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Elizabeth M. Blakely

Among those featured in Hannah Rich’s photograph album are pictures of her relatives - Riches and Southards - and her husband’s relatives - Blakelys, Mitchells, McLaurys, and Peters - as well as business associates and the minister who married them. All these families were among the first white inhabitants of Delaware County, New York. Most of them originated in England, Scotland, or Ireland.

It was Hannah Rich Peters who wrote “Elizabeth M Blakely” in ink on the back of this photo. The pencil notation is by Florence Nelson Flanders Hickok, wife of Benjamin Blakely Hickok. Benjamin Blakely Hickok was William Blakely Peters’ and Hannah Rich Peters’ grandson, and a wonderful picture of Hannah and the boy Benjamin can be found here. Benjamin Blakely Hickok grew up at 88 Elm Street in Oneonta, New York; cousin Elizabeth M. Blakely and her brother W. "Pierce" Blakely and his wife also lived on Elm Street during this same period..

Elizabeth Mitchell Blakely was the daughter of Goldsborough Banyer Blakely and Elizabeth (Mitchell). According to The History of Delaware County by W.W. Munsell, her grandparents, William Blakely and Nancy (McDonald), moved to Kortright in 1808. There the grandfather kept a hotel on the turnpike running from Castskill, on the Hudson, to the Susquehanna and after his death in 1855, his sons James G. and Elizabeth's father G. Banyer Blakely, remained on the homestead where it is likely Elizabeth was born on 27 Nov 1864. She would have been the first cousin of Hannah's husband William Blakely Peters; hence Benjamin Blakely Hickok’s reference to Elizabeth as “cousin.”

Elizabeth also appears in the 1870 and 1880 census for Kortright township residing with her parents. After the death of her mother in 1899, Elizabeth was enumerated next door to her eldest brother William "Pierce" Blakey and his wife Juliette (Toll) in 1900. She continued to reside on Elm Street in Oneonta Village in Otsego Co., New York where she was also enumerated in the census records of 1905, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.

Elizabeth, her brother Ransom Mitchell Blakely and parents were buried in Woodland Cemetery in Delhi. NY. A headstone kindly photographed by Find A Grave volunteer Cindy Coffell shows a date of death for Elizabeth as 19 Dec 1945, aged eighty-one.

Photographer Maurice Farrington of Delhi, New York, appears in an online excerpt from 100 Years in the History of Delhi, New York 1860-1960: “1864, At Agr. Fair, winner best pkg. Butter.” Perhaps he had not yet caught the photography bug.

Please Note: In 2005 this album came into the loving care of Hannah Rich Peters’ and William Blakely Peters’ great-granddaughter, Carolyn Flanders McPherson, and is presented here for the first time. For more detailed information on the photo album and its contents you may view the introduction here.

Patricia and Carolyn have attempted to identify all persons in the album and learn more about them through research of various records. If you can help us identify or add further information to this photo, please contact :
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Updated Information (Feb 2008)
Romeo & Juliet - Owned by Elizabeth in 1900
Viewer Steve Weber recently purchased this hardback copy of Romeo and Juliet in a used book store in Oneonta, NY. The book was edited by William J Rolfe and published by American Book Company with copyrights in 1879 and 1898. Inside the front cover (as noted in the above photo) is a signature of Elizabeth M. Blakely, dated December 23, 1900.

Photo contributed by Kelly Anne Daniels.


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Elizabeth M. Blakely enumerated in 1905 New York State Census (Outside Link at
Elizabeth M. Blakely's Memorial at Find A Grave (Outside Link)
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