Like so many other families of their
era, the Blakelys of Delaware County, NY, gave
their children the same names over and over
again, to the frustration of future genealogists.
And because the Blakelys were prolific, there are
many Samuel Blakelys in Delaware County records.
But here is a young man who could very likely be
the one pictured: Samuel M. Blakely, born
(according to a list of gravestones in the
Blakely Cemetery in the township of Kortright) in
1843. Such a birthday would have made this Samuel
18 at the time of Hannah Richs wedding in
1861, though there is no way of knowing over how
many years she collected and organized the photos
in her album.
Records of the Gilchrist Memorial Presbyterian
Church in the township of Kortright also show
that a Samuel McAuley Blakely was born August 6,
1843 to James G. Blakely and Susan McAuley. The
family was enumerated in the 1850 census listing Samuel as age 7,
residing in Kortight. In 1860 the family was living next
door to James' brother John D. and sister=in-law
Sarah (Peters) and Samuel was 17 and listed as
attending school. At the time the census was
taken in 1870, the family of James G. was living
next door to his brother Goldsborough B. and his
wife, Elizabeth (Mitchell), but Samuel was no
longer living with his parents nor was he located
living in the town of Kortright.
to the headstone in Blakely Cemetery, Samuel M.
Blakely died on 17 Jan 1892. His wife, Lottie B.
(last name unknown) was also buried in this
cemetery and information indicates she was born
on 03 Aug 1849 and died on 20 Dec 1887.
the photographer, C. Gullman, of
PoKeepsie, New York: you will
find a carte de-visite by C. Gullman in the Penn
State University Special Collections Libraries,
and a collection of Civil War photographs
relating to the 27th Indiana includes at least
one photograph (Capt. Josiah C. Williams) by C.
Gullman of Poughkeepsie.
|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.
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: