My mother's paternal (BLAKELY) and maternal (LADD) grandfathers have ties to Neenah, Winnebago Co, WI. Josiah Blackman BLAKELY and PETER A LADD were found in 1860 census in Neenah as young teens. Josiah's father was David BLAKELY, minister/farmer. Peter's mother had remarried to a Wm Kelsey. Both families had come from NY, though from different parts of the state.
Peter LADD joined the Civil War effort from Neenah in 1864, discharged Aug 1865. m Affa Palmateer of WI(Neenah?) Somehow ended up in Sioux City IA, where two children, Archie and Gladness were born. By 1900 was back in WI. In 1909 entered WI Vet's Home, died there 1919.
Meantime his friend Josiah BLAKELY had gone on to college, seminary and on to China as missionary 1974-1979. Josiah m Isabella CAMPBELL of Waupaca WI just prior to leaving for China. Their three children were born in China. By the time Peter entered the Vet's Home, BLAKELYs were back in Neenah. The BLAKELYs took Gladness LADD into their home as a domestic. Josiah's son, Albert BLAKELY m Gladness LADD 23 Sept 1914.
How do I go about finding school records for Gladness & church records for all. I believe Josiah BLAKELY was a Congregation-alist, though he was a member of the Presbyterian church when he died in Bayfield WI in 1922.
Gladness died in childbirth and my mother, Marie, lived her first six years in Neenah w/her grandmother, Isabella and grandfather, Josiah. Mother remembers her grandfather preaching there.
If someone can give me direction on how to glean other records, I would appreciate the pointers.
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