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John Wesley BLAKE
Martha A. H. Frances LANHAM
Husband:  John Wesley BLAKE
Birth:  1831/2, VA
Occupation:  laborer
Father:  Samuel Theophilus BLAKE
Mother:  Elizabeth Ann EVILSIZER
Marriage:  9 Apr 1854, Jefferson Co., MO
Wife:  Martha A. H. Frances LANHAM
Birth:  1836/7 or Nov 1835 or 24 Sep 1835, VA
Death:  18 Jun 1921, Jefferson Co., MO
Disposition:  buried Hillsboro Cemetery, Hillsboro, Jefferson Co., MO
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Spouse:  m2. 15 Jun 1865, Jefferson Co., MO, Elisha H. Clement EAVES
Father:  Thomas LANHAM (1804/5-1870s) of VA
Mother:  Caroline "Cairy / Cary / Carrie" Ann MELTON / MILTON (1805/7- ) of VA
Children born in Jefferson Co., MO:
1.  Levina Ellen / Lou Ellen / Luellen / Louellen BLAKE, b. 9 Jan 1854 or 1855
2.  George Washington BLAKE, b. 5 Aug 1857; d. 2 Aug 1949, Omaha, Douglas Co., NE
3.  Anna BLAKE, b. ca. 1860; d. aft. 1930
4.  Andrew Hardin BLAKE, b. 29 Jul 1861; d. 19 Sep 1934, Morse Mill, Jefferson Co., MO
5.  Nancy BLAKE, b. 1862/3
6.  Christina BLAKE, b. 1862/3
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Missouri, Nebraska, Virginia

Sources:

1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
John Wesley BLAKE
Spouse: Martha Francis LANHAM
Marriage: 09 Apr 1854, Jefferson, Missouri
Source: Marriage Records, 1825-1951. Jefferson County (Missouri). Recorder of Deeds

2.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  John BLAKE (æ 18, b. VA; laborer) is living in Jefferson Co., MO (p. 453B), in the BURGESS household.  Martha F. LANHAM (æ 13, b. VA), is living in Jefferson Co., MO (p. 483A), with her parents, Thomas LANHAM (æ 45, b. VA) and Cairy A. (æ 43, b. VA), plus siblings.

3.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find, and I really looked.

4.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #21 of 45):  Hillsboro P.O., Central Twp., Jefferson Co., MO, Roll M593_783, p. 231A, PN 21, enumerated 14 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1870:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 15 19
147 154 Eaves Elisha 36 M W Farmer 4000 1500 Tennessee         /
          Martha 35 F W Keeps house     Virginia          
          William 17 M W Works on farm     Missouri       /  
          John 15 M W do     do       /  
          Luellen 14 F W Attends School     do       /  
          George 12 M W do     do       /  
          Andrew  9 M W do     do       /  
          Nancy  7 F W do     do       /  
          Christina  7 F W do     do       /  
          Thomas  4 M W At Home     do          
          Elisha  3 M W do     do          
          Virginia 9/12 F W do     do     Aug    
          Levina 64 F W Lives with Son     North Carolina          
    Lanham T J 21 M W Works on farm     Missouri          
    Hosi? John 40 M W Blacksmith     Ireland / /      
William and John are Elisha's children from his prior marriage.  Thomas, Elisha, and Virgina are Elisha's children with Martha.  The others are presumed to be Elisha's stepchildren brought to the marriage by Martha.  Some of these are confirmed by their surnames in the 1880 census (see next Source).

5.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Martha is still living with her second husband, Elisha EAVES.  Daughter Ellen is married and living with her husband, Francis Marion BELEW.  George W. BLAKE (æ 23, b. MO) is married and living in Big River Twp., Jefferson Co., MO (p. 111A).  Hardin BLAKE (æ 18, b. MO) is unmarried and living in Big River Twp., Jefferson Co., MO, with George W. & Mary (WILLIAMS) DODSON.

6.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

7.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #

8.  1910 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #

9.  1910 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #

10.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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