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.

Abraham Parks (1842-1900) & Mary A. Kilman (1858-1916)

UPDATED JULY 2017

Abraham Parks and Mary Kilman are my 2X great grandparents, parents of my great grandmother Maybelle Parks.

Abraham Parks was born in March of 1842 in Tennessee. He is the son of Robert Huntington Park and R. Andes.

Mary Kilman was born is September of 1858 in Kentucky. She is the daughter of Henry Kilman and Susan Hopper.

On the 1850 US Census,  Abraham was in Swan, Taney County, Missouri. He was 8, his father Robert was 40 and his mother R was 26. His 4 half-siblings from Robert’s first marriage live in the home.

On the 1860 US Census, Abraham was 18 and lived in Sugar Loaf, Carroll County, Arkansas. He lived with father Robert, age 50, and stepmother Prudence, age 34, and 6 siblings.

Abraham served in Company G, 3rd Regiment of Missouri Cavalry in the Civil War. His father joined the Tennessee infantry. But both fought on the Confederate side.

Abraham married Eady Anne Alley (maiden name Cane) on September 6, 1866 in Shelby, Illinois. He was 24. She was 32, had been married, and had 5 children. (Her first husband, Isaac Alley, died of typhoid fever during the Civil War, serving the Union with Company I, Illinois 5th Cavalry Regiment.) Abraham and Eady Anne had a son, William Henry Parks, in 1869.

On the 1870 US Census, Abraham, age 28, and Eady, age 38, were farming in Cullen, Pulaski County, Missouri.

On the 1880 US Census the family lived in Boone County, Arkansas. Abraham, Eady and their son William were enumerated on June 9, 1880. A daughter, Maggie, was born October 16, 1880, in Kirbyville, Taney County, Missouri. Eady Anne was 46 at the time of Maggie’s birth, and she died before the end of 1800.

In 1883, Abraham married Mary A. Kilman.

Backing up a bit, on the 1880 US Census, Mary, age 23, was in Scott, Taney County, Missouri. She lived with her father, age 56; her mother, age 54; and her brother, age 10). It is indicated that Mary and both of her parents were “maimed, crippled, bedridden, or otherwise disabled.

On the 1900 US Census. Abraham was 58 and Mary was 42. They lived in Bear Creek, Boone County, Arkansas. Mary had given birth to 7 children, 4 of them living. And they reported having been married for 17 years – which is why I believe they married in 1883. Stephen, age 16, and Maybelle (Maryan M), age 11, lived at home. Now, this is interesting. Living in the next house on the Census, with the Reed family, was Abraham and Mary’s daughter Susie Parks, age 15, and under relationship it says “ad dau.” Also listed with the family is Charles Parton, age 15, relationship “ad son.” Abraham and Mary’s oldest daughter Maggie was already married by this time, and is found on the census with her husband, oddly enough named Charles Parton. If someone knows why Susie Parks was living next door to her parents, please let me know.

Abraham died December 4, 1900 in Boone County, Arkansas, according to Arkansas Confederate Pension Records. He was 58. He is buried in Cedar Creek Cemetery in Cedarcreek, Taney County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1910 US Census, Mary was 54 and lived in Carrolton, Boone County, Arkansas with son Stephen age 26, his wife Ollie age 19, and their baby.  I lose track of Mary after that, and don’t know when she died.

The children of Abraham B. Parks & Eady Anne Cane are:

William Henry Parks – William was born on September 24, 1869 in Pulaski County, Missouri. He was 11 when his mother died. He married Jane Carpenter on January 15, 1893 in Taney County, Missouri. They had 8 children, and farmed in Boone County, Arkansas and Taney County, Missouri. William died on November 16, 1944 in Taney County, Missouri. He was 75. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Maggie Parks – Maggie was born on October 16, 1880 in Kirbyville, Taney County, Missouri. Her mother died soon after. Maggie married Charles Henry Parton on October 24, 1897 in Taney County, Missouri. They had 9 children and farmed in Taney County, Missouri and Boone County, Arkansas. In 1940 Charles was a constable in Boone County and Maggie worked in a canning factory. She died on September 27, 1951 in Omaha, Boone County, Arkansas. She was 70. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Abraham B. Parks & Mary A. Kilman are:

Stephen Abraham Parks – Stephen was born January 28, 1884 in Forsyth, Taney County, Missouri. He married Ollie Mary Thomason on October 9, 1908 in Boone County, Arkansas. They had one son. Stephen farmed in Boone County, Arkansas in 1910 and worked on the railroad in Taney County, Missouri in 1930. He died in 1941 in Boone County, Arkansas. He was 56 or 57. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Susie Parks – Susie was born on May 1, 1885 in Forsyth, Taney County, Missouri. She married William Arthur Hopper on August 15, 1900 in Taney County, Missouri. They had 6 children but only 3 lived. They divorced in 1910. She married James Bruce Patterson on March 30, 1910 in Carroll County, Arkansas. They had no children. On the 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940 US Census they are farming in Arkansas. She died January 13, 1958 in Contra Costa, California. She was 72. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Maybelle Parks – My great grandmother Maybelle was born on July 6, 1887 in Forsyth, Taney County, Missouri. She married John Henry Hopper on July 14, 1902 in Boone County, Arkansas. They had 13 children. Maybelle died February 28, 1956 in Los Angeles, California. She was 68. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Read more about her life here.