John Bly (1780-1840) & Charity Adams (1783-1860)

UPDATED JULY 2017

John Bly and Charity Adams are my 4x great grandparents, parents of my 3X great grandfather James Henry Bly.

John Bly was born in December 29, 1780 in Amherst, Virginia. David Bly, presumed to be his father, gave permission for him to marry. See comment section for thoughts from cousins on John’s parents. If you have any thoughts to add, please comment!

Charity Adams was born in about 1783 in Kentucky. She was an orphan by 1800 when she married. It’s noted by some that her father was named William. See comment section for thoughts from cousins on Charity Adams. If you have any thoughts to add, please comment!

John Bly and Charity Adams were married on September 25, 1800 in Lincoln County, Kentucky. John was 19 and Charity was 17. It is said that John had permission of David Bly to marry and that Charity claimed to be an orphan, and no one signed for her. I haven’t seen this record, so if you have it I would love to see it.

On the 1810 US Census, John Bly was head of a household in Rockcastle, Kentucky.  The household had 5 members: 2 males under age 10 (David was 10 and Martin was 4); 1 male 26-44 (John was 30); 1 female under age 10 (Henrietta was 1); 1 female aged 26-44 (Charity was 27). Listed next on the census is David Bly, so that may have been John’s father. That household had 3 members: 1 male over age 45; 1 female aged 10-15; 1 female over age 45.

On the 1830 US Census, John Bly was head of a household in Putnam, Indiana. There were 11 in the household: 1 male under age 5 (James was 5); 1 male ages 10-14 (Bryant was 16); 3 males aged 15-19 (Abraham was 20, John was 18, and Joshua was 17); 1 male ages 40-49 (John was 50); 2 females age 5-9 (Susan was 3 and Elizabeth was 8); 1 female aged 10-14 (Millicent was 10); 1 female aged 20-29 (Henrietta was 21); 1 female ages 40-49 (Charity was 47). Listed next on the census is the household of Martin Bly, their son.

US General Land Office Records show a January 5, 1831 Land Grant for 80 acres in Putnam County, Indiana for a John Bly. I don’t know if it is for this John Bly, his son John Bly, or an unrelated John Bly.

John Bly died August 7, 1840. He was 59. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1840 US Census, Charity is head of household in Clark, Montgomery County, Indiana. It’s a household of 4 people: 1 male aged 15-19; 1 male aged 20-29; 1 female aged 15-19; 1 female aged 50-59. Listed next on the Census are the households of William Bly and Abraham Bly.

On the 1850 US Census, Charity, age 65, was living with son Abraham, age 39, his wife Mary, age 36, and their 9 children, and Mary’s father. They were farming in Clark, Montgomery County, Indiana.

On the 1860 US Census, Charity was 77. She lived with her son James Bly, age 35 (my 3x great grandfather), his wife Jane age 21, and their 3 children. The family was farming in Medicine, Mercer County, Missouri.

Charity died after she was found on the 1860 US Census, in Medicine, Mercer County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of John Bly & Charity Adams:

Note: I have found very little to connect children to John Bly and Charity Adams. Here’s what I have on potential children.

John Martin Blye – Martin was born October 6, 1806. He married Elizabeth Carman on March 10, 1835 in Montgomery, Indiana. On the 1850 US Census they were in Franklin, Montgomery, Indiana with 7 children. He died March 1, 1894. He was 87. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Henrietta Bly – Henrietta was born about 1809. She married James Harris on December 4, 1831 in Montgomery County, Indiana.

Abraham Bly – Abraham was born October 31, 1810 in Lincoln County, Kentucky. He married Mary Ann Carman on January 22, 1835 in Montgomery County, Indiana. They had at least 8 children. Later he married Elizabeth Hancock on April 29, 1868 in Warren County, Iowa. He died February 17, 1886 in Iowa. He was 75. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Joshua Bly – Joshua was born in 1813 in Kentucky. He married Mary Baker on September 21, 1837 in Hendricks, Indiana. On the 1850 US Census they lived in Center, Hendricks County, Indiana with their 6 children.

Bryant Bly – Bryant was born on June 24, 1814. He married Charity Moore on January 25, 1842 in Montgomery County, Indiana.  They had at least 11 children. He died on March 25, 1882. He was 67. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Millicent Emilia Bly – Millicent was born November 1, 1820 in Barren County, Kentucky. She married Joel Adams on May 14, 1840 in Montgomery County, Indiana. They had no children. She married William Brittain in 1848 in Montgomery County, Indiana. He had 6 children and they had 4 children together. She died February 6, 1872. She was 51, Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Elizabeth Bly – Elizabeth was born on November 12, 1822 in Montgomery County, Indiana. She married Gabriel F. Keath on November 13, 1838 in Montgomery County, Indiana. She died on June 19, 1840 in New Maysville, Putnam County, Indiana. She was 17 years old and had given birth to a daughter. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

James Henry Bly – My 3x great grandfather James was born in 1825 in Kentucky. He married Jane Brittain on May 31, 1854 in Caldwell County, Missouri. They had 4 children. He died January 11, 1864 at home in Steady Run, Iowa, after becoming ill while serving in the Civil War. He was 38 or 39. His Find A Grave memorial is here.Read more about him here.

Susan Bly – Susan was born in 1827. She married Leroy Brock on April 2, 1848 in Montgomery County, Indiana. They had 8 children. She died prior to 1880, when her husband was found a widower living in Niantic, Macon, Illinois.

James Henry Bly (1825-1864) & Jane Brittain (1839-1911)

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.