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Re: Dr. Eben Blachly of Kansas
Posted by: Peter Alexander Blachly Date: May 30, 1999 at 05:38:23
In Reply to: Blachly's in Michigan, Indiana, New York by Juliet M. Albers of 61

Juliet:

My great, great grandfather was Dr. Eben Blachly who lived in Wyondotte, Kansas (now a part of Kansas City) from about 1850 through the Civil War. I understand that he founded the first college for runaway slaves there. During the the war his older son had enlisted and had been captured by rebels down south. My Great Uncle, Clarence Dan Blachly, told me the story that Dr. Eben rode south on horseback, and was himself taken prisoner. After a hasty field trial he was convicted of being a spy, and was sentenced to hang on the spot. When asked if he had any last words he began holding forth with such eloquence that within five minutes, with tears in their eyes, the rebel soldiers took the noose off his neck and sent him back to Kansas. Dr. Eben Blachly, like many of the Blachly line dating back to before the Revolution, was both a Doctor and a Preacher and definitely had the "gift." Strangely, his younger son, my great grandfather Alfred True Blachly, when put in a similar life and death situation, spoke words that got him killed. In 1883 he was living in Delta Colorado with his wife "Dellie" and their eight children. He was a teller and part owner of the Farmers and Merchants Bank. Early one morning in September two members of the McCarty gang entered the bank to rob it. Alfred yelled out that the bank was being robbed, at which the younger one, Fred, who was pulling his first real bank job, put a gun to Alfred's head and told him if he yelled out again he was a dead man. So the story goes, anyway: Alfred did yell out again and was consequently shot and killed. The historical society of Delta has a great deal of information about this including the guns the robbers used, as well as the sharps rifle used by Ray Simpson (the hardware store owner) who shot and kileed two of the gang as they rode away. If you can show you are a Blachly they will let you examine the "archives" which has a lot more info. I have a linear geneology from the present all the way back to Thomas Blachly of Guilford Connecticut if you are interested. I'm sure our lines intersect somewhere along the way--quite possibly more than once! All the Best, Peter (PO Box 10, San Cristobal, NM 87564)

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