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1880's Henrietta, Mary Lela & James Blasingame Cabinet Photo, Illinois


On reverse: "Aunt Rhett, Lelia and Jim Blasengame, Mary Alice's sister & family" is handwritten in bold pencil. Photo Type: Original antique Victorian Cabinet Card Photograph. Photographer: Jenkins Studio (known to be Samuel A. Jenkins who worked in various cities in Illinois: Monticello, Piatt County; Clinton, DeWitt County; Maroa, Macon County, and Hoopeston, Vermilion County, Illinois, all south of Chicago)

Note: Found with another related Burgess family photo, click here.

The 3 in the photo are Henrietta Blasingame, Mary Lela Blasingame and James Blasingame. "Rhett" and "Reta" were Henrietta's nicknames in census. Young Mary was known as "Lilia" or "Lela" at this point, later "Lulu." James is known here as "Jim." Also mentioned in photo in Henrietta's younger sister Mary Alice Jenkins.

Found in Public Genealogy Records:
James Blasingame 1855–1902
Born in Alabama 1855, Died 1902 in Weldon, DeWitt County, Illinois
Buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Clinton, DeWitt County, Illinois
We could find no further information on him or his Alabama family.
His wife:
Henriette Catherine Jenkins Blasingame 1856-1932, died age 75
Her father: Thomas William Jenkins 1822-1905
(also known as T.W. Jenkins or Thomas Williams Jenkins)
Her Mother; Mary Catherine Garriott Jenkins 1828-1900 (Mary Garriott)
Both are listed as born in Virginia, which may be West Virginia at this time period.

Census Records:
Henriette C Jenkins, age 4
Age 4, Birth Year: abt 1856, born Ohio
Home in 1860: Richland, Vinton County, Ohio, Post Office was Allensville
Household, Age
Thomas Jenkins age 36
Occupation: Mining
Mary C Jenkins age 32
Helena E Jenkins age 11
Sylvester Jenkins age 8
William W Jenkins age 5
Henriette C Jenkins age 4
Mary A Jenkins 8/12 (mentioned in photo, Mary Alice Jenkins)
George W Jenkins age 28

Her Mother:
Mary Catherine Jenkins in the 1870 United States Federal Census
Age in 1870: 42
Birth Year: abt 1828
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1870: Tunbridge, DeWitt, Illinois
Post Office: Clinton
Household Age
Thomas Jenkins age 48
Mary C Jenkins age 42
Sylvester C Jenkins age 18
William W Jenkins age 15
Henrietta C Jenkins age 14
Mary A Jenkins age 11 (mentioned in photo, Mary Alice Jenkins)
Samantha Jenkins age 8
Marion B Jenkins age 5

Henrrieta Blasingame in the United States Census 1910
Event Place: Clinton Ward 3, De Witt, Illinois, United States
Age: 52
Marital Status: Widowed
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Birth Year (Estimated) 1858
Birthplace: Ohio
Father's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Household Age Birthplace
Henrietta Blasingame Head F 52 Ohio
Raymond Lighthall Son-in-law M 25 Illinois
(The son of Albert Lighthall and Hannah Lindsley Lighthall)
Mary L Lighthall Daughter F 20 Illinois
(her daughter Mary Lela Blasingame Lighthall. Note in later census records, she becomes Lulu Lighthall)

We found another daughter in census, who is not in this photo:
Allie Mae Blasingame Conn 1877-1957, she married Guy Conn 1876-1949
Illinois, County Marriages, 1800-1940
Age: 19
Birth Date: abt 1877
Marriage Date: 1896
Marriage Place: DeWitt, Illinois, USA
Father: James Blassingame
Mother: Reta Jenkins
Spouse: Guy Conn
Note: Allie Conn is also seen in census as Ella Conn

This family photo is trimmed on bottom edge, usually to fit into tight paper photo albums, as most were. Does not affect their actual image in any way. You can still read Jenkins Studio as photographer on bottom, and we believe this photo was taken in photographer Samuel Jenkins' Clinton, DeWitt County, Illinois studio. Interestingly, Henrietta's maiden name was she related to the photographer?

Note: The spelling of this surname is seen with many variations such as Blasenghim, Blassingill, Blassingam, Blasengame, Blassingame, Blasengame, Blassengame and such. This photo was found in Oswego County NY with another on our site of 2 children taken in Milo, Iowa: Harry & Leroy Burgess, see their photo here. Both have the same inscription "Mary Alice's Sister & family" (known to be Henrietta's younger sister, Mary Alice Jenkins) and the inscriptions are handwritten by the same hand.

We do not know the relationship between these two photos found together, and are hoping you do. A beautiful close up portrait, sadly Jim died young, in 1902 and Henrietta, Rhett in photo lived on until 1932, age 75. A beautiful old identified family photo with many great genealogy clues.

Size: 4.5 by 7 inches
Debra Clifford Ancestorville Genealogy    Note: Hello from ~debra. I have spent years collecting over 10,000 ID’d lost family photos & paper from US flea markets & antique shops. I do the best gen research I can, but am always open to corrections. This is an original antique item, not a reprint. A new high quality rigid sleeve is included for extra protection, especially during shipping. You may buy a piece alone, or large intimate 300 dpi scans of the front and back sent immediately via email, or both. Please search carefully, as they are often found together and many may be related. I also invite you to join me at Ancestorville Genealogy on facebook. Thank you, enjoy! ~Debra Clifford (contact info on top bar)

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