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Wiley Bashaw Blakemore
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Birth: Jan. 10, 1849
Weakley County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Oct. 5, 1939
Weakley County
Tennessee, USA

An 1886 Biography from Goodspeed's "History of Tennessee"
W. B. Blakemore, liveryman of Martin, Tenn., was born in Dresden, Weakley County, in 1849, and is one of eleven children, five of whom are living, born to W. B. and C. V. Blakemore. The father was born in North Carolina in 1802, and when a child removed with his parents to Tennessee, and located in Davidson County, where he remained until 1828, and the following to years was a resident of Gibson County.
From that time until his death, in 1875, he farmed in Weakley County. The mother was born in North Carolina in 1812, and departed this life in 1872.

Our subject was educated at Dresden Academy, and 1877 witnessed the celebration of his marriage with Rebecca Scott, daughter of W. S. and Sara Scott. Mrs. Blakemore was born in Weakley County in 1852, and died in 1880, leaving her husband and one daughter, Pearl, to mourn her loss. Mr. Blakemore was a tanner up to 1877, and from the date up to 1880 tilled the soil. He then moved to Martin, and in 1883 engaged in his present business, in partnership with W. J. Burchard. The latter retired from the business after a short time and our subject has since continued alone. He has a large, commodious barn, a fine and complete stock of buggies, and a good lot of horse. Florence Pierce, of Columbus, Ky., became his wife in 1883. She was born in 1862, a daughter of Dr. Pierce. Mr. Blakemore, in connection with his stable, looks after the interest of his farm, which is located near Martin. He is a democrat and belongs to the Masonic order.


1927, November 20 - in the Abilene (Texas) Morning Reporter-News


Days of long ago, when Robert and Alf Taylor, brothers, ran against each other for the governorship of Tennessee were recalled here last week when W. R. Walker of Abilene and his old-time friend, W. B. Blakemore of Martin, Tennessee, got together for reminiscences. Mr. Blakemore is here visiting his daughter, Mrs. Chas. S. Spellings, 401 Peach street. He is high in praise of Abilene.

It was 1886, 41 years ago, when the Taylor brothers opposed each other for the governorship. Alf was a republican and Bob a democrat. Mr. Walker played in the band at Martin, Tenn., and at that time Mr. Blakemore operated a large livery business. The band was hired at Dresden, the county seat, for Alf Taylor, and Mr. Blakemore fixed up the float on which the band rode.

"Every member of the band save one was a democrat," Mr. Walker recalled. "The reason we played for Alf instead of Bob was because Alf offered us more money. All of us but the republican wore the white colors of democracy, and the republican wore the red rosette of republicanism. Bob won the election, after one of the most unique campaigns in the history of American politics."
Mr. Blakemore likes Abilene tremendously, and may invest here later on. He is a substantial citizen of Martin.

Contributed by Clifford Mullis (#47415464)
Family links: 
  Willie Blount Blakemore (1802 - 1875)
  Catherine Vaulx Fussell Blakemore (1808 - 1875)
  Florence Beulah Pierce Blakemore (1862 - 1926)
  Sarah Rebecca Scott Blakemore (1851 - 1880)*
  Pearl Blakemore Elliott (1878 - 1960)*
  Wiley Bashaw Blakemore (1891 - 1903)*
  Mattie Mae Blakemore Spellings (1893 - 1985)*
  Martha F. Blakemore Rogers (1837 - 1859)*
  John W. Blakemore (1840 - 1906)*
  Wiley Bashaw Blakemore (1849 - 1939)
*Calculated relationship
East Side Cemetery
Weakley County
Tennessee, USA
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Record added: Mar 11, 2011
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Wiley Bashaw Blakemore
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