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Francis M. and Elma (Hames)Blakesley, son Wiley G. Blakesley, son Edmund W. Blakesley, Wages

In 1860 Appanoose County, Iowa, Joel Blakesly is 50, Ohio with Nancy 47, Kentucky. Ada M. 19, Alex 17, and Francis M. 14 were born i Indiana. Wm. 12, Nancy 9, and Columbus 7 were born in Iowa.
"Joel Blakesley served as a Private in Company G of the 37th Iowa Volunteers.
Born in 1811, Joel was married and had eight children, ages 9 to 31, when he enlisted on November 14, 1862. He died of disease in the Regimental Hospital at St. Louis on May 1, 1863.
His sons:
Abraham (b. 1831) served in the Army and survived the war.
Alexander (b. 1843) enlisted in the 6th Iowa Infantry, died in a Memphis hospital of dysentery in July 1863
Francis M. (b.1846) enlisted in the 47th Iowa Infantry in June 1864, served only 4 months before being discharged.
Joel is buried in Jefferson Barracks # 99781516

Nancy Blakesley age 56, died of fever in December 1869 in Appanoose County. She's buried in Haines Cemetery # 133820666, with son Columbus 1853-1923.

Roy Blakesley, per # 49029327, died April 8, 1894 "Son of M. & E.E. age 2 years three months 17 days.

In 1895 Wayne County, Iowa, Francis M. is 48, Eliza E. 43, William F. 15, Mary E. 13, Arthur D. 20, James J. 17, Edmond W. 13, Wiley G. 10, and Roy 2.

In 1900 Wayne County, Iowa, Francis M. Blakesley born April 1846 in Indiana, married 31 years to Elma E. August 1851 Iowa, have Mary E. Jan 1872 Missouri, James April 1877 Iowa, and Wiley G. Feb 1885 Iowa.

1899 Iowa Capitol "Voluntary petitions in bankruptcy were filed with Clerk E. R. Mason in the federal court yesterday by, Francis M. Blakesley of Allerton."

In 1910 Yuma County, Francis is farming, 64, with Eliza E. 58, Wiley G. 25, and grandaughter Eunice 5, born in Missouri. They're next to Stilwell and Gerrogiana Patterson.

Francis proved up a quarter in 5, 5N 46W in 1914.

Eliza Blakesley 1851-1929 is buried in Holyoke # 82851592. So is F. M. Blakesley 1846-1915 # 82851639.
Elsa E. Blakesley in 1920 Coffey County, Kansas, living with William F. 49 and Alice 41 is likely our Elisa.


Wm. F. Blakesley married Alice Speer, daughter of E.W Speer and Mary Howell, in Allerton, Wayne County, Iowa on Sept 14, 1899.

W. F. Blakesley 1870-1932 buried in Coffey County is likely Frances and Elsa's son # 146269705.
Alice 1878-1926 is also buried there # 146269882.


Edmund Winslow Blakesley was born in Wayne County, Iowa to Francis M. Blakesley and Ellen Hanes, and married Minnie Myrtle Breese in Corydon, Wayne County February 13, 1901.

State Herald, Holyoke, CO, 16 Mar 1906

DIED - At the home of her sister in this county, on Wednesday, February 28th, Mrs. Minnie M. Blakesley, from consumption. She had been suffering for some time with this dread disease and Mr. Blakesley had brought the family from their home at Lucern, Missouri, to Colorado in the hope that the change of climate might improve her health and they had been stopping with her sister, Mrs. J.G. Richardson of this county. She leaves her husband and three small children. The funeral will be conducted from Mr. Richards' home on Saturday, March 3, Rev. Gard of Holyoke preaching the sermon and the body will be brought to Holyoke for burial.
Ellen Louderbaugh, born 1885 in Putnam County, Missouri to G.C. Louderbaugh and Lucy Watson, married E.W. Blakesley in Corydon Nov 6, 1907.

December 1915 Loveland, Colorado "Mrs. E.W. Blakesley and little daughter left yesterday to visit for several weeks in Iowa nd Kansas. Her husband accompanied her to Denver and returned this morning."
She might be the Mary Ellen Blakesley 1885-1939 buried in Loveland # 38434021.
Lloyd E. Blakesley 1908-1912 is buried there # 38434022.

Edmund is widowed in 1940 Weld County, living alone, farming, 59. He said he was in rural Washington state in 1935.

Edmund W. Blakesley 1881-1942 is buried in Holyoke, Colorado # 82851555.

Ercell Naomi Thoman Morrison surely is the daughter of Edmund and Minnie. She was born Dec 14, 1908, died April 28, 1988, buried in Riverton Wyoming # 26026044.

Dale Edmund Thoman was born Jan 2, 1926 at Bushnell, Kimball County, Nebraska to Fred J. Thoman and Ercell B. Blakesley.
In 1930 Weld County, Fred J. Thoman is 43, Nebraska, Ercell M. 28 Missouri. They have Phyllis 7 and Dale 4, both born in Nebraska.
Fred 1888-1936 is buried in Kimball, Nebraska # 107891158.

In 1940 Washington, D.C., Ercell is 38, widowed, with Phyllies 16 and Dale, all in Weld County in 1935.Dale is buried in Alexandria Virginia - Jan 12, 1926 -2001 # 7501293.
She's a printer's assistant at the Bureau of Printing and Engraving.

In 1945 Alexandria, Virginia, Ercell B. is a mechanic at the Bureau, living at 709 S. Alf.

Vernor Scott Morrison was with his grandparents in 1910, and his father Booker in 1920.
Vernor Jan 7, 1902- Aug 16, 1989 is buried in Riverton.
Book P. Morrison 1866-1937 is buried in Grover Colorado # 8662214.

Eunice is the daughter of Edmund W. Blakesley, who's in Loveland Colorado in 1920, a livestock dealer 38 born in Iowa, with Ellen 34 Iowa, Cecel N. 14 Missouri, Wilma 16 Missouri, Eunice 14 Missouri, and Inez 8 Missouri.
She married Melville Allen, living in Weld County in 1930, buried in Greeley 1905-1998 # 120561354.

Inez E. (Blakesley) Kimzey -1911-2002 is buried in Sandpoint, Idaho, per # 74820851. "married Inez Elizabeth Blakesley 24 Jan 1931 in Wyoming"

Wilma M. Blakesley married Howard Richard Semler June 6, 1923, recorded in Weld County.
1929 Greeley "Mrs. Howard Semler, of Torrington, Wyoming, was a dinner guest Wednesday of Mrs. Gordon Wilson,"

They're in Muscatine, Iowa in 1930 and 1940, where Howard is a carpenter. In 1946 Howard (Wilma) , John (Pauline) and Leo all livee at 1155 New Hampshire in Muscatine.


August 1906 Fort Collins "W.G. and Pat Blakesley are here from Holyoke on a business trip."

In 1912 Wiley G. Blakesley of Bryant, Colorado was adjudged bankrupt.
Wiley proved up two quarters in 8, 5N 46W in 1914, next to Francis.

Wiley Glenn Blakesley registered for WWI in Denver, born Feb 5, 1885, not working, nearest relative Eliza E. Blakesley of Norton Kansas.

He might be the Glenn Blakesley in 1925 Norton County, Kansas, farming, 40 ,born in Iowa, coming to Kansas from Colorado. His mother Lisa 73 and aunt Mary Haynes 76, slso bon in Iowa are with him.

In 1930 Wiley is in Phillips County, living alone on Raymond Street in Haxtun, a laborer.
He might be the Glenn "Blakesly" buried in Fullerton, Nebraska 1885-1954, which # 12180803 has.

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