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" One generation pafleth away and another generation cometh : but 
the earth abideth forever." 








To THE Reader! 

To gratify an iiiclinatiou which I have long had, and 
which has increased as age advances, I have undertaken 
the task of looking up the history of my ancestors, and 
putting it together, for my own pleasure, and more espe- 
cially for the benefit of posterity. Although it may be very 
imperfect, yet it will serve as a connecting link with the 
past, and assist some more persevering hand in collecting 
a history of the good men and true who have gone before 
us. There are many obstacles to be encountered in col- 
lecting materials for a genealogy. A person thus engaged 
is soon brought in contact with the doubting, who will in- 
quire, What possible good will all this be to any one ? 
Then the timid, Avho are fearful that a neighbor may ac- 
quire by it some knowledge of their family, their connex- 
ions, or their associations. And then the indifferent, who 
would willingly answer the questions proposed, if they 
could only get about it, but consider them of so little im- 
portance as not to be worth their while to undertake it. 
And then, to balance the scale, a friend may be met with, who 
enters into the project with his whole heart, and thinks he 
can do the greatest honor to his ancestors, by leaving a 
record of them to posterity. 

To those who have responded to my inquiries and helped 
me forward in this work, and especially to those who have 


given me pecuniary aid in publishing it, I return my hearty 
thanks, trusting that they will all feel that they have done 
something for which their posterity will be grateful. And 
with those who have turned away with indifference, I shall 
not quarrel, but leave them to settle the matter with their 
own consciences, and as their own feelings dictate. 

It is very difficult to get at facts of long standing. There 
is a great discrepancy in dates. If in a printed oration a 
wrong word creeps in through mistake, the intelligent read- 
er will readily correct it ; but in a genealogy, if the wrong 
figure occurs, it leads the reader astray, it is an error with* 
out a remedy, and, rather than have it such, it would be 
better that it were a blank. I have endeavored as far as 
possible, in this small work, to get the dates, and that with 
accuracy ; but I find that family records, town records, and 
grave-stone inscriptions, in many cases disagree. I have^ 
as much as possible, taken my dates from the original fam-' 
ily records, believing they would not be so likely to err as 
the copies. After giving all the information I could gather 
of our ancestors in England, I begin with William Blake, 
who was the pioneer of the family hi this then new world. 
Pie, with his wife and children, were early here. I have 
followed the line down in direct succession to Samuel Blake, 
who died in Dorchester, May 1, 1754, and who with his 
wife, Patience (White), left five children who lived to mar^ 
ry and have families, and I flattered myself that I should 
get an account of every one of their descendants. I think 
I have found nearly all, but I lack more dates than I had 

The orthography of christian names, and in a few in^ 
stances of surnames also, will be found to vary. I have 
followed the record from which I copied, conceding to all 
persons their undoubted right to call their children by what 
name they please, and spell that name as they fancy. I 
have adopted the plan of the " Book of the Lockes," by 
J. G. Locke, Esq., which is the most perfect genealogy 


that 1 have ever had the pleasure of perusing, and with 
him I say that the daughters and their descendants are as 
important, in the history of a family, as the sons. The 
numbering of the families and their children, will be ex- 
plained hereafter. 

The etymology of the name, Blake, was furnished mc by 
John H. Blake, Esq., of Roxbury, and is as follows : — 

" The ancient and respectable family of BLAKE, is of 
British extraction, and traditionally descended from Ap- 
Lake, whose name appears as one of the Knights of King- 
Arthur's round table. Succeeding generations, however, 
seem to have paid little attention to the orthography of 
the name, so variously do we find it written. In the first 
instance, by dropping the initial letter it was rendered 
P-Lake, and then, by compression, Plake, one entire word, 
both of which, alike, produce a sound and utterance uncouth 
and unharmonious. It was corrupted into Blague, to the 
confusion of all etymological explanation, had it so conti- 
nued, but chance or design applied a remedy by substituting 
Blaake, and ultimately Blake, which latter reading took 
place many centuries back, and has continued invariably 
the same from that period to the present day."' 

The Appendix contains much that is interesting to anti- 
quaries, being abstracts of Wills, Inventories and other 
matter, in which some members of the Blake family were 
the principal actors. Through the whole work, it has been 
my object to bring in much collateral matter in relation to 
persons, places and events. I have constantly kept in 
view the utility of placing landmarks along the line, from 
generation to generation, to guide those who would know 
something of their ancestry. In future years, it is to be 
hoped that there will be many inclined to follow back their 
pedigree to William Blake, who left Dorchester, in Dorset, 


Old England, for an unknown home in New England, which 
was subsequently called Dorchester, in Massachusetts Bay. 

It does not require a great prophet to foretell, that as 
GUI' country proceeds from infancy towards maturity, there 
will be an increasing desire to study the history of the men 
and times that have passed before us. The people will 
not be so completely absorbed in acquiring wealth, and 
indulging in luxury, and making a show ; neither will there 
be a necessity for so much personal exertion to acquire' a 
competence, as the nation advances in age and resources. 

This work, though it be small and imperfect, I place 
before my kinsfolk and the public, feeling assured that, as 
they contemplate the difficulty of the task, they will readily 
excuse the errors that occur, and I shall then feel that I 
have not spent my time in vain, nor labored for nought. 

Dorchester, December 4, 1856, 


Blakes in England, 9 

Blake, William, " 9 

" Will, 12 

" " Autograph, 119 

Blake, James (Elder), 15 

" " his house, 15 

" Will, 16 

" " ^Autograph, 119 

Blake, James (Deacon), 22 

" Will, 24 

" " Autograph, 119 

Blake, James (the Annalist), 26 

" " Survey of the Cedar Swamps, 26 

" Autograph, 28 

" Will, .....' 28 

" Poetry, 31 

Blake, Samuel 32 

" Will, 3t 

" " Inventory, 39 

Blake, James, Rev., died, 35 

Howe, Mrs., Diary, 32 

Descendants of Samuel Blake, 40-118 

* It was mentioned oo page 16, that Mr. Blake was a beautiful penman. The signature 
from which the autograph was taken (on page 119), was made when he was aged and very 
sick, only two days before his death. 


The Roman numerals, in the left hand column, denote the 
generation to which the children of each family belong. The 
first column of figures denote the number of each individual, 
and this numbering is carried throi^gh the work. Figures 
before the head of each family, in the same column, and en- 
closed in parentheses, thus (29), denote the number of the 
paragraph or family. Figures immediately after the first 
name in each paragraph (and in a few instances after the 
second name also), in brackets, thus [61], refer back to the 
individual in the family in which he or she is first named. 
Figures ao the extreme right hand of the page, included in 
parentheses, thus (29), refer forward to the paragraph whcsre 
that individual's family are traced out. 

Example.— On page 44, in the left hand column, you find 
at figure 61, Samuel Blake married Betsey Fay; figure (29), 
at the end of the line, refers to paragraph (29) on the 59th 
page, where you find an account of the family of Samuel 
Blake. In the same paragraph (29), the second line, it reads 
— " She was daughter of Samuel and Lucy (Mayo) Fay," 
which shows that Mrs. Lucy Fay's maiden name was Lucy 


b., born ; d., died ; m., married ; dau,, daughter ; chil., children ; Dor., 
Dorchester ; and other common abbreviations, which will be readUy under- 
stood by the reader. When a town is named, it must always be understood 
^hat it is in Massachusetts, unless some other State is mentioned. 



The earliest accounts that I can gather of the 
*' Blake Family " I have received from John H. Blake, 
Esq., of Roxbury, who sent to England expressly for 
the purpose, and obtained the following from the 
Records there. 

1st. — John Blake, of Little Baddow, Co. of Essex, England, 

2d. — John Blake, of Little Baddow, Gent. He m. Anna, 
dan. and heir of Bawson. His children were — Rich- 
ard, John, Robert, Francis, Humphrey, Christopher, 

and Anna who m. (i) Wm. Pascall, and (ii.) 


3d. — Richard Blake, m. Mabel, dau. of Coverte of Essex. 
His chil. were — Giles, who m. Dorothy, dau. of Capt. 
Twedy, of Essex; Christopher, of Ferling in Essex, 
Gent., m. Phillipa, dau. of John Rochester, of Ferling ; 
Mabel, m. Isaac Withingtou, of Northumberland ; Rich- 
ard, John, Thomas, Vincent and Edward, all died with- 
out issue. 

4th. — Giles Blake, m. Dorothy Twedy. She was dau. of 
Capt. Twedy, of Essex. Chil.— William, b. 1594, m. 
Agnes ; Giles, Richard, John, Thomas and Ai'thui-, ob., 
Arthur, Mary, Dorothy. 


I. -r.' WILLIAM BLAXE, m. Agnes. He was son of 

Giles and Dorothy (Twedy) Blake, of Little Baddow, 

Essex, England. He emigrated to America in 1630, 

with his wife Agnes, and their children. They came 



in tbe Ship " Mary and John," Capt. Squel). They 
sailed from Plymouth, En2:land, March 20, and arrived 
at Nantasket (now Hull) May 30, 1630, having a com- 
fortable though long passage. This was the first ves- 
sel that arrived, of a considerable fleet that sailed 
about the same time from Plymouth, laden with pas- 
sengers for this then far western world. This com- 
pany finally set themselves down in Dorchester, and 
commenced their settlement early in June. For a few 
years, we do not find any mention of our ancestor, but 
we may be justified in the belief that it was this Wil- 
liam Blake who went to Springfield, with William 
Pynchon, of Roxbury, and others, early in 1636. Soon 
after their arrival there, viz.. May 16, 1636, they drew 
up and signed an agreement, by which they would 
govern themselves, and be governed. It is a docu- 
ment of considerable length, and at its close they say;^ 
" We testifie to the order above said, being all of the 
first adventurers and undertakers for this plantation, 
William Pynchon, Nath. Micbell, Henry Smith, the 
mark I of Jehue Burr, William Blake, Edmund Wood^ 
the mark T of Thomas Ufi"ord, John Cabel." " Or- 
dered for the disposinge of the hasseky marish, and 
the granting of home lotts, these five men or theyrc 
Deputyes, are appointed to have power:" Mr. Pyn- 
chon, Mr. Michell, Jehue Burr, William Blake, Henry 
Smith. " Ordered, that William Blake have 16 polle 
in bredth, for his home lott, and all the marish in 
bredth abuttinge at the end of it, to the next high 
land, and three ackers more in some other place. 
The above five men to lay out highways when they 
shall see meete." It is afterwards recorded that Blake, 
with seven others, gave up or sold their allotments to 
the Company ; but whether it was that year, or the 
following, I am unable to ascertain by the records. 
It is my opinion, however, that he did not move his 
family from Dorchester, but was at Springfield through 
the summer of 1636, and perhaps 1637. Dorchester 
Town Records, in 1637, state that William Blake is 
one (about 104 in all) among whom the land on the 
Neck was divided. We find that William Blake was 
made freeman of Dorchester, March 14, 1638 — 9. 
In the early days of New England it was an indispen- 


sable requisite that a person must be a church mem- 
ber, before he could be admitted a freeman. At what 
time he joined the church, I liave not been able to as- 
certain. In the year 1645 he was chosen one of the 
Selectmen, and also in the years 1647 and 1651. In 
1645, according to "Blake's Annals," "they agreed 
upon y*^ Building of a new Meeting-house, and granted a 
Rate of X250; the Committee Mr. Glover, Natlil. 
Duncan, Mr. Atherton, Mr. Jones, Dea. Wiswell, Dea. 
Clap and Mr. Howard j Raters, Edwd. Breck, Wm. 
Sumner, Thos. Wiswell, William Blake and Roger 
Clap." Whether the rate of £250 was granted ex- 
pressly for building the meeting-house, or was for the 
yearly town expenses, inclusive, I cannot by the record 
satisfactorily decide. In 1656, Blake says in his 
" Annals," " This year Wm. Blake, Sen. was chosen Re- 
corder for y'^ Town & Clerk of y^ Writs for the Coun- 
ty of Sufiblk; he was to have 20s. per year & berate- 
free." In 1663 he says, " This year Died Mr. Wil- 
liam Blake, who had been Clerk of y^ Writs for the 
County of Suffolk, & Recorder for y^ Town, near 8 
years. He was also Clerk of y*^ Training-band. He 
Died y'' 25th of y« 8th Mo. 1663, in y^ 69th year of 
his age." In 1678 — " This year, Agnes, the Widow 
Qf.William Blake, died July 22d." I have no means 
of knowing what was her maiden name, or when or 
where she was born. 

Tradition has told us that two brothers, William and 
Richard, came together in the ship Mary and John in 
1630, but I cannot find any proof of the assertion. 
There was Richard Blake, servant, aged 16 years, 
came in the ship Confidence, from London, in 1638. 
In 1644, Richard Blake, of Dorchester, was creditor 
of the estate of Samuel Sherman, of Boston, deceased. 
In 1645, by the History of Andover, Richard Blake 
was the 15 th in order as they came into the town to 
settle, and he was a church-member the same year. 
He died in Andover in 1695, and left no children in 
that town. I have not been able to ascertain what 
relation these two were to each other. Richard could 
not be son of William, for we have the names and 
whereabouts of his five children ; and he could not be 
jijis brother, for William's brother of that name W9-s 


born about 1598. He might have been cousin or ne- 
phew, and in all probability was such. It is my im- 
pression, though I may be mistaken, that this Richard 
was the ancestor of many of the name who now reside 
in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. 

The following is an exact copy of William Blake's 
Will, as it stands on the Records, in the Probate Of- 
fice, Suffolk County. It was without doubt written 
by himself. It is short and explicit, and shows the 
ability and character of the man. 

" The last will and testament of William Blake, (being 
of perfect memory & understanding y® good lord god 
bee blessed and praysed therefor) made y*^ third day 
of September in y'^ year, one thousand six hundred 
sixty & one, as foUoweth. 

Imprs. My will is y' my body bee decently buried 
in hope of A joyfull Resurrection at y'' Last day ; 

It. I give & bequeath unto y*' town of Dorchester, 
twenty shillings to be bestowed for y^ Repairing of 
y^ Buringplace, so y* swine & other Vermine may 
not Anoy y*^ Graves of y'' saints ; pvided it be Repar- 
ed w^''in one yeare after my Decease. The Rest of 
My Land Goods & estate after My funerall Expenses 
& debts discharged ; my will is And I doe give & be- 
queath Unto My five Children y" one halfe of My Lands 
Goods & estate to bee equally divided Amongst them 
by Equal p-portions ; not that I disrespect My eldest 
son, for he hath ben and is soe dutifull a child unto 
mee as any of my children, but because he hath Least 
neede of it & he hath no charge : y^ other halfe of my 
lands goods & estate I doe give & bequeath Unto my 
beloved wife & do make her sole executrex of this my 
last will & testament. And I doe Intreat my beloved 
breathren, Brothe' Edw : Clapp & Jno. Capen y they 
would bee pleased to bee y® ov^'seers of this my Last 
will & testament, to see y* it bee fullfilled and prform- 
ed. finally my will is y* my wife doe not dispose of 
Any of her estate left her by this my last will & testa- 
ment during y'' time of her life w-thout y® Advise and 
consent of my overseers & My four sones or y*' Major 
part of them, yet nev''yelesse in her Last will she may 
dispose of it Unto whome shee please ; In Wittnesse 


whereof I have hereunto sett my hand & Seale In y^ 
presence of William Blake w"' a seale : 

John Capen 

Jno Minott. 

Att a County Court held Att Boston 28. January 
1663 Jno. Capen & Jno. Mmott deposed that hayino- 
subserib'' their names to this paper was p''sented & 
did both see and heare W'" Blake to signe & publish 
y" same to bee his Last will & testament, y' when he 
so did he was of A sound disposing minde to their 
best knowledg : Edward Rawson, Recorder.'' 

" Tlie Inventory of all if goods & Lands of Wm. Blake of 

Dorchester deceased. 
Imps, his waring apparell & Money his purse 009. 15. 02 
his house & Lauds 154. 15. 00 

his Cattle hay & Swine 01 Y. 01. 00 

his plate & spoones 001. 06. 00 

his pewter & brass 007. 08. 04 

his bedding&sheets table Cloths & pillow beers OlT. 18. 00 
his bookes 001. 12. 00 

his apples & quinces & Indian Corn 002. 18. 00 

his tables chests & bedsteads 003. 03. 06 

hislronpottspansaxes & pott hangers & saws ] ^Qg ,r qq 
& hamers & wedges & other Lumber J 


Owing to y^ Estate 

Debts Owing from y'' Estate 
More Owing from y*^ Estate 

Att A County Co""' held Att Boston 29 January, 1663, 
Mrs Anis* Blake deposed that this is A true inventory 
of the Estate of y^ late William Blake her late husband 
to her best knowledge, that when she knows more she 
will discover itt to y'^ Court. 

Allowed off Ew. Eawson, Recorder." 

The Will decides the question explicitly, about his 
children, that there were four sons and one daughter, 
and we also have their names and residence. 

I had formerly supposed that our ancestor built a 




rNEH : 

James Humfrey 










Should be Agnes. 


house and lived at Dorcliester Neck, near the Point, to- 
wards the Castle; but by investigation, I think he lived 
in the neighborhood of the main settlement. The pre- 
cise spot it is not easy to locate at this distance of 
time ; but we are very sure that he ha(t land at the 
Neck granted to him in 1637, and that a part of the 
same land has remained in the family to this day. 
He appears to have been a man of consequence in the 
new settlement, and also of public spirit, as the first 
bequest in his will goes to prove. I infer that the 
town complied with the provision in the will, as I find 
afterwards that the executrix paid it to the town. 
At that time the burying-place was small, but a few 
rods square, on the corner (now Boston and Stough- 
ton Sts.). He and his wife Agnes, in all probability, 
were both buried in that enclosure, but, sad to relate, 
no memento is to be found to tell the spot where they 
repose. This is much to be regretted, and it seems 
no more than an act of justice that his descendants 
should appropriately mark the spot of the resting- 
place of one who was a pioneer to this then wild 
wilderness, who without doubt labored and suffered 
much, in faith and hope, that his offspring might enjoy 
a bounteous harvest. Though his fii'st bequest was 
but a trifle, yet it served to show the principle and the 
taste of the man, and was much for him and the times 
in which he lived. The grave-stones of his descen- 
dants, of the successive generations of the family, to 
the present time, have been righted up, or re-set, and 
cleansed of the accumulated moss which had rendered 
them almost illegible for years (by the writer), and 
now they stand renovated, telling their short but 
truthful story, of the quick succession of the genera- 
tions of men ; and leading oiu' thoughts back, to the 
early settlement of New England, to contemplate their 
I hardships, their sacrifices and their trials. 
IV. Chil. of William and Agnes Blake, probably all b. in 

'2. William, b. 1620; d. 1703, in Milton. 

-3. James, b. 1623; m. Elizabeth Clap. (2) 

n4. Edward, b. ; d. 1692, in Milton. 

y-S. John, b. ; d. 1688, in Boston. 

y/fe. Ann, b. ; m. Jacob Legare, of Boston. 

( 15 ) 


(2) James BLAKE [3], m/Elizabcth Clap. She was 
clan, of Deacon Edward Clap, of Dorchester, b. about 
1634, and d. Jan. 16, 1693— -4, in the sixty-first year 
of her age. He was the second son of William and Ag- 
nes Blake, b. 1623, in England, and d. in Dorchester 
June 28, 1700, aged 77 years. He was much in pub- 
lic business, as the Records of Dorchester prove. 
From 1658 to 1685 we find him in some office almost 
every year; was a Selectman 13 years; Rater, Con- 
stable. Deputy to General Court, Clerk of the Writs, 
Recorder, Serjeant in the Military Company, which 
was then an office of honor, and was chosen Deacon 
of the Church, and ordained to that office June 30, 
1672. He served as Deacon about 14 years, and was 
then chosen Ruling Elder, and served about the same 
length of timC; until his death, both making 28 years^ 

wanting two days. Tradition says, and after the most 
careful examination of old documents I think there is 
no doubt of it, that he built the house (now owned 
and occupied by Mrs. Jane Williams, in the north part 
of Dorchester, west from Capt. Wm. Clap's tanyard, 
and north of Mr. Pettee's house, back from the street), 
and owned a farm adjoining. The house was doubt- 
less built previous to 1650. A sketch of it has been ta- 
ken as it now appears, and is here presented. The one- 
story part on the right of the main building has been 


added within the last quarter of a century. I have 
no doubt that this is the property described in his Will, 
■where he says, " I give and bequeath to my son John 
Blake & his heirs, my Dwellinghouse, Barns, Orchard, 
Yard, Garden and ten acres of Land adjoyning more 
or less, it being partly Upland & partly Meadow." 
This estate was retained in the Blake family till the 
year 1825. The bequest to his son Joseph, of one 
twenty acre lot (more or less), " bounded on the one 
side with the land late of Samuel & Increase Sumner, 
and on the other side with the land of Capt. Clap," 
must have been in this locality. He was probably a 
farmer, but his time must have been much taken up 
with other objects. In addition to the time spent in 
inunicipal and church affairs, he was frequently en- 
gaged in settling estates, as overseer of the will of 
some friend or neighbor, or guardian of orphan children, 
in writing deeds and other instruments, &c. I will 
mention here, by the way, that he was a most beautiful 
penman ; but few of the present day can exhibit chi- 
rograpliy that will compare favorably with his which 
is now extant. I have now before me a deed writ- 
ten by him on parchment, being a conveyance of 
land at the Neck, from John Wiswell to James Blake, 
which deed is to be deposited in the Library of the 
Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society. It 
bears the date of 1684. It appears that he had a 
peculiar character ; such as sound judgment and dis- 
cretion, a faculty for leading others in important un- 
dertakings, and especially strong faith in his " glori- 
ous God & Redeemer," as he expresses it in his last 
Will and Testament. 

The following is a copy of Elder James Blake's Will, 
dated June 26," 1700. 

" The last Will and Testament of James Blake, Ruling 
Elder in Dorchester. Imprimis. I resign my imor- 
tal spirit into the hands of my glorious God and Re- 
deemer, and my body to the Earth in hope of a blessed 
Resurrection. Also revoking all former Wills and 
Testaments, As to my temporal Estate my will is, 
that what Estate and Legacies I bequeath and will to 
any one shall be to them, to have and to hold to them 


and their heirs forever, they paying what I shall here- 
by enjoyne them to pay to any person whomsoever. 
I enjoyne my executors to pay Twenty One pounds to 
my Relict Widow, according; to my agreement with 
her upon Marriage. And after my Funeral Expences 
and just debts be fully paid, I will and bequeath to 
my son James Blake all my Land at Dorchester Neck 
adjoyning to his house that he dwells in, all my Lands 
on both sides of the way leading to the Castle being 
about Six and thirty acres. As also a parcel of Mea- 
dow lying in the Nook part of s"^ Neck being about 
six acres. And I injoine my s'* Son James & his 
heirs, to pay to Jeremiah Fuller, son of my Daughter 
Elizabeth, when he comes to the age of twenty One 
years the sum of Thirty and three pounds, currant 
money of New England. Item. I give and bequeath 
to my son John Blake and his heirs, my Dwelling 
house and Barns, Orchard, Yard, Garden, and ten 
acres of Land adjoyning more or less, it being partly 
Upland and partly Meadow, with all its priviledges. 
And I iujoyne him and his heirs, to pay to my Grand- 
son the s'' Jeremiah Fuller, when he comes to the age 
of twenty One years, the full sum of Thirty pounds 
current money of New England. Item. To my Son 
Joseph Blake I give and bequeath one twenty acre 
Lott be the same more or less, bounded on the one 
side witli the Land, late of Samuel and Increase Sum- 
ner, and on the other side with the Land of Capt. 
Clap ; also a piece of Woodland lying in the 3d Di- 
vision being about nine acres, Also ten acres of Pas- 
ture land, be it more or less, lying at the Mouth of 
the great neck, bounded Easterly on Land of Serjeant 
Wiswall, and Westerly on Land of James Bird. To my 
Son in Law Jeremy Fuller I will and bequeath for the 
use of his son, my Grandson, in lieu of an old bed I had 
which was bequeathed to his Wife my Daughter dec'd 
by her Grandmother, One Feather bed, pair of sheets 
pair of blankets, bolster, pillowbeer, pillow Coverlets. 
To my Son Joseph Blake I also give all my right in 
Common Land, that is not yet divided. And if there 
shall be ought of my Estate remaining, and not men- 
tioned above, it shall be equally divided between my 
Children, James, John, Joseph, and my Grand Child 


Jeremiah aforementioned. I constitute my Sons James 
Blake and John Blake Executors of this my Will and 
Testament and Capt. Samuel Clap and my Brother 
William Blake overseers of it. And I impower my 
Overseers to interpret this my Will if any doubt arise 
about any Clause or Clauses in it, and to audit and 
Determine all differences that may arise among my 
Children and Grand Child, and their heires. And I 
declare that their Interpretation and Determination 
shall be held firm and valid forever, even as if I my- 
self had done the same. Also I will to my Wife 
Elizabeth all my Corne, Mault, Beefe, porke and all 
my provisions. Also I will that my Grand Child, 
Fuller, shall have the pair of holland sheets, 4 holland 
pillow-beers and a Table Cloth that belonged to his 
Mother, that she left with me the Testator. 

James Blake and a Seal. 
Signed, Sealed and Declared by the Testator to be 
his last Will and Testament in presence of us, Nathan- 
iel Clap, Noah Beeman, Humphrey Atherton." 

" An Indorsement by way of addition to and alteration 
of the last Will and Testament of Elder James Blake, 
written on the other side, and by way of Confirmation 
of the s'* last Will and Testament, so far forth as is 
not repugnant to the s*^ addition and alteration, which 
now followeth. Imprimis. I will moreover to my 
present Wife Elizabeth, if God shall remove me sud- 
denly from her, the use and benefit of my two Milch 
Cows during this Summer that so she may have some 
small Dayry. Item. Whereas, my Sons James and 
John were injoyned to pay sums of Money to my 
Grandson Jeremy Fuller, when he should come to the 
age of twenty One years. My will now is, That For- 
asmuch as my Daughter, his mother humbly devoted 
him to the Ministry, if it were the Will of God to en- 
dow him for it. Therefore if his Father or Guardian 
shall perceive him capable, and shall accordingly bring 
him up at the Grammar School, and being fit for it 
shall enter him at the Colledge and keep him to Learn- 
ing. That for the two last years, of his being at the 
Grammar School afitting for the Colledge, My Sons 
James and John shall pay each of them, five pounds 
pr. annum, each of those years, to his Parent or Guar- 


dian for and towards his Support at s'' School. Also, 
during his residence and education in Learning at y'' 
Colledge, they shall each of them pay, or by their 
heirs and assigns, cause to be paid to his s'^ Parent or 
Guardian, towards his support at the Colledge the 
like sums of Five pounds pr. annum. Only if it pleas- 
eth God that he come to proceed Batchellor of Arts, 
In that year of his Commencement, they shall each of 
them pay Eight pounds to his s'^ Parent or Guardian, 
for his support for that year. But the rest of the 
Sums of Money in my Will on the other side. Willed 
to be paid to my s'' Grandson Jeremiah, (that being 
deducted, that shall be paid for his support at school 
and Colledge as I have now ordered,) I say the re- 
mainder to make the s** total sums willed on the other 
side of this paper, Shall not be payable until my S** 
Grandson come to the age of Twenty One Years. 
And in case he dye before that time, it shall not be 
paid at all. Item. Whereas I willed on the other 
side Nine acres of Woodland, lying in the 3d Division 
to my son Joseph, I now repeal it, and I will the s^ 
Nine acres (more or less) to my son John Blake. 
And Whereas I willed about six. acres of Meadow, at 
the Nook to my Son James, I now revoke it, and do 
will the s^ Six acres to be equally divided between my 
son James and my son Joseph. To have and to hold 
to them in Severalty, part to one and part to the 
other, and to their heirs and assignes forever. And 
whereas three acres of Meadow are now abated to my 
son James, of what I intended for his portion, I will 
that the value of it, be made up to him out of some 
Lands not particularly named to be given to any per- 
son in my Will on the other side, or out of some other 
part of my Estate or Goods. And this Indorsement 
together with my Will on the other side, so far as 
s** Will is consistant with, and not repugnant to it, I 
do ratify, and declare the same to be my last Will & 
Testament. And I pray the Lord, Jehovah, Father 
Son and Holy Spirit, to be the God and Father of my 
Consort and Children and Grand Children, and all 
their posterity forever. And that he will give to me, 
his poor unworthy Suppliant and Servant in his own 
due time, an open enterance into his glorious Kingdom, 


and an Inheritance in his loving kindness and mercy 
that endureth forever. Dated this 26th of June anno. 
Dom. 1700. 

Also, I will to my Grand Son Jeremiah the Holland 
Cupboard Cloth that his Mother left with me. 

James Blake and a Seal. 

Signed, Sealed and Declared by the Testator to be 
his last Will and Testament, in presence of us, 
Benjamin Blackman, Ebenezer Clap, Hannah Bartlett." 

" An Inventory of the Estate of Elder James Blake of 
Dorchester, dece'd the 2Sth of June 1700, taken by us whose 
names are tinder written. 

In Wearing- Apparrel £16 10 

In pewter, platters a quart pot & drinking cups, ) n -lo 

with some other pieces of pewter & a tin pan j 
A brass Kettle, pan, Skillet & other brass things 3 06 
An ironpot, pothooks, tramels, spit, andirons, ) o i q nr 

tongs, fireshovel, with other small Iron things j 
A bedstead, feather bed and furniture 8 16 

A bedstead, bed & furniture, with some feathers 3 16 
Sheets, pillowbeers, and Table Linnen 5 16 06 

A Cupboard, Chests and a small box 3 5 

3 Tables, 2 formes, 4 joint Stools 2 7 

A gold ring. Silver Spoons, toothpicker & buckles 118 
Dishes, spoons, trenchers. Earthenware & glasses 06 
A Churn, Cheesepress, Cheesefats, Keelers, pails 16 
Baskets, brushes, spicebox, grater, sieves & a ) , ^ 

looking glass j 

Chairs and Cushions 1 08 

Spinning Wheels, Cards & reels, bridle & Saddle 1 08 
A peck, Mealbaggs, Wallet, Scales & Weights ) o n^ n^ 

& Woollen Yarne j" ^"^06 

Plough Chains & plough, axes, hoe, pitch- ) t ^a f\c; 

forks, beetle & Wedges j ^ ^^ ^^ 

Ladders, grindstone, a padlock, with old iron ) , , ^ 

& Lumber | ^ ^^ 

Bibles and other Books and spectacles 2 16 06 

Haye and some Come on the ground 1 05 

In Cattle and Swine 8 08 

In Housing, Orchard, plowland & Meadow, ) .^^ 

pasture & Woodland p"" 

Sum Totall £4T3 

Samuel Clap, Son"". 
Nathaniel Clap, John Bird. 



SuflFolke ss. 

By the Hon'J'e William Stoughton Esq. Judge of Pro- 
bate &c. James Blake and John Blake, Sons and Execu- 
tors of the last Will and Testament of Elder James Blake, 
late of Dorchester, dec'e'd exhibited the above written, 
and made Oath that it contains a just and true Inventory 
of the Estate of their s'' dec'e'd Father, so far as hath 
come to their knowledge, & that if more hereafter ap- 
pears, they will cause it to be added. 

Boston July 25th 1700. Jurat Cormc. Wm. Stoughtox. 
Exam'd pr Js*^ Addington Reg'er." 

There are some things in the preceding Will which 
are hard to reconcile with what we consider facts. 
He mentions his wife Elizabeth twice, and his relict 
widow once, and we know that Elizabeth was his 
wife's name, and that she had been dead more than 
six years at the date of his Will. We have no reason 
to suppose that he married twice. I think there is 
little doubt that he wrote his Will himself, a number 
of years before his death, but omitted signing it until 
his last sickness, which was undoubtedly short, as we 
find the date of the Will but two days before his 
death. The grandson (Jeremiah Fuller) mentioned 
so frequently, according to Jackson's History of New- 
ton, died in 1703. Of the death of the child's mother, 
Elizabeth Fuller, I find no record. The grave-stones 
for himself and his wife Elizabeth are both in the 
burying-yard, Dorchester, in a good state of preserva- 
tion. ,Nv\ u^-^ 
in. Chil. of James and Elizabeth ("Clap) Blake, b. in Dor- 
chester. ^ 
7. James, b. Aug. 15, 1652- m. (i.) Hannah Macy, Feb. 6, ,q\ 
1681, (ii.) Ruth BatclKHxIer, July 8, 1684. ^"^^ 

<S. John, b. March 16, 1657 ; m. Mary. He d. March 2, 1718. 

i/^. Elizabeth, b. Oct. 3, 1658; m. Jeremiah Fuller. She d. 
leaving a son Jeremiah. 

iM). Jonathan, b. July 12, 1660; d. Nov. 10, 1660. 

iM' Sarah, b. Feb. 28, 1665; d. May 22, 1666. 

l/2. Joseph, b. Aug. 27, 1667; m. Mchitable. He d. Feb. 
1, 1739; she d. April 15, 1751. 



(3) JAMBS BLAKE [7], ib. (i.) Hannah Macy, Feb. 6, 
168|1, (ii.) Wh Batchelder, July 8, 1684. His first 
wiMHannah d. June 1, 1683, aged 23 years, and their 
chikrElizabeth the Nov. before, being about 12 days 
old. His second wife Ruth b. 1662, and d. Jan. 11, 
1752, in the 90th year of her age. He was the eldest 
son of James and Elizabeth (Clap) Blake, b. Aug. 15, 
1652, and d. in Dor. October 22, 1732, aged 80 years 
and 2 months. He was the first one who built and 
lived at Dorchester Neck, on the land granted in 1637 
to his grandfather, William Blake. We find that his 
father (Elder James, who d. in 1700) willed to him, 
as he says, " all my Land at Dorchester Neck, adjoyn- 
ing to his house that he dwells in, All my Lands, on 
both sides of the way, leading to the Castle, being 
about Six and thirty acres." He was not in public 
business so much as his father was before him, or his 
son after him. He was Selectman 6 years, from 1700 
to 1705 inclusive, and was in other ofl&ces occasionally. 
I find that in 1727 he was taxed for 1 house, 63 acres 
land, 6 cows, 1 horse, 2 swine. In " Blake's Annals " 
it is stated, "Oct. 22, 1732, died Deacon James Blake, 
in y« 81st year of his age, he having Languished about 
7 years with an ulcerous Leg very painfull ; but at last 
died of an Epedemical Cold that carried off many aged 
people. He was a Deacon in this Church about 23 
years, and once chosen Elder but Refused it. Upon 
his Graue Stone is thus written. 

" Here lyes Buried ye Body of Mr. James Blake, who 
departed this Life, Oct. 22, n32, Aged 
80 years, & 2 months. 
He was a member in full Communion with y^ Church 
of Christ in Dorchester aboue 55 years, and a 
Deacon of y^ same Church aboue 
23 years. 
Seven years strong Pain doth end at last, 
His weary Days & Nights are past ; 
The way is Rough, ye End is peace ; 
Short Pain giues place to endless Ease." 

The grave-stones of both his wives arc also to be 


Perhaps most persons now are not aware, that, 
one hundred years ago, it was the fashion here 
in New England to furnish gloves and fans to the 
mom-ners at funerals, the expense to come out of the 
Estate of the deceased. We at this day think that it 
was a very foolish fashion, but perhaps we are daily 
doing something that will be considered no less foolish 
by those who come after us. In my examination of 
some old papers, I found the original bill against Mr. 
Blake's Estate, which it will be seen is dated one day 
after his decease. As a curiosity, I copy it entire. 

" The Estate of Mr. James Blake Dec'd ) 
Bought of Ezekiel Lewis j 

Boston Oct. 23, 1*732. 

5 Doz Mens & W^ Wt Gloves 60s. £15 

2iYdblaTaffity 20s. 2 5 

2 Yd bla Lutestring 14s. 6d. 19 

93 Yds Alamode 9s. 4 T 9 

4 bla paper fanns 4s. 16 

2 Yds ferritt Is. 6d., 3 bla Girdles 9s. 10 6 

l^bla: Silk 6s. 10 6 

Supra Cr. 
By 13 prs. Wt. gloves, Returned 5s. 

Nov. n. To 2 Yds. Wide Crape 10s 

Rece'd the Contents 22 13 9 

pr EzE. Lewis." 

I suppose that custom and fashion were as severe 
taskmasters, anciently, as at this time. People, if 
they could possibly afford it, were (then as now) 
obliged to submit to their despotic rule, or lose caste 
in the circle in which they had heretofore moved. In 
1764, there was a non-importation and non-consump- 
tion agreement entered into by many in Boston, and 
the first public demonstration was at the funeral of 
Mr. Ellis Callender, son of the late Pev. Elisha Cal- 
lender, of the Baptist Society. Mr. Andrew Hall, the 
chief mom'ner, appeared in his usual habit, with a crape 
round his arm ; and his wife, who was sister and near- 

24 18 
3 5 


21 13 



est relation to the deceased, with no other token of 
mourning than a black bonnet, gloves, ribbons, and 
handkerchief. The funeral was attended by a large 
procession of merchants and gentlemen of figure, as a 
testimony of their approbation of this piece of econo- 
my, and as a mark of their esteem for a family who 
had shown virtue enough to break a custom which had 
proved ruinous to many families in the community. 
The following is a copy of the Will of James Blake. 

" In the name of God, Amen, the Eighth day of 
August, 1721. I James Blake of Dorchester, in his 
Majesty's province of the Massachusetts Bay in New 
England, husbandman, being through God's mercy in 
a competent measure of health and understanding, 
though aiged and know not the time of my dissolution, 
which cannot be long, do make and ordain this my 
last will and testament ; that is to say, principally and 
first of all, I give and resign up my Soul to Almighty 
God, my Creator and Redeemer ; and my will is, that 
my body be decently buried in hope of a joyful resur- 
rection at the last day ; and as touching such worldly 
estate, wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me 
with in this life, I give, demise, and dispose of the 
same in the following manner and form. My Will is 
that all my debts and funeral expenses be in the first 
place discharged. I give and bequeath to Ruth my 
dearly beloved wife, all my estate, both real and mov- 
able for improvement while she shall remain my widow, 
and if she should marry, then to have the third part 
of the income of my estate during her natural life ; I 
do will and ])equeatli unto my son James Blake, and 
his heirs forever, besides what he has already, my 
new dwelling house, and barn, and orchard, and all 
my land lying about my house on both sides of the 
way leading to the Castle, being 44 acres or therea- 
bouts ; also I give unto my son James 3 acres & half 
of Meadow lying in the nook, so called. I will and 
bequeath to my son James Six acres & half of Mea- 
dow lying near little neck, towards pine neck, bound- 
ed on Ebenezer Holmes' meadow at the upper end, 
and the lower end with a creek, and on the south side 
with Mr. Modslcy, his meadow and the creek between 


Dorchester and Roxbury. Item. I will and bequeath 
to my son James 75 acres of laud in the twenty five 
divisions. I do will and bequeath unto my son James 
6 acres of Woodland in the third division. I give 
my son James my Cedar Swamp containing 3 acres 
and 3 quarters, also my meadow, or meadow botham, 
4 acres and half, lying in our farm beyond Ponkeapoge. 
I will and bequeath to my son James 51 acres of land 
in the 12 division, and I also give to my son James, 
Sixty Shillings to buy 5 Bibles for my Grandchildren 
when they know how to use them. I do will and be- 
queath unto my son Increase Blake, besides what he 
has had already, to him and his heirs forever ; my house 
and barn and all the lands I bought of Mr. James 
Whit and of Desire Clap and his heirs, the same being 
24 acres. I will and bequeath to my son Increase ten 
acres and half of land lying at the mouth of y*^ neck so 
called. My will is that after my wife's, my two sons 
James and Increase shall have their portions ; and that 
two sons shall have an equal share of my goods or house- 
al stuf, I do will and bequeath to my son Increase 
Blake the remainder of my meadows, lying near little 
neck, whereof my son James is to have six acres and 
half, and my son Increase to have the remainder, 
which is 5 acres and half, be the same more or less. 
I do will and bequeath to Israel Hill, five pounds to 
be paid him within one j^ear after my decease. I do 
ordain and constitute and impower my loving wife to 
be my executrix of this my last will and testament. 
My will is that my wife pay all debts due from my 
estate, and also to demand and receive all debts due 
to my estate, whether due by book, or bills or bonds. 
And I do entreat my loving brethren and friends Dea- 
con Jonathan Clap and Mr. Benjamin Bird to be the over- 
seers of this my last will and testament, to give ad- 
vice to my wife & children, and to see it performed 
and fulfilled. 

Signed, sealed and declared by the testator, 
to be his last Will and Testament, in pres- 
ence of us. 

Ebenezer Clap James Blake." 

John Blake 

Josiah Blake. 



IV. Chil. of James and Ruth (Batchelder) Blake, b. in 

^43. Hannah, b. Sept. 16, 1685; d. Oct. 2, 1686. 
04. James, b. April 30, 1688; m. Wait Simpson. (4) 

t}^. Increase, b. June 8. 1699. 


(4) JAMES BLAKE [14], m^ait Simpson. She was 
b. in Boston, in 1684, and d. in Dorchester May 22, 
1753, in the 69th year of her age. He was eldest 
son of James and Ruth (Batchelder) Blake, b. April 
30, 1688, and d. Dec. 4, 1750, in the 63d year of his 
age. He was a man of rare ability, as what he left 
on record abundantly proves. Almost the whole of 
his mature life was devoted to the public. The Town 
Records show this, and also there are deposited in 
the library of the Dorchester Antiquarian and Histori- 
cal Society many plans of land in this and the neigh- 
boring towns, and other documents, together with one 
of his dialling instruments, all of them of great inter- 
est to antiquaries. He was a noted land surveyor, 
and made an actual survey of the whole of the then ex- 
tensive town of Dorchester. In 1713, it is stated in 
" Blake's Annals," " This year Majr. Robert Spur, 
Roger Billing, Capt. Oliver Wiswell, Capt. Thos. 
Tileston, & Capt. Sam' Paul, Committee, & James 
Blake Jun^ Surveyor, began in y* month of May to 
measure y^ Cedar Swamps, &c. This year y*' Proprie- 
tors, Incorporated into a distinct Body from y^ Town, 
And y® Colony Line Run & Settled by y« Gen. Court." 
He was Proprietor's Clerk for the owners of exten- 
sive tracts of land in the town of Stoughton. In 1726, 
the " Annals " say, " Punkapaog or y^ South Precinct 
with y* Lands beyond it in y^ Township of Dorchester, 
were sett off a Township by themselves, by y® name 
of Stoughton, leaving Dorchester but a small Town, 
being narrow, and but al^out 9 or 10 Miles in length, 
y* upper part being woodland and unsettled ; wliich 
before was about 35 miles in length, & in some places 
6 or 8 miles wide ; the length being Reckoned from 
Dorchester-Neck to Angle-Tree, as y^ Road goeth." 
His invaluable plans of lands in this town, to the 


s^ricf of many of tho inhabitants, have for about half a 
century been missino;. Many of his plans and draw- 
ings, however, are extant, particularly those relating 
to Stoughton. They are fine specimens of artistic 
skill, beautiful in design and correct in execution. 
He left in Records alone, upwards of one thousand 
folio pages, bearing a style of chirography uniformly 
fresh and pleasing. In cases of litigation, relative to 
the early boundaries of lots, in his native town, his 
plans were considered of the highest authority. On one 
occasion of this nature, his drawings being brought 
into Court, as testimony, a legal gentleman of the 
opposite party made a remark, the purport of which 
was, that he considered those plans as infallible, and 
the case might be withdrawn. He was also a maker 
of dials, and it is said the ancient one, formerly seen 
on the old Town-house, at the head of State Street, 
Boston (which many now living can remember), was 
made by him. He was versed in astronomy. There 
is a letter, among his papers, from a young man in 
New Hampshire, inquiring whether he would take him 
again (after haying), to learn the science of astrono- 
my. He was something of a farmer. In the tax list 
for 1727, his valuation stood, — 1 house, 24 acres land, 
1 horse, 7 cows, and 2 swine. It was a part of the 
same land that was first "granted to his great grand- 
father, William Blake, at Dorchester Neck. He was 
a Selectman, Assessor and Town Treasurer 25 years 
— 'viz., from 1724 to 1748 inclusive; and Town Clerk 
24 years, from 1725 to 1748 inclusive. He was on 
the Committee for building the meeting-house in 1743. 
He says of himself, in " Blake's Annals " (for it was 
he who wrote them), " I have in that time wrote in 
the second Book of y^ Town Records, 208 pages, 
which finishes the Book ; and have begun the third 
Book of Records, & wrote therein 119 pages; besides 
making Tables for both the two first Books of Re- 
cords, in an Intire Book by itself. I have also in the 
Treasurer's business made, begun & wrote out, two 
large folio Books of Accompts, Containing about 224 
folios or 448 Pages each ; and the major part of the 
Third Folio Book of about y^ same bigness. Besides 
large Bundles of Tax Lists, Tables to make Rates by. 


Warrants for Town Meetings, Divisions of y* High- 
ways, Plans of Land sold by y^ Town, &c. All which 
is more, I suppose, by many times over, than any one 
man before me has wrote & done for the Town." In 
March, 1749, he says, "In November last, I relapsed 
into a Chronical Disease, I have laboured under for 
above 30 years ; occasioned at first as I conclude by 
over heats. Wet & cold, in my laying out y** wild 
& unimproved Lands belonging to y'' Proprietors of 
this Town. I have been Ijrought near unto y" gates 
of y" Grave, and am yet but weak & low, and have 
been ever since confined to my Eoom. And how it 
will still please God to deal with me, I know not, but 
pray that I may have Grace to yield not only sincere 
active obedience to his Will, but also passive obedi- 
ence ; and that he will fit & prepare me for his good 
Will & Pleasure." He was in poor health from that 
time until his death, which took place Dec. 4, 1750, 
between 8 and 9 o'clock in the evening, in the 63d 
year of his age. He was much esteemed for his learn- 
ing and piety. 

The annexed autograph of James Blake, Jr., ia 
taken from a deed, which he witnessed, given by Ro- 
bert Robinson to Isaac Howe, both of Dorchester, 
dated Jan. 22d, 1721. 

I give a copy of his Will, as further evidence of 
his precision in business, and of his strong and un- 
doubted christian faith and hope. 

" In the Name of God, Amen. This Twentieth Day 
of October in the year of our Lord One Thousand 
Seven hundred. Forty & Eight, And in the Twenty- 
second year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, 
George the Second, King of Great Britian &c. James 
Blake of Dorchester in the County of Suffolk, within 
his Majestys Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New 
England, Gentlem", being at present in some measure 
of Health, and of perfect mind and memory, Blessed 


be God therefor. But calling to mind the mortality 
of my Body, & knowing it is appointed for all Men 
once to die, Do make & ordain this my last Will & 
Testament ; That is to say. Principally & first of all, 
I Give & Recommend my Soul into the Hands of God 
that gave it, trusting alone in the merits & Righteous- 
ness of Jesus Christ for Salvation, who is my only 
Mediator, Saviour & Redeemer, and my Body I recom- 
mend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian Bu- 
rial at the Discretion of my Executor hereafter named ; 
nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection, I 
shall receive the same again by the mighty power of 
God. And as touching such Worldly Estate where- 
with it has pleased God, to bless me in this Life, 
I Give and dispose of the same, in the following man- 
ner and form. Imprimis. I Give & Bequeath unto 
Waite my well beloved Wife the Use and Improve- 
ment of one Third part of my Real Estate during her 
natural Life, and the one third part of my Personal 
Estate, (not hereafter particularly mention'd & given 
away,) forever. I also give her over & above her 
third part of my Personal Estate, One Feather Bed & 
Beding, which she shall Choose ; and I also give her 
one Cow which she shall choose and the Hay for the 
said Cow to be Cut & Made, and brought home to the 
Barn, free of Cost. Item. I Give and Bequeath unto 
my Son James Blake (beside what I have heretofore 
given him to set up his Trade,) the sum of Seven 
Hundred Pounds in good Bills of Credit on this Pro- 
vince ; to be paid as hereafter is provided. I also 
Give him the one half of my Wearing Apparel. Item. 
I give & Bequeath imto my Daughter Wait Macknight 
the sum of four hundred Pounds in good Bills of 
Credit on this Province of the old Tenor, to be paid 
as is hereafter provided. Item. I Give & Bequeath 
unto my Daughter Ruth Spur the sum of Four hundred 
Pounds in good Bills of Credit on this Province of 
the old Tenor, (beside what I heretofore gave her at 
her marriage) to be paid as is hereafter provided. 
Item. I give and Bequeath mito my Eldest Son Sam- 
uel Blake (Who hath always lived with me and laboured 
for me, and of whome I Expect Help and Relief, both 
for myself and my Wife in our Age,) and to his heirs 


& assigns forever, all the Residue & Remainder of 
ray Estate both Real &c Personal, wheresoever the 
same is or may l»c found, upon Condition that he pay 
all my just debts & Funeral Charges, and the Neces- 
sary Charges of Burying my Wife, exclusive of Mourn- 
ing Cloaths, and the several sums of Money above 
mentioned ; with the making and Bringing home yearly 
my Wife's Hay as above mentioned. Item. My Will 
is That my said son Samuel Blake (make) payment of 
the several sums, above mentioned to my other Chil- 
dren at sundry times, according as he shall come in 
Possession of my Real Estate. That is to Say ; The 
four Ninth parts thereof within one year after my De- 
cease. The two Ninth parts thereof within one year 
after the Decease of my Honoured Mother, or my 
Loving Wife, which shall first happen ; Ac the remain- 
ing three Ninth parts tliereof within one year after the 
Decease of the longest liver of my Mother or my 
Wife. And further my Will is, That in case the value 
of the Bills of Credit, shall alter from what they now 
are & pass at, in proportion to Silver Money, before 
any of the payments above mentioned are paid, then 
the nominal sum of each payment to alter also, so as 
to be equal in value as the Sum or Suras above men- 
tioned in Bills of Credit now are. That is to say, to 
be Computed after the Rate of fifty four shillings for 
one ounce of Coin'd Silver, Troy Weight. And I do 
Constitute and appoint my s'' Son Samuel Blake to be 
sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament. 
And I do hereby utterly Disallow & disannull all other 
former Wills, Legacys & Bequests &c Executors by 
me in any wise before named Willed & l^equeathcd, 
Ratifying & Confirming this & no other to be my last 
Will & Testament. James Blake & a seal. 

Signed, Sealed, Published, Pronounced & Declared 
])y the said James Blake the Testator to be his last 
Will & Testament in the presence of us the subscribers. 

Thomas Bird, Noah Clap, David Clap." 

"Suffolk ss. By the Hon'^"' Edward Hutchinson 
Judge of Prob^ The within written Will being pre- 
sented for Probate by the Executor therein named. 


Thomas Bird & David Clap made oath that they saw 
James Blake, the subscriber to this Instrument Sign 
& Seal, & heard him publish and declare the same to 
be his last Will & Testament, & that when he so did 
he was of sound disposing mind & memory, according 
to these Deponents best discerning & that they to- 
gether with Noah Clap, now absent, set to their hands 
as Witnesses thereof in the said Testators presence. 

EdW* Hutchinson." 
Boston Dec' 25th 1750. 

I can find no record of an Inventory of his property 
at the Probate Office in Suffolk Co. ; therefore I have 
no means to ascertain his pecuniary standing. His 
Surveying Instruments have been preserved, and are 
now owned and used by one of his descendants, Mr. 
James Edward Blake, formerly of Warwick, but now of 
Granville, Illinois. The Compass was used until 
1850, but is now laid by to give place to a more mod- 
ern one, with improvements. The Scales and Pro- 
tractor are of brass, and they, with the drafting instru- 
ments, are equal to any now in use. I find a piece of 
poetry of his, which I will copy, for preservation, and 
then close the history, for the present, of one of the 
most persevering and industrious men of his times. 

•• May 3d. 1730. Lines on Surveying. By James Blake, Juu. 

1. Upon our Needle -we depend, 

In the thick woods our course to know ; 
Then after it the Chain extend. 
For we must gain our distance so. 

2. Over the hills, through brushy plains. 
And tedious swamps, where is no track, 
'Cross Rivers, brooks, we with much pains 
Are forced to travel forth and back. 

3. Briars and thorns our flesh do tear, 
And stubborn brush our gannents rend ; 
Our Instruments need much repair. 
Labour and toil our Spirits spend. 

4. Sometimes with heat we are oppressed, 
Then flies and Serpents they annoy us ; 
Sometimes for cold we have no rest ; 
And sudden heat and Cold destroy us. 

6. Our fare is mean, our hardships great. 
Amidst all which our Charts must keep. 
And work come right, our lines run strait, 
All plotted be, before we sleep. 


G. When weary steps have brought us home, 

And chain and needle have respite, 

Scale and dividers in use come, 

And fit all for next morning light. 
7. And though we're careful in the same, 

As haste and obstacles will yield. 

Yet, oftentimes perhaps will blame, 

When rough — Wild woods are made a field." 

His and his wife's grave-stones are in a good state of 
preservation, in the burying-place in Dorchester, near 
^ the resting-place of their ancestors and descendants. 
^^. Chil. of James and Wait (Simpson) Blake. 
16. Samuel, b. Sept. 6, 1715; m. Patience White, June 5, 
, 1740. (5) 

vl7. James, b. Oct. 15, 1716 ; m. Mary Pinson, May 1, 1739. 

She was b. March 7, 1719, and d. June 1, 1800. 
vtl Wait, b. Feb. 28, 1718; m. Roger McKnight. 
L/l:9. Thomas, b. July 26, 1720; d. Nov. 3, 1720. 
^^20. Ruth, b. Sept. 16, 1721; m. John Spur, Dec. 9, 1745. 

She d. Feb. 12, 1753. 
\A\. Thomas, b. May 20, 1723; d. April 3, 1724. 
\A% Thomas, b. Sept. 18, 1725; d. Oct. 3, 1725. 


(5) ^MUEL BLAKE [16], m. Patience White, June 5, 
1740. She was dau. of Edward and Patience White, 
of Dorchester; was b. Dec. 22, 1714, and d. Dec. 19, 
1786, ao:ed 72 years. He was son of James and 
Wait (Simpson) Blake, b. Sept. 6, 1715; and d. May 
1, 1754, in the 39th year of his age.. He appears to 
have been a man capable of filling the place of his an- 
cestors in public business, as the records show that 
he was continually called upon by his townsmen to 
occupy important offices, for surveying land, writing 
deeds, settling estates, &c. He was taken suddenly away 
in mature life, leaving a young family, who have ful- 
filled their time and passed away, leaving their mark, 
in a numerous progeny, we trust for the advancement 
of all good and pure and worthy objects, through all 
coming time. I have been favored by a friend and 
kinsman (Edward Howe, Esq. of Portland, Me.), with 
an extract from his mother's diary (Mrs. Patience 
Howe, of Dorchester, and eldest daughter of Samuel 


and Patience Blake), which gives a better account of 
Mr. Blake and his family, than I can otherwise collect. 
I will therefore copy from her diary, and then perhaps 
add a few incidental facts that have come to my know- 
ledge. She says, mider the date of April 23, 1807 — 
" My Father was one who was often from home seve- 
ral days together, in measuring and laying out Land. 
The last of April, in the year 1754, on Saturday night, 
Jie returned home very unwell. A fever set in, and 
he died the Wednesday following, May 1, 1754, in the 
39th year of his age. My Father & Mother lived to- 
gether about fourteen years. My Mother lived a 
Widow about Eight years, and then was married to 
Deacon Richard Hall. She lived with him about as 
long as she did with my Father. He died March 12, 
1776, at the age of seventy, and she lived a widow 
about ten years, and died at the age of seventy two 
years. She was sister to Deacon Abijah White. 
(See a short sketch of her family in a discourse of 
the Rev. T. M. Harris, on the death of Uncle White.) 
My Father, Mr. Samuel Blake, was married to Miss 
Patience White, June, 1740. April, 1741, My Broth- 
er Samuel was born, and in the war with England he 
went into the army, was taken in Fort Washington, 
and by the best accounts we could get, he died a prison- 
er at New York in 1776. My second Brother, Edward, 
was born Dec^ 1742, & is now living in Boston. My 
third Brother, Thomas, was born Nov. 1744, was the 
first child baptized in the North Meeting-house, the first 
Sunday they met in it, viz. Dec. 2, 1744. He died 
when about one year old. I was born Feb. 15, 1747, 
the only one of the children now living in Dorchester. 
My fourth brother, Jonathan, was born Jan'' 1, 1749, 
is now living in Warwick Ms. My fifth brother, 
James, was born Dec"^ 1750. He was of a studious 
turn of mind from a child. When very young he 
would hardly be persuaded to leave his books, to play 
with the other children. He was very anxious to go 
to College. Mother being a widow, she thought the 
undertaking would be too great, as she had a number 
of children to provide for, but as he could think of 
nothing else, she, with the advice of her friends put 
him to learning, and he entered College in the fifteenth 


year of his a2:e. He spent the time there with plea- 
sure to himself, and the approbation of his teachers. 
As soon as he came from College he had the offer of 
three Schools. He declined taking one in Dorchester, 
for he said he should have a number of scholars, who 
were his former schoolmates. In a few days after he 
came home, he went to keep School at Weymouth, and 
boarded at the Rev. Mr. Smith's. He disliked keep- 
ing School very much, and resigned it, in about nine 
months. He said it was such an impediment to his 
studies, he could not think of keeping School. After 
he gave up, he employed his time wholly in the study 
of Divinity, under the instruction of Rev. Mr. Smith. 
After he had studied about a year, Mr. Smith was 
taken sick, and urged him to supply his place in the 
pulpit, which he did, though with great reluctance ; for 
it was sooner than he intended to preach, and he said 
he did not think himself qualified ; but he was very 
well liked, and many spoke much in his praise. He 
was beautiful in person, sociable, entertaining and 
edifying in his conversation. In a letter to me after 
he left his school he writes, ' I have nothing to trouble 
me, only anxiety for the future, how I shall appear 
when I launch out into the broad ocean of life.' He 
wrote twenty sermons, and preached but one Sunday 
in Dorchester, which was Nov. 10, 1771. He met 
the approbation of old and young, and many spoke 
highly in his favor. The next Sunday morning (Nov. 
17,) he died, and was brought to his Mother's, a Corps 
at night. Thus our pleasing hopes and fond expecta- 
tions were crushed in a moment. It shows us that 
man, at his best estate, is altogether vanity ; and that 
youth or health is no security against the arrest of 
death. I received the account of his death with silent 
grief; and was so deeply affected, that I was past 
sheding a tear. I mourned greatly, though I hope I 
did not murmur. The sermons he preached at Dor- 
chester, are in print; his forenoon text was, John 13 
c. 1 7 V. 'If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye 
do them.' In the afternoon, 2*^ Cor. 5 c. 7 v. ' For 
we walk by faith, not by sight.' My sixth brother, 
Thomas, was born October, 1752, is now living in 
Boston. My two sisters (twins) Mary & Sarah, were 


born Sept. 1754, a little more than four months after 
the death of my Father. Mary was a lively pretty 
child, but very weakly j she died when about twenty 
two months old. My other sister, Sarah, lived in this 
town. She married Mr. John Pierce. As she and I 
set down in life, not far distant from each other, we 
spent many happy hours together. She was of an 
even temper, very thoughtful and studious, her conver- 
sation agreeable and friendly. She was taken from 
her family and friends, at a time when it appeared 
to us, she was very much wanted. She died in July, 
1791, in the thirty seventh year of her age, and left 
Ten children. Four Sons and Six Daughters. And 
Aaron held his peace. It becomes us to be still, and 
know that the Lord, he is God." 

I would here remark, that the Dorchester Antiqua- 
rian and Historical Society have ten of the manuscript 
sermons of James Blake, spoken of above, which were 
presented them by the Hon. Jonathan Blake, of Brat- 
tleboro', Vt. He was buried in the old grave-yard, by 
the side of his ancestors, in Dorchester. His grave- 
stone is in a good state of preservation, and on it is 

♦• Mr. James Blake, son to Samuel & Patience Blake, died Nov. 17, 1771, 
in the 2 1 year of his age. 
An Angels arm can't snatch him from the grave, 
Legions of Angels can't confine him there." 

It was mentioned above that Mr. Blake went to 
board in the family of Rev. Mr. Smith at "Weymouth. 
He continued an inmate of the family until his death, 
which was a little more than two years. There was 
an intimacy between him and the youngest daughter 
(Miss Betsy Smith), which resulted in an engagement 
of marriage, at some future day, when his pecuniary 
prospects would warrant it. His sudden decease was 
a heavy calamity to her. Bu^t she was a woman of su- 
perior endowments, and educated in virtue and holi- 
ness. In a letter to a brother of the deceased, which 
I now have before me, dated Feb. 28, 1772, she says, 
" A firm reliance and confidence in Him whose wisdom 
cannot err, produces that peace of mind, which passeth 
all understanding; the bitter cup of adversity is 
sweetened with the prospect of a future and more 


permanent happiness." Miss Smith had two sisters, 
older than herself; one married to President John 
Adams, the other to Judg-e Cranch. She was subse- 
quently married twice ; first to Rev, John Shaw, of 
Haverhill, who graduated at Harvard College 1772, 
and died 1794 — and second, to Rev. Oliver Peabody, 
of Atkinson, N, H., who graduated at Harvard College 
1773, and died 1831. 

The children of Samuel and Patience Blake were 
distinguished for their practical good sense, inflexible 
integrity and moral worth. Samuel, the eldest son. 
it has been before said, perished in the army. How 
long he lingered, and how much he suffered, has never 
been known to his friends. He left no family, was 
never married, and we of this day know but little of 
him, except that he was a land surveyor. Three oth- 
er brothers were not less loyal to their country — ^Ed- 
ward, Jonathan and Thomas. They all sacrificed 
much, and suffered much, to secure for their posterity 
a Freedom and Independence such as the world never 
knew before. These three all lived to a good old 
age, enjoying the undoubted reputation of practical 
goodness of heart ; religious without ostentation, pious 
without superstition, and good without pretence. The 
two daughters who left families, viz., Mrs. Patience 
Howe and Mrs. Sarah Pierce, were taken away earlier 
in life. They too were models of christian excellence, 
walking before their families in faith in the religion 
they professed. It may be said of all of them, that 
they lived above the world. Though they enjoyed 
much in life, with their kindred and friends, yet they 
had no fear of death. They all left large families, 
whose descendants are scattered the whole length and 
breadth of the Union ; many of them filling important 
stations, in public and social life, and others of them 
pursuing quietly the even tenor of their way (so cha- 
racteristic of the family), enjoying the confidence and 
respect of their friends and acquaintance. It is with 
perfect assurance that 1 say, the descendants of the 
foregoing, whose history I have with so much pains 
and toil been trying to preserve from entire oblivion, 
need not blush for their ancestors, but may well take 
heed for themselves, and see that they perform their 


part, according to the light and knowledge with which 
they are so signally favored. 

I copy Mr. Blake's will, which undoubtedly he wrote 
himself, when in mature life, and in health. It speaks 
the character of the man; his faith, his confidence, 
and his hope. I copy the inventory of his estate, for 
his descendants to see the increase in value of real 
estate in this locality. 

" In the name of God, Amen, this seventeenth day 
of february in the year of our Lord, One thousand 
seven hundred & fifty two & in the twenty fifth year of the 
Reign of our Sovereign Lord, George the second, King 
of Great Britian &c. 1 Samuel Blake of Dorchester 
in the County of Suffolk within his Majestys Province 
of the Massachusetts bay in New England Yeoman, be- 
ing at present in a good measure of Health & of perfect 
Mind & Memory, blessed be God therefor, but calling 
to Mind the Mortality of my Body & knowing that 
it is appointed for all Men, once to Dye, do make & 
ordain this my last Will & Testament ; that is to say, 
principally & first of all, I give & recommend my 
Soul into y" hands of God that gave it, trusting alone 
for Salvation in y^ Merits and Righteousness of Jesus 
Christ, my only Saviour & Redeemer, & my Body I 
recommend to the Earth, to be buried in a decent 
Christian Burial, at the discretion of my Executrix 
hereafter mention'd, nothing doubting but at y*' Gene- 
ral Resurrection of the dead I shall receive the same 
again by the mighty Power of God, & touching such 
worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleas'd God to bless 
me in this Life, I give & dispose of the same in y*' fol- 
lowing Manner & form. Imprimis. My Will is that 
all my just Debts & funeral Expenses be paid & dis- 
charg'd out of my real Estate & in order thereto I 
give to my Executrix hereafter named, full Power to 
sell & dispose of so much of my real Estate, as shall 
be needfull for that end ; & I leave it to my said Ex- 
ecutrix to sell & dispose of such pieces of my Land, 
as she shall judge to be the least prejudicial to my Es- 
tate ; & I do hereby give her full Power to pass & execute 
a good Deed or Deeds of Conveyance of the same to 
such Person or Persons as shall purchase y^ same of 


her. Item. I give & bequeath unto Patience my 
well beloved Wife, all my indoor Moveables (except 
my wearing Apparrel, My Arms & my Surveying In- 
struments) & the one half part of all the Remainder 
of my personal Estate forever, & the Improvement of 
one the half part of all my real Estate (after so much 
of it is sold as shall pay my Debts & funeral Expen- 
ses as aforesaid) during the term of her natural Life, 
in case, & these Bequests are upon Condition 
that she continue my Widow ; but if she should marry 
again, then these Bequests to become null & void ; & 
then I do give her the Improvement of the one third 
part of my remaining real Estate during life & the 
one third part of my personal Estate forever. Item. 
I give & bequeath unto my Children, Samuel Blake, 
Edward Blake, Patience Blake, Jonathan Blake & 
James Blake, all the Remainder of my Estate both 
real & personal, not before bequeath'd in this my last 
Will & to their Heirs & Assigns forever, to be equally 
divided between them, except my oldest son Samuel 
Blake to have a double portion ; & I do hereby con- 
stitute & appoint my well beloved Wife, Patience 
Blake to be my sole Executrix of this my last Will & 
Testament, & I do hereby utterly revoke & disannull 
all other Bequests by me made, & every other former 
Testament or Legacy given, & any other Executor 
before by me nam'd will'd & bequeath'd, ratifying & 
confirming this & no other to be my last Will & Tes- 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & 
seal the day & year first above written. 

Samuel Blake & a Seal. 

Sign'd, seal'd, publish'd, pronounc'd & declar'd by 
the said Samuel Blake the Testator to be his Last 
Will &; Testament in presence of us y® subscribers. 
Jonas Humphrey, Zebadiah Williams, Alexander Glover. 

Exam'd pr John Shirley Reg''. 

Suffolk ss : By the Hon*''^ Thomas Hutchinson Esq 
Judge of Probate Sic. The within written Will being 
presented for Probate by the Executrix therein named, 
Jonas Humfrey, Zebadiah Williams & Alexander 
Glover, made Oath that they saw Samuel Blake the 


subscriber to this Instrument sign h seal h heard 
him publish &, declare the same to be his last Will h 
Testament, h that when he so did he was of sound 
disposing Mind & Memory according to these Depo- 
nents best discerning, &; that they set to their hands 
as Witnesses thereof in the said Testators Presence. 

Boston May 24th, 1754. T. Hutchinson." 

Att* : John Shirley Reg"" : 

" An Inventory of the Real and personal Estate of Mr. 
Samuel Blake, late of Dorchester Gen' dece'd prized by us the 
Szibscribers this 2bth day of July A.D. 1754. 

two Guns, 2 Swords, 1 Belt £1 14 8 

8 Powderhorns, 2 Cartouch Boxes, Bullets & flints 
Wearing Apparel, 2 Canes 
Surveying & dialing Instruments 
1 Bed & furniture belonging thereto 
1 Do. £1-Q-S : 1 Do. £4.— Press Bed 4-13-4 
1 Bed, 5 Blanketts & 1 Rug 
1 Bedsted & Cord, old Casks, & old Chests 
1 Desk, 1 Oval table, 1 looking-glass, 1 small ) 
Table j 

7 Pictures, 20 Chairs 

1 Table & Stool, foot Wheel & Stove 
Silver Watch & Silver Chain 

2 small Tables, 1 small Looking Glass 8s. = 1 

Case of Drawers 66s 8d 

7 framed Chairs, 1 Oval Table 

2 Small Andirons, tongs & fire shovels 
2prs. Silver Sleeve Buttons Is 6d= 13 Sheets 


8 table Cloths 26s 8d. 6 napk,. 8 towells, 6 \ 
Pillow beers 258 4d ) 

IT yards all Wool Cloth, 1*7 Do. Drugget 
4 yards strip'd drugget, 3 Do. Check'd Cloth 
Linnen yarn & flax, 40 Scanes of Tow yarn 

3 Chests, 1 Small Table, 2 Stools 

1 small desk, 1 Spy Glass, 2 Maps 

2 Small andirons & tongs 
106 Bound Books & 80 Pamphlets 
Cyder barrels. Meat tubs & dry Casks 
Wooden Ware, 3 Chests & Box, & 2 Old Cup- ) ^ 

boards j 

6 Chairs & 2 Lanthorns & Stilyards 
three Saddles, 2 Pillions, 1 Pannel, 2 Bridles 
Old Iron, framed Saw & old Chest 
50 W' of Sheeps Wool & Spining Wheel 

3 5 


14 8 

6 13 




4 5 




4 2 


1 4 




3 14 


1 n 



3 13 


2 12 

3 12 



1 12 







6 13 


1 6 




1 1 


2 8 

1 13 


2 9 



4 pr. of Tongs, 3 pr. of andirons & fire slice 
2 Gridirons, toasting iron & frying pan 

2 Tramels, 2 spits, 2 Box irons & heaters 

3 iron pots, iron kittle, &> iron skillit 

2 Warmingpans, 2 brass kittles, 2 brass pans 

2 brass skillits, brass Ladles 

2 Candlesticks, Bellows & Hatchell 

54 w' of pewter, tin Ware & Chopingknife 

Earthen ware, 9 doz. Glass Bottles 

An Accomp' Book & two Pockett Books 

24 knives & forks 

7 Meal Bags, hand vice, 2 pr" wool Cards 

2 Money Scales & Weights 

Grindstone, Husbandry tools & Utensils 

About 300 Rales & posts 

A Mangh of Old Salt hay 

2 Mares & 1 Colt 

5 Cows, 1 heifer & 1 Calf 

58 Sheep & 3T Lambs, 16-18-8=4 Swine 40s 
1 House & Barn 

The Homestall containing about 50 acres 
About 9 acres of Land at the Mouth of y** Neck 
About 8 acres of Land & Saltmarsh at Nook 
About 34 acres of Upland & Salt Marsh 
About 84J acres of Land at Stoughton 
1 Pew in the Meetinghouse 

1 6 








2 2 







1 18 









3 n 


2 13 




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186 13 


466 13 





106 13 


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£1053 18 10 
Robert Spue, Richard Hall, Thomas Poster. 
Suffolk ss : By the Hon**'^ Thomas Hutchinson Esq. 
Judge of Prob' &c. Patience Blake Executrix presented 
the within written, & made oath that it contains a true 
& perfect Inventory of the Estate of her late Husband 
Mr. Samuel Blake dece'd, so far as hath come to her 
Knowledge & that if more hereafter appears, she will 
cause the same to be added. The Subscribing Appraisers 
were also sworn as the law directs, 

Boston Aug' 9th 1754. T. Hutchinson." 


YL Chil. of Samuel and Patience (White) Blake, born in 

23. Samuel, b. April 7, 1741 ; taken by the British at Fort 
Washington, Nov. 16, 1776, and d. in prison, time 
not known. 
/ 24. Edward, b. Dec. 22, 1742; m. (i.) Rebecca True, April (6) 
^ 3, 1768, (ii.) Sarah S. Underwood, Sept. 30, 1792. 


^^5. Thomas, b. Nov. 27, 1744; d. Dec. 15, 1745. 

^^6. Patience, b. Feb. 15, 1747; ra. Abraham Howe, Oct. 

31, 1769. (7) 

[^7. Jonathan, b. Jan. 1, 1749; m. Sarah Pierce, Oct. 14, 

1773. (8) 

^8. James, b. Dec. 10, 1750; d. Nov. 17, 1771, at Wey- 
mouth. - 

1,^9. Thomas, b. Oct. 7, 1752; m. Mary Barnard, Feb. 19, 

1793. (9) 

1^. Sarah ^ m. John Pierce, June 9, 1772. (10) 

& > b. Sept. 21, 1754; posthumous. 

^. Mary, ) d. Aug. 10, 1756. 


\Uo) EDWARD BLAKE [24], m. (i.) kebecca True, April 
•^ 3,1768. Mrs. Rebecca (True) Blake d. May 7, 1788, 
aged 44 years. He m. (ii.) Mrs. Sarah Smith Under- 
wood, dau. of Joseph and Abigail (Wallace) Smith, of 
East Sudbury (now Wayland), and widow of Timothy 
Underwood, of Barre, Sept. 30, 1792. She d. at the 
old mansion house of her late husband, on Pleasant 
St., Boston, Feb. 6, 1855, at the advanced age of 93 
years, retaining her faculties in a remarkable degree 
to the end of life. He was son of Samuel and Pa- 
tience (White) Blake, b. at Dorchester Neck, Dec. 22, 
1742, and d. in Boston, April 21, 1824. He was a 
carpenter, and followed that occupation through life. 
VH. Cliil. by first wife, b. in Boston. 
^/'32. Rebecca, b. Feb. 9, 1769 ; m. Loammi B. Bruce. (11) 

>S3. Edward, b. June 13, 1770; m. Sarah Parkman, July 

24, 1798. (12) 

/^-34r Sarah, b. Dec. 9, 1771 ; m. Jacob Emmons, Nov. 25, 

1791. (13) 

*^5. Samuel, b. June 4, 1774; m. Abigail Dunton, June 13, 

1797. (14) 

^36. Thomas, b. May 13, 1775; d. Oct. 19, 1777. 
37. Mary, b. April 5, 1779; m. Isaac McLellan, Dec. 21, 

1799. (15) 

^38. Thomas, b. May 18, 1780; d. Sept. 17, 1846, at War- 
wick, unmarried. 
i^9. Benjamin, b. March 26, 1783; m. Hepsibah Smith. (16) 
^0. James, b. May 29, 1785; d. Dec. 29, 1795. 



Children by second wife, 
ri. Abigail Wallace, b. Aug. 6, 1793. 
iA2. Lucinda, b. April 4, 1798; d. May 4, 1819. 
v43. Almira, b. Aug. 9, 1800. 
^/44. Mary Rebecca, b. Nov. 4, 1805. 

(7) PATIENCE BLAKE [26], m. Abraham Howe, Oct. 
31, 1769. She was dau. of Samuel and Patience 
(White) Blake, b. at Dorchester Neck, Feb. 15, 1747, 
and d. Feb. 24, 1810, aged 63 years. She was a wo- 
man of superior endowments, as many now living can 
testify. He was son of Samuel and Elizabeth Howe, 
of Dorchester, b. April 21, 1746, and d. March 22, 
1811. He was a shoemaker, farmer and brickmaker, 
and resided on the lower road, about half a mile 
south from Meeting-house Hill. 

I will here remark, that formerly, Dorchester was 
noted for the great quantities of brick, of a superior 
quality, that were manufactured by the inhabitants. 
I have been informed that part of the brick, in the 
present Massachusetts State House, were made by 
Mr. Howe, on his farm. 
VH. Chil. b. in Dorchester. 
^45. Abraham, b. Jan. 15, 1771 ; m. Rachel Shaw, 1800. (17) 
, . 46. James Blake, b. March 31, 1773 ; m. Sally A. Badlam, 

Nov. 22, 1797. (18) 

fAI. Betsey, b. Jan. 23, 1775; m. William Bird, Sept. 29, 

1796. (19) 

*^48. Patience, b. Aug. 30, 1777; m. Paul Lambert, Aug. 7, 

1794. (20) 

1/49. Polly, b. Dec. 6, 1779; m. David Baker, Dec. 17, 

1801. (21) 

^0. Edward, b. July 12, 1783 ; m. (i.) Mary Tinkham, Sept. 

28, 1809, (ii.) Suviah Marston, June 1, 1815. (22) 

y^l. Nancy, b. Aug. 9, 1785 ; d. Jan. 20, 1787. 
^2. Nancy, b. Dec. 16, 1788; m. Stephen Hale, Dec. 6, 

1808. (23) 

(8) "-JONATHAN BLAKE [27], m. Sarah Pierce, Oct. 14, 
1773. She was dau. of John and Elizabeth (Fessen- 
den) Pierce, b. in Dorchester, Dec. 5, 1750, and d. in 
Warwick, Aug. 15, 1831. It might truly be said of 
her, as of a virtuous woman of old, " She openeth her 


mouth with wisdom ; her children rise up and call her 
blessed : hut a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall 
be praised." He was son of Samuel and Patience 
(White) Blake, b. at Dorchester Neck, Jan. 1, 1749, 
and d. at Warwick, Oct. 8, 1836, in the 88th year of 
his age. He was a tailor, served seven years as an 
apprentice in Boston, and after he became of age, 
commenced business in Dorchester. He lived on the 
corner between Bowdoin and G-reen Streets (near the 
present Episcopal Church). The house is now stand- 
ing which he built in 1773. He served five campaigns 
in the Army of the Revolution, was Adjutant at Rhode 
Island, and sick with the dysentery at Ticonderoga, 
N. Y. The United States government, though tardy 
in their action, at last granted pensions to the officers 
and soldiers of the Revolution, in part compensation 
for their great sacrifices and hardships in that event- 
ful contest j and Mr. Blake was a participant of the 
same, from the passage of the act until the close of life. 
In 1781 he sold his place in Dorchester and bought 
a farm in Warwick, and moved there in June of that 
year. It was comparatively a new town, had been 
incorporated, but eighteen years (viz. 1763), was one 
hundred miles from Boston as the road then went 
(now 76 miles), and the roads very bad at that. I 
have been repeatedly told that they were five days on 
their journey from Dorchester. The town was grant- 
ed to a company, belonging to Roxbury, for military 
services. It was at first called " Roxbury Canada," 
or " Gardner's Canada." Thus many of the early 
settlers were from Roxbury, Dorchester, and its neigh- 
borhood. Mr. Blake carried on the tailoring business, 
in connection with farming, for many years, but relin- 
quished it as old age came on, although he cut some 
garments for his cotemporaries when he was over 
eighty years old. I will here remark, that the Rev. 
Lemuel Hedge was the first minister of Warwick; 
he died in 1777, and a slab, in the grave-yard there, 
marks the spot where his ashes rest. He was grand- 
father of Dr. Frederic Henry Hedge, now of Brook- 
line. The second minister of W. was Rev. Samuel 
Reed, formerly from Bridgewatcr, at which place his 
brother, John Reed, was minister, and his brother Sol- 


omon Reed was minister of Petersham. Rev. Samuel 
Reed died at W. in 1812, aged about 57 years. His 
"widow, whose maiden name was Shaw, survived him 
'more than thirty years. There is a manuscript his- 
' tory of the town of Warwick, from its commencement 
to 1853, very full and explicit, written by the Hon. 
Jonatlian Blake, now of Brattleboro', Yt., who has 
passed all his life in W. except about three years, and 
has been in public business the most of the time from 
the beginning of this century. Circumstances have 
rendered him peculiarly fitted to do justice to the sub- 
ject, and I hope that manuscript will not be lost to 
the history of Massachusetts, for I well know that it 
cost the writer much labor and toil. 
Vn. Chil. — first four b. in Dorchester, remainder in 
I y Warwick. 
\X53. James, b. July 24, 1774; m. Susannah Conant, Nov. 3, 

1799. (24) 

n154. Patience, b. March 5, 1776; d. Jan. 6, 1778. 
I. '65. Sarah, b. Feb. 16, 1778; m. Francis Leonard, Jan. 19, 

1803. (25) 

\/56. Jonathan, b. May 29, 1780; m. (i.) Patty Conant, Jan. 

18, 1803, (ii.) Mrs. Betsey Ballard, Aug. 1, 1821. (26) 

57. Elizabeth, b. June 2, 1782; m. (i.) Amasa Bird, Nov. 

5, 1809, (ii.) Artemas Baker, April 10, 1814. (27) 

58. Mary, b. April 1, 1784; m. Richard Clap, Nov. 3. 

1807. (28) 

^,9. Rebecca, b. July 29, 1786; d. Nov. 11, 1803, at Mr. 
Thomas Blake's, and put into his tomb, on Boylston 
St., Boston. 
\A^. Nancy, b. March 7, 1788; d. Sept. 26, 1839, in War- 
wick, unmarried. 
Jo\. Samuel, b. May 19, 1797; m. (i.) Betsey Fay, Oct. 1, 
V y\%'l^, (ii.) Lucretia Hildreth, Dec. 4. 1831. (29) 

(9) THOMAS BLAKE [29], m. Mary Barnard, Feb. 19, 
1793, dau. of Capt. John and Mary (Lowell) Barnard. 
She was b. Aug. 28, 1766, and^ d. May 9, 1844, in 
Boston. He was son of Samuel and Patience (White) 
Blake, b. at Dorchester Neck, Oct. 7, 1752, and d. 
Feb. 16, 1840. At about the time of the breaking 
out of the Revolutionary War, he left Boston for Han- 
over, N. H., and shortly after, in 1775, at the request 



of G-en. Montgomery, joined the army as a volunteer. 
He remained after this a little time in New Hamp- 
shire, for the purpose of inducing others to engage in 
the cause to which he had devoted himself, when he 
proceeded across the then unsettled state of Vermont, 
to Lake Champlain, where the army was stationed. 
Here he remained until St. John's and Montreal 
had been captured, after which he returned to New 
Hampshire. In 1776 he was at White Plains, N. Y., 
in Col. Baldwin's regiment, when he received an ap- 
pointment as Ensign in the army then forming, and 
was despatched on recruiting service, after which he 
joined the forces at Ticonderoga and was in the re- 
treat before the army of G-en. Burgoyne. He was in the 
battles at Saratoga on the 19th Sept. and 7th of Oc- 
tober. In 1779 he went through the Indian country, 
being at this time an officer in the army under Gen. 
Sullivan. He held the commissions of Lieutenant, and 
Paymaster of the Regiment, during most of the time 
occupied by the war, until its close. After peace was 
declared, he settled in Boston, where* he remained 
until his death. Mr Blake engaged as agent of a 
company, for selling soap and candles, under the firm 
of T. Blake & Co., and subsequently, in connection 
with Mr. Jackson, bought the interest of the other 
proprietors, and carried on the business, under the 
firm of Blake & Jackson (Hon. Wm. Jackson, of New- 
ton). His son, James Blake, was a partner in the 
firm a number of years. 
V1I<'' Children born in Boston. 
^. Mary, b. Jan. 30, 1794; m. Moses Williams, Dec. 22, >lx^^>^„^ 
-- 1818. (30) 777 \jp^ 

IM. Sally, b. April 9, 1795; m. Charles White, Jan. 4, /' ^^ 

1820. (31) 

Thomas, b. Dec. 30, 1796; d. Sept. 11, 1821, at Mo- 
bile, Ala. 
James, b. Sept. 6, 1798; m. (i.) Polly Clap, Sept. 6, 

1825, (ii.) Mrs. Catharine B. Harris, Mar. 25, 1845. (32) 
Elizabeth Lowell, b. March 2, 1800; d. Oct. 7, 1800. 
Elizabeth Lowell, b. Sept. 20, 1801; d. Nov. 1, 1802. 
Elizabeth Lowell, b. Nov. 21, 1803; m. Otis Everett, 
Oct. 25, 1827. (33) 

69. , son, b. March 10, 1805; d. the next evening. 


70. Louisa, b. April 1, 1806; d. Oct. 19, 1831, unmarried. 

71. John, b. Dec. 5, 1808; m. Sarah Ann Howe, Dec. 17, 

1835. (34) 

(10) SARAH BLAKE [30], m. John Pierce, June 9, 
1772. She was his second wife, was born Sept. 21, 
1754, at Dorchester Neck, and died July 18, 1791, 
leaving ten children, who all lived to be married. 
She was dau. of Samuel and Patience (White) Blake. 
Mr. Pierce's first wife was Thankful White, dau. of 
John and Hannah White, born Feb. 19, 1749; m. 
April 12, 1769, and d. in child-bed, Feb. 9, 1770. 
His third wife was widow Mary Ann (Baker) Holden, 
m. Feb. 23, 1792. She was born March 17, 1750, 
was dau. of James and Priscilla Baker, and widow of 
Jonathan Holden. His fourth wife was widow Rachel 
(Bent) Blake, m. June 19, 1793. She was born Sept. 
28, 1745, was dau. of John and Elizabeth Bent, of 
Milton, and widow of Ezekiel Blake. She d. March 
23, 1829. By Mr. Blake she had children — ^Ezekiel, 
born 1764; William, born 1768; Enos, born 1771; 
Elizabeth, born 1773. Mr. Pierce was son of John 
and Elizabeth (Fessenden) Pierce, born in Dorchester, 
Sept. 22, 1742, and died there Dec. 11, 1833, aged 91 
years. He was the oldest of a family of 14 children, 
nine of whom lived to marry and have children. He 
was great-great-grand-son of Robert Pierce, who came 
from England, and whose wife was Ann Greenway. 
The Pierces have been a prolific family in New Eng- 
land. He always lived in Dorchester; was a man 
who was always at home, except when business or 
duty called him away, and as soon as the mission was 
fulfilled, he immediately returned. He was a shoe- 
maker, and by his prudence and industry acquired a 
competence. He was a great reader, and a profound 
thinker, a man of sound judgment and sterling integ- 
rity. He was a dear lover of vocal music, especially 
church music, in which he delighted to take a part, 
until the close of his life. Though he had always been 
a temperate man, yet he early engaged in the Tempe- 
rance cause, for the benefit of his friends and towns- 
men. He was the first President of the Dorchester 
Temperance Society, which oflice he held as long as 


he lived. He was much esteemed by all, for his sin- 
cere devotion to every benevolent object, and his 
daily practical virtues. 
YII. Children by second marriage, with Sarah Blake, all 
born in Dorchester. 

72. John, b. July 14, 1773 ; m. (i.) Abigail Lovell, Oct. 

31, 1798, (ii.) Lucy Tappan, May 6, 1802. (35) 

73. Sarah, b. Dec. 17, 1774; m. William Pope, June 16, 

1799. (36) 

74. Molly, b. Sept. 29, 1776; m. Frederic Pope, April 13, 

1796. (37) 

75. Eunice, b. July 1, 1778; m. Ebenezer Clap, Oct. 18, 

1797. (38) 

76. Jonas, b. April 15, 1780; m. Margery West, May 18, 

1815. (39) 

77. Samuel Blake, b. Feb. 4, 1782 ; m. Eunice Shute Blake, 

April 7, 1835. (40) 

78. Hannah, b. Oct. 14, 1783; m. Jacob Foster, April 3, 

1833. (41) 

79. Lois, b. Nov. 28, 1785; m. Charles Ford, April 2, 

1805. (42) 

80. Patience, b. Dec. 26, 1787; m. William Trask, Aug. 

4, 1811. (43) 

81. Lemuel, b. Jan. 24, 1790; m. Eliza Mildeberger, 

Sept. 2, 1816. (44) 


(11) REBECCA BLAKE [32], m. Loammi Baldwin 
Bruce. She was dau. of Edward and Rebecca (True) 
Blake, born Feb. 9, 1769, and died in March, 1809. 
He was born in Woburn, Nov. 2, 1768, and died at 
Northumberland, N. H., March 29, 1829. 

YHI. Children. 

82. Rebecca Blake, b. Jan. 30, 1795; m. (i.) Ebenezer H. 

Eaton, Jan. 19, 1818, (ii.) Jacob Stickney, Feb. 6, 
1833. (45) 

83. James, b. August, 1797; resides at Lebanon, N. H., 


84. Mary Blake, b. March 31, 1800; m. Lewis Lyman, 

March 1, 1821. (46) 

85. Benjamin, b. May 3, 1803; m. Hannah Maria Whiting, 

June 22, 1836. (47) 



> 86. Sarah Blake, b. Jan., 1805 ; resides at Hanover, N. H., 
\ unmarried. 

87. Abigail, b. Sept. 1, 1807; m. Benj. T. Hubbard, June 

3, 1830. (48) 

(12) ^EDWARD BLAKE [33], lifl'^'Sarah Parkman, July 

24, 1798. She was dau. of Hon. Samuel Parkman (a 
distinguished merchant of Boston), born Oct. 17, 1775, 
and died April 10, 1847; a worthy woman. He was 
son of Edward and Rebecca (True) Blake, born in Bos- 
ton, June 13, 1770, and died Jan. 15, 1817. He also 
was a successful merchant, and accumulated a large 
property. His residence, the latter part of his life, 
was in Bowdoin Square ; a house with stone front, 
between Cambridge and G-reen Streets. Madam 
Blake for many years had a country residence in Dor- 
chester, which she occupied in the summer. 

Vni. Children, born in Boston. 

ly^, Sarah Rebecca, b. May 30, 1799 ; m. Charles P. Dex- 
ter, April 16, 1822. (49) 

u^. Hannah Tuckerman, b. Aug. 24, 1800; d. Oct. 18, 

t^. Edward, b. Feb. 15, 1802; d. Nov. 24, 1814. 

i^M. Samuel Parkman, b. Jan. 30. 1804; m. Ann B. Cun- 

^^ ningham, Feb. 18, 1830. ' (50) 

\/92. Edward, b. Sept. 28, 1805; m. Mary M. J. Dehon, 

Sept. 3, 1838. (51) 

W3. John Parkman, b. April 13, 1807; d. Dec. 4, 1814. 
i^>4. James Henry, b. Oct. 7, 1808; m. Marianna Wildes, 

May 12, 1835. (52) 

\y^5. Susan Parkman, b. Oct. 24, 1810; m. Richard Robins, 

Sept. 12, 1839. (53) 

i^ Elizabeth Willard, b. Nov. 7, 1812; d. Oct. 22, 1814. 
fc^. Mary Abigail, b. Sept. 15, 1814; d. Sept. 23, 1814. 

(13) SARAH BLAKE [34], m. Jacob Emmons, Nov. 

25, 1791. She was dau. of Edward and Rebecca 
(True) Blake, born Dec. 9, 1771. He was son of 
John and Mary Emmons, of Boston, born June 26, 
1769 ; was a baker in Boston, and moved from there 
to Concord, N. H., about 1798, and continued the 
same business there, and died in 1832. She died at 
Boston, Oct. 1854. 


VIII. Children, three first born in Boston, the rest at 
Concord, N. H. 

98. Sally, b. Feb. 24, 1794. 

99. Edward, b. March 25, 1795; d. Feb. 10, 1798. 

100. Mary Blake, b. Jan. 26, 1797; d. Feb. 3, 1798. 

101. Edward B., b. June 26, 1799; m. Julia V. T. Crane, 

June 17, 1826. (54) 

102. Charles, b. Oct. 16, 1801; d. Nov. 16, 1803. 

103. John Lucas, b. Aug. 26, 1803; m. Caroline D. Vose, 

May 24, 1838. (55) 

104. MaiV McLellan, b. Dec 16, 1804. 

105. Charles Parker, b. July 9, 1807; m. Mary Blake 
Baker, March 21, 1841. (56) 

(UVSAMUEL BLAKE [35], m. Abigail Dunton, June 
13, 1797. She was dau. of Thomas and Patience 
(Dunham) Dunton, born Oct. 12, 1775. Her father 
died Aug. 16, 1798, aged 54 years. Her mother died 
Jan. 21, 1819, aged 74 years. He is a carpenter, 
was the son of Edward and Rebecca (True) Blake, of 
Boston, born June 4, 1774, served his apprenticeship 
with his father, and went early to Northumberland, < 

N. H., where he and his wife now live (1856), and • % 

where all their children were born. x^^^ f^\.^ri^ ■\'^^ 

Vvm. Children. J< ^^^ S(h>^ 

H106. Thomas, b. Oct. 19, 1798; m. (i.) Abigail Marshall, ^ 

S. (ii.) Mary Salter, (iii.) Caroline Reynolds. (57) 

\l07. Samuel b. Nov. 16, 1800; m. Sarah Homes Wheeler, 
I April, 20, 1825. (58) 

,'\l08. Royal, b. September 19, 1802; m. (i.) Jane Sweney, 
y (ii.) Eliza. (59) 

\l09. George Clark, b. March 16, 1805; m. Berenice Shoff, 
i Jan. 26, 1832. (60) 

4110. Abigail, b. Oct. 30, 1807; m. Benj. Merriam, Oct. 19, 

1825. (61) 

Xlll. Edward, b. March 9, 1810; m. Eliza Wheatley, June 

/ 18, 1837. (62) 

^112. Benjamin, b. Jan. 19, 1813; d. at sea, time unknown. 
il3. Mary Rebecca, b. Sept. 17, 1815; m. Charles G. 
C^ Piatt, June 4, 1845. (63) 

^14. Sarah Elizabeth, b. Dec. 27, 1817; m. Edward L. 

Byron, Feb. 6, 1838. (64) 



(15) MARY BLAKE [37], in. Isaac McLellan, Dec. 21, 
1799. She was dau. of Edward and Rebecca (True) 
Blake, born April 5, 1779, and died Nov. 4, 1801, at 
Portland, Me. Mr. McLellan was born in Gorham, Me., 
10 miles from Portland, Sept. 13, 1770, at which 
place his parents were both bm-ied. He was a mer- 
chant in Boston many years, and died there Sept. 13, 
1850, aged exactly fom'score years. 

Vin. Children, born at Portland, Me. 

115. Edward, b. May 15, 1801 ; m. Rebecca S. Cleveland, 

Jan. 4, 1837. (65) 


6) BENJAMEM" BLAKE [39], m. Hepsibah Smith. He 
was son of Edward and Rebecca (True) Blake, born 
March 26, 1783, and died Oct. 14, 1807. The widow 
died soon after, and left no children. 

(17) ABRAHAM HOWE [45], ra. ''Rachel Shaw, in 1800. 
She was dau. of Abiather Shaw, of Westmoreland, 
N. H., born Sept. 11, 1781. He was son of Abraham 
and Patience (Blake) Howe, born in Dorchester, Jan. 
15, 1771 ; was by trade a shoemaker; went to War- 
wick, and bought a farm, about 1798, and lived there 
until 1808, then returned to Dorchester, and lived 
there on the old farm with his father (who died 1811) 
and mother (died 1810). In 1814 he sold out, and 
moved to Westmoreland, N. H., where he bought a 
farm, which he now (1856) lives upon, with his second 
son Abiather. He was chosen deacon of the Congre- 
gational Church in 1817, and still officiates in that ca- 
pacity. He seems to enjoy perfect health. 
VlH. Children — first fom' born in Warwick ; three in Dor- 
chester ; five in Westmoreland, N. H. 
^16. Abraham, b. Aug. 9, 1801; m. (i.) Sarah Ann Bar- 

nett, (ii.) Mrs. Jane (Barnett) Walker, 1849. (66) 

H17. Abiather, b. July 17, 1803; m. Mary Ann Robinson, 

Aug., 1831. (67) 

^ 118. Rachel, b. Sept. 8, 1805; m. William Hammond, 

Sept. 13, 1827. (68) 

A^19. Betsey Bird, b. Sept. 17, 1807; m. Jonas Wheeler, 

May 29, 1838. (69) 

t*T-120. Susanna Shaw, b. Aug. 10, 1809 ; m. Jonathan Jones, 

June 2, 1834, (70) 




121. William, b. Jan. 4, 1812; m. Elizabeth. Kt_xi'<^r5^71) 
^22,*James Blake, b. Feb. 26, 1814; m. Caroline Raymond. (72) 
^'''' 123^ally Shaw, b. July 13, 1816; m. Sidnev S. Graunis, 
] ( March 22, 1842. "' (73) 

■ \A24.'^isha, b. March 3, 1819 ; went to sea iu 1848, as 
mate — not heard from since. 
125.i^award, b. Aug. 26, 1821 ; m. Laura F. Billings, June 

6, 1849. (74) 

126.^11en, b. Not. 14, 1824; is in California, unmarried. 
127.j^ Eunice Shaw, b. Nov. 23, 1829 ; m. Geo. W. Billings, 

Nov. 30, 1852. (75) 

"^^IS) JAMES BLAKE HOWE [46], m. (i.fSally Adams Bad- 
lam, Nov. 22, 1797. She was dau. of Gen. Stephen Bad- 
lam, of Dorchester, born May 31, 1776, and died Jan. 
4, 1817. He m. (ii.) Mary White, Oct. 12, 1820, 
dau. of Ebenezer and Mary (Bell) White, of Boston. 
She was born Oct. 22, 1782, and died by an accident 
(being thrown from a carriage), in Westmoreland, N. 
H., near the house of his brother, Deacon Abraham 
Howe, August 22, 1837. He was son of Abraham 
and Patience (Blake) Howe, born March 31, 1773; 
was educated at Harvard College; graduated 1794; 
taught school some time ; was an Episcopal clergy- 
man, in Claremont, N. H., many years, and died sud- 
denly in Albany, N. Y., as he was about taking the 
cars, on a journey to visit his children at the West, 
on the 17th Sept., 1844. His remains were brought 
to Dorchester and deposited iu the family tomb, in the 
old burying-place. On a marble tablet to his memory, 
in the Episcopal Church in Dorchester, is inscribed — 
"James Blake Howe, born March 31, 1772 [which is 
an error, it should be 1773]. Graduated at Harvard 
College, 1794. Ordained Deacon Nov. 25, 1817. 
Ordained Priest, May 14, 1819, and Rector of Union 
Church, at Claremont, N. H., Sept. 15, 1819, and died 
Sept. 17, 1844." 
VHI. Children by first marriage, born in Dorchester. 

H[28. James Blake, b. May 19, 1799; d. July 12, 1808. 

j^29. Stephen Badlam, b. Oct. 21, 1800; merchant; d. in 
Calcutta, time unknown. 

,150. Sarah Ann, b. Dec. 5, 1808; m. John H. Blake, Dec. 

^ 17, 1835. (76) 


l^^. James Blake, b. Aug. 18, 1811 ; d. Aug. 22, 1811. 
^^32. John Badlam, b. March 3, 1813 ; m. Frances Glidden. (77) 
^'133. Mary Elizabeth, b. Oct. 5, 1816; d. Jan. 1, 1844, at 

Lima, Ind. 
Children by second marriage, born in Claremont, N. H. 
vl34. James Blake, b. July 31, 1821; a lawyer, at Lima, 

^35. William Bell White, b. March 31, 1823; m. Catha- 
^ rine G-. Edwards, Dec. 12, 1850. (78) 

U36. Lucretia Smith, b. Sept. 25, 1825; m. David T. 

D wight. (79) 


(19) BETSEY HOWE [47], m. William Bird, Sept. 29, 
1796. She was dau. of Abraham and Patience (Blake) 
Howe, born Jan. 23, 1775, and died Sept. 15, 1831. 
Mr. Bird was a shoemaker, and resided in Dorchester ; 
was married to a second wife, who died before him, 
and he lived a few of his last years at the house of his 
niece, Mrs. Rachel Hammond, and died there April 
12, 1851, aged 80 years. 

VHI. Children, born in Dorchester. 
^137. Aaron, b. March 5, 1798. 

138. William, b. Oct. 1799; d. at Buenos Ayres, about 

^ 1831. y 

(207 PATIENCE HOWE [48], m. l^aul Lambert, August 
7, 1794. She was dau. of Abraham and Patience 
(Blake) Howe, born August 30, 1777. He was born 
at Braintree, Sept. 1, 1772, was a carpenter, and died 
in North Carolina in Sept. 1820. She resides with 
her son, A. H. Lambert, at Brookline. 
VIII. Children — three first born in Westmoreland, N. H., 

\ the remainder in Dorchester. 
139^ Abraham Howe, b. March 4, 1795; drowned, June 

440. James Blake, b. Jan. 29, 1797; d. Aug. 22, 1819. 
141.iPatience, b. Oct. 8, 1799; m. George Stearns, Dec. 

31, 1818. (80) 

142. Rachel, b. Dec. 26, 1801 ; m. James Foster, Nov. 19, 

1821. (81) 

143. John Barrett Hamctt, b. April 23, 1804; m. Mary 

Ann Field, May 1, 1833. (82) 


>^44. Edward Howe, b. June 19, 1806; m. Abigail With- 

erell, Dec. 8, 1831. ' (83) 

j^Jt45V Mary Baker, b. Sept. 17, 1808; m. William Andem, 

June 11, 1835. (84) 

l^^G. Abraham Howe, b. May 22, 1813; m. Emily F. Her- 

sey. May 1, 1845. (85) 

^^>*7. Suviah Howe, b. Nov. 30, 1815 : d. Jmie 21, 1819. 

(21) POLLY HOWE [49], m. David Baker, Dec. 17, 
1 801. She was dau. of Abraham and Patience (Blake) 
Howe, born Dec. 6, 1779, and died Sept. 1, 1810. 
He was born Jan. 13, 1779, was a currier, lived in 
Roxbury, and died there Sept. 5, 1833. He married 
for his second wife Amey Williams, daughter of Mr. 
John Williams, who is still living (1856) his widow. 

VHI. Children, born in Roxbury. 
Mr48. Mary Blake, b. Oct. 27, 1804; ni. Charles P. Eaimons, 

March 21, 1841. (86) 

v^9- Ann Howe, b. Aug. 7, 1806 ; m. Edward Foster, Oct. 

20, 1825. (87) 

;^0. David, b. Feb. 15, 1808; m. in 1834, in New York, 
and has not been heard from for a long time. 
t/^51. Edward Howe, b. Aug. 1, 1810; d. Dec. 8, 1810. 

(22) TED WARD HOWE [50], m. (i.)lJary Tinkham, Sept. 
28, 1809. She was dau. of Joseph and Mercy Tink- 
ham, of Wiscasset, M^y^ born June 28, 1787, and died 
Sept. 11, 1810. >fie married (ii.) Suviah Marston, 
June 1, 1815, dau. of David S. and Sarah Marston, oF 
Roxbury; she was born Nov. 16, 1789. He was son 
of Abraham and Patience (Blake) Howe, born at Dor- 
chester, July 12, 1783, went to Portland, Me., about 
1805, and has been in the mercantile business there 
about fifty years. 

VHL Children by first marriaije, all born in Portland. 
ii:52. Mary, b. July 30, 1810; 'd. Sept. 16, 1810. 

Children by second marriage. 
^53. Sarah, b. March 15, 1816;" d. Jan. 16, 1820. 
n54. kary, b. Dec. 13, 1817. 
^55. JEdward, b. March 8, 1820. 
156. Suviah, b. Oct. 31, 1821; m. Roger Newton Peirce, 

Sept. 20, 1855. (88) 

/l57. George Marston, b. Sept. 10, 1823. 


. 158. Ann Louisa, b. July 22, 1825; d. July 25, 1825. 
a59. Lucius Thayer, b. Sept. 22, 1826. 
wTGO. Louisa, b. June 10, 1829. 

iJ^l. Elizabeth Payson, b. Sept. 12, 1833; m. Rev. Wm. 
^ ^Bromi Lee, June 7, 1854. (89) 


(23) NANCY HOWE [52], m.-Stephen Hale, Dec. 6, 1808. 

She was dau. of Abraham and Patience (Blake) Howe, 
born in Dorchester, Dec. 16, 1788, and died at the 
house of her brother. Rev. James B. Howe, in Clare- 
mont, N. H., March 19, 1829. He died in Newbury. 
VIII. Children. j 

; 162. Elizabeth Emery, b. Sept. 30, 1809 ; lives at Newbury. 

163. Nancy, b. , 1813; m. Mr. Gori (an Italian), and 

d. in Boston, 
^64. Sarah, b. Oct. 22, 1815; lives at Stanstead, Canada. 

(24)VjAMES BLAKE [53], m. Susannah Conant, Nov. 3, 
1799. She was dau. of Asa and Martha (Merriam) 
Conant, of Warwick, born May 29, 1783. He was 
son of Jonathan and Sarah (Pierce) Blake, born at 
Dorchester, July 24, 1774, and died at Warwick, Oct. 
11, 1847. He was a farmer, and first settled in War- 
wick, then lived two or three years in Dorchester, re- 
turned to Warwick in 1810, moved to Gill in 1816, 
lived some years in Vermont, and finally returned back 
to Warwick about 1836, and spent the remainder of 
his life there, at which place his widow still resides 
(1856). He was deacon of the Unitarian Church at 
W. from 1838 until his death. 

VIII. Children. 
■i^'i65. Alexander, b. Nov. 16, 1800; m. Pollv Ward, Nov. 
^% 18, 1824. ' (90) 

^il66. Elizabeth, b. Oct. 28, 1802; m. Metcalf Wellman, 

1826. (91) 

167. James Howe, b. Dec. 7, 1804; m. Mary Nichols, Nov. 

26, 1829. (92) 

168. Isaac, b. June 24, 1808; d. Nov. 10, 1809, at Dor- 

V 169. William Hudson, b. July 15, 1810; d. Feb. 12, 1842, 
at Dorchester, unmarried. 
170. Thomas Hurd, b. Aug. 29, 1812; m. Eunice W. Ball, 

Dec. 1, 1841. (93) 


j"l7l^ Leonara, b. April 14, 1815; m. James H. Clap, Nov. 

^^ 28, 1839. (94) 

y\^1. Jonathan, b. Sept. 19, 1817; m. Caroline Johnson, 

/ June 26,' 1844. (95) 

arts. Charles E., b. Dec. 24, 1819; d. Jan. 28, 1827, at 

/^VrC Martha Susan)' b. Feb. 14, 1822; ra. Windsor Drury, 

Jan. 1, 1849. (96) 

75. John Brooks; b. Dec. 25, 1825; d. Oct. 22, 1846, at 


(25) SARAH BLAKE [55], m. Francis Leonard, Jan. 19, 
1803. She was dau. of Jonathan and Sarah (Pierce) 
Blake, born in Dorchester, Feb. 16, 1778. He was 
son of Jonas and Sarah Leonard, born in Warwick, 
Oct. 3, 1777, and died there Jan. 6, 1843. He bought 
the farm and saw-mill of Samuel Morse (at Morse's 
pond), in 1802, and occupied it till his death, which 
was about 40 years. The mill is near the spot where 
there was once a forge for making iron, soon after the 
town was settled. He was a descendant of the Leon- 
ards of Norton, whose ancestors were early in this 
country. It has been a proverbial saying, that wher- 
ever there were iron works, there you woiild find a 
Leonard ; and it is true that the family have been 
identified with the iron interest from the early settle- 
ment of New England. They have been noted for 
their industry and perseverance in business, and their 
hospitality, benevolence and christian virtues. As a 
general thing, they have been a long-lived race. It • 
may truly be said that Mr. Leonard, the subject of 
this paragraph, inherited all the good qualities of his 
ancestors. He was Deacon of the Congregational 
(Orthodox) Church in Warwick from 1831 until his 
decease. His widow still resides at the old home- 
stead (1856), with her son-in-law, George W. Moore, 
enjoying a comfortable degree of health. 
VIII. Children, all born in Warwick. 
176. Rebecca Blakef b. Dec. 5, 1804; m. Rev. Nalmm 

Gould, Jan. 29, 1828. (97) 

i]r77. John, b. June 13, 1806; m. Mrs. Louisa Jones, Mar. 

*^ 5, 1832. (98) 


\AnS. Sarah Pierce, b. Jan. 20, 1808 ; m. George W. Moore, 

May 23, 1832. (99) 

V^9. Eunice, b. June 17, 1812; d. July 30, 1813. 

'^SO. Eunice, b. July 20, 1814; d. Feb. 3, 1815. 

;481. Francis, b. May 13, 1816; d. Nov. 13, 1816. 

^82. Francis, b. Oct. 19, 1817; m. Lois Jane Morse, Feb. 

'^ 16, 1848. (100) 

/iS3. James Blake, b. Feb. 14, 1821 ; d. Nov. 12, 1824, by 
faUing from a cart, and the wheel passing over him. 

(26) Hon. JONATHAN BLAKE [56], m.^i.) Patty Co- 
nant, Jan. 18, 1803. She was dau. of Asa and Martha 
(Merriam) Conant, and sister to Susannah who married 
James Blake, l)orn in Warwick October 23, 1786, and 
died October 21, 1819. He was son of Jonathan 
and Sarah (Pierce) Blake, born in Dorchester May 29, 
1780. His father moved to Warwick in 1781, when 
he was one year old. He has been in public business 
the most of his matm'e life, has been a distinguished 
surveyor of land, the practice of which profession has 
been peculiar to the Blake family, from the first set- 
tlement of Massachusetts Bay. He has been County 
Commissioner three terms, of three years each, making 
nine years ; Senator and Representative a number of 
years ; Town Clerk, Selectman, Assessor, and other 
public business in Warwick, many years, such as set- 
ling estates, guardianship, '(fee. He was appointed a 
Justice of the Peace by Gov. Caleb Strong, in 1812, 
and acted in that capacity until 1854 (42 years), when 
|i he moved to Brattleboro', Vt. He has, with great 
labor, collected and written the history of Warwick, 
from its first settlement till 1853. It is now in man- 
uscript, and ought surely to be published, for the bene- 
fit of those who are to come after us. He has been a 
friend to all public improvements, was an ardent advo- 
cate of Railroads in their early days, and has expe- 
rienced considerable political opposition on that ac- 
count. He writes me of himself, and says, " I lived 
one year in Dorchester, then moved to Warwick, in 
Franklin County, and lived there over seventy-three 
(73) years, and then removed to Brattleboro', Vt. 
Was Town Clerk of Warwick fifteen (15) years ; served 
as Selectman, Overseer of the Poor and Assessor nine 


(9) 3'ears; was an acting Justice of the Peace forty- 
two (42) years; Land Surveyor and Conveyancer fifty 
(50) years; Representative to the General Court two 
years : Senator of Mass. two years ; County Com- 
missioner iu Franklin Co. nine years, and Chairman 
of the Board three years. Trained as a common sol- 
dier in the militia seventeen years ; Superintendent of 
the Sabbath School about twenty years ; Agent, Clerk, 
one of the Directors, and President of the Franklin 
Glass Factory Company, eight years. Wrote the 
History of Warwick, and many other fugitive pieces in 
poetry & prose ; was a member of the Convention in 
1820 to revise the Constitution of Mass.; a member 
of the Unitarian Church in Warwick, over fifty (50) 
years, and a humble private citizen through life." He 
married, for his second wife, Mrs. Betsey (Howland) 
Ballard, of Gill, August 1, 1821. She was dau. of 
Salmon and Wealthy (Wise) Howland, of Gill, born 
Jan. 6, 1794. She has one dau. by her first husband 
(Ballard), named Maverett Serepta, born Nov. 4, 1813, 
and she married David Goodell, of Brattleboro', Yt., 
May 25, 1836. He was son of Col. Abner and Sarah 
(Rice) Goodell, born at Warwick, May 12, 1814. Col. 
Goodell was formerly from Marlboro', and his wife, 
Sarah Rice, was from Sudbury ; she was sister to 
Capt. William Rice, who now lives on the old farm, 
where they were born, in Sudbury, about half a mile 
east of the middle of the town. 
VHI. Children, all born iu Warwick. ^ 

^/184. John Pierce, b. July 2, 1803; m. (i.) Zilpah Atwood. 
yr June 11, 1833, (ii.) Marv Smith, Feb. 4, 1847. (101) 

u^5. Mary Ann, b. July 28, 1805; d. May 11, 1807. 
^1-86. Jonathan, b. Aug. 27, 1807; m. Mary Jerome, Dec. 

20, 1830. (102) 

»,187. Mary Ann, b. March 6, 1810; m. Rev. Alvah Page, 

Jan. 8, 1833. (103) 

i^^8. Martha Merriam, b. June 21, 1812 ; m. Frederic Clap, 

May 17, 1840. (104) 

^^89. James Edward, b. July 31, 1817; m. Releif Smith, 

Nov. 15, 1841. (105) 


) ELIZABETH BLAKE [57], m. (i.)" Amasa Bird, 
Nov. 5, 1809. She was dau. of Jonathan and Sarah 


(Pierce) Blake, bora at Warwick, June 2, 1782, and 
died at North Bridgcwater, Sept. 13, 1853. Mr. Bird 
was born in Mansfield, but had taken up his residence 
in Dorchester, and died there after a very short sick- 
ness, on the 29th of October, 1810. He was much 
beloved and respected. He was buried in the old 
grave-yard, in Dorchester, near the Blake family, and 
on his grave-stone it reads thus : — 

" Mr. AmasaBii-d, died Oct. 29, 1810, JEt. 25 yrs. 3 m'"^. & 12 days. 

Sleep on fair form ; thy kindred Earth 
!May justly claim alliance here ; 
But free'd from clay, a heavenly bii'th 
Awaits thy Soul, beyond this Sphere." 

Mrs. Bird married (ii.) Artemas Baker, of Warwick, 
April 10, 1814. He was formerly from Templeton, 
born April 4, 1784, was a physician, and moved to 
Cambria, N. Y., in 1816. He died there March 16, 
1839. She returned and lived with her daughter, 
Mrs. Wilbor, at North Bridgewater, till her decease. 
Yin. Children, born in Dorchester, by first husband. 
190. Elizabeth Ann, b. Nov. 8, 1810; m. Gardner Wilbor. 

May 17, 1830. (106) 

Children, born in Cambria, N. Y., by second husband. 
, 191. Mary Blake, b. Dec. 14, 1819; d. May 11, 1824. 

(28) MARY BLAKE [58], m. Richard Clap, Nov. 3, 1807. 
She was dau. of Jonathan and Sarah (Pierce) Blake, 
born at Warwick, April 1, 1784. He was son of 

% Lemuel and Rebecca (Dexter) Clap, of Dorchester, 
born July 24, 1780. When first married, he lived a 
few years at South Boston, and followed brick-making. 
Li 1812, he built a brick house, on the Rev. Richard 
Mather place (Pond Street), Dorchester, where he has 
ever since lived. About the same time he established 
a tannery, and followed that business many years, but 
his tanyard has been taken up, and the ground occu- 
pied with dwellings, and he being a large land-holder, 
has retired from business with a competence. A very 
humane man, and actively engaged in all the great re- 
forms of the day. 

Vin. Children, born in South Boston and Dorchester. 
. 192. Sarah Blake, b. July 29, 1808 ; m. Henry Humphreys, 
^ Dec. 2, 1830. (107) 


•f93. Lemuel Dexter, b. Nov. 4, 1810 ; m. Abigail H. Eaton, 

y^ Nov. 30, 1836. (108) 

ixlg^ Mary, b. April 2, 1812; d. Nov. 24, 1821. 
■^^^mT Richard, b. Jan. 27, 1814; m. Caroline Bird, Jan. 12, 
i^^::, •>'4'842. (109) 

^X&Q. Catharine,) - m. Henry Humphre3's, July 14, 1851.(107) 

& i b. Nov. 26, 1815. 

y^. Rebecca, ) - d. March 13, 1817. 
U^8. Rebecca, b. Sept. 4, 1817; m. Wm. Blake Trask, 

Nov. 25, 1844. ' (110) 

^^-i^ Alfred, b. April 9, 1819 ; m. Elinor M. Cain, Oct. 10, 

^ 1843. (Ill) 

^-200. Martha, b. April 27, 1821; m. Stephen Clap, June 


28, 1852. (112) 

roi. Elisha, b. Sept. 29, 1822; m. Martha Johnson, April 

8, 1851. (113) 

2. Mary, b. Aug;. 16, 1825; m. Charles Frederic Weis, 
June 28, 1852. (114) 

James Blake, b. Sept. 9, 1828; d. Aug. 6, 1829. 

(29)^AMUEL BLAKE [61], m. (i.f^tsey Fay, Oct. 1, 
1820. She was dau. of Samuel and Lucy (Mayo) Fay, 
born at Warwick, July 4, 1798, and died there May 13, 
1827, of consumption. The Fay family were origi- 
nally from Southboro'. Col. Joseph Mayo, the father 
of Mrs. Fay, whose wife was a Richards, was from 
Roxbury, and an early inhabitant of Warwick, as also 
his brother, Deacon Caleb Mayo, whose wife vas sis- 
ter to his brother's wife. He married (ii.) ^tvucretia 
Hildreth, daughter of Joseph and Persis Hildreth, of 
Bolton, Dec. 4, 1831. She was born in West Boyls- 
ton, Jan. 22, 1803, and died at Lowell, June 28, 1846, 
and was put into Mr. James Bowers' tomb, in the old 
burying-place there. He was son of Jonathan and 
Sarah (Fierce) Blake, born at Warwick, May 19, 1797. 
He lived in Boston with Messrs. Blake & Jackson, 
(tallow chandlers), from 1817 to 1823, and his 
two oldest children were born in Boston, then removed 
to Warwick, and was engaged in farming and teaming 
from Boston to Warwick and Northfield, until 1840. 
In 1841 moved to Lowell, and in 1853 to Dorchester. 

Vni. Children, by first marriage — two eldest born in Bos- 
ton, the rest in Warwick. 


/204. Mary Elizabeth, b. Nov. 8, 1821 ; in. Alfred Nutter, 

y May 4, 1847. (115) 

1,405. Lucy, b. Nov. 7, 1822; m. Nalimn Jones, June 17, 

1846. (116) 

/^06. Melinda Pike, b. Sept. 20, 1825; m. Thomas Payson, 

May 13, 1852. (117) 

Children by second marriage. 
1/^0,7. Horace Hildreth, b. Jan. 2, 1833; at Granville, 111. 
\Jl68. Joseph Pierce, b. March 27, 1835; at Lowell. 

209. Sarah Goodcll, b. April 12, 1837 ; at Brattleboro', Vt. 

V(30) MARY BLAKE [62], m. Moses Williams, Dec. 22, 
' 1818. She was dau. of Thomas and Mary (Barnard) 

Blake, born Jan. 30, 1794, and died at WestRoxbury, 
August 4, 1853. Mrs. Williams was greatly afl&icted 
with chronic rheumatism, for more than ten years pre- 
vious to her decease, but she was remarkable then, as 
always, for her cheerful christian spirit, patient suffer- 
ing, and perfect conscientiousness in all the relations 
of life. Although her lot was cast in affluence, yet 
that did not secure her health and freedom from pain, 
and through all, she exemplified the true christian, 
perhaps as perfectly as it is possible to do here in 
this earthly pilgrimage. Mr. Williams was born in 
Roxbury, Dec. 28, 1790, was a descendant of an an- 
cient family, and a successful merchant, of the firm of 
John D. & M. Williams, of Boston. He resides in 
West Roxbury. 
Vm. Children. 

210. Moses Blake, b. Oct. 10, 1820; m. Mary Jane Penni- 

man, March 15, 1843. (118) 

211. Mary Louisa, b. Jan. 11, 1824. 

212. Sarah Elizabeth, b. June 29, 1825; m. Wm. Henry 

Slocum, July 14, 1851. (119) 

213. Thomas Blake, b. June 19, 1827; d. an infant. 

214. Thomas Blake, b. July 22, 1828. 

215. William Blackstone, b. Sept. 28, 1830. 

216. Laura Lucrctia, b. Sept. 7, 1833; m. James Brown 

Case, Oct. 26, 1854. (120) 

/(31) SALLY BLAKE [63], m. Charles White, January 4, 

^ 1820. She was dau. of Thomas and Mary (Barnard) 

Blake, born in Boston, April 9, 1795. He was son of 


Ebenezer and Mary (Boll) White, of Boston, born Oct. 
14, 1790. Ebenezer White was son of Edward White, 
and born in Dorchester, May 3. 17ol, and was a honse- 
wright in Boston. Mary Bell was dau. of William 
Bell, born in Boston March 30, 1755, and married 
Jan. 20, 1782. She died Oct. 28, 1813. He died 
June 23, 1818. Dr. Charles White was a drua-gist 
in Boston, and about ten years since purchased a farm 
in Weston, 14 miles from Boston, and has ever -since 
resided there. 
VIII. Children, all born in Boston. 

217. Charles Eugene, b. Oct. 28, 1820; d. Jan. 17, 1851. 

218. Grenville Blake, b. Jan. 15, 1822 ; druggist in Boston. 

219. Wallace Barnard, b. Aug. 8, 1823; lawyer, in St. 
Paul, Minnesota. 

220. George Frederick, b. March 31, 1825; d. April 19, 


221. George Frederick, b. July 21, 1827; d. April 28, 


222. Augustus Lowell, b. May 19, 1829 ; farmer in Weston. 

223. Sarah Elizabeth, b. Oct. 4, 1830 ; m. Charles L. Field, 

Oct. 6, 1854. (121) 

224. George Frederick, b. Feb. 12, 1832; merchant at 
Detroit, Michigan. 

225. Hellen Augusta, b. June 20, 1834; d. April 5, 1839. 


^) JAMES BLAKE [65], m. (i.) Polly Clap, Sept. 6, 
1825. She was dau. of Ebenezer and Abigail Glover 
(Clap) Clap, b. in Dorchester, July 8, 1799, and died 
in Boston Jan. 9, 1840. Hem. (ii.) Catharine Bar- 
nard Harris, the widow of John W. Harris, March 25, 
1845. She was the next older sister of his first wife, 
born in Dorchester Nov. 21, 1797. Mr. Blake was a 
tallow chandler, in business with his father until his 
father's death in 1840, and lived the next house to 
him on Washington St., Boston. After settling his 
father's estate and closing business, he bought a farm v^ ^ ^ n 
in Newton, and moved there in November, 1843, and Qjl^-^ /^^"^ 
still continues to reside there. -^ ^u . XJZ'^ ?J^^x>^u\a^<^^ 
VHL Children, all by first marriage, born in Boston. 

226. James Barnard, b. June 19, 1827; m. Louisa S. Bow- 

en, Oct. 11. 1855. (122) 

227. Gorham, b. May 26, 1829. 


228. Mary Clap, h. Jan. 27, 1831. 

229. Franklin, b. Sept. 13, 1837. 

230. Lo^vell, b. Dec. 29, 1839; d. Nov. 30, 1840. 

vj^S) ELIZABETH LOWELL BLAKE [08], ra. Otis Ev- 
^ erett, Oct. 25, 1827. She was dau. of Thomas and 
Mary (Barnard) Blake, born in Boston Nov. 21, 1803. 
He was son of Otis and Hannah (Ross) Everett, of 
Boston, born June 5, 1803. He owns and resides in 
the old mansion of his father-in-law (Mr. Thomas 
Blake), No. 928 Washington St., Boston. 
VHL Children, born in Boston. 

231. Otis Blake, b. March 26, 1829. 

232. Thomas Blake, b. March 13, 1831; m. Sarah Eliza- 
beth Green, Oct. 1854. (123) 

233. Louisa, b. May 1, 1832; d. March 5, 1840. 

234. Percival Lowell, b. June 28, 1833. 

(34) JOHN HARRISON BLAKE [71],Kn. Sarah Ann 
Howe [130], Dec. 17, 1835. She was dau. of James 
Blake and Sally Adams (Badlam) Howe, born at Dor- 
chester Dec. 5, 1808. He was son of Thomas and 
Mary (Barnard) Blake, born in Boston Dec. 5, 1808, 
the same day as his wife. He was baptized John, 
and had Harrison subsequently added, by an act of 
the Legislature, for his personal convenience. He is 
a distinguished chemist, and has an office in Boston, 
under the firm of Blake & Darricott, Engineers. He 
has a beautiful residence in Roxburj', where he resides. 

VIII. Children. 
i^ 235. Clarence John, b. Feb. 23, 1843. 
^36. Agnes Anna Elizabeth, b. Nov. 30, 1846. (See par. 76.) 

(35) Rev. JOHN PIERCE, D.D. [72], m. (i.) Abigail 
Lovell, Oct. 31, 1798. She was dau. of Joseph 
and Jemima (Adams) Lovell, of Medway, born Jan. 20, 
1775, and died July 2, 1800. He m. (ii.) Lucy Tap- 
pan, May 6, 1802. She was dau. of Benjamin and 
Sarah (Homes) Tappan, of Northampton, and grand- 
daughter of Rev. Benjamin Tappan, of Manchester. 
She was born July 14, 1777. He was son of John and 
Sarah (Blake) Pierce, of Dorchester, born July 14, 
1773, and died at Brookline AuLrust 23, 1849. Dr. 


Pierce graduated at Harvard College in 1793, and 
was ordained at Brooldine March 15, 1797. He was 
the sole pastor of the church there, fifty years ; at 
the expiration of which, on March 15, 1847, the whole 
town united in one grand "jubilee," which will long- 
be remembered as one of the interesting incidents of 
life, by many who were present on that occasion. 
Rev. Frederic N. Knapp was ordained his colleague 
Oct. 6, 1847. In January, 1849, Dr. Pierce preached 
the annual Election Sermon. His health began to de- 
cline in the spring, and gradually failed until, on the 
evening of August 23d, the same year, he closed his 
earthly existence in peace and hope. When I think 
of him, it brings to ray mind a remark he made to me, 
nearly forty years since, when he was speaking of his 
ancestors. He said, " the Pierces have been a godly 
race." For a more extended account of Dr. Pierce, I 
would refer the reader to the " American Unitarian 
Biography," and also to the " Book of the Lockes," 
see Appendix B.., page 370. His widow and two 
daughters still reside at Brookline. 
VIH. Children by first marriage. 

237. John, b. Aug. 30, 1799; d. April 18, 1802. 
Children by second marriage. 

238. Sarah Tappan, b. March 4, 1803; m. Rev. Calvin 
Durfee, August 15, 1831. (124) 

239. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 15, 1804. 

240. Abigail Lovell, b. Sept. 13, 1806. 

241. Lucv, b. June 24, 1808; m. Rev. F. H. Hedge, Sept. 

7, 1830. (125) 

242. Fercline Walley, b. March 20, 1810; m. Rev. T. B. 

Fox, Oct. 27, 1831. (126) 

243. John Tappan, b. Dec. 15, 1811 ; m. Martha Haskins, 
July 25, 1837. (127) 

244. Robert, b. Oct. 24, 1813; d. Oct. 6, 1819. 

245. William Blake, b. Sept. 26, 1815; m. Elizabeth F. 
Peck, June 1, 1842. (128) 

246. Benj. Tappan, b. Nov. 23, 1817; d. Dec. 24, 1849. 

247. Mary Wilde, b. Dec. 6, 1820; m. Henry V. Poor, 

Sept. 7, 1841. (129) 

(36) SARAH PIERCE [73], m. William Pope, June 16, 
1799. She was dau. of John and Sarah (Blake) 


Pierce, born ia Dorchester Dec. 17, 1774. I remark- 
ed of John Pierce (Mrs. Pope's father), that he was a 
dear lover of church music, and it seems to be entailed 
to his descendants. As a case in point, — Sunday, 
March 2, 1856, was a very stormy day; there were so 
few people at meeting, that we met in the vestry. 
There were but eight of the choir of singers present, 
and Mrs. Pope, then in her 82d year, stood up and 
sung with them through the day. Of those present 
belonging to the choir, she had one grand-daughter, 
one grand-niece, and two grand-nephews. The Dor- 
chester First Church choir contains nine members 
who are descendants of the above-named John Pierce. 
William Pope was son of Col. Frederic and Mary (Cole) 
Pope, of Stoughton, born Nov. 12, 1774. He resides 
in Dorchester, was a lumber dealer, but has retired 
from business. But very few of the age of Mr. and 
Mrs. Pope enjoy such uninterrupted good health. 
YIII. Children, born in Dorchester. 

248. Hiram, b. March 13, 1800; d. April 20, 1802. 

249. Charles, b. April 13, 1801; d. Feb. 7, 1822. 

250. Ann, b. Oct. 5, 1803; m. Otis Shepard, October 5, 

1823. (130) 

251. Rachel, b. Aug. 3, 1805; d. Aug. 12, 1822. 

252. Sarah, b. Jan. 4, 1807; m. Hiram Shepard, June 19, 

1826. (131) 

253. Alexander, b. March 15, 1808; m. (i.) Elizabeth Fos- 
ter, Nov. 11, 1830, (ii.) Charlotte C. Cashing, April 
27,1837. "^ (132) 

254. Adaline, b. April 9, 1810; m. Julius A. Noble, May 

15, 1834. (133) 

255. Elizabeth, b. March 3, 1812; m. John Ayres, August 

13, 1835. (134) 

256. William, b. Dec. 27, 1813; m. Sarah Ann Foster, 
June 8, 1836. (135) 

257. Lucy, b. Dec. 3, 1815; m. Jonathan Battles, August 

25, 1840. (136) 

258. Catharine, b. Jan. 25, 1818; d. February 11, 1840, 

(37) MOLLY PIERCE [74], m. Frederic Pope, April 13, 
1796. She was dau. of John and Sarah (Blake) Pierce, 
born in Dorchester Sept. 29, 1776, and died there 


Dec. 31, 1839. He was brother of William, who m. 
Sarah Pierce; born at Stoughton Aug. 20, 1772. He 
resided in Dorchester, was extensively engaged in the 
lumber business, and d. at Machias, Me., Dec. 16, 1826. 
Vin. Children. 

259. Sally Pierce, b. Oct. 24, 1797: m. Obadiah Hill, May 

16, 1820. (137) 

260. Charles, b. Sept. 29, 1799; d. Sept. 30, 1800. 

261. Marv, b. Feb. 25, 1801 ; m. Thomas Beals, February 

27,'l825. (138) 

262. Eliza, b. December 1, 1802 ; resides in Dorchester, 


263. Hannah, b. April 13, 1804; m. William E. Mellish, 

Sept. 21, 1828. (139) 

264. Frederic, b. March 28, 1806; m. Sarah Phillips, May 

3. 1829. (140) 

265. William, b. June 23, 1808; d. July 30, 1808. 

266. Samuel, b. Sept. 11, 1809; m. Sarah Mellish, June 

25, 1837. (141) 

267. James, b. Nov. 23, 1811; m. Eunice Thaxter, Xov. 

22, 1835. (142) 

268. Charles, ) - m. Elizabeth Bogman, Aug. 24, 1834. (143) 

& ih. Aug. 12, 1814. 

269. William, ) - m. Mary Bogman, Aug. 12, 1840. (144) 

270. John, b. Jan. 6, 1817; m. Harriet Gilbert, June 10, 

1846. (145) 

(38) EUNICE PIERCE [75], m. Ebenezer Clap, Oct. 18, 
1797. She was dau. of John and Sarah (Blake) 
Pierce, born July 1, 1778, and died in Dorchester 
Nov. 23, 1849. He was son of Noah and Ann 
Clap, of Dorchester, and was born August 25, 1771. 
His ancestors were early in Dorchester, and were 
among the most influential inhabitants of the place. 
Mr. Noah Clap graduated at Harvard College in 1735, 
and fitted for the ministry, but was never settled. 
He was a school teacher many years; was Town 
Clerk about 50 years, and died April 10, 1799, aged 
81 years. Mr. El3enezer Clap was a tanner, and with 
prudence and industry he succeeded to a competence. 
He has served his native town many years in offices 
of importance and trust, such as Selectman, Overseer 
of the Poor, Representative to the General Court, 


committee on Public Buildings, Roads, &c. ; has been 
Deacon of the First Church 46 years, and now (Oct. 
1856), enjoys a good degree of health. He married, 
for his second wife, Patty Holden, the widow of Ezekiel 
Holden. Her first husband was Samuel Glover, and 
she was daughter of Dr. Phinehas Holden, born in Dor- 
chester Nov. 28, 1776. 
VIH. Children, born in Dorchester. 

271. Hepzibah, b. Sept. 4, 1798; m. Benjamin L. Sumner, 

March 11, 1824. (146) 

272. Asahel, b. Dec. 27, 1799; m. (i.) Hannah Harraden, 

Sept. 28, 1825, (ii.) Elizabeth S. Whiting, February 

2, 1837. (147) 

273. Jonas, b. April 15, 1801 ; drowned. May 20, 1802. 

274. John Pierce, b. Feb. 12, 1803; m. Mary Ann Bragg, 

Aug. 25, 1840. (148) 

275. Lucy, b. July 23, 1805. 

276. Jonas, b. March 30, 1807. 

277. Ebenezer, b. April 24, 1809; m. Sarah Swan, April 

4, 1833. (149) 

278. Ann, b. March 26, 1811; m. Henry A. Gay, Nov. 17, 

1841. (150) 

279. Elizabeth, b. July 15, 1814; m. John H. Robinson, 

May 14, 1835. (151) 

280. Eunice, b. Aug, 28, 1816; d. Sept. 2, 1816. 

281. Joel, b. Dec. 15, 1817. 

282. Hiram, b. Jan. 22, 1820; m. Rebecca Jenkins, May 

13, 1849. (152) 

283. Amos, b. Nov. 5, 1821 ; d. June 16, 1825. 

(39) JONAS PIERCE [76], m. Margery West, May 18, 
1815. She was born Sept. 13, 1795. He was son of 
John and Sarah (Blake) Pierce, born at Dorchester 
April 15, 1780. He lives at East Machias, Me. 

VIH. Children. 

284. John, b. Dec. 2, 1815; m. Elizabeth L. Hanscom, 

Nov. 12, 1837. (153) 

285. Mary Allen, b. Jan. 15, 1817 ; m. George Wm. Sevey, 

July 12, 1838. (154) 

286. Frederic, b. Oct. 16, 1818; m. Maria Louisa Chase, 

June 8, 1845. (155) 

287. Jonas, b. Aug. 27, 1820; m. Mary Ann Whittemore, 
July 30, 1842. ' (156) 


288. Sarah Elizabeth, b. April 8, 1822; m. Benj. C. Cha- 

loner, Nov. 26, 1846. (157) 

289. Samuel Blake, b. Nov. 15, 1823; lives at Roxbury, 

290. Abigail West, b. Aug. 27, 1825; lives at E. Machias, 

Me., unmarried. 

291. Charles, b. Sept. 12, 1827. 

292. Lois, b. May 12, 1829; m. Charles C. Chaloner, Nov. 

7, 1850. (158) 

293. Amelia Sedgely, b. March 19, 1832; m. John Chalo- 
ner, July 28, 1852. (159) 

294. Emeline Luzan, b. Dec. 24, 1834; m. Andrew J. 

Hanscom, Aug. 31, 1854. (160) 

295. Eunice, b. April 23, 1837. 

296. Henry, b. May 27, 1839. 

(40) SAMUEL BLAKE PIERCE [77], m. Eunice Shute 
Blake, April 7, 1835. She was dau. of Enos and Sa- 
rah (Shute) Blake, died Jan. 18, 1836, aged 33 years 
and 11 months. He was son of John and Sarah 
(Blake) Pierce, born in Dorchester Feb. 4, 1782. 
He is a shoemaker, and owns and occupies the place 
that was his father's, and is one of a very few who 
say they have enough of this world's goods ! No 

(41) HANNAH PIERCE [78], m. Jacob Foster, April 3, 
1833. She was dau. of John and Sarah (Blake) 
Pierce, born in Dorchester Oct. 14, 1783. He was 
from Scituate, and had been previously married. 

(42) LOIS PIERCE [79], m. Charles Ford, April 2, 1805. 
She was dau. of John and Sarah (Blake) Pierce, born 
Nov. 28, 1785, and died Oct. 23, 1845, aged nearly 
60 years. He was son of Joseph and Elizabeth (How- 
ard) Ford, of Bridgewater, born Sept. 1, 1779. He 
is a farmer, and formerly lived in Dorchester, and 
since his wife died, in Dover; but is now married 
again and resides in Waltham. 

Vin. Children, born in Dorchester. 

297. Sarah Blake, b. Sept. 15, 1805; m. Thomas Beals, 

Sept. 5, 1844. (161) 


298. Charles Nichols, b. Jan. 11, 1807; m. Sylvia A. Mor- 
rison, March 23, 1835. (162) 

299. Eunice, b. Aug. 17, 1808; m. (i.) Thomas M. Mur- 
dock, Oct. 15, 1833, (ii.) Ephraim W. Stone, June, 
1840. (163) 

300. Patience, b. Feb. 15, 1810; resides in Dorchester, 


301. John Pierce, b. ; m. Mary E. Beaty, Dec. 11, 

1834. (164) 

302. Ebenezer, b. Aug. 18, 1813; m. Lydia Linscott. (165) 

303. George, b. March 20, 1815; m. Martha C. Bruce, 
May 16, 1842. (166) 

304. Arethusa, b. Nov. 23, 1816; resides at Roxbury. 

305. Joseph Warren, b. Jan. 15, 1819 ; d. May 22, 1820. 

306. Mary Ann, b. Nov. 19, 1820; m. Ebenezer Lord, 

March 11, 1843. (167) 

307. Rachel, b. Feb. 25, 1823; m. William Everett, June 

4,1846. (168) 

308. Joseph Warren, b. June 17, 1825; d. Oct. 8, 1826. 

309. Lucy Pierce, b. July 9, 1828; resides in Roxbury. 

(43) PATIENCE PIERCE [80], m. William Trask, Aug. 
4, 1811. She was dau. of John and Sarah (Blake) 
Pierce, born Dec. 26, 1787, and died in Dorchester of 
consumption, Dec. 7, 1844, aged nearly 57 years. 
Mr. Trask was born in Danvers, Oct. 27, 1780. He 
was son of William and Martha Trask. The father 
died Nov. 22, 1806, aged 62 years, and Martha, the 
mother, died Jan. 4, 1791, aged 46 years. Mr. Trask 
married, for his second wife, Ann Andrews, April 26, 
1846. She was dau. of John and Mary Andrews, of 
Dorchester, born June 17, 1790. Mr. Trask was an 
earthen-ware manufacturer, resided at Dorchester, and 
died there Dec. 5, 1855, aged 75 years. He was 
buried Friday, Dec. 7th, on the eleventh anniversary 
of the death of his first wife. 

Vni. Children, born in Dorchester. 

310. William Blake, b. Nov. 25, 1812; m. Rebecca Clap, 

Nov. 25, 1844. (169) 

311. John Pierce, b. March 16, 1816. 

312. George, b. March 27, 1820; m. Deborah S. Nichols, 

Jan. 25, 1852. (170) 

313. Joseph Stephens, b. July 23, 1822 ; d. Nov. 19, 1831. 


(44) LEMUEL PIERCE [81], m. Eliza Mildeberger, Sept. 
2, 1816. She was born in New York City, March 4, 
1797, dau. of John Mildeberger, who was born in 
New York 1775, and who married Mary Magdalen 
Colon, who was also born in New York in 1777 — a 
descendant, it is said, of Christopher Columbus. He 
was son of John and Sarah (Blake) Pierce, born in 
Dorchester Jan. 24, 1790. He is strictly a temperance 
man, not having used any intoxicating liquors of any 
name or kind, nor tobacco, for many years. He is a 
mason, and resides at West Farms, N. Y. Of his ten 
living children, the six that are married live in the 
immediate neighborhood, and the remainder at their 
father's, making a large family to be kept so near to- 
gether in these days of emigration. 

VHI. Children. 

314. Marv Ann, b. July 23, 1817; m. Andrew Nostrand, 

April 25, 1836. (171) 

315. Eliza, b. July 12, 1819; d. Nov. 2, 1820. 

316. John, b. March 6, 1821 ; m. Elizabeth Thompson, May 

27, 1846. (172) 

317. James, b. Oct. 20, 1822; m. Elizabeth Gerven, Nov. 

20, 1844. (173) 

318. Eliza Colon, b. Nov. 13, 1824; m. Halcyon Skinner, 

Dec. 31, 1846. (174) 

319. Lemuel, b. Dec. 7, 1826; m. Susan Julia Harris, Sept. 

7,1848. (175) 

320. Hannah, b. Dec. 2, 1828; m. JohnE. Ackerman, Dec. 

10, 1846. (176) 

321. William Blake, b. Sept. 26, 1830; d. Aug. 14, 1853, 

of yellow fever, on his passage from New Orleans. 

322. George, b. June 23, 1832; a mason at West Farms. 

323. Eunice, b. Feb. 22, 1834; d. Feb. 13, 1836. 

324. David, b. Oct. 10, 1835 ; a mason at West Farms. 

325. Eunice Clap, b. June 27, 1840. 

326. Samuel Blake, b. May 8, 1842. 


(45) REBECCA BLAKE BRUCE [82], m. (i.) Ebenezer 
H. Eaton, Jan. 19, 1818. She was dau. of Loammi 
Baldwin and Rebecca (Blake) Bruce, born Jan. 30, 
1795. He was from Sedgwick, Me., born February 8, 
1783, was a sea captain, and died of yellow fever at 


St. Jago, Cuba, Jan. 17, 1826. Mrs. Eaton married 
(ii.) Mr Jacob Stickney, Feb. 6, 1833, of Newbury- 
port, and they reside there. Mr. Stickney was eighty 
one years old in June, 1855. 
IX. Children, by first marriage. 

327. Sarah Elizabeth, b. Feb. 19, 1825. 

(4G) MARY BLAKE BRUCE [84], m. Lewis Lyman, 
March 1, 1821. She was dau. of Loammi Baldwin 
and Rebecca (Blake) Bruce, born in Boston March 31, 
1800. He was sou of Elias and Anna Lyman, was 
the eldest of fifteen children, was born in Hatfield, 
Dec. 17, 1791. The family removed to Hartford, 
Vermont, in the early years of their son Lewis, where 
they resided until their deaths. Mr. Lewis Lyman 
also died at the same place, Jan. 29, 1837. The widow 
now resides at White River Junction, Yt. 

IX. Children. 

328. Sarah Blake, b. April 24, 1823. 

329. Mary Jane, b. Aug. 17, 1825; m. Samuel J. Allen, 

June 11, 1844. (177) 

330. Lewis, b. Sept. 11, 1827. 

331. Anna, b. Sept. 30. 1829. 

332. Elias, b. Nov. 19, 1831 ; d. Jan. 21, 1850. 

333. Henry Bruce, b. Dec. 3, 1833; d. Feb. 6, 1834. 

334. Frances Dodd, b. Dec. 8, 1834. 

335. Maria Bruce, b. July 8, 1837; posthumous. 

(47) BENJAMIN BRUCE [85], m. Hannah Maria Whi- 
ting, June 22, 1836. She was dau. of Capt. Phinehas 
and Sarah (Cobm'n) Whiting, of Lowell, b. Dec. 21, 
1817. He was son of L. B. and R, (B.) Bruce, born 
May 3, 1803, is a ship broker in Boston, and resides 
in ]3rookline. 

IX. Children. 

336. Maria Whiting, b. Aug. 20, 1838, in Boston. 

337. Helen Frances, b. Oct. 29, 1840, in Charlestown. 

338. Sarah Anna, b. Sept. 14, 1842, " 

339. Benjamin, b. Dec. 11, 1844, " 

340. Ella, b. June 21, 1846, " 

341. Louisa Prentiss, b. May 8, 1848, " 

342. Edward Blake, b. Aug. 8, 1850, " 

343. George Herbert, b. July 4, 1842, « 


344. Henry, b. May 7, 1854, in Brookline, and d. June 1, 

(48) ABIGAIL BRUCE [87], m. Benj. Tyler Hubbard, 
June 3, 1830. She was dau. of Loammi Baldwin and 
Rebecca (Blake) Bruce, born Sept. 1, 1807. Dr. 
Benjamin Tyler Hubbard was born Feb. 18, 1798, in 
Weatliersfield, Yt., is the youngest son of George 
Hubbard, who was born in Tolland, Conn., Feb., 1765, 
and Mehetable Tyler, born in Wallingford, Conn., July, 
1764. His grand-father's name was George, and his 
great-grand-father's name was Isaac, who lived in El- 
lington, Coipi. The elder George (viz., grand-father 
to Benj. .T.), had eight children: Calvin, Thankful, 
George, Jonathan H., who was an eminent lawyer, 
member of Congress, and Judge of the Superior Court 
in Vermont ; Isaac, Elizur, Ahira and Pamelia, who 
are all dead but Isaac, and he lives on the old home- 
stead at Claremont, N. H., and is a large farmer. He 
raised the famous ox Olympus, the largest ever raised 
in New England, which weighed 4000 pounds and sold 
for $425. George, the younger, went into the army, 
as waiter to his father, who was a captain in 1776, 
but he resigning the next year, the son enlisted as a 
drummer during the war, and at the age of fifteen 
years was drum major ; went into the ranks as corpo- 
ral at seventeen years, and was discharged at West 
Point in 1783. He then returned to his father's, and 
about 1786 he married Mehetable Tyler, daughter of 
Col. Benjamin Tyler, of Claremont, N. H., formerly 
from Connecticut, and then settled in "Weathersfield, 
Yt. ; moved to Claremont, N. H., in 1805, to Leba- 
non, N. H., in 1809, and died there July 2, 1840, aged 
75 years. His wife died there June, 1832, aged 68 
years. His children, who lived to adult age, were 
— Fanny, born Sept., 1788, married Zebina Marsh, 
and died in 1827. Henry, born March, 1791, a mill- 
wright, in Claremont, N. H. ; Oren, born Jan., 1793, 
at Lebanon, on the old farm ; Benjamin Tyler, born 
Feb. 18, 1798, studied medicine with Dr. Phinehas Park- 
hurst, of Lebanon, N. H., and lives there in practice ; 
Mehetable, born May, 1801, married Zebina Marsh, 
the husband of her eldest sister Fanny, and is now a 
widow at Claremont, N. H. 


IX. Children. 

345. Sarah Bruce, b. April 6, 1832. 

346. Mary Lvman, b. July 8, 1834. 

347. Abby Bruce, ) 

& Vb. Oct. 17, 1837. 

348. Susan Blake, ) d. at three months. 

349. George Tyler, b. Jan. 14, 1844. 

350. Oren, b, June, 1846; d. at eleven months. 

L^) SARAH REBECCA BLAKE [88], m. Charles Par- 
ker Dexter, April 16, 1822. She was dau. of Edward 
and Sarah (Parkman) Blake, born May 30, 1799, and 
died at Hamilton, Canada, Nov. 25, 1852. Mr. Dex- 
ter resides in Boston. 
IX. Children. 

351. Charles Edward, b. April 30, 1823; m. Clara M. 
Hodges, 1853. (178) 

352. Samuel Parkman, b. June 13, 1824; m. Matilda C. 

- Abbot, June 22, 1850. (179) 

353. Amory, b. April 12, 1829 ; m. Kate Ba^hott. (180) 

354. Sarah Blake, b. Nov. 22, 1830; m. Henry C. Wain- 
wright, Oct., 1850. (181) 


SAMUEL PARKMAN BLAKE [91], m. Ann Boyls- 
ton Cunningham, of Boston, Feb. 18, 1830. He was 
son of Edward and Sarah (Parkman) Blake, born Jan. 
30, 1 804. He is engaged in the patent leather manufac- 
ture ; resides in Roxbury, and has a store in Boston. 
IX. Children. 

355. Anna Lewis, b. Dec. 17, 1830; m. James L. Abbot, 

Oct. 29, 1851. (182) 

356. Sarah Parkman, b. June 19, 1833. 

357. Samuel Parkman, b. Nov. 10, 1835. 

358. Frances Dabney, b. March 13, 1842. 

(51) EDWARD BLAKE [92], m. Mary Morton Jones Dc- 
hon, Sept. 3, 1838, dau. of the late William Dehon, 
Esq., of Boston. He was son of Edward and Sarah 
(Parkman) Blake, born Sept. 28, 1805, and his name 
was changed from Francis Shaw, by act of the Legis- 
lature, Feb. 24, 1818. He graduated at Harvard 
College in 1824, studied law, and was admitted to 
practice at the bar in 1827, and continues in practice 
and resides in Boston. 


IX. Children. 

359. Fannv Brooks, b. Sept. 6, 1844; d. Feb. 6, 1847. 

360. William Paj-ne, b. July 23, 1846. 

361. Anne Delion, Feb. 25, 1849. 

362. Edward Dehon, b. Aug. 24, 1850. 

/{52) JAMES HExYRY BLAKE [94], m. Marianne Wildes, 
of Boston, May 12, 1835. He was son of Edward 
and Sarah (Parkman) Blake, born Oct. 7, 1808. Re- 
sides in Boston. 
IX. Children. 

363. Child, b. April 10, 1836; not living. 

364. Susan Parkman, b. Julv 18, 1837. 

365. Jane Wildes, b. April 8, 1839. 

366. Edward, b. Feb. 14, 1841. 

367. James Henry, b. Sept. 16, 1842. 

.653) SUSAN PARKMAN BLAKE [95], m. Richard Ro- 

l^ bins, Sept. 12, 1839. He was son of J. Dorby Robins, 

of Boston, and died at sea in July, 1852. She was 

daughter of Edward and Sarah (Parkman) Blake, born 

Oct. 24. 1810, and resides in Boston. 

IX. Children. 

368. Still-born son, b. Oct. 17, 1840. 

369. Do. dau., b. July 27, 1841. 

370. Richard, b. July 28, 1843. 

371. Edward Blake, b. Dec. 18, 1844. 

372. Julia Gorham, b. July 25, 1846. 

373. Christopher Gore, b. Oct. 25, 1848; d. Nov. 5, 1848. 

374. Susan Parkman, b. Sept. 23, 1849. 

(54) EDWARD B. EMMONS [101], m. Julia Y. T. Crane, 
June 17, 1826. He was son of Jacob and Sarah 
(Blake) Emmons, b. at Concord, N. H., June 26, 1799. 
She was daughter of Dr. John T. and Mary Crane, of 
New York. Resides in Roxbury. 

IX. Children. 

375. Eliza Crombv, b. Feb. 29, 1828; m. George W. 0. 

Billings, Aug. 14, 1849. (183) 

376. Sarah Josephine, ^ - - - - 

& Sb. June 17, 1829. 

377. Mary Louisa, } ■ ■ '^^ Benjamin Farrington. (184) 

378. Julia, b. May 24, 1832 ; m. August W. Frenzel. (185) 



379. Kate De Forest, b. July 11, 1834; m. Peter A. J. 

Dunbar. (186) 

380. Caroline, b. Aug. 11, 1836. 

381. Ann Benning, b. Aug. 14, 1838; d. Aug. 24, 1849. 

382. Edward Blake, b. Feb. 14, 1845; d. Nov. 14, 1845. 

(55) JOPIN LUCAS EMMONS [103], m. Caroline Dra- 
per Vose, May 24, 1838. She was dau. of James 
White Vose, late of Boston, grocer. He was son of 
Jacob and Sarah (Blake) Emmons, born August 26. 
1803, at Concord, N. H., is a merchant, No. 33 South 
Market St., and resides in Hollis St., Boston. 

IX. Children. 

383. John Frank, 'b. April 26, 1839. 

384. Caroline Vose, b. Nov. 7, 1840. 

385. John Lucas, b. May 21, 1844: d. Nov. 13, 1845. 

386. Mary Blake, b. Dec. 18, 1846. 

387. Helen Pickering, b. Dec. 9, 1849. 

388. Henry Bowditch, b. Feb. 6, 1853; d. same day. 

(56) CHARLES PARKER EMMONS [105], m. Mary 
\j Blake Baker [148], March 21, 1841. She was dau. 

of David and Polly (Howe) Baker, of Roxbury, born 
Oct. 27, 1804. He was son of Jacob and Sarah 
(Blake) Emmons, born at Concord, N. H., July 9, 
1807. They reside at Needham; have no children. 
(See Par. 86.) 

(57) THOMAS BLAKE [106], m. (i.) Abigail Marshall, 
^j (ii.) Mary Salter, (iii.) Caroline Reynolds. He was 

son of Samuel and Abigail (Dunton) Blake, of North- 
umberland, N. H., born Oct. 19, 1798. He is a phy- 
sician and lives in New York City. I have no further 
account of his family. 

J (58) SAMUEL BLAKE [107), m. Sarah Homes Wheeler, 
April 20, 1825. Her father was a carpenter, and re- 
sided in Plieasant Street, Boston. He was son of 
Samuel and Abigail, of Northumberland, N. H., born 
Nov. 16, 1800, was a carpenter, lived some years in 
Keene, N. H., and moved to Boston and died there 
Oct. 15, 1844. Mrs, Blake continues to reside in 


IX. Children. 

389. Samuel Wheeler, b. Jan. 23, 1826; m. (i.) Mary C. 
Alden, July 8, 1847, (ii.) Salome W. Sylvester, Jan. 

1, 1852. (187) 

390. Frank Wheeler, b. July 24, 1828. 

391. William Josiah, b. Oct. 1, 1831. 

392. Edward Benjamin, b. Nov. 7, 1833. 

393. Caroline Eliza, b. Oct. 6, 1835. 

394. Lucretia Godard Wheeler, b. March 5, 1839; d. 
Jan. 5, 1840. 

395. Lowell Palmer, b.^Nov. 6, 1841; d. Dec. 14. 1841. 


(59) ROYAL BLAKE [108], m. (i.) Jane Sweuey, at 

Washington, and (ii.) Eliza . He was the 

third son of Samuel and Abigail Blake, of Northumber- 
land, N. H., born Sept. 19, 1802. I have no account 
of his family. 

(60) GEORGE CLARK BLAKE [109], m. Berenice 
ShofF, Jan. 26, 1832. He also was son of the above 
Samuel and Abigail Blake, born March 16, 1805, at 
Northumberland, N. H. She was daughter of Henry 
and Mary Shofi", of Stratford, Coos Co., N. H., born 
May 26, 1807. They now reside at Elkland, Tioga 
Co., Pennsylvania. 

IX. Children, three first born in Stratford, N. H., the 
fourth at Elkland, Pa. 

396. Martha Colby, b. March 24, 1833; m. Nelson Griggs, 
May 1, 1854. (188) 

397. Augusta Jane, b. Dec. 24, 1834; d. May 22, 1842, at 
Elkland, Pa. 

398. Lucretia Ann, b. March 5, 1840. 

399. Sarah Buckley, b. June 7, 1848. 

(61) ABIGAIL BLAKE [110], m. Benjamin Merriam, 
Oct. 19, 1825. She was dau. of Samuel and Abigail 
(Dunton) Blake, of Northumberland, N. H., born Oct. 
30, 1807, and they live there with the parents. 

IX. Children. 

400. Ann Eliza, b. - - ; m. William G. Fuller, April, 

1854. (189) 

401. Sarah Blake, b. - - ; m. Abraham Manee, Sept., 

1855. (190) 


402. Harriet Vaiiderlip, b. - - - 

403. William Henrv, b. - - ; m. Martha A. White, 

1854. ■ (191) 

404. Mary Rebecca, b. - - ; m. Timothy L. Marshall, 
Julys, 1852. (192) 

405. George Royal, b. - - ; d. Jan. 10, 1854, aged 
19 years. 

406. Martha Abby, b. - - - 

407. Susan Blake, b. - - - 

408. Julia Adalaide, b. - - - 

409. Samuel Blake, b. - - - 



(62) EDWARD BLAKE [111], m. Mrs. Eliza Wheatley, 
June 18, 1837. She was the widow of Joseph Wheat- 
ley, and the daughter of Christian and Nancy Alberts, 
of Norwich, Conn., born Aug. 6, 1809. He was the 
fifth son of Samuel and Abigail (D.) Blake, of North- 
umberland, N. H., and born March 9, 1810. Resides 
at Norwich City, Conn. 

IX. Children. 

410. Edward, b. Oct. 6, 1838; d. Feb. 5, 1839. 

411. Edward C, b. March 19, 1840. 

412. George C, b. Nov. 6, 1843; d. Aug. 18, 1844. 

413. Sarah A., b. Oct. 4, 1845; d. Aug. 19, 1846. 

414. Budde, b. March 11, 1850; d. July 20, 1850. 

(63) MARY REBECCA BLAKE [113], m. Charles G. 
Piatt, June 4, 1845. She was daughter of Samuel 
and Abigail (D.) Blake, of Northumberland, N. H., 
born Sept. 17, 1815. Resides at Stratford, N. H. 
IX. Children. 

415. Caroline E., b. - - - 
A 416. Mary R., b. - - - 
' 417. Charles, b. - - - 
418. Frank, b. - - - 


(64) SARAH ELIZABETH BLAKE [114], m. Edward 
L. Byron, Feb. 6, 1838. She ,was the youngest dau. 
of Samuel and Abigail (Dunton) Blake, of Northum- 
berland, N. H., born Dec. 27, 1817. They live in 
Canada East. 

IX. Children. 

419. Mary Rebecca, b. - - 


420. Lucretia Blake, b. - - - 

421. Abby, b. - - - 

(65) EDWARD McLELLAN [115], ui. Rebecca Salisbury 
Cleveland, Jan. 4, 1837, — by the Rev. George W. 
Blagden, of the Old South Church, Boston. She was 
dau. of Aaron Porter and Abby (Salisbury) Cleveland, 
born at Boston, Feb. 17, 1814. Her father, Aaron 
Porter Cleveland, vt^as born at Norwich, Conn., Sept. 
24, 1782, married May 3, 1808, and died July 24, 
1843, at Boston. Her mother, Abby Salisbury, was 
born May 14, 1785, at Boston, and died there July 17, 
1814. He was son of Isaac and Mary (Blake) McLel- 
lan, born at Portland, Maine, May 15, 1801. Resides 
in Burlington. Mass. 

IX. Children.' 

422. Henry Blake, b. Dec. 5, 1837, at Boston. 

423. Edward Cleveland, b. Sept. 12, 1839, at Bostor ; d. 

Aug. 10, 1841. 

424. Adelaide Salisbury, b. Feb. 6, 1841, at Boston; d. 

Aug. 20, 1842. 

425. Abbv Salisbmy, b. Jan. 16, 1844, at Dedham. 

426. Mary Elizabeth, b. Nov. 24, 1845, at Roxbury. 

427. Edward, b. Sept. 7, 1847, at Newton. 

428. William Eaton, b. May 15, 1852, at Newton. 

429. Chai-les Cleveland, b. April 5, 1855, at Newton. 

\^ ^■^- 

(66) ABRAHAM HOWE [116]. m. (i.) Sarah Ann Bar- 
nett, of Walpole, N. H. She died Jan. 2, 1845. He 
m. (ii.)^rs. Jane (Barnett) Walker, in 1849, a sister 
to his first wife. He was son of Abraham and Rachel 
(Shaw) Howe, born at Warwick, Aug. 9, 1801. He 
is a manufacturer, and resides at Morrisville, town of 
Eaton, N. Y. 

IX. Children. 

430. George Barnett, b. - - 1834; d. - - - 1840. 
^\. Abraham, b. - - 1836. 

; .432. Elizabeth Barnett, b. Sept. 10, 1839. 

(67) ABIATHER PIOWE [117], m.'^Iary Ann Robinson, 
Aug., 1831. She was from Newton. He was son of 
Abraham and Rachel, born at Warwick, July 17, 1803. 
He formerly lived in Cambridge, and was engaged in 


the ice business. He moved from there to Westmore- 
land, N. H., in 1841, and carries on the farm, and lives 
in the house with his parents, who are advanced in 
life, his father being 85 years old. 
IX. Children. 
v^433. Abiather, b. June 26, 1834; d. Sept. 24, 1851. 
^34. Mary Louisa, b. Aug. 18, 1836. 

(6^) RACHEL HOWE [118], m. \\^illiam Hammond, Sept. 
•^ 13, 1827. She was daughter of Abraham and Rachel 
(Shaw) Howe, born at Warwick, Sept. 8, 1805. He 
was son of Jonathan Hammond, of Waltham, was born 
July 8, 1793, is a carriage maker and painter. Re- 
sides at Neponset villao;e, Dorchester. 
IX. Children. 

-435. William Howe, b. June 8, 1832. 
^-436. Elizabeth Coolidge, b. Dec. 29, 1835. 
t.437. Charles, b. June 4, 1839; d. July 12, 1839. 
438. Rachel Maria, b. July 7, 1847. 

^/('69) BETSEY BIRD HOWE [119J, ni' Jonas Wheeler, May 
29, 1838. She was dau. of Abraham and Rachel (Shaw) 
Howe, born at Warwick, Sept. 17, 1807. He was 
son of Jonas and Sarah Wlieeler, born in Westmore- 
land, N. H., Feb. 3, 1805. The father, Jonas, was 
born at Petersham, June 29, 1772, and died at West- 
morelaujii^.. H,, Feb. 9, 1852. The mother, Sarah, 
was born at Westmoreland, N. H., June 18, 1774, 
and died there Dec. 8, 1851. Mr. Wheeler has an 
excellent farm, on which he resides, and improves it 
well, in the south part of Westmoreland, N. H., near 
the residence of his father-in-law, Abraham Howe. 
IX. Children, born in Westmoreland, N. H. 
*'-439. Maria Elizabeth, b. March 31, 1839; d. March 24, 

; 440. Leverett, b. Dec. 27, 1840. 

.441. Marcia Elizabeth, b. June 10, 1842. 

-vi442. Colburn, b. Nov. 10, 1843; d. Nov. 2, 1845. 

443. Luella Boynton, b. Dec. 30, 1845. 

444. Susan Howe, b. March 18, 1848. 
!445. Elva Amelia, b. Jan. 6, 1850. 

(70)-^SUSANNA SHAW PIOWE [120], m. Jonathan 


Jones, June 2, 1834. She was dau. of Abraham and 
Rachel (Shaw) Howe, born at Dorchester, Aug'. 10, 
1809. He was son of Jonathan Jones, of Randolph, 
Yt., born July 5, 1811. He is a boot manufacturer, 
and resides at Neponset, Dorchester. 
IX. Children. 

>446. Elizabeth Howe. b. Nov. 26, 1835; d. Julv 11, 1838. 

^-447. Royal Edson, b. April 1, 1838. 

l^S. Charles Allen, b. June 26, 1840. 
^9. George Sidney, b. July 12, 1846. ^ , ^^^ ^^4MJ> 

1^71) WILLIAM HOWE [121],^ Eli3beth /^^U'^y / S /f^^^ 
He was son of Abraham and Rachel, born in Dorches- 
ter Jan. 4, 1812, and lives in Ilavmond, Wisconsin, j^ 
Has no children. 4S-^l/»J^Jiltr^yUcCac/^^A!^-/2f3f 

^ (72) JAMES BLAKE HOWE [122], m. Caroline>Ray- 
mond. He Avas son of the above Abraham and Ra- 
chel, born at Dorchester, Feb. 26, 1814. He lived at 
Racine, Wisconsin, and went to California, and died 
on his way home, in Mexico, some time in May, 1850. 
/ He left a wife and two children in Wisconsin, 
/rx. Children. 
y/450. Gilbert, b. - - - 
*/ 451. Francis, b. - - - ^ 

(73) SALLY SHAW HOWE [123], m. Sidney S. G4;^nnis, 
March 22, 1842. She was dau. of Abraham and Ra- 
chel, born at Westmoreland, N. H., July 13, 1816. 
He was born Nov. 21, 1819, is a machinist, and resides 
at Morrisville, town of Eaton, N. Y. 
IX. Children. 

452. Ellen Maria, b. Jan. 23, 1843. 
;/453. Sidney Howe, b. Jan. 6, 1845: d. Jan. 26, 1847. 
^454. Siduev, b. Nov. 25, 1846; d. Dec. 30, 1849. 
j^55. Hirarn, b. Nov. 23, 1851 ; d. Oct. 30, 1854. 
456. Edward Howe, b. Feb. 23, 1853. 

1/(74) EDWARD S. HOWE [125], m. Laura Faxon Bil- 
lings, June 6, 1849. She was dau. of John and Lydia 
(Faxon) Billings, of Quincy. He was son of Abraham 
and Rachel, born at Westmoreland, N. H., Aug. 26, 
1821, and lives at Port Norfolk, Dorchester; is en- 


gained in the lumber business there, under the firm of 
Howe, Pratt & Co. Since coming here, he has added 
the initial S. (for Shaw) to his name for convenience. 
IX. Children. 

*^57. Flora Elsena, b. July 25, 1850. 

v^58. Mary Isabella, b. Aug. 29, 1852. 

V(T5) EUNICE SHAW HOWE [127], m. George Washing, 
ton Billings, Nov. 30, 1852. She was dau. of Abra- 
ham and Rachel, born at Westmoreland, N. H., Nov. 
23, 1829. He was son of John and Lydia (Faxon) 
"Billings, of Quincy, born April, 1825. Resides at 
Cleveland, Ohio. 

■ Y( 76) SARAH ANN HOWE- [130]^ ^^John Harrison 
Blake [71]. She was dau. of James Blake and Sally 
Adams (Badlam) Howe, of Dorchester, born Dec. 5, 
1808. He was son of Thomas and Mary (Barnard) 
Blake, of Boston, born the same day as his wife. (See 
, Far. 34, John H. Blake m. Sarah Ann Howe.) 

^n) Hon. JOHN BADLAM HOWE [132], m. Frances 
Grlidden. She was dau. of Gen. Glidden, of Claremont, 
N. il. He was son of James Blake and Sally Adams 
(Badlam) Howe, born in Dorchester March 3, 1813. 
He is a practising lawyer, and resides in Lima, Indiana. 

Catharine Gadsden Edwards, Dec. 12, 1850, in St. 
Philip's Church, Charleston, South Carolina, by Bish- 
op Gadsden. He was son of James Blake and Mary 
(White) Howe, born in Claremont, N. H., March 31, 
1823, is a clergyman of the Episcopal Church, and 
Rector of the parish of St. Johns, Berkley, S. Carolina. 
IX. Children, born in Charleston, So. Carolina. 

V.459. William White, b. Nov. 2, 1851. 

, 460. Gadsden Edwards, b. Nov. 5, 1854. 

^(79) LUCRETIA SMITH HOWE [136], m. David T. 
Dwight, in Christ Church, Boston. She was dau. of 
James Blake and Mary (White) Howe, born at Clare- 
mont, N. H., Sept. 25, 1825. Resides at Detroit, 


tX. Children. 

461. Theodore William, b. - - - • 

(80) PATIENCE LAMBERT [141], m. George Stearns. 
Dec. 31. 1818. She was dau. of Paul and Patience 
(Howe) Lambert, born in Westmoreland, N. H., Oct. 
8, 1799. He was a provision dealer, in Boston, went 
south, and it is supposed that he died a long time 
since. The widow resided with her daughter, Mrs. 
Wrio-ht, in Brookline, and died there Aug. 15, 1856. 

IX. Children. 

462. Geordana, b. Nov. 23, 1820; m. John M. Wright, 

Oct.l3, 1841. " (193) 

(81) RACHEL LAMBERT [142], m. James Foster, Nov. 
19, 1821. She was dau. of Paul and Patience (Howe) 
Lambert, born in Dorchester, Dec. 26, 1801. He was 
son of Edward and Polly (Blake) Foster, of Dorches- 
ter, born March 30, 1790, is a farmer, and resides 

IX. Children, born in Dorchester. 

463. James, b. Sept. 9, 1822; m. Marv Ayres, November 

25,1847. ' " (194) 

464. Rachel Ann, b. Feb. 19, 1825; m. Edmund Jaques, 

June 28, 1854. (195) 

465. Suviah Lambert, b. Aug. 2, 1827; m. Robert Elder, 
April 10, 1851. (196) 

466. Marv, b. Aug. 19, 1829; m. George E. Hersey, Oct. 

13.'l852. ^ ' (197) 

467. Lizzie, b. Jan. 26. 1832. 

468. Sarah Maria, b. Jan. 29, 1835 ; m. James W. Stearns, 

Nov. 10, 1852. (198) 

469. Martha, b. May 31, 1839. 

470. Samuel, b. June 14, 1842. 

Mary Ann Field, May 1, 1833. She was dau. of Eli- 
sha'and Nancy (Blake) Field, born Oct. 26, 1808. 
He was son of Paul and Patience (Howe) Lambert, 
born April 23, 1 804, in Dorchester, and still resides 
there ; is employed in Messrs. Tileston's piano forte 


82 BLAKE TAillLV. 

IX. Children. 

471. Aim Frances, b. June 1, 1834. 

472. Mary Elizabeth, b. July 17, 1836; m. Jacob B. King- 
man, Dec. 31, 1854. ■ (IJ>9) 

473. Harriett Louisa, b. Dec. 28, 1838. 

474. William Blake, b. April 11, 1840. 

475. John Henry, b. Jan. 9, 1845. 

476. Georsje Edward, b. Feb. 12, 1847. 

(83) EDWARD HOWE LAMBERT [144], m. xVbigail 
Witherell, Dec. 8, 1831. She was dau. of Ebenezer 
and Betsey Witherell, of Pembroke, born Au^. 21, 
1808. He was son of Paul and Patience (Howe) 
Lambert, born at Dorchester, June 19, 1806; is en- 
gaged in the manufacture of nails at Bridgewater, and 
resides there. His oldest son (Charles Edward) is 
in Kingston, Canada West, setting up nail machinery. 

IX. Children. 

477. Charles Edward, b. Dec. 23, 1832. 

478. Abby Maria, b. June 8, 1836; d. Oct. 10, 1838. 

479. MarV Codman, b. April 7, 1840. 

480. James Howe, } d. Noy. 3. 1843. 

& Vb. Jan. 31, 1843. 

481. John Codman, ) 

482. Emily Frances, b. June 18, 1846; d. June 6, 1847. 

(84) MARY BAKER LAMBERT [145], m. William An- 
dem, June 11, 1835. She was dau. of Paul and Pa- 
tience, born in Dorchester, Sept. 17, 1808. He was 
son of Moses and Sarah (Keater) Andem, of New 
York, born Jan. 5, 1806. The father (Moses) was 
born at Fishkill, N. Y., June 12, 1779. The mother 
(Sarah) was born in Esopus, N. Y,, March 9, 1779, 
and married in New York, August 1, 1803. With the 
exception of a few years, Mr. William Andem has 
passed all his days in Boston and yicinity. He now 
resides at New York. 

IX. Children, first one born in Dorchester, the rest at 

483. WiUiain Kendall, b. Aug, 18, 1836; d. Feb. 2, 1853, 

in N. York. 

484. Harriet Newell, b. Jan. 21, 1839. 

485. James Lambert, b. Jan. 1, 1842. 


486. Georo-e Winchester, b. July 23, 1844; d. July 16, 

1845, in Roxbury. 

487. George White, ) ■ - d. Mar. 1, 1849, in Dor. 

& Sb. July 18, 1846. 

488. Georgianna Wright, } 

(85) ABRAHAM HOWE LAMBERT [146]. m. Emily 
Frances Hersey, May 1, 1845. She was dau. of Eli- 
jah and Emily Hersey, of Newton, born Sept. 8, 1828. 
He was son of Paul and Patience (Howe) Lambert, 
born in Dorchester, May 22, 1813. He is by trade 
a blacksmith, which he has relinquished, and formerly 
owner of the Brooklino omnibuses, which he has dis- 
posed of. Resides in Brookline. 

IX. Children. 

489. Elizabeth Leeds, b. Sept. 4, 1847; d. Oct. 3, 1849. 

490. Annie Howe, b. June 9, 1850. 

491. George Edward, b. March 12, 1852, 

492. Abram Howe, b. Oct. 3, 1854. 

(86) MARY BLAKE BAKER [148], m. Charles Parker 
Emmons [105], March 21, 1841. She was dau. of 
David and Polly (Howe) Baker, of Roxbury. He was 
son of Jacob and Sarah (Blake) Emmons. No chil- 
dren. (See Par. ^^.) 

(87) ANN HOWE BAKER [149], m. Edward Foster, Oct. 
20, 1825. She was dau. of David and Polly (Howe) 
Baker, of Roxbury, born Aug. 7, 1806. He was son 
of Edward and Polly (Blake) Foster, of Dorchester, 
and brother to James F., who married Rachel Lam- 

^ bert. He was a tanner, was Colonel of a regiment, 

was born March 24, 1781, and died in Dorchester 
Sept. 10, 1849. The widow still resides at the old 
homestead, on the lower road in Dorchester. 
IX. Children, born in Dorchester. 

493. Edward Joseph, b. Oct. 29, 1826; is in California. 

494. Annie R., b. June 19, 1829. 

495. Mary Baker, b. May 10, 1832. 

496. George Herbert, b. May 15, 1837. 

^88) SUVIAH HOWE [156], m. Roger Newton Pierce, 
Esq., Sept. 20, 1855. She was dau. of Edward and 



Suviah (Marston) Howe, of Portland,. Me., born Oct. 
31, IB2I. They reside in Cambridgeport. 

^89) ELIZABETH PAYSON HOWE [161], ra. Rev. Wil- 
liam Brown Lee, June 7, 1854. She was dau. of Ed- 
ward and Suviah (as above), born Sept. 12, 1833, in 
Portland, Me. They reside at Fair Haven, Conn., 
where he is the settled minister. 
IX. Children. 
,497. Edward Trumbull, b. April 5, 1855. 

(90) ALEXANDER BLAKE [165], m. Polly Ward, Nov. 
18, 1824. She was dau. of Amos and Sarah (Burnet) 
Ward, of Orange, was born April 6, 1804. He was 
son of James and Susannah (Conant) Blake, born at 
Warwick, Nov. 16, 1800. He bought a farm and 
saw-mill in the southwest part of Warwick, about the 
time that he married, and has worked at farming and 
manufacturing lumber (broom handles in particular) 
ever since, with success. Mrs. Polly Blake died April 
8, 1856. 

IX. Children, born at Warwick. 

498. Alexander Hamilton, b. Aug. 11, 1825; m. Cvntha 

N. Collar, Oct. 28, 1849. ' (200) 

499. Charles Edward, b. Nov. 25, 1829; d. Oct. 25, 1831. 

500. Sarah Ann. b. Feb. 5, 1832; m. Leonard S. Collar, 

Nov. 12, 1854. (201) 

501. Mary Madelia, b. Dec. 6, 1835. 

502. Warren Hudson, b. July 5, 1843. 

(91 j ELIZABETH BLAKE [166], m. Metcalf Wellman, 
- - - 1826. She was dau. of James and Susannah (Co- 
nant) Blake, born at Warwick, Oct. 28, 1802. She 
was married in Veruiout, and lived there until a few 
months previous to her death, when she came to her 
father's, ir. Warwick, and died there Dec. 4, 1840. 
She had five children, and it is supposed that they are 
all dead. 

IX. Children. 

508. Elmira. 

504 Charles. 

505. Edward. 




(92) JAMES HOWE BLAKE [1671, m. Mary Nichols, 
Nov. 26, 1829. She was from Cohasset. He was 
son of James and Susannah, born at WarAvick, Dec. 7, 
1804. He came to Dorchester about 1821, and 
worked for Mr. Tileston, at the tide mill, a number of 
years, and subsequently purchased a share in the pro- 
perty, which he still retains, and lives in the first house 
at the south end of the mill-dam. 

IX. Children, born in Dorchester. 

508. Mary Catharine, b. Sept. 14, 1830; d. Feb. 5, 1831. 

509. Miller Tileston, b. Nov. 28, 1831. 

510. A son, b. Sept. 20, 1833; d. Sept. 23, 1833. 

511. Henry Nichols, b. June 5, 1838. 

512. William Edward, b. Nov. 8, 1842. 

(93) THOMAS HURD BLAKE [170], m. Eunice Wilson 
Ball, Dec. 1, 1841. She was dau. of John and Har- 
riot (Moore) Ball, of Warwick, born Jan. 5, 1824. 
He was son of James and Susannah (as above), born 
at Warwick, Aug. 29, 1812. He owned and occupied, 
in company with his brother Jonathan, the old Fran- 
cis Leonard farm on Chesnut-hill, and likewise car- 
ried on the boot-making business till 1852, when 
he sold out to said brother, and bought a place in 
Athol, moved there, and is now engaged in the manu- 
facture of boots and shoes. 

IX. Children, four first born in Warwick, the fifth in Athol. 

513. Charles William, b. Oct. 7, 1842; d. Feb. 6, 1843. 

514. Frederick Bremer, b. Jan. 26, 1844; d. Oct. 1, 1845. 

515. Harriot Maria, b. Jan. 15, 1847. 

516. Clara Elizabeth, b. Oct. 23, 1850. 

517. Frederic Thomas, b. Nov. 19, 1854. 

(94) LEONORA BLAKE [171], m. James Harris Clap, 
Nov. 28, 1839. She was dau. of James and Susan- 
nah, born at Warwick, April 14, 1815, and died at 
Dorchester, Nov. 28, 1843. He was son of Stephen 
and Hannah (Humphreys) Clap, of Dorchester, has 
married a second wife, and still resides in Dorchester. 

LX. Children, born in Dorchester. 

518. Madelia Hudson, b. July 31, 1842. 

(95) JONATHAN BLAKE [172], m. Caroline Johnson, 


June 26, 1844. Slie was dau. of Daniel and Sally 
(Ward) Johnson, of Warwick, born June 27, 1823. 
He was son of James and Susannah, born in Gill, 
Sept. 19, 1817. He owns and occupies the old Fran- 
cis Leonard farm in Warwick, which he first bought in 
company with his brother Thomas H., and more re- 
cently purchased the whole, and sold one half to his 

cousin, Conant, and they both live there and 

manufacture boots. 

IX. Children, born in Warwick. 

519. Clessen Herbert, b. June 9, 1853. 

519^ Sarah Ellen, b. June 4, 185G. 


96) MARTHA SUSAX BLAKE [174], m. Windsor Dru- 
ry, Jan. 1, 1849. She was dau. of James and Susan- 
nah (Conant) Blake, born at Orange, Feb. 14, 1822. 
He was son of Joel Drury, of Wendell, born Dec. 4, 
1821. He is a mechanic, and now follows wood-turn- 
ing, and resides in Athol. They have no children. 

(97) REBECCA BLAKE LEONARD [176], m. Rev. Na- 
hum Gould, Jan. 29, 1828. She was dau. of Francis 
and Sar&,h (Blake) Leonard, born at Warwick, Dec. 5, 
1804, and died at Northville, Illinois, March 8, 1838. 
He was son of Thomas and Abigail (Chase) Gould, of 
Warwick, born Dec. 25, 1798; is a Congregational 
clergyman in Northville, Illinois. 

IX. Children. 

520. Sarah Leonard, b. Nov. 18, 1828; ra. Amasa C. Lord, 

Nov., 1848. (202) 

521. Elizabeth Pierce, b. Jan. 7, 1831. 

522. Nancy Blake, b. July, 1833; m. Henrv Merwin, Oct. 

19, 1854. " (203) 

523. Mary Louisa, b. July 29, 1836. 

(98) JOHN LEONARD [177], m. Mrs. Louisa Jones, 
March 5, 1832. Her maiden name was Conant, and 
she was from Massachusetts. He was son of Francis 
and Sarah (Blake) Leonard, born at Warwick, June 
13, 1806. He went to Illinois, with his cousin John 
Pierce Blake, about 1829, found Mrs. Jones there, 
whom he subsequently married, and has become an 
extensive farmer and a man of substance. He lives 
in Galesburg, Illinois. 


IX. Children. 

524. Levi Jones, b. Oct. 26, 1833; d. Mav 16, 1854. 

525. Sarah Blake, b. Feb. 28, 1836. 

526. Henry Fuller, b. May 22, 1842. 

(99) SARAH PIERCE LEONARD [178], ni. George 
Washins'ton Moore, May 23, 1832. She was dau. of 
Francis and Sarah (Blake) Leonard, born at "Warwick, 
Jan. 20, 1808. He was son of Mark and Sarah Moore, 
of WarAvick, born Feb. 22, 1805. He owns and occu- 
pies the farm and mill that belontred to his father-in- 
law, and the widow resides with him. He is deacon 
of the Consrregational (Orthodox) Church, and has 
been Selectman, xVssessor, and in other important 
offices, a number of years. 

IX. Children, born in Warwick. 

527. John Ana-el James, b. Feb. 28, 1837. 

528. Ellen Rebecca, b. Mav 15, 1839. 

529. Francis Leonard, b. March 24, 1843. 

(100) FRANCIS LEONARD [182], m. Lois Jane Morse, 
Feb. 16, 1848. He was son of Francis and Sarah 
(Blake) Leonard, born at Warwick, Oct. 19, 1817. 
He went out to Illinois some years since, and has been 
engaged in teaching school, and preaching, and was a 
Congregational (Orthodox) minister at Galesburg, Illi- 
nois, and died there Sept. 20, 1856. 

rX. Children. 

530. Edward Blake, b. June 10, 1853. 

531. Isabella Mehetable. b. April 14, 1855. 


01) JOHN PIERCE BLAKE [184], m. (i.) Zilpah At- 
wood, June 11, 1833. She was dau. of Joshua and 
Mary (Carol) Atwood, of Warwick, born Nov. 23, 
1802, and died March 8, 1845, at Granville, Illinois. 
He married (ii.) Mary Smith, February 4, 1847. 
She was dau. of James and Ruth (Richardson) Smith, 
formerly of Pennsylvania, then of Ohio, now living 
near Tonica, in Lasalle County, Illinois. She was 
born April 26, 1823. He was son of Jonathan and 
Patty (Conant) Blake, born in Warwick, July 2, 1803, 
studied and entered Amherst College, but was obliged 
to leave on account of ill health, and about 1829 he 


took his surveying instruments and started for Illinois 
(the then far West). On arriving there he soon com- 
menced surveying, and also soon acquired a comforta- 
ble degree of health. He has been Judge of Pro- 
bate for Putnam County, which office he resigned for 
that of County Surveyor. He has a fine farm, and 
has reared a large ftxmily of children. His sons carry 
on the farm, and raised the last year (1855) thirty-five 
hundred bushels of grain. Pie still follows surveying 
the most of the time. Lives in Granville, Illinois. 
IX. Children, by first marriage. 

532. John Atwood, b. Aug. IG, 1834. 

533. Anion Adams, b. Jan. 17, 1836. 

534. Mary Ann, b. June 28, 1837. 

535. Edward Everett, b. Aug. 23, 1838. 

536. Theodore Dwight,b. Jan. 10, 1840; d. Sept. 14, 1844. 

537. Ellen Carrol, b. March 31, 1841. 

538. Amelia, b. May 20, 1842. 

539. Janette, b. Jan. 8, 1844. 

Children, by second marriage. 

540. Kersey Smith, b. July 2, 1848. 

541. Martha, b. Dec. 22, 1849. 

542. Orella, b. July 11, 1851. 

^^102) JONATHAN BLAKE [186], m. Mary Jerome, Dec. 
20, 1830. She was dau. of Richard and Esther (Leach) 
Jerome, of Waterford, Conn., born May 13, 1804. 
He was son of Jonathan and Patty (Conant) Blake, 
born in Warwick, Aug. 27, 1807. Resides in Brook- 
lyn, N. Y. 
IX. Children, the daughter born in Waterford, Conn., the 
sons in New York. 

543. Mary Ann, b. Dec. 27, 1832; m. Ephraira Lyon, Nov. 

15, 1853. (204) 

544. Spencer Cone, ^ - - - - 

& Vb. July 17, 1835. 

545. Judson Jerome, ) . . . . 

(103) MARY ANN BLAKE [187], m. Rev. Alvah Page, 
Jan. 8, 1833. She was dau. of Jonathan and Patty 
(as above), born in Warwick, March 6, 1810, and died 
at Pembroke, N. Y., Nov. 20, 1833. She left no 
children. Mr. Page was from Hawley, was a clergy- 


maiij and moved to Pembroke, N. Y., soon after their 

(104) MARTHxi MERRIAM BLAKE [188], m. Frederic 
Clap, May 17, 1840. She was also dan. of Jonathan 
and Patty, born at Warwick, June 21, 1812. He was 
son of Capt. William and Elizabeth (Humphreys) 
Clap, of Dorchester, born Jan. 26, 1813. His father, 
two brothers and himself, have done a large business 
at tanning- in that town, but this not being so profitable 
as formerly, they have relinquished it and turned their 
attention to agriculture, fruit and fruit trees. He 
lives on Boston Street, Dorchester, next house to Bos- 
ton line, 

IX. Children, born in Dorchester. 

546. Julia Elizabeth, b. June 21, 1841. 

547. Frederic William, b. Oct. 10, 1843; d. same day. 

548. Frederic Augustus, b. Oct. 11, 1845. 

549. Edward Blake, b. March 11, 1851. 

550. Mary Louisa, b. Feb. 9, 1854. 

(105) JAMES EDWARD BLAKE [189], m. Releif Smith, 
Nov. 15, 1841. She was dau. of Capt. Daniel Noyes 
and Releif (Rice) Smith, who were formerly from Sud- 
bury, and moved to Warwick about 1813, and she was 
born there Feb. 9, 1822. He was son of Jonathan 
and Patty (Conant) Blake, born in Warwick, July 31, 
1817. He liv^ed on the old farm that his grand-father 
purchased in 1781, in Warwick, about 1^ miles south 
west by west from the middle of the town, until the 
spring of 1855, when he sold the old farm, and hired 
one in Gill, for one year, and in the autumn of 1855 
went out west and purchased a farm in the town of 
Granville, Illinois, near to his brother John P. ; and 
on the 24th of March, 1856, started with his wife, four 
children, and cousin Horace Hildreth Blake (who is 
son of the writer of this), for their new home, and 
arrived in safety on Friday, the 28th of March. He 
is a surveyor, and owns the instruments that once be- 
longed to James Blake (the Annalist) of Dorchester, 
who died in 1750. 

IX. Children, four first born in Warwick, the last at Grap- 
ville, Illinois. 



551. Helen Amanda, b. Sept. 6, 1842. 

552. Henry Everett, b. Oct. 9, 1844. 

553. Mary Clap, b. Jan. 30, 1849. 

554. Frank Nojes, b. Aug. 17, 1854. 
554J Gilbert Smith, b. June 29, 1856, 

(106) ELIZABETH ANN BIRD [190], m. Gardner Wil. 
bor, May 17, 1830. She was dau. of Amasa and Eliza- 
beth (Blake) Bird, born Nov. 8, 1810, in Dorchester. 
He was born in Easton, July 25, 1808, is a blacksmith 
and machinist, has lived in Easton and North Chelms- 
ford, and is now in North West Bridgewater. 

IX. Children, two first born in Easton, next one in North 
Chelmsford, and five last in N. W. Bridgewater. 

555. Charles Gardner, b. Dec. 10, 1833, 

556. Mary Elizabeth, b. Sept. 6, 1836. 

557. Shepard Blake, b. March 13, 1839. 

558. Dexter Everett, b. Feb. 11, 1846. 

559. Caroline Ella, b. Jan. 26, 1848; d. Feb. 9, 1852, 

560. Maria J., b. May 12, 1851. 

561. Corydon, b. March 31, 1853. 

562. EllaG., b. June 21, 1855. 

(107) SARAH BLAKE CLAP [192], m. Henry Hum- 
phreys, Dec. 2, 1830. She was dau. of Richard and 
Mary (Blake) Clap, born July 29, 1808, and died 
March 15, 1850. He was son of Deacon James and 
Elizabeth (Capen) Humphreys, of Dorchester, born 
April 3, 1801. He married (ii.) Catharine Clap, sis- 
ter to his first wife, July 14, 1851. She was born 
Nov. 26, 1815. He lives on the corner of Stoughton 
and Humphreys Streets, in the house where his father 
lived, and the same place has been in the family ever 
since Dorchester was first settled. There was for- 
merly an extensive tannery on the premises, which 
has been relinquished within a few years, and given 
place to other improvements. He is deacon of the 
first Church (Unitarian) in Dorchester, as was his 
father before him. He and his wife are both of the 
seventh generation (viz., the Humphreys and Claps) 
from the first settler in Dorchester of their respective 
families, and these families have never intermarried 
with any but natives of the town, except in two 


IX. Children, born in Dorchester. 

563. Sarah i^lizabeth, b. Nov. 28, 1831. 

564. James, b. Nov. 26, 1833; d. Jan. 25, 1849. 
665. Henry, b. Dec. 22, 1834; d. June 15, 1850. 
566. Richard Clap, b. June 10, 1836. 

667. Charles Alfred, b. April 1, 1838. 

668. Barnard, b. Dec. 17, 1839: d. June 16, 1841. 

569. Martha, ) \ . . d. Feb. 1, 1842. 

& Vb. Feb. 28, 1841. 

570. Mary, ) 

671. Walter, b. July 4, 1842. 

572. Dexter, b. Sept. 17, 1843. 

573. Catharine, b. March 10, 1845; d. Nov. 21, 1845. 

574. Anna, b. April 27, 1846. 

575. James Henry, b. March 6, 1850. 

(108) LEMUEL DEXTER CLAP [193], m. Abigail H. 
Eaton, Nov. 30, 1836. She was from Framingham. 
He was son of Richard and Mary (Blake) Clap, born 
Nov. 4, 1810, was a tanner, and lived near his father's 
(in Clap place), and died after a long and painful sick- 
ness, Nov. 13, 1844. 

IX. Children, born in Dorchester, 

576. Mary Emeline, b. Oct. 19. 1837; d. Aug. 23, 1838. 

577. John Dexter, b. Sept. 10, 1839. 

578. Emma Mary, b. Sept. 18, 1842. 

579. Abby Caroline, b. July 17, 1844. 

(109) RICHARD CLAP [195], m. Caroline Bird, Jan. 12, 
1842. She was dau. of Mr. Jacob Bird, of Dorchester. 
He was son of Richard and Mary (Blake) Clap, born 
Jan. 27, 1814. He is a carpenter, and lives in Clap 
place, Dorchester. They have no children. 

(110) REBECCA CLAP [198], m. William Blake Trask 
[310], Nov. 25, 1844. She was dau. of Richard and 
Mary (Blake) Clap, born Sept. 4, 1817. He was son 
of William and Patience (Pierce) Trask, born in Dor- 
chester, Nov. 25, 1812. He was a cabinet maker, but 
of late years has devoted his time mostly to antiqua- 
rian researches, is a member of the Dorchester Anti- 
quarian and Historical Society, and contributes much 
valuable information to the Genealogical Register and 


other kindred publications. Ho owns a house, and 
has lived in Clap place nntil recently, but now lives in 
Willow court, in tiic old Capt. Lemuel Clap house, 
with Miss Catharine Clap, who is aunt to Mrs. Trask. 
They have no children. 

(111) ALFRED CLAP [199], m. Elinor M. Cain, Oct. 10, 
1843. She was dan. of Zechariah and Charlotte Cain. 
of Dorchester, born Sept. 24, 1820. He was son of 
Richard and Mary, born April 9, 1819. He was a 
cabinet maker, but has relinquished it, and is now a 
provision dealer in Dorchester, and owns and lives in 
Clap Place. 

IX. Children, born in Dorchester. 

580. Charlotte Eliza Chapman, b. Oct. 5, 1844. 

581. Ernest Alfred, b. July 15, 1846. 

582. Eugene Davis, b. Jan. 12, 1848; d. Jan. 21, 1848. 

583. Richard Dexter, b. Jan. 29, 1853. 

(112) MARTHA CLAP [200], m. Stephen Clap, June 28, 
1852. She was dau. of Richard and Mary, born April 
27, 1821. He was son of Stephen and Hannah (Hum- 
phreys) Clap, of Dorchester, is a carpenter, and resides 
with his father-in-law, on Pond Street. They have no 

(113) ELISHA CLAP [201], ra, Martha Johnson, April 8, 
1851. She was dau. of Daniel and Sally (Ward) 
Johnson, of Warwick, born Dec. 24, 1827, and sister 
to the wife of Jonathan Blake (Par. 95). He was 
son of Richard and Mary, born at Dorchester, Sept. 
29, 1822. He was an engraver, and by it injured his 
eyesight so much, that he took up farming as a dernier 
resort, and purchased a farm in Gill, in 1850, from 
which he gets a good living, and lays up more every 
year than some who make a great noise and bustle in 
the world. They have had no children, but have 
adopted a pair of twins, whose father is Elijah Seaver, 
of Gill, and their mother is dead. Their names are 
Abby and Alma Seaver Clap, born May 14, 1851, and 
adopted in January, 1855. 

(114) MARY CLAP [202], m. Charles Frederic Weis, 


June 28; 1S52. She was dau. of Richard aiid Mary 
(Blake) Clap, born in Dorchester, Aug. 16, 1825. 
She was married at the same time with her sister 
Martha (Par. 112), in the meeting-house on the hill 
in Dorchester, by Rev. Nathaniel Hall. Mr. Weis is 
from Germany, was born August 1, 1820, in OfiFenbach, 
in the Grand Duchy of Hesse Darmstadt, near Frank- 
fort on the Main. He keeps a fur and umbrella 
store in Boston, corner of Washington and Franklin 
Streets. Resides in Roxbury. 

IX. Children, born in Roxbury. 

584. Anna Lora, b. Jan. 1, 1855. 

584i. Mary Blake, b. Aug. 11, 1856. 

(115) MARY ELIZABETH BLAKE [204], m. Alfred 
Nutter, May 4, 1847. She was dau. of Samuel and 
Betsey .(Fay) Blake, born in Boston, Nov. 8,1821. 
He was son of Matthias and Mary (Fulsom) Nutter, 
of Newington, N. H., born June 6, ]812. Mr. Mat- 
thias Nutter died about 1817, and Mrs. Mary F. Nut- 
ter was his second wife and is now living at Newing- 
ton, N. H. Mr. Nutter is a carpenter and mill-wright, 
or turbine wheel builder. Resides on Chapel-hill, 
Lowell. They have no children. 

(116) LUCY BLAKE [205], m. Nahum Jones, June 17, 
1846. She was dau. of Samuel and Betsey (Fay) 
Blake, born in Boston, Nov. 7, 1822. He was son of 
Amos and Louisa (Majmard) Jones, born at Gerry 
(now Phillipston), Dec. 22, 1807. Amos (the father) 
was born at Gerry, Feb. 14, 1777, and died in 1827. 
Louisa, the mother, was daughter of Gardner May- 
nard, of Gerry, and she died about 1809. Mr. Jones 
served an apprenticeship at tanning and currying with 
Mr. Prescott Jones, in Athol, and went to Boston in 
1827, and was for a few years in the hide and leath- 
er business, but for some years past has been exten- 
sively engaged in the manufactiu-e and sale of boots 
and shoes, under the firm of N. Jones & Co., No. 106 
Pearl St., Boston. (The partner is Josiah M. Jones, 
from Athol.) Mr. Jones lived in Charlestown, after 
he was married, until 1851, and at tliat time bought a 
place on Dorchester Avenue, in Dorchester, about 2^ 
miles from Boston, where he now resides. 


IX. Cliildren, two oldest born in Charlestown, two next in 

585. Lucy Ella, b. Sept. 2, 1847; d. Aug, 23, 1851. 

586. Gardner Maynard, b. June 27, 1850. 

587. ^lary Frances, b. July 14, 185.S. 
587J. Clara Augusta, b. June 22, 1856. 

(117) MELINDA PIKE BLAKE [206], m. Thomas Pay- 
son, May 13, 1852. She was dau. of Samuel and Bet- 
sey (Fay) Blake, born in Warwick, Sept. 20, 1825. 
He was son of Samuel and Lucy (Holden) Payson, of 
Dorchester, born March 13, 1822. He lives at the 
old homestead that was once his father's, on Hancock 
Street (which is owned by his sister, Lydia P.), and 
owns an excellent stone quarry near Roxbury line, 
and is engaged in furnishing stone, teaming and job- 
bing in general, together with some farming. 

IX. Children, born in Dorchester. 

588. Anna Holden, b. Sept. 22, 1854, 
5 88 J. Horace Blake, b. Oct. 19, 1856, 

(118) MOSES BLAKE WILLIAMS [210], m. Mary Jane 
Penniman, March 15, 1843. He was son of Moses 
and Mary (Blake) Williams, born Oct. 16, 1820, is a 
merchant, in business with his father, in Boston, and 
resides at Brookline. She was daughter of Elisha 
Penniman, of Brookline. 

IX. Children. 

589. Agnes Blake. 

590. Moses. 

591. Edith. 

592. Charles Amory, 

593. Harold. 

(119) SARAH ELIZABETH WILLIAMS [212], m. Wil- 
liam Henry Slocum, July 14, 1851. She was dau. of 
Moses and Mary (Blake) Williams, born June 29, 
1825. He was son of Capt. Slocum, who was lost at 
sea. He is engaged in the fur trade, in Boston, and 
resides in Brookline. 

IX. Children. 

594. Helen. 

595. Mary Blake. 

596. Daughter. 


(120) LAURA LUCRETIA WILLIAMS [216], m. James 
Brown Case, Oct. 2G, 1854. She was dau. of Moses 
and Mary (Blake) Williams, born Sept. 7, 1833. He 
was from Providence, R. L, is an importer of dry 
goods, and resides in Boston, 

IX. Children. 
59 6i. Daughter. 

(121) SARAH ELIZABETH WHITE [223], m. Charles 
Leicester Field, Oct. 6, 1854. She was dau. of Charles 
and Sally (Blake) White, born in Boston, Oct. 4, 
1830. He was son of Rev. Joseph Field, D.D., who 
has been for a long time, and still is, the Unitarian 
minister of Weston. Mr. Field is a merchant in Bos- 
ton, and resides in Lincoln. 

IX. Children. 

597. Charles Leicester, b. Nov. 22, 1855. 

(122) JAMES BARXARD BLAKE [226], m. Louisa 
Southgate Bowen, Oct. 11, 1855. She was daughter 
of George and Harriot Bowen, of Worcester, born Oct. 
11, 1834, making her 21 years old on their marriage 
day. He was son of James and Polly (Clap) Blake, 
l)orn in Boston, June 19, 1827. He is a surveyor 
and engineer, has had much experience in the con- 
struction of gas works, and its manufacture, is now 
the agent of the Worcester Gas Company, and resides 

(123) THOMAS BLAKE EVERETT [232], ra. Sarah 
Elizabeth Green, Oct., 1854. She was dau. of Benja- 
min H. and Elizabeth Green, of Boston, born May 9, 
1834. He was son of Otis and Elizabeth Lowell 
(Blake) Everett, born in Boston, March 13, 1S31. 
Resides in Roxburv. 

IX. Children. 

598, Arthur Green, b. August 14, 1855. 

(124) SARAH TAPPAN PIERCE [238], m. Rev. Calvin 
Durfee, Aug. 15, 1831. She was dau. of Rev. John 
and Lucy (Tappan) Pierce, born in Brookline, March 
4, 1803. He was born at Pittsfield, Oct. 6, 1797, 
graduated at Williams College ia 1825, ordained at 


Hunter, Green Count}', N. Y., April 23, 1828, dis- 
missed Aug. 11, 1835, and installed at South Dedhaiu, 
March 2, 1836, and moved to Brooklyn, Ohio, in 1851. 
IX. Children. 

599. Lucv Pierce, b. June 19, 1835; m. Joseph Poe, Mar. 

15; 1853. (205) 

600. John Pierce, b. Dec, 1838. 

601. Charles Stoddard, b. July 22, 1844. 

(125) LUCY PIERCE [241], m. Rev. Frederic Henry 
Hedge, D.D., Sept. 7, 1830. She was dau. of Rev. 
John and Lucy (Tappan) Pierce, born in Brookline, 
June 24, 1808. He was son of Professor Levi Hedge, 
LL.D., of Cambridge College, and grand-son of Rev. 
Lemuel Hedge, the first minister of Warwick, and who 
died there in 1777. He was born Dec. 12, 1805, 
graduated at Harvard College in 1825, ordained at 
West Cambridge, May 20, 1829, and dismissed at his 
own request, May, 1835 ; installed at Bangor, Me., in 
1835, and dismissed in 1840, and the same year set- 
tled at Providence, R. I. He is now pastor of the 
first Church in Brookline (the same that Dr. Pierce 
was pastor of, for more than 50 years). 

JX. Children. 

602. Frederic Henry, b. June 20, 1831 ; graduated at Har- 

vard College, 1851. 

603. Charlotte Auirusta, b. March 21, 1834. 

604. Ellen Elizabeth, b. April 4, 1836. 

605. Caroline Farrar, b. Oct. 29, 1838. 

(126) FERELINE WALLEY PIERCE [242], m. Rev. 
Thomas Bayley Fox, Oct. 27, 1831. She was dau. of 
Rev. John and Lucy (Tappan) Pierce, born in Brook- 
line, March 20, 1810. He was son of John and Abi- 
gail (Bayley) Fox, born in Boston, August 20, 1808; 
graduated at Harvard College in 1828, ordained at 
Newburyport, Aug. 3, 1831, dismissed at his own re- 
quest, April, 1845, settled at the Indiana Street Con- 
gregational Church in Boston the same month, dis- 
missed by mutual agreement, and the meeting-house 
sold to Rev. James Freeman Clark's Society, early in t 
1855. Rev. Mr. Fox resides in Dorchester, does not 

at present have the charge of any society, but supplies 


vacant pulpits in various places, as circumstances re- 
quire. Mr. John Fox (the father) was born May 29, 
1765, was formerly a merchant in Boston, bought a 
place in Dorchester, and retired from business some 
years since. He retained his faculties and enjoyed 
good health to the last. He usually went to Boston 
once or twice a week ; went in on the morning of 
March 28, 1856, and was in the United States Insu- 
rance Office in State Street, in conversation with some 
friends, when he expired without a moment's warning, 
aged 90 years and 10 months. Thus suddenly and 
quietly departed a good citizen and a much beloved 
IX. Children. 

606. Charles Barnard, b. Jan. 17, 1833. 

607. George William, b. Oct. 15, 1834. 

608. John Andrews, b. Dec. 23, 1835. 

609. Thomas Bayley, b. Feb. 1, 1839. 

610. Fereline Pierce, b. Dec. 23, 1843. 

(127) Rev. JOHN TAPPAN PIERCE [243], m. Martha 
Haskins, July 25, 1837, at Elyria, Ohio. She was 
born at Middlesex, Vt., Sept. 15, 1811. He was son 
of Rev. John and Lucy (Tappan) Pierce, born in 
Brookline, Dec. 15, 1811, graduated atHarvard College 
in 1831, and from the Obcrlin Institute, Ohio, Sept. 14, 
1836, and was ordained an Evangelist the next day. 
He preached at Middlesex, Vt., and other places, but 
his health failing, he went to Illinois in 1839. He 
taught school at several places in the West, and is 
now an instructor at Geneseo. Henrv County, Illinois. 

IX. Children. 

611. Marv Elizabeth, b. June 23, 1845. 

612. Jolm Franklin, b. July 30, 1849, 

(128) WILLIAM BLAKE PIERCE [245], m. Elizabeth 
F. Peck, June 1, 1842. She was born at Albany, N. 
Y., Feb. 14, 1824. He was son of Rev. John and 
Lucy (Tappan) Pierce, born at Brookline, Sept. 26, 
1815. He practised law a few years at Albany, N.. 
Y., but now resides at Cincinnati, Ohio, and is con- 
nected with the " Mercantile Agency." 

IX. Children. 



613. William Lewis, b. Oct. 13, 1843. 

614. Lucv Tappau, b. June 29, 1846. 

615. Arthur, b. Sept. 3, 1849; d. July, 1850. 
610. Robert, b. Dec. 14, 1852. 

(129) MARY WILDE PIERCE [247], m. Henry Varnum 
Poor, Sept. 7, 1841. She was dau. of Rev. John and 
Lucy (Tappan) Pierce, born in Brookline, Dec. 6, 
1820. He was born Dec. 8, 1812, at Andover, Me., 
and graduated at Bowdoin College, 1835. He studi- 
ed law, and practised several years in Maine, then 
went to New York City, and is now editor of the Rail 
Road Journal. 

IX. Children. 

616^. Agnes Blake, b. Nov. 10, 1842. 

617."' Henry William, b. June 16, 1844. 

618. Robert Pierce, b. Oct. 21, 1848; d. Sept. 1, 1849, 
61 8J. Mary Evangelin, b. Aug. 28, 1853. 

6181. Lucy Tappan, b. Dec. 17, 1855. 

(130) ANN POPE [250], m. Otis Shepard, Oct. 5, 1823. 
She was dau. of William and Sarah (Pierce) Pope, 
born in Dorchester, Oct. 5, 1803. He was son of 
Ralph and Nabby (Gay) Shepard, of Stoughton, born 
March 12, 1797. He resides in Dorchester, on Meet- 
ing-house Hill, and is engaged in the baking business, 
in company with his brothers. 

IX. Children, 

619. Otis, b. Sept. 27, 1824; d. Sept. 27, 1825. 

620. Catharine Amelia, b. Feb. 3, 1826. 

621. Otis, b. Sept. 27, 1827; m. Emily E. Blanchard, May 

4, 1854. (206) 

622. Charles Alexander, b. March 12, 1830; is in Sacra- 
mento, California. 

623. Horace Scudder, b. Dec. 13, 1832; is a lumber dealer. 

624. Ann Adeline, b. May 4, 1835; is at Antioch College. 

625. Lucy Elizabeth, b. Sept. 28, 1837; is a teacher in 
Dorchester High School. 

626. Eliza Frances, b. March 14, 1840. 

627. Amasa Stetson, b. Sept. 27, 1842; d. Nov. 20, 1842. 

628. Amasa Stetson, ) . . . . d. March 30, 1844. 

& ^b. Jan. 21, 1844, 

629. Rebecca Kettell, ) - - - - 


630. Rachel Pope, b. March 2, 1846. 

631. Ellen Grace, b. May 17, 1849. 

(131) SARAH POPE [252], m. Hiram Shepard, June 19, 
1826. She was dau. of William and Sarah (Pierce) 
Pope, born in Dorchester, Jan. 4, 1807, and died May 
18, 1839. He is brother to Otis (as above), was 
born Nov. 21, 1798, is in the baking business with his 
brothers, and lives on Meeting-house Hill. He mar- 
ried, for his second wife, Mary S. Munroe, Sept. 30, 
1842, daughter of John Wiswell Munroe, of Dorchester. 

IX. Children, bv first marriage. 

632. Eliza, b. May 16, 1827; d. Jan. 25, 1828. 

633. Hiram, b. Nov. 18, 1828; d. Dec. 17, 1846. 

634. William Arthur, b. June 26, 1831; is Professor of 

Chemistry in Va. 

635. Edgar, b. Feb. 7, 1834: d. Sept. 23, 1835. 

636. Sarah Pope, b. Nov. 14, 1836. 

(132) ALEXANDER POPE [253], m. (i.) Elizabeth Foster, 
Nov. 11,1830. She was dau. of John and Elizabeth (So- 
per) Poster, of Dorchester, and died June 23, 1832. 
He married (ii.) Charlotte Caldwell Cushing, April 
27, 1837. She was daughter of Jerome and Mary 
(Thaxter) Cushing, and niece of the late Dr. Robert 
Thaxter, of Dorchester, and sister of the present Dr. 
Benjamin Cushing. He was son of William and Sa- 
rah (Pierce) Pope, born in Dorchester, March 15, 
1808. He is a lumber merchant, and resides at Har- 
rison Square, Dorchester. 

IX. Children, by second marriage — none by his first wife. 

637. Charlotte Cushing, b. April 6, 1838. 

638. Alexander, b. March 25, 1849. 

(133) AD ALINE POPE [254], m. Julius Augustus Noble, 
May 15, 1834. She was dau. of William and Sarah 
(Pierce) Pope, born in Dorchester, April 9, 1810, and 
died at New Orleans, April 29, 1844. He was from 
Massachusetts, and resides in New Orleans. 

IX. Children. 

639. William Pope, b. Dec. 30, 1835. 

640. Lucy Ann, b. March 15, 1841. 


(134) ELIZABETH POPE [255], m. John Ayres, August 
13, 1835. She was dau. of William and Sarah (Pierce) 
Pope, born in Dorchester, March 3, 1812. He was 
born in Truro, July 26, 1807. He formerly lived in 
Boston, but now at West Newton, and is in business 
in Boston. 

IX. Children. 

641. Helen Frances, b. July 3, 1836. 

642. Alice Cleveland, b. May 17, 1838, 

643. Elizabeth, b. May 26, 1840. 

644. Mary Adaline, b. April 16, 1844. 

(135) WILLIAM POPE [256], m. Sarah Ann Foster, 
June 8, 1836. She was dau. of John and Elizabeth 
(Soper) Foster, born May 2, 1813, and sister to Eliza- 
beth, who married Alexander Pope. He was son of 
William and Sarah (Pierce) Pope, born Dec. 27, 1813. 
He is a lumber merchant, and lives at Harrison Square, 

IX. Children. 

645. John Foster, b. Oct. 20, 1837. 

646. Elizabeth Foster, b. Oct. 21, 1840. 

647. William Carroll, b. May 8, 1847. 

(136) LUCY POPE [257], m. Jonathan Battles, Aug. 25, 
1840. She was dau. of William and Sarah (Pierce) 
Pope, born in Dorchester, Dec. 3, 1815. He was son 
of Jonathan and Mariah (Dickerman) Battles, of 
Stoughton, born Sept. 7, 1812. He has been a teach- 
er in the public schools in this vicinity about 20 years, 
and recently master of the Everett School in Dorches- 
ter, but has now resigned. He lives at Harrison 
Square, Dorchester, 

IX. Children. 

648. Catharine Pope, b. May 23, 1841. 

649. Edward Winslow, b. June 29, 1844. 

650. Harriot Augusta, b. April 23, 1856. . 

(137) SALLY PIERCE POPE [259], m. Obadiah Hill, 
May 16, 1820. She was dau. of Frederic and Molly 
(Pierce) Pope, born Oct. 24, 1797, and died Oct. 9, 
1850. She was double cousin to the family of Popes 
in the seven last paragraphs. He belonged at Machias, 
Me., and resided there. 


IX. Children. 

651. Mai7,b. July 6, 1821; d. July 29, 1851. 

652. Warren, b. Jan. 11, 1823. 

653. Sarah, b. Nov. 25, 1824; m. William Thaxter, Oct., 

1854. (207) 

654. Lucy, b. March 14, 1827; d. Oct. 11, 1833. 

655. Caroline, b. Jan. 21, 1829. 

656. Samuel, b. Feb. 22, 1831. 

657. Sophia, ) 

& Vb. June 11, 1832. 

658. John, ) 

(138) MARY POPE [2G1], m. Thomas Beals, Feb. 27, 
1825. She was dau. of Frederic and Molly (Pierce) 
Pope, born Feb. 25, 1801, and died April 28, 1843. 
Mr. Beals married (ii.) Sarah Blake Ford, Sept. 5, 
1844, daughter of Charles and Lois (Pierce) Ford, 
born Sept. 15, 1805, in Dorchester. Mr. Beals was 
born in Dorchester, May 9, 1800, and now resides on 
the same place, in Humphreys Street. He is a music 
engraver and printer in Boston. 

IX. Children, by first marriage. 

659. Mary, b. Dec. 13, 1825. 

660. Thomas Henry, b. Aug. 10, 1827. 

661. John Pierce, b. Dec. 14, 1828 ; m. Harriot R. Hawes, 
Dec. 14, 1852. (208) 

662. Elizabeth Pope, b. Dec. 17, 1831 ; d. Sept. 10, 1833. 

663. Amelia, b. Sept. 5, 1834; m. Ed. R. Hemmenway, 
June 12, 1856. (208^) 

664. Eliza, b. Sept. 29, 1837; d. Sept. 3, 1838. 

665. Sarah Elizabeth, b. July 19, 1839. 
Children, by second marriage. 

666. Frederic, b. Sept. 11, 1845. 

(139) HANNAH POPE [263], m. William E. Hellish, 
Sept, 21, 1828. She was also dau. of Frederic and 
Molly, as above, was born April 13, 1804. He is a 
cabinet maker, at Walpole, N. H. 

IX. Children. 

667. Oscar, b. Nov. 24, 1831 ; m. Helen A. Guild, March 

18, 1855. (209) 

668. Orianna, b. Oct. 29, 1833. 

669. Olivia, b. Oct. 18, 1837. 

670. Walter, b. June 11, 1840. 


(140) FREDERIC POPE [264], in. Sarah Phillips, May 3, 
1829. He was son of Frederic and Molly, born Mar. 
28, 180G. He is a carpenter, and resides at Weymouth, 
where his wife belonged. 

IX. Children. 

671. Sarah Ann, b. Aug. 7, 1830. 

672. Maria Wesley, b. July 12, 1832. 

673. Frederic Clinton, b. Aug. 15, 1835. 

674. Warren Webster, b. March 5, 1840. 

(141) SAMUEL POPE [266], m. Sarah Mellish, June 25, 
1837. She belonged to Walpole, N. H., and was sis- 
ter to William E., who married Hannah Pope. He 
was son of Frederic and Molly, born Sept. 11, 
1809, is a merchant in Boston, and resides in Roxbury. 

IX. Children. 

675. Frederic, b. June 19, 1838. 

676. Emeline, b. Aug. 9, 1 840. 

677. Angela, b. July 16, 1842; d. Sept. 10, 1843. 

678. Eugene Alexander, b. Aug. 3, 1846. 

(142) JAMES POPE [267], m. Eunice Thaxter, Nov. 22, 
1835. He was son of Frederic and Molly, born Nov. 
23, 1811, He is a trader, and resides at Machias, 
Me., where his wife belonged. 

IX. Children. 

679. James Oscar, b. Sept. 2, 1837. 

680. Charles Frederic, b. Dec. 27, 1838; d. Nov. 27, 1839. 

681. Julia Helen, b. March, 1840; d. June 26, 1847. 

682. Charles Henrv, b. Oct. 18, 1841. 

683. Sarah Hill, b.' April 11, 1845; d. Feb. 16, 1847. 

684. William Herbert, b. March 22, 1847; d. Oct. 26, 


685. Lucy Hill, b. Oct. 5, 1848. 

686. Herbert Leslie, b. Jan. 17, 1851. 

687. Edgar Marshall, b. Feb., 1853. 

(143) CHARLES POPE [268], m. Elizabeth Bograan, 
Aug. 24, 1834. He was son of Frederic and Molly, 
born Aug. 12, 1814, is a merchant in Boston, and re- 
sides in Brookline. 

IX. Children. 

688. Charles Allen, b. June 27, 1835. 


689. Adelaide L., b. Sept. 23, 1837. 

690. Mary Elizabeth, b. Dec. 20, 1840. 

691. Albert Augustus, b. May 20, 1843. 

692. Caroline A., ) 

& }h. Feb. 18, 1846. 

693. Emilv F., ) 

694. Arthur Wallace, b. March 9, 1850. 

695. Louis Atherton, b. Sept. 4, 1852. 

(144) WILLIAM POPE [269], m. Mary Bogman, August 
12, 1840. He is twin brother to Charles (above), 
born August 12, 1814, and their wives are sisters. 
He is a merchant in Boston, and lives in Brookline. 

IX. Children. 

696. William Francis, b. May 13, 1841 ; d. Sept. 14, 1841. 

697. George, b. Jan. 9, 1842. 

698. Edward Waldron, b. Nov. 26, 1845. 

699. Marv Frances, b. Jan. 6, 1848; d. Dec. 28. 1851. 

700. Sarah Elizabeth, b. Feb.' 19, 1849. 

701. Warren Herbert, b. Sept. 23, 1851 ; d. May, 1852. 

702. Annie, b. June 5, 1853; d. Oct. 6, 1853. 

(145) JOHN POPE [270], m. Harriet M. Gilbert, Sept. 4, 
1845. She was from Brownington, Yt. He was son of 
Frederic and Molly (Pierce) Pope, born Jan. 6, 1817, 
which makes nine of their children who have married 
and had children. He resides in Cambridgeport. 

IX. Children. 

703. Frank Gilbert, b. July 7, 1846. 

704. Clara Mellish, b. July 19, 1848. 

705. Mary Helen, b. June 1, 1851. 
705^. Walter Harvey, b. Oct. 29, 1853. 
7054. Alice Eliza, b. July 25, 1856. 

(146) HEPZIBAH CLAP [271], m. Benjamin Lathrop 
Sumner, March 11, 1824. She was dau. of Ebenczer 
and Eunice (Pierce) Clap, born in Dorchester, Sept. 4, 
1798. He was son of Ebenezer and Elizabeth 
(Holmes) Sumner, born in Taunton. He resides in 

IX. Children. 

706. Elizabeth Holmes, b. Jan. 1, 1825; m. Samuel R. 

Field. (210) 


707. Henry Pierce, b. Jan. 10, 1827; d. Nov. 4, 1830. 

708. Francis Auo-ustus, b. May 4, 1834. 

709. George Herbert, b. Mar. 24, 1837; d. May, 1837. 

710. George, b. Sept. 21, 1842. 

(147) ASAHEL CLAP [272], m. (i.) Hannah Harraden, 
Sept. 28, 1825. She died April 7, 1831, without 
issue. He married (ii.) Elizabeth S. Whiting, of Bos- 
ton, Feb. 2, 1837. She was born Dec. 1, 1818. He 
was son of Ebenezer and Eunice (Pierce) Clap, born 
Dec. 27, 1799. He is a merchant in Boston, and re- 
sides in Dorchester. 

IX. Children. 

711. Elizabeth Stickney, b. Aug. 23, 1839. 

712. Georiie Whiting, b. June 23, 1847. 

713. Annette Boyden, b. Aug. 27, 1849; d. Nov. 17, 1850. 

714. Josephine, b. May 15, 1854. 

(148) JOHN PIERCE CLAP [274], m. Mary Ann Bragg, 
August 25, 1840. She was from Drewsville, N. H., 
born 1816. He was son of Ebenezer and Eunice, as 
above, born Feb. 12, 1803. He was formerly a tan- 
ner, now a lumber dealer in Dorchester, at Harrison 

IX. Children. 

715. Henry Austin, b. July 17, 1841. 

716. Mary Helen, b. June 7, 1845. 

717. Louisa Howe, b. June 3, 1847. 

718. William White, b. Dec. 11, 1848. 

(149) EBENEZER CLAP [277], m. Sarah Swan, April 4, 
1833. She was dau. of William and Sarah (Shepard) 
Swan, of Dorchester, born May 10, 1806. He was 
son of Ebenezer and Eunice, born April 24, 1809. 
He served an apprenticeship with his father at tanning, 
was a few years in the Boston Custom House, is now 
a bookseller and stationer, No. 184 Washington St., 
Boston, is Corresponding Secretary of the Dorchester 
Antiquarian and Historical Society, and was chosen 
Deacon of the First (Unitarian) Church in Dorchester 
in 1854. He resides on Sumner Street, Dorchester. 
The back end of his house-lot joins on to the east side 
of the old burying-ground, of which it has truly been 


said, that it is the "garden of the living, and the 
home of the dead ;'' for it is supposed, that, at this 
time, more than eight thousand (8000) of the former 
inhabitants of Dorchester repose within its sacred 
enclosure, where " No pains, nor woes, nor anxious 
fears, invade its bounds."' 

IX. Children. 

719. Ann Eliza, b. Feb. 15, 1834. 

T^O. Charles Augustus, b. Nov. 9, 1835, 

721. Ebenezer Herbert, b. Oct. 17, 1838. 

722. George William, b. June 30, 1840; d. May 7, 1841. 

(150) ANN CLAP [278], m. Henry A; Gay, Nov. 17, 
1841. She was dau. of Ebenezer and Eunice, born 
March 26, 1811. They live at Quincy. No children. 
They have an adopted daughter. 

(151) ELIZABETH CLAP [279], m. John Howe Robin- 
son, May 14, 1835. She was dau. of Ebenezer and 
Eunice, born July 15, 1814. He was son of Edward 
and Rachel (Howe) Robinson, born in Dorchester, 
Nov. 21, 1809. He owns and occupies the mansion 
and farm that was his father's, on Adams Street, Dor- 
chester, about one fourth of a mile south from Meet- 
ing-house Hill. 

rX. Children. 

723. Ellen Elizabeth, b. April 6, 1836. 

724. Mary Caroline, b. Sept. 26, 1838. 

725. John Howe, b. Dec. 19, 1840. 

726. Edward Francis, b. May 11, 1843; d. Oct. 17, 1844. 

727. Emma Frances, b. Jan. 11, 1846; d. Oct. 6, 1847. 

728. Lucy Ann, b. March 5, 1848. 

729. Emily Pierce, b. Aug. 20, 1850. 

730. Isabella Howe, b. Sept. 2, 1854. 

(152) HIRAM CLAP [282], m. Rebecca Jenkins, May 13, 
1849. She was dau. of Edward and Martha (Reed) 
Jenkins, born in Boston, May 13, 1828. He was son 
of Ebenezer and Eunice (Pierce) Clap, born Jan. 22, 
1820, worked some years with his father, in the tan- 
yard, and is now in the State Bank, Boston. Resides 
in Clap place, Dorchester. 



IX. Children. 

731. Frederic William, b. July 26, 1850. 

(153) JOHN PIERCE [284], m. Elizabeth Lydia Hans- 
com, Nov. 12, 1837. She was dan. of George and 
Bethia Hanscom, of East Machias, Me., born June 30, 
1820. He was son of Jonas and Margery (West) 
Pierce, also of East Machias, born Dec. 2, 1815, is a 
lumberman, and resides in Machias, Me. 

IX. Children. 

732. Fereline Augusta, b. June 29, 1838; d. April, 1839. 

733. John Leveret, b. April 26, 1840. 

734. Fereline Augusta, b. Oct. 19, 1841; d. Feb., 1842. 

735. Mary Elizabeth, b. May 4, 1843. 

736. Sophia Amelia, b. March 1, 1846; d. Aug., 1847. 

737. Clara Edwina, ) 

& Vb. July 7, 1848. 

738. Clarence Edwin, ) d. Nov., 1848. 

739. Maria Louisa, b. March 21, 1851. 

740. Lucy West, b. July 15, 1853. 

741. Sarah Blake, b. June 10, 1855. 

(154) MARY ALLEN PIERCE [285], m. George Wil- 
liam Sevey, July 12, 1838. She was dau. of Jonas 
and Margery (West) Pierce, born Jan. 15, 1817. He 
was son of John and Esther Sevey, of East Machias, 
Me., born Sept. 24, 1816, is a farmer, and lives there. 

IX. Children. 

742. Helen Mar, b. Oct. 11, 1842. 

743. Jonas Pierce, b. July 18, 1844. 

744. John William, b. April 26, 1846; d. Nov., 1846. 

745. Abby West, b. Jan. 3, 1848. 

746. Laura Elizabeth, b. Feb. 19, 1850. 

747. Mary Sedgely, b. June 21, 1852. 

748. David Gilbert, b. March 21, 1854. 

(155) FREDERIC PIERCE [286], m. Maria Louisa Chase, 
June 8, 1845. She was dau. of Henry and Rebecca 
Chase, born Feb. 19, 1823, He was son of Jonas and 
Margery (West) Pierce, born Oct. 16, 1818, is a lum- 
berman, and lives at East Machias, Me. 

IX. Children. 

749. Henry Chase, b. April 17, 1847, 


750. Angelme Bacon, b. June 17, 1848; d. Oct., 1849. 

751. Audubon, b. April 8, 1850. 

752. Roscoe, b. Feb. 27, 1852. 

(156) JONAS PIERCE [287], m. Mary Ann Whittemore, 
July 30, 1842. She was born June 8, 1826. He was 
son of Jonas and Margery, of East Machias, Me., born 
Aug. 27, 1820. He is engaged, in company with his 
brother Samuel B., in job wagon and express business, 
in Roxbury, where they reside. He also has the care 
of a number of school-houses there. 

IX. Children. 

753. John, b. Feb. 19, 1843. 

754. Mary Eliza, b. Aug. 8, 1844. 

755. Jonas, b. April 14, 1846. 

756. Josephene Amelia, b. Oct. 24, 1849. 

757. Elizabeth Salisbury, b. Aug. 31, 1851. 

(157) SARAH ELIZABETH PIERCE [288], m. Benja- 
min Church Chaloner, Nov. 26, 1846. She was dau. 
of Jonas and Margery, born April 8, 1822. He was 
son of John and Susan Chaloner, of East Machias, Me., 
born March 26, 1821, is a lumberman, and lives there. 

IX. Children. 

758. Henrietta, b. April 20, 1853. 

(158) LOIS PIERCE [292], m. Charles Cooper Chaloner, 
Nov. 7, 1850. She was dau. of Jonas and Margery, 
born May 12, 1829. He is brother to Benj. Church 
Chaloner, who married her sister, Sarah Elizabeth ; 
was born August 8, 1825. He is a blacksmith, and 
resides at East Machias, Me. They have no children. 

(159) AMELIA SEDGELY PIERCE [293], m. John Cha- 
loner, July 28, 1852. She was dau. of Jonas and 
Margery, born March 19, 1832. He is brother to 
Charles C. and Benjamin C. Chaloner, born Feb. 27, 
1830. He is a lumberman, and resides at East Ma- 
chias, Me. 

IX. Children. 

759. John Franklin, b. Feb. 22, 1853: 

760. Edwin Florian, b. June 24, 1855. 


(160) EMELINE LUZAN PIERCE [294], m. Andrew 
Jackson Hanscom, August 31, 1854. She was also 
dau. of Jonas and Margery (West) Pierce, born Dec. 
24, 1 834. He was son of James and Sarah Hanscom, 
was born Sept. 15, 1831, is a lumberman, and resides 
at East Machias, Me. 

IX. Children. 

761. Herbert Andrew, b. Sept. 10, 1855. 

(161) SARAH BLAKE FORD [297], m. Thomas Beals, 
Sept. 5, 1844. She was his second wife, and cousin 
to his first wife ; was the dau. of Charles and Lois 
(Pierce) Ford, born in Dorchester, Sept. 15, 1805. 

IX. Children. 

762. Frederic, b. Sept. 11, 1845. 

(See Par. 138, Mary Pope m. Thomas Reals.) 

(162) CHARLES NICHOLS FORD [298], m. Sylvia A. 
Morrison, March 23, 1835. She was from Boscawen. 
N. H. He was son of Charles and Lois (Pierce) 
Ford, born in Dorchester, Jan. 11, 1807, is a black- 
smith, and resides in Brighton. 

IX. Children. 

763. Charles Howard, b. March 6, 1836. 

764. Mary Elizabeth, b. Oct. 22, 1837; d. Feb. 25, 1854. 

765. Joseph Warren, b. Oct. 17, 1839; d. 1845. 

766. Samuel Lamson, b. Aug. 19, 1841 ; d. 1847. 

767. Sarah Ann, b. April 14, 1843. 

768. Lucy Maria, b. Dec. 20, 1844. 

(163) EUNICE FORD [299], m. (i.) Thomas M. Murdock, 
Oct. 15, 1833. She was dau. of Charles and Lois 
(Pierce) Ford, born at Dorchester, Aug. 17, 1808. 
They lived at Brookline, and Mr. Murdock died there, 
Sept. 7, 1836. 

IX. Children, by first marriage. 

769. Thomas Henrv, b. July 22, 1834; d. Dec. 3, 1841. 

770. Charles Nathaniel, b. Oct. 10, 1835. 

Mrs. Murdock married (ii.) Ephraim Ward Stone, of 
Stow, June, 1840. He is a farmer, and resides there. 
IX. Children, by second marriage. 

771. Henry, b. June 10, 1842. 

772. Lydia Maria, b. May 15, 1845. 


773. Simon Elliot, b. April 9, 1847. 

774. Albert Murdock, b. March 29, 1849. 

775. William Ward, b. March 5, 1855. 

(164) JOHN PIERCE FORD [301], ra. Mary E. Beaty, 
Dec. 11, 1834. She died June 19, 1836, aged 21 
years, in Boston, where they lived. He was son of 
Charles and Lois, born in Dorchester, 1811. He is a 
mason, and now resides in California, unmarried. 

IX. Children. 

776. John Pierce, b. 1835; d. Oct. 29, 1836. 

(165) EBENEZER FORD [302], m. Lydia Linscott. He 
was son of Charles and Lois (Pierce) Ford, born in 
Dorchester, August 18, 1813. He is a wheelwright, 
and resides at Quincy. 

IX. Children. 

777. Charles Nathaniel, b. Feb. 26, 1846. 

778. George Henry, b. Sept. 16, 1847. 

779. Lvdia Ann, b^ March 22, 1850. 

780. Edward Blake, b. Aug. 13, 1853. 

(166) GEORGE FORD [303], m. Martha Custis Bruce, 
May 16, 1842. She was dau. of Curtis and Ruth 
(La Baree) Bruce, of Marlboro'. He was son of 
Charles and Lois (Pierce) Ford, born at Dorchester, 
March 20, 1815. He is a blacksmith, and resides on 
Columbia Street, Dorchester. 

IX. Children, born in Dorchester. 

781. George Frederic, b. Aug. 29, 1843. 

782. Arthur Pierce, b. Feb. 21, 1846. 

783. Sarah Louisa, b. July 31, 1848. 

784. Fanny Maria, b. Feb. 28, 1851. 

785. Annie Wentworth, b. Feb. 15, 1853. 

(167) MARY ANN FORD [306], m. Ebenezer Lord. She 
was dau. of Charles and Lois (Pierce) Ford, born 
Nov. 19, 1820. He was from the State of Maine, is 
a farmer and teamster, and resides at Watertown. 

IX. Children. 

786. Mary Emily, b. July 10, 1844. 

787. Frank Waldo, b. May 18, 1847. 

788. Alice Maria, b. May 21, 1850. 


(168) RACHEL FORD [307], m. William Everett, June 
4, 1846. She was dau. of Charles and Lois (Pierce) 
Ford, born Feb. 25, 1823. He is a pjilder, and is en- 
gaged in the manufacture and sale of looking-glasses 
and picture frames, in Boston. Resides in Roxbury. 

IX. Children. 

789. Florence, b. Nov. 30, 1849. 

790. Grace Adelaide, b. June 9, 1854. 

791. Son, b. March 8, 1856. 

(169) WILLIAM BLAKE TRASK [310], m. Rebecca 
Clap [198], Nov. 25, 1844. It was omitted in Par. 
110, to state, that Mr. Trask is a member of the New 
England Historic-Genealogical Society, of which he 
was for some time the Librarian. 

(170) GEORGE TRASK [312], m. Deborah S. Nichols, 
Jan. 25, 1852. She was from Cohasset. He was son 
of William and Patience (Pierce) Trask, born in Dor- 
chester, March 27, 1820. He is a carpenter, and re- 
sides at Neponset Village, Dorchester. 

(171) MARY ANN PIERCE [314], m. Andrew Nostrand, 
April 25, 1836. She was dau. of Lemuel and Eliza 
(Mildeberger) Pierce, of West Farms, N. Y., born 
July 23, 1817. He was son of Andrew Nostrand, 
born July 14, 1814, at Long Island, N. Y. He is a 
shoemaker, and lives at West Farms. 

IX. Children. 

792. Mary Elizabeth, b. Sept. 9, 1837. 

793. William Henry, b. May 11, 1840; d. Jan. 8, 1844. 

794. Louisa, b. June 20, 1842; d. Jan. 26, . 

795. Isabel, b. Feb. 28, 1847. 

(172) JOHN PIERCE [316], m. Elizabeth Thompson, 
May 27, 1846. She was dau. of Wade H. Thompson, 
born Sept. 8, 1827, in Rhinebeck, Dutchess Co., N. Y. 
He was son of Lemuel and Eliza, born March 6, 1821. 
He is a mason, and resides at West Farms, N. Y. 

IX. Children. 

796. Julia Ann, b. Oct. 31, 1847. 

797. William Edgar, b. Oct. 16, 1850. 


(173) JAMES PIERCE [31.7], m. Elizabeth Gerven, Nov. 
20, 1844. She was dau. of William Gerven, born 
Sept. 15, 1827, in New York. He was son of Lem- 
uel and Eliza, born Oct. 20, 1822. He is a shoema- 
ker, and resides at West Farms, N. Y. 

IX. Children. 

798. Cornelia, b. Oct. 28, 1845. 

799. Alice, b. July 22, 1851. 

(174) ELIZA COLON PIERCE [318], m. Halcyon Skin- 
ner, Dec. 31, 1846. She was dau. of Lemuel and 
Eliza (M.) Pierce, born Nov. 13, 1824. He was son 
of Joseph Skinner, born March 6, 1824, at Mantua, 
Ohio. He is a machinist, and lives at West Farms, 
New York. 

IX. Children. 

800. Mary Frances, b. Oct. 10, 1847. 

801. Charles Edward, b. July 24, 1851. 

802. Uretta Blake, b. Sept. 26, 1853. 

803. Aurelia, b. Oct. 4, 1855. 

(175) LEMUEL PIERCE [319], m. Susan Julia Harris, 
Sept. 7, 1848. She was dau. of Hosea Harris, born 
June 19, 1830, in Ohio. He was son of Lemuel and 
Eliza, born Dec. 7, 1826. He is a mason, and resides 
at West Farms, N. Y. 

IX. Children. 

804. Lemuel Harris, b. July 17, 1849. 

805. Emma Frances, b. May 27, 1851. 

806. William Blake, b. Dec. 23, 1854. 

(176) HANNAH PIERCE [320], m. John E. Ackerman, 
Dec. 10, 1846. She was dau. of Lemuel and Eliza 
(Mildeberger) Pierce, born Dec. 2, 1828. He was 
son of Henry Ackerman, born Sept. 14, 1822, in New 
York City. He is a carriage maker, and resides at 
West Farms, N. Y. 

IX. Children. 

807. George Edward, b. Oct. 25, 1847. 

808. Wm. Henri De Be Voise, b. Oct. 16, 1849. 

809. Kate L., b. Dec. 19, 1852. 



(177) MARY JANE LYMAN [329j, m. SamuelJohnson 
Allen, June 11, 1844. She was dau. of Lewis and 
Mary Blake (Bruce) Lyman, born Aug. 17, 1825, at 
Hartford, Yt. He was born in Newport, N. H., Jan. 
25, 1820. 

X. Children. 

810. Samuel Johnson, b. April 30, 1845. 

811. Lewis Lyman, b. Feb. 15, 1847; d. March 4, 1847. 

812. Frederic Lyman, b. July 7, 1848. 

(178) CHARLES EDWARD DEXTER [351], m. Clara 
M. Hodges, in 1853. She is of Columbus, Georgia, 
and they now reside there. He was son of Charles 
Parker and Sarah Rebecca (Blake) Dexter, born April 
30, 1823. They have two children. 

X. Children. 



(179) SAMUEL PARKMAN DEXTER [352], m. Matilda 
C. Abbot, June 22, 1850. He was son of Charles P. 
and Sarah R. (Blake) Dexter, born June 13, 1824. 
She was of Boston, where they now reside, and have 
two children. 

X. Children. 



(180) AMORY DEXTER [353], m. Kate Baghott, of 
Canada. He was son of Charles P. and Sarah R. 
(Blake) Dexter, born April 12, 1829. They reside 
in Brunswick, Georgia, and have no children. 

(181) SARAH BLAKE DEXTER [354], m. Henry C. 
Wainwright, Oct., 1850. She was dau. of Charles Par- 
ker and Sarah Rebecca (Blake) Dexter, born Nov. 
22, 1830. They reside in Boston, and have two chil- 

X. Children. 




(182) ANNA LEWIS BLAKE [355], m. James Lloyd 
Abbot, Oct. 29, 1851. She was dau. of Samuel Park- 
man and Ann Boylston (Cunningham) Blake, of Rox- 
bury, born Dec. 17, 1830, and died March 28, 1853. 

(183) ELIZA CROMBY EMMONS [375], m. George W. 
0. Billings, Aug. 14, 1849. She was dau. of Edward 

B. and Julia V. T. (Crane) Emmons, born Feb. 29. 
1828. He is a clerk in Boston. Resides in Roxburv. 

X. Children. 

819. Walter, b. May 26, 1850. 

820. Eliza, b. Oct. 31, 1851. 

(184) MARY LOUISA EMMONS [377], m. Benjamin 
• Farrington, of Dedham. She was dau. of Edward B. 

and Julia, born June 17, 1829. They live at West 
X. Children. 

821. Eva Louisa, b. Dec. 18, 1852. 

822. Frederic, b. Feb. 18, 1854. 

823. Mary Lizzie, b. Sept. 30, 1855. 

(185) JULIA EMMONS [378], ra. August W. Frenzel, of 
Dresden, Germany. She was dau. of Edward B. and 
Julia, born May 24, 1832. He is a musician, and 
lives in Boston. 

X. Children. 

824. Willie, b. Sept. 15, 1853. 

825. Arthur, b. May 31, 

(186) KATE DE FOREST EMMONS [379], m. Peter A. 
J. Dunbar, July, 1854. She was the fifth daughter of 
Edward B. and Julia V. T. (Crane) Emmons, born 
July 11, 1834. He is a grocer. Resides inN. York. 

X. Children. 

826. Frank Stedman, b. Dec. 1, 1855. 

(187) SAMUEL WHEELER BLAKE [389], m. (i.) Mary 

C. Alden, July 8, 1847, and she died Dec. 8, 1850. 
He married (ii.) Salome W. Sylvester, Jan. 1, 1852. 
He was son of Samuel and Sarah Homes (Wheeler) 
Blake, born Jan. 23, 1826. He is a tailor, in Boston, 
and resides in Chelsea. 



X. Children, by first marriage. 

827. Frank Thomas, b. Feb. 7, 1849; d. Aug. 27, 1854. 
Children, by second marriage. 

828. Elizabeth Everett, b. Nov. 9, 1852. 

829. Carrie Edwina, b. May 27, 1854. 

( 1 88) MARTHA COLBY BLAKE [396], ra. Nelson Griggs, 
May 1, 1854. She was dau. of George Clark and 
Berenice (Shoff) Blake, of Elkland, Pa., "was born at 
Stratford, N. H., March 24, 1833. He was of Troups- 
burg, Steuben Co., N. Y., born Feb. 8, 1823. 

X. Children. 

830. Samuel George, b. Feb. 17, 1856. 

(189) ANN ELIZA MERRIAM [400], m. William G. Ful- 
ler, of Stratford, N. H., April, 1854, and resides there. 
She was dau. of Benjamin and Abigail (Blake) Merri- 
am, of Northumberland, N. H. 

X. Children. 

831. A son. 

(190) SARAH BLAKE MERRIAM [401], m. Abraham 
Manee, Sept., 1855. He was from New York. She 
was dau. of Benjamin and Abigail (Blake) Merriam. of 
Northumberland, N. H. 

(191) WILLIAM HENRY MERRIAM [403], m. Martha 
A. White, 1854, of Stratford, N. H., where they re- 
side. He was son of Benjamin and Abigail, of North- 
umberland, N. H. 

X. Children. 

832. Sarah Jane, b. - - - 

(192) MARY REBECCA MERRIAM [404], m. Timothy 
L. Marshall, July 3, 1852. She was dau. of Benjamin 
and Abigail (Blake) Merriam, of Northumberland, and 
they reside in Burke, N. H. 

X. Children. 

833. Dewer, b. - - - : d. in 1856. 

834. George Royal, b. - - - 

(193) GEORGIANA STEARNS [462], m. John M. Wright, 
Oct. 13, 1841. She was dau. of George and Patience 


(Lambert) Stearns, born Nov. 23. 1820. He is a 
grocer, in Boston. Lives in Brookline. 
X. Children. 

835. Mary Lambert, b. Sept. 27, 1842. 

836. Winslow, b. May 6, 1845. 

(194) JAMES FOSTER [463], m. Mary Ay res, Nov. 25, 
1841. He was son of James and Rachel (Lambert) 
Foster, born in Dorchester, Sept. 9, 1822. He is a 
farmer, and lives in Dorchester. 

X. Children. 

837. Arthur James, b. July 16, 1849. 

838. Anna Maria, b. July 19, 1851; d. Sept. 6, 1853. 

839. Mary Ellen, b. Aug. 11, 1854. 

(195) RACHEL ANN FOSTER [464], m. Edmund Jaques, 
June 28, 1854. She was dau. of James and Rachel 
(Lambert) Foster, b. Feb. 19, 1825. He is clerk of 
a Manufacturing Co. in Newburyport, and resides there. 

(196) SUVIAH LAMBERT FOSTER [465], m. Robert 
Elder, April 10, 1851. She was dau. of James and 
Rachel (Lambert) Foster, born Aug. 2, 1827. He is 
an upholsterer, in Boston, and lives at Grantville, in 

X. Children. 

840. Mary Lambert, b. March 21, 1852. 

841. Robert Foster, b. Jan. 4, 1855. 

(197) MARY FOSTER [466], m. George E. Hersey, Oct. 
13, 1852. She was dau. of James and Rachel (Lam- 
bert) Foster, born Aug. 19, 1829. They board in 

X. Children. 

842. George Davis, b. Jan. 19, 1855; d. Oct. 9, 1856. 

(198) SARAH MARIA FOSTER [468], m. James W. 
Stearns, Nov. 10, 1852. She was dau. of James and 
Rachel (Lambert) Foster, born Jan. 29, 1835. They 
board in Somerville. 

X. Children. 

843. Harriet, b. Oct. 5, 1853. 

844. Lizzie Foster, b. Sept. 14, 1855. 


(199) MARY ELIZABETH- LAMBERT [472], m. Jacob 
B. Kingman, Dec. 31, 1854. She was dau. of Johu 
Barrett Harnett and ^lary Ann (Field) Lambert, 
born July 17, 183G. They live at South Bridgewatcr. 

X. Children. 

845. Anna Mariah, b. July 17, 1855. 

Cynthia Nutting Collar, Oct. 28, 1849. She was dau. 
of Daniel and Susan (Foster) Collar, of Northficld, 
born Jan. 2, 1829. He was son of Alexander and 
Polly (Ward) Blake, born Aug. 11, 1825, at Warwick, 
and still resides there, near his father's ; is a fiirmer 
and mechanic. They hare no children. 

(201) SARAH ANN BLAKE [500], m. Leonard Sanford 
Collar, Nov. 12, 1854. She was dau. of Alexander 
and Polly (Ward) Blake, born Feb. 5, 1832. He was 
son of Leonard and Susannah (Hurd) Collar, of North- 
field, and cousin to Cynthia, who married Alexander 
H. Blake, born Sept. 28, 1828. He is a wood turner, 
and resides at Athol. 

X. Children. 

846. Mary Ellen, b. May 14, 1856. 

(202) SARAH LEONARD GOULD [520], ra. Rev. Ama- 
sa Couvers Lord, Nov., 1848, She was dau. of Rev. 
Nahum and Rebecca Blake (Leonard) Gould, was born 
Nov. 18, 1828, at Northville, 111., where they reside. 

X. Children. 

847. Edward Nahum, b. Sept., 1849. 

848. William Wilberforce, b. June 16, 1854. 

(203) NANCY BLAKE GOULD [522], m. Henry Mer- 
win, Oct. 19, 1854. She was dau. of Rev. Nahum and 
Rebecca Blake (Leonard) Gould, born at Northville, 
Illinois, July, 1833. He is a farmer, and they reside 
at Northville. 

X. Children. 

849. Heman Frederic, b. March 13, 1856. 

(2(>4) MARY ANN BLAKE [543], m. Ephraim Lyon, 
Nov. 15, 1853. She was dau. of Jonathan and Mary 


(Jerome) Blake, born Dec. 27, 1832, at Waterford, 
Conn. They reside in Brooklyn, N. Y. 
X. Children. 

850. Sarah, b. Auti;. 11, 1854; d. Sept. 20, 1854. 

851. Laura, b. Aug. 6, 1855. 

(205) LUCY PIERCE DURFEE [599], m. Joseph Poe, 
March 15, 1853. She was dau. of Rev. Calvin and 
Sarah Tappan (Pierce) Durfee, born June 19, 1835, 
and was grand-daughter of the late Rev. John Pierce, 
D.D., of Brookline. They resided at Brooklyn, Ohio. 
She came to Massachusetts on a visit, and was 
taken sick at the house of a friend, in Sudbury, with 
typhoid fever, and died there, Oct. 28, 1855. 

X. Children. 

852. Joseph Charles, b. Jan. 31, 1854. 

(206) OTIS SHEPARD [621], m. Emily Elizabeth Blanch- 
ard. May 4, 1854. She was dau. of John Wheeler 
Blanchard, of Dorchester. He was son of Otis and 
Ann (Pope) Shepard, b. Sept. 27, 1827. He is engaged 
in the lumber trade, at Harrison Square, Dorchester. 

X. Children. 

853. Horace Blanchard, b. April 12, 1855. 

(207) SARAH HILL [653 J, m. William Thaxter, Oct., 
1854. She was dau. of Obadiah and Sally Pierce 
(Pope) Hill, of Machias, Me., born Nov. 25, 1824. 

^ They live in Minnesota. 

(208) JOHN PIERCE REALS [661], m. Harriet R. Hawes, 
Dec. 14, 1852. She was an adopted dau. of Benjamin 
Hawes, of Roxbury. He was son of Thomas and Ma- 
ry (Pope) Reals, born Dec. 14, 1828. He is engaged 
with his father in Boston, at music engraving and 
printing. Lives on Bird Street, Dorchester. 

X. Children. 

854. Mary Elizabeth, b. Dec. 1, 1853. 

855. Charles Henry, b. Sept. 11, 1855. 

(208i) AMELIA DEALS, m. Edward R.Hemmenway, June 
12, 1856. She was dau. of Thomas and Mary (Pope) 
Beals, born Sept. 5, 1834. He was son of Mr. Hem- 


menway, of Dorchester, and resided in that town. 
He was killed by falling from the roof of the United 
States Hotel; on which he was at work, in Boston, 
June 21, 1856, nine days after his marriage. 

(209) OSCAR MELLISH [667], m. Helen A. Guild, Mar. 
18, 1855. She was dau. of Increase Sumner Guild, 
of Walpole, N. H., born Feb., 1832. He was son of 
William E. and Hannah (Pope) Mellish, of Walpole, 
N. H., born Nov. 24, 1831. He is a carver, and 
resides at Walpole, N. H. 

(210) ELIZABETH HOLMES SUMNER [706], m. Sam- 
uel Richards Field. She was dau. of Benjamin L. and 
Hepzibah (Clap) Sumner, born in Dorchester, Jan. 1, 

1825. He was son of Isaac and (Richards) 

Field, of Dorchester, resides in East Boston, and is 
in the boot and shoe business. 

X. Children. 

856. Frederic Henry, b. Dec. 28, 1848. 

857. Edwin Francis, b. April 12, 1850. 

858. Samuel Richards, b. Jan. 13, 1852. 


The Will of William Blake, as recorded in Suffolk 
Probate Records, "was given on page 12. The origi- 
nal has since been found, and proves to be in his own 
hand writing. The following fac-simile was taken 
from that document, which bears the date of the 3d 
September, 1661. 

The copy of Elder James Blake's Will, dated June 
26th, 1700, taken also from the Probate Records, was 
given on page 16. From the original Will on file, 
the annexed fac-simile of his signature was obtained. 


The accompanying fac-simile of the autograph of 
James Blake, the second, has been copied from the In- 
ventory of Thomas Bird, of Dorchester, which was 
dated 30th Jan., 1709-10. There seems to be no 
record of the Will of Mr. Blake at the Suffolk Probate 
Office, or if there be, it is not indicated by the Indexes 


The followino; Wills, Inventories, Petitions, &c., of members of 
the Blake family, are copied from the various archives in which 
they are found recorded. 

The Petition of William Blake, of Milton. He was son of William 
and Agnes Blake, of Dorchester, born in Eugland in 1620, and 
died in Milton in 1703. 

"To the Hon'"'^ Councell now Sitting in Boston. The Petition of 
Will: Blake Sei/. [1615] Humbly Sheweth. That whereas yo-" pe- 
titioner hath a Sone of his, namely. Will Blake jun"", who was im- 
prest & is now upon y" seruise of y^ Contrey vnder y*^ Comaund of 
Cap^" Sam ; Moseley : Now yo'' petitioner humbly desireth, that his 
Sone may be discharged from that seruise. Not but that both he 
& his, are freely willing to serue y*-' Cuntrey, to y*" vttmost of their 
power ; But his p'"sent Request is Grounded vppon y'' Reasons Fol- 
lowing, first, because his s"' Sonne is but a youth of 18 years of age, 
& hatli serued an Apprentise to y'' trade of a shomaker, at Dedham, 
& had not bin at home a Moncth before he was Listed vppon y" Cun- 
treys seruise ; But 2'*' & Cheifely, because he hath bin Exer[c]ised 
Wih bodily & Greiuous distempers, w*^^ as y^ doctors says yf he be 
not Carefullj'^ Loked after, to p''euont hime from taking of Colds, he 
will be in Great danger to Lose his Life. Notwithstanding, when 
he was Imprest he was both free & willing to serue y*" Cuntrey ; But 
since vppon tryall. Earnestly desires his Freedom, wherefore yo"" pe- 
tition"^ desereth that yo"^ w''ships will be pleased to giue an ord^ for 
his dischai'ge, and yo"" petitione"^ shall Euer pray, yo"" humble seru'. 

William Blake." 

Abstract of the Will of William Blake, of Milton, the same person 
who previously petitioned for the release of his son, from the public 
service, on account of his being a youth, and " hath been exercised 
with bodily and grievous distempers." 

" The last Will & Testament of William Blake of Milton. I being 
now aged & weak of body, and know not the time of my disolution, 
which cannot be long, Yet through the mercy of God, of perfect 


memory & understanding', Do make this my last Will & Testament 
this twenty Second day of June 1703. After my just Debts and 
Funeral Expenses are paid, My Will is that my dear & loving Wife 
shall have Ten pounds good & lawfuU money, to be paid unto her 
by my Executors, at the time mentioned in the agreement made at 
our marriage. Also Wife to have the use of the Chamber in the now 
End of my house, so long as she continue my Widow & dwell in the 
same & no longer, she shall not Lett or hire out the same, Also to 
have the wood that grows upon one acre of Land, between George 
Lyons and Deacon Sumner's, at the upper end of the Lott next the 
plaine. I give unto my Son Samuel Blake a piece of Land about 
One hundred acres, more or less, lying in Dorchester, near the house 
of Eben''. Billings. I give unto my two Sons Nathaniel Blake & Ed- 
ward Blake all Lands whatever in Milton or Dorchester (except the 
100 acres above,) and all my moveables, within doors and without, 
also Nathaniel & Edward to be Executors. & they shall pay unto my 
Daughters, in good pay, to my Dau. Aim Gilbert Five & twenty 
pounds, — to Mary Willis, Twenty five pounds, — to Experience Car- 
ver, Fifteen pounds, — and to Mehettable Briggs, Twenty pounds, — 
Lieut. Sam'. Paul and John Blake to be overseers. 

Witness, Wiluam Blake and a Seal. 

John Blake, Mary Sumner, Abigail Moree." 

"The Inventory of the Estate of AVilliam Blake dece'd, which 
was not disposed of before he made his Will, taken this 28"' Sep- 
tember, 1103. 

Whole amount of Real & personal Estate £843-6-0. 
Ebenezer Clap, Manasseh Tucker, Samuel Trescott." 

I find on the Dorchester Record of Births, the names of all the 
children of William Blake who are mentioned in the foregoing 
Will and Petition, except the last, viz., Mehettable ; and as she 
was born after Milton was set off from Dorchester, and incorpora- 
ted as a town, it is most probable her name is on the records in 
Milton. The son William, on whose account the foregoino- peti- 
tion was presented to the " Hon""^ Councell " in 1675, is not men- 
tioned in the Will, in 1703; therefore I take it for granted that 
he died early, with his " grievous bodily distempers." 

The children of William Blake, of Milton. 


b. May 14, 1650. 


b. March 6, 1653, m. — 

— Gilbert. 


b. March 20, 1655, m. - 



b. Febv. 22, 1657. 


b. July 4, 1659. 


b. April 13, 1662. 


b. June 17, 1665, m 

— Cai'ver. 


b. - - - - , m. — 

— Briggs. 



Dorchester Records say, " Susan, dau. of William Blake, d. May 
4, 1G76." She must also belong to the above family. Mr. Blake 
was Deputy to the General Court, a number of years, from ]Milton. 

The Will of Edward Blake, of Milton. He was third sou of William 

and Agnes Blake, of Dorchester, born in England about 1625, and 

died in Milton 1692. 

" The last Will and Testament of Edward Blake of Milton, made 
this One and Thirtieth day of August One thousand Six hundred 
ninety and two. I Edward Blake being now weak in body, &c. &c. 

. ' My Will is that in the first place, Funerall Ex- 

pences and all just debts be discharged. Item. I give and bequeath 
my houseing and all my Land, that remaineth after Debts are dis- 
charged unto my Two Sons Jonathan Blake and Solomon Blake to 
be equally divided between them, but because my son Jonathan 
hath been a long time lame and now being in the use of means, for 
his healing, if it shall please God to bless means for a thorough Cure, 
then my will is that my Two Sons shall have equall shares in all my 
Houseing and Land, but in case my son Jonathan shall continue 
lame, after means used for his Cure, my Will is that my Son Jona- 
than shall have two third parts of my Land and Houseing, and my 
son Solomon, but one third part thereof. My Will is that all my 
moveable Estate, and my out Lands, shall be sold, for the discharge 
of Debts. And whereas there is a Legacie of 40 £. given to me by 
my Brother John Blake, as doth appear by his Will, I give to my 
Five Daughters, five pound a piece of that Legacie, viz. Mary 
Picher 5 £, Sarah Tallej^ 5 £, Jane Kelton 5 £, Susanna Wales 
5 £, Abigail Blake 5 £, and the remainder of s'd Legacie which is 
fifteen pounds, I give to my two Sons, Jonathan and Solomon to be 
equally divided between them. And I do constitute and ordain my 
Two Sons in Law, viz. Richard Talley & Nathaniel Wales, to be my 
Executors of this my last Will and Testament and do entreat my 
Loveing Brethren William Blake and James Blake to be my over- 
seers, to see my Will performed. 

Witnesses Edward Blake and a Seal. 

Ephraim Tucker, 
George Lion." 

"The Inventory of the late dece'd Edward Blake of Milton's Estate, 
taken this o^ of November 1692. 

Whole Amount Real & Personal Estate, 
Debts due to the Estate 

Debts due from the Estate 
Roger Sumner, Ephraim Tucker. 








" Inventory presented by Richard Talley & Nathaniel Wales and 
Sworn too Dec^ 8, 1692." 

By the above Will, and what little I find on Dorchester Records, 
I infer that the children of Edward Blake were three sons and 
five daughters, and that his wife had deceased previously. 

Edward, b. - - - ; d. Sept. 30, 1616. Dorchester Records. 
Jonathan and Solomon, Named in the Will, 

Mary, m. Picher. 

Sarah, m. Richard Talley. 

Jane, ra. Kilton. 

Susanna, m. Nathaniel Wales. 

Abigail, m. Obadiah Swift, Dec. 31, 169.5. Dor. Records. 

Abigail died March 12, 1737, in her 73d year, and her husband 
died Jan. 20, 1747, in his 77th year, according to the grave-stones, 
which are in Dorchester burying-place. 

The Will of John Blake, of Boston. lie was fourth son of William 
and Agnes Blake, of Dorchester, born in England about 1626 or 27, 
and died in Boston in January or February, 1688-9. 

"In the name of God, Amen. I John Blake of Boston in New 
England, being weake of Body but of sound understanding and mem- 
ory, praise be herefore given unto Almighty God, &c. &c. . . . 
First. I will that all my lawfull or just debts and severall charges 
shall be paid and discharged. Item. I will that my Loveing Wife, 
Mary Blake, shall have the improvement and benefitt of all my Estate 
whatsoever, during her naturall life, in case she continues a widdow. 
Alsoe I give unto her my said wife two hundred pounds, which she 
shall have part in money and part in such goods, as she shall choose 
(of my moveable Estate) all which she sliall have full power to dis- 
pose off at her death to whome she shall think meet. Alsoe, I leave 
with my said Wife one peice of meadow on Dorchester Neck, that 
in case she shall want she shall have power to sell. Otherwise She 
to give it among my own relations for which she shall thinke meet. 
My Will is that in Case my Wife shall be married againe that then 
my house and Lands in Boston shall fall into the hands of my Cosin 
hereafter named. My Will is that my Wife shall be full and sole 
Executrix of this my last Will. Item. I give unto my loving Bro- 
ther William Blake & his Children, foui'ty pounds. Item. I give 
unto my Loveing Brother James Blake and his Children, James, Jo- 
seph and Elizabeth. Item. I give unto my Loveing Brother Ed- 
ward Blake my two Letts that are Laide out in Dorchester, One 
Containing fifteen Acres the other five Acres, with all my right in 
the Comonage of Dorchester aforesaid. Alsoe I give unto him and 
his Children fourty pounds more. Item. I give unto my loveing 
Cosin Botliia Shaw and her Children thirty pounds. Item. I give 


unto Hannah Walker, daughter of John Walker dec'd, five pounds. 
Item. I give unto my loveing KinsAvonian Hannah Wiswell Wife of 
John Wiswell ten pounds, and my great Bible. All my houseing and 
Lands in Boston with all the priviledges thereunto appertaining 1 
give and bequeathe unto my Loveing Cosin Jolni Blake son of my 
Brother James Blake, out of which my W^ill is that lie my said Cosin 
shall pay all my Legacies above given, excepting what 1 have given 
to my Wife Avhich she shall have out of the moveables. My Will is 
that within twelve months and one day (my said Cosiii shall pay all 
the Legacies aforesaid) after the decease of my loveing Wife soe 
long as aforesaid. Item. I give unto John Winthrop son of 
Waite Winthrop Esq. five pounds to be paid by my Cosin when the 
other shall be paid. And 1 desire my much honoured friends Waite 
Winthrop Esq. and Eichard Wharton Esq. to see that this my 
will be duly observed. And I doe hereby revoake disanuU and make 
void all former Wills and testaments by me heretofore made. In 
witness whereof I haA'o hereunto sett m}^ hand and Scale the tenth 
day of Jainiary A.D. One thousand Six hundred Eighty Eight or 

Witnessed by Joh.x Blake and a Seal. 

Thomas Wallis, 

William Wallis, 

John Cole. 

Presented by Mary Blake the Executrix and proved the 21st 
ffebruary, 1688-9." 

I have not found the Inventory of John Blake's Estate, but 
judginpr from the Will, it was large for those da3^s. Probably he 
never had any children. He gives the most of his estate to his 
nephews and nieces. According to the fashion of the day he calls 
them '• Cosens," which then meant a brother or a sister's son or 
daughter ; as he says in his Will, " my loving Cosin John Blake, 
son of my Brother James Blake." Probably his sister Ann, who 
married Jacob Legare, was dead, as he makes no mention of her, 
but he names Bethia Shaw, who no doubt was Ann Legare's daugh- 
ter, and Hannah Walker must have been daughter of Hannah Le- 
gare, and grand-daughter of Ann ; her father, John Walker, being 
dead, and her mother, Hannah, in all probability married for second 
husband, John Wiswell. I think it must be so, or he would not 
have given Mrs. Wiswell ten pounds and his great Bible. 

The following is an abstract of Jacob Leager's Will. His wife 
was Anna Blake, daughter of William and Agnes Blake, born in 
England, about 1628 or 29. It seems by the Will that he had 
been married twice previously, but whether his second wife's chil- 


dren were bis children, I cannot decide, but should judge not, 
by the summary manner in which he disposes of them. 

" I give to Anna Leager my Wife the third part of all my Estate, 
during her Life & I give to my two Daughters Bethia Leager, & 
Hannah Leager, the other two thirds, to be equally divided when 
they arrive at Eighteen years of age, or in case of marriage before 
that time. At the wife's death the daughters to have, her thirds. 
In case both daughters die before marriage, one half the Estate to 
be equally divided between my sister Maye's children in England, & 
the other half to Jacob Walker ten pounds, to Joseph Walker, ten 
pounds, to Elisha Thuston, ten pounds, and that wliich remains 
shall be given to an Almes house, & to my second wife's children, I 
give twelve pence a piece, to be paid them at their demand. I here- 
by empower William Pai'ks Deacon of Roxbury & Robert Walker of 
Boston, to see this will performed. 

Witness. Nov''. 1, 1662. Jacob Leager. 

John Pers, Jacob Walker, Benjamin Thuston. 

Will proved and Administration granted to Anne his relict, March 
19, 1662-3." 

" Inventory of the Estate of Jacob Leager, of Boston, taken March 
12, 1662-3. 

Whole amount of Inventory £182-05-03. 
Signed by Thomas Pyon." 

In the Records of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay, in New 
England, in June, 1663, I find the following Order of the Court. 

" In ans' to the petition of Anne Legar, relict of Jacob Legar, it is 
ordered, that she shall haue liberty to sell out of the estate of hir 
late husband to pay the debts, & that then there be a diuission of the 
rest of the estate into thirds, of w'''' the widdow to haue one third 
part as hir oune for euer, this to be donne by the advise & asistance 
of the ouerseers, and the other two thirds to be improoved by the 
said ourseers for the releife of the children." 

June 6, 1663. 

It appears by the Will above, that Jacob and Anne (Blake) 
Legar left but two children, and they were daughters, Bethia 
and Hannah, and we find, twenty-six years later, viz., 1688-9, 
John Blake, of Boston, who was their uncle, left the most of his 
estate to his nephews and nieces. In his Will he says, " I give 
unto my loveing Cosin Bethia Shaw and her children thirty pounds. 
I give unto Hannah Walker, daughter of John Walker dec'd, five 
pounds. I give unto my loveing kinswoman Hannah Wiswell wife 
of John Wiswell, ten pounds, and my great Bible." Thus I take 
it for granted, that Bethia Legar married a Shaw, and had chil- 
dren ; and Hannah Legar married John Walker, and he died, leav- 


ing one daughter, named Hannah; and the widow married, for 
second husband, John Wiswell. 

Thus we find that the children of William and Agnes Blake 
(who came from England with their parents, the eldest being but 
ten years of age, and the youngest not more than two years), 
were four sons and one daughter, and all of them subsequently 
married, and four of them had children. William had nine chil- 
dren ; four sons and five daughters. Four of the daughters mar- 
ried, and their husbands names were, Gilbert, Willis, Carver and 
Briggs. James had four sons and two daughters; one daughter 
married to Jeremiah Fuller. Edward had eight children ; three 
sons and five daughters, and the daughters all married. Their 
husbands' names were, Picher, Richard Talley, Kilton, Nathaniel 
Wales, and Obadiah Swift. John, it is presumed, had no children, 
as we can find no mention made of any. Anna, who married Ja- 
cob Legar, had two dauulitcrs, and one married a Shaw. The 
other married (i.) John Walker, and (ii.) John Wiswell. 

I now present a copy of the Will of John Blake, of Boston. 
Who this John can be, it has baffled all my researches to ascer- 
tain. By the reading of the Will, I conclude he was a young man. 
He speaks of property in England, of rents due for a number of 
years, &c. : therefore it is highly probable that he was not born 
in New England. Whether he was a connexion of those here, 
remains in doul)t. He mefitions his son Richard, who undoubtedly 
Avas quite young, and Avhether he lived to be a progenitor of some 
of the race here, is altogether uncertain. He drives as a reason 
for making his Will, that he was " bound for England speedily, 
and not knowing how it may please the Lord to deal with me, 
upon my Voyage." It is not likely that he ever returned to New 
England, as about two years from the date of the Will, adminis- 
tration Avas granted to Sarah Pool, relict widow of the deceased. 

"In the name of God, Amen, the Eighth day of October in the 
year of our Lord one thousand Six hundred ninety & tAvo, I John 
Blake of Boston, joyner, being in good bodily health, and of sound 
mind & memory, and being bound hence to Eiigland, speedily, & not 
knowing hoAv it may please the Lord to deal with me, upon my Voy- 
age, Do therefore make & ordain this my last Will & Testament. 

After my Debts & Funeral Expences are 

paid, I give & bequeath unto my Son Richard Blake, my great Bible, 

which was given me by my Father. .1 give all 

my property in England & in New England, whatsoever, unto my 



beloved Wife Sarah BUike & to her heirs & assigns forever. And 
do constitute & aj)|)oiiit my beloved Wife Sarah, the Executrix of 
this my last Will & Testament. 

Published & declared in Jottn Blake and a Seal, 

presence of 
James Barton, Thomas Creese, Eliezer Moody sen. 

Administration g-ranted to Sarah Pool, Relict Widow of the dec'd 
.t Executrix named in thi; Will, Oct'. 11th 1694. "" 

r have fre(|!ioutly found instances, where it i.s supposed that a 
widow has married ai:aia. before her deceased husband's estate 
wa-! settled, and administration granted to her in h(;r new name, 
a!id she would be called the relict widow of the deceased. 

A list of the Births, Marriages and Deaths, of persons by the name 
of Blake, from the year 1630 to 1800, found on the Dorchester 
Town Records. 


Samuel, son of William Blake, born 

Anna, daughter of William Blake, 

Mary, daughter of William Blake, 

William, son of William Blake, 

James, son of James Blake, 

John, son of James Blake, 

Elizabeth, daughter of James Blake, 

Nathaniel, son of William Blake, 

Jonathan, son of James Blake, 

Edward, son of William Blake, 

Experience, daughter of William Blake, 

Sarah, daughter of Jamas Blake, 

Joseph, son of James Blake, 

Elizabeth, daughter of James Blake, Jr., 

Hannah, daughter of James Blake, Jr., 

Mary, daughter of John Blake, 

James, son of James Jr. and Ruth Blake, 

Hopestill, sou of Joseph Blake, 

Samuel, son of John Blake, 

Nathaniel, son of Joseph and Mehetable Blake, 

Hannah, daughter of John and Hannah Blake, 

Elizabeth, dau. of Joseph and Mehetable Blake, 

Elizabeth, dau. of John and Hannah Blake, 

Mehetable, dau. of Joseph and Mehetable Blake 

John, son of John and Hannah Blake, 

Joseph, son of Joseph and Mehetable Blake, 

Increase, son of James and Ruth Blake, 

May 14, 1650. 

March 6, 1652-3. 

March 20, 1654-5. 

February 22, 1657. 

August 15, 1652. 

March 16, 1656-T. 






















October 3 

July 4 

July 12 

April 13 

June 17 

February 28 

August 27 

November 10 

September 16 

April 26 

April 29 

January 11 

September 26 

September 6 

September 8 

December 5 

February 21 

March 23 

April 23 

March 8 

June 8 



Josiah, son of John and Hannah Blake, 
Zipporah, son of Joseph and Mehetable Blake, 
John, son of John Blake, 
Ruth, dau. of Joseph and Mehetable Blake, 
Ann, dau. of Joseph and Mehetable Blake, 
Zeremiah, son of Joseph and Mehetable Blake, 
Sarah, dau. of Joseph and Mehetable Blake, 
Ebenezer, son of Joseph and Mehetable Blake, 
Samuel, son of James jr. and Wait Blake, 
James, son of James jr. and Wait Blake, 
Wait, dau. of James jr. and Wait Blake, 
Hopestill, son of Hopestill and Hannah Blake, 
Thomas, son of James and Wait Blake, 
Ruth, dau. of James and Wait Blake, 
Thomas, son of James and Wait Blake, 
Thomas, son of James and Wait Blake, 
Hannah, dau. of John and Abigail Blake, 
Elizabeth, dau. of John and Abigail Blake, 
Josiah, son of Josiah and Relief Blake, 
John, son of John and Abig-ail Blake, 
Samuel, son of John and Abigail Blake, 
Ebenezer, son of Josiah and Relief Blake, 
Sarah, dau. of Ebenezer and Relief Blake, 
Ebenezer, son of Ebenezer and Relief Blake, 
Increase, son of Ebenezer and Relief Blake, 
Samuel, son of Samuel and Patience Blake, 
Rachel, dau. of John and Abigail Blake, 
Elizabeth, dau. of Jeremiah and Mary Blake, 
Edward, son of Samuel and Patience Blake, 
Joseph, son of Jeremiah and Marj' Blake, 
Thomas, son of Samuel and Patience Blake, 
Relief, dau. of Ebenezer and Relief Blake, 
Patience, dau. of Samuel and Patience Blake, 
Joseph, son of Ebenezer and Relief Blake, 
Jonathan, son of Samuel and Patience Blake, 
James, son of Samuel and Patience Blake, 
Susannah, dau. of Ebenezer and Relief Blake, 
Seth, son of Ebenezer and Relief Blake, . 
Thomas, son of Samuel and Patience Blake, 
Mary ) 

& >- dau's of Samuel and Patience Blake, 
Sarah, ) 

James, son of Ebenezer and Relief Blake, 
William, son of Ebenezer and Relief Blake, 
Ezekiel, son of Ezekiel and Rachel Blake, 
Josiah, son of Ebenezer and Mercy l^lake, 
Josiah, son of Ebenezer and Mercy Blake, 
William, son of Ezekiel and Rachel Blake. 

born March 11, 1100. 

January 8, 1701. 

March 21, 1689. 

December 10, 1702. 

March 3, 1105. 

March 13, 1101. 

July 14, 1109. 

October 22, 1112. 

September 6, 1115, 

October 15, 1116. 

February 26, 1118. 

June 4, 1118. 

July 26, 1120. 

September 16, 1121. 

May 20, 1123. 

September 18, 1125. 

June 19, 1125. 

February 12, 1182. 

September 11, 1132. 

June 12, 1134. 

October 15, 1136. 

January 21, 1131. 

March 29, 1131. 

March 26, 1139. 

November 2, 1141, 

April 1, 1141, 

June 11, 1141. 

August 26, 1141. 

December 22, 1142. 

January 15, 1142. 

November 21, 1144. 

June 10, 1144. 

February 15, 1146. 

April 9, 1147. 

January 1, 1149. 

December 10, 1150. 

September 14, 1150. 

September 19, 1152. 

October 1, 1152. 

September 21, 1154. 

April 22, 1155. 

December 4, 1151. 

November 12, 1164. 

Jaimary 1, 1166. 

February 1, 1161. 

March 18, 1168, 



Relief, dau. of Ebenezer and Mercy Blake, born 
Sarah, dau. of Ebenezer and Mercy Blake, 
Enos, son of Ezekiel and Rachel Blake, 
Ebenezer, son of Ebenezer and Mercy Blake, 
Elizabeth, dau. of Ezekiel and Rachel Blake, 
Billy, son of Seth and Ruxby Blake, 
James, son of Jonathan and Sarah Blake, 
Ssdly, dau. of Seth and Ruxby Blake, 
Susanna, dau. of Enos and Susanna Blake, 
Patience, dau. of Jonathan and Sarah Blake, 
Eunice, dau. of Joseph and Thankful Blake, 
Seth, son of Seth and Ruxby Blake, 
Sarah, dau. of Jonathan and Sarah Blake, 
Joseph, son of Increase and Sarah Blake, 
Lemuel, son of Enos and Rachel Blake, 
Sally, dau. of Seth and Ruxby Blake, 
Jonathan, son of Jonathan and Sarah Blake, 
James, son of Seth and Ruxby Blake, 
Nathaniel, son of Nathaniel and Ann Blake, 
Joseph R., son of Nathaniel and Ann Blake, 
Clarisa ) 

& >- dau's of James jr. and Lydia Blake, 

Sukey Foster, j 

Nancy, dau. of Nathaniel and Ann Blake, 
Joseph, son of Seth and Ruxby Blake, 
Nancy, dau. of James jr. and Lydia Blake, 
Stephen, son of Enos and Rachel Blake, 
Samuel, son of Nathaniel and Ann Blake, 
Ruxby, dau. of Seth and Ruxby Blake, 
Sally Stevens, dau. of Nathaniel and Ann Blake, 
Polly, dau. of Seth and Ruxby Blake, 
Harriet, dau. of Nathaniel and Ann Blake, 
John, son of Seth and Ruxby Blake, 
Charles, son of Reuben and Elizabeth Blake, 
Jeremiah Smith Boies, son of Nathaniel and 

Ann Blake, December 14 

Elizabeth, dau. of Reuben and Elizabeth Blake, November 1 
Washington, son of Seth and Ruxby Blake, September 12 

Martha, dau. of Nathaniel and Rachel Blake, January 12 

August 7 

July 19 

July 10 

April 26 

May 30 

April 2 

July 24 

September 26 

July 24 

March 5 


December 6 

February 16 

November 22 

June 5 

January 8 

May 29 

November 18 

March 25 

September 1 

Jan. 12 

February 15 
April 18 

July 16 

December 30 

August 27 

December 23 

January 1 

February 21 

September 4 







James Blake and Ruth Batchelder, 
Abigail Blake and Obadiah Swift, 
Mary Blake and Joshua Pomry, 
Hopestill Blake and Hannah Butt, 
Hannah Blake and Hopestill Humfrey, 

married July 8, 1684. 

December 31, 1695. 

June 2, 1715. 

May 6, 1718. 

Januarv 14, 1720. 



Elizabeth Blake and Samuel Humfrey, married 

Hannah Blake and Nathaniel Topliff, 

Elizabeth Blake and William Withington, 

John Blake and Abigail Preston, 

Josiah Blake and Relief Humfrey, 

Anne Blake and Jonathan Payson, 

Ruth Blake and John Maxfield, 

William Blake and Hannah Maudsley, 

Nathaniel Blake and Elizabeth Evans, 

Elizabeth Blake, of Milton, and Elijah Belcher, 

of Preston, 
EJjenezer Blake and Relief Leadbetter, 
Samuel Blake and Patience White, 
Jeremiah Blake and Mary Stevens, 
Ruth Blake, jr. and John Spur, 
Mehetable Blake, jr. and William Field, of 

Relief Blake and John Beighton, 
Patience Blake and Deacon Richard Hall, 
Elizabeth Blake and Thomas Evans, 
Ebenezer Blake, jr. and Abigail Pierce, jr., 
William Blake, of Boston, and Rachel Glover, 
Patience Blake and Abraham Howe, 
Sarah Blake and John Pierce, jr., 
Hannah Blake and Robert Pierce, 
Joseph Blake and Thankful Kelton, 
Polly Blake and Edward Foster, 
Elizabeth Blake and Daniel Farn, 
Nathaniel Blake and Ann Robinson, 
Mary Blake, jr., and Thomas Leeds, jr., 
Reuben Blake and Elizabeth Pierce, 
Susannah Blake and Thomas Briggs, of Milton, 
Elizabeth Blake and John Hall, of Boston, 
Sally Blake and Daniel Osborn Bodge, of Milton, August 12, 1798. 

May 8, 1723. 

May 23, 1723. 

July 13, 1723. 

July 16, 1724. 

December 5, 1724. 

March 11, 1725. 

December 1, 1726. 

January 1, 1729. 

October 9, 1729. 

August 21, 1729. 

December 29, 1736. 

June 5, 1740. 

June 18, 1741. 

December 9, 1745. 

February 6, 1745. 

November 24, 1748. 

July 20, 1762. 

October 12, 1764. 

March 19, 1767. 

November 29, 1767. 

October 31, 1769. 

June 9, 1772. 

February 11, 1773. 

January 3, 1776. 

November 26, 1778. 

May 22, 1781. 

October 21, 1782. 

April 17, 1788. 

October 13, 1791. 

December 6, 1795. 

December 31, 1795. 


Sarah, dau. of James Blake, died 

Edward, son of Edward Blake, 

Susan, dau. of William Blake, 

Agnes Blake, widow, 

Hannah, wife of James Blake, jr., 

Hannah, dau. of James Blake, jr., 

John, son of John Blake, 

Nathaniel, son of Joseph Blake, 

Elizabeth, wife of James Blake, 

James, Elder of the Church, in his 77th year. 

May 22, 1666. 

September 30, 1676. 

May 4, 1676. 

July 22, 1678. 

June 1, 1683. 

October 2, 1686. 

April 19, 1689. 

November 2, 1692. 

January 16, 1694. 

June 28, 1700. 



John, Deacon, died March 2 

Thomas, sou of James and Wait Blake, November 3 

Thomas, son of James and Wait Blake, April 3 

Thomas, son of James and Wait Blake, October 3 

Hannah, widow of William, in her 91st year, August 4 

James, Deacon, in his 81st year, October 22 

Josiah, son of Josiah and Relief Blake, March 15 

Joseph, in his '72d year, February 1 

Sarah, dau. of Ebenezer and Relief Blake, December 29 

Thomas, son of Samuel and Patience Blake, December 15 

Josiah, in his 4'7th year, September 15 

James, in his 63d year, December 4 

Joseph Blake, January 21 

Mehetable, widow of Joseph, April 15 

Ruth, widow of James, in her 90th year, January 11 

Lemuel, son of Ebenezer and Relief Blake, October 22 

Wait, widow of James, in her 69th year, May 22 

Samuel, in his 39th year. May 1 

Mary, dau. of Samuel and Patience Blake, August 10 

Joseph, son of Jeremiah Blake, February 11 

Abigail, wife of John Blake, December 1*7 

Hopestill Blake, October 14 

Josiah, son of Ebenezer and Mercy Blake, January 3 

Henry Blake, July 20 
James, son of Samuel and Patience, d. at Weymouth, Nov. 17 
(In his 21st year ; he preached at Dorchester 
the Sabbath preceding.) 

John Blake, in his '75th year, December 2 

Jeremy, in his 68th year, October 11 

Samuel Blake, May 6 

Ezekiel Blake, November 10 

Susanna, wife of Enos Blake, August 16 

Sally, dau. of Seth and Ruxby Blake, February 22 

Patience, dau. of Jonathan and Sarah Blake, January 6 

Hannah Blake, jr., February 9 

Lemuel Blake, July 6 

Hannah, widow of Hopestill Blake, January 4 

Ebenezer, in his 7 8th year, June 27 
Lemuel, in his 14th year, son of Enos and Rachel 

(small pox), October 2 
Stephen, in his 7th year, son of Enos and Rachel 

(small pox), October 7 

Charles, son of Reuben and Elizabeth Blake, September 

Mary, widow of Jeremiah, in her 81st year, March 14 









The following- intentions of marriage in Dorchester, one of the 
parties being of the name of Blake, are copied from Mr. Noah Clap's 
Book of Records. 


Elizabeth Blake, jr. and Thomas Evans. 
Ebenezer Blake, jr. and Mercy Jones. 
Ebenezer Blake tertius, and Abigail Pierce, jr. 
Enos Blake, and Susanna Fales, of Dedham. 
William Blake, of Boston, and Rachel Glover. 
Relief Blake and Jacob Humfrey. 
Patience Blake and Abraham Howe. 
Hannah Blake tertia, and Robert Pierce. 
Sarah Blake and John Pierce, jr. 
Increase Blake and Sarah Pierce. 
Jonathan Blake and Sarah Pierce tertia. 
Seth Blake and Ruxbee Marshall. 
I^oseph Blake and Thankful Kilton. 
Mehetable Blake and Jonathan Packard. 
Susanna Blake of Wrentham, and Jere. Mcintosh. 
Enos Blake and Rachel Badcock, jr., of Milton. 
Polly Blake and Edward Foster. 
Elizabeth Blake and Daniel Earn. 
Nathaniel Blake and Ann Robinson. 
Ezekiel Blake and Deborah Ward, of Milton. 
Reuben Blake and Elizabeth Pierce, jr. 
Rachel Blake and John Pierce. 

Under the date of September 18, 1773, there were four intentions 
of marriag-e entered in the above mentioned Book of Records. The 
parties were Increase Blake and Sarah Pierce, John Baker, jr., and 
Ann Pierce, Jonathan Blake and Sarah Pierce tertia, and Joseph 
Clap, jr., and Abigail Glover. These four couple, on a pleasant day, 
the 14th of October following-, met together and started off, with the 
plausible excuse of going a short distance into the country a ches- 
nutting. But instead, they made their way to Quincy, and called at 
the mansion of the Hon. Samuel Quincy (an uncle of the present 
Hon. Josiah Quincy, sen.), who was a magistrate, and were all unit- 
ed in marriage by him at one time, and then they returned to their 
several homes. Two of the ladies were sisters, viz., Sarah Pierce 
and Ann Pierce, and Sarah Pierce tertia was cousin to Sarah and 
Ann. Some of the above mentioned party died early, and Mr. Jona- 
than Blake and his wife Sarah outlived all the others many years. 
She died in 1831, and her husband in 1836. 


Aug. 4, 


Nov. 19, 


Feb. 27, 


Sept. 25, 


Oct. 24, 


Jan. 9, 


Sept. 11, 


April 11, 


May 2, 


Sept. 18, 


Sept. 18, 


Oct. 30, 


Dec. 11, 


June 2, 


June 26, 


Dec. 5, 


Sept. 19, 


March 31, 


Sept. 21, 


Sept. 10, 


July 2, 


May 18, 


Miscellaneous matter taken from a copy of Roxbury Church 


Giles Payson married Elizabeth Dowell, April, 1637. 

Giles Payson died Jan. 28, 1688, aged 18 years. 

John Holbrook died Dec. 25, 1678, and Elizabeth Holbrook (supposed 
to be his widow) married Richard Hall, May 22, 1679. 

Rev. John Elliot died May 20, 1690. 

Samuel Blake married Hannah Curtis, May 15, 1712. 

Samuel, son of Samuel and Hannah Blake, born Jan. 22, 1713. 

Elijah, son of Daniel and Susannah Whitney, born Jan. 15, 1715-16. 

William Upham, of Weston, married Thankful Dana, of Roxbury, 
November 9, 1727. 

Daniel Whitney married Sarah Gay, March 7, 1769. 

John, son of Elijah and Hannah Whitney, born Nov. 29, 1749. 

John Whitney married Mary Payson, April 22, 1773. 

Joseph, son of Joseph and Esther Mayo, baptized July 30, 1749. 

Caleb, son of Joseph and Esther Mayo, born Sept. 28, 1754 ; bap- 
tized Oct. 6. 

Joseph Mayo, jr., of Warwick, married Lucy Richards, Mar. 12, 1772. 

Nathaniel Stearns, of do. married Mary Richards, May 27, 1773. 

Caleb Mayo, of do. married Molly Richards, Oct. 17, 1776. 

Josiah Davenport, of do. married Ann Payson, Jan. 28, 1782. 



42, 49, 74, 75, 76 

9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 62 

54, 84, 116 



Amelia 88 

Ann, Anna, Anne and Annie 9, 14, 72, 

73, 113 
Arnon .... 88 














. 41, 49, 60 

. 75, 114 

67, 69, 93, 94 

. 76 

76, 85 
65, 84, 86 

Edward 9, 14, 33, 36, 38, 40, 41, 47, 48, 

49, 50, 72, 73, 75, 76, 88 

Eliza 76 

Elizabeth 17, 18, 21, 22, 44, 45, 46, 48, 

64,67, 62,84, 114 
Ellen .... 88 

Enos . . . . 46, 67 

Eunice . . . . 47, 85 



. 46 



. 73 






, 90, 114 











James 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 

23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 

35, 38, 41, 44, 45, 48, 54, 56, 57, 61, 

73, 84, 85, 86, 89, 95, 119 

Jane . . . . 73, 75 

Janette .... 88 

John 9, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 25, 46, 48, 

55, 57, 86, 87, 88, 89 
John H. . . . 9, 51, 62, 80 

Jonathan 21, 33, 35, 36, 38, 41, 42, 44, 
54, 55, 56, 67, 58, 59, 85, 87, 88, 89, 
92, 116 
Joseph . . 16, 17, 19, 21, 60 

Josiah .... 25 

Judson ..... 88 




49, 75, 







, 26 












. 88 

. 117 
65, 86 
46, 95 
62, 75 
. 42 



Lucy .... 60, 93 

Mabel 9 

Martha 55, 57, 75, 86, 88, 89, 114 

Mary 9, 3-t, 35, 41, 42, 44, 45, 48, 49, 50, 

58, 60, 62, 76, 80, 84, 85, 88, 90, 93, 

113, 116 
Mary Ann . . . 57,88,116 

Melinda . . . . 00, 94 



Patience 32, 33, 35, 36, 38, 40, 41, 42, 

43, 44, 46 
Patty . . .56, 87, 88, 89 

Polly . . 61, 84, 95, 116 









41, 44, 47, 48, 49, 50 


. 9, 11, 12 


49, 75 

. 22, 24, 23, 29, 32 

Sally . . . .45,60 

Salome 113 

Samuel 29, 30, 32, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 
40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 48, 49, 59, 72, 

74, 75, 76, 93, 94, 113 

Sarah 21, 34, 35, 41, 42, 44, 46, 47, 48, 

49, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 67, 72, 

73, 74, 75, 76, 84, 86, 113, 117 

Sarah Ann . . . . 62, 116 

Spencer .... 88 



Thomas 9, 32, 33, 34 
54, 60, 62, 74, 80 




William 9, 10, 11, 12 

48, 73 
54, 84, 85, 86 

36, 41, 44, 45, 49, 
, 85, 8G 


26, 29, 32 

. 84 

13, 14, 15, 18, 22, 

27, 46, 54, 73, 75, 85, 119 
Zilpah .... 


Part II. SURXA^IES of persons who have married 
and also all other surnames in the work, except Blakes 
found more than once on the same page, it is noted but 

into the << Blake Family," 
Where the same name is 


. . 72, 112, 113 




. 69, 111 


. 65, 67, 101, 108, 117 


36, 62 


. 68, 109 






. 76 




. 75, 113 




. 70 

Bu-d 17, 

20, 25, 30, 31, 42, 44, 52, 57, 


. 53, 82 

58, 59 

90, 91, 119 


. 68 




. 11, 18 



At wood 

57, 87 


. 98, 117 


. 64, 81, 100, 115 


. 26, 51, 73, 79, 80, 113 

Bo wen 

61, 95 


. 42, 51, 62, 80 




. 72, 112 


. 65, 102, 103 


45, 47 




. 54, 85 


41, 47, 68, 69, 70, 71, 109 


44, 57 


. 66, 104 

Baker 42, 44, 

46, 49, 53, 58, 74, 83 




41, 44, 60, 62, 80 




. 50, 77 




. 9 


. 49, 76 




21, 22, 26 




64, 100 


69, 92 









Clap and Clapp 
18, 20, 21, 22, 
55, 57, 58, 59, 
91, 92, 93, 95, 








Conant 44, 54, 




Cunningham . 










Dun ton 


D wight 


12, 13, 90 


60, 95 

. 67, 107 

66, 86, 106 

11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 

25, 30,31,44,45,47, 

85, 89, 90, 

61, 65, 68 
103, 104, 


, 84, 86 

. 48, 

41, 49 


105, 110 




84, 116 


. 69 


87, 88, 89 


. 36 

. 49, 73 

48, 72 

. 64, 99 

. 62 

. 48, 72 

58, 72, 112 


55, 86 

. 74, 113 

. 11 


74, 75, 76 

63, 95, 117 

52, 80 











Ford 47, 67, 101, 108, 109, 110 

Foster 40, 47, 52, 53, 64, 67, 81, 83, 99, 

100, 115 
Fox ... 63, 96, 97 

Frenzel . . . 73, 113 

Fuller . . 17, 18, 21, 75, 114 

Fulsom .... 93 

69, 70, 91 
. 52, 80 
81, 115 
41, 48, 53, 73, 74, 83, 113 
. 45. 62, 68, 95, 110 

. 73, 113 


. 44, 59, 93, 94 

. 42, 46 

. 52, 61, 81, 95, 103, 118 



66, 98, 105 

69, 111 

. 66, 103 
















Hair is 

H ask ins 












Howe 28, 32, 36, 41, 

53, 54, 62, 74 77 

Humfrey, Humphrey 

13, 38, 58, 59, 85, 























. 52, 80 

11, 38, 66 


. 54 

55, 86, 116 


. 62, 95 

. 46 

75, 114 

101, 118 

42, 54 

33, 40, 93 

50, 52, 78 

66, 67, 106, 108 

66, 104 

61, 69, 111 

63, 97 

101, 117 

43, 63, 96 

101, 117 

53, 81, 83, 115 

. 44, 59 

25, 65, 100, 117 

. 72, 112 

46, 66, 94 

24, 103 

. 62 

. 11, 67 

42, 46, 50, 51, 52, 

78, 79,80,81,82, 


48, 71 

and Humphreys 

89, 90, 92 

30, 31, 38, 39, 40 

. 21, 45, 59 

. 81, 115 

66, 105 

57, 88 

. 55, 59, 85, 86, 92, 112 

11, 60, 55, 60, 79, 86, 93 

. 82 

82, 116 

. 63 

42, 52, 81, 82, 83, 116 
54, 84 
44, 55, 85, 86, 87 
. 68, 109 
68, 86, 109, 116 
47, 62 





47, 70, 112 


. 49,74 


88, 116 




. 29, 32 


. 87 


41, 50, 77 


. 48, 73 


. 21, 22 


. 28, 50, 66, 77, 105 


49, 74, 76, 114 






. 62 


. 75, 114 


. 42, 53, 84 


49, 74 


. 93 






. 66, 106 


. 58 


64, 98, 99, 104, 117 


. 65, 101, 102, 118 

Shaw 36, 42, 

44, 50, 72, 77, 78. 79, 80 


49, 54, 56, 75, 114 




86, 116 


49, 75 


. 10 






38, 39 

Mildeberger . 

47, 69 


. 26, 32 




. 69, 111 

Montgomery . 

. 45 


. 60, 94 


55, 56»85, 87 

Smith 10, 34 

35, 36, 41, 50, 57, 87, 89 


. 68, 108 


99, 100 


. 55, 56, 87 


. 26, 29, 32, 40 


. 99 




68, 108 


52, 81, 114, 115 
. 47, 70 


54, 68, 85, 110 


. 68, 108 


64, 99 




69, 110 


. 45 


60, 93 

Sumner 1 

1, 13, 16, 17, 66, 103, 118 
. 66, 104 


57, 88 


. 49, 75 




. 75, 113 


. 41, 48, 72, 73 




47, 62, 95, 96, 97, 98 


. 26 


. 65, 99, 101, 102, 117 


. 60, 94 


. 69, 110 


. 36 


. 26, 81, 85 


. 63, 97 


42, 53 


60, 94 


. 47, 59, 68, 91, 92, 110 




40, 41, 47, 48, 49, 50 


. 65, 102 



Pierce 35, 36, 


12, 46, 53, 54, 55, 56, 


, 71 

58, 59, 62 


64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 

83, 91, 95 


97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 


. 10 

103, 104, 


107, 108, 110, 111, 


. 40, 41 



. 32 


. 49, 74 



. 49, 76 


. 96, 117 


72, 112 



. 63, 98 


. 60, 77 

Pope 47, 63, 


98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 



103, 108 


. 54, 84, 86, 92 


. 10 



. 59, 92, 93 
47, 66 


9, 13 


. 54,'84 



. 51, 79 


49, 76 




49, 50, 74, 78 



Whit 25 

White 32, 33, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 

51, 60, 61, 76, 80, 95, 114 
Whiting . . 47, 66, 70, 104 

Whittemore . . . .66, 107 
Wilbor . . . . 58, 90 

Wildes . . . . 18, 73 








15, 38, 45, 53, 60, 94, 95 

. 67 

11, 16, 17, 26 

53, 82 


. 10 
81, 114 



. 133 





. 128 






. 131 






. 131 





. 122, 127, 131 




122, 127 


. 122, 133 





. 128 






. 134 






. 134 



131, 133 



. 133 



131, 133 


. 131 






. 131, 133 




. 134 


122, 127 



. 131, 133 



. 131, 134 





. 131, 133 



130, 131, 133 





KHton . 123, 

124, 127, 131, 133 



. 131 

Legare and Leager . 

125, 126, 127 
. 131 


122, 123 


. 131 


. 131 


. 133 


. 122 



. 126 


131, 134 


131, 133 


124, 127 

127, 128 

. 130 


. 126 

. 133 

131, 133 




126, 127 



122, 123 


127, 130 


. 134 


124, 127 



, 131 



122, 123 


. 134 


124, 127 


126, 127 








125, 127 





. 126 

. 125 


125, 126, 127 


Withington . 

. 131 

. 134 


Page 32, line 7, for " oftentimes " read aftertimei. 
Page 55, line 1, for '< Leonara " read Leonora. 
Page 70, last line, for ««1842" read 1852. 

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