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132. Olive Marian "Ollie" HADEN150 was born in January 1855 in Missouri.105,117,151,152 She died on 10 August 1924 at the age of 69 in Fannin County, Texas.153

In the 1900 Census, Ollie stated she had 7 children, 6 living.

Letter from J. B. Haden to his brother Jimmie dated 22 June 1924, speaks of a visit from Ollie and Thurman, Grace and her daughter Mary Louise, Mary and her boy.

CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS - FANNIN COUNTY TEXAS, Dean & Patrician Newhouse, Vol. 3, 1982. Buried Willow Wild Cemetery.


Olive Marian "Ollie" HADEN and Benjamin Franklin BLAKENEY were married on 15 December 1880 in Fannin County, Texas.130,138 Benjamin Franklin BLAKENEY102,152,153,154,155,156,157,158,159 was born on 21 April 1859 in Alabama.146,152,154,160 He died on 16 June 1947 at the age of 88 in Bonham, Fannin County, Texas.153

1860 Census. Choctaw Co AL, Bladen Springs P.O.
Frank Blakeney age 26, b. S. Carolina; Susan age 21, b. AL
Wm A. age 4 and Olivia A. age 2, both born in Mississippi. Benjamin F. age 1 & born Alabama.

In 1870. Choctaw Co AL, Butler P.O. Possibly the same man with a new wife and blended family. Household 280
Francis Blakeney, age 36, Farmer, born SC. M. J. age 45, Keeping house, b. AL
Wm age 15, b. MS. Austin 14, Annie 12 [Olivia A?], Laure 10 [female] and Banks age 10 [male, could this be B. F.?], James age 8. All born in Alabama. Hiram age 60, born in SC also lives with the family. James age 14, a Black boy, born in AL is also in the household. All are listed with the Blakeney surname.

FindAGrave lists Frank Blakeney as his father; says he died 1899 and is buried Kershaw City Cemetery, Kershae, Lancaster Co, SC. Seems more likely that he died in Alabama.

B. F.'s death certificate solved the problem of his parents. It did state his father was Frank and that B. F. was born in Charleston, SC. [it does seem likelier that his father was born in South Carolina, but Benjamin F. in Alabama.]

1880 Census. Fannin Co, TX. B. F. Blakeney, age 21 lived in the household of P. M. Green, wife Annie, and two sons. Blakeney was a brother-in-law. He was born in AL; his father born in SC and his mother born in AL

1900 Census. Listed in Bonham with all the children. He was born in AL, parents born in SC.

1910 Census. Lived at 306 10th Street, Bonham. Stated they had 7 children, 6 living. Mary, Myrtle, George listed in the Census. M. J. Haden, Olive's mother was also living with them.

Found in 1920 Census in Bonham. Myrtle and George still living at home, Daughter Grace Rountree and her child Mary Louise, age 8, also live with them. Grace is marked as "married" not widowed or divorced. There were probably other children.

1930 Census. Ben F. Blakeney, age 70, widowed, b. AL, father b. in SC, mother b. AL. Payne Roundtree, son-in-law, age 47, b. TX; his father b. GA, mother b. TX. Salesman in Retail Shoes. Grace Roundtree, daughter, age 44, 23 when married. Mary L. age 19, still at home.

On 21 April 1934, Joe B. Haden noted in his diary that it was "Mr. B. F. Blakeney's birthday".

"Fannin County Folks and Facts" says his ancestors came from Limerick County Ireland and was first de Blakeney. They settled in South Carolina, moving to Alabama and Missouri. Four of their seven children were born on W. 10th Street in Bonham. Ben was co-owner of a dry good store - White, Blakeney, and Fuller.

1900 Census shows a George Blakeney living in Ladonia, b. 1846, with 5 children still at home, Frank born 1872 with wife and young daughter. They were also in the dry goods business. George says he was born in SC as were his parents. Frank born in TX although he states his father born in NC.

Benjamin died in the Hospital in Bonham; he had lived there in Bonham for 63 years. The current address was 314 W. 10th St. He died of congestive Heart Failure and senility; son Joe B. Blakeney was informant for the death certificate [he lived in San Angelo, TX at that time]

Buried Willow Wild Cemetery next to Olive and daughter Grace and her husband William Rountree. CEMETERY INSCRIPTIONS - FANNIN COUNTY TEXAS, Dean & Patrician Newhouse, Vol. 3, 1982.

Olive Marian "Ollie" HADEN and Benjamin Franklin BLAKENEY had the following children:

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Joe Ben BLAKENEY161,162 was born on 24 November 1883 in Fannin County, Texas.152,161 He died on 11 December 1971 at the age of 88 in San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas.161

Joe was not listed with his parents by 1910. An Ancestry Family Tree with no documentation states his wife was Maybelle Tillman and they married circa 1908.

I found the following in the 1910 Census, which may be Joe:
1910. San Angelo, Tom Green Co, TX, Sheet 12B, Hh 266.
Living on Colorado Ave.
The name has been altered by the enumerator. It was originally Joe B. "Blachen" and has been indexed similarly - written above the crossed out "hen" is "keney" which adds up to "Blackeney". He does give his name as Joe B. and is the right age, 26. He gave his birthplace as Texas but "U. S." is given for his parents. He had been married 1 time for 3 years.
Mabel is the wife, age 25, b. TX, father b. TX, her mother b. MO. She has had 1 child.
Marion, daughter, age 1 1/2, b. in Texas. [named for Joe's mother?]

1920 Census. Justice Precinct 1, Crockett Co, TX, Sheet 2A, Hh 22
B. Joe Blakney, age 36, b. Texas, father b. AL, mother b. MO, stock farmer
Mabel, wife, age 34, b. Texas, father b. MS, mother b. TX
Marion, daughter, age 11, b. TX
Alice Pool, servant, Black, age 26, b. TX, father b. TN, mother b. Mexico
Jasper Pool, servant, Black, age 25, b. LA, as were his parents
Alice was the cook, Jasper the yard man.

1930 Census. Justice Precinct 1, Crockett Co, TX, Sheet 24B, Hh 650
Joe B. Blakeney, age 45, age at first marriage, 25. Born TX, parents b. TX, ranch manager
Louise, wife, age 40, age at first marriage-20, b. TX, parents b. TX

I found a death certificate. Joe Ben Blakeney, died 11 Dec 1971, San Angelo, Tom Green Co at the Clinic Hospital Foundation. He was born 24 Nov 1883. His residence was not given. His usual occupation was Rancher. His parents' names not given. The informant was Mrs. Joe Blakeney. He died of cerebral hemorrhage and had a history of heart conditions. He was buried on December 13th at Fairmount Cemetery, San Angelo.

I also found a death certificate which gives clues to what became of Joe's daughter Marion.
James Albert Kreuger, b. 20 Feb 1935, died 30 Oct 1967, age 32. He died in San Angelo - he had been there for 1 week. His residence was 5504 Winifred Drive, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co, TX. He was a Rancher and is listed as married. His father's name given as A. L. Kreuger; his mother as Marion Blakeney. His father was the informant for the death certificate. Young James is said to have died of a coronary occlusion. He was buried Fairmount Cemetery, San Angelo.

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Grace BLAKENEY.

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Thurman A. BLAKENEY146,148,163 was born on 8 July 1888 in Bonham, Fannin County, Texas.152 He died on 3 October 1933 at the age of 45 in Bonham, Fannin County, Texas.146

In 1910, Thurman was boarding with his cousin Albert C. Haden in Durant, Bryan Co OK. He was working as a bookkeeper in a bank.

1920 Census Durant Ward 2, Bryan Co, OK [on the same page as his uncle James C. Haden], Hh 20
Thurman A. Blakeney, age 31, b. TX, parents b. TX, Banker, Cashier
Isabelle, wife, age 30, b. MD, her parents b. Scotland

J. B. Haden spelled his name Thurman, although I've found it as "Truman" in other places. Thurman had some type of difficulty in 1923 - in a letter to his brother Jimmie, J. B. says "Thurman looks better than I thought he would after his terrible ordeal of a year ago. He is young enough to make complete recovery & recoup his fortune...." An earlier letter to Ollie dated 6 Jul 1923 says ..."I am gladder now than I can tell you, because your boy is being restored to you.....tell you how glad we all are because of his good progress toward recovery".

I've never found Thurman in the 1930 census.

Diary entry of 3 Oct 1933. Thurman Blakeney died last night.

Thurman's death certificate states that he was buried in Durant, Oklahoma. He was widowed and a banker. The death certificate states that he was: Found dead in bed, due to Phenol poisoning, self- Administered. Death was a suicide. Mrs. W. T. Rountree, his sister, gave the information for his death certificate.
His brother George also committed suicide.

FindAGrave has his marker pictured. Thurman was buried Highland Cemetery, Durant, Bryan Co, OK. Isabelle is buried there, too, and they share a stone. She was born 1888, died 1920.


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[Daughter] BLAKENEY was born on 28 December 1890 in Bonham, Fannin County, Texas. She died on 29 December 1890 at the age of 0 in Bonham, Fannin County, Texas.

The 1900 census indicated they had seven children, six living. This infant is buried Willow Wild Cemetery in Bonham.

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Mary Alice BLAKENEY.

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Myrtle BLAKENEY was born in October 1895 in Bonham, Fannin County, Texas.152,154

Myrtle was still living at home in 1920. I have searched the Fannin Co 1930 census for a married Myrtle of the right age - it was obviously a popular name. I found no Myrtle that had married after 1920, and was born in Texas with parents born in the right places - nothing even close.

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George Stuart BLAKENEY164 was born on 28 April 1899 in Bonham, Fannin County, Texas.152,154 He died on 25 June 1956 at the age of 57 in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.

George's Texas death certificate show his address in Dallas as 1002 Galloway. He was a bookkeeper at a wholesale drygoods business. It does give his parents as B. G. Blakeney and Olive Haden. The informant's signature was Mrs. Virginia Blakeney. He was listed as married, so presumably that was his wife. His death was self-inflicted; he took strychnine. He was found dead at home - the inquest was held on the same day as his death - 25 Jun 1956. George was buried Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas.

George's brother Thurman also committed suicide.

1930 Census. Dist. 34, Dallas, Dallas Co, TX, Sheet 18B, Hh 306
George S. Blakeney, age 30, b. TX, father b. AL, mother b. MO. Clerk at a lumber Co. He lived alone, probably in an apartment building.

George is buried Grove Hill Memorial Park, Dallas. His wife is there as Virginia F. Blakeney, born 1896, died 1976.