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George T. Blakey Biography

from Logan County, Kentucky, Biographies

George T. Blakey, Logan County, was born February 5, 1822, three miles west of Russellville, Kentucky.  he is the second of two boys and one girl, born to William M. and Susan C. H. (Breathett) Blakey, who were natives, respectively, of Culpeper County, Virginia, and near Hagerstown, Maryland.  William M. Blakey was a farmer, and a son of George and Margaret (Whitsett) Blakey, who were natives of Albemarle County, Virginia.  George Blakey was a soldier in the Revolution; he was a farmer, and a son of Thomas Blakey, who was born and reared in Wales, and married Ann Haden of England.  He and wife immigrated to the United States about 1730 or 1740, and located in Virginia.  Thomas Blakey was a farmer, and a son of Churchill Blakey, of Wales.  Thomas Blakey’s wife, Ann (Haden) Blakey, was a daughter of Anthony Haden, of England, who married Margaret Douglass of Scotland.  The mother of our subject was a daughter of William Breathett, who married a Miss Whitsett.  From this family, some of the leading and distinguished families of Kentucky are descended.  George T. Blakey was reared principally on a farm; he received a good education at the Russellville Academy.  His father died in 1824, and then his mother in 1830.  George T. then went to live with his uncle, George D. Blakey; at the age of twenty-two he engaged in farming for himself, which he has followed all his life.  He was elected sheriff of Logan County, and held that position from 1863 to 1868.  He has been police judge of Auburn for three terms.  In 1884, he was appointed government store-keeper, which position he still holds.  He is the owner of 280 acres of fine land near Auburn, Kentucky.  He was married, February 15, 1844, to Sarah E. McLean of Logan County, daughter of E. L. and Mary B. (Ewing) McLean.  He had born by this union four children:  Susan B., now Mrs. Gen. B. W. Heard; William M., an attorney at Evansville, Indiana; George D., an attorney in California; Lucille, married to T. W. Blakey.  Mr. Blakey and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  He is a Mason, and a member of the I. O. O. F., in high standing.  He cast his first presidential vote for Polk in 1844.  When his party advocated secession, he left it, and since the war, he has been a leading spirit of the Republican party; and in August, 1885, was elected to represent his county in the Kentucky legislature, overcoming a Democratic majority of 500, with a majority for himself of 300.

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  1. I am curious to know if anyone has come across a name change around this time? I find his brother, Robert, to have an “L” added to his name in some records (Blakely). Any thoughts? Is this the same relative?

  2. I was born in 1943, in Russellville, Ky. As a child, I lived across the street from George Blakey who was a very old gentleman. I remember his sitting in the front yard in his chair, often. He lived in a large house with a large front yard.

    I remember having the impression that he fought in a war but the timing would probably not have been correct. I wonder if he was a descendant of the Blakeys in your article.

    Just a thought from a child of the past.

    • The George Blakey you remember as a child was a Blakey descendant. George Thomas Blakey from above (b 1822) lived with his uncle named George Douglas Blakey after his father passed away. George Douglas Blakey had a son Reuben and later a grandson named George Thomas Blakey (b 1879). He died in Russellville Ky in 1956. He’s the neighbor you’re referring to. Both of them are descendants of George Douglas Blakey (b 1749) that crossed the Delaware with Washington at the Battle of Trenton.

      My grandfather was also George Douglas Blakey (b 1917).

      Our family has a ledger from the general store owned by the Blakey family in Russellville, Ky and well as the Blakey Book that has our genealogy going back hundreds of years.

      Is the link below a photo of the home you remember? This is a younger George T Blakey with his mother from 1910.

      • Yes, Joshua, that is the house. Small world. Thank you for sharing. It is good having that history. My house was torn down long ago and is a vacant lot. I have not been to Russellville in over 30 years and do not remember seeing the Blakey house at that time.

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