It’s Strange How We Think

It’s Strange How We Think
By S.A. Blakley

It’s strange how we think, Thinking as we may
When matters happens, And don’t go our way

We tend to think bad, No comfort to soul
Need; stay positive, Trusting when don’t know

Depending on God, To bring us on though
Seeing the good life, In all that we’ll do

Those issues of life, Coming in our days
Keeping hope alive, Believing always

In Jesus, the Christ, Who’s saving our  souls
When matters happens, Believing made whole

No matter how think, Press on day by day
It’s strange how we think, Lord, teach us Your ways

Thanks for reading Poem #2370

Idea on Feb 3, 2370 at 6:17 PM on edge of bed by A/C
and Feb 4, 2014 and on Aug 13, 2015 while reviewing this poem to post.

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Mystery: Who Could Have Been The Children In This Photo?

I was looking through some photos. I came across this one. I was wondering. Who were the children in the photo? I’ve been thinking.

The man in this photo has been idenified as Frederick A. Lankfard.
He was the son of Robert and Charlotta (Dade) Lankford / Lankfard

I don’t think my Great Uncle Fred had any children. He may have step children. These children could have been his step grandchildren. Or perhaps some of his siblings’ children; nephews, niece or his cousins.

I have another photo that looks like the some background. Fred appears to have on the same shirt. pants and shoes. He was wearing a hat and tie in the other photo. I’ll share that photo in another blog.

This is just a thought:

I  don’t know why.  I think that they could have been Fred’s sister, Isabella Nickerson’s children. Fred was born in 1878. Isabella’s children were born between 1921 – 1938. Fred appears older in this photo. The photo could have been taken in the mid 1930’s. or 1940’s.

I can’t recall where I go this photo. I could have gotten it from my mother. Or it was found with some photos in my Grandmother’s home in 1976.

Hope someone can identify these children.

Thanks for reading,
S. A. Blakley

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Being Gathered Together In Unity

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

via The Book Of Common Prayer

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Let’s Rethink Our Lives

Let’s Rethink Our Lives
By S.A. Blakley

Let’s rethink our lives, Where are we going?
And what becoming? With things not knowing

Self, in our old ways, What’s holding us back?
From our mother’s womb, Through life’s progress to track

Being formed, being, Human, yes life is
All about JESUS! Our lives are in His

From our mother’s womb, Returning to dust
Our lives, not our own, In God we must trust

Throughout our lifetime, Thing will come about
Let’s rethinking our lives, Don’t leave Jesus out

Thanks for reading Poem #2373

Idea on Feb 5, 2014 at 6:53 AM on edge of bed by A/C
Re read and made  some changes while reviewing to post.

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In A Summertime Cool Down

It’s been a good week. Schools have been in session all week. And the weather has been cool. We had a down pour on Tuesday. Ever since than, it has been cool.

I’m not complaining. It’s been a good Summer. We didn’t have a lot of heat waves.
It’s been wet off and on. Summertime, Springtime and Fall time weather all mixed together.

I’m gearing up for the cooler weather. The changing of the seasons come when the weather changes. I’m looking for the goodness in whatever season that I’m in.

I think every week since the first Monday of August, there have been schools starting.  I think that there are some that start after Labor Day.

Hope that you’re doing okay. Blessings to you. Have a Great Weekend!

May we pray for the students, teachers and workers in our community. May we believe that the LORD will protect the schools from harm. Amen.

Thanks for reading.

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The Passing Of Time

The Passing Of Time
By S.A. Blakley

 The passing of time, Slipping onward by
Feels like yesterday, Where memoires lay

In the heart of all, Who will keep them there
In remembrance, Each year after year

Time will pass away, But, will never die
Time is forever, There’s no goodbyes

Time is always there, Viewed in many ways
Yet God, before time, In ancient of days

Spoke all creation, To where it should be
The passing of time, Only God can see

Thanks for reading Poem #2371

Idea on Feb 4, 2014 on edge of day by A/C at 6:45 AM
Done at 7:15 AM

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An Assumption Of The Life of Julia White: Repost With Updates

I’ve been thinking about my father’, father’s, father’s mother. I can only imagine who she was. I have made a lot of discoveries on her.  I found out her name through my Great Grandfather, Isaac Blakey’s death record.

Her name was Julia White. She was most likely born into slavery in Virginia. Her parents were born in VA. Julia was the wife of Andrew /Andre White. Andrew who was born between 1810 – 1813 in Virginia.

What have I discovered about Julia WHITE?

As I’ve traced Julia through her slave-owners from Virginia, Julia was in Missouri about 1836.

Her name was either Julia or Julian (FINNEY) WHITE.
Oral history states that she and her children came on a ship from Africa.
I found no evidence of that…
Census records states Julia was born in Virginia (between 1818 to 1820)
Her slave owners came from Orange and Middlesex County Virginia
Julia was most likely with her slave holders Frances (WHITE) BLAKEY
and her husband John BLAKEY around 1835.
She could have been a wedding gift to the Blakeys from Frances’ father.
The slave holders resided  in Forest Green MO, Chariton  / Howard County in MO

The BLAKEY / WHITE slave family was divided in 1858 – 1861.
The mother, Julia and her son, Isaac were the last sold. And they went south.
Oral History states, Natchez, Mississippi
Julia could have remarried after slavery. But most likely didn’t.
She was listed as a widow in the 1880 MO census.
Don’t know how long she was married to Andrew White during slavery.
Or if  Julia and Andrew re united after slavery.
Andrew was with the slave family in March of 1858.

These slaves were believed to have been a family. The father Andrew and the mother Julia.

Discovery while searching for the name of the mother:
Majority of Julia’s known children didn’t name their children after her.
This might mean that the children did not know her or their father.
The family was separated…the father passed when some where young.

Julia had about 11 to 13 children born between 1840 – 1866
There could have been more than one father.
One of Julia’s children was born in VA.
On 1880 Julia had a granddaughter named Rebecca White.
Rebecca was born in MO and her parents were born in VA.

Names listed on children’s death record.
On three children’s death record state Andrew White as father.
On John White’s death record Julia White as his mother.
On Isaac Blakey’s death record Andrew White was listed.
On Spencer White’s death record Andre White and Julia Finney were listed.
On Richard White’s death record parents unknown
No death record found on Martha / Mattie White
The other children death records not found.

Julia WHITE was listed on the 1880 MO Census as a widow. The year of her death is not known…It may have been in the 1880’s. Oral History states that she died and was buried in Forest Green, MO.

The First Baptist Church in Forest Green, Missouri would have been where the family gathered as the church. The cemetery is near far from the church.

There is a possibility that Julia and Andrew had family connections in MO.
There was family with the White surname that lived next door to Julia White.
In Howard County MO on the 1880 Census record.

Isaac  White

Chariton, Howard, MO   abt 1800  Virginia   (Self) (Head)

Andrew White    Isaac, Laura

Chariton, Howard, MO   abt 1850   Missouri  (Son)

Laura White       Andrew, Laura  Chariton, Howard, MO   abt 1855   Missouri  (Andrew’s Wife)

Mariah White     Andrew, Laura  Chariton, Howard, MO   abt 1874   Missouri  (Daughter)

July A. White   Andrew,  Laura  Chariton,  Howard, MO  abt 1876    Missouri   (Daughter)

Isaac White        Isaac
Chariton, Howard, MO   abt 1878     Missouri  (Son)

The names are similar
Perhaps Isaac White born in 1800 was a brother of Andrew born in 1810
This Isaac wasn’t old enough to be Andrew’s father.

Other names….
Andrew White
Laura White
Mariah White
July A
Isaac White

Do you see any Family Connections?

Or can add to this blog?
This blog was written on Aug 10, 2007.
I made some corrections and updates on Dec 3, 2009.
And again in July and August of 2015

Thanks for reading,
S.A. Blakley

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