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Martha Jane BLAKENEY


  • Born: 1811, England/Virginia 423,424
  • Marriage: Martha Jane BLAKENEY on 17 Oct 1841 in Virginia 94
  • Died: 26 Mar 1894, Shenandoah, Page County, Iowa 51601 at age 83 94
  • Buried: 28 Mar 1894, Rose Hill Cemetery: Shenandoah, Page County, Iowa, USA 20

bullet  General Notes:

The 1850 Putnam County, VA and 1870 Fulton County, IL Census note that Mathew was born in Virginia in 1811. In dispute are the Rose Hill Cemetery Records (which may be viewed at the Shenandoah, IA Public Library) which state Matthew was born in England. message board: Matthew Jennings Whitehill English Orphanage Records
ppac1497 <> (View posts <>) Posted: 19 Dec 2009 6:05PM GMT Classification: Query
Surnames: Whitehill (Whittle) (Whitwill) (Whittal)
I am searching for the orphanage records, place - anything for Matthew Jennings Whitehill born in 1810-1811. Sent to Philadelphia United States on the Tuscarora in October of 1819. Possible mothers name Mary Whittal, or parents Joseph and Jane Whitwill.

Matthew has descendents in America and I would love to locate his orphanage records. Possibly Lucton, or Acklam.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Residence, 1811, England. 424 where he was eventually orphaned.

Residence, 1822, Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia, USA. 424 when he came to America from England as a "bound boy" to a restaurant owner to repay him for the cost of transportation to this county.

Occupation, 1843, Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia, USA. 424 as a farmer where he and his father-in-law, Joseph Blakely, operated a farm until the Civil War when Confederate soldiers plundered their home.

Occupation, 1850, Putnam County, Virginia. 425 Farmer

Residence, 1850, Putnam County, Virginia. 426

Residence, 1862, Canton, Fulton County, Illinois, USA. 427

Occupation: Farmer, 1870, Fulton County, Illinois. 98

Residence: Canton Township, 1870, Fulton County, Illinois. 98

Residence, 1872, Page County, Iowa. 428

Occupation, 1872, Page County, Iowa. 428 Farmer

Residence, 1880, Fisher Center, Fremont County, Iowa, USA. 429

Occupation, 1880, Fisher Center, Fremont County, Iowa, USA. 429 as a farmer.

Obituary, 3 Apr 1894, Clarinda, Page County, Iowa 51632. 430 in the Clarinda Herald. Obituary courtesy of Gareld Whitehill.

Matthew Whitehill died at his home south of town on last Monday night. He was 84 years old. Services were held at the Summit M. E. church on Wednesday and the remains interred in the Shenandoah cemetery.

Cemetery, 26 Mar 1894, Rose Hill Cemetery: Shenandoah, Page County, Iowa, USA. Locate the grave on the road leading north from the chapel and flag pole. The grave is on the west side of the road, about 1/2 way between the flagpole and the next intersection. There are other Whitehills buried nearby that may assist in locating the grave.

Honors. by having this item published in an unknown book:

The actual birthplace of Matthew Whitehill is not known, but since the Whitehill name is of English origin, it is presumed that he came from England. It is known that he was born in 1811 and came to America as a bound boy at the age of 7 years. He was an orphan, bound out to a restaurant owner in the hill country of West Virginia. he met and married a young girl of 16 years, when he was 30. They lived upon a tract of land that was owned by his father-in-law and himself in the mountainous country of Wheeling, West Virginia. Here 8 of their children were born: Joseph - 1843; James - 1846; Mary - 1848; Zachariah - 1850; Boyd - 1853; Samuel - 1855; Matthew - 1859; George 1861; and John in 1866. Grandmother Whitehill was active in the community. She helped organize the first Sunday School at Summit (Page County, Iowa), which was held in the schoolhouse and of which she was elected superintendent. Martha Jane passed away in 1892. Matthew two years later in 1894. Both are buried in Rose Hill Cemetery.

The following was written by Edna Lois Whitehill: Mathew Whitehill was my grandfather. He was born in 1811 and died in 1894 and is buried in Rose Hill cemetary [sic] in Shenandoah, Iowa. He came to America from England in 1818, settled in Wheeling, W. Virginia, and was married to Martha Jane Blakely in 1843. They migrated to Illinois during the Civil War days. They came to Iowa to the Summit neighborhood south of Shenandoah in the fall of 1872 when their son John (my father) was six years old.


Mathew married Martha Jane BLAKENEY, daughter of Joseph BLAKENEY and Mary B. BLAKENEY (NEE UNKNOWN), on 17 Oct 1841 in Virginia.94 (Martha Jane BLAKENEY was born on 9 Sep 1825 in Kanawha County, West Virginia,431 died on 15 May 1892 in Fremont County, Iowa 432 and was buried on 17 May 1892 in Rose Hill Cemetery: Shenandoah, Page County, Iowa, USA 20.)

bullet  Marriage Notes:

The Putnam County Virginia 1850 Census indicates Mathew and Martha were "married within the year", which would date the marriage in 1849-1850.

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