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This is sent you for help. Look it over and send me all the 
additional facts yon can. Especially any information as to 
what our folks were as well as who they were. Do not leave it 
for others to do. Every man owes something to those who 
come after him, as well as to those who have gone before. 1 
have made a faithful effort, at the cost of over $250, and a 
year's labor, including the writing of upwards of 1000 letters, 
to pay my debt. The result is here. Will you not make an 
earnest effort to add to it. Call it to the attention of other 
Blakes, if you think they may belong to our family. Consult 
your elders, search the family bible and old letters, real estate, 
probate, church and school records. There are many ways to 
get information if one is in earnest. Town histories, printed 
muster rolls, etc. 

All large libraries have such now. Please help. If you will 
do so and will send me the results plainly written (type- 
writer is best) on one side of paper only, I will preserve and 
compile it, and we ought to be able a little later to print a very 
full and satisfactory family record. 

GEORGE M. BLAKE, 

Attorney-at-Law, 
June 1, 1895. Rookford, III. 



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1A HERE is 110 satisfact ry evidence within my knowledge as to uu, 
age or place of birt . of John Blake (1 ) of Middletown, Conn. 
The best evidence is as follows : 

In 1683 a piece of land is recorded in Middletown to John Blake as 
bought from his father, George Durant. 

George Durant was a blacksmith, but with his wife, Elizabeth, he rented a 
farm at Maiden, Mass. for a year or more before coming to Middletown. 
John Blake married his wife, Sarah Hall, at Maiden, Mass. 

A 1'biladelphia Blake (a lawyer) who was in England on other business, 
soys he there saw a record showing that at Maiden, England, a George Durant 
married Elizabeth, the widow of " Capt." Blake. 

Apparently the first child of this George and Elizabeth Durant was Ed- 
ward Durant, whose birth record at Middletown is June 2, 16G1, "as his 
mother saith." No other of her children being thus recorded, this may indicate 
tbe approximate date of marriage of George Durant and Widow Blake as a- s 
bout 1060, and as John Blake married in 1673, his birth could hardly have 
occurred later than 1052, and his mother's first marriage, to "Capt." Blake, 
was probably about 1 650. 

This Edward Durant, half-brother of John Blake (1) was also a black- 
smith and married Ann Hall, the sister probably of John Blake's wife. Edward 
i.Hirant went to Boston and settled on laud belonging to the Boston Blakes, 
afterwards he had a smithy at the corner of Newberry and Winter streets. 
Benjaman Pembertou deeding, June 13, 1728, this corner to him; and ten 
years later, or August 18, 1738, Durant conveys it to Sa,muel Brown of Wor- 
cester, tailor. 

1. John Blake, (1) b. probably at Maiden, England, about 1052, son of 

"Capt." Blake and Elizabeth , and step-son of George Durant, who 

married his widowed mother about 1000, undoubtedly came to Amer- 
ica with his parents, who must have sailed in 1000 or 1661. His age 
on leaving England would therefore be about 9 or 10 3'ears. He died 
at Middletown, Conn., Nov. 11, 1090. His children were not baptized 
until after his death, which may iudicatethat he was a churchman. 

He married at Maiden, Mass., in 1673, Sarah, daughter of Richard (2) 
Hall. She survived him and married again with Edward Turner Jr., bv 
whom she had: 1. Abigail, b. Oct. 11,1691; 2. Stephen, b Aug. 26, 169- 
She died Dec. 16, 1720. 

CHILDREN. 

February 8, 1083, there was recorded on the town records of Middle- 
town, Conn., the children of John and Sarah Blake: 
i. Mercy, b. Nov. 16, 1073, d. Dec. 16, 1724; m. Sept. 22, 1691 with 
Samuel Roberts. He d. Feb. 21, 1739. They had : 
1. Samuel, b. Aug. 14, 1692; 2. Mercy, b. June 26, 1691; 3. Eb- 
enezer, b. Oct. 29, 1697, m. Dec. 21, 1721, his cousin, Meicv 
Johnson, d. Sept. 28, 1766; 4. Daniel, b. Nov. 14, 1701 ; 5. Desire, 
b. Nov. 20, 1704; 0. Sarah, b. June ; 7. hzra, b. April ' 

ii. Sarah, b. Feb. 15, 1075; d. Mav 0, 1737; m. Dec. 27, 1093 with 
John Roberts. He d. July 0, 1721. They had : 
1. William, b. June 22, 1095, m. Susanna Collins, Dec. 1, 1714, 
d. May 0, 1707; 2. John, b. Sept. 22, 1097; m. Nov. 18, 1718, 
Martha Lucas, dan. of Wm. and Eliz. (Rowley) Lucas of Wind- 
sor, d. Aug. 20,1742; 3. Ebenezer, b. Mav 10, 1700; 4. David, 
b. Sept.. 1702; 5. Mary, b. Feb. U, 1704; 0. Jonathan, h. 
Sept., 1707; 7. Nathaniel, b. Apr. 4, 1711 ; 8. Daniel, b. Dec. 27, 
1714. 

iii. Mary, b. July 29, 1077; m. Feb., 1099, with Nathaniel Johnson, son 
of Isaac and Mary (Harris) Johnson. They had: 
1. Mercy, b. Mar. 9, 1099; m. her cousin, Ebenezer Roberts; 2. 
Nathaniel, b. June 22, 1702; 3. Jonathan, b. Nov. 1, 1705. 
(Nathaniel Johnson the father was b. Jan. 17, 1078 and d. Feb. 
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9. vii. Jonathan, b. Aug. 29, 1722. 

viii. Mercy, b. Jan. 12, 1724-5, d. Oct. 17, 1736. 

ix. Sarah, b. July 29, 1727; m. Feb. 19, 1747, to Benjaman Babb 
They bad : 

1. John, bDec. 4, 1748; 2. Mary, b. March 7, 1751: 3. Lucia, 
b. March 25, 1760; 4. Benjaman, b. March 13, 1764. 

10. x. Stephen, b. Feb. 18, 1730. 

4. Stephen Blake (2), (John 1.) born at Middletown, Conn., July 15 1687 
died there May 19, 1755; Married July 2, with Hannah Cole of Hart- 
ford. She died without issue, Nov. 1, 1732; and Jan. 11, 1732-33 
Stephen Blake married Abigail Hubbard. 

CHILDREN. 

i. Hannah, b. May 14, 1734, d. Sept, 30, 1736. 

ii. Abigail, b April 1, 1736. 

11. iii. Richard (3), b. April 23, 1738, m. Mabel Johnson. 
iv. Sephen, b. May 19, 1740, d. July 3, 1740. 

Abigail Hubbard Blake died May 27, 1740, and Aug. 7, of the same 
year Stephen Blake again married with Annah Lucas. 

CHILDREN. 

12. v. Stephen (3), b. June 13, 1741. 
vi. Annah, b. March 16, 1743. 

13. vii. Freelove (3), b. Julv 29, 1745. 

14. viii. Samuel (3), b. Jan. 22, 1747. 
ix. Lois, b. Dec. 16, 1748. 

x. Sibrel, b. Nov. 1, 1751. 

Annah Lucas Blake died Jan. 12, 1752, and March 16, 1752-53, Stephen 
Blake married Mary Brown. 

5. Richard Blake J3), (John 2. John 1.) Born at Middletown, Conn., 

August 9th, 1706. "Was cast away and died at Newfoundland Oct' 
20th, 1736, as by information from thence by letter." 

This is the meager entry on the town records. I am inclined to think 
it probable that he was a soldier in some of the expeditions against the 
French, and going by a sea route was lost in some disaster to the fleet 
He married March 5th, 1729-30 with Abigail Clark. 

children. 

j. Hannah, b. ; m. Samuel Sheppard. Oct. 4th, 1753. Had ■ 

1. Joseph, b. March 15, 1754; 2. Abigail, b. 1755, d 1776- 3 
Ohve, b, 1757. d. 1776; 4. Samuel, b. 1759, d. 1776; 5. Richard 
b. 1763, d. 1/76; 6. Hannah, b. July 12th, 1765; 7. Elizabeth 
b Apul 6th, 1767; 8. He f >sibah, b. 1772, d. 1776; 9. &unuel, U. 
May 12th, 1776. 

ii. Abigail, b. October 28th, 1732. Married Jabez Cook, Mav 23rd 
1754. Had: 
1. Mary, b. March 7th, 1755. 
Jonas Green and Abigail Blake were married Nov. 16th, 1738. (He was 
a widower, his first wife, Sarah Ward, having died 1730. This Abigail 
Blake is no doubt the widow of Richard Blake 3). 

6. John Blake (3), (John 2, John 1), born at Middletown, Conn., Dee. 2d 

1708; died February 8th, 1775. He married first Sarah Lucas. Janu- 
ary 25th, 1732-33. 

CHILDREN. 

l. John, b. October 21st, 1733; d. November 2d, 1736 

15. ii. Thomas, b. November 18th, 1735. 

16. iii. John, b. January 1st, 1737-8. (U) 

iv. A daughter, b. April 4th, d. April 5th, 1740. 

Sarah Lucas Blake died July 8th, 1740, and John Blake married second 
with Jane Burn, January 4th, 1744. She died December 3rd, 1764. 

CHILDREN. 

v. Sarah, b. September 30th, 1714; m. Elisha Johnson, December 10th, 
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vi- Freeujve, b. July 23^1747: d. March 19th, 1747-8. 

NOTE. 

The Middletown records also give the follnwino- • 

Elizabeth, wife of above, died Nov 7th 174-'fi 
I am not abe to trace and w, m ..t fvT; A ' , • 

of John of Middletown" ^ Yet twill he wT^? BLAKE with ^family 
seventh child , born 1745 is name Freeing 1 b 'l, the ^ er that Stephen's 
born 1747, is so named, and Uhe nam? telL™?,? 1 * ffl ? th chi,d ot " Joh " ^>- 
tions, and there is little doubt but fbat he wn« n , ° ne , ln . 8Uccee <I»'K ffenera- 
could follow him up we might Sa Sw ! / ?" rela ^ Ive - Possibly if we 
John ( i ). ' 8 r get a much de sired clue to the English family ot 

As the Middletown record is silpnt .> a +^ +i i x . ,. , . „ 
P^oba^that after the dea,h^ K^^£^^^ 

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now known as Watertovvn about 1749 Wate rbury, Conn., which is 

—lent'aulf £ Y.^o l^l^t^ *» ^ **" E °^ 
French and Indians, Con,, Agreeing unon 2600^^1? "S^ 1 "* the 
immediately ordered her CommS t!" ' « lnen as her ^ nota . ai >d 
number of men for f. u • monZ Ue S^™ 6 fl ° Ur f ufflcieut *op that 
raiments of eight compaSefeaeh tr °° PS WOTe f ° med into io ™ 

^wS^^^.'Hg -f-ent is called on the muster roll 
April to December 1756 Pthfe "^L expedition against Crown Point 
Woodward, and Jose h Blake vv^« P J * D " V . Wa <? c . omraaud ed by Capt. Israel 
t he 1 758 muste, ro f. A™ dh£ TS it" H 7 is aame » al *° on 
(it being a record of deaths h, th/f , / im ° th ? Judd s manuscript 
known as Watertown) Jospph Br XFP ? t v ancieat Waterhury, now 
Bide of GreenbushorhVreturnfrlm?amp ed N ° Vember lst ' 1760 ' this 
8ft^S^!afl^ ,eh ^ ,rit,l ^her Bacon, Dec. 11th, 1734. 

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1763, in. Strickland h«/Wi* i ?- 1% ' JrW ' b " Jan - llth > 

'-■nnv Judd, of Windsor N Y hv" V a 'T' a " d "• «cond 
"Kuth M." and ' IWl '" k \l i J . wh t3 ° m he had Mar J p -" 
Strickland and removed to ljT% b, W^ 1784 i ra — 
•i. July 16th, 1766 7 'IfllhT ^ ?• £?, d/ *' b> Jan - 30t "> 

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1 '• ii. Joseph (4). born Dec. 22d 1 7"{8 

hi. Hiciiaiji), b. Nov. 3d, 1740 d hilvis i-ji 
18. iv. Bbth, b. March 25th, 1743 ' ' UU ' 



v. Elizabeth, b. March 25th, d. May 14th, 1746. 
Joseph Blake married second, Sept. 25th, 1740, with Rebekah, widow of 
.John Dowd, and daughter of Edward and Rebecca (Wheeler) Higby. Her 
parents came to Middletown, from "Stratfield," which was a very early name 
for the territory lying between Stratford and Fairfield, Conn. They were 
married at Middletown, Conn., Nov. 29th, 1706. 

CHILDREN. 

19. vi. Richard and j ■. f -. . , r-., -,r-,~ 
vii. Elizabeth, \ born 0ctober ' th » 174 '" 
viii. Ruth (Lucreecy), b. Sept. 4th, 1749. 

20. ix. Freelove, b. at Waterbury, Aug. 11th, 1751. 

These brothers, Richard and Freelove, both served in the 1st Conn. Regt. 
in the " Lexington alarm " campaign, 1775. 

deeds, etc. 

1760. \ The Probate Court at Woodbury, Conn., granted letters of Ad 
Dec. 11. j ministration upon the estate of Joseph Blake to Rebecca, his widow, 

and appointed her guardian to three of her children, viz: Richard, 
Freelove and Lucreecy, they being under the age of choosing for 
themsel ves. 

1761. \ Elizabeth Blake appeared in Court and made choice of her 
•Ian. 6./ mother, Rebecca, for her guardian. 

Joseph Bbike's estate was insolvent. Paid 50 per cent. He was rated 
£66 in 1752, and £25 in 1759. 

The son Richard was probably apprenticed by his mother according to 
the custom of the times. There is no further mention of him in the Water- 
bury Records, and he is not taxed there as he would have been in 1768 or 
9 had he remained. The family seem to have owned lands in the town of 
Litchfield about these times as certain deeds show. I here quote two : 

1802. \ Barzilla Blake, of Litchiield, sells to his brother Jesse, of Torring- 
Jan. 30./ ton, two pieces of land in Litchfield. One of 5 acres, bounded on land 
belonging to the heirs of Joseph Blake, deceased, south on Louis 
Blake's land, it being the one half of eleven acres owned by Barzilla 
and Jesse in common. Second piece, three-fourths of an acre, that 
was set out to me (Barzilla) in the distribution of my mother's 
interest in the estate of my late honored father, Joseph Blake; land 
described as set out to my sister Candace, and all the right that I 
have in the late dwelling house of my father deceased. 

L803. ^ Statira Blake, of Torrington. to Jesse Blake. About seven acres, 
Aug. 1./ lying near the north-east corner of Litchfield. This land was ac- 
quired by her father, Joseph (4), of Capt. Solomon Marsh. It was 
bounded on the south on land distributed to her sister Lorain?) 
Also part of the homestead of her father Joseph. (One of the bounds 
is on land set out to Sarah Barber. Did Sarah Blake (5) marry a 
Barber?) Also one-ninth part of the late dwelling house of her 
father. 

The town iccords of Middletown give the following: "Joseph Wet- 
more and Rebekah Blake were married Oct. 12th, 1761." His first 
wife was Abigail Roberts, who died in 1760 and left eleven children. 
1 believe this Rebekah Blake to have been the widow of Joseph Blake 
(3). 

8. Daniel Blake (3), (Jona. 2, Jno. 1.) Born at Middletown, Conn., April 

24th, 1711 ; married January 13th, 1742, with Hannah Dinx, of Cam- 
bridge, 

children. 

i. Albania (4). b. Jan. 27th. 1743. 

ii. Prudence, b. Feb. 1 5th, 1745. 

in. Hannah, b. April 27th, 174S. 

This family must have removed from Middletown prior to or about 1750, 
and where they went to is unknown to me. 

9. Jonathan Blake. (3) (Jona. 2, Jno. 1.) Born at Middletown, Conn.. 



Aug. 29th, 1722; married there June 26th, 1744, with Sarah Griffen 

T CHILDREN. 

i. Jonathan (4), b. March 20tb ; d. March 29th, 1745 
li. feARAH, b. June 12th, 1746; d. Feb. 20th 1747 

M. £ &£££ t ISk^VSS' * »^ *^*"0r 20th, 1750. 
v. Jonathan, b. Aug. 25th, d. Oct. 1st, 1751. 
vi. William, b. July 3d, d. Aug. 3 3th, 1753 
10. Stephen § Blake : (3) (Jona 2, Jno. 1) Born at Middletown, Conn., 
teb. 18tl ] ,30 Was drowned with his son Jonathan the evening 
after the bth of January, 1767, in the mill brook." He was a tainef 
and^cnrner, and at the time of his death was the town clerk of Mid dle 

He married October 18th, 1750, with Rachel Alvord. 

CHILDREN. 

i. Rachel, b. April 8th, 1752. She married Danl Hall, May 13 1771 • 
mation° ^ ° ld ' ^ a fami,y ' but l have "° ^theV infor- 

22 Ji. FXHT^n^rh 1 "^?' 1754 - D —d with his father. 

iv. George, b Oct. 30th, 1758. Died at Springfield, Mass., in the fall of 

field nrio? tn °Jh/p r i an / W,fe °I family - He 8ettled hi S Pring- 
W in J Wf th f R ? vo J utlon and oined the militia company 
While boating a load of rye down the Connecticut to market he 
™h- Y?^ JJiddletown, tidings of the Lexington fight He in, 
^W fi e iL left ^ bl - S - Ca ^. in Char ^ e of the boatmen^returned to 
for dftv at a B n oJnn ned H 18 C ° mpa ny -' They re P° rted themselves 
h-tfioS n , S a n an T 1 vvere sta tioned at Ro.bury during the 
battle of Bunker Hill. From there they were sent to Fort «« Ti » 
and served along the lake until discharged. 

■ M . A n T' b - May 7th ' 1761 ! d - 0ct - 14th, 1762. 
vi. Still-born son, 1763. 

9 „ v !!: Mary, b. April 7th, 1765. Lived to be 91. Left no children 

23. VI1I . Stephen, b. (after his father's death) April 27th i 7 67 

R ZS23 B d LA l K 7^ 3) Mf t ?^S 2 ' ^ i° B ° rn ^Middletown, Conn., 
Feb 9th 'l 7m Th d the vT e to + Mab , pl Johnson, probably his cousin 
Mercv Oct 23d 1 7fii t? 5°™.^P th t em at Middletown a daughter 

E'lS. i ? ^ 6nd noth »3g further of them. 

JUoHi M , , dletown . records show the following: Martin McKenerv and 
Mabel Blake married September 28th, 1763. Had Mor Hs, 17M Peg. 
1/66, Samuel, 1768; John, 1770. These lived in Haddam gg " 

As to numbers 12 and 13 I have no information 

_ CHILDREN. 

j. Phoebe (4), b. Oct, 17th, 1767. 

n. Anna, b. , 1769. 

24. in. Stephen, b. Oct, 7th, 1771 
iv. Olive, b. Julv — , 1773. 

2o. v. Samuel L., b. Mav 13th, 1775 

seco b nd A1 w V i < ?h ,1 M. lake «™{ J °»- 6th ' 1778 ' and Samurf ™^e married 
1785 They hid ? ° D ' Pr ° bab,y hiS COUS, ' n ' Janua ^ 6th > 

26. vi. William, b. Oct. — , 1786 

2< . vii. Elisha, b. Sept, 8th, 1788. 
viii. Elizabeth, b. Mav 7th 1791 

16. Join, Biake (4), <J„„. 8, .I„„. 2, .I„„. 1.) l) oni at M i,l,]l,to»„, C„„„. 



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Jan. 1st, 1737-8. Married Abigail Edwards, of " Waterbury, in the 
parish of Westbury, Nov. 26th, 1767." 

(She was the daughter of Nathaniel Edwards and "Margit his wife," 
who came to Waterbury about 1750.) 
17. Joseph Blake (4), (Jos. 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1.) Born at Middletown, Conn., 
Dec. 22d, 1738. Died at Torrington or Waterbury prior to 1788. He 
went to Torrington about 1760, and Married Aug. 27th, 1767, with 
Manara Grant. (She was born 1745, dau. of William Grant.) They 
had: 

28. i. Seth, b. Dec. 7th, 1767. 

ii. Jesse, b. July 2th, 1769 ; d. May 22d, 1773. 

iii. Sarah, b. Nov. 22d, 1770. (Probably married a Mr. Barber. See 
deeds quoted under No. 7 & infra.) 

29. iv. Barzilla, b. Nov. 5th, 1772. 

30. v. Jesse, b. Dec 14th, 1776. 

vi. A dau. (Lorain ?), b. Dec. 27th, 1778. 

vii. Statira, b. , 1779. Married a Mr. Palmer and had a daughter, 

Phoebe, b. about 1810. 

viii. Candace, 

ix. A dau. (Louis?) 

DEEDS, ETC. 

1761. \^ Seth Blake appeared in court and made choice of Capt. Israel 
Feb. 3. J Woodward for his guardian. (Waterbury Probate Records.) 

17<)S. \ Noah and Amos Wilsou, of Torrington, Conn., deed to Joseph 
Nov. 15. J Blake, of Torrington, fifteen acres. 

L788. ) Hezekiah and Dorcas Beecher, of Bethlehem, and Ebenezer Stod- 
Oct. 3 / dard and Abigail, his wife, of Torrington, for £12 lawful money, of 
Manara Blake, widow of the late Captain .lose])!) Blake, late of 
Torrington, deceased, deed about eight acres. 

1792. \ Manara Blake deeds to Eliphalet Eno, guardian of Barzilla 
April 21. j Blake, for £26, and a receipt given by Eno, a certain parcel of land, 
"it being part of a lot of land I lately purchased of Benjamin 
Phelps with money given to my heirs by my brother Daniel Grant, 
late of Torrington, lying nest lo the land that I have this day 
deeded to my son Jesse." 

(Barzilla sold this land for #220 to John Cook in 1796. Jesse 
sold his portion in 1797 for $331. Jesse's guardian was Captain 
Amos Wilson. Their mother bought the land (79% acres) in 1789. 
This same Daniel Grant who left this money to his sister's children, 
left a legacy of $] ,500 for the schools of Torringford.) 

Candace Blake to her brother Jesse, certain lands and the one- 
ninth part of the house and barn of their father. 

Manara Blake sells land at the north-west corner of her late 
father's home (William Grant, late of Torrington). Matthew Grant, 
Jr., the heirs of Tryphenia North and the widow of William Grant, 
own lands adjoining. 

Seth Blake sells land, a portion of which is described as common 

and undivided with Seth Holmes and wife, "which they had by their 

father's estate Capt. Matthew Grant-, late deceased." (Phoebe 

Holmes was a dau. of Capt. Matthew Grant.) 

1800. 1 Eliphalet Eno and Barzilla Blake, as administrators on the 

Dee. 27./ estate of Manara Blake, sell land originally laid out to the heirs of 

Matthew Grant. (Shows approximate date death Manara Blake.) 
is. Seth Blake (4). (Jos. 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1). Born at Middletown, Conn., 
March 25th, 1743; died at Waterbury. Conn., June 5th, 1781. (Timothy 
Judd's record.) He married June 20th, 1769, at Waterbury. with Ann 

Wetlnore. 

CHILDREN, 

i. Chloe, b. Nov. 24th, 1769. 

31. ii. Joseph (5), b. Oct. 29th. 1771. 
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Seth Blake paid taxes in Waterbury from 1703 to 1780, at which date 
Watertown was made a town and included his home. Aug. 11th, 1781, 
Mr. Timothy Wetmore and Mrs. Anna Blake were appointed adminis- 
trators upon his estate at Watertown. She was allowed £37 out of 
the estate of £02. 

Hezekiah Hale, of Middletown, and Anne JJlake, of Watertown, were 
married Oct. 29th, 1783. They had a daughter, "Submit," born at 
Middletown, July 16th, 1784. 

His first wife was the widow Rachel Bevin. She died 1782 and left three 
children. 

19. Richard Blake (4), (Jos. 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1.) Born, twin with Elizabeth, 
at Middletown, Conn., Oct. 7th, 1747. Died at Livonia, Livingston 
County, N. Y., Sept. 17th, 1807. 

He married at Litchfield, Conn., July Gth, 1709, with Damaris 
Smedley. She was daughter of Ephraim and Concui ranee (Hard) 
Smedley, and was born at Litchfield, Feb. 4th, 1747. Died at Livonia, 
N. Y., May 3d, 1 828. Her sister Concurrance married Samuel Guernsey, 
brother of that Amos Guernsey who rnariied Esther Blake, half sister 
of this Richard. 

CHILDREN. 

James b. Oct. 2d, 1709. 

Jesse (5), b. Aug. 31st, 1771. 

Ruel, b. June 15th, I 774. 

Rebecca, b. Aug. 26th, 1770. Married a Mr. Lemen. 

Damaris, b. Aug. 31st, 1778. Married first at Litchfield, Marvin 

Sanford ; second at Livonia, N. Y., Reuben Runyon. She died at 

Livonia, Feb. 27th, 1839, without children. 

Pharis (5), ( twiuR b Nov _ ]2t lj, 1781. 
Zara (o), J 

Uriel, b. . 1780; d. at Litchfield, March 14th, 1808. 

Eunice, b. . Married Lyman Cooley, Lived and died at 

Canandaigua, N. Y. Had: 
1. Albert; 2. Henry; 3. James Barlow; 4. Nathaniel; 5. Edgar; 
0. Benjamin F. 

Concurrance, b. . Married probably at Livonia, N. Y., 

with Daniel Hawley. He was born in Conn., was a farmer, and 
they lived and died at Jackson, Mich. 

children, 
a. Moses Smedley Hawley, b. Jan. 29th, 1812. Married his second 
cousin, Maria Ripley. Had— 1. Smedley; 2. Hariiet, who lives 
now at Loquin, VanBuren Co., Mich. ; 3. Miles Gelston ; 4. Mary 
(married a, Mr. Stewart, and has "Mary Louisa," and "Jennie 
M." The mother died but lately, and children live with their 
uncle. Miles G.) 5. Jane. 

n. Daniel A. Hawley, b. Dec. 18th, 1813; d. , 1847. Married 

his cousin, Eunice Blake. Had— 1. Jesse Blake Hawley; 2. Au- 
gustus D. Hawley. These men are farmers and live with their 
widowed mother at Charlotte, Eaton Co., Mich 

c. Julia Ann Ilawler, b. March. 30th, 1810; d. Aug. 18th, 1823. 

d. Marv E. Han lev, h. Feb. 15th, 1820; d. at Fitchburg. Mich., 
May 14th, 1848. Married John B. McClary, 1847, but left no 
children. 

E. James Harlow Hawlev (twin) b. April 15th, 1823; d. March 
26th, 1850. Married Jan.' 13th, 1850, to Louisa J. Giddings. 
Had— 1. Marv Concurrance, b. Dec. 9th, 1851; 2. Francis, b. 
July 12th, 1853; married Frank A. Cross, June 12th, 1884. 
Has Grac. May 23d, 1885; Annice, Sept, 5th, 1880; Hazel, Apr. 
30th, 1888; Agues, Feb. 4th, 1892; residence, Fitchburg, Mich. 
3. Daniel, b. April 12th, 1855; married I'ec. 31st, 1875, Annice 
Rnvmond. Have— 1. John, l». Aug. 11th, 1877; 2. James 11 , 
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f. Henry Barlow Hawley (twin), b. April 15th, 182;}. Lives at 
Jackson, Mich. Married April 15th, 1851, to Caroline Earl. Has- 
1. Juliette, b. April 15th, 1855; d. unmarried; 2. James A., b. 
July 15th, 185G ; married to Mary Rise. Lives at Leslie, Ingham 
Co., Mich. 3. Constantia, b. June 26th, 1860; married to B. M. 
Gaylord; lives at Leslie, Mich.; has dau., Julliete. 4. Henry Z., 
b. . 5. (Vrrie C, b. ; married M. L. Stark- 
weather. (3. John . j'-l, b. . 

a. Lyman Cooler Hawley, b. Jan. 15th, 1827; d. Feb. 8th, 1827. 

h. John Parker Hawley, b. June 17th, 1832; d. April 26th, 1885. 
Married Louisa G. Hawley, widow of Jas. H., and has a son, 
Thomas 15., b. Nov. 19th, 1872, who with his mother lives at 
Fitchburg, Mich. 

The Adjt.-Gon. of Conn, certifies: — "Richard Blake, of Litchfield, was a 
member of the 4th Company, Captain David Welch, in the 1st Regt., 
Colonel David Wooster. The regiment was raised on the first call for 
troops by the legislature in April-May, 1775. It marched by request of 
the Continental Congress to New York in June, and was encamped at 
Harlem. About Sept. 28th, under orders from Congress, it marched to 
the Northern Department (Gen. Schuyler's), and took part in the opera- 
tions along Lakes George and Champlain; assisted in the reduction of 
St. John in October, and afterwards at Montreal. Men were mustered 
out in Oct.-Nov " 

In 1798 his son Jesse articled Lot 41 in the town of Pittstown, On- 
tario Co., N. Y. (now Livonia, Livingston Co.). and came through from 
Coun. with ox teams. The date when Richard Blake ami the rest of the 
family came cannot be fixed exactly, but between 1 SOU and 1805 Rich- 
ard Blakf and all his family were there. 

At the time they came to Livonia, Robert Morris, the great financier 
of the Revolution, had just concluded the sale of this portion of the 
Mass. Grant (which had been thrown up by Phelps & Gorham) to the 
Holland Land Co. 

The Indian title had just been ceded at a council at Geneseo, 20 miles 
away, which was headed by the noted Indian orator and chief, Red 
Jacket. They must have been among the first to settle there. They all 
acquired extensive farms there, and a more beautiful location it would 
be hard to imagine. The Blake farms lie on an oval orflattened " turtle 
back" of a hill, midway between Lakes Hemlock and Conesus. (The 
City of Rochester, N. Y., now gets its water from Hemlock.) Both 
lakes are in sight, and the soil is strong and fertile. Here Richard 
Blake and his wife lie in the Livonia cemetery. 

20. Fueelove Blake (4), (Jos. 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1). Born at Waterbury, 

Conn., Aug. 11th, 1751. Was a Revolutionary soldier, serving as a 
private in Company No. 9, in Regt. No. 1 (in which regt. his brother 
Richard was also a private), of the Connecticut Volunteers raised on the 
Lexington Alarm. 

21. Erenkzkr Blake (4), (Jona. 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1.) Born at Middletowu, 

Conn.. Sept, 28th, 1749; died in New York June 30th, 1782. Married 
April 7th, 1772, with Elizabeth Cole. 

Ebeuezer Blnke served from May 6th to Dec. 18th, 1775, in the 4th 
Co. of the 2d Rnyt. Conn troops, raised May, 1775, on the Lexington 
alarm. I am of the opinion that he did further service and, in fact, 
died in the service in New York, but I cannot at present prove it. 

In the same company with EliPiiezer Blake was a cousin of Uichard 
and Freelovc Blake's, viz: John Hiy;l»ee of Middletown, who served from 
May 9th. 1775, to his death on Aug, 17th, 177"). 

CHIUMJUN. 

37. i. Jonathan, b. May 14th, 1773. 

38. ii. Samuel (by second wife, says the record), 1). Jan. 15th, 1782. 

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Blake, Charles Blake, Mary Blake, Francis Blake, Caroline Blake and Asenath 
Blake, all of Kingsley, Lower Canada. " Heirs of Thomas Cole." They sell to 
Geo. Sherman premises in Watertown. Perhaps children of Jonathan and 
grandchildren of Ebenezer. 

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22. Elijah Blake (4), (Stephen 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1) Born at Middletown, 

Conn., June 18th, 1750; died at Winchester, Conn., October 2d, 1833, 
Was a U. S. pensioner in 1832, but X have no record of his military ser- 
vice. He was a tanner and currier. Married Sarah Hamlin Sept. 27th, 
1779. She was born 1755; died Oct. 27th, 1811. 

CHILDREN. 

Sally, b. Dec. 12th, 1780; d. June 17th, 1793. 

Polly, b. Sept. 15th, 1782; m. Timothy Looniis. Did live at Riga, 
Niagara County, N. Y. 

Elijah (5), b. June 20th, 1784. 

Jonathan (5), b. Aug. 13th, 1780. 

Harry (5), b. June 29th, 1788. 

Ithuel (5). b. Aug. 1st, 1790. 

Allen (5), b. May 19th, 1792. 
viii. Sally, b. Dec. 10th, 1794; d. at Winchester, Conn., without chil- 
dren. 
ix. Lavinia, b. Oct. 10, 1799; d. at Winchester, May 20th, 1804. Mar- 
ried Samuel Herbert 2d of Winchester, March 19th, 1822. Had— 
1. Thomas, who lived at Winchester last known ; 2. Stephen lived 
at Lee, Mass. last known; 3. Lavinia,, married John Burr of Burr- 
ville; 4. Clara, married a Mr. Vance. Lives at Lee, Mass. 
x. Maria, b. October 18th, 1797; d. Sept. 21st, 1805. 

23. Stephen Blake (4), (Stephen 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). Born at Middletown, 

Conn., April 27th, 1707. He also was a tanner and currier. He mar- 
ried at Litchfield, Conn,, Charity Hill. Feb., 1790. He died at Palermo, 
Oswego County, N. Y. , Feb. 25th, 1854. His wife was born Dec. Gth, 
1705, at Litchfield, and died at Palermo, July 31st, 1850. 

Stephen Blake went from Litchfield first to .Vermont, lived there a few 
years, then " west" to N. Y. 

children. 

44. i. Myron, b. Nov. 6th, 1790. 

45. ii. Miles, b. Dec. 3d, 1790. 

40. iii. Stephen, b. , 1799. 

47. iv. Ahira Hill, b. Nov. 10th, 1803; d. at St. Louis, June 3d, 1803, and 
left a family, but I hear no further. 

24. Stephen Blake (4). Have no information. 

25. Samuel L. Blake (4), (Samuel 3, Stephen 2, Jno. 1.) Born at Middle- 

town, May 13th, 1775. Moved in 1810 to Alexander, Athens Co., Ohio, 
and died there March 10th, 1859. Have nothing further. 
20. William Blake (4). Have no information. 

27. Elisha Blake (4), (Samuel 3, Stephen 2, Jno. 1.) Born at Middletown, 
Conn., Sept. 8th, 1788. Died in Hancock County, Ohio, 1837. Married 
Marrilla Crane, Nov. 11th, 1811. She was born at New Milford, Conn., 
Nov. 23d, 1791, Daughter of Isaac Chapman Crane and Rowena 
Vaughan Crane. She died at Boardman, Ohio, Feb. 23d, 1870. Elisha 
Blake and wife went to Ohio in 1823. 

children. ' 
i. William Isaac, b. Sept. 12th, 1812; d, Sept. 24th, 1837, at Pitts- 
burg. I'enna. He married at Pittsburg, Oct. 10th, 1835, Mary, 
daughter of Col. Butler of that city, but they had no childreu. 
Win. [. Blake was a steamboat captain and owner, 
ii. Euastms Harmon, b. Nov. 25th, 1815; d. April 12th, 1810. 
iii. Melissa Rowena, b. Oct. Gth, 1810. Married at Boardman, Timothy 
G. Newton. Had a son and daughter. 
49. iv. Homer Crane, b. Feb. 1st, 1822. Commodore U. S. N. 
v. Henhy Samuel, b. June 25th, 1825; d. April 12th, 1829. 



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vi. Charles Vaugiian, b. April 20th, 1828; d. January 24th, 1846. 

28. Seth Blake (5), (Jos. 4, Jos. 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1.) Born at Torrington, 

Conn., Dec. 7th, 1767. Lived and died at Watertown, Conn., but I 
hear no particulars. See deeds quoted supra. 

29. Barzilla Blake (5), (Jos. 4, Jos. 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1). Born at Tor- 

rington, Conn., Nov. 5th, 1772. Married Ruth Murray, of Torrington. 
Sept. 27th, 1798. In 1802, Barzilla seems to be in Litchfield, Conn. 
See deeds above. 

CHILDREN. 

50. i. William, b. Sept. 25th, 1799. 
ii. Phoebe, b. Dec. 20th, 1800. 
I only have the Waterbury births. Probaby Litchfield would give others. 

30. Jesse Blake (5), (Jos. 4, Jos. 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1.) Born at Torrington, 

Conn., Dec. 14th, 1776. Seems to have bought out the other children's 
interests in his father's estate. 

See deeds above. April 6th, 1802, he mortgages the homestead of 
his father Joseph for $135. 

August 1st, 1803, he is evidently about to leave Torrington, for on 
that da^e he sells to Joseph Allen, Jun., 16 acres, "It being my home- 
stead where I now live; " and after giving boundaries, he says, " And is 
all the land I own in Torrington, reserving about three acres owned by 
Sarah Barber and Lorain Blake within the boundaries." 

I hear nothing further. 

31. Joseph Blake (5), (Seth 4. Jos 3, Jno. 2. Jno. 1.) Born at Waterbury, 

Conn., Oct. 29th, 1771. Married at Washington, Conn., January 29th. 
1802, Louisa Osborne. 

CHILDREN. 

i. Sally M. , b. March 1st, 1 803. 

ii. David, b. July 12th, 1805. 

iii. Harriet, b. Sept. 1st, 1807. 

iv. William, b. Dec. 25th, 1811. 

v. Lucy, b. Nov. 27th, 1814. 

32. James Blake (5). (Rich. 4, Jos. 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1.) Born at Litchfield, 

Conn., Oct. 1769; d. at Litchfield, Nov. 17th, 1817; Married there 
April 1st, 1793, with Dorcas Buel. 

CHILDREN. 

Polly, b. March 2d, 1794. 

Albert (6), b. Mav 22d, 1796. 
iii. James (6), b. May 18th, 1798. 
iv. Orrin (6), b. Dec. 18th, 1802. 

Julius (6), b. Januarv 27th, 1805. 
vi. Flora, b. Nov. 20th, 1807. 
vii. Buel (6), b. Sept, 29th, 1809. 
viii. Catherine, b. Sept. 29th, 1812. 
ix. Doras L. (6), b. Oct. 14th, 1817. 

I get no further information of this family or any member of it James 
Blake remained at Lichfield and did not remove to Livonia, N. Y.,when 
his father did. 

33. Jesse (5), (Rich. 4, Jos. 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1). Born at Litchfield, Conn., 

Aug. 31st, 1771. Died at Livonia, N. Y., Sept. 17th, 1859. Married 
in 1796 with Sallie Luddington. 

(She was of Welsh extraction ; her father had been at one time during 
the Revolution one of the bodv guard of Geo. Washington. She died 
at Livonia, X. Y., July 14th, 1841. 

CHILDREN. 

i. Elizabeth (6), b. ; m. Chas. Purchase and had a family. 

1. Wake, lives somewhere in Mich.; 2. Harriett, who married 
Daniel Pickard.of Byersville, N. Y ; and 3. Dr. Jesse Wake Purchase, 
who wax a regimental surgeon all through the war for the Union, 
resided at Scottsburg, N. Y. and there married a Miss Scott. Had 



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£ S,b. ! m ^T s P 4°o n dda?d She died at Livonia N. Y., 

V L Spt b - ^TS5^S"^ d hon 1 e on a visi. She lived » 

Michigan. 

51. vi. Richard (6), _b_— N j ied a Mr. Keeler. . u 

vii. Damaris b. ■ »£ A Hawley, her cousin. See page 

V.UNICE, b. i IU - " a 

badnek, b. ■ y x v Born a t Litchfield, 

Bl«« (8), (Wch^^To- 8,^2 Ja, ,. ^ ^ lg46 . mar . 

I'nnn June lotn, -i < ' * > U1C . , T ,, 

ried at Livonia, N. Y to Annie Hull and easily the 

Ruel Blake was "Squire' Blake to gl^at * He wa s a man of 

s&ysss* t:^:^ciaii y %ud » , ^ *- *** 

cally also. children. 

53. i. Ruel L. (6), b. -— - - 

54. ii. Iba (6), b ^j.-_"m. Anderson Northrop 

iii. Abigail b. , m " A No rthrop, 1832 ; d. 13+4 

iv , Eunice. J-— — : ^M, .Stone, 1822; d. at Detroit, 1880 

v. Laura, b. . „ t i w tu No. 

86 . Moved to Indiana, but 1 cam ™ <- , iear LaPo rte »»'»«'* , B 
r,Sd"K«S- loot the do. of the wo,-, say 1864 

or 65. „ T , Tnn i \ Born at Litchfield, 

Zara Blake (5), (Kich 4 -Jo* 8 *™J> *£& ^ Y ., ^ p t 17th 

SSS- rw^married' Math* |2d, ™fu?J^S^ She w£ 
Sher Etheredge. The Ethere^ges were ^^jg e at p 
born at Stonington, Conn., Aug. 10 1 tt, £ ° lovel and lov _ 

NT., June 25th, 1833. Shew said to have been |rf ^^ 

able woman, of a large figure." with a V^. o{ Sto „iugton, and 
brown hair Her fathei • wa . rhomas Lthereag ^ Canterb Cou „ 
her mother, Anna (Cleveland) Ethereage,w«, ^ thought to 

1753 Her grandfather was Nathaniel. ™ n ^ e ?f£ Conn 1720. 
Jlvebeen the original immigrant from ^f*"?^' a* Herkimer, 

For about a year alter his man^e / dealer m cattl 

N Y then came to Livonia. He was j a iar " - t o Conn., and 

horses and live stock He would J^^g The w P ould then drive 

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oftne fiSSfift Sf =TSS5«£ days, where he would mar- 
k ' lor aHme he was very -ccessM ^ -emulated j™**^ 

but ^J^^S$££>&XZ* «-— hafi eiDCe 

K c^oKed^m two S^^Te war of 1812, Canada. 

It is safd that during, or ml mediate 1J al e. i noll -iiite..:ou.w, 

OT Englaad, declared an absolute en b aigo o . 'J ^ ^ ^^ 

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owned the steamer Illinois and was one of the famous characters of the 
lakes. He was not a relative so far as anyone ever knew, though he 
was always a good friend and acquaintance to Zara Blake's family. 
(Chesley Blake was born at Portland, Me., 1795, to Wm. and Lucy Ozier 
Blake.) 

The Capt. furnished the boat and Zara Blake the cargo, and for a 
time they did a "land office business" with the Canucks. 

This was all supposedly kept secret from Zara's good Quaker wife; 
but she some way learned of it, and on her request he promised to cease 
the dangerous trade so soon as he made one more trip, to close out 
stock on hand and settle with the Canadian agents who had the dispo- 
sition of the merchandise on that end of the line. 

He went across, collected up, and is said to have had upwards of 
$5000 in gold on his person. He told his Canadian allies that was his 
last trip and that he was now out of the business, and the Canadians 
with a keen eye on that gold betrayed him to a sheriff, having first 
made a bargain with the local Jonathan Wild for immunity and a share 
of the plunder. 

Capt. Blake and the boat got away by a squeak, but the officer nab 
bed Zara Blake and the cash. Blake was tried and condemned to death; 
but he was a mason as was also Capt. Blake, and certain Canadian 
masonic friends helped them arrange a further bribe to this hungry 
sheriff, by the terms of which the Blakes were to keep silence as to the 
amount stolen by the sheriff, and let him retain it from his government, 
and the Canadian masons were to pay or guarantee the payment by 
the Blakes of a large further sum to the officer. This deal concluded, 
the sheriff "forgot" to lock the prison doors one night, and Zara Blake 
escaped, "stole" a horse from a Canadian mason's stable near by that 
"happened" to be standing bridled and saddled, and Capt. Blake and 
his sloop did the rest. So he got off alive, but ruined, as it took about 
all he had left to make good the sum pledged for him by the Canada 
friends. 

He never recovered financially from this loss, but had he lived a little 
longer he would have done so, as he had gone from Livonia into the 
hills just south from Dansville, N. Y., then clothed with the finest of 
white pine timber, and had purchased a large tract of it and gone to 
lumbering. But his health tailed, and, after a lingering- illness of years, 
he died comparatively poor, his estate giving his children onlv about 
#600 each. 

Although Zara Blake traded with Canada in violation of the non- 
intercourse act, he was not at all the man one would imagine for that 
sort of a thing. He was not a man of the dashing sort; quite the re- 
verse. He was very pious, a Presbyterian deacon and a stern man — one 
of the rigid puritanical sort. 

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Mr. B. S. Stone, an aged friend, who has his home at "Stones Falls," 
just south of Dansville, N. Y., and only a few steps from where Zara 
Blake's house was, sends me the following letter which I give entire: 

"Dansville, N. Y , Feb. 11th, 1895. 
"Geo. M. Blake, Esq., 

"Itockford,Hl. 

"Dear Sir:— I received a copy of ' Our Folks' and looked it over with 
a great deal of interest. You are certainly making a record of the 
relatives that will be appreciated more and more as time goes by. 

"The relations of your grandfather's family with mine puts me in a 
position to recall to mind a few facts, names and dates. Some dates 1 
cannot give at present. 

"Aaron C. # Blake married my sister Charlotte Temple Stone about 
1838. They' commenced keeping house in the log house that George 
Diamond has lived in for the last 40 years. According to what I have 
picked up that house was built in 1814. They had two "hildren, 
Ktheredge and Grata Ann. They both died of consumption. Grata 



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Ann died at your father's house in Dansville; Etheredge at my brother's 
house in Corrunua, DeKalb Co., Indiana, about 1862. Have no dates. 
Have looked through a pile of old letters, but have not found what 1 
wanted. Mrs. Blake died March 17th, 1847, at Marshall, Mich, (born 
April 3d, 1816.) Aaron Blake moved with his family from Dansville to 
Coldwater, Mich., in the fall of 1837. My father, my sister Grata Ann, 
brother Rufus and myself went with them. Coldwater at that time was 
a very small village, but a few rods on the one side to the prairie and 
oak openings on the other. Aaron C. Blake, in company with his 
brother William, ran a saw mill, located about three-fourths of a mile 
from ihe village. They sawed by the thousand. (The mill was owned 
by two men, named Cole and Stone). They ran the mill about two 
years. I presume the city of Coldwater to-day covers the site of it. I 
can recollect of seeing many whitewood and black walnut logs, trom 
•1 to 5 feet in diameter, in the mill yard. 

" In the fall of '38 we all had the fever and ague,— the mill stopped to 
let everybody shake. The next year a board of health condemned the 
mill pond, and a mob tore down the dam. The mill never started 
again. In three or four years Aaron Blake moved his family to Mar- 
shall, where Mrs. Blake died. On July 4th, 1847, he married a stylish 
woman and tried to live up to her style. Don't know how he succeeded. 
His business after leaving Coldwater was speculation in land and 
horses. 

" William E. Blake was a good man. He married my sister, Grata 
Ann Stone, May 3d, 1838. The wedding was at the residence of a Mr. 
Etheredge in the village of Coldwater. About 1840 they moved to 
Berlin, Erie Co., Ohio, and he worked at the wagon business two or 
three years, and then moved to Orland, Indiana, where be built up quite 
a large wagon factory and hotel, was postmaster, &c. 

"They had four children — Etheredge, Kuel, Esther Grata— and an 
infant. Ruel caught the whopping cough at school, and Esther Grata, 
at that time the baby, took it and died June 12th, 1848, six weeks old. 
Kuel died July 15th, 1848. Mrs. Blake gave birth to a child April 28th, 
1849, and died with fever May 3d, just eleven years to a day after they 
were married. (She was born Oct. 28th, 1818.) William never did any 
work after that. His health failed. He came back to Dansville and 
staved a short time, then went back to Indiana and died Nov. 10th, 
1849. 

"It is my recollection that William gave us to understand that he 
was worth several thousand dollars. Before he died he chose his own 
executors, and they scooped his whole estate after the correct western 
style. 

"I think your aunt Alta went home with William from here, or went 
there soon after, and saw the slaughter of his property, and tried to 
save something for his orphan boy Etheredge; but the executors and 
lawyers was after what there was in it, aud got it. 

"Alta brought the boy Etheredge home with her. He stayed with her 
and Joseph Losey's folks quite a time. 

" He came to my house about the first of June, 1857. On the night of' 
June 9th, 1857, he went to bed as usual. Sometime in the night he got 
up; we did not hear him. He took all his clothes, an umbrella, a few 
small tools from the shop (Stone's Wagon shop, G. M. B.), and left. 

" We have never heard from him since. It was the night of the great 
flood that w T ashed away nearly every bridge and milldam in the town. 
It had rained all day, and the noise of the storm probably prevented 
us from hearing him when he left. 

"In an old letter that my father wrote to my grandmother Temple in 
Mass., this item of news occurs: 'Cynthia Blakewas married toLathrop 
Wisnor March 22d, 1824.' 

" The old Blake home of your grandfather was located but a few rods 
across the creek and county line from where I live. It was a double 
house. The south side was made of logs, the north end of planks, with 
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days. The boys' sleeping room was upstairs and the 'stairs' was a 
ladder. 

" Your grandmother died in the big room in the log part of the house. 
My eldest sister took me in to see her when she was dying. I was very 
young then. She called me to her and took my hand. I can recollect 
her lips were swollen, but she talked to me and gave me advice to be a 
good boy, etc., etc. She made me cry, and I wanted to go home. Two 
or three of your aunts were there, and we were all weeping. The old 
house caught fire and burned up some time in the 'fifties.' 

"Yours truly, B.S.Stone." 

Children of Zara and Esther (Etheredge) Blake. 

i. Cynthia, b. April 17th, 1804, at Herkimer, N.Y.; d. March 30th, 
1852, at Athens, Mich. ; m. at Dansville. N. Y., with Lathrop 
Wisnor, March 22d, 1804. Had a daughter who now lives at Bell 
Oak, Mich.,— name, Susan (Wisnor) Benjamin, 
ii. Mary Ann, b. Oct. 27th, 1805, at Livonia N. Y. ; d. at Waterloo, 
Jackson Co., Mich., Oct. 20th, 1875; m. at Dansville, N. Y., Oct. 
13th, 1830, to Solomon T. Dewey. She was his second wife. (He 
was born Sept. 16th, 1808.) Children were— 1. Schuyler S. Dewey, 
b. Dansville, N. Y., Nov. 18th, 1837; m. Nov. 28th, 1858, Louisa 
Earl. (She is sister of Mrs. Henry B. Hawley : was b. March 31st, 
1838.) Live at Fitch burg, Mich. 2. Zara Blake Dewey, b. Dans- 
ville, N.Y., Nov.3d, 1840; m. at Fitchburg, Mich., to Alzina Craig, 
Feb. 21st, 1867. (She was born Sept. 16th, 1849). Have— (a) 
Ruel Etheredge Dewey, b. Dec. 26th, 1867 ; (h) Jesse Segur Dewey, b. 
Sept. 20th, 1873; (e) Bennard E. Dewey, b. Feb. 16th, 1876. 3. 
Lorenzo Dewey, b. Dansville, N. Y., Jan. 13th, 1843; in, at Water- 
loo, Mich, (where they now live) MaryE.Croman, Sept. 26th, 1866. 
(She was born there Sept. 27th, 1843.) Have— (a) Cora D., b. 
Nov. 27th, 1867; (b) Arthur U., b. Aug. 26th, 1871 ; ic) Egbert A., 
b. July 12th, 1874; {(]) David R., b. Feb. 19th, 1876. 4. Mary 
Ann Dewey, b. at Waterloo, Mich., Sept. 12th, 1848; m. Edwin R. 
Hawley, March 20th, 1873. (He is no relation to our Hawuys,— 
was born on the ocean when his parents came From England). 
Have— Joseph, b. Feb. 28th, 1874, and Robert, b. Nov. 18th, 
1877. 
iii. Alta M., b. at Livonia, N. Y., Aug:. 14th, 1807; d. at So. Dansville, 
N. Y., Sept. 2d, 1878; m. John M. Hendee. They had no children. 
Etheredge, son of her brother William, was dear to her heart. She always 
refused to believe he was drowned the night he ran away from Stone's, 
though the bridge was gone in the morning and every stream booming, 
and she held, to her death, to the hope that some day he would come 
back to her. She had, by dint of economy, from her butter and egg 
money and the like, gathered together a couple of hundred dollars that 
was her very own, and this she kept '" For Etheredge," and it was in the 
bank intact to the day she died, though her own life was a meagre one 
and barren, 
iv. Uri, b. at Livonia, N. Y., June 22d, 1809. 

v. Electa, b. at Livonia, N. Y., April 27th. 1811 ; d Dansville, Steuben 
Co.. X. Y., Jan. 20th, 1885; m. at Dansville, X. Y.. April 16th, 
1835, with Joseph Losey. (He died in May, 1872). When her 
mother died in 1833, she became the mother to her younger broth- 
ers and sisters, and to them and theirs the Losey farm on "Sandy 
Hill" will always be " Home" and hers their love and honor. She 
was the mother of — 1. Zara, b. Aug. 17th, 1836; d. June 17th, 
1*38. 2. Richard, b. June 17th, 1838; d Feb. 19th, 1839. 3. 
William Henrv, h. Feb. 19th, 1840; enlisted Aug. lltli, 1862, in 
Co. K, 130th X. Y. Vols; d. Dec. 18th, 1862. of typhoid fever, in 
camp at Suffolk, Ya. His uncle, Dr. Z. H. Blake, went to Virginia 
and brought his remains home to the little home "Graveyard" on 
"Sandy Hill," where all his kin are sleeping. 4. Uri A. Losey, b. 
Nov. 28th, 1843; lives on the homestead at So. Dansville, N.Y.; 



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K eceut D eaths. 
Roberts. -Alonzo B. Roberts 
rroveland died April 9th, at the age 
>6 years. 

Wampole.-Mrs. Emeline Wamoole 
led m Dalton April 8th, aud was buried 
> Ossian April 11th. V 

Hingston.— In Buffalo, A] 
am Hiuggton, aged 80 years, father 
trs. Harvey J. Burkhart of Batavia. 
Blake.— Mrs. Lovisa Dorr Blake, wid- 
vof Dr. Zara H. Blake, died on Mon- 
ty evening, April 9th. Nearly seven 
>ara ago Mrs. Blake suffered a severe 
I ralytic stroke which left her speechless 
d nearly helpless, and in that condi- 
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2, Anna, daughter of Henry Warklev, Esq. 
jrn Edwin Nathaniel, Jan. 14th, 1864, (who 
lie, N, Y., March 26th, 1884, Sara Alice Taft 
and has Nellie Esther, b. Juiy 26th, 1892) 

?Nora. b. Dec. 10th, ]872, (who married at 

fk B. Taft, son of Eli Taft, Oct. 4th, 1894.) 

id. Sept.. 15th, 1846. 

Jj, 1813, at Livonia, N. Y. 

i), d. April loth, 1815. 

,, N. Y., Aug. 6th, 1817. 
d. March 7th, 1816. 
1819, at Livonia, N. Y. 

ia, N. Y., Oct. 23d, 1821. 
b. at Dansville, N. Y., June 18th, 1825. 



by her daughter. Her death 



te unexpected. Mrs. Blake was the 
-igbter of Samuel Gk Dorr, a promi- 
ut early settler, his stone house on the 
id to Stone's Falls being still a land 
irk. She was born Dec. 22, 1825, one 
a family of two sons aud five daugh- 
s, only one ot whom survives, Dr. Sam- 
' G. Dorr, postmaster of Buffalo An 
er brother, Austin P. Dorr, was one 
the founders of the Rogersville Union 
unary. One sister was the wife of 
)f. Galusha Anderson of the Baptist 
versity of Chicago. A younger" sis 
■ Miss Catherine C. Dorr, will be re- 
mbered here as a teacher of fine tal- 
:. Mrs. Blake was married in the 
■mg of 1848 to Dr. Z. H. Blake, who 
1 recently graduated from the medi- 
department of the University of Buf- 
>• Dr. Blake, after long and suc- 
iful practice here, died in September, 
i, widely esteemed. Three children 
•e the result of the union, George M. 
ke, a prominent attorney of Rock- 
1, Illinois, Miss Josephine D. Blake 
)ansville, and a daughter who died 
ng. Mrs. Blake was a quiet woman 
trong character, an earnest member 
he Presbyterian church, and led a 
useful to her family and to the com- 
aity, esteemed and beloved by all 
» knew her. Dr. Dorr, who was with 
at the time she was stricken at the 
>e of her sister, Mrs. J. B. Lemen 
saved her life by prompt treatment' 
3 to Dansville Tuesday night and 
^lake came on Wednesday. Fu- 
Toni the residence on Main street 
^ afternoon at one o'clock, private 
in the family lot on Sandy Hill. 



J4, Stephen 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). Born either 
Hon, Conn., June 26th, 1784; died May 8th, 
iss. He moved to Springfield when he was 21 
Viously served his apprenticeship as a tanner 

*sly he was chief engineer of the Springfield Fire 

trs he was President of the Mutual Fire Insu- 

M one term in the State Legislature. He mar- 

r , who died Feb., 1852, aged 65; and second, 

c all by first wife, are: 

t_0; m. Margaret Kupfer. 

<h, 1812; d. Sept. 14th, 1814. 

P. Nov. 16th, 1814. 

1; 1817; m. Jan. 6th, 1841, Eliz. Dexter. 

°10th, 1819; d. Dec. 12th, 1839. 

J" 23; d. March 12th, 1846. 

h f 1829; m. Dora 

ii 
ah 4, Stephen 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). Bom at 
m, Conn., Aug. 13th, 1786; died Mav 14th 
l. Married at Winchester, Sabra Bronson. 

CHILDREN. 

tith, 1812; m. Jan. 24th, 1835, with Silas B. 

*3h, 1814; m. Sept. 8th, 1835, Lorenzo Mitchell 
ts a widow at Winstead, Conn., last known. 
tct. 17th, 1817. 

! 4, Stephen 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). Born at Tor- 

h, 1788; died at New Brittan, Conn., • 

| Hannah Beach. 

CHILDREN. 

r ly 21st, 1813; m. Aug. 12th, 1847, to Giles L. 
lord. 

/in with Sarah), July 21st, 1813; in. Dec. 17th 
4-e; d. Aug. 5th, 1854. 
"v 20th, 1817. 
J. Sept. 9th, 1819. 



U824; d. April 4th, 1825. 
fh v.) Mav 6th, 1824. 
\ 1826, 
'd, 1830. 



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his parents to* 



(Elijah 4, Stephen 3, Jona. 2 
m Aug. 1st, 1790. Moved with 

{ . Married March 18th, 1812, with Wealthy 

]. 29th, 1839), and moved to Coventry, N. Y.,in 
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My eldest sister took me in to see her »- 
young then. She called me to her and - 
her lips were swollen, but she talked to 
good boy etc., etc. She made me cry a 
or three of your aunts were there, and« 
house caught fire and burned up some ti: 

"Yours truly, v 
Children of Zara and Esther (j 



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13th, 1830, to Solomon T. Dewey i\ 
was born Sept. 16th, 1808.) Childre' 
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H 8 a J e -'foseph, b. Feb. 28th, 1874, 

Al xT A ,, M -' b - at Livonia, N. Y., Aug 14tl 
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Etheredge, son ot her brother William was dp 

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m. there July 3d, 18G2, Anna, (laughter of Henry Warkley, Esq. 
To them have been born Edwin Nathaniel, Jan. 14th, 1864, (who 
married at Hornellsville, N. Y., March 26th, 1884, Sara Alice Taft, 
daughter of Eli Taft, and has Nellie Esther, b. Juiy 26th, 1892). 
and a daughter, Eda Nora. b. Dec. 10th, ]872, (who married at 
Dansville, N. Y., Frank B. Taft, son of Eli Taft, Oct. 4th, 1894.) 

Infant daughter, b. and d. Sept.. 15th, 1846. 

Aaron C, b. March 30th, 1813, at Livonia, N. Y. 

Infant son, b. April 10th, d. April 15th, 1815. 

William E., b. Livonia, N. Y., Aug. 6th, 1817. 

Infant son. b. March 4th, d. March 7th, 1816. 

Gideon S., b. Sept. 14th, 1819, at Livonia, N. Y. 

Zara Hurd, b. at Livonia, N. Y., Oct. 23d, 1821. 

Nathaniel Etheredge, b. at Dansville, N. Y., June 18th, 1825. 

37 and 38. No information. 

39. Elijah Blake (5), (Elijah 4, Stephens, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). Born either 

at Middletown or Torrington, Conn., June 26th, 1784; died May 8th, 
1880, at Springfield, Mtiss. He moved to Springfield when he was 21 
years of age, having previously served his apprenticeship as a tanner 
and shoemaker 

For 32 years continuously he was chief engineer of the Springfield Fire 
Department. For 20 years he was President of the Mutual Fire Insu- 
rance Co. He also served one term in the State Legislature. He mar- 
ried first Amelia Bronson, who died Feb., 1852, aged 65; and second, 
Chloe Bliss. His children, all by first wife, are: 

61. i. William, b. about 1810; m. Margaret Kupfer. 

ii. Marshall, b. June 24th, 1812; d. Sept. 14th, 1814. 

62. iii. Marshall Bronson, b. Nov. 16th, 1814. 

63. iv. Hamlin, b. June 24th, 1817; m. Jan. 6th, 1841, Eliz. Dexter, 
v. Elizabeth M., b. Sept. 10th, 1819; d. Dec. 12th, 1839. 

vi. Mary, b. Feb. 18th, 1823; d. March 12th, 1846. 
vii. Charles, b. April 19th, 1829; m. Dora 

40. Jonathan Blake (5), (Elijah 4, Stephen 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). Born at 

Middletown or Torrington, Conn., Aug. 13th, 1786; died May 14th, 
1868, at Winchester, Conn. Married at Winchester, Sabra Bronson. 

children. 
i. Marcia (6), b. Feb. 13th, 1812; m. Jan. 24th, 1835, with Silas B. 

Crocker, of Yeroua, N. Y. 
ii. Mary Ann, b. Jan. 17th, 1814; m. Sept. 8th, 1835, Lorenzo Mitchell 
of Collinsville. Was a widow at Winstead, Conn., last known. 

64. iii. Charles Hamlin, b. Oct. 17th, 1817. 

41. Harry Blake (5), (Elijah 4, Stephen 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). Born at Tor- 

rington, Conn., June 29th, 1788; died at New Brittan, Conn., ; 

married Oct. 28th, 1812, Hannah Beach. 

CHILDREN. 

i. [Sarah Hamlin, b. July 21st, 1813; m. Aug. 12th, 1847, to Giles L. 

< Taylor, of Torringford. 
ii. [Mary Stanley, b. (twin with Sarah), July 21st, 1813; in. Dec. 17th, 
1851, to John Moore; d. Aug. 5th, 1854. 

65. iii. Henry Beach, I.. May 20th, 1817. 

06. iv. Lucius Doddridge, b. Sept. 9th, 1819. 

v. Hannah, b. May 6th, 1824; d. April 4th, 1825. 
,vi. Hannah, b. (twin with v.) May 6th, 1824. 

07. vii. George, b. April 16th, 1826, 
68. viii. Elijah P., b. May 22d, 1830. 

ix. Hubert, d. an infant. 

42. Dea. Ithhel Blake (5). (Elijah 4, Stephen 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). Born 

at Torringford, Conn., Aug. 1st, 1790. Moved with his parents to' 

Winchester, Coun., . Married March 18th, 1812, with Wealthy 

Benedict, (she died Sept. 29th, 1839), and moved to Coventry, N. Y., in 
1818, bought a farm and remained on it until his death! 



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CHILDREN. 

i. Matilda, b. Feb. 12th, 1815; m. June 28th, 1838, with Frederick 
Minor. Had— 1. Mary, b. Dec. 4th, 1839, who married April 25th, 
1861, Amasa Hathaway. 2. Frances, b. Sept. 16th. 1843, who m. 
Sept. 14th, 1860, to Frank Pearsall. 3. Alanson, b. March 1st, 
1850. 

69. ii. Benjamin (6), b. March 3d, 1817. 

70. iii. Alanson, b. April 29th, 1821. 

iv. Sybil, b. June 18th, 1823 ; m. Jan. 28th, 1838, Benjamin Hathaway. 

Had— 1. John M., b. July 8th, 1863. 
v. Sally, b. Oct. 14th, 1825. Unmarried, 
vi. Wealthy, b. Feb. 28, 1830; m. June 25th, 1869, Rev. Geo. D. 

Horton. 
vii. Mary, b. Oct. 19th, 1835; d. Dec. 22d, 1839. 

43. Allen Blake (5), (Elijah 4, Stephen 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). Born at Tor- 

ringford, Conn., May 19th. 1792; died March 10th, 1850; married 
July 9th, 1817, with Mabel Beach. 

CHILDREN. 

71. i. Henry Vincent (6), b. June 9th, 1818. 

ii. Maria Elizabeth, b. April 16th, 1822; m. Hopkins Barber. 

iii. Sarah A , b. ; d. Dec. 6th, 1847, aged 23. 

iv. CeliaC, b. ; married Denisson Lambert; d. Sept. 7th, 1849, 

aged 23. 
v. Louisa, b. ; d. Nov. 16th, 1851, aged 18. 

44. Myron Blake (5), (Stephen 4, Stephen 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). Bom Nov. 6th, 

1790. at Cornwall, Vermont. Died Oct. 27th, 1826, at Palermo, Oswego 
Co., N. Y. Married Feb. 1st, 1810, at Cornwall, Vermont, by the Rev. 
J. Bushnell, to Laura Hopkins. She was born Aug. 19th, 1789, and 
died at Salisbury, Conn., July 14th, 1871. 

CHILDREN. 

72. i. Stephen M. (6), b. Nov. 3d, 1810, at Cornwall. 

73. ii. Myron Mead (6), b. April 13th, 1812, at Castleton, Vt. 

74. iii. Marvin (6), b. May 5th, 1814, at Palermo, N. Y. 

75. iv. Harmon Freelove, b. Jan. 10th, 1820, at Palermo, N. Y. 

76. v. Ezra, b. July 19th, 1824, at Palermo, N. Y. 

45. Miles Blake (5), (Steph. 4, Steph. 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). Born Dec. 3d, 

1796; died at Necedah, Wisconsin, 1868. Married first, Dec. 30th, 
1819, to Sarah Hopkins. Had children, of whom I onlv hear of— 

i. Fanny, b. July 22d, 1824. 

ii. Alvin, b. , 1830. 

46. Stephen Blake (5), (Steph. 4, Steph. 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). Born 1799. 

Died at Palermo, N. Y., Oct. 16th, 1855. Married March 30th, 1825. 
to Parmelia Graves. Had a familv, of whom I onlv hear of Phila M., 
a daughter, born March 22d, 1826. 

47. Aiiira Hill Blake. No information. 

49. Commodore Homer Crane Blake (5), (Elisha 4, SHmuel 3, Stephen 2, 
Jno. 1). Born in Hancock Co., Ohio, Feb. 1st, 1822. Died in N. Y. 
City, Jan. 21st, 1880. Married at N. Y. Pir,v, Jan. 13th, 1853, with 
Mary, daughter of James and Elizabeth (McKeen) Flanagan. 

Homer Crane Blake entered fhe navy by appointment its a "middy" 
in 1840; in 1846 was Passed Midshipman; in 1855, Master and Lieu- 
tenant; 1862, Lieut, -Commander; 1866, Commander; 1871, Captain, 
and Commodore in 1879. 

He commanded the Sabine in 1861, the Hatteras in 1862, the Eutaw 
in 1863, theSwatara in 1868, the Alaska in 1869, and the Hartford in 
1878. 

lie was a good officer and a fighter, and was called the Paul Jones of 
the 19th Century for some of his work. 

His services are, sonic of them, set forth in the leport of the Secretary 
of the Navy of 1871 upon the Corean expedition; also in Harper's 
Magazine for September. 1866, in article " Texas Lost and Won." See 
also " Fnrrngut and his Naval Commanders." 



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CHILDREN. 

i. Homer K. F. Blake, b. in N. Y. City, June 29th, 1854; graduated 
from Columbia College one of the honor men, 1875 ; entered Colum- 
bia Law School, and d. Feb. 20th, 1876, unmarried. 

ii. Mary M. E. F. Blake, b. Oct. 21th, 1855, in N. Y. City, of whom I 
hear no further. 

50. No information. 

51. Richard Blake (6), (Jesse 5, Rich. 4, Jos. 3. Jno. 2, Jno. 1). Lived all 

his life at Livonia, N. Y. Married and died there. Left two sons and 
one daughter. Daughter is mariied and lives at Honeoye Falls. Name 
of one son is Gerald. My requests for information are ignored. 

52. Bradner Blake (6), (Jesse 5, Richard 4, Jos. 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1). Born 

at Livonia, N. Y. Married there to Elizabeth Smith. Has a son, 
Jesse, who is about 50 years old, and is married and has a family of 
three or four boys. All live at Livonia Station, N. Y. Bradner Blake 
has been a farmer all his life and a good deal of a politician. 

He has served several terms as supervisor of his town, and a number of 
other local offices of honor and trust, but my letters asking informa- 
tion bring no reply. 

53. Ruel L. Blake (6), (Ruel 5, Rich. 4, Jos. 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1). Born at 

Livonia, N. Y Lived a bachelor there all his life. Was at one time 
very wealthy for the country, owning many farms and flocks; but he 
was bunkoed into signing one or two notes for "friends,'-' and, when 
those were due, into signing some others which the "friends" would 
use to take up the first ones with at the banks. 

This simple little program of deceit was carried on, until one day 
Ruel was surprised to find that not one note had ever been taken up, 
and he was stuck for notes to a face amount of over $ 70,000, and for 
much interest also. 

Had he, even then, sold off some of his possessions and gotten wholly 
square, he would have had a competency left; but he tried to hold 
everything and Bwing it through, and he mortgaged his farms and 
stood under a great load. 

He was a great sheep raiser, and this occurred just after the war, and 
the price of wool and of sheep fell flat on him — down to a mere fraction 
of former prices, find other unforseen ills falling in at the same time, 
contributed to wipe him out financially. He was old, his health poor, 
alone, without children or others who coidd help or defend him, and lie 
was a prey to all his hired help and the like. His smoke-houses, his 
flocks, his granaries, were all plundered steadily. He had, by his man- 
ner of life, alienated his own relatives; but to their credit be it recorded 
that, as disaster closed in on him, Bradner Blake's people and the 
others did aid him, and forgetting just grievance were loyal to their 
blood. 

In the end he lost his reason and died wholly impoverished. 

54. Ira Blake (6), (Ruel 5, Rich. 4, Jos. 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1). Born at 

Livonia, N. Y. , 1802. Died there Dec. 27th, 1837. Married there 

to Adeline M. Campbell in 1824. 

CHILDREN. 

i. Lydia A., b. at Livonia, , 1825; m. with John Sheppard, of 

Scottsburg. N. Y. ; and died , 1858, without children. 

ii. Eunice J., b. at Livonia, N. Y.. , 1827; resides at Calesburg, 

Kalamazoo Co., Mich. Unmarried, 

77. iii. John C, b. at Livonia, N. Y., . 1829. 

78. iv. William A. (7). b. at Livonia, N. Y., , 1832. 

55. Uri Blake ((5), (Zara. 5, Lich. 4. Jos. 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1). Born at 

Livonia, N. Y., June 22d. 1809. Died at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Sept. 
27th, 1800. Mariied Lucy A. Smith. She died at Arnold's Park, 
Okoboji Lake, Iowa, March 25th, 1881. He was a lumberman and 
saw mill owner. 



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CHILDREN. 

i. Amy A. (7), b. Feb. 13th, 1832; m. at Manitowoc, Wis., to Charles 
Parker. She is now a widow with two children, living at Las Vegas, 
New Mexico. 
79. ii. Fletcher A. Blake (7), b. Aug. 5th, 1834. 

iii. Eunice K., b. Nov. 17th, 1836; m. at Manitowoc, Wis., to W. B. 
Arnold. Had— 1. Ella C. Arnold, b. Jan. 21st, 1860, at Arnold's 
Park, Okoboji Lake, Iowa; in. there May 13th, 1880, to Arthur 
0. Stevens, and has— Fred B., b. April 11th, 1881; Byron E., b. 
March 29th, 1884- ; Harry, b. June 4th, 1889. Present address of 
this family — "'Spirit Lake, Iowa." 2. Eattie Arnold, b. at Arnold's 
Park, Feb. 20th, 1866; m. there to Charles G. Sanford, Oct. 14th, 
1884; he died at Avoca, Iowa, Aug. 7th, 1891. Widow's present 
address is "Spirit Lake, Iowa." She has— Nelson A., b. Aug. 8th, 
1886, and Mary E.. b. March 15th, 1890. 3. Mabel L. Arnold. 
b, at Arnold's Park, June 7th, 1872; m. there Nov. 25th, 1890, to 
Howard E. Bardeen. No children. Present address is — '" Denver 
Re-Survey, Galveston, Texas." 

iv. Lois A., b. April 22d, 1839; d. unmarried Dec, 1890. 

v. Eugene Henry, b. Dec. 25th, 1843; d. at Port Washington, Wis., 
Nov. 9th, 1850. 

vi. Ruth Emily, b. July 7th, 1845; m. at Sioux Rapids, Iowa, Feb. 
25th, 1872, to Mortimer Hallett. No children. Present address— 
"Spirit Lake, Iowa." 

56. Aaron Collins Blake (6), (Zara. 5, Rich. 4, Jos. 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1). 

Born at Livonia, N. Y., March 30th, 1813. Died Aug. 5th, 1849, at 
Knappaway, Michigan. Married at So. D'ville, N. Y., to Charlotte 
Temple Stone, 1833. She died at Marshall, Mich., March 17th, 1847; 
was born at So. D'ville, April 3d, 1816. "Collins" Blake was a lumber- 
man. After the death of this wife, he again married, but had no chil- 
dren. See letter of B. S. Stone above for history of this family. 

children. 

i. Etheredge, 

ii. Grata Ann, 

Both of whom died of consumption young. 

57. William E. Blake (6). (Zara 5, Rich. 4, Jos. 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1). Born 

at Livonia, N. Y., Aug. 6th, 1817. Died at Orland, Indiana, Nov. 10th, 
1849. Married at Cold water, Mich., May 3d, 1838, to Grata Ann Stone 
She was born Oct. 28th, 1818, and died at Orland, May 3d, 1849. 

CHILDREN. 

i. W. Etheredge. 
ii. Ruel. 
iii. Ksther Grata. 
iv. Infant. 
For the history of this family see letter of B. S. Stone above. 

.~>s. Gideon S. Blake (6), (Zara 5, Rich. 4, Jos. 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1). Born at 
Livona, N. V., Sept. 14th. 1819. Died at Almond, Allegany Co., N. Y., 
May 11th, 18*2. Married at South Dansville, N. Y., Sept. 14th, 1842, 
Zerada Hitchcock. He was a blacksmith by trade, but after marriage 
did not follow his trade, but was a farmer in South Dansville and North 
Almond the rest of bis life. Gideon Blake was a man of a sanguine, 
hopeful disposition and cheerful temper, whose home bounded his 
ambitions. 

The children all possessed fine musical talent, both vocal and instru- 
mental, and when all were at home together and "Phoebe" played the 
cottage organ, and all joined in singing familiar songs or hymns of an 
evening as was their habit, he would not have traded places with a 
president. 

CHILDREN. 

i. Clarissa E., b. April 3.1. 1845; d. Dec. 24th, 1852. 
ii. Phoebe A., b. Oct. 29th, 1846; was educated at Dansville Seminary 
and Alfred Academy; taught school aud music, and was organist 



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of pipe organ, Presbyterian Church in Dansville, for several years, 
living at her uncle Dr. Blake's the while. She married at Almond, 
N. Y., Sept. 25th, 1874, with Melvin Cook. She received injuries, by 
being thrown from a wagon, from which she never recovered, and 
died at Almond, Sept. 25th, 1880, leaving one daughter, Belle Cook, 
born Feb. 4th, 1876. 

80. iii. Charles S. A. Blake, b. June 21st, 1848. 

iv. Doha M. Blake, b. May 10th, 1850; m. Oct. 12th, 1872, at Canase- 
raga, N. Y., to Dr. William H. Harris. Has — 1. Fay Blake Harris, 
b. Oct. 23d, 1873; 2. Daisy M, Harris, b. June 4th, 1877 ; 3. Wil- 
liam H. Harris, b. April 14th, 1881; 4. Archie D. Harris, b. May 
14th. 1887. Address — Canaseraga, N. Y. 

v. Amanda Blake, b. Aug. 19th, 1852; m. Nov. 25th, 1872, L. W. 
Tompkins. Has— 1. Dora A. Tompkins, b. Sept. 24th, 1873; d. 
Sept. 17th, 1885, in Florida; 2. F.Blanche Tompkins, b. Feb. 4th, 
1880. Her address is 837 Hiuvvood Ave, Youngstown, Ohio. 

81. vi. Fay G. Blake (7), b. July 10th, 1854. 

59. Zara Hurd Blake (6), (Zara 5, Rich. 4, Jos. 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1). Born at 
Livonia, N. Y., Oct. 23d, 1821 ; died at Dansville, Liv, Co., Sept. 8th, 
1888. 

He received his early education at Herkimer Academy, N.Y., living 
the while with his Quaker uncle, Nathaniel Etheredge, and no small part 
of his character owed its shape to the example and admonitions of this 
good and affectionate, yet shrewd relative, whose name find memory is 
handed down the line of his sister's childreu to the youngest generation. 

Returning to Dansville, Dr. Blake "worked out" summers, taught 
school winters, saved every penny, studied at every opportunity, deter- 
mined to educate himself. His elder sister, Mrs. Electa Losey, was a 
second mother to him, and her home was his also. 

From the Dansville Express, Sept. 13th, 1888: 

" We remember the story of his early struggles, as he told it one sum- 
mer afternoon while riding up to his farm. It was the same old story 
which thousands of our successful countrymen have told — parents poor, 
family large, hard work, deprivation, but with all a grit and determi- 
nation that overcame obstacles and won success. Only last Sunday we 
listened to a farmer as he told of remembering Dr. Blake as a tall, awk- 
ward lad, binding wheat in his father's field at seventy-five cents a day, 
the money thus earned being saved to carry him through college. Dr. 
Blake was determined to succeed in life, and he set about it in the right 
manner. He was honest, industrious, saving and painstaking, and that 
he was successful we all know, and that the world is the better for the 
example of his early life and the work of his later years. His reputa- 
tion as a physician was not confined to his home, it extended through- 
out the State, and he was regarded as one of the ablest physicians of 
the old school, and as a surgeon second to none." 

He began to read medicine with Dr. S. L. Endress, of Dansville, a 
gentleman of excellent birth and courtly manners, a graduate of the 
best Philadelphia schools anil a very able practitioner, between whom 
and Dr. Blake there grew up a profound friendship which strengthened 
to their deaths, and Dr. Blake was as h professional son to him. 

Dr. Blake took his first course oi lectures at Geneva medical college. 
Then some of the Geneva faculty split off, and headed by Austiu Flint, 
Sr. (later of N. Y. City), and Dr. Ford (laterof Ann Arbor), the seceeding 
faction established Buffalo Medical College. 

Dr. Blake graduated from Buffalo College in the first class it turned 
out, in 1847, There were eight in the class, three of whom were living 
in 1873, and each of these three then had a son attending lectures at 
the College; they were Drs. Ring and Wvckoff, of Buffalo, and Dr. 
Blake. 

Alter graduation he settled at his old home in N. Y. State and began 
"the practice of his art, and in 1S48 he married Lovisa Dorr, daughter 
of Samuel Griswold Dorr. She had been a neighbor of his childhood. 



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and a pupil of his winter schools. The Dorr family in education, means 
and social standing were of the best, Mr. Dorr being a college-bred man 
and a graduate, but not a practitioner, of medicine. Was a well-to-do 
manufacturer of woolens and lumber, and had other milling interests. 

Dr. Blake pursued the practice of his profession as he had its study. 
He was a strong, stalwart, "clipper-built" man, six feet three, and 
weighing in his prime 250 lbs. The demauds of a country practice upon 
a physician's constitution are enormous, but Dr. Blake met them all. 
The writer has known him to work great stretches of time without 
sleep— in one case nine days and nights, with only "cat naps" on couch 
or lounge. 

From the Daasvilte Advertiser, Sept. 13th, 1888. 
"Dr. Blake was a hard worker all his life, much of the time doing the 
work of several ordinary men, and not until a few weeks of his death 
did he entirely discontinue his practice. Through heat and cold, through 
sunshine and storm, his stalwart figure might have been seen at almost 
any hour of the day or night, in village or country, bent on his errand 
of mercy to suffering humanity. Amid scenes of sickness and sorrow 
and despair, he stood like some great tower for the support of all who 
asked his aid." 

Probably no one but the writer will ever appreciate how large in the 
aggregate were the charities of Dr. Blake. He was no "soft mark " for 
smooth beggars to impose on, and he well knew the value of a dollar; 
but, too, he knew "his people," as he called them; and. not only in 
skillful service gratuitously given, and in free medicine, did he care, time 
and again, for worthy poverty ; but many and many a time his pres- 
cription was " R Beef and potatoes and a couple of dollars cash," and he 
filled it himself to be sure it was done right; and if such an act was 
mentioned to him, he would turn it off and half deny it, as if an impu- 
tation of soft-hearted ness was no credit to him, and it was a pro 
fessional duty to be "stern." In his later years, when failing health 
made effort a burden, and he was fairly begged by his family not to 
exert himself for the care of people who were nothing to him, whom he 
knew from experience never had paid him and never would, he would 
say, "I must go, they need me and they have always depended on me;" 
or, "Jim is one of my babies. I helped bring him into the world 30years 
ago and I suppose I ought to look after him ; " or, " I guess I can stand 
it better to go to them than they can to do without me." 

Dr. Endress, though an excellent physician and theoretically well 
posted as a surgeon, could never overcome his natural repugnance to 
operative surgery, and early gave over to Dr. Blake all this class of 
practice; and, as Blake's fame grew, so too did other local practitioners, 
and he probably did more operative surgery in his 40 years of active 
practice than any but the best city surgeons of large repute, and he was 
a very successful operator. 

From Dansville Express of 1887. 
"On Monday, April 11th, Dr. Z. H. Blake of this village performed 
his fiftieth operation for cancer of the breast. On this occasion he was 
assisted by Dr. F. M. Perine and Miss Josie D. Blake, M. 1). Wonderful 
to relate, of the fifty operations forty-nine have been successful, effecting 
perfect cures. The operation that was not successful was made under 
protest, when the patient was far gone and without any hope of a cure." 
Fifty operations for one ailment alone, by a man who was only a 
general country practitioner taking everything as it came, will give an 
idea of the volume of practice he did. 

Dr. Blake was a man who permitted nothing to interfere with his pro- 
fessional work, and yet he was something of a politician. He was a 
staunch Republican, serving as a delegate to State and National Con- 
ventions of the party, and as a member of the Electoral College of New 
York in 1880. 

1 quote from the proceedings of that College: "Mr. Churchill, from 
the majority of the committee to select the messengers, reported the 
names of John Jacob Astor to go to Washington and Z. H. Blake to go 



to the U. S. Judge. A minority of the committee objected to this report 
on the ground that the western part of the State ought to have the 
messengers, and recommended Blake for Washington and St. John to 
go to the U. S. Judge. 

"Mr. Clarence Seward did not think locality ought to influence the 
matter, and the majority report was unanimously adopted." 

April 17th, 18G3. Dr. Blake was appointed surgeon to the Board of 
Enrollment of the 25th District, State of N. Y., comprising the counties 
of Livingston, Ontario and Yates; and served until honorably dis- 
charged June 15th, 1805. Headquarters of the Board were first at 
L'anandaigua, later at Avon, N. Y. His associates were William T, 
Remer, Capt. Provost, and Jacob A. Mead of Mt. Morris, and Ralph T. 
Wood of Dausville. 

This and one other Board were the only ones in the U. S. which had 
the honor of serving through its entire term with its membership un- 
changed, and without a question either of their integrity or capacity. 

All enlisted and drafted men for these counties passed through his 
hands for acceptance or rejection, and numberless were the attempts to 
bribe or deceive him, but to no avail. 

After the close of the war, for upwards of twenty years he was examin- 
ing surgeon for the Pension Department for a part of Western N. Y. 
He was also an aspirant for the honorable and lucurativepostof Health 
Officer ot the Port of New York, a competitor being Austin Flint, Jr., 
of N. Y. City. Their forces were so evenly divided that neither one got 
it, a third man being chosen as a compromise after the situation had 
developed the eveness of Blake and Flint in the race. 

Dr. Blake was a vestryman of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, but not a 
church member. He was a sincerely religious man, believing devoutly 
in God's love and justice; but either from a Quaker ancestry, or some 
other reason, he had no use for creeds other than "Jesus Christ and him 
crucified." He was Past Master of his Masonic Lodge and of the Chap- 
ter, and held many minor positions of trust and honor. 

As a, result of political antagonisms, the leading Democratic family of 
Western N. Y., "the Faulkners," ostensibly attorneys tor a Mrs. Car- 
penter, brought against him a malpractice suit, based upon the fact of 
his actiugin a case upon an emergency, the case immediately going into 
other medical hands and staying there; but there were those who had 
been obliged to serve their country by him, and the Faulkners "had a 
pull." A handsome lady was most skilfully displayed as a plaintiff; 
Dr. Blake was rich, and so the jury "was agin him," But Dr. Blake 
was a fighter. Thirteen years this case was in court; three times it 
went to the Court of Appeals, and was by that tribunal finally decided 
against him by a 4 to 3 vote, the casting vote being given by Samuel 
Hand of Albany, who had just been appointed fo fill a vacancy by 
Gov.Tilden, Gen. Lester B. Faulkner, Chairman of the State Democratic 
Central Committee, being attorney in the case for Mrs. C. at this time. 
This Phyric victory for the " Faulkners" cost Dr. Blake a great deal of 
money, and the injustice of it shortened his life ten years at least, 

Mrs. Blake survives him at Dansville, N. Y. She was stricken with 
apoplectic paralysis June 12th, 1893, from which she has only partially 
recovered. From the day she was suddenly stricken she has had the 
faithful, untiring devotion of her daughter, Dr. Josephine Dorr Blake, 
who has unselfishly given her entire thought and time to the care of our 
beloved mother. 

Their children were: 
i. Sophia Ann, b. Oct. 11th, 1850; d. Jan. 19th, 1852. 
82. ii. George Matthew Blake, b. Nov. 1st, 1852. 

iii. Josephine Dorr Blake, b. Oct. 31, 1856; was educated at the local 
schools, and was one year at Cook Academy, Havanna, N. Y., and 
three years at Rockford Seminary, Rockford, 111., of which school 
her aunt, Catherine C. Doit, was for years a teacher, then entered 
Vassar from which she graduated in 1880. 
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doned it.aud attended lectures at Michigan University Ann Arbor 
graduatiug M.D. 1887 from the (Regular) college there. She taught 
the classics lor a couple of years at Ingham University, LeRoy, 
IN. I. She has never practiced her profession, except as her father's 
assistant during the latter years of his life, since which time she 
has given all her thought and attention to the care of our invalid 
mother. 

60. Nathaniel Etheuedge Blake (6), (Zara 5, Rich. 4, Jos. 3, Jno. 2 Juo 1) 
Born at South Dausville, Steuben Co., N. Y., June 18th, 1825. Died at 
Harvard McHenry Co., Ills., July 27th, 1893. He began when fifteen 
years old to learn the trade of wagon maker. He followed this three 
years, then went into a manufactory for threshing machines where he 
was foreman and afterwards manager. In 1815 he was married at his 
native town, to Emmeline Wellington (she was born there, 1822 of ex- 
cellent New England stock), and went to farming. For some veafs he 
owned and carried on farms in Allegany Co., N. Y.. adjoining that own- 
ed by his brother Gideon, and for a while the three brothers, Gideon 
/ara and Nathaniel, were partners in sheep raising on quite a scale 
there, in 1868 he decided to come west, sold out and located at Har- 
vard, 111., forming a partnership with Ezra Smith in the wagon manu- 
facturing business. 

After a couple of years he sold out and with his eldest son, J C Blake 
engaged in the manufacture of sash, doors, &c, as N. E. Blake & Son' 
tins they hually converted to a wagon factory again, and continued it 
as such until 1882, when his health began to fail, and he gave up the 
business to his son; but after a rest and change of scene by travel his 
health was partially restored, and his native energy not permitting him 
to be content when idle, he opened a Real Estate office and soon added 
Collections, and then finally accepted election as the town Justice of 
the reace. 

This class of business seemed to suit him exactly and he made a re- 
markable success of it, for the size of his field. 

I quote from the Harvard Independent of Aug. 4th, 1893 
During his terms of office, Harvard has never had a more upright 
or coucienlious official; always a careful conservative man, he scored a 
great success in his business career. 

It was apparent to him, as it was to all who knew him, that he was 
especially adapted for his later work. He took an active part in fur- 
thering the interests of this town, and early residents abound in 
reminiscences in which he bore a prominent part. He was a man of 
genial humor and kind heart, a man of never ceasing mental activity 
and until recent years, of great physical energy. There was scarcely 'a 
thing undertaken by him that he did not succeed in. Everything- he 
did was marked with his individuality; no reverses were sufficient to 
overcome his courage: for ten years he knew his life was being gradual- 
ly sapped away by an insidious disease (diabetes), but with full 
knowledge of this, he kept at work with the energy of a man forty 
years his junior. The people of this city on several' occasions honored 
him with offices of trust, He was several times President of our Board 
ot trustees, and his voice was always on the side ot right, and as Super- 
visor on the County Board he displayed the same true character." 
From the Sharon (III.) Register. 
He was Mayor several times. ... He was a friend of the needy a 
kind and obliging neighbor, an honorable upright man whose memory 
will long live green in the hearts of his many friends, by whom he is 
greatly missed. 

„ From the Woodstock Democrat. 

Mr Blake was widely known as a man of unswerving infeo-iitv 
honest dealings, and conscientious treatin-ut of his fellow men He 

had m knowledge of law Few men possess, and his rulings stood firm." 
„.. m , From Woodstock Sentinel. 

Mr. Blake was firmly trusted and highly respected by every man 



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who knew him ; lie was a sincere Christian business man, reliable in all 
his actions, energetic and square in all Ms dealings." 

From Marengo Republican. 

" Mr. N. E. Blake was well known here, and had a high reputation for 
honesty, integrity and business sagacity." 

From Episcopal lector's Letter in Harvard Herald. 

"Nathaniel Etheredge Blake was the soul of honor, his word was a 
bond, integrity, uprightness and exactness were the embodiment of his 
moral life; he was entitled to the esteem of his fellow men, and he got it, 
while at the same time no one would spurn more quickly than he, any 
tribute to his worth not given in truest sincerity, and we who write or 
speak of him do not forget this. 

His home life was very dear to him, it was a pleasure when the toils 
of day were over to drop in and see him in his home life, and hear his 
whole souled welcome; his physical weakness in his later years did not 
permit him to go out much. 

The summer home he built at Lake Geneva he well knew would not be 
his to enjoy long. He built it for his family. He had the satisfaction 
of seeing it completed, and when everything was ready, indulged in a 
' week off' spent there. He invited his Rector to come and spend it with 
him and his family. That week was a restful one to him, and it was his 
last vacation, though we did not think it then." 

N. E. Blake was familiarly known to the people of Harvard as 
" Papa" Blake. I know of nothing that carries a better idea of him 
than this. If he reproved any, as he sometimes did, it was as a father 
might do it and few took offence; to him they came for advice, aid and 
comfort. He was a counsellor, shrewd and able, and a friend trusted, 
respected and loved, and by none more than by the writer, who knew 
him through and through, and knew him to be just one of the salt 
of earth. He was a Mason and K. T.,and held offices in the order often. 
The widow survives him. 

CHILDREN. 

83. i. John Cameron Blake (7), b. at So. Dansville, N. Y., Dec. 3d, 1841. 

ii. Fred Wellington Blake, b. May 31st, 1855, at Dansville, N. Y.; 
d. unmarried at Leadville, Colo., July 6th, 1891. He was a loco- 
motive engineer, a splendid natural mechanic, who could see into 
anything that had wheels and run it better than anyone else I ever 
knew. 

iii. Mary Electa Blake, b. Dec. 29th, 1862. Lives at Harvard, 111., 
with her widowed mother. 

61. No information. 

62. Marshall Bronson Blake (6), (Elij. 5, Elij. 4, Steph. -\, Jona. 2, 

Jno. 1). Born at Springfield, Mass.. Nov. 16th, 1814; died in N. Y. 
City, Jan. 4th, 1894. 

lie was educated at Springfield High School. About 1830 he went to 
New York City and entered ihe dry poods trade as a clerk. He after- 
wards established the firm of Blake <fc Brown, dealers in millinery goods. 
About 1840 he married Louisa Kupfer, by whom he had one son. She 
died shortly after the birth of her son, and he married second, in 1848, 
Delia 0. Wyles. 

In 1862 he was appointed by President Lincoln Collector of Internal 
Revenue in the City of New York, and served continuously for 23 years 
until removed by l'res. Cleveland. He was a staunch Republican in 
politics, and took an active part until a fe.v years befoie his death. 

He was a member of the Colonial Club and for 26 years of the 
Union League Club, and for a portion of the time was one of its Vice- 
Presidents : 

Children (by first wife), 
i. Marshall William (7). b. Sept. 20th, 1841; d. Nov. 15th, 1872. 

( By second wife), 
ii. HENRY (7), b. April 14th, 1850. Is an architect, unmarried. Present 
address— 33 Last 17th Street, X. Y. City. 



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iii. Kate Wyles, b. Ma\ 26th, 1854. Unmarried. 

63. No information.. 

64. Charles Hamlin Blake (0), (Jona. 5, Elij. 4. Steph. 3. Joua. 2, Jno. 1). 

Born at Winchester, Conn., Oct. 17th, 1817. Married Ma.v 11th, 1842, 
with Jane Cleveland. Last known they were living at Winstead, Conn., 
and had : 

i. Jane Cleveland (7). b. July 12th, 1849. 

ii. Lorenzo Mitchell (7). b. April 26th, 1851. 
(')."). Henry Beach Blake (6), (Harry 5, Elij. 4, Steph. 3, Jona. 2. Jno, 1). 
Born Ma.v 20th, 1817; died at Cumington, Mass., May 23d, 1884, 
being then pastor of Congregational Church there. 

He graduated at Williams College, 1841. Was ordained as Congre- 
gational minister at So. Coventry. Conn., January 1st, 1845. He was 
pastor there for ten years, and ten years pastor at Belchertown, Mass.; 
then for seven years was engaged in missionary work in North Carolina. 
He married Sept. 23d, 1845, Mary R. Wolcott, of Agawam, Mass. 

CHILDREN. 

i. Henry Wolcott Blake (7), b. Is a graduate of Williams 

College; was for a time on the staff of the Springfield Republican, 

and is now connected with the firm of Milton, Bradley & Co., 

Springfield, Mass. 

GG. Lucius Doddridge Blake (6), (Harry 5, Elij. 4, Steph. 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). 

Born Sept, 9th, 1819. Married March 29th, 1843, Susan Griswold. 

They were living at West Hartford last known. 

G7. George Blake (6), (Harry 5, Elij. 4, Steph. 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). Born 
April 16th, 1826, Married July 8th, 1856, to Lucy Case. In 1878 they 
were living at Indiantown, Iowa. 

68. Dea. Elijah E. Blake (6), (Harry 5, Elij. 4, Steph. 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). 

Born May 22d, 1830. Married May 1st, 1846, to Julia M. Clark. In 
1878 they lived in New Brittan, Conn. 

69. Benjamin Blake (6), (Ithuel 5, Elij. 4, Steph. 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). Born 

March 3d, 1817. Married Sept. 1st, 1841, to Isabel Parker. 

CHILDREN. 

i. Franklin (7), b. Sept. 1st, 1843; d. eight years old. 
ii. Andrew (7), b. Aug. 1st, 1845; m. 1866 to Jaue Horton. Has one 
child, b. 1867— "Frank "(8). 

70. Alanson Blake (6), (Ithuel 5, Elij. 4, Steph. 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1.) Born 

April 29th, 1821. Married Elizabeth Thorp. Last known they lived 
at Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

71. No information. 

72. Stephen Martin Blake (6), (Myron 5, Steph. 4, Steph. 3, Jona. 2. 

Jno 1). Born at Cornwall, Vermont, Nov. 3d, 1810. Died at Bara- 
boo, Wis., April 25th, 1883. He married Sarah Buell, who survives 
him, and lives at Wall Lake, Iowa. 

CHILDREN. 

i. Martha (7); m. a Mr. Comes and lives at Baraboo. 

ii Nellie (7); m. a Mi-. Bell and lives at Wall Lake, Iowa. 

iii. Emily (7); m. a Mr. Sifford and lives at Wall Lake, Iowa. 

73. Myron Mead Blake (6), (M.vron 5, Steph. 4, Steph. 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). 

Born at Castleton, Vemont, Apnl 13th, 1812. Died at Salisbury, 
Conn., Sept. 20th, 1893. He was married at Cornwall, Vermont, by 
the Rev. J. Bushnell, to Lucv Stone. March 27th, 1834. She was born 
1810, and d. Westfield, Mass., April 22d, 1894, aged 83-5. 

CHILDREN. 

84. i. Silas Leroy (7), b. Cornwall, Vt,, Dec. 5th. 1834. 

85. ii. Lyman Horace (7), b. Cornwall, Vt., July 19th, 1840. 

iii. Clarence Eugene (7), h. Cornwall. Vt., Nov. 27th, 1M47; m. in Con- 
cord, N. H., Aug. 22d, 1876, with Ella Pickering. He is a teacher 
at Springfield, Mass. Has no children. 



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iv. Charles Augustus, b. at Cornwall, July 28th, 1850; d. Feb. 8th, 
1851. 

74. Marvin Blake (6), (Myron 5, Steph. 4, Steph. 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). Born 
at Palermo, N. Y., May 5th, 1814, and now living at Baraboo, Wis. 
Married at East Constable, N. Y., Feb. 14th, 1838, to Lura Brown, 
daughter of Chauncey and Clarissa (Hazen) Brown. She was b. 

CHILDREN. 

80. i, Chauncey M. (7), b. , 1840. 

ii. George Franklin, b. , 1842, and d. , 1844. 

Uncle Marvin Blake is enjoying a hale old age, in possession of all his 
faculties after a long and useful life. He sends me tbe following in 
answer to my request for a sketch of moving west and its incidents. 

"A Sketch of the Life of Marvin Blake, written at the Age of 

Eighty-one. 
"To Geo. M.Blake: 

"Dear Sir:— My birthplace was Palermo, Oswego County, N. Y 7 . the 
5th of May, 1814, then a very new town. When I was eleven years old 
I went with my grandfather to Vermont. Two years later my father 
died. My mother thought I had better stay with my grandfather, for 
she was left with a large family to take care of in a new country. I re- 
mained until I was 21, working on the farm summers, as all farmers in 
New England at that day. It was work early and late, but it made a 
strong, hardy race of men. During that time 1 attended the common 
schools winters, and by close study obtained a good education for 
that day, and commenced teaching in the winter. At the age of 21 1 
went to East Constable, Franklin Co., N. Y. ; bought an interest in a 
carding and cloth dressing shop; worked in it two summers and taught 
school winters; but finding the business not very profitable, disposed of 
my interest, and on the 14th day of February, 1838, was married to 
Lura Brown. 

"Remained at East Constable, carrying on a small farm until the 
summer of 1843, when we concluded to go west. Intended to start by 
the 25th of Sept., but owing to the illness of my little boy I went a few 
days sooner, as I had to go out into the country from Oswego on some 
business, and I was to meet the boat with my family as it came along. 
The day proved to be a very rough one, the wind blowing a perfect gale. 
When the boat came in sight I was standing on the fort ; it seemed the 
boat was making no headway at all, and it was feared she would not 
be able to come into the river between the piers, but she did come 
bravely in and was safe. Any one may well suppose 1 was thankful. I 
found my wife and little boy, but did not know them; the water had 
washed over them, and everything we had was soaked. We had to stay 
a number of days, to dry everything we had and pack up again. As 
the weather still kept bad, we concluded to go out to my uncle's until it 
got settled. After staying there a few days, came back, and shipped on 
a propeller for Milwaukee. Started from Oswego, went through the 
lake to the mouth of the Welland Canal, was three days setting into 
Lake Erie, a night on the lake, and in the morning ran into Dunkirk 
and lay there 24 hours. Had a pretty good time through the lake and 
up the river until we got on the St. Clair flats, grounded for a day or 
t wo, but we got through, and had a very good time across LakeHuron. 
In Lake Michigan it was very stormy. They ran into a little bay in 
Beaver Island, lay there I think three days, got out of fuel, and had to 
cut wood and bring it to the ship in small boats. They thought they 
would run to the Manitou Islands, and did go there with the said sticks 
of wood, and crew and passengers nearly out of provisions. We could 
buy nothing but flour, but that would keep hunger away. We stayed 
there over night; put out in the morning. Lake rough, but madepretty 
good headway, and the next morning came in sight of Wisconsin, 
covered with suow. It looked pretty dubious, coming into a new coun- 
try among strangers; but we were young and full of courage. We 



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landed at Milwaukee just before night the second day of November, put 
up at a hotel, and the next day found a team in from Whitewater, 
drove ten miles and put up. No trouble to find taverns, as nearly every 
house had a sign out. We were two days getting to Whitewater. 
Hired a room in a house just put up, sided with oak siding, oak floor 
boards not matched, 

" It was a rough place to think of wintering in, but it was the best we 
could do. 

"Our landlord and his wife lived in the other part of the house, no 
better than ours was. They were very clever and did all they could for 
us, and the winter was very mild, and we came out in the spring all 
right. About the first of August I started for Baraboo, — my wife and 
two children, a man and wife and one child, with an ox team. Took 
what things we could, seut a team after the rest of our things. The 
season was very wet, found many bad places, but in four days crossed 
the Wisconsin river and got to the bluffs. Put up at the Hoover 
House. 

"The next day took what things we thought the team could draw, 
and started up the bluffs. Got part way up. My wife had thought she 
would ride; she had not walked any for a long time. She rode perhaps 
a quarter of a mile; but she could not stand that, so got out, took her 
babe, and did not get into the wagon again. I carried my little boy, 
three years old, and when my wife's arms got tired carrying the baby 
we would change, and she would carry our little boy "post back" and 
I the baby. 

" Many times we had to hang on to the wagon to keep it from tipping 
over. We finally got to the river, or we could hear the water in the 
rapids. All the mishaps we had, we killed a big rattlesnake; it gave us 
quite a scare. We found a track running up and down the river; did 
not know which way to go; went both ways. Stood talking and heard 
a rooster crow. We soon found a path through the bushes that led us 
to Mrs. Peck's residence; could not call it a house, — dug into the bank, 
and covered partly with boards, partly with dirt. We got our direc- 
tions, and going a few rods met my brother-in-law, and soon found 
what proved to be our home for many years. 

"It was a pretty hard looking place, just coming from a settled coun- 
try; the woods were all around us; but we were young and we enjoyed 
it; and we had come to work and make a home, and we set at work 
with a will. 

"I went at work preparing for a mill, most of the time using the 
broad axe — a business I was well used to, and on the 21st day of Sept. 
we put the first tree into the river for our dam. For five or six years I 
was employed about the water power; never invested anything but my 
labor until 1 853, I had invested some in real estate. That spring my 
wife's health failed her, and the doctor said I must take her east. We 
started the first of May with my son and went to Milwaukee, ship- 
ped on a propeller for Buffalo, stopped at Mackinaw and went up the 
stairs to the fort. It was a splendid view, well worth the trouble. Had 
a very good time down the lakes to Buffalo, went into the country and 
visited our friends, and with my brother atid family started for Frank- 
lin County. 

"Crossed the river at Portage, on that bridge more like a cobweb 
than a bridge to carry a train of cars ; but I i ode over it twice. At first 
I must say I was badly scart, for it was the first cars I had ever been 
on. Went to Rochester, then on a propeller to Ogdensburg, and went 
down through the Islands by daylight. We ran in to Ogdensburg, took 
a good night's rest, and in the morning to Malone; then seven miles by 
stage to Constable, and were at home among our friends. 

"Stayed a few weeks, then to Vermont and visited my brother; then 
back to Constable, and from there started for home in Baraboo, glad 
to get home again. This trip, I think, benefitted my wife enough to pay 
all expenses and give me a good rest. 

" From that time for a number of years was engaged in house build- 



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ing, jobbing about the country. About that time the war broke out. 
My son, coming of age, felt that he must go, and — like thousands of 
others all over our land— went, leaving no one in the house to call us 
father or mothfir. 

"It was hard place for parents; and, thinking of it now, it seems 
wonderful how we could endure the separation and anxiety ; but we do 
not realize what we can endure until tried. 

"At the close of the war my son came home, showing the effects of 
labor and exposure, but in pretty good shape. 

"Then the hop craze came on. We like many others went into it, 
took one good crop and got a good price. The next year had in more 
land and had a fine crop; but when we were picking the crash came, 
and that was a pretty wild time. Fifty hands, many of them fifty miles 
or so from home, and no prospect of selling to get money to pay them ; 
but we hired a few hundred dollars and paid all our pickers a part (what 
we could) and carried them all home, and told them as soon as the 
money could be raised they should have all their pay. We sold our crop 
during the winter, or gave it away, and settled with every one, which is 
more thm many did, and we gave up hop raising. 

"I attended to my farm, and when the railroad came we kept board- 
ers; but my wife's health failed, and we save that up. We are living a-* 
easy as we can, surrounded by our children, grandchildren and gieat 
grandchildren, waiting to becnlled away. 

"Marvin Blake." 

7."). Harmon Freelove Blake (6), (Myron 5, Steph. 4, Steph. 3, Jona. 2, 
Jno. 1) Born at Palermo, N. Y., Jan. 10th, 1820. Died at Philadel- 
phia, April, 1871. 

" My brother Harmon was a very good man, but when a boy he took 
to the water, and we knew very little of him. He spent a number of 
years on the canals, then went on the ocean. Was in the United States 
navy. Was shipwrecked at the Sandwich Islands and sent home 
by our consul. Finally went into the merchant service. He got a bad 
fall on shipboard, and disease set in and ended his life. He was married, 
but of his family we never knew much. Marvin Blake." 

7G. Ezra Blake (6), (Myron 5, Steph. 4, Steph. 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). Born 
at Palermo, N. Y., July 19th, 1824. Married at Centerville, Allegany, 
N.Y., Oct. loth, 1848, with Elmaretta Parkis (Parkhurst?) She was 
daughter of Wright Parkis and Martha Miller Parkis, and was born at 
Centerville, July 14th, 1828. Last known residence of this family was 
at Mason, Ingham Co., Mich. ; but letters addressed to them there come 
back to writer. 

CHILDREN. 

i. Miles E. (7), b. at Fountain drove, 111., Feb. 18th, 1859. 

ii. Myrtie B., b. at Rushford, Allegany Co., N. Y., Nov. 23d, 1864. 

iii. Minnie M., b. at Rushford, N. Y., Dec. 3d, 18G8. 

77. John (I Blake (7), (Ira 6. Ruel 5, Rich. 4, Jos. 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1). Born 

at Livonia, N. Y., , 1829. Married at Galesburg, Mich., in 1855, 

with Frances Thomas, and they now live there. 

children. 

i. Fanny J. (8), b. , 1856; m. to Porter Hull and lives in Kansas. 

87. ii- William I. (8), b, , 1858. 

iii. Jennie A. (8), b. , 1860; married 1885 with Henry W. Sherwood. 

iv. Adeline M. (8), b. , 1862; m. 188s with Fred. C. Burroughs. 

mn. v. John It. (8), b. . 1866. 

vi. Blanche L (8), b. , 1872. 

78. William A. Blake (7), (Ira 6, Ruel 5. Rich. 4, Jos, 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1). 

Born at Livonia N. Y., , 1832. Married at Galesburg, Mich., 

in 1867, with Louise J. Burdick. They live there now. 

CHILDREN. 

i. Ruel W. (8), b. , 1868. 

ii. Sherman J. (8), b. , 1870. 

iii. James L. (8), b. , 1874. 



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79. Fletcher A. Blake (7), (Uri G, Zara 5, Rich. 4, Jos. 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1). 

Born Aug. 5th, 1834, at Fairview, Erie Co., Pa. ; lives now at Rocida, 
New Mexico. 

He was educated at South Dansville, N. Y. In 1857 he went to Iowa, 
and in 1858 enlisted in a company of State Rangers for service against 
the Sioux Indians on the frontier. In 1859 he was promoted to be 
Captain of the company by Gov. Kirkwood. In 1861 he went into the 
Army of the Potomac, served two years and one month as a member of 
Co. A, 11th Penna. Cavalry, and was commissioned Lieut, of that com- 
pany by Gov. Curtin. Resigned for disability in 1863, at Portsmouth, 
Virginia. He married Oct. 5th, 1864, at Okoboji, Iowa, with Julia 
Prescott. (She was born at Sheboygan Falls, Mich., Dec. 6th, 1846). 
He was a member of the Iowa Legislature 1871-2. In 1873 he removed 
to Texas, thence in 1878 to New Mexico. He speaks Spanish fluently, 
and was appointed by Gov. Sheldon, successively, Major, Lieut.-Col. 
and Col. of 1st Regt. of State troops. In Nov., 1885, was commissioned 
Col. of 3d Regt. State Cavalry, and served in the field in command of a 
detachment composed of this liegt. and also of the 1st Regt. of Inf'ty 
against the Apaches during the Indian wars. In 1886 was commis- 
sioned by Gov. Ross, Inspector-General of the State troops; re-com- 
missioned in 1890 by Gov. Prince, and served four years longer as such. 

CHILDREN. 

i. Alice Alta (8), b. Okoboji, Iowa, June 24th, 1867. 

89. ii. Henry E. (8), b. Sioux Rapids, July 18th, 1869. 

90. iii. Francis G. (8), b. Sioux Rapids, Feb. 4th, 1871. 

iv. Harry, b. Great Bend, Kas., Jan. 12th; d. at Glastonwater, Texas, 

May 12th, 1874. 
v. Charles C, b. July 4th, 1875 ; d. Sept. 18th, 1875. 
vi. Cecil Prescott (8), b. at Terrill, Tex., July 23d, 1878. 
vii. Helen E. (8), b. Terrill, Tex., Jan. 22d, 1880. 
viii. Alta M. (8), b. Rocida, New Mexico, Dec. 25th, 1894. 

80. Charles S. A. Blake (7), (Gid. 6, Zara 5, Rich. 4, Jos. 3, Jno, 2, Jno. 1). 

Born at South Dansville, Steuben Co., N. Y., June 21st, 1848. Lives 
now at Honey Creek, Walworth Co., Wisconsin. Is a farmer and car- 
penter and builder. Married at Almond, N. Y., Oct. 8th, 1869, Julia 
Bailey. She died — - — 

children. 
i. Callie A., b. Feb. 21st, 1871. 

81. Fay G. Blake (7), (Gid. 6, Zara. 5, Rich. 4, Jos. 3, Jno. 2, Jno. 1). Born 

at So. Dansville, N. Y., July 10th, 1854. Lives now at Almond, N. Y. 
Is a farmer. Married at Almond, Sept. 24th, 1876, to Grace Wardner. 

CHILDREN. 

i. Herbert, G. A. (8), b. Sept. 14th, 1879. 

ii. Bessie (8), b. Jan. 27th, 1885. 

iii. Jessie May (8), b. Mnrch 10th, 1890. 

iv. Grace Ernestine (8), b. Sept. 12th., 1892. 
82. George Matthew Blake (7), (Zara H. 6, Zara. 5, Rich. 4, Jos. 3, Jno. 2, 
Jno. 1). Born at Dansville, N. Y., Nov. 1st, 1852. Lives now at Rock- 
ford, 111. Attended the local schools at Dansville until fall of 1869, 
when he entered Williston Seminary, at East Hampton, Mass., class of 
1872— "Classical." 

One of his teachers here was Dr. Chas. Parkhurst, now of N. Y. City, 
and his influence on Mr. Blake's character was perhaps the strongest of 
Ins life from one who was no relative. In 1871 Mr. Blake gave up the 
idea of college (for which he has always been sorry) and took up the 
study of law with John Wilkinson, Jr., a very bright young lawyer at 
Dansville. He had always had a repugnance to medicine; but his fath- 
er's cherished idea was that his only son should take up his work and 
assist him, and evenfually succeed to his fame and fine practice. He 
finally prevailed, and Mr. Blake gave up the law and read medicine, 
having the widest scope of clinical instruct ion and the most faithful 
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9y for some time before this been his father's assistant, and upon gradu- 

ation his father took him into partnership. Mr. Blake was a successful 
practitioner in all senses, but his dislike of the profession grew and 
strengthened, and in 1877 he flatly quit it for good aud for ever, went 
to Ann Arbor, entered the law school, and graduated 6.L. in 1879. He 
had intended to settle in Buffalo for the practice of his profession, but 
a very particular reason attracted him to Rockford, 111., and in the 
spring of 1879 he settled there, and with a classmate opened the law 
firm of Blake & Blaine, 

Oct. 16th, 1879, he was married there, by Rev. Frank P. Woodbury, 
to Carrie Oilman Brown, daughter of Chauncey Brown (and niece of 
Mrs. Marvin Blake No. 80). She was born at Horicon, Wis., Jan. 31st, 
1855, and is a graduate of Rocktord Seminary, class of 1874. 

The firm of Bake and Blaine was not long lived, Mr. Blaine dropping 
the profession and Blake continued the practice alone until 1894, when 
he took into partnership Mr. L. M. Reckhow, and the firm is now Blake 
and Reckhow. Mr. Blake is staunchly Republican in politics, but is no 
politician. He has served two years as City Attorney, and has the rep- 
utation of being an excellent "business" lawyer, and a careful, safe 
business man whose word "goes." He has had many business interests 
outside his law practice; was for some years Pres. of First Nat. Bank 
of Canton, S. Dak., has dealt in real estate in the Dakotas, Kansas aud 
the Pacific Coast. Is Pres. of a local Building and Loan Ass'n. (the 
Fidelity), and is also Pres. and Active Manager of the Druggists' Union 
Co. of Rockford, a concern manufacturing specialties and remedies for 
the drug trade. He is a Mason and Knight Templar, and both he and 
his wife are members of the Second Congregational Church of Rockford. 

CHILDREN. 

i. Chauncey Ethekedge (8), b. June 15th, 1881. 

Mrs. Blake has also taken to rear and educate, an orphan girl 

of Scotch parentage, who is n;uned Helen Blake, b. Sept. 9, 1885. 

83. John Cameron Blake (7), (Nath'l 6, Zara 5, Rich. 4, Jos.3, Jno. 2, Jno.l). 

Born at So. Dansville, N. Y., Dec. 3d, 1841. Lives now at Harvard, III. 

He was married at So. D'ville, to Louise Burditt (She was b. 

same place Mar. 25th, 1849). 

He was educated at So. D'ville and Alfred, N. Y. Academies; came 
west with his father, whom he assisted in business, and with whom he 
was first in partnership and later succeeded in the wagon manufactory. 
In 1889 he sold out the wagon factory at Harvard aud established at 
Rockford, 111. (but kept his home in Harvard), the J. C. Blake Heating 
Co., a corporation for contracting and erecting, aud for dealing in, all 
kinds of steam and other heating apparatus and similar supplies. 
This he conducted very successfully until fall of 1892, when his father's 
failing health made it necessary that a stronger and younger person 
should be constantly at hand to aid him and watch over him. 

Accordingly, under guise of partnership, with his lather in the real 
estate and collection business, he established himself as his father's 
physical guardian without the latter's perceiving the real intent. The 
Heating Co. was left in the management of his son, Jesse C. Blake, with 
Ruel E. Dewey, a second cousin, as supt. of construction. 

Sinct! his father's death, his mother's health is by no means good and 
Mr. Blake has given his whole time to the Harvard office business, with 
sufficient attention to the Heating Co. at Rockford to keep it up to 
standard. 

Jesse C. has, however, proved a careful manager and has relieved Mr. 
Blake of more and more care each year in this respect. John C. Blake 
is a "chip of the old block" in character. 

CHILDREN. 

91 . i. Jessie Clair Blake (8), b, at Harvard, 111., Sept. 5th, 1869. 

ii. Mauy Daisy Blake (8), b. at Harvard, 111., Dec. 20th, 1872. Lives 
with her parents and has taught in the Harvard graded schools ; 
is a fine musician. 



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84. Silas Leroy Blake, D. D. (7), (Myron M. 6, Myron 5, Steph. 4, Step. 

3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). Born at Cornwall, Vermont, Dec. 5th, 1834. 

Is now pastor of Congregational Church at New London, Conn. Mr 
Blake fitted for college at xManchester, Vermont; graduated from Mid- 
dlebury College, 1859, graduated from Andover, August, 1864, and 
was pastor at Pepperill, Mass., in the same year. Was pastor of South 
Cong, at Concord, N. H., 1869, and is now at New London. 

He married August 16th, 1859, at Middlebury, Emma A. Severance. 
She died at Andover, Aug. 31st, 1864, after childbirth, an infant son, 
born and died Aug. 27th, 1864. 

Oct. 27th, 1871, at Pepperill, Mass., he married with Isabella M. 
Lawrence. She died at Cleveland, Ohio, July 30th, 1879, without chil- 
dren. 

Jan. 5th, 1881, at Farmington, Mass., he married with Carrie L. 
Blood. 

85. Lyman Horace Blake, D. D. (7), (Myron M. 6, Myron 5, Steph. 4, 

Steph. 3, Jona. 2, Jno. 1). Born at Cornwall, Vermont, July 19th, 
1840. Is now pastor ot Second Cong. Church at Westfield, Mass. He 
married Oct. 30th, 1867, at Andover, Mass., with Isabella T. Mather 
(a descendant of Richard Mather, of Dorchester). She died in Boston, 
June 20th, 1879. 
He was married at Boston, , to Miss Elizabeth E. Stafford. 

CHILDREN BY FIRST WIFE. 

i. Ethel W. (8), b. at Rowley, Mass., Sept. 20th, 1870. 

ii. Constance M. (8), b. at Methuen, Oct. 18th, 1876. 

iii. Isabella T. M. (8), b. Boston, Mass., June 14th, 1879. 

8(>. Chauncey M. Blake (7), (Marvin 6, Myron 5, Steph. 4, Steph. 3, Jona. 

2, Jno. 1). Born at East Constable, N. Y., , 1840. 

Lives at Baraboo, Wisconsin. Is in the employ of the Northwestern 
R. R. as a wood worker and car builder. The wood work on locomo- 
tives, cab, &c, is his special work. He was a soldier all through the 
war, but as yet I have no exact information. He was married at Bara- 
boo, , to Amanda Turner. 

CHILDREN. 

i. Mary (8), b. , in. a Mr. Gannon. 

ii. Edith (8), b. , married a Mr. Miller. 

iii Marvin 2d (8), b. 

iv. Charles (8), b. 

v. Agnes (8), b. 

S7. William I. Blake (8), (John C. 7, Ira 6, Ruel 5, Rich. 4, Jos. 3. Jno. 2, 

Jno. 1). Born at Galesburg, Mich., , 1858. Married , 1881, 

Esther Weston. 

CHILDREN. 

i. Frank (9), b. , 1882. 

ii. Jay (9), b. , 1 885. 

88. John R. Blake (8), (.lohn C. 7, Ira 6, Ruel 5, Rich. 4, Jos. 3, Jno. 2, 

Jno. 1). Born at Galesburg, Mich., , 1866. Married . 1892, 

to Florence J. Bush. 

CHILDREN. 

i. Ruth L. (9), b. , 1893. 

ii. Infant Son (9), b. , 1895. 

8«). Henry E. Blake (8), (Fletch. 7, Uri. 6, Zara. 5, Rich. 4, Jos. 3, Jno. 
2, Jno. 1). Born at Sioux Rapids, Iowa, July 18th, 1869. Lives now 
al Rocida, New Mexico. Is a printer by trade. Do not know whether 
he has a family or not. 

90. Francis G. Blake (8), (Fletch. 7. Uri. 6. Zara. 5, Rich. 4, Jos. 3, Jno. 
2, Jno. 1). Born at Sioux Rapids, Iowa, Feb. 4th, 1871. Married at 
Rocida, New Mexico, Sept. 27th, 1893, to Ida May Grounds. (She was 
born at Dallas, Texas, May 27th, 1871). They live now at Rocida, and 
Mr. Blake is by trade a printer. 



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91. Jesse Clair Blake (8), (J. Cam. 7, Nath'l 6, Zara. 5, Rich. 4, Jos. 3, 
Jno. 2, Juo. 1). Born at Harvard, 111., Sept. 5th, 186!). Lives now at 
Rockford, 111. Is manager of J. C. Blake Heating Co. Was educated in 
local schools at Harvard, 111., and developed strong in mechanics, 

drawing and music. Married , at Harvard, 111., to Lizzie S. 

Dallam. (She was born Nov. 12th, 1869, at Harvard. Her parentage 
is English on both sides; about two generations in America). 

CHILDREN. 

i. John Dullam Blake (9), b. Rockford, 111., June 12th, 1892. 



PROBLEMS. 

Amos Treadway and Elizabeth Blake married June 16th, 1760. Had: — 
1. Josiah, 1760. 2. Amos, 1762. 3. Elizabeth, 1764. 4. Abigail, 1766. 
5. Richard, 1768. 6. Clarissa. 7. Mary. 8. Harvey. 9. Seth. 10. John. 



Justus Tavlor of Middletown and Elizabeth Blake of Boston married in Bos- 
ton Oct. 20, 1762. Had— 1. Justus, 1765, d. 1766. 2. Justus 2d, 1766. d. 
1767. 3. John Blake, 1767, d. 1784. 4. Joseph, 1768. 5. Eliza, 1770. The 
father, Justus Taylor, died Sept. 24th, 1771. 



Ezekiel Gilbert, Jr., and Elizabeth Blake married Mar. 8th, 1743. Had— 1 . 
Elihu, 1744. 2. Abigail. 1745. 3. Seth, 1747. 4. Rhoda, 1749. 5. Elizabeth, 
1750. 

Epaphrus Knott, son to Epaphrus Knott and Elizabeth Blake, born at 
Middletown, Jan. 6th, 1757. 

Vine Starr and Sarah Blaque married Oct. 29th, 1787. Had— Catherine, b. 
Apr. 3d, 1792. These Blaques, father's name Joseph, came from Saybrook to 
Chatham on the east side Conn. River, and then changed spelling to Blake. 



Talcott G. Blake and Catherine Prout married Dec. 22nd, 1835. 



Win. Roberts, Jr., and Clarissa Blake married Dec. 4th, 1823. 



Michael Braddock and Mary Blake married Mar. 10th, 1824. 



Oscar Bemis of Durham and Adah Blake of Middletown married July 4, 1833. 



Laurens Loomis of Plymouth and Elizabeth Blake of Middletown married 
Nov. 11th, 1835. 

George P. Galpin of Berlin and Harriett J. Biake of Middletown married 
Sept. 29th, 1839. 

Ephraim Tuttle, and Caroline Blake, both of Middletown, married Sept. 12, 
1842. 

Oliver R. Spencer, son of late John Spencer of Guilford, and Eliza A. Blake, 
daughter of Richard Blake of Middletown, married Sept. 25th, 1850. 



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