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Biography: William Mabson Blakey born Dec. 17, 1869 – photograph

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William Mabson Blakey (b. 1869)
William Mabson Blakey (b. 1869)




Montgomery, Alabama

William M. Blakey was was born in Montgomery, Alabama Dec. 17, 1869, the son of Col. David Taliaferro Blakey and Mary Farley (Mabson) Blakey. David Taliaferro Blakey, a native of Montgomery was born Aug. 12, 1833, and Mary S. Mabson was a daughter of Dr. W. S. Mabson of Union Springs, Alabama.

Bolling A. Blakey was the grandfather of William M. Blakey and a native of Georgia. He was of Virginia descent. Bolling moved from Augusta, Georgia to Montgomery about 1822. He became prominent in the practice of medicine at Mount Meigs and Montgomery and in Macon county, where he was a partner of Dr. J. Marion Sims for a time. He died in 1873.

The Taliaferro family removed from Wilkes county, Georgia to Montgomery about the same time that Dr. Blakey settled in Montgomery. Dr. Blakey married Mary Elizabeth Taliaferro, daughter of David M. Talliaferro, and granddaughter of Col.. William D. Barnett,—an officer of Georgia troops in the war of the Revolution and afterward a representative of Georgia in the United States Congress. Ben Taliaferro, was also a Revolutionary officer and distinguished as a Georgia congressman. The maternal grandfather, Dr. William S. Mabson, was a prominent physician of Union Springs, Alabama.

William M. Blakey’s father, David Taliaferro Blakey was a prominent lawyer of Montgomery and lived in that county all his life. In 1851 he graduated from the University of Georgia with high honors and in 1861 enlisted as a private in Confederate forces. He served throughout the entire war and won successive and well-earned promotions. His maternal great-grandfather, John C. Farley. built the first frame house in Montgomery on the northeast corner of Dexter avenue and Hull street where Mr. Farley kept a store at the time.

At Chickamauga he commanded the First Alabama cavalry, subsequently participated in the East Tennessee campaign and at Dandridge received a gunshot wound through the body. Upon his recovery, he took command of the regiment with a promotion to colonel. He succeeded Colonel W. W. Allen, who had been made a brigadier-general. He was paroled at Charlotte, N. C., and returning to his home in Alabama and returned to the practice of law until his death, June 27, 1902.

There were three sons living in 1910:

  1. Bolling A. Blakey
  2. William Mabson Blakey, Jr. married Juanita Topp
  3. David Taliaferro Blakey

William M. Blakey was educated in the schools of Montgomery and graduated at the University of Alabama in 1888. He was a stenographer in a law office for one year, during that time he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1890. On Feb. 20, 1901, he was appointed by Governor William J. Samford to the position of tax commissioner for the county of Montgomery and became prominent in the practice of his profession in Montgomery. He married Eva Rebecca Finch (b. 1885-1964) and had at least two known sons:

  1. William Mabson Blakey (1910-1968)
  2. Maj. Frank Hilliard Blakey (1911-1944) – died in New Guinea Jun 10, 1944 -buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama – He married Ruth Stuckey

William Mabson Blakey passed away on July 10, 1942. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, in Montgomery, Alabama along with his wife, Eva, who died Feb. 4, 1964 and his sons.


  1. Notable men of Alabama: personal and genealogical, Volume 1 edited by Joel Campbell DuBose
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