Rathbone Bly

7 May 1860–6 September 1933 (Age 73)
Taylor Township, Ogle, Illinois, United States

The Life of Rathbone

When Rathbone Bly was born on 7 May 1860, in Taylor Township, Ogle, Illinois, United States, his father, Isaac Bourne Bly, was 37 and his mother, Rebecca Dailey, was 39. He married Josie Rolph on 1 March 1887, in Nashua Township, Ogle, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Illinois, United States in 1870 and Nashua Township, Ogle, Illinois, United States in 1900. He died on 6 September 1933, in Franklin Grove, Lee, Illinois, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Lighthouse Cemetery, Oregon, Ogle, Illinois, United States.

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Rathbone Bly
Josie Rolph
Marriage: 1 March 1887
Mark Victor Bly
Florence Clara Bly
Earl Bly
Ernest Bly
Harold Bly
Clarence Bly
Ernest Bly

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    Josie Rolph


1 March 1887
Nashua Township, Ogle, Illinois, United States


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World Events (8)

1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

Age 1

Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

Age 3

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 21

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

1 English: variant spelling of Bligh .2 German: variant of Blei, Bley, a metonymic occupational name for a lead miner or lead worker, from Middle High German blī ‘lead’.3 Dutch: nickname for a cheerful, happy man, Dutch blij.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • B Bly, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Bony Bly, „United States Census, 1900“
  • Bony Bly in household of Isaac Bly, "United States Census, 1870"

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