Chapter 6: Zachariah
Blackledge and Descendants
These photos did not appear in
First Edition of "Blackledges in America." Descendant
numbers from the Second Edition for Chapter 6 have been
inserted in the photo captions to provide "Blackledges in America"
|Sam Sr. and Sarah: Willis Samuel Blacklidge  and his wife Sarah Jessie Young in the 1920's, Jones County, Mississippi. Sam and Sarah were born in 1866 and 1867, respectively. They had eleven children [320-330], several pictured below.|
|Sam Blacklidge Jr. and Myrtie Odom: Willis Samuel "Sam" Blacklidge Jr.  is seen standing in the second row, second from left; and Myrtie Ozella Odom (who was to later marry Willis’ older brother Talmadge, ) is seen behind him in the back row, second from left in this photo of students in the early 1900's at the Rainey School in Moselle, MS.|
|Talmadge and Myrtie: Talmadge Blacklidge . and Myrtie Odom in about 1918 in Jones County, MS. Myrtie and Talmadge later became the parents of Willis Tillis  and Thermon Talmadge Blacklidge , who were to become "just the finest of fine men," are pictured at right in Jones Co, MS about 1927, and later on this page.|
|Oscar and Lonie: (photo at left): Elijah Oscar Beach
and Mary Essalonie "Lonie" Blacklidge , wedding photo 14 Aug 1910. (photo at right): The
Elijah Oscar Beach and Mary Essalonie Blacklidge  Family - photo taken in 1917 in Jones County,
Willis Eugene "Bill", and
Mary Ethel .
In back: Elijah
Oscar Beach holding Emma Pearl [1103- born 21 Sep
Mary Essalonie "Lonie" Blacklidge Beach . Emma
Pearl was born 21 Sep 1917.
|Carlie Blacklidge: Carlie Galiton Blacklidge . taken in 1930 Perry County, Mississippi. (photo at center) Sarah Gertie Blacklidge  taken in Jones County, Mississippi in the 1940's. (photo at right) Thomas Marvin Blacklidge . The photo appears to have been taken in the 1940's.|
|Willis Tillis: standing at far right is Willis Tillis Blacklidge  taken about 1944 during WWII with plane and crew. He flew for 6 months (25 bombing missions) across the Asiatic Sea. His plane was a B-25. After VE day, he was being re-trained on an A-26 plane to go to Japan but victory was declared before he had to go. (per Nancy, his daughter). Joy Brown adds, "He and Thermon both were just the finest of fine men."|
and Ruby: Carlie
Galiton Blacklidge , and Ruby M. Lazarus taken on
their wedding day March
17, 1915 Jones County, MS.
and Rachel: John
Blackledge  and Rachel C. Walters , taken
1910 in Jones County, Mississippi.
|Five Generations of Blackledges: (Left to right): John Blackledge , John Lane Blackledge , Jerry Wilson Blackledge , Iris Estelle Blackledge Holifield , Lewis Gordon Holifield , c. 1922 Jones County, Mississippi. As Lewis Gordon Holifield  was born on 8 Jan 1922], this photo is estimated to be taken in 1922. Compare with Blackledges in church meeting, next photo.|
Creek Church meeting, 1920: John Blackledge  is in
front row holding black hat with
extended family members including other kin folk attending Mill Creek
Congregational Methodist Church about 1920-1922 in Mill Creek
County, Mississippi. Others identified by Linda Grace
Talbot: perhaps Dennis C. Blackledge  with goatee next to John
John Lane Blackledge  is large man at right end of row, with right
paper; and Rachel C. Blackledge [John's wife] may be the lady behind
Dennis, in the
dark dress, black hat. (detail
at right shows John Blackledge in center with his black hat).
|John Oliver Breland family, 1915: Left to Right: Virgie Breland , John Oliver Breland, little Ruby Breland , Emmie Frances Blacklidge Breland , and Jessie Nancy Breland . Since Ruby was b. 1912, and Dollie (not shown) was b. Mar 1914, this photo is c. 1913.|
Oliver Breland with Jessie, c. 1908: Shown
here is John
Oliver Breland, the spouse of Frances Emmie Blacklidge . Joy
Brown thinks he is with his
second daughter Jessie Nancy Breland 
who was born in Feb 1908, thus this photo is thought to be c.
1908. Taken in Jones Co, MS. Robert
E. Lee School, Jones Co:
(newspaper clipping at right): Willis Samuel and
Sarah Jessie Blacklidge's daughter, Sadie Louizer
 taught at this school. Joseph Lane "Lane" Blacklidge 
attended and is pictured (fifth from
left with hands in overall
pockets) c. 1915. Note name is spelled Blackledge in the caption.
|Mill Creek School (built by John Blackledge): This is a picture of Mill Creek School about 1910 built by John Blackledge for all of the extended children and kin in the Mill Creek Community of Jones County, Mississippi. (photo provided by Marilyn Seymour)|
|Rachel C. Walters:
|Emma, Lane, Lonie: Surviving children of Willis Samuel Blacklidge: Left to Right Frances Emmie , Joseph Lane , and Mary Essalonie "Lonie" Blacklidge , in the 1950's, Jones County, Mississippi. These were the three remaining children of the eleven following the death of Sarah Gertie  in Houston in March 1953.|
|Next Generation: These photos are also from Joy Brown.
Featuring the family of Woodrow Galiton "Buck" Blacklidge , who
was the eldest son of Carlie Galiton Blacklidge , shown above.
|Dovie and Buck: Dovie Lee and Woodrow G. (Buck) Blacklidge  taken about 1940 Perry County, Mississippi. (photo at center): Dovie Lee and Woodrow Galiton (Buck) Blacklidge  taken on their wedding day July 1, 1936 in Perry County, Mississippi. (photo at right captures Dovie and Buck with their three girls): Baby Sheila  being held by Dovie Sheffield Blacklidge, Buck  with hands on niece Barbara "Babs" , and Bobbie  at far right. ca. 1950.|
and Family: (photo
at left): (L to R): Buck , Ruby
[Carlie's widow], Willis Lavelle  (photo at center): (L to R):
Essie Gertrude Blacklidge Creel ; W. G. "Buck" Blacklidge ;
Ruby (Lazurus) Blacklidge [sp: 321]; Lavelle Blacklidge ; and
Etta Marie "Eddie" Blacklidge Price . (Eddie and her
husband died in an automobile accident, 2 May 1953.) (photo at
right): (L to R): Hilton Price (Eddie's second
husband); Sonny (in back); Eloise Holliman  (by Eddie's
first husband); and Etta Marie "Eddie" .
|These photos are originally from Louise Compton as obtained by Joy Brown.|
|John and Mary E.E.: John Blackledge  and his wife Mary E. E. Craven taken about 1880 in Jones County, Mississippi. This is the earliest known photo of John, and the original is a very old and delicate picture. Louise took the original to a professional to have it copied and this is the best he was able to do. Only known photo of Mary E.E. Craven who died in 1886.|
|John Blackledge: (at left): the second oldest known photo of John Blackledge  taken in Jones Co, MS, about 1900. (at right): John, horse and buggy: John Blackledge , Jones County Mississippi 1920's. Compare with church meeting above.|
|Three Descendants: Left to Right: Rachel C. Walters Blackledge , John Lane Blackledge , and Hattie Walters Blackledge  taken in the 1920's Jones County, Mississippi.|
Milton Blackledge: Walter
Milton Blackledge  taken about 1950 in Jones County,
Mississippi. Louise Compton says Walter
would sit in his chair
listening to the Grand Ole Opry, cross his legs, and the top leg would
under and completely around the top of the bottom leg. Some of that can be seen in this photo.