Records of John Blakeley.  I may have duplication on this page.  I will clean this up and organize it better.

The Blakely connection:

(FOC) There are a lot of Blakely probate records in the Laurens Co. probate office (not in the court house itself, but in the probate office, down the hill across the rail road tracks, ask directions).  Some of the folders are very large.  I only looked for a John Blakely who died in 1815, since the volume of records was just too much otherwise.

Mr. Andrea states: Days Gill married Sarah Blakeley, in Equity Roll dated 18 May 1815 on estate of late John Blakeley (Laurens Co., SC, see Jacob Gill of Laurens Co.) Widow Rachel Blakeley vs. children... deceased son, Jonathan Blakely, his widow now Rachel wife of Richard McKelvey and ch., Margaret & Agnes & Martha Blakeley minors, ... Thomas Blakeley ... Wm. Blakeley ... Robert Blakeley in Tenn ... Catherine wife of Hugh Wilson in Georgia ... Margaret wife of John Copeland, Benjamin Blakeley out of SC and address unknown ... deceased daughter Sarah wife of Days Gill & her son Thomas Gill (Laurens Co., SC record). Andrea record #104.

Tertiary records state: Sarah wife of Days Gill named in 1815 as deceased daughter of John Blakeley, and her (Sarah's) son Thomas Gill. (Mrs. Hicks Apr. 1986 p19) Laurens Co., SC.  I (FOC) could find no probate record of a John Blakely who died in 1815!  A Jonathan Blakely died in 1814, but the list of heirs did not include a Sarah.  Mr. Andrea found this record and states that it is an Equity record.  Unfortuately for me, I never found these records on my visit to Laurens County.


(From Robert S. Gary):

Sarah wife of Days Gill named in 1815 as deceased daughter of John Blakeley, and her (Sarah's) son Thomas Gill. (Mrs. Hicks Apr. 1986 p19) Laurens Co., SC.  The Jonathan Blakely who died in 1814 is not this one, and the list of heirs did not include a Sarah.  Mr. Andrea found this record and states that it is an Equity record.  

The name I (Robert S. Gary) have for Sarah's husband is Daysor David Gill. My sources are Blakely Family Journal, South Carolina Genealogical Society and Marriage and Death Notices From Baptist Newspapers of South Carolina by Brent Holcomb.  Much of my original Blakely information came from the Blakely Family Journal. In 1988, I obtained a copy of the back issues and subscribed to this publication but only received several issues so I guess it no longer exists.

I am a member of the Newberry Chapter, Laurens Chapter, Greenwood-Abbeville Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society. Each chapter has a quarterly publication as well as the state (total of four). I have no idea which issue my material came from.

There is a note in Sarah's file indicating she was married to a Lewis Miles who died 28 years before Sarah's death. This probably came from the Marriage and Death Notices From Baptist Newspapers of South Carolina.

None of the above sources are what I would consider primary sources (wills, family Bibles, etc.).  Robert S. Gary, 7 Sept. 1998.  (end of info from Robert Gary)


Jonathan Blakely, Laurens Co.  Page 183, estate appraised 17 Dec. 1814 at $1368.55, appraised by Cornelius Tinsly, Charles Little, James Underwood, and Donal Vance.  This included $1032 in negroes.  probate bundle 10-15, the estate paid out 22 Sept. 1817 $174.39 to three heirs: (1) Andrew Spear guardian of Elizabeth Blakely minor; (2) John Coplan guardian of Peggy Blakely minor $174.39; and 20 Sept. 1817 William Copland guardian of Robert Blakely minor $174.39.  One of the very few bundles that I looked at there that stated heirs! There could be of order five more unmentioned heirs here to match the estate inventory estimate.  Perhaps I missed them, the script was very hard to read. (FOC)


SCGenWeb Archives
BLACKELY , John 1779 Colony, SC Resident Old 96th DISTRICT
BLACKLEY , James 1779 Colony, SC Resident Old 96th DISTRICT
BLACKLY , Thomas 1779 Colony, SC Resident Old 96th DISTRI
BLAKELEY , Chambers 1779 Colony, SC Resident Old 96th DISTRICT
BLAKELY , Chambers 1783 Colony, SC Loyalists No Twp Listed
BLAKNEY , David 1779 Colony, SC Resident Old 96th DISTRICT

1823 SC Rev War Pensions
WILLIAM BLAIKLEY, EDGEFIELD DISTRICT
PRIVATE, SOUTH CAROLINA CONTINENTAL LINE
$96.00 ANNUAL ALLOWANCE $ AMOUNT RECEIVED
DECEMBER 14, 1818 PENSIONS STARTED
THOMAS BALKELY, LAURENS DISTRICT
PRIVATE SOUTH CAROLINA MILITIA
$30.00 ANNUAL ALLOWANCE, $75.00 AMOUNT RECEIVED
SEPTEMBE 17,1833 PENSION STARTED
AGE 79
WILLIAM BLAKELY, LAURENS DISTRICT
PRIVATE, SOUTH CAROLINA MILITIA
$21.10 ANNUAL ALLOWANCE, $52.75 AMOUNT RECEIVED
SEPTEMBER 17, 1833 PENSION STARTED
AGE 74

Robert V. Woods, of Ridgefield,WA, echw@worldaccessnet.com kindly send the following record:

In your list of Loyalists, something we never leaned about in US History, there are two individuals that I can confirm. My mother-in-law was born in New Brunswick, Canada. Her ancestors were the Blakney's. Two of the names on your list are Chambers Blakely and David Bleachney (both Blakely). David & Chambers were both shipped to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1784.

Chambers died on board ship in the harbor of Halifax.  David Blakney went on to live in New Brunswick. These two brothers came to South Carolina in Dec.,22,1767, aboard the "Earl of Denegal" with their father, William Blakely who was born abt 1715 in Ireland. William  Blakely died before 1779 on their farm which was located on Cuffey Town creek (Coffeetown Creek) located in Edgefield Co., SC. The listing of William and his wife Elizabeth can be found in a book listing Protestants and others arriving in SC. My family was in SC also as patriots, their names were Holcomb, Hunt,Scales, Skelton, Campbell, Clark, Minton. My wife and I have had some interesting conversations about this War. Seems a lot of folks were betting on the Loyalists but they lost. There was one family of Tottens in NY who were determined to keep the family farm, one of the brothers was a loyalist and the other a patriot.


THE BLAKELYS CAME INTO LAURENS FROM PA.IN 1752 WITH THE SETTLEMENT KNOWN AS THE DUNCAN CREEK SETTLEMENT. ANOTHER BLAKELY FAMILY CAME INTO LAURENS FROM THE PORT OF CHARLESTOWNE, SC WITH MY TAYLORS FROM BELFAST IN 1767. THESE BLAKELYS WERE:

WILLIAM - 52 YRS; ELIZABETH - 54

  1. MARY - 4
  2. DAVID - 22
  3. CHAMBERS - 18
  4. ELIZABETH - 28
  5. SARAH - 24

THESE BLAKELYS ARE AT ROCKY SPRINGS PRES. CH. ABOUT 8 MILES FROM DUNCAN CREEK PRES. CH. THEY RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING LAND GRANTS IN LAURENS:

  1. WILLIAM - 200 ACRES
  2. DAVID - 100 "
  3. ELIZABETH - 100 "
  4. CHAMBERS - 100 "
  5. SARAH - 100 "

THE COPELANDS CAME WITH THE BLAKELYS FROM PA. THERE WERE 2 SETTLEMENTS FROM PA. INTO LAURENS. THE ADAIRS, MEADORS, AND OTHERS CAME ALSO. THE COPELANDS ARE MY WIFE'S FAMILY. SO SHE IS RELATED TO THE BLAKELYS THROUGH MARGARET. JANE TAYLOR MARRIED WILLIAM SIMPSON BLAKELY, THE ROCKY SPRINGS BLAKELYS. THAT IS NOT MY DIRECT LINE BUT I HAVE AN UNCONFIRMED SUSPICION THAT SAMUEL TAYLOR (MY GR3-GRANDFATHER) MARRIED MARY BLAKELY. I DO NOT HAVE A LAST NAME ON MARY. THIS WAS IN THE EARLY 1800'S.

I READ WHERE MARGARET BLAKELY(COPELAND) WAS BAPTISTED AT ROCKY SPRINGS SOCIETY IN PA. I WAS WONDERING IF THE ROCKY SPRINGS NAME TRANSFERRED FROM PA. TO OUR CHURCH HERE IN LAURENS. IT COULD BE COINCIDENTAL BECAUSE THE CHARLESTOWNE IMMIGRANTS STARTED OUR ROCKY SPRINGS AND THERE WERE ROCKY SPRINGS AT THE CHURCH. THE CHURCH SITE WAS ON OUR TAYLOR LAND GRANT.

I GREW UP AROUND THE ROCKY SPRINGS BLAKELYS AND WENT TO SCHOOL WITH SEVERAL AND BETTY WAS A GYM TEACHER.

JAMES R. TAYLOR  TAYFAM@BACKROADS.NET  1 August 2002


Here is more evidence that some of the Blakelys were such staunch Loyalists that they removed to Canada:

A book titled Petitcodiac- A Village History ( by John Burrows states that David Blakely left Halifax in the spring of 1783 for New Brunswick, while his brother Chambers remained in NS, eventually settling in Ship's Harbour. David origionally settled in Saint John, New Brunswick but moved to Petitcodiac/ Salisbury area three years later.The offical transcript cites his residence as "Petty Coat Jack ".In 1802 he was issued a grant for 793 acres of land.This family was the first family settle along the banks of the beautiful Petitcodiac River.

Charlotte Reddon ( nee Blakney ); Petitcodiac, NB.August 2004


By the by (FOC), I am just listed records as they are sent to me.  Obviously this family cannot both have come from Pennsylvania, and entered Charleston via ship from Ireland!  I have no primary records on this event.  We do know that there were "Scotts-Irish" Gills in Chester county from Pennsylvania.  Many of these Scotts-Irish entered at New Castle, Delaware, because they were not welcome at other ports, and settled first in Pennsylvania (a few miles away).

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