Am researching members of the BLY/BLYE/BLEY Family in White Deer, Union County, PA, who might be descended from a German immigrant, Phillip BLEY, who is reported to have arrived in Philadelphia in 1749, aboard the ship "Phoenix," having earlier departed in 1748 from the town of Hornbach, near Zweibrucken, in the German Rhineland. This Phillip Bley lived for some 20 years in Lebanon County, PA, 1749-69, before moving on to the Shenandoah Valley of VA. It looks as if the (brothers?) Joseph and John BLY of White Deer, Union Co., PA, might be his descendants.
Below, I believe, are several interrelated BLY Families of White Deer Township, Union County, PA. The returning Union Civil War Soldier, John S. ULRICH in 1863 married a daughter of one of these families (Phoebe M. BLY) and they remained in Watsontown, Northumberland County, PA, living near John's parents, Wm. & Eve ULRICH.
The following US Census returns enumerate the families of Phoebe Bly's parents, Joseph & Priscilla (Crawford) BLY, that of Joseph's possible brother John BLY & his wife Lydia; and a couple of other possible relatives, Margaret & Charles BLY. Posted genealogies also suggest that Phoebe's mother was Priscilla Crawford. Joseph & John BLY appear to be descended from a German immigrant, Phillip BLEY, who arrived in Philadelphia on the ship Phoenix
on 15 September 1749, having departed from the Town of Hornbach in the German Rhineland.
1. In the 1840 US Census for White Deer Township, Union County, PA:
The Household Headed by Joseph BLY:
Free White Males/0-4: One
Free White Males/20-29: Two
Free White Females/15-19: One
Free White Females 30-39: One
Total: Five Persons
2. In the September 1850 US Census for White Deer Township, Union County, PA:
BLY, Joseph, M 32, Laborer, b PA
BLY, “Precilla,” F 30, b PA
BLY, William, M 11, b PA
BLY, “Phebe,” F 10, b PA
BLY, Sarah, F 8, b PA
BLY, Mary, F 6, b PA
BLY, “Hariet,” F 4, b PA
BLY, Martha, F 3, b PA
BLY, Levina, F 2, b PA
3. In the 1860 US Census for White Deer Township, Union County, PA:
The family of Joseph Bly and Priscilla (nee Crawford) is not apparent.
However, the family of John BLY (possible brother of Joseph BLY?) is isted:
BLY, John, WM 48,
BLY, Lydia, WF 49,
BLY, David, WM 23,
BLY, James, WM 20,
BLY, Manoah, WF 18,
BLY, Wm., WM 16,
BLY, Chas., WM 14,
BLY, Alem, WM 10,
BLY, Phenias, WM 10
BLY, John, WM 7,
BLY, Harriet, WF 14
(Could the last named child be their niece Harriet, dau of Joseph BLY & Priscilla Crawford BLY?)
Also in the 1860 US Census for White Deer Township, Union County, PA, living with the family of Jeremiah H. Rogers/34 and his wife Phebe21, and their three small children: Isaiah W. Rogers/6, Clark S. Rogers/4, and Richard E. Rogers/2 are listed two of the BLY daughters who were enumerated in the 1850 US Census for White Deer PA together with their parents, Joseph & Priscilla Crawford BLY. These two daughters are Levina BLY, age 11 (she was 2 back in 1850) and her sister Mary BLY, age 16 (she was 6 back in 1850.) The farming out of these three BLY daughters to other families, perhaps as servants, suggests that Joseph and Priscilla BLY may have died and that the older children may have married or moved on.
Also in the 1860 US Census for White Deer Township, Union Co., PA:
Margaret BLY, WF 50 (thus b ca 1810) and Chas BLY, WM 37 (thus b ca 1823), are living with the family of John & Sarah HUFF, ages 45 and 38, and their seven children. Margaret & Charles BLY are likely related to the two families of John & Lydia BLY and Joseph & Priscilla (Crawford) BLY, listed in the 1850 and 1860 US Census for this same White Deer Township.
Would appreciate any insight you are able to provide.
-- George H. Stevens
Fort Washington, MD 20744
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