Sunday, 4 September 2022


Welcome to my Blakely Genealogy Blog.

This blog mainly focuses on the ancestry and descendants of Thomas Alberton Blakely of Grey County Ontario Canada. This site also includes my connected branch of STAFFORD.

A list of the people in this blog can be found here.  I'm always adding new names and documents so check back often. If you are looking for information that you don't see here send me an email at  I haven't entered all of my research online yet and might have the info you are looking for.

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Thursday, 1 September 2022

Thomas A Blakely and Family - Portrait c1910

Portrait of Thomas Alberton Blakely of Grey County, Ontario

L-R Thomas, Clifford, Luella, Lillian, Mrytle, Elmo, Margaret Lever, and the two children in front are Gordon and Aleath

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Gordon Roswell Blakely

Gordon Roswell Blakely was born on March 4, 1902, in Grey, Ontario, Canada.

 He married Gloria Isabella Gaddye on December 4, 1926, in Peel, Ontario, Canada.

They had four children during their marriage. 
Donellda, Thomas, Gord and Lorainne.

 Gordie died on April 22, 1993, at the age of 91.

                      Gord feeding a squirrel in High Park Toronto

Gord and his sister Lillian

Monday, 2 December 2019

Margaret Isabella Blakely

Margaret Isabella Blakely was the second born daughter of Thomas Blakely and Isabella Orr.

She was born on July 17, 1869, in Grey, Ontario

On Dec 24,1895 She married Alfred Allen in Toronto.

Alfred Allen

The couple had two daughters

Isabella Alice born Aug 5, 1899 married John Gass

Catherine was born in 1896 married John Ellis

Catherine and Warren Ellis

Isabella Alice and John Gass had 4 children
John R Gass
Nancy Allen Gass
Mary Elizabeth Gass
Margaret Gass

Catherine and John Ellis had 4 children 
Wayne Irvin Ellis 1933-1997
Warren Ellis 
Joan Ellis
Lee Ellis

Margaret died 13 Apr 1955 and is buried in Ohio

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Thomas Alberton Blakely Jr

Thomas Alberton Blakely was born March 16 1863, in Portlaw, Artemesia Township, Grey County, Ontario, Canada. He was the son of Thomas Blakely and Margaret Isabella Orr.

He had ten siblings.

Thomas was a jack of all trades and owned several types of businesses around Grey county throughout his life. He also was a Municipal Councillor and a police trustee.
In 1905 Thomas submitted an application for a patent for the double ball bearing. Check out his invention here!

Dec 24,1885 Flesherton Advance
 When he was 24, he married Hanna Margaret Lever, daughter of Roger Lever and Isabella Rebecca Holley, on Sept 27 1887 in Flesherton,Ontario

Thomas Alberton Blakely and Hanna Margaret Lever had the following children:

Thomas Clifford Blakely was born on 16 Jun 1892 in Dundalk Ontario Canada (Grey County). He died on 07 Feb 1970.

Aleath Leone Blakely was born on 24 May 1896 in Ontario. She died on 07 Sep 1962 in Dunnville,Ontario, Canada.

Luella Margaret Blakely was born on 30 Jun 1905 in Grey, Ontario, Canada. She died on 13 Oct 1974.

Estelle MYRTLE Blakely was born on 21 Jul 1890 in Flesherton, Ontario, Canada. She died on 20 Oct 1960. She married John Charles Miller on 13 Dec 1913 in York,  Ontario, Canada.

Clarence Elverton Blakely was born on 29 Apr 1894. He died on 18 Jan 1896.

Gordon Roswell Blakely was born on 04 Mar 1902 in Grey, Ontario, Canada. He died on 22 Apr 1993. He married Gloria Gaddye on 04 Dec 1926 in Peel, Ontario, Canada.

Lillian Pearl Blakely was born on 06 Feb 1898 in Flesherton, Ontario, Canada. She died on 12 Oct 1988. She married Harry Stafford on 05 Nov 1918 in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

Florence Margurite Blakely was born on 27 Jun 1900 in Flesherton. She died on 11 Sep 1900.

Wilford Elmo Blakely was born on 19 Oct 1888 in Flesherton, Ontario, Canada. He died on 23 Jan 1947 in Bakersfield, Kern, California, USA.

Letta May Blakely was born on 24 May 1896 in Flesherton, Artemesia Township, Grey County, Ontario, Canada (Twin of Aleath). She died on 15 Jun 1896 in Flesherton, Ontario, Canada (Died at birth).

John Blakely, Sarah Linley Blakely, Hanna Lever Blakely, Thomas A Blakely

Jan 9,1907

May 5 1887

Thomas A Blakely

Thomas died on 13 Feb 1937 in Toronto Canada (Buried Flesherton).

Friday, 15 March 2019

Andrew Wilson Blakely

Andrew Wilson Blakely was born May 31,1872 in Grey County,Ontario.

He was the second youngest son of Thomas Blakely and Margaret Orr.

He married Nettie Natalie May Barr - Born 22 MAY 1879 • Renfrew Ontario Canada
Died JULY 13 1944 • Walhalli North Dakota
This photo is marked A.B. I am pretty sure it is Andrew but I am not 100%

Harry Stafford

Harry Stafford was born Feb 6,1889 in Islington County.
He was the 3rd born son of Elizabeth Sims and William Thomas Stafford.

In 1897 Harry and his younger brother Charles were sent to Canada through the Barnardo Homes. You can read more about it here.
Harry Stafford