In a message dated 5/6/2002 1:05:27 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Holm Hogs writes:
May I ask where you found that?I'd love to browse that website where you got that info because my gt. grandfather was born in Cuba and was Dr.Joseph Flavius Adams.I just seems logical to me that Joseph must fit into this family somehow.Joseph was b. 1825 and died in 1861 in NYC.He was a high ranking mason and was a member of the Friendly Lodge in Kingston, Jamaica.Your help is appreciated.
Deanna Adams Holm
That information you speak of was from a CA death Index, no help to you.
HOWEVER, I do have the answer to what you are seeking.PLease read on and ENJOY....
Ancestors of Benjamin Ferris Blakeney and his Wife Stella Peronne Sabin
Frost, Josephine C. Ancestors of Benjamin Ferris Blakeney and his Wife Stella Peronne Sabin. N.p., 1926.
Call Number: R929.2 qB64
Thomas Joseph Blakeney, my father, was born in the vicinity of Trinity Church, New York City, in 1796, and was the eldest of the seven sons of Thomas Blakeney and Catherine Milderberger. I often think of New York as it was then and is now. In our later generations when the children would complain of the cold, father would say "Cold? why, when I was a boy I used to go a long distance for fire, when the cold would freeze the door knobs to my hands." My father was converted to Christianity in the John Street Methodist Episcopal Church when 18 years of age. That old landmark still stands, a relic of the religious zeal and steadfast devotion of those whose Christian traits of character and example will never be forgotten. It was while he was leading a Methodist Conference Meeting in Peekskill, N. Y., that my mother first met him, and I have heard her remark that the religious fervor in one so young helped win her love and admiration.
In the year 1818, at the age of 22 years, Thomas Blakeney was married to Lydia Amelia Ferris of Peekskill, N. Y., and together they lived a life consecrated to the religion they professed.
Nine children, all born in Peekskill-on-the-Hudson, were the fruits of their union, and of these I will speak later.
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My father, Thomas J. Blakeney, was an active worker in the cause of temperance while at Peekskill. He never used tobacco or alcoholic drinks, never was known to use a slang word or to swear. He always cherished a firm trust in God, and yet sweeping financial reverses was his experience, which changed his home from Peekskill to New York, to again enter life's maelstrom. My mother, Lydia Amelia Ferris, was a convert to Methodism when she married my father. The Ferris family were Episcopalians and my mother was confirmed in the church in her early life. "None knew her but to love her, none named her but to praise."
Faith, Hope and Charity were the three graces that seemed to surround her daily life. "Willing to go or willing to stay" was her repeated expression during severe illness. Always a student of the Bible, she courted argument with a modest retiring nature that always won her respect. She was buried from First Place Church in Brooklyn and her pastor, Rev. A. S. Hunt, officiating, took as his text 1st Corinthians, 15 Chap. 57th verse, "But thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." Children of Thomas J. Blakeney and Lydia Amelia Ferris:
(a) William Edward Blakeney, born Peekskill, Dec. 28, 1820, d. June 3, 1903 (eldest son of the above) in Dec. 1841, when 21 years of age, married Sarah Jane Whitney, of Yorktown, N. Y. He is buried in Kensico and she in Yorktown, N. Y. There was much in the mental ability of Dr. W. E. Blakeney, D. D. S., to be appreciated. His vein of humor was inexhaustible and he was never at a loss for something amusing, not only to himself but to those around him; his artistic dental labors up to within a few weeks of his death, in consideration of his age, were astounding. His books on dentisty, his invention and contributions to the press, made him a leader in his profession. I think it was in the fifties that he edited a paper in New York called the "New York Dutchman." He was one of the first to contribute continued stories to the "New York Ledger." William Edward's second marriage was to Mrs. Emma Chaffee, of Warren, Ohio, who now survives him, cousin of Major Gen. Adna R. Chaffee of the U. S. Army. Children of W. E. Blakeney and Sarah J. Whitney: (1) Seth Whitney Blakeney, married Blanche Ketcham, died in 1874. One son survives them, Benjamin Franklin Blakeney. (2) Sarah Elizabeth Blakeney was born Aug., 1849. She married Robert P. Nevius of Franklin Park, N. J., Dec., 1875. Children of Sarah Elizabeth and Robert P. Nevius: Charles B. Nevius, born Dec. 30, 1876; married Edith N. Norman of East Orange, N. J. Robert H. Nevius, born Jan. 19, 1883. Rosetta W. Nevius, born June 19, 1884. Mattie V. Nevius, born Dec. 16, 1885; married Samuel Higgins of Franklin Park, N. J. Robert P. Nevius enlisted in Brooklyn, New York, Dec. 26, 1863, for service in the U. S. Marine Corps. He served on the U. S. screw
steamer Grand Gulf from July, 1864, until July, 1865, was then transferred to the U. S. frigate Potomac, and served on that vessel in the "West Gulf Squadron" until 1867 and at Philadelphia, Pa., until honorably discharged Dec. 26, 1867. At the expiration of his term of service he was a corporal sergeant and served as orderly sergeant in charge of the Marine Guard on the U. S. Frigate Potomac.
(b) Mary Catherine Blakeney, born in Peekskill, Nov. 3, 1822, died Nov. 24, 1901; married Martin Knapp of Haverstraw, and died on the west shore of the Hudson. She was the devoted, self-sacrificing mother, which with her natural amiability would make one think a better name for her than Mary could not have been chosen. Her nobility of character has been aptly likened to that of the immortal Lincoln, "With malice to none, with charity for all." She died in Nyack, N. Y., with her family of children surrounding her. Her husband, Martin Knapp, b. Rockland Co., N. Y., Feb. 9, 1816, d. Nyack, N. Y., 1894, was a man of extraordinary brilliancy as a scholar and writer. His contributions to the press in both prose and verse, over the nom de plume, "Samson Broadaxe" have been accorded a high place in contemporaneous literature. Having been around the world three times, his practical experience prepared him to drop many of life's foibles with a supreme contempt for what "Mrs. Grundy" might say.
(1) Washington Irving Knapp, born Sept. 23, 1845; (2) James Henry Knapp, born July 7, 1847; (3) Horace Greely Knapp, born Aug. 29, 1849, married Nov. 16, 1882, Ella J. Onderdonk of Nyack, N. Y.; and had twin daughters, Beatrice and Grace. He married second, June 28, 1882, Lizzie May Young and they were the parents of Florence May, Horace G., Jr., who died in infancy, and Clarence G. He achieved well earned eminence as an architect and a writer of both verse and prose, as well as a public speaker. He was prominent in the International Order of Good Templars, being Deputy Grand Chief Templar of the state; (4) Arabella, born March 5, 1851, married Henry Harrison of Irving, N. Y. Issue: William, Henry, Harvey, Harriet, Maria, Florence; (5) Charles E., born Feb. 10, 1854, married Eveline Wyman of Nyack, N. Y.; (6) Alice M., born March 16, 1856, married Edward Walker of Westfield, N. Y. Issue: Edward, Horace Knapp, Frances, Zelda; (7) Stella, born April 11, 1858, in Brooklyn, N. Y., and died there when three years of age and was buried in Haverstraw, N. Y.; (8) Alfred Conklin, born March 12, 1860, married Minetta McComb of New York. Issue: Grace and Hazel; (9) Emma Wells, born June 7, 1862, married Henry Gesner of Nyack,
N. Y., and had Henry, William and Raymond. She married second, Joseph R. Hadfield of Brooklyn, N. Y.
(c) Eliza Blakeney, b. Peekskill, Jan. 5, 1824, d. in Feb., 1908; married James H. Carter, of Boston, Mass., and lived in New York City. The generous hospitality of their home put one at their ease at once. I must mention one amusing incident: When the family were enjoying a jolly time at their table, brother Thomas was there and he was always a very light eater, but Eliza B. kept over-supplying, until the Major drew back, military bearing, and said, "Eliza, I will not be stuffed." Well, it took Eliza's breath a little, we all laughed and always joked Eliza about it. She was a monument of loving friendship and filial affection. Her husband, James Henry Carter, died very suddenly of heart disease, which was a great shock to her frail body, and again came the life-shaking ordeal when called to part with her only child and son, Washington Irving Carter, who died of pneumonia in Denver, Col. Her husband died at 38 years of age.
(d) Anna Post Blakeney, namesake of Anna Post Ferris-Gildersleeve, married Joseph F. Adams, M. D., of Kingston, Jamaica, and lived most of her married life in New York City, where her husband died.
Widowed young and full of ambition for the future of her son, she secured a government position in Washington, D. C. Twenty-four years on crutches in the Patent and Architectural Dept., Anna P. accomplished with her drawing instruments what made her a marvel.
Her son, Arthur Wellington Adams, born June 21, 1856, in Brooklyn, N. Y., was graduated medical and surgical doctor from Georgetown College, Washington, D. C., in 1878, and was appointed physician to the poor of the District of Columbia.
I think Georgetown College was founded by George Washington.
In the early eighties he went to Colorado Springs and in addition to his M. D. practice he edited the "Rocky Mountain Medical Review." I cannot go into details about his inventions, but at his death suit was pending with Edison regarding electrical motors for running cars, patented by Arthur Wellington Adams, I think in 1874. The patent was infringed upon.
His testimony was to have been given in Chicago the following week when he was taken ill with pneumonia (double) and died. In his delirium he was giving his testimony in the case then pending in Chicago. He was about to build an electric road to run 100 miles an hour from Chicago to St. Louis. A company had already been formed and construction work commenced. Dr. Adams was vicepresident of a woman's hospital in St. Louis when he died.
Joseph F. Adams, M. D., husband to Anna Post Blakeney, was a man of much learning and marked ability. I heard him say he studied chemistry seven years before going into the dissecting room, and of
how much study it took to make an M. D. in England. He had taken all but one degree in Freemasonry. I think it was Albert G. Mackay, the great Sir Knight of the 33rd degree, who wanted him to come south to take that degree while in this country.
Dr. Adams was editor of the "Masonic Register and Review." Finley King was associate editor. He understood seven languages and his every action expressed the genteel gentleman.
Anna Post Blakeney was born in Peekskill, Dec. 3, 1827;
married Dr. Joseph F. Adams, April 18, 1855.
Dr. J. F. Adams was born in Kingston, Jamaica, Feb. 22, 1922,
and died April 23, 1861.
Issue: Arthur Wellington Adams, married Susan Slayback, daughter of Col. Slayback of St. Louis, Mo., and they were the parents of
(1) Alice Anita; (2) Suzanne, married -- Hart, of St. Louis, Mo.; (3) Dorothy; (4) Blakeney Slayback; (5) Marie D.; (6) Arthur Wellington, Jr.
(e) Sarah Blakeney was born March 3, 1833, in Peekskill, N. Y. Died Jan. 11, 1834, aged 10 months, 17 days. Remains interred in Methodist Church graveyard, Peekskill. Subsequently all remains had to be removed and these were transferred to Cousin Lydia Strang's plot at Yorktown, N. Y. They were removed the same time as those of my Ferris grandparents were. Lydia Strang is a daughter of mother's sister, Aunt Sarah Lent.
(f) Thomas Joseph Blakeney, Jr., about 1854, went to California, and was the first dentist of Sacramento. I used to hear the family discussing the reports of his different early experiences, one being that he was about sampling an apple, and when told that it was one dollar, the apple dropped instanter. Horseback rides after office hours was a healthful and favorite pastime for him, and it was said the many trophies collected gave evidence of the wild mountainous rides he enjoyed. In 1859 he became interested in politics and stumped the State of California in favor of Abraham Lincoln for President. In the year 1861, after the successful election of a Republican President, Thomas J., came east to witness the inauguration of Mr. Lincoln and to enjoy the glorious family reunion of the long absent son and brother. When war was declared between the North and the South the First Regiment of California Volunteers, under Colonel Baker of California, was equipped for battlefield. Thomas J. changed his program of returning to California and joined the above regiment. After the battle of Bull Run and his personal friend, Colonel Baker, was killed, Thomas J. wanted to resign and returned with the body to California, but the
resignation was not accepted and he was appointed on the staff of General Burns."Gen. Order:
Lieut. Thomas J. Blakeney of the 71st Pennsylvania Volunteers appointed Aide-de-Camp on the Staff of Brigadier-General Burns, Nov. 1, 1861.(Signed) GEO. A. HICKS, A. A. C."
Two horses shot under him: wounded at the battle of Savage Station, and returning to the same scenes while convalescing--such was his record while on the above staff. From one of his wounds the ball was never extracted. It lay near the spinal column, and from this wound he suffered while he lived. In 1864 we find Major T. J. Blakeney, with the expedition of the Government--the Kit Carson--sent to help subdue the Indians of New Mexico and Texas. The war over, he returns to Brooklyn, and among his trophies were three Indian scalps and two buffalo robes. He was next appointed Internal Revenue Assessor of San Francisco, Cal. For many years prior to his decease, he was Supt. of the Life Saving Service of the Pacific Coast: the horrible earthquake of 1905 in San Francisco was his last experience. Major T. Blakeney was born in Peekskill November or January 5, 1830; married Mary Miller, daughter of Banker Miller, of San Francisco, Cal. Issue: Mae, Henry, Benjamin and Ferris Blakeney who was drowned with the upsetting of a canoe in Chicago, Ill. Hope to obtain dates and particulars.
(g) Lydia Amelia Blakeney was born in Peekskill, N. Y., and married Alexander Henry Coulter, of N. Y. City, where they lived a good portion of their married life, and then removed to Brooklyn. Life's sad family transitions have also here been experienced, but like her mother, whose name she bears, may Lydia know the ennobling virtue of the Grace sufficient in each and every time of trial. Her husband was devoted to his family and when Emma, their youngest, died at eleven years of age, it seemed to change his whole life: never saw him merry after that. Alexander H. Coulter was a devotee to Free Masonry, having been elected 12 consecutive times as Worshipful Master of the George Washington Lodge No. 1, of New York City. After his decease, the bachelor son, Charles Blakeney Coulter, devoted himself to his mother, and relieved her of what would have been a new and arduous undertaking. Lydia Amelia Blakeney was born in Peekskill August 6, 1835;
married in 1855, Alexander Henry Coulter, who was born in New York City in 1828 and died in Brooklyn June 19, 1902, aged 74 years, buried in Greenwood. Issue: Alexander H. Coulter, married Miss Benedict, of Brooklyn, N. Y. Lydia Amelia, died in 1903; buried in Greenwood. Charles Blakeney Coulter, bachelor, lawyer. Washington Irving Coulter, died in infancy, interred in Greenwood. Arthur Coulter. Emma Ferris Coulter, died aged 11 years; buried in Greenwood.
(h) Benjamin Ferris Blakeney, youngest of the three sons (my brothers), was possessed of much originality. Among many amusing incidents of Benj. F.'s youth I would hear the family discussing, I will mention one: When a little one, in Peekskill, some one had given him a whistle, with which he was enjoying himself on the roadside, when a flock of geese were seen with their customary sounds. Little Benjamin, thinking the geese were trying to whistle, like himself, offered his whistle, saying, "Here Goosie, take my whistle." The little fellow was rescued from a severe beating and much lauded. Benj. F. evinced a fondness for Shakespeare when a lad, and was often called on for readings in parlor entertainments. Father wanted to send him to the Theological College to study for the Ministry, but Benjamin's career would have been brilliant as a dramatist or an actor. In the meanwhile, as time rolled on, no compromise was reached, and Benjamin's literary taste would creep out in writings and many poetic improvisations. It was my pleasure and pride to frequently listen to him when appointed in debate, while a member of the Young Men's Literary Union of South Brooklyn. The inventive genius of Benj. F. was already ready to manifest itself: when a mere boy, I heard him talk about a cork raft with balloon attached. Also remembering his being very sanguine in his belief that houses could be heated by steam pipes from the streets, just as they have been since his prediction of long ago. His last pet idea of invention was something to save the wear and tear on expensive machinery and tools. He had received correspondence from Russia on the subject. I think he conceived that idea when in Baltimore in the manufacture of gold pens. After my father gave up his business at 42/4 Nassau Street, New York, Benjamin took the machinery to Baltimore and embarked in the same business with Mr. Sabin, his wife's father, but failure was the result there. Stella Perrone Sabin, wife of Benjamin F. was a great favorite with my mother, and named Mary's little one Stella after her, who was born and died at my father's in Brooklyn. Benjamin Ferris Blakeney was born in Peekskill in 1837, and died in San Francisco in 1876. He married Stella Perrone Sabin, daughter
of Henry and Lydia of Brooklyn. Stella died in Hackensack, N. J., January 16, 1908, interment in Hackensack Cecetery. Issue: (a) Louise Mary, married William J. Fisher; (b) Adele Sabin, married Frederick T. Fisher (c) Zaidee Perrone, married Neil McLeod Whittaker, M.D.; (d) Percy Thomas; (e) Lydia; (f) Sabin. (i) Emma (christened Emily) Ferris Blakeney (author of this article), was born in Peekskill, N. Y., November 1, 1842, and was married January 22, 1862, by Rev. Charles H. Glover, pastor of the First Place Methodist Church of Brooklyn, N. Y., assisted by Rev. George Lansing Taylor, to Milo Newton Wells, of Chicago, Ill., only son of Thomas Stratton Wells and Susan F. Heath, of Milwaukee, Wis. They removed to Jersey City, and from there to St. Louis, Mo., to establish the Western branch of the gold pen manufacturing business of the firm of E. S. Johnson & Co., M. N. Wells being the company. A severe cold contracted during the Chicago conflagration in 1871 undermined his general health and he died in 1876. After his decease, I returned to New York with my two children. Milo Newton Wells was born in Waterbury, Vt., October 16, 1837, and died in St. Louis, Mo., January 10, 1876, and was buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery. Issue: (a) Frank Newton Wells, born in Brooklyn, N. Y., November 18, 1862, christened in St. Paul's M.-E. Church by Rev. Lewis R. Dunn, was married, Feb. 11, 1884, to Carrie, born December 21, 1863, daughter of Wilson and Eliza Pattison, of Ossining, N. Y. Issue, all born in Ossining: Frank Newton, Hazel B. and Helen B. (b) Lillian, born Jersey City, December 12, 1871, died, Brooklyn, N. Y., May 10, 1893. I married second, July 12, 1888, in Trinity Church, New York City, Joseph Burr Bennett, M.D., of Brooklyn, N. Y., who died July 23, 1904, and was buried in Cypress Hills. Emma Ferris Blakeney responds to the roll call as the youngest member of this branch of the family. I do not know what to say of myself that could interest the younger ones, but when my father, Thomas J. Blakeney, would want me to express myself, he would say, "I hold it to be every member's duty to say something," and when as a little girl I spoke at an entertainment, I astonished the company by prefacing my "piece" with the above quotation, whereat father was highly pleased. I will commence at "war times." Brother Benjamin F. and myself were the last unmarried ones at home; cousin Adelaid Ferris was much with us; Thomas J. had returned from California to witness the inauguration of Lincoln, and all was life and happiness in our Brooklyn home.
I will stop here.
I hope that gives you a smile.