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FRANK A. BLILEY'S LETTER ARCHIVE
Letters, Postcards, Notes, and Other Things of Life

DRAFT 1—October 12, 2017
There are many more files to be linked to this page.

CONTENTS

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 INTRODUCTION   top

I visited my brother John in his home in Boulder Colorado, back in October of 2010 to review the family archives he received when our family home was closed up in 1998. Much to my surprise I found it to be a wealth of vital information, including: photos, pocket watch, certificates, booklets, newspapers, jewelry, wallets, deeds, loan document, financial ledgers, diaries, and letters. I was overwhelmed and focused on photographing and scanning what I could. What I could not address, I shipped home to continue my work. That work is not yet done after seven years! When I discovered several boxes of personal letters, I just had to set them aside for another day, and included them in the boxes headed back to my home in Rochester, NY. Here is what I found for items related only to my grandfather Frank A. Bliley's generation: a gallery of material and outline of items scanned and shared on CD ROMs to the family.

Between 2014 and 2017, hundreds of the letters were scanned. Some were transcribed. The production team included my cousin and fellow family history contributor Norma Venable, and her able husband, Wally. Wally did the scanning; Norma did the bulk of the transcriptions in the bundles I gave them. I took my pile to Florida in 2014 and scanned and transcribed hundreds of letters there. It is an overwhelming project and establishing presentation standards was a good goal, but was not fully achieved. Still, much was accomplished and we have resolved to finish whatever we can and wrap it up by the summer of 2018.

What is presented on this page is what we have produced to date. There are some real gems in this collection. I hope you find them of value and a joy.

Chuck Bliley
November 2017

 A BIT ABOUT FRANK   top

Frank was an adventurous young man who regularly traveled to Colorado to visit and work for his brothers out there. He even volunteered to serve in the "Ute Indian War" of 1887 with his older brother, Alex. He also was uncertain as to his career and studied for three different professions: book keeper, teacher, and lawyer. The last was his long term profession in Erie, PA. For more details on his life and career click here. You may also find a chronology of his life beneficial to determine where he was in life when he received these letters.

 LIST OF CORRESPONDANTS' VITALS AND THEIR RELATIONSHIP TO FRANK A. BLILEY   top   

The following is a list of family members' letters in Frank's archive. In total, there are about 400 items of correspondence.

THE CORRESPONDENTS
(Click on Name to See Letters Descriptions)

NAME
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VITALS RELATIONSHIP # LETTERS NOTES

Blila, Frances Ida Rastatter

Frances Icon
1864–1890? Cousin 34? Adopted daughter of Andrew Blila sister, Mary Bliley Rastatter. Adopted by Andrew in 1866 after mother's death. No certain death date or cause. She was also believed to have been pregnant out of wedlock and bore a female child in 1887. This as an embarrassment to the family in this time period.
Bliley, Alex
Alex
1848–1905 Brother 22 Moved to Colorado to make a living in the mining industry. Drowned in a mine accident servicing machinery he sold to mining company.
Bliley, Charles Anderson Bliley
Charles
1822–1906 Father 1 He sent a note to Frank giving him permission to pursue a career other than the family farm. In other words, get a job. We are done paying for you to explore three professions!
Bliley, David Charles
David
1849–1923 Brother 9 Known as the "sailor boy" to me from a tintype of him in uniform while serving in the U.S. Navy just after the Civil War. Moved to Akron, Ohio as an adult and married there.
Bliley, Lula Edna Dawson
Lula
1875–1945 Wife 11 Married Frank: June 21, 1905.
Wagner, Mary Agnes Bliley
agnes
1857–1931 Sister 2 Sister who moved back home to live with her parents until they died after her husband died as a young man. She brought two children, Inez and Sam with her.
Bliley, Mary Jane Mead
Mary Jane
1827–1913 Mother 1 Only one letter to brother Jehu at the end of the Civil War. And, family matriarch. (See Jehu Mead)
Bliley, Frank Anderson
Frank
1865–1946 Letter Collector   Seventh son of Charles and Mary Jane Bliley; collector of these letters and genealogist. It was Frank that collected these letters.
Bliley, Ellen Lousina "Nellie"
Nellie
1863–1899 Sister 60 Beloved sister who died at the age of 26 from a long-term digestive system issue. She was also an intellectual and prolific writer.
Bliley, Rosanna "Rose" Jane
Rose
1860–1909 Sister 41 Many interesting letters, including 13 postal cards.
Bliley, Ross
Ross
1871–1941 Brother 16 Six-year younger brother and last child of Charles and Mary Jane. Began working life in Colorado, then returned to PA.
Bliley, Wilfred Henry
Wilfred
1859–1928 Brother 2 Slighter older brother who purchased the family farm on Station Road after his parents retired and worked it for decades.
Bonnell, Josephine Bliley
Josephine
1854–1918 Sister 10  
Bonnell, Minnie
Frances Icon
1867–???? Cousin 2  
Deer, Eleanor Ellen Bliley Wilson
Deer
1820–188? Aunt 3 Sister of Frank's father who came to americal with
Lambing, Barbara Bliley
Barbara
1852–1928 Sister 23  
Lambing, Wilbur
Wilbur
1891–1968 Nephew 1 Careers in leather and insurance sales. A family favorite!
Mead, Jehu
Jehu
      Brother of Frank's mother. Lived in the Harborcreek area.
Wilson, Charles "Charlie" A.
Wilson
      Nephew of Frank's and son of Eleanor Bliley Wilson Deer. Lived in the midwest before he began his service in the Civil War.

  LETTERS AND ITEMS RELATED TO THE CORRESPONDANTS   top

The following is a working list of letters that have been scanned from the archives. A portion of the letters have notes within the PDF files as pop-up notes, or have a short biographical sketch of the writer and their relationship with Frank. Some files are of transcriptions only to make them easier to read and search for key words.In many cases, the handwriting, jargon, punctuation and spellings are a challenge to decode. Original scans of these letters are available upon request.

CAUTION:

These PDF files are likely to be changed in the future to add notes about the author and possibly a quick summary of the contents.
Consider all the ones with descriptive notes to be drafts. These files range between 150k and 25 megabytes. File size will be displayed for most of these downloads.

BLILA, FRANCES IDA RASTATTER  top

Letters Written by Frances

Letters Written with Comments About Frances' About Her Out-of Wedlock Pregnancy


BLILEY, ALEXANDER  top


BLILEY, CHARLES ANDERSON  top


BLILEY, DAVID CHARLES  top


BLILEY, ELLEN "NELLIE" LOUSINA  top


BLILEY, FRANK ANDERSON  top


BLILEY, ROSS  top


BLILEY, ROSANNA ("ROSE")  top


LAMBING, WILBUR  top


MEAD, JEHU  top

Jehu appears to be the skeleton in our family closet. He was a farmer, lumberman, hunter, Civil War draft dodger. He could not afford buying a replacement for his draft call, so he headed off to an unknown area in northern Michigan. A decade after the war, he fraudulently filed for a soldier's pension after the Civil War based on wounds he used in his draft exemption. It was denied.

The following are a set of letters written by his bartering regarding his request for a draft deferment, and then at the end of the war, a letter from his sister asking him to return home and all was forgiven.


WAGNER, MARY AGNES BLILEY  top

This letter is a very interesting description of traveling across America in the early days of World War II. It is an excellent story with humor and commentary on the civilian life inn San Diego, California.


WILSON, CHARLES ("CHARLIE") A.—CIVIL WAR SOLDIER, 1861–63  top

There are four letters in the collection authored by Charles A. Wilson in 1861 to 1863 in the possession of the Bliley family and scanned in November 2011, by Charles A. Bliley of Rochester, NY. Two of the letters were written from Iowa and the other two from other locations while he was serving in the Union Army during the Civil War.

After the marriage of Charles A. Bliley and Mary Jane Mead, Charles' mother (Catherine Eich) and Charles' nephew Charlie Wilson, lived with them in the Kuhl Road house, located about a mile south of the Colt Station Road. Charlie was pretty much raised by Charles and Mary Jane. When he was twenty, he traveled to Renick, Missouri and spent six months there with his mother, Eleanor ("Ellen") Bleile-Wilson-Deer. He then went to Iowa and had worked there about three years when he enlisted in the Civil War. He was in the war something less than one year when he was stricken with a fever and died. He was buried in New Orleans.


Letters to Be Published   top

BLILEY, WILFRED HENRY

BLILEY, LULA EDNA DAWSON

BONNELL, JOSEPHINE BLILEY

BONNELL, MINNIE

DEER, ELEANOR "ELLEN" BLILEY WILSON

LAMBING, BARBARA BLILEY

McCONNELL, HENRY

WOOSTER, MARY KATHARINE "MEME" DAWSON

MEAD, ALICE

 NOTES ABOUT THE COLLECTION  top

General/Miscellaneous

Unprocessed Items


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