UPDATED JULY 2017
James Henry Bly and Jane Brittain are my 3x great grandparents, parents of my 2X great grandmother Sarah Margaret Bly.
It’s hard to find accurate information this far back because records are sparse. However, Delores Raines Sutton has done a tremendous job researching the Brittain and Bly families (and many others), and her information is available online. I’ve relied heavily on that information here today.
James Henry Bly was born in 1825 in Kentucky. His parents are John Bly and Charity Adams. Read about them here.
Jane Brittain was born January 2, 1839 in Henderson, Knox County, Illinois. Her parents are George Brittain and Memory Larimore. Read about them here.
On the 1850 US Census, James was 25 and lived in Clark, Montgomery County, Indiana with his widowed mother Charity, age 65, at the home of his brother Abraham and his wife Mary.
Also on the 1850 US Census, Jane was 11 and lived with father George, age 37, and mother Memory, age 37, in Keokuk, Iowa. Also in the home were 3 siblings and her grandmother.
James Henry Bly and Jane Brittain were married on May 31, 1854 in Caldwell County, Missouri. James was 28 or 29, and Jane was 15. Records note that they were passing through on their way to Mercer County. I’d love to know how an Indiana boy meets an Iowa girl and decides to get married and settle in Missouri.
There’s a land grant issued to James Bly on October 30, 1857 in Mercer County, Missouri for 43.8 acres; and another on April 2, 1860 for 80.28 acres.
On the 1860 US Census, James, age 35, was head of a household in Medicine, Mercer County, Missouri. His wife Jane was 21. They had three children: George, age 4; John, age 2; and Mary, age 6 months. Also in the house was James’ mother Charity, age 77. Jane’s parents were nearby.
In 1861, the family moved to Keokuk County, Iowa with Jane’s parents.
James enlisted to fight for the Union in the Civil War on August 13, 1862 in Butler, Iowa. A week later my 2x Great Grandmother, Sarah Margaret Bly, was born. James served in Company F, 33rd Infantry Regiment of the Iowa Volunteers. He became sick while in Little Rock, Arkansas, and was sent home on sick leave December 1863. He died January 11, 1864 at home in Steady Run, Iowa. He was 38 or 39. Cause of death was chronic diarrhea. His Find A Grave memorial is here.
After James’ death, Jane moved with her children and her parents back to Mercer County, Missouri.
Jane married Calvin Parton in May 1865. He was a widower with 2 children, and he had served in the Civil War. In 1869, Jane’s family and her parents moved to Wilson County, Kansas.
On the 1870 US Census, Jane and Calvin were in Clifton, Wilson County, Kansas. All of the children are listed with the last name of Parton – Jane’s 4 from her previous marriage, Calvin’s 2 from his previous marriage, and the 2 they’d had together. They would have 2 more sons together.
In 1874, Jane’s family and her parents moved to Mincy, Taney County, Missouri. They helped found Mincy Valley Church. Calvin Parton died December 24, 1878 in Mincy. His Find A Grave memorial is here.
On the 1880 US Census, Jane was 40, widowed, and living in Oliver, Taney County, Missouri. The household includes 2 of her children with James Henry Bly, her 4 children with Calvin Parton, and grandson Jesse Parton, age 1. I don’t know who Jesse’s parents are.
On the 1900 US Census, Jane was 56 and lived in Scott, Taney County, Missouri. Her son Charles was 22 and married to Maggie, age 19. They had 1 year old Rossie. Jane’s son James lived next door with his wife and 3 children.
On the 1910 US Census, Jane isn’t found.
Jane died October 30, 1911 in Omaha, Arkansas. She was 72.
Children of James Henry Bly & Jane Brittain Bly:
George William Bly – George was born May 15, 1854 in Medicine, Mercer County, Missouri. He married Sinthia Laws. They had 5 children. George died on April 12, 1929 in Boone County, Arkansas. He was 74. His Find A Grave memorial is here.
John Eli Bly – John was born in November of 1858 in Mercer County, Missouri. He married Arminda Hopper on July 2, 1882 in Boone County, Arkansas. They had 10 children. He died in January of 1924 in Boone County, Arkansas. He was 65. His Find A Grave memorial is here.
Mary Elizabeth Bly – Mary was born September 16, 1860 in Mercer, Mercer County, Missouri. She married William Henry DeJarnette in 1873 in Wilson County, Kansas. She was 13. They had 2 children. He died in 1879. In 1881, Mary was excluded from her church, Mincy Valley Church, which was said to be 75% her relatives. The cause was “unbecoming conduct” because she lived in the household of her future husband, John Allen Raines. They had at least 1 child together already. Mary married John Allen Raines on May 8, 1883 in Boone County, Arkansas. She was 23. They had 8 children together. She died May 12, 1912 in Lead Hill, Boone County, Arkansas. She was 51. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.
Sarah Margaret Bly – My 2x great grandmother Sarah Margaret was born August 22, 1862 in Keokuk County, Iowa. She married Jasper Joseph Hopper in about 1880 and they had 13 children. Sarah Margaret died on January 8, 1945 in Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. She was 82. She is buried with her husband in Yocum Pond Cemetery, Reeds Spring, Stone County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about her here.
Children of Calvin Parton and Jane Brittain Bly Parton:
Joseph Marion Parton – Joseph was born June 2, 1866 in Mercer County, Missouri. He married Vesta Ann Hopper on July 13, 1890 in Boone County, Arkansas. They had 8 children. He died on July 16, 1938 in Omaha, Arkansas. He was 72. His Find A Grave memorial is here.
James Wesley Parton – James was born May 1870 in Wilson County, Kansas. He married Edna Bates on October 28, 1894 in Taney County, Missouri. On the 1900 US Census they lived in Scott, Taney County, Missouri with their 3 children. They both died young and their children were raised by her parents in Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.
Francis Monroe Parton – Francis was born August 21, 1873 in Taney County, Missouri. He married Retta Bell on July 24, 1898 in Taney County, Missouri, and they had no children. He died December 23, 1944. He was 71. His Find A Grave memorial is here.
Charles Henry Parton – Charles was born October 2, 1877 in Mincy, Taney County, Missouri. He married Maggie Parks on October 24, 1897 in Taney County, Missouri. They had 9 children. He died May 4, 1953 in Omaha, Arkansas. He was 75. His Find A Grave memorial is here.