date not remembered. He was accidentally wounded in the left leg below the knee by a bayonet in the hand of a comrad, name of comrad now forgotten.

     Company was at this time (? --ing) drilled by Capt Kelsa Commanding company that said wound has never healed and is now and ever since there was continued a running sore permanently disabling him..." Isaac had trouble finding witnesses to when he was in the war.

     The following are three witness that testified for Great Grandpa Isaac. Witness # 1 knew Isaac all of Isaac's life. Witness # 2 knew Isaac when he was a small child. Witness # 3 knew Isaac when they served in the Civil War together. So here are the witnesses to back up Isaac's claim that he, Isaac Blakey and Alais Isaac "Blaker" were one of the same. 

     Witness #1 W.C. Harvey, 73  here are his very words dated on February 17, 1899.  This statement was handwritten. Who was W.C. Harvey ?  The man who advertised Isaac's family up for a sell in 1857 - 1861.

      I have known Isaac Blakey all of his life and well just before the Civil War in 1861-1865- that he was sober and orderly and no bad habits that I knew of and so far as I know since he [is] living about 10 miles from me." 

      Witness # 2...Y.C.Blakey, 63 Here are his very words ....dated February 15, 1899. This statement was handwritten. 

      ...that he was acquainted with Isaac Blakey from the time that he was a small boy, up to the time of the breaking out of the war of rebellion from 1861 -1865 and knowledge of him was on the wise said Isaac Blakey the above name applicant belonged to his father's family and lived with them up to the time above spoken of when he last saw him, he was at his (Y.C. Blakey's)  mother's house in Fayette, MO about the years 1857 to 1861 at which place he was staying at that time.

     Affiant further states that Isaac Blakey had previously borne a good reputation as a slave he had no bad or vicious habits that he knew of and as far as he knows he still bears a good reputation affiant states what the fore going statements are made from personal knowledge of the facts stated.

     Y.C. Blakey statement on November 18, 1899 in his own handwriting

     I have know Isaac Blakey the claimant since he was a child. He belonged as a slave to my mother Francis Blakey and was raised in Howard County until he left home about the breaking out of the war in 1861. She sold him and his (? spelling) mother about that time and they went south. I lost sight of him there and did not again meet him until within the last year but I am satisfied he is the some boy His name is Blakey as that was the "family" name.

     Another statement that was by Y.C. Blakey that was typed...dated April 7, 1913.

     In relation to the above entitled cause; personally came before me a Notary Public in and for the County of Chariton and State of Missouri; Y.C. Blakey, who's post office address is Salisbury Chariton County, Missouri, a person well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who by me being duely sworn declare in relation to the aforesaid cause as follows: what he is 78 years old having been born in the year 1835; that he is well acquainted with Isaac Blakey, that he and his mother raised him; and to the best of his knowledge and belief, the said Isaac Blakey was born in the year 1845, that no records now exist showing the state on which the said Isaac Blakey was born. Witness my hand and Seal this the 7th, day of April 1913. (I could not read the notary of public's name.) 

   Who was Y.C. Blakey?  Y.C. Blakey was W.C. Harvey's brother in law and son of Frances White Blakey and W. C. Harvey was the Guardian of the heirs of John Blakey's estate.  I just had a thought...1/8 of the slaves were to be sold in 1857 - 1861 each of the children of Frances were to received 1/8 of the sell. Y.C. never acknowledge that he owned Isaac.

      Y.C. stated that he and his mother helped raised Isaac. There were only two slaves to Francis....believed to have been a 55 year old woman and a 12 year old male on the 1860 census for the Blakeys.

    On one of Great Grandpa's statement he said..."  on April 5, 1913 "that he  is unable to furnish either public , church or family record showing the date of his birth; the he was raised by the Blakey's, who's early family record has been destroyed; that his young master( several years his senior) Y.C. Blakey, is still living and that he will furnish an affidavit from him."   

    Witness # 3 Thomas Napper 53. He is his very own words dated November 8, 1899.      I was a member of Co "D" 6th Miss and knew claimant Isaac Blakey in the Army in 1864. We were their in Louisiana under Commander of Col Fair and Maj Reynolds The claimant was known as Isaac Blakey and I never know a man in that regiment know as Isaac Blaker.     I am a minister of the gospel and have been for (? forty or four years) forty years and travel in the State of MO as an evangelist.

    Deposition of Thomas Napper by Elais Shafer wrote on April 6, 1900... [ I liked what this man said... even thought it's not spoken,....I believed that Isaac knew about Jesus. If you can read between the lines of what the other witnesses...what they said and what Isaac Blakey said ...there was more to what they saying.]

     I am a minister of the Gospel. I served during the Civil War in Co [Company] D 6 U.S.C.H.A. I enlisted in 1864 and served and was discharged 1865 from hospital. I first met this claimant at Natchez, Miss. after enlistment. He was in another co [company] The whole Regt was there in the Fort. I am  not now certain what co [company] he was in.

     I knew him will. We played marbles together and wrestled with each other. He is the only man I knew of this name or similar name in the Regt. I met him just after the war in Nov last. I was preaching at Forest Green MO. Some 6 miles from where he lived. I recognized him as quick as I saw him as the man I had know in the Regt.

     He attended my meetings. He is one of the Deacons of the church. I was then doing special work. I am not quit certain as of the spelling of his name. I think he went b the name of Blakey in the army. I would not say as a fact whether he spell it as Blakey or Blaker. I know he is the same man.

     We talked over our Army experiences the recalled events that occurred then so there can be no possible doubt that he is the man I knew in service. I think then is some difference in the spelling of his name. I think it was Blaker - - Blakey but just how he spells it now or how he spelled it then I would not want to say as a fact. I can be positive that he is the same man.

      I made a statement for him in Nov last. That statement was correct as you have read it to me. I am not related or interested ..I have understood the question and my answers have been correctly recorded. The words "and was discharged"  (? what the three were are ?)  3 were added before  witness signed his statement...written by Elais Shafer, Special Examiner.     

 I have been thinking about why Great Grandpa Isaac kept the Blakey name. He even used it while he was serving in the Civil War. The Blakey name must have meant something to him. I could only imagine.  Indeed Isaac surname was White. His family knew this. I thought how did this come about ?

    Francis Blakey's father was John WHITE who was a wealthy man from VA.  He left in his will provision for one of his slaves for the rest of her life. That stated something. Also John White (most likely) gave Francis and her husband JOHN BLAKEY land and slaves for a wedding gift. A researcher thought may be Isaac was owned by the Blakey's. His parents were owned by the Whites. I notice that in 1850 census, Francis had her own slaves as well as her husband John. 

    John Blakey died 25 August 1844. John's estate was in probate court. The slaves Andrew, Julia(n), Mary, Lydia, Linda, Isaac, Spencer, Andrew, and Ben were to be sold.  In 1861 Isaac and his mother were the last to be sold. As a researcher share some information with me.... It was most likely that Isaac and his mother were sold to relatives of the Blakey's family in MS.

    I believe that Isaac was too young to have ran away to join the army. He had to have had HELP. Isaac was said to have been 14 or 16 when he ran away. Isaac enlisted in Natchez MS. Union Army as occupation , a farmer at age 18... on Nov 1, 1863,  He served until May 13 1866.

     Isaac's name at enlisting was Private Isaac BLAKER. He had to prove that he was the same person. Some how that name reminds a mystery. Isaac declared that his name was Isaac BLAKEY.... Alais Isaac Blaker may have been his freedom name that the army gave him. He was believed to have been much younger at enlistment time... He grew 6 inches in about 3 years.  His accepted birth was June 30, 1847.

    Isaac's family choose the WHITE surname. I can only suppose that Isaac was raised by the BLAKEYs and he liked them so much that he kept their name. When the slave owner John Blakey died his estate was in the court probate.

     Isaac knew who his parents and siblings were.  I believe that Isaac knew where they were in MS. That's why he found his family so easily. He knew the area. Isaac convinced his family to move to MO. The brother John White was living.

     As for the article "Slavery Descendants To Have First Reunion" in the early 1970's, some of the early history is a mystery. Isaac was born in Fayette, MO. (Roanoak, MO was listed on his death record.) not in Africa. But however on Isaac's death record...the person who gave the information about Isaac had some knowledge of him. Isaac BLAKEY was an African.

     I received a revelation on that one day about a month or so before I was saved. I was listening to radio program. The topic was on Black American or African American which is the "label" for who? I thought to myself...my Great Grandpa Isaac was born in American how can he say that he was an African. You might think that this is weird but, I voice came and said that "his parents were African." I never thought about that.

     Isaac's father was Andrew WHITE from VA. His mother was unknown---I believe that her name was Julia(n) born in VA. She had at least 12 children. I believe that Isaac's parents' parents were African's making them stating that they were Africans. [ Isaac had a daughter named Julia and a son named Andrew. Isaac had a total of 20 children with two marriages. There were many same name relatives.] 

    My cousins stated that what they had been told [by one of Isaac's children] that the family came off the coast of Nigeria. As for the mother and her three sons and daughter ...(?) they could have been another generation. Isaac's mother's or father's parents. There are a lot of same name ancestors.

    As for my Grandpa John BLAKEY, Alais John BLAKLEY Sr, he changed his name at some point on the journey from MS to Buchanan County MO. He was hard to trace. All I have on what he done was found through city directories, birth and death records and the US census records.

    Somehow someone keep in contact with the different name changes over the years. As my cousin Willie said when she was growing up that "Uncle" John BLAKE would come over to their house to talk with her father.

    In a December 25, 1984 letter cousin Willie wrote " I stayed up until 3 o'clock Christmas Eve night. I was trying to find out just who John [Blakley's] Blakey's father and mother was. We know that he always came to our house about every week.

    We knew that he was our first cousin, but just lately we have been trying to make out just where he lived, and was he ever married and or have any children. We all loved him. When he came to our house, we didn't ask him any questions.  We just called him "Uncle John Blake" in those days. We kids just called everyone that was older than we kids, were. We always called them Uncle and Aunt, men or women..." 

     Someone must have not forgotten "Uncle" John Blake...there was still some connections.  It was during the 1970's First Reunion that the Blakey's and the White's first here of us Blakleys. Someone had to had came in contact with someone. Information was told to someone. Someone knew and told someone about what they knew about the Blakleys.

      In conclusion I would like to somewhat end my sharing on this journey on my father's side. At one point in my search I had a thought what if I came across one of the slave holders descendants? I thought... that would be something.

     Back during the Spring and Summer of 1993, I came across two other researchers on the BLAKEY side. They were not related to us. However they had information on the slave holders that owned my ancestors. To make a long story short. I came across one of the  Great Grand daughter  of  Y.C. Blakey. She lived in the Kansas City, MO area.

    Yeah, I found out her address. I wrote her and tried to explain to her who I was. She deny that she was related to Y.C. Blakey. Something inside me did not give up to share with her about her Great Grandpa Y.C. So I copied some of my Great Grandpa Isaac's pension records of Y.C. Blakey's handwriting. I mailed that information to her long with the other researchers that I have come across over the years.

    Not too long after I mailed the package, I received a phone call from this woman. Her name was Mary Ann S. She welcome me...stating yes, she is a descendant of Y.C. Blakey.  I never knew whatever happened to Mary Ann. I assume that she is in heaven. She was born in the mid 1920's. We corresponded with Christmas Cards for about 5 years.

    Through this journey or my quest on my family history, I came to a point about in 1993 or 1994 asking God for forgiveness and mercy for what went on during the time of slavery. I ask God for forgiveness for my ancestors as well as slaveholders forgiveness for the sake of their descendants' forgiveness.  I use to pray everyday for my family bloodline a little while after I came to Jesus in 1993. Now I am back at it. "God save my family bloodline."  

    I know that I did not come across researching my family history and finding out what I did by accident. I believe that God was there all the way. Where were times when I was about to give up when something "new" on my family lineage would emerge.      What am I thankful for ? I thank God for the covenant blessings of HELP and LIFE that he has upon my life and my family's lives. I am thankful that I have a family. I was not born by accident. I thank God that I have a life that He has ordained since the being of the foundation of the world.

     I thank God that I have a purpose to live for. God is guiding my steps. I thank God for the connection that  He has placed in my life. Jesus is on this journey of life with me. I thank God that I can share some of my life with others. I am still on this journey... this journey called life. I thank God that He has giving my LIFE. Life in Jesus Christ.

The Life Of Isaac BLAKEY

Private Isaac BLAKER Civil War 

* Accepted birth on 30 June 1847 (1845) in Roanoke MO (1845-1859) Military record states that his birth place was in Fayette, MO. Roanoke, MO was on his death record/

   * Howard County MO * Slaveowners: Frances (WHITE) BLAKEY (1810- 1871) John May BLAKEY (1803 -1844) and (?) others

   * Isaac was a slave to the BLAKEY's since he was a small child * Frances and her son, Y.C. BLAKEY helped raise him upto Isaac being sold and/or ran away 1857 cira -1861

   * Civil War Time * Isaac age 16, not 18 at the time of his enlistment; 5'3' tall join the MS Union Army on 1 November 1863 as Private Isaac BLAKER * Served in United States Colored Heavy Aritillery Company H. Regtiments: 6, 5 and 2 *

    *Stationed Natchez MS and Vidalia LA   * Battle fought on 22 July 1864 in Vidalia, LA * Injured in April of 1864 by a bayonet to his left leg * Honorably discharged on 13 May 1866

   * MS Redisence * Married first wife: Martha SCOTT around 1870 cira * Martha possible died after giving birth to twin sons John and Andrew on 21 June 1871

   * Married second wife: Rachel LEFEW/LEFTRIDGE /LAFAYETTE (1859-1916)* Rachael was the mother of 18 children.
   * MS Natchez and Woodvill MS areas near or on Hew Davis and Woodlong Plantations

   * MO Residence * Charition County MO around 1880 * Isaac lived in Salisbury, MO areas* By 1890 he was 5'10" tall and was 180 pounds

   * According to an Ed WHITE, Isaac was an AFRICAN born in Roanoke, MO * Isaac was a farmer Age 72 * Died on 23 December 1917 in Salisbury, MO

   * Isaac's mother was Julia WHITE
   * Isaac's father was Andrew WHITE 
   * Isaac was buried in Forest Green, MO on Christmas Day 1917

   Additional Information on Isaac BLAKEY:                       Pensioner: Isaac BLAKEY
   Purchased 1983-1984 complete file through the archives.      Solider:  Isaac  BLAKER
   Pension/ Military/ Medical                                               Rank      Private
   81 pgs     5pgs    1 page                                                United States Colored Heavy Aritilleries
                                                                                    Company H  6,5, and 2
   Staions Natchez, MS                                                     MS Aritillery             Mustard out
              Vidalia, LA                                                        1 November 1863 - 13 may 1866

What About The Surname?

Family History---The Surnames 
    "This is the day which the Lord had made; we will be full of joy and delight in it." The Bible In Basic English

     You know that I am on this journey of my family history. I want to share a little bit more on my Great Grandpa Isaac BLAKEY. a.k.a. as Private Isaac BLAKER.   

     As I have been sharing some of my family history with you, I have told you that there were name changes through the generations. As I dug deeper into this "quest", I had come across many different spelling of our surname.

     In May of 1989 I wrote a letter to a MO library. In June of that year I received a copy of a newspaper clipping that was date on February 25, 1858. I did not know that this existed...  A worker at the library found it for me. He was so happy to share it with me.

    We all know through American History that slaves were "property". The were bought and sold as merchandize... Well this article was the notice of  "Public Sale of Negroes"... the sell of 9 slaves by W.C Harvey. I know that this sounds horrible. It's apart of history.

     As I dug a little deeper into my family history, I came across that W.C. Harvey was Francis Blakey's son in law. Frances owned my ancestors. With the HELP from another person on this journey, I found even more information that I did not know.

    As I have been re reading some of my old letters from my cousins and others who  have came across my path, I am discovering more and more. My mind is wondering...why did not I see that before.

     Here is an example... I told you that I thought that our Great Grandpa was John BLAKEY. We found out that his first name was Isaac. Two days ago a revelation hit me. My Great Grandpa had a "full" brother named John. [I believe that they had the same mother and father.]

     I knew that my Great Grandpa had a brother named John but I didn't realized something. I thought that  John's last name was BLAKEY. His last name was WHITE.  That's the other name that is in our family. Our Great Grandpa Isaac was the only known person in his family with the Blakey surname. [His family= parents and siblings]

     Here is a bit of our oral history from our family reunion booklets. " The White-Blakey-Blakley Family traces their generations back to the year 1843. After arriving in New Orleans,  from Africa on a slave ship, a mother and her three sons and a daughter were sold at a slave auction and given a bill of sale.

     Nothing was ever mentioned of the father, but this happened in many slavery cases. The two oldest Isaac 12 and John 10 were sold to a man by the name Blakey and he took them to  Forest Green, Mo.

     John remained there but Isaac at the age of 16 ran away and joined the Union Army. He fought for three years and nine months until the Civil War ended and the emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln and Slavery was abolished.

     Isaac then returned to New Orleans to find the rest of his family who had not been sold with him. He was told that his mother and brothers, Spencer and Dick and his sister, Matt had been sold to a slave holder named White and shipped to Natchez, MS. He went there and located them easily. He convinced them that Forest Green, MO was a better place to live, so they moved there were where John [Blakey] was still living there...."

     I came across more discoveries on this leading. That article that I mention...."Slavery Descendants To Have First Reunion" took place in the early 1970's in Sioux City Iowa.   That article confused me some.      Cousin Leslie and his mother Willie.  Cousin Willie was the oldest and last member of the descendant of Richard White  who was my Great Grandpa Isaac's brother. [Willie was one of my 2nd Great Uncle Richard's daughters.]

     Both Willie and Leslie are in heaven. I have been re reading some of their letters. They wrote so much about our family history in the letters that they sent me. They were so eagerly wanting to reunite the "family" together with reunions. They had a hunger to learn more about our family history. The wanted to have a REUNION to JOIN together the Blakeys, the Whites and the Blakleys as one. [Our common ancestors= the father and the mother to the very first generation ---The father and mother from Africa.]

     Mrs. Willie was one of the person who had the first reunions in Sioux City Iowa. As I have been re reading her letters. I have been reminded of the "joy" that I had in finding out what I did not know. I believe that God led me to keep searching for more... Others who HELPED me on this journey encouraged me to not give up.        What am I thankful for ? I am thankful for the covenant blessings of HELP, STRENGHT, and JOY that God has upon my life.  I am thankful that God leads my path when I don't know which way to go.

     I am thankful that God brings helpers into our daily lives so that they can "lighten" our loads from our troubles. I am thankful that others are encouraging one another. It's an honor to be honored when honor is due. I thank God for honor.

     I am thankful for that God leads me to strength to strength as the joy of the Lord is my strength of all my days. I am thankful for the Help that is there from God in times when I am high,  higher than a kite or when I am feeling down, way down "lower than dirt". God is so faithful. He knows what I need more than I do. He brings me through whatever.      Whatever day you are reading is entry, Have An Adventurous Day!       It's A New Day Dawning! The quest continues...~Susie~       "Spiritual grit is what we need." Oswald Chambers

Isaac BLAKER: Honored

Part of the African American Civil War Memorial- Plaque # A - 15 Displayed with the name Isaac BLAKER.

Company H 6th Reg't Heavy Artillery Battle

La

Skirmish near Vidalia, La, July 22, 1864. Attack on Steamer "Clara Bell", July 24, 1864 (4 Cos. )

Isaac Blakey: Civil War Pension Affidavit

Chartion County Of MO

     Inv, Ctf. 1001870

     Isaac Blakey

     Alais Blaker

      H.6. U.S.A.--H.A.

                            In relation to the above entiled claim, peronally came before me a Notary Public in and for the County of Chariton and State of Missouri; Isaac Blakey (Claimant) whose postoffice address is Shannodale Charion County Missour, a person well know to me to be reputable and entitled to credit and who, being duely sworn declares in relation to the aforesaid case as follows:  That he is unable to furnish either public, Church or family record showning the date of his birth: that he was raised by the Blakey's whos early family record has been distroyed; that his young master (serverel years his senior) Y. C. Blakey, is still living and that he will furnish an affidavit from him. WINESS my hand and Seal, this 5th, day of April , 1913

                                                                       his   x

                                                                     Isaac Blakey

                                                                      mark

WITNESSES to MARK,

S.F. Trammill

Re. B (?) Wright

                               Subscribed and sworn to before me this the 5thm day of Apirl 1913. And I futher ceritfy that  the contents of the foregoing was fully made known to the affiant before signing. and furthere eclafer that have no interst in the prosecution of this claim. 

                                         My commssion will expire April, 3rd, 1915, 

                                        S.F.Trammill Notary Public

                               ( Note that the last name may be in correct spelling.)

Isaac Blakey: Civil War Pension Affidavit By Y.C. Blakey

County of Chariton and State of Missouri

 

At the far right of this document there is Civil War seal in an oval like share... stating at the top CIVIL WAR with another oval circle like share ...the date APR 11 1913 and outside that orval the word   DIVISION 

     Civil War Div.

     Inv. Ctf, I00I87

     Isaac Blakey

     Alias Blaker

     H.6. U.S.A--H.A.

                             In relation to the above entitled cause; personally came before me, a Notary Public in and for the County of Chariton and State of Missouri: Y.C. Blakey, whos post office address is Salisbury Chariton County, Missouri, a person welll known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who by me being duely sworn declairs in relation to the aforesaid cause as follows: that he is 78 years old having been born in the year 1835; that he is will acquainted with Isaac Blakey, "Alais Blaker", that his mother owned, the said Isaac Blakey, that he and his mother raised him; and to the best of his knowledge and belief, the said Isaac Blakey was born in the year 1845,: that no records now exist showing the date on which the said Isaac Blakey was born.

                                                 Witness my hand and Seal this the 7th, day of April, 1913

                                                               Y.C. Blakey

Subscribed and sworn before me this the 7th , day of April 1913. And I further certify that the contents of the foregong was fully made known to the affiant before signing. and that I have no interest in the prosecution of this claim.

                                                 My commision as Notary will expire, April 3rd 1915.

                                                               S.F. Trammill

                                                              Notary Public,

There was a circle seal mark in that circle the word  PENSION  at the top...then the letter U. then beside that the month of Apr under that the day 10 under that the year 1913 and under that the word OFFICE

Wounded In The Civil War

Natchez, MS

This was part of a blog written in they year 2000.... 

Last week I was in bed reading my Great Grandpa Isaac Blakey's pension records. He had to prove who he was because he was disable due to what happened to him during the Civil War. [ I even found one spellings of Great Grandpa Isaac's name as Blakely as well] 

     Around 1890 Great Grandpa Isaac applied for disability. On a statement dated May 7, 1894 Isaac explained how he was wounded..." that while drilling at camp at Natchez Mississippi in the year of 1864. In the Spring- date not remembered. He was accidentally wounded in the left leg below the knee by a bayonet in the hand of a comrad, name of comrad now forgotten.

     Company was at this time (? --ing) drilled by Capt Kelsa Commanding company that said wound has never healed and is now and ever since there was continued a running sore permanently disabling him..." Isaac had trouble finding witnesses to when he was in the war.

Applied For Disability 1890

Chariton County MO

Around 1890 Great Grandpa Isaac applied for disability.
On a statement dated May 7, 1894 Isaac explained how he was wounded..." that while drilling at camp at Natchez Mississippi in the year of 1864. In the Spring- date not remembered. He was accidentally wounded in the left leg below the knee by a bayonet in the hand of a comrad, name of comrad now forgotten.

Civil War Pension Affidavit By Thomas Napper

Chariton County MO

Thomas Napper 53. He is his very own words dated November 8, 1899. 

    I was a member of Co "D" 6th Miss and knew claimant Isaac Blakey in the Army in 1864. We were their in Louisiana under Commander of Col Fair and Maj Reynolds The claimant was known as Isaac Blakey and I never know a man in that regiment know as Isaac Blaker.

    I am a minister of the gospel and have been for (? forty or four years) forty years and travel in the State of MO as an evangelist.

    Deposition of Thomas Napper by Elais Shafer wrote on April 6, 1900... [ I liked what this man said... even thought it's not spoken,....I believed that Isaac knew about Jesus. If you can read between the lines of what the other witnesses...what they said and what Isaac Blakey said ...there was more to what they saying.]

     I am a minister of the Gospel. I served during the Civil War in Co [Company] D 6 U.S.C.H.A. I enlisted in 1864 and served and was discharged 1865 from hospital. I first met this claimant at Natchez, Miss. after enlistment. He was in another co [company] The whole Regt was there in the Fort. I am  not now certain what co [company] he was in.

     I knew him will. We played marbles together and wrestled with each other. He is the only man I knew of this name or similar name in the Regt. I met him just after the war in Nov last. I was preaching at Forest Green MO. Some 6 miles from where he lived. I recognized him as quick as I saw him as the man I had know in the Regt.

     He attended my meetings. He is one of the Deacons of the church. I was then doing special work. I am not quit certain as of the spelling of his name. I think he went b the name of Blakey in the army. I would not say as a fact whether he spell it as Blakey or Blaker. I know he is the same man.

     We talked over our Army experiences the recalled events that occurred then so there can be no possible doubt that he is the man I knew in service. I think then is some difference in the spelling of his name. I think it was Blaker - - Blakey but just how he spells it now or how he spelled it then I would not want to say as a fact. I can be positive that he is the same man.

      I made a statement for him in Nov last. That statement was correct as you have read it to me. I am not related or interested ..I have understood the question and my answers have been correctly recorded. The words "and was discharged"  (? what the three were are ?)  3 were added before  witness signed his statement...written by Elais Shafer, Special Examiner.

If I Could Choose...

I was thinking about some of my ancestors.
If I could choose one of my ancestors to meet and talk to, Who would I choose?

Out of all my ancestors that I have discovered on my lineage,
I would choose my Great Grand Father Isaac Blakey.
Why? I have many reasons.

A number ONE, he was my Great Grand Father.
But what questions would I ask him? 

Here are some questions. I know that I can't speak to my Great Grandpa.
He has passed on. I know that I can't communicate with the died.
What I wrote after the questions was what I have discovered on my journey.

How did you escape to join the Mississippi Union Army while in slavery?
I read that Great Grandpa Isaac played marbles while he was serving during Civil War.
He was between 12 and 15 when he ran away from Missouri to join the Mississippi Army. 
There are records that stated that he and his mother (Julia) were sold and they went south.

What can you tell me about your first wife?
Great Grandpa's first wife was my father's father's mother. She died in child birth on a plantation.
There were twin sons born. One was my Grandpa John. His brother Andrew died in child birth.

How did you gather together as a family in Missouri after the Civil War?
I don't know how many brothers and sister my Great Grandpa had.
The family was divided around the breaking out of the war. I searched the census records.

I think 2nd Great Grandma Julia had about 14 or 16 children.
She was widowed on the 1880 census. There were so many same name in the family.

How did you hear about Jesus?
In my Great Grandpa's pension records, he had a minster testify for him.
Great Grandpa was a deacon in the church. Great Grandpa was apart of the church.

Why did you keep the Blakey name?
Great Grandpa was the only one in his family that I have come across with the Blakey name.
All the others carried the White surname.  When he join the Civil War in MS. He became Private Isaac BLAKER.

Great Grandpa's use the name BLAKEY.
But I have found his name to be WHITE when he was listed in the 1880 census
with his mother  as head of the household.

What was your relationship with your slave holder?
I have read my Great Grandpa's pension records.
There were two slave holders that testified for my Great grandpa.
They spoke kind words of Great Grandpa.

One who sold my Great Grandpa into slavery stated that Great Grandpa had a good reputation as a slave. This man knew my Great Grandpa since Isaac was born.
The other ex slave owner who was 10 older than my Great Grandpa.
This man gave a good report as while. He stated that the "family" name was BLAKEY.
The slave holders helped raise my Great Grandpa.

These ex slave owner lived about 10 miles from Great Grandpa at the turn of the 1900's. 
Both testified that Great Grandpa was the same boy that they knew.
I think that there was some respect in the family.

How I Came Across My Great Grandpa Isaac Blakey's Military Records

The Search Continues On... 
    " This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
"New Revised Standard 

    Entry date October 3, 1985...     I wanted to find out who was my Great Grandmother [on my father's side.] I could not understand.  No one knew who she was. Everyone knew [Great Grandpa] Isaac BLAKEY had a son named John. However the mother's name was lost through the long years of confusion. There were dozens of Blakeys. Many of them had the very same names. 

     I was very much confused... but I did not give up. I thought to myself that there has to be some kind of document. I checked out genealogy books from the library. I came across information containing persons severing during the Civil War.

     The National Archives in the Nation's Capital has information on them. I was certainly over joy and wrote the Archives. A week had passed...I received a yellow piece of paper. It was an application to contain copies on a veteran severing his or her country. I quickly filled it out. There was sample question. Some I could not answer.

     Simple questions such as full name of Veteran, war in which state did the Veteran served, place where Veteran lived and so on. I know only that Isaac Blakey severed in the Civil War. [1861 -1865] I guessed how long he was there about 3 years.

     I sent the application for military records with five dollars for searching fee. I was excited. Now I will know something more about my ancestors. About a month had past [by] I was wondering when I would receive my information.

      I got no reply and then another month past by. Still there was no response. I began to wonder if I had that right address. I knew [that] I did. (It had been a year since I seen Mary Jane [my cousin from Yankton, S.D.]

     It was on one cold Fall Saturday afternoon, I was bored. I turned on the radio. My mother came into my room. She wanted me to get the mail. I slowly put my shoes on [and] then put my coat [on]. I walked toward the door not knowing what was next.

     I slowly opened the mail box. I pulled out a whole bunch of mail. The big brown package was for me. It was from the National Archives. I was very happy. I ran in the house to open my mailed. I gave my mother her mail. I raced by into my room. I nervously opened the package.

     There was several pages inside. The front cover page of the document was about my Great Grandpa Isaac. However it was not Isaac Blakey's military records. It was his pension records.This was not the pension records that confused me. It was what was on this pages. The name was Isaac "BLAKER".

     At first I though [that] I had the wrong record. I began to read on. Everything began to come in perspective. The first names that were the same, but the last names were not. I read the list of children that Isaac had. There was a JOHN, a MARY, an ISAAC and so on listing at least 17 others.  [This is a total of 20 children]      Entry date October 4, 1985...The Documents on Great Grandpa Isaac.      I was very nervous when I received the pension records on my Grandpa. I could not think straight. The writing on the records were hard to read. I had to read and re read to [ make some sense out of] the meaning [ of what was written.] The writer wrote creatively, however it was not illegible.

     The adventure... to read past events about my Great Grandpa was unbelievable. I study the episodes of my Great Grandpa's Civil War times. [Private] Isaac Blaker was his name. He was once a slave to a Francis Blakey.       I will stop here and share some things.  I have had these documents of my Great Grand pa Isaac BLAKEY-BLAKER for about 25 years. As the years pass by I re read these documents and get more out of them. 

     In my journey entry from October 4 - 8, 1985. I wrote about The Documents of Great Grandpa Isaac, Where did Isaac Blakey go ?, What Isaac looked like at age 16 ?, The Spring of 1864, Isaac's Years After The Civil War, Isaac's Married Life--His First Wife and Isaac's Second Marriage.  I went on with a Personal Analysis, The Attitudes / Emotions Etc...

    Some of what I wrote about in the entries on October 4 -9, 1985 was from the information that I read in my Great Grandpa's Isaac's documents. I used my imagination to tell the story.

     I want to fill you in on some of what I came across. I did a lot of research on my father's side and came up with a lot of things that I did not know.  If you recall, I told you that I did not know much about my parents' family history. Now I can say, on my father's side. My Great Grandma name was Martha SCOTT.

    What little I know of my Great Grandma Martha...she gave birth to twin sons on June 21, 1871 on a Plantation in Woodville, MS.  Her first son was named John and the second one was named Andrew. Martha and Andrew died....I am not for sure when but most likely within the time after birth. 

     I still continued to go deeper in searching with the HELP of others who came across my path on my quest for my family history ...I discovered more about my Great Grandpa Isaac's family.      This information came from a news paper in February 1858 in MO. A worker at a library in MO was thoughtful enough to share this information with me.  I      What am I thankful for ? I am thankful for the covenant blessings of HELP, WISDOM and PROTECTION that God has upon my life.

     I thank God for allowing me to find out about my family history through the help of others along my journey.  I thank God for His protection that He has placed upon my life. I thank God for His wisdom to do what I need to do.

Whatever day you are reading this entry, Have A Blessed Day!      New Day Dawning! The search continues....~Susie~   "Whether I think of it or not, there God is the whole day---near me, with me."
---Andrew Murray

Hope that there will be some descendants of Isaac Blakey / Blaker to find this information. It was a long search. But you keep at it. God Bless You!

This is an awesome page. Hope you connect with new family members who find it on the Internet. :0)

Beautiful job you've done. Came across your page searching for slaves from Woodville, MS. Keep up the great work!

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