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Reliving Lives: Presto ia and the Civil War by Dorothy B. Snyder FAMILY OF ISAAC AND SARAH VICTOR BLANEY Henry CLAY BLANEY COMPANIES C AND D 14th PA CAVALRY (Continued from last week) Henry Clay Blaney applied for pension and claimed rheumatism, piles and impaired eyesight. He was currently living with his wife. The names and dates of birth of all his children, living or dead included Arthelia May, born May 4, 1870, Warman S. age 16, born 1871, Dan W. born October 19, 1872, Maud born May 31, 1875, Loyal J. born December 9, 1800, Nora born Jan 11, 1885, and Elvira born June 23, 1888. December 13, 1909 Henry Blaney's mother, Sarah Victor Blaney died at the age of 91 years, ten months at Cheat Neck in Monongalia County, WV. She was born in Pennsylvania as were both of her parents. Various residences for Henry C. Blaney after the war included 00eunions set Sat, Sept 17 The Annual Wolfe Re- union of the descendants of Peter Samuel and Louis Sidwell Wolfe wilt be from l l a.m.-5 p.m. at Gladesville Community Building in Preston County. Planned activities include a covered dish luncheon, fellow- ship time, a small auction, col- lecting and recording of Wolfe genealogy and karaoke. For children, a well-equipped play- ground is adjacent to the dining hall. Beverages and table ser- vice will be provided. For more information call Wesley Wolfe 304-892-4630 or Nell Wolfe 304-892-4484. Ice's Ferry, WV, Morgantown, WV, Uniontown, PA, Fairmont, WV, Mansfield, Ohio, Utica, Ohio, Ethridge TN. By the 1920 Census Henry was living in Bowling Green, Warren, County Kentucky., Obviously the family had migrated together since the parents and two sons with their families were noted on the same page of the census. Henry C. Blaney 73 and Minerva Blaney age 76 owned their home and were counted as Household 143 Loyal Blaney, age 38, Jannine Blaney, born Ohio age 29, Paul A Blaney 11, and Fred V. Blaney age 10. Household 152 Dan W. Blaney age 47, born WV and Hallie J. age 40 born Ohio. Both of her parents born in PA. Household 152. Minerva Warman Blanez died on March 18, 1928. OnMarch6, 1929 Henry C. Blaney married Flora, age 62 who was born December 4, 1871 in Kentucky. On December 25, 1934 she was living at 517 Woodford Street, Bowling Green, KY. When she married Henry C. Blaney she had been recently divorced on February 29, 1929 from J.V. Pursley in Kentucky. They were married by Leroy Steffey. and On the census of 1930 ste was age 58 and Henry 82. Henry C. Blaney died November 25, 1934. He had been boarding with Mrs. Jesse Blaney. He was paralyzed and required constant assistance. His estate owed her for 25 day care for a sum of $50 dollars. He was paralyzed and required constant attention. Death Records Bowling Green, Kentucky indicate death date, Nov 25, 1934, in Warren County, KY age 88, male, birth date May 15, 1846, Monongalia .... Sun,, Oct 2: i 'cm3tT);W"'drs; FJora i The Tunderbird Reunkm i lane.-t: truants ,Iaac and 'hoa''c Boas iSarah Victor, both born in WV. will be from 2-,-5 p:m.;  the Flora ..... was- informed-, on Tunnelton High Gymnasium. Food and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP no later than September 23 by calling: 304- 368-2241, 304-287-7127, 304- 366-8914. OPEN House Sunday from I-3p.m. 93 Fleetwood Drive, Unit 6. Price Reduced $67,000 motivated sellers KALI HARSH Realtor 304-376-0403  M ILLISSA "MISSY" HARTSELL Broker, CNHS, FIC;C 304-698-8877 304-864-0088 December 15, 1936 by the pension office that it would be futile to file for a widow's pension because marriage to the soldier must be prior to June 27, 1905 to receive a pension in her own right. Many women were caught up in that policy which had become for many the Social Security of the time. Many old soldiers would marry a younger woman to care for them in their old age and in return they would receive a widow's pension. Finally I am going to feature John H. Blaney, who enlisted at the same time as his stepson, Henry Wilkins about whom I wrote several weeks ago. JOHN H. BLANEY COMPANY C, 3RD WEST VIRGINIA INFANTRY AND COMPANY A, 6TH WEST VIRGINIA CAVALRY John H. Blaney was born about 1820 in Pennsylvania but settled in Preston County, WV. James M. Carroll stated, "I knew John H. Blaney since he was fifteen years old and with the exception of an yeaJ lived in Monongalia Co, I lived about two miles from him up until he went into the army. He made his home with me for about two years before he was married. I never knew or heard of anything ailing him before his enlistment. John Blaney married Elizabeth "Lisa" Chipps Wilkins who was a widow at the age of 29 and left alone to raise four children on her own. Her husband Edward Wilkins had been hit in the head with a plank of wood, by a colored man, and died. Their children were Hanna age 10, William age 6, Henry age 3, and baby Elizabeth, an infant. Lisa had the help of her slaves and her brother in law, John Wilkins, who lived on the farm next to hers. Three years and eight months later, on February, 28, 1847, "Lisa" Wilkins, married John H. Blaney, in Fayette County, PA. John was six years her junior, a tall 6 ft. 2 inch tall bachelor with blue eyes, fair hair and a fair complexion. On the 1850 census of Preston County they were enumerated as: John H. Blaney,. age ,29 farmer,, born Virginia, Eliza, age 34, Isaac I. Blaney, age 2, Joanna Blaney two months, Hannah Wilkins, 16, Henry H. Wilkins 11, Eliza J. Wilkins 6, Bennett Johnson age 22 born in PA. Occupation: laborer and Jacob Strider, age 39 manager B&O Railroad. William Wilkins was living with his Chipps relatives in the Eastern District of Monongalia County at the time of the 1850 Census. Rt. 281 Markleysburg, PA 724-329-5263 in prize: Wednesday, September 14, 2011- Kingwood, Elizabeth brought her four children, a farm, a full house of furniture and slaves to the marriage. John Blaney bought land near his parents overlooking the Cheat River in Valley District. Preston County, W. V. near Rohr and went to work building his new family a home. By 1860, the census included John H. Blaney 39, his wife Eliza Blaney 45, Isaac J. Blaney 14, Joanna Blaney, 9, Jonathan Blaney 7, Phebe E Blaney 4, Henry H. Wilkins farm labor age 18, Eliza J. Wilkins 16 and William Wilkins age 22. The Wilkins children and the Collins kids who lived near- by often took a summer swim in the only calm waters of the Cheat River called Beaver Hole. The friends also enjoyed hiking bare foot up the steep mountain to the town of Pisgah. Lisa and John H. Blaney were a Christian family and very active in the Mt. Zion Methodist Church in Rohr, where they are now buried in the church cemetery. The years before the Civil War were a very special time for this family; unfortunately the fun would soon end as far to the south, beyond the high mountains, there were rumbles of war. June 21, 1861 Lisa's husband, John H. Blaney, age 41 and her son Henry Harrison Wilkins along with their neighbor's sons George & Charles Collins traveled by horseback to nearby Newburg where they "joined the army!" Using their own horses from the family farms they enlisted as privates in Co. C 3rd W.V. Infantry for a period of three years. Capt. Dennis B Jeffers and Capt. Isaiah Kirk were the officers. The early weeks in the army were spent near Clarksburg. About the 10th of September, 1861 the welcome order to report for duty at the front WV-PRESTON COUNTYJOURNAL-3 reached the commander of the 3rd West Virginia Infantry. For weeks prior to this date the officers of the regiment had been urging the authorities to relieve the scattered regiment from the irksome duties of stringing telegraph wire and fighting guerrillas, along with other tasks and to permit them to take the field as a consolidated regiment. For the first three years of his military service John H. Blaney's experiences would have been similar to those of his stepson, Henry Harrison Wilkins. Since I went into great detail in the articles on Henry H. Wilkins April 13 to May 11, 2011, I will not repeat it here. Blaney's experiences would have been somewhat similar; with the exception that he was ill part of the time. Wilkins story is available for perusal at the Kingwood Library and the Preston County Journal back copies are available on microfilm at the West Virginia University Regional Library and the WV State Archives. Various companies of the 3rd WV Infantry were scattered; so Beverly, (West) Virginia was designated as the point at which the regiment was to assemble in early fall of 1861. The regiment remained in camp at Beverly for a period of time and spent their time in drilling and scouting. On November 25, 1889 J.W.B. Trowbridge of Kingwood stated, the first he heard Blaney complain was at Cheat Mountain in Sept or October 1861. He complained of his back and said it was rheumatism. Went from there to Buckhannon and he was bad there and a couple of nights slept in the same room at the college there. I got real bad sick and I don't know what they did with Blaney. He complained of his back there. He also complained while at Elkwater, WV head of Tigers Valley. Blaney's stepson, Henry Wilkins, said, "While at Buckhannon about Jan. 20, 1862 while on provost duty in the town of Buckhannon from exposure Blaney contracted a disability which affected the small of his back to such extent he was unable for duty for about a month. Former Captain Isaiah Kirk of Company C stated in later years that, "I enlisted John H Blaney in the above organization and knew him about four years prior to his enlistment. In April or March 1862 while we were camped at Elkwater Blaney was complaining and was excused from duty but I could not say anything about the nature or extent of disabilities. I have no recollection of him being in any hospital or receiving any treatment while I was in the service. (To be continued next week) Copyright: Dorothy B. 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