Thanks so much, Terry. Yes, I do have access to an LDS Library, and have
checked there many times but to no avail.
When James Blakely converted to Catholicism, he was baptized at St.
Patricks Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the age of 22 years. He was
"a convert from Calvinism", according to the church records, and the record
only gives the names of his sponsors, not his parents.
I wouldn't know where to begin to look for his "christening" in England.
And it it especially hard since I don't know the name of his father. Guess
I'll just keep hitting my head on this brick wall............but one day
something will turn up! I just know it will!
Does anyone have any information on the Philadelphia ship "Tuscora" that
sailed from Liverpool on Aug. 6, 1819?
Or any other ship that may have sailed from Liverpool in Aug. or September,
1819? According to James' application for naturalization, he stated he
"arrived in America Sept. 1819 and had lived in or near Pittsburg since
I've checked every ships list available and there is nothing online for the
years prior to 1820.
Any and all help will be greatly appreciated!
Clearwater, Florida USA
From: Terry <tjacks(a)waitrose.com>
Date: 9/30/02 6:10:53 PM
Subject: Re: [LAN] BLAKELY
If you have access to a Mormon Family History Centre you may be able to
access copies of original records. If so I would suggest you try to look
the Baptismal record for James first as you have his date of birth so
be better armed to positively identify him. Hopefully then the
record will give you names of his parents and god-parents (who may also be
Also have you traced the family on their journed to America? It could be
that the father died on the journey or shortly afterwards.
I hope this helps a bit.
Terry Jackson in Oxfordshire
Lancs: SMITH, HATTON, FISHER,HAYES,
JACKSON, GOLDSMITH, MCDONNELL
Ches. MCDONNELL, HOOLEY, GARNER, HUDSON,
Surrey: WILKINSON, PUNTER, PARROTT,
BINFIELD, LITTLE, FRY, ARNOLD, EARLE, ELKINS,
Ireland & Canada: SWITZER & RUCKLE
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From: "Laura W. Steneck" <clwlass(a)mindspring.com>
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2002 5:01 PM
Subject: [LAN] BLAKELY
> Hello Lancashire listers.
> I am new to this list and have high hopes of finding some information on
> my BLAKELY ancestors.
> My "brickwall" is the fact that I do not know the maiden name of my
> ggggrandmother, only her given name and married name.
> She was Sarah BLAKELY and arrived in America in 1819 with four small
> children, who were James, John S. William and Alice. Her name has been
> known through the ages, but her husband's name is unknown. Perhaps he
> in Lancashire and she took the children and started a new life in this
> I know the exact date of birth for the son James BLAKELY (who is my
> gggrandfather) which was June 15, 1804.
> Family stories have said he was born in Blackburn, Lancashire County.
> Does anyone on the list have a BLAKELY in their family tree? How do I
> locate the name of her husband when all I know is her married name?
> UNKNOWN married Unknown BLAKELY c. 1802.
> Thanks in advance!
> Laura Steneck
> Clearwater, Florida USA
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