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Re: do you have news on john blencowe born 1
Posted by: Roger Davis (ID *****6721) Date: November 29, 2011 at 08:42:09
In Reply to: Re: do you have news on john blencowe born 1 by David Mayall of 78

Hi David,
I am a great-grandson of Jesse Blencowe (spelled Blencoe most of his life). I am interested in exchanging information. I agree with Joyce Blencowe Gould's dates in most cases. I have the following alternate dates:
Joyce said: "Phebe b.Apr 01 1832, married Feb 20 1857 to George Markham"
I found: Free BMD: Phoebe Blencowe married George Markham between October and December 1854 in Buckingham, Buckinghamshire. The marriage was recorded in Volume 3a, page 773.
William b.Apr 20 1834, d. in Wisconsin USA, married to Susan
Buckinghamshire Parish Resgisters, Gawcott, Holy Trinity, Publication P50, page 14. Baptism in Holy Trinity Church of England 20 April 1834, William, son of Thomas and Frances Blencow of Gawcott, Mason. (Blencow spelled per record - no middle inititial in record)
Obituary Notes for William H. Blencoe (Alma Center News)
William blencoe, aged 76, died suddenly at his home early Monday morning June 6th of heart failure. He went to bed Sunday evening in his usual health, after his usual nightly playing and singing of several hymns and awoke near morning feeling ill. Dr Ducker was summoned at once, but death came before the Dr. could reach the bedside. Mr. Blencoe was a kind, indulgent and loving husband and father, an upright, honorable man, a good neighbor and friend and his sudden taking away is a blow and shock to the family and friends. He leaves to mourn, his faithful and devoted wife, six sons and five dughters. Two sons, Wm. and George live at home. Alfred near B.R.Falls. the funeral was held at the M.E. Church Wednesday afternoon conducted by Rev. H.A.Sawyer. The bereaved family have the sympathy of many friends. William Blencoe was born in Gawcott England, Feb. 22nd, 1834, was married to Miss Susan Mercer of Hooknorton, England in 1857..Eleven years later they came to America and resided for six years at Norwich, NY, then came to Alma Center where they have since resided. Twelve children were born eleven of whom are now living: William, Alfred and George of Alma Center, Thomas of Portland, Ore.; Nelson of Rhode Island and Walter of New York; Mrs. Emma Dodge of Merrillan, Mrs. Joey Arnold of Marshfield; Mrs. Mary Foster, Watertown, SD., Mrs. Fannie Smith, Barron and Mrs. Nellie Garman, Alma Center. He also leaves one brother, Jesse blencoe, Alma Center and three sisters, Mrs. Phebe Markham and Mrs. Fannie Duncley, England and Mrs. Clementina Otto, Australia. Relatives from away who attended the funeral were: Mrs. Emma Dodge and daughter Iva of Merrillan, Mrs. Mary Foster of Watertown, SD, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Arnold of Marshfield, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Arnold of Marshfield and Mrs. Fannie Smith of Barron
Joyce said: "Jesse b. Apr 30 1848, d. 1928 in Hixton, Wisconsin USA, married Aug 10 1865, to Mary Ann Smith b. abt 1845".
I found: Banner Journal - 2 Jan 1929, Page 3
Jesse Blencoe, son of Thomas and Frances Blencoe, was born at Gawcott, near Buckingham, England, on March 13, 1848, and died at his home in the town of Hixton, a mile and a half southwest of the village of Alma Center, on December 27, 1928, after an illness of four days, of pleuro-pneumonia, at the age of 80 years, 9 months and 14 days.
He was the youngest son and the last survivor of a family of four boys and five girls, all of whom, as well as their parents, lived to be from 70 to 90 years of age, except two of the girls who died in infancy.
His father followed the mason trade, as did his, brothers, and he early learned the art of building with brick and stone. At the age of 18 he was married to Mary Ann Smith, of the same town, and after about two years, they decided to come to America, landing at New York City on March 30, 1868. After nearly three years spent at his trade in Norwich, New York,-where his brother William and other, relatives lived, he met his cousin William, who formerly owned the Fernholz farm west of Alma Center, and who interested him in this country. (William A. Blencoe owned the property that came to be the "Fernholz farm" and would be the half-uncle of Jesse by my records- Roger) Coming there during the summer of 1871 he soon had employment on the old high school building, now. used for the grades, at Black River Falls, and for Frank Immell, at Blair, and at Chicago, after the great fire of that year. For .many years thereafter he followed the mason trade and many of the brick buildings of Black River Falls, that the flood claimed, as well as the Price house, were the work of him and his brother William, who came here about three years later. Several of the brick homes in the surrounding country as well as the drug store and hardware store and the Seifert home in Alma Center were largely the work of his hands.
But not all of his time was devoted to the mason trade, for in March, 1873, he moved to the farm where he has lived for the last 56 years of his life. From a clearing of 14 acres he increased it to 70 acres, a large part of which he did with an ox team. He made three kilns of brick, of which ; part were usd by him in building his home.
Nearly two score years ago he began raising Navy beans, which he followed for many years on quite a large scale, being the pioneer in this branch of farming, which later came to be quite extensively grown in this vicinity. He also was much interested in the raising of alsike clover seed, sheep, bees, and poultry.
He served one term as school clerk during which time the present South Alma school house was built. He also served as one of the directors of th« Alma Center State Blank for several years.
He took a keen interest in the happenings of the day, political and otherwise, but took no active part in politics.. He was a great reader, especially of political, agricultural, and religious papers. He was not a member of any church, but he strongly believed in His Word.
The last dozen years or so of his life he was afflicted with a partial deafness and also with impaired eye­sight. Six and one-half years ago he had a stroke of paralysis which left him speechless for months, but as time went by he partly recovered his speech, but he never recovered the use of his. right arm.
Unto this union was bom nine children; James, Albert, Maggie (my grandmother - Roger), David, Nelson, Oliver, Fred and Omer, and an unnamed infant. Nelson passed away April 21, 1892, and Omer on September 19, 1928, and his wife proceeded him on June 14, 1924.
He leaves six children, nine grand children, and three great-grandchildren, and many other relatives, neighbors and friends to mourn his departure.
His departure marks the passing of the. last of the early settlers of the northwestern part of the town of Hixton, there being but about half a dozen of the settlers of his day left in that town, and it is doubtful if any of those have lived in one place as long as he did.
The funeral service was- conducted by Rev. Weaver, at the M. E. church at 2 p. m. on Sunday, Dec. 30th. The Male Quartette sang "Nearer My God to Thee," "Shadows" and "Rock of Ages."
He was laid to rest in the family lot in the East Lawn Cemetery.


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