those featured in Hannah Richs photograph
album are pictures of her relatives - Riches and
Southards - and her husbands 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..
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
Hickoks reference to Elizabeth as
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
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.
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.