The Families of Adam Keith

Doctors, Lawyers, Reverends and such


Dr. William Thomas Blakely [1841-1906]


Ancestry: Adam Keith1>Johann Michael Keith2>Jacob Keith3>William Nathan Keith4>Mary T. [Keith] m. [Ira] Blakely5>William T. Blakely6

History of Lee County IA, 1879 page 758


"Blakely, W. T., MD, Montrose; was born in Grundy Co., Mo. in 1841; his father Ira Blakely, M. D., was one of the early settlers of that county; the Doctor pursued his medical studies with his father, and began to practice medicine with Dr. George Hay, at Corydon, Wayne Co., Iowa; he graduated at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Keokuk, in February, 1873; came to Montrose and began the practice of his profession in December of the same year. Married in 1873, Lettie Zern, a resident of Wayne Co.; they have two children; George H. and Maud."


Times Republican [Corydon, Wayne Co. IA] 11/13/1906


"A telegram was received in Corydon Monday by Dr. William Walker stating that Dr. W. T. Blakely died at his home at or near Shattuck Oklahoma ... "

Biographies and Portraits of the Progressive Men of Iowa, Vol. 11, 1899, page 530.


BLAKELY, DR. WILLIAM THOMAS of Corydon Wayne county is the son of Rev. Ira Blakely, MD, and Mary Kieth [Keith] Blakely. The father was of Scottish and the mother of German descent. The family came to Wayne county Iowa from Grundy county Missouri in the spring of 1853 and bought a small farm near Corydon. Their son William T. was born September 2, 1841, in Grundy county Missouri. He received most of his early education at home, his father being his tutor. Rev W. C. Martin now of Corydon conducted a six months school near his home and William T. Blakely was one of his pupils. Other than these home schools he had no educational advantages outside of his medical course. However, at the age of seventeen years he was prepared to teach school and did so at different times until he began the practice of medicine as an undergraduate with Dr. George Hay of Corydon in the spring of 1866. Six years later, in the spring of 1872, he was married to Miss Lettie Zenn [Zern] who died in 1888. Two children born to them are now living George H. and Maude. The Doctor is a practitioner of wide experience who has endeared himself to many families in Wayne county where he has become a trusted counselor and friend as well as a skillful physician. He is much esteemed by the younger physicians in the county by whom he is frequently consulted. He has always been a republican but has never been active in politics. He is a member of the Baptist church.