It’s been 30 years since I received this advertisement. A thoughtful librarian mailed it to me. I was inquiring info about my ancestors. God bless Mark who took the time to search the newspapers. This ad was a public sale that listed my ancestors by names. There is a court record in Howard County, Missouri dated in Jan of 1858.
Newspaper, Glasgow, Weekly Times, Feb 25, 1858 page 2
It’s a horrible thought to see this ad. My ancestors were sold as property. A selected group of people were classified as slaves… That was the law of the land during those times. Thank God that slavery was abolished.
I’ve forgiven those who have enslaved my ancestors, decades ago. Through my quest, I have come across some of the descendants of John and Frances (WHITE) BLAKEY. I’m thankful that I had a chance to make contact them.
As I look back at this ad, I still wonder what became of my ancestors. Through the years, I have made some discovering. I’m still searching for their paper trails. I hope to find more.
I assume that the nine enslaved were a family unit. The owner had to sell and divide the money between the heirs of John BLAKEY; his widow Frances (WHITE) BLAKEY and their children. John Blakey passed in 1844.
Who were the people mentioned in this newspaper ad?
Andrew WHITE, my 2nd Great Grandfather, born about 1818
Julia WHITE, my 2nd Great Grandmother, born about 1820
Linda WHITE, my Great Aunt, born about 1841
Mary WHITE, my Great Aunt, born about 1844
Isaac WHITE / BLAKEY, my Great Grandfather, born about 1845
Ben WHITE, my Great Uncle, born 1848
Spencer WHITE, my Great Uncle, born about 1852
There were two other children….
In the Howard County Missouri probate, two other children were mentioned.
There were 8 people listed on the probate record and 9 on the ad. Someone searched the probate record and sent me her notes in Nov of 1989. God bless Carolyn.
Andrew was listed as 45
Julian was listed as 35
Linda was listed as 15 or 17
Mary was listed as 13
Isaac was listed as 11
Andrew was listed as 9
Lydia was 5
Not for sure if Andrew was Ben or if they were twins.
Spencer was listed as 2
Ben was listed as 9 on the ad not the probate.
Julia had about 13 or 14 children.
Julia was listed as a widow on the 1880 census with some of her children.
Julia had a granddaughter who was mulatto, the mother wasn’t listed.
W. C. HARVEY, a doctor and the son in law of Frances (WHITE) BLAKEY.
W.C. also signed an affidavit to verify that he knew Isaac BLAKEY before the Civil War.
W.C. and Isaac lived about 10 miles a part after the War.
According to other affidavits and oral history:
Isaac and his mother were sold about the breaking out of the War. They went south. They ended up in Mississippi.
Oral history has it the Isaac ran away and joined the Civil War. Pension records indicate that Isaac enlisted into the Union Army on Nov 1, 1863 in Natchez, MS. He served until May 13, 1866. Isaac was wounded with a bayonet in the War.
After the Civil War, Isaac searched for his family. He was told some were in Mississippi. Isaac gathered his family. They moved to and live in Forest Green, Missouri around March of 1880.
I believe that there is more info on my ancestors. The transaction to who bought them in 1858 – 1859…. where they lived after this ad was placed. I haven’t located them on the 1870 Census. They were most likely in Missouri. The info is there. I hope that I or someone will stumble upon it. Giving thanks to God.
Thanks for reading.
God bless you.