Surname: Blades

Descendants of Charles Keith of Bridgewater, Massachusetts

For the ancestry of Charles Keith, please see Descendants of Rev. James Keith of Bridgewater, Massachusetts (VI) Charles Keith, son of Benjamin, was born Aug. 8, 1794, and married Dec. 8, 1817, Mehitable Perkins, born March 23, 1795, daughter of Josiah and Anna (Reynolds) Perkins, of North Bridgewater, both of whom were descendants of historic old New England families. To this union were born children as follows: Damaris Williams Keith, born Oct. 8, 1818, married Vinal Lyon, of North Bridgewater, where she died; Charles Perkins Keith, born June 20, 1820, is mentioned below; Anna Reynolds Keith, born Nov. 11,...

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Biography of Ranson D. Blades

In the following sketch is strikingly illustrated the force of well-directed energy, steadfast purpose and never-ceasing effort for the accomplishment of noble ends, and the successful overthrow of those obstacles which beset the progress of every young man who, unaided and alone, starts out to combat life’s stern realities and hew his own way to distinction and fortune. To ambitious, struggling youths, with only the broad, perhaps cheerless, highway of the future before them, this narrative of a self-made man-a successful life-presents an example worthy of consideration and earnest emulation, and might even fill a faltering heart with strong zeal, or a youthful mind with greater determination and a fuller recognition of those attributes which constitute true manhood-natures patent of nobility-industry, integrity, temperance and consistent Christianity. Ranson D. Blades, Sr., who, since 1881, has resided in Christian County, within a quarter of a mile of Billings, Missouri, came to Greene County, this State, with his parents when a boy fourteen years of age. His father, Edward Blades, and his mother, Ellen (Maynor) Blades, were natives of North Carolina, but at an early day they emigrated to McMinn County, Tennessee, where our subject was born on the 29th of January, 1821. The father came to Greene County, Missouri, as early as 1836 and settled in Pond Creek Township, where his death occurred in 1848. Farming was his principal occupation in...

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Biography of Edward A. Blades

EDWARD A. BLADES. The farming class of America is notable for the degree of intelligence that is possessed among its representatives. Our subject belongs to one of the most progressive of families, and is proud of the fact that his father was one of those fast disappearing landmarks of a heroic past-an early pioneer. Mr. Blades was born in Monroe County, East Tennessee. In 1830, but his parents, Edward and Ellen (Maner) Blades, were natives of North Carolina, where they grew to mature years and united their fortunes. From there they removed to Tennessee, and about 1836 came by ox-team to Greene County, Missouri, being about two months on the road. They located in the woods on the Pickerel, and there was but one house within a distance of five miles. Mr. Blades spent the rest of his life there engaged in cultivating the soil, and died about 1847. He was a great hunter and sportsman, etc., and a man well and favorably known for miles around. He was one of the pioneers of Greene County, settling there when Springfield was but a mere hamlet of log houses, and he contributed his full share toward the improvement and development of the county. He was of English origin. His wife died in Greene County in 1855. They were the parents of an old-fashioned family of fourteen children, as follows: Sally...

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Biographical Sketch of S. T. Blades, M. D.

S. T. Blades, M. D. The problems of health are really the problems of life and must pertain to all questions of human interest. Useless is wealth or station and vain are great achievements if good health is lacking. Thus comes the great value placed on the services of that body of noble men who have dedicated their lives to the healing art. The most necessary resident in any community is the physician, although he probably is never fully appreciated and seldom does he claim any foremost place, although his usefulness entitles him to it. Among the well known medical practitioners of Mitchell County, Kansas, is Dr. S. T. Blades, the only physician and surgeon at Scottsville, where he is also proprietor of a well stocked drug store, Dr. Blades being a graduated pharmacist. S. T. Blades was born at Minneapolis, Kansas, in 1875. He attended the public schools in his native place and after completing the high school course at Minneapolis and at Saline, entered the Kansas City University Medical College as a medical student, and later the Kansas City University, from which he was graduated. As an interne he spent two years in practical training work in the Kansas City hospitals, leaving there in 1903. In 1904 Doctor Blades came to Scottsville and began the practice of his profession here and had been a continuous resident and...

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Biography of Joseph B. Blades, M. D.

Joseph B. Blades, M. D. For a period of twelve years the health and sanitation of Randall, Jewell County, had been safeguarded by the zeal and skill of Dr. Joseph Brewer Blades, whose entire professional career had been passed in this community. He is one of the men who have brought to their honored calling high scholarship, thorough training and equipment and a full realization of the importance and responsibility of their profession, and his professional associates and the public generally have been prompt to testify to his ability and to the value of his services in their midst. Joseph Brewer Blades comes of a family that had lived in America since prior to the War of the Revolution and was born July 5, 1876, on a farm in Ottawa County, Kansas, being a son of Harrison and Thirza Augusta (Brewer) Blades. His grandfather, Samuel Thomas Blades, was born in the East, probably in Maryland, and followed a seafaring life, his death occurring in 1887 at Baltimore. In that city, in 1845, was born Harrison Blades, who was reared there and received his education in the public schools. In his youth he followed various pursuits without getting any real start in life, but in 1870 came to the West, settling on a homestead farm of 160 acres in Ottawa County, which he proved up and cultivated for several years....

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Biography of Ransom D. Blades, Sr.

This old settler and prominent citizen is the son of Edward and Ellen (Maynar) Blades, and was born in McMinn county, Tennessee, January 29, 1821. He was the second child and oldest son. His parents were natives of North Carolina, but moved to Tennessee shortly after their marriage. In 1836, when Ransom was fifteen years of age, they came to Greene county, Missouri, and settled on section 10, township 28, range 24. Then that part of the county was settled by only two or three families, and to the southwest of them there were no neighbors nearer than forty miles. They went through all the hardships incidental to early pioneer life, and the wild, open country that they found upon arriving they redeemed from the wolves and foxes, and the glad earth yielded bountiful crops to bless the hardihood and pluck of these pioneers. The schools, both in the eastern part of Tennessee and here at that early day were poor and scarce, and Mr. Blades received but six weeks’ schooling. But in the great school of experience he learned his lessons well, and in due time arose to be one of Greene’s foremost citizens. In April, 1841, Mr. Blades was married to Frances, daughter of Samuel Garoutte, Esq. She belonged to that noted family of that name which appears frequently in these pages, and whose family history appears...

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