Blount County, AL, Desc. of John Blakely and Rachel Orr:Information about James A. Blakely
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James A. Blakely (b. 1787, d. Abt. 1865)James A. Blakely (son of John Blakely and Jane (Ginny) Blair nee McDowell) was born 1787 in South Carolina, and died Abt. 1865 in Blount County, Alabama.He married Elizabeth Anna (Annie) Box on 1808 in St. Clair County, Alabama.
Notes for James A. Blakely:
I have listings for James and family in the 1830, 1840, 1850, and 1860 US Census of Blount County, AL.
From Charles Blakely:
"The most reliable information I have concerning the descendants of John Blakely, above, and his children, including our James, and my John Jr., are the probate records on file at the court house in Oneonta, Blount Co. AL. Those records
identify by name and relationship all the offspring of John Blakely and James Blakely. Their presence in Blount Co. is also documented in census records of the county. Our Blakelys went from Laurens Co. SC, after 1810, to somewhere in TN,
perhaps Franklin Co. or some other East Tennessee county, before coming to the vicinity of present day Allgood, Blount Co. AL around 1819. I think James probably first saw that country while in service with the Tennessee Militia while
accompanying Andrew Jackson when those troops battled the Indians in Alabama in the early 1800s. "
You may have noticed that Sampson Head, wife Elizabeth Ann Blakely, bought and presumably lived on land in Section 14, Township 13-S, Range 1-E, adjacent to Jame Blakely. Sections 15, 14, 13, and 23 are where most of the Blakelys I'm most
closely related to lived in Blount Co.
There's another related Blakely who owned land in Blount Co. for a short time. That was Elihu C. Blakeley, the son of James' brother, John Jr., who d. at Caldwell's Bridge, Franklin Co. TN in 1818. This John Jr. is the "real" Jr. in that he was
the son of John and Jennie Blakely, and thus the nephew of James. Elihu bought that land in 1835. His mother, Kiziah Holcomb Blakely, had married Wiseman Moore following her husband's death, and they lived in Blount Co. in the 1830s. They then
moved to Mississippi. The land owned by Elihu was in Sec. 32, Township 12S, R1-E.
I'm sure you've noticed Greenberry Blakley, who I believe was the son of Aquila Blakley, was living in St. Clair Co.until he d. in 1881.His sister should be Ruth Blakley, who m. John Anderton, however in 1850 Ruth reported that she was the
only known surviving child of Aquila Blakley when she made a claim for the remainder of Aquila's pension. That seems strange since Greenberry was then living only a few miles from her over in St. Clair Co. I guess that's part of the mystery and
intrigue surrounding Aquila.
More About James A. Blakely:
Record Change: 23 Jan 2009
More About James A. Blakely and Elizabeth Anna (Annie) Box:
Marriage: 1808, St. Clair County, Alabama.
Children of James A. Blakely and Elizabeth Anna (Annie) Box are:
- +Stephen H. Blakely, b. 13 Jun 1832, Blount County Alabama, d. 21 Jun 1900, Etowah County Alabama.