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BLAKES OF SOMERSETSHIRE .
ESPECIALLY IN THE LINE OF
WILLIAM BLAKE, OF DORCHESTER, MASS.,
THE EMIGRANT TO NEW ENGLAND :
WITH ONE BRANCH OF HIS DESCENDANTS.
FROM THE NOTES OF THE LATE HORATIO G. SOMERBY.
9/'- PltlXTERS • yG
HE occasion of the printing of this volume was
as follows. Knowing that Mr. Somerby, the
late accomplished genealogist, had traced the
ancestry of William Blake, the emigrant, and had em-
bodied the results in a handsome manuscript, I obtained
leave to examine it. The fact that so many of the de-
scendants of William Blake were greatly interested in this
discovery of his and their ancestry, was considered by Mr.
Stanton Blake and his brothers, and they have consented
to have this book printed for the use of the family.
As there has already been printed a genealogy of that
portion of the family which remained in and about Dor-
chester, the American portion of this record is confined to
one line, descended from Edward Blake, third son of the
emigrant. Even this branch has not been fully traced, as
Joseph Blake, of Boston, his grandson, has been taken as
the starting-point for the full register.
The work of the editor, in the main, has been merely
to arrange Mr. Somerby's pedigrees in paragraph form.
Among the numerous note-books given to the Massachu-
setts Historical Society by the heirs of Mr. Somerby, are
full extracts from parish registers, and, so far as can be
concluded therefrom, Mr. Somerby's results are entitled to
the fullest confidence.
On p. 31, the ijumber prefixed to Edward Blake should
be 4, not 5, but this will probably cause no difficulty to
The admirable Index was the work of Mr. W. T. R.
W. H. W.
Boston, December, 1881.
HE family of Blake, originally seated in
Wiltshire, derives its surname from Blake-
land, a parish in that county, where they
were large landed proprietors.
The practice of adopting hei"editary surnames from
manors and localities, is thought to have originated
in Normandy about the close of the tenth century.
Possessors of land took them from their own estates
about that period, a practice in which the Normans
were soon imitated by the English, particularly after
Man}' families of Saxon oi-igin co])ied the example
of the Normans and prefixed de to their names, but
the particle was generally dropped about the latter
part of the fourteenth century.
6 ■ WILLIAM BLAKE
The first mention of Blake in ancient records as a
surname, occurs in the Wiltshire Roll of Subsidies,
gi-anted to Edward the First, in the fifteenth year of
his reign, A. D. 1286, when Robert de Blakeland was
assessed to that King's requirements. His descendant,
I. Robert^ Blake, who appears
to have dropped the particle de and the particle land
from his surname, had his residence in the township
of Cable, adjoining the family estates at Blakeland,
where he was assessed to the subsidies of Edward the
Third, in 1347, to an amount far exceeding that of
any other inhabitant of the town.
This Robert ^ Blake by his wife Anne, daughter
of William Cole, had a son and heir.
II. Henry " Blake, whose wife
was a daughter and co-heir of Edward Durant. Their
III. William'^ Blake, succeeded
to the estates, and by his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of
Thomas Power, had a son and heir,
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ly. Henry ^ Blake, of Calne,
who married Margaret, daughter and heir of
Bellett, of Qiiemberford, near Cahie, and was suc-
ceeded by his son,
Y. Robert ^ Blake, of Calne,
and of Quemberford, in right of his mother. He
married Avice, daughter and heii* of John Wallop,
Esquire, of Nether Wallop, in the county of South-
ampton, By this marriage he acquired estates in that
county, one of which, in Andover, was subsequently
transferred to their youngei' son William.*' An Inqui-
sition was held after the death of his wife, which
occurred on the 29th of October, 1474, to determine
the tenure of her estates in Hampshire and her suc-
cessor, when it appeared that John*' Blake was her
eldest son, aged at the time of her death forty years
They were buried in Calne Church, where, in a
window of stained glass, he was represented habited
in armqr, with a surcoat charged with his armorial
bearings, and she in a long robe, with a scarf embroi-
dered with the arms of her family. He bore argent
a chevron between three garbs, sable; his wife's arms
were gules on a chevron argent two crescents.
8 WILLIAM BLAKE
Their children were
1. Gilbert, *5 died unmarried.
2. Alexander,*^ died unmarried.
VI. 3. John, 6 born 1484, succeeded to the estates of his
father, and of his mother. He died March 2, 1503-4,
and was buried in the Church of Nether Wallop, having
made his will on the 24th of February, 1503-4, which
was proved on the 24th of the following April. He be-
queaths his soul to God, to our Blessed Lady His mother,
and to all the company of heaven, and desires to be
buried in the church of St. Andrew, in Nether Wallop,
near his late wife Margary. He appoints his wife Mar-
garet, and his son-in-law John Dauntsey, executors of the
will, and his brother Robert Blake, overseer. He had
two daughters, Joan, born in 1484, married to Thomas
Wroughton ; and Alice, wife of John Dauntsey. An
Inquisition held after the death of John Blake, particu-
larizes his manors of Calne and Pennells in Wiltshire.
4. Robert ^ Blake ; on the death of his brother John
without male issue, he succeeded to the manor of Calne
and other estates in Wiltshire, which comprised land and
tenements in fifteen parishes in that county. He died
on the eleventh of December, 1515, having married
Margaret, daughter of Sir Thomas Englefield, of Engle-
field in Berkshire, by whom he had, besides a daughter,
Anne, who became the wife of Robert Baynard of Lack-
OF DORCHESTER, MASS. 9
ham, an only son Roger, whose pedigree is continued in
the Heralds' Visitation of Wiltshire, through five genera-
tions to the year 1623.
VI. 5. William. 6
7. Alice. 6
8. Joan. 6
VI. William ^ Blake, youngest
son of Robert Blake, of Calne, resided in the White
Parish, in Wiltshire. After his death in 1471, his
widow, with her two sons, removed into Hampshire,
and settled in Andover, uj^on an estate called Easton-
town, formerly a part of the possessions of her hus-
band's mother. The sons were
VII. 1. William.-
2. Robert,^ of West Enham, in Andover. His wife
was a daughter of §nell, of Wherwell, in Hamp-
shire, by whom he had sons, William, ^ of Benham, who
died in 1552, leaving descendants : John,^ Richard," and
Robert,^ who settled at Cutcomb in Somersetshire.
10 WILLIAM BLAKE
YII. AViLLiAM' Blake,* eldest
son of William Blake, of White Parish, resided at
Old Hall in Eastontown, in the parish of Andover.
He also had lands and tenements in Knights Enham,
which were sometime in the occupation of his brother
Robert in 1504. B}^ his wife Mary, daughter of Himi-
phrey Coles, of Somersetshire, he had
1. Nicholas,^ of Old Hall, who made his will on
the 31st of May, 1547, which was proved on the 20th of
the following June. He names his wife Margaret, and
sons, William and Edmund, and daughters. Elizabeth and
Vni. 2. Humphrey.^
Yin. Humphrey^ Beake, the sec-
ond son of William Blake, of Andover, removed in
the early part of the sixteenth century into Somerset-
shire, and seated himself in Over Stowey, and became
lord of the manor of Plainfiekl in that parish, to which
estate he added the adjoining manor of Tuxwell,
which he purchased in 1555, of George Sydenham.
* His Arms are recorded in the Visitation of Hampshire in 1530, as argent,
a chevron between three srarbs, sable.
OF DORCHESTEB, MASS. 11
Ov^er Stowey, which mostly belonged to the Blakes
two centuries ago, is a parish of considerable extent,
pleasantly situated on the eastern side of the Quantock
hills. It contains foui' hamlets, viz: Marsh Mills,
Addiscombe, Ely Green, and Plainfield, with a popu-
lation of about six hundred, and nearly every family
is employed in agriculture. The church is a plain
structure, consisting of a nave, chancel, and north
aisle, with a tower at the west end, sixty feet in height,
containing five bells. The parish registers, which
begin in 1558, contain numerous entries of the family
of Blake, and their collaterals, and some monumental
tablets of the family 3'et remain.
The manor house of Plainfield, long the residence
of the Blakes, stands about a mile from the church,
and affords a good specimen of a gentleman's residence
in the early part of the sixteenth century, its massive
walls, arched entrance porch, and general construction
bearing evidence of its antiquity.
In the great hall, over the fire-place, are the sculp-
tured arms of the family, as boi-ne by their progenitors
in Wiltshire and Hampshire. A venerable chestnut
tree overspreads the building, and adds much to the
picturesqueness of the spot. Many years ago the
estate passed from the Blakes, and the mansion is now
occupied by a tenant farmer of the Earl of Egmont.
12 WILLIAM BLAKE
Humphrey ^ Blake died in 1558, and was buried in
the church of Over Stowey on the twenty-eighth of
December. An inquisition was held after his death,
to determine the tenure of his estates, and also to
ascertain the name and age of his heir. His will is
dated on the nineteenth of November, 1558, and was
proved on the eleventh of the following May. He
describes himself of Over Stowey, Gentleman, and
desh'es to be buried in the church with such orisons
and prayers as shall be thought most meet by his
executors, and directs that there shall be given to
every priest at his funeral, twelve pence. He also
provides for prayers to be said for him by the vicar of
Over Stowey, and the parson of Aisholt, of which
church he was patron, and makes bequests for repairs,
ornaments and reparations of the buildings.
By his wife Agnes, who was buried on the twenty-
fourth of June, 1585, he had four sons and three
daughters : —
IX. 1. John,^ called John the elder, to distinguish him
from a younger brother, who was also named John.
X. 2. Robert. 9
3. Thomas. 9 His father gave him lands and houses
of the manor of Tuxwell. His wife, whom he married
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at Bridgewater, April 29, 1569, was Agnes Castleman.
As nothing more is known of him, he probably died
4. John," the younger, was of Over Stowey, where
he married August 18, 1558, Christian Jugg, by whom
he had two sons and two daughters, who continued to
reside at Over Stowey. He was appointed, with his
mother, a co-executor of his father's will, and they were
made residuary legatees.
5. Agnes," who was married t-o Manning.
6. Eleanor," whose husband was Langhani.
7. Alice," who was wife of George Slocumbe.
IX. JoHX '^ Blake, eldest son of
Humphrey Blake, w^as born in 1521. He succeeded
to the manor of Piainfield and other estates in the
neighborhood, and to the jjatronage of Aisholt church,
which continued in the family for more than two cen-
turies. He was buried iu the chancel of the church
of Over Stowey, on the tenth of December, 157(5,
having made his will on the twenty-sixth of the
preceding month. He bequeaths to each of his sons
certain lands and tenements, and to his son Richard
14 WILL r AM BLAKE
the advowson of the chui'ch of Over Stowey. By his
wife Jane, who was buried June 17, 1595, he had
XI. 1. Humphrey.!
2. William. 1'^ His father gave him houses and land
in Over Stowey and in Bishops Lydiard. He died in
1618, at Bishops Lydiard, leaving a widow, Joan, but no
o. Alice,!*' married October 2, 1569, to James Rich-
4. Anne,!" married August 3, 1578, to Thomas
5. Elizabeth,!'^ married October 5, 1572, to Robert
Sellick. Their son John succeeded his cousin John
Blake, in the Vicarage of Over Stowey, and was buried
in the chancel of the church, with the inscription over
his grave : " Hie jacet corpus Johannis Sellick, hujus
parochiae nuper rectoris, qui obiit 24 die February Ac.
Dom. 1657 aetat. 80."
6. Richard,!'^ baptized January 1, 1562-3. His
father gave him the advowson of Over Stowey church,
and his son John became the incumbent in 1611. He
resided some time at Stogumber, but was buried in the
chancel of Over Stowe}" church, leaving five sons and
XH. 7. Robert,!'^ baptized May 12, 1566.
OF DORCHESTER, MASS. 15
X. Robert ^ Blake, second son
of Humphrey ** Blake, of Over Stowey, was a merchant
of Briclgewater, and resided in St. Mary's Street, since
called Blake Street. His f\ither gave him the manoi-
of Tuxwell, in Over Stowey, and other landed prop-
erty. He died on the twelfth of Octobei-, 1592, and
his nimcnpative will was made on the day preceding.
He bequeathed to his son William the manor of
Tuxwell-with-Radlett, and to his son Humphrey, the
manor of Puriton-with-Crandon, and made him exec-
utor to the will. At an Inquisition held after his
death, respecting the tenure of his lands, it was proved
that he died possessed of the manors of Tuxwell,
Puriton, and Crandon, and lands in Calcot, Bawdryn,
Woolavington, Ashwell, Spaxton, Over Stowey, and
Aether Stowey, and that William Blake was his eldest
son and heir, aged at the date of the Inquisition forty
years and more. His wife was Margaret, daughter of
Symonds, and she was buried at B ridge w^ater
on the 10th of April, 1600. In her will, dated April
20, 1599, she bequeaths to the Mayor and Aldei-men
of Bridgewater, ten pounds in trust, the interest of
which is to be invested in certain articles of clothino-
for six poor women. She also makes bequests to the
Almshouses of Bridgewater and Stogursey, and to the
poor of Spaxton. To her son William she gives a
IG WILLIAM BLAKE
coverlet of tapestry, and a silver spoon. To Robeil,
son of her son Humphrey, she leaves a spur royal of
gold, and to her daughter Anastatia Buckinge, she
bequeaths a large quantity of personal effects. Among
othei's named in the will as beneficiaries, are her sister
Elizabeth Symonds, sister Dorothy Sindercomb, cousin
Richard Blake of Over Stowey, and her god-daughter
Sarah Popham. Her executors were Nicholas Streets,
William Blake, and Richard Blake.
The children of Robert'' and Margaret Blake were
1. William,^ '^ born in 1552, succeeded to the estates
of his father, but dying without issue, they passed to his
2. Anastatia, ^ "^ married at Bridge water, May 16,
1563, to Robert Buckinge.
3. Humphrey ^ ^ Blake, baptized at Bridgewater, May
16, 1563, succeeded to the manors of Tuxwell and Puri-
ton and other estates, on the death of his brother without
issue. At the visitation of Somersetshire in 1628, by the
Heralds from the College of Arms, his pedigree and
armorial bearings were certified and recorded among
their archives. His residence was the mansion house of
his father, in St. Mary's Street, where he died on the
OF DORCHESTER, MASS. 17
nineteenth of November, 1624.. By his will, not dated,
but proved February 24, 1625, he makes bequests to the
Cathedral church at Wells, and to the churches of Bridge-
water and Paulett. To his son Robert ^ ^ he bequeaths
the manor and lordship of Puriton and Crandon, and
articles of silver plate. To his son William i ^ he assigns
a lease of lands at Puriton towards defraying the expense
of his education at Oxford. He also makes bequests to
his sons Nicholas, 11 Samuel, ^^ Benjamin, ii and Alexan-
der, n and to his daughter Bridget, ^^ and appoints his
wife Sarah, and his son Humphreyii co-executors of his
His wife was Sarah, daughter, and one of the heirs
of John Williams, of Paulet, near Bridgewater, by whom
he had fourteen children, viz :
1. Robert,'^ ^ baptized at Bridgewater, Septem-
ber 27, 1598. He was educated at the Grammar
School in* Bridgewater, and went from thence to
Oxford, and was entered at St. Alban's Hall, but
removed to Wadham College, and in 1617 took
the degree of Bachelor of Arts. In 1628 he
wrote a copy of verses on the death of Camden,
and soon after left the University. He was
tinctured pretty early with republican principles,
and disliking that severity with which Laud, then
Bishop of Bath and Wells, pressed uniformity in
his diocese, he began to fall into puritanical
18 WILLIAM BLAKE
opinions. In 1640, he was elected member of
Parliament for Bridgewater. When the civil war
broke out in 1642, he declared for the Parlia-
ment, and in 1649 he was appointed to command
the fleet. In 1651, he received, the appointment
of one of the Admirals and General of the Fleet,
and in 1654 he was made sole Admiral. He died
as his fleet was entering Plymouth, on the seven-
teenth of August, 1657, and his body was con-
veyed to Westminster Abbey, and interred with
great pomp in Henry the Seventh's Chapel ; but
removed from thence in 1661, by order of Charles
the Second, and re-interred in the adjoining
churchyard of St. Margaret.
Disinterested, generous, liberal, ambitious only
of true glory, dreadful only to his avowed ene-
mies, he forms one of the most perfect char-
acters of the age. The Protector, Cromwell,
ordered him a pompous funeral at the j)ublic
charge, but the tears of his countrymen were the
most honorable panegyric on his memory. His
will, written with his own hand, ou board his
ship Naseby, March 10, 1655-6, was proved Au-
gust 20, 1657. He bequeaths to the poor of each
of the parishes of Bridgewater and Taunton one
hundred pounds, and makes liberal bequests to
all his brothers and sisters; his brother Humphrey
receiving the manor of Puriton.
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2. Humphi'ey.,'^^ baptized January 17, 1599-
1600, succeeded to the manor of Puriton. His
wife was Susannah, daughter of Alexander Har-
wood, and widow of William Sealey, by whom
he had an only daughter, Sarah.
3. mV/mw,!! baptized February 28, 1602-3.
He was educated at Oxford, where he obtained
the degree of Doctor of Law. He practiced as
a physician at Bridgewater, where he died in
1667, having made his will on the 24th of Octo-
ber in that year, which was proved on the 30th
of the following March. He bequeaths to the
poor of Bridgewater one hundred pounds, and
legacies to his brothers Humphrey, Nicholas, Ben-
jamin, and Alexander, and to the children of his
brother George, late of Plymouth, deceased. To
his sister Bowdich of Chardstock, he gives ten
pounds, and to his niece Sarah, daughter of his
brother Benjamin, he bequeaths all his plate.
4. (Jeorge,'^'^ baptized October 22, 1604, died
5. George,'^ '^ baptized May 29, 1606, died at
Plymouth, in Devonshire, in 1667, leaving a
widow, Jane, two sons, and three daughters.
6. Samuel,^ ^ baptized February 16, 1607-8,
died before 1656, leaving two sons, Robert, who
was a captain in the parliamentary service, and
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7. Nicholas,'^'^ baptized August 30, 1609.
8. J^'dward,^'^ baptized January 26, 1610-11,
9. Ben/mtmi,'^^ baptized May 21, 1612, died
10. Edward,'^'^ baptized December 5, 1613.
11. Benj amin^^ ^ baptized November 11, 1614.
A captain in the parliamentary forces. His
brother Robert gave him the family mansion in
Bridgewater. He had a daughter Sarah.
12. Bridget,^^ baptized May 17, 1616. Her
husband was Henry Bowdich, of Chardstock, in
13. Johu^^ baptized August 10, 1617.
14. Alexander,'^ '^ baptized April 13, 1619. He
was appointed a co-executor of his brother Robert's
will, and made one of the residuary legatees.
The following is a copy of a letter written
by him to Robert Dale, Richmond Herald, of the
College of Arms, who was amplifying the pedigree
of Blake of Wiltshire,* recorded in the Visitation
of that county in 1623 : —
* A brief pedigree of three generations of this branch is printed in tiie
Visitation, published by the Harleian Society in 1876.— W. H. W.
OF DORCHESTER, MASS. 21
St. Neots (Huntingdonshire) May 8, 1690.
In your last letter you desired to know Genii
Blake's Christian name which was Robert, born
at Bridgewater. in the County of Somerset, his
fathers name was Humphrey who m'' a coh. some
3 miles from Bridgewater, whose maiden name
was Williams, either our grandfather or Gt.
grandfather who before wrote his name Blaeiie,
did ever after write it Blake, as now we do.
Yours to serve you
22 WILLIAM BLAKE
We now return to the main line.
XI. Humphrey ^" Blake, eldest
«on of John ■' Blake, succeeded to the manor of Plain-
field and other estates, and to the patronage of Aisholt
church. He was buried in the centre aisle of Over
Stowey church, and over his grave is a large flat stone
with this inscription: —
The Body of
Of Over Stowey
Was Buried The
XX Day Of March
Also Ann the wife of Hum-
fry Blake was here interred
December y'^ 11. 1615.
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His will is dated September 2, 1618, and was proved
June 17, 1620. He desires to be buried in the church
of Over Stowey, and makes bequests to the poor of
that and Nether Stowey parishes. He also bequeaths
legacies to his sons Humphrey, Richard, John, and
Eobert, and to his daughter Mary. To his son Ed-
mund he gives the advowson and patronage of Aisholt
church. His executors were Robert Perry, Robert
Blake, John Richards, John Sellick, and Richard
He was twice married. By his first wife, Agnes
James, whom he married October 13, 1578, and who
was buried August 10, 1602, he had
1. Humphrey, 11 baptized March 13, 1580. He suc-
ceeded to the Diauor of Plainfield, and by his wife Eliza-
beth, had two sons : John,!^ baptized January 29, 1603-4,
and buried the same day; and Humphrey, ^^ baptized 24th
November, 1611, and died in 1665, naming in his will, in
which he describes himself of Plainfield, gentleman, his
wife Elizabeth, and children, John,!^ who succeeded to
Plainfield; Nathaniel, ^^ who had the advowson of Aisholt,
Arthur, 13 Elizabeth, ^^ and Mary.^s He was buried in
Aisholt church, June 14, 1665, and his son Nathaniel ^ ^
was also buried there on the 17th of November, 1705,
having been rector of the church thirty-five years.
24 WILLfAM BLAKE
± Johii,ii baptized April 5, 1583.
3. Richard,^! baptized September 7, 1585, died in
1659, at Enmore.
4. John, 11 baptized May 13, 1588; buried the same
5. Robert,! 1 baptized June 8, 1589.
6. Arthur,! 1 baptized June 11, 1592, buried the 15th
of the same month.
By his second wife, Anne, who survived him, and
died in 1645, he had
7. Edmund,!! baptized October 21, 1605; buried
July 27, 1606.
8. Edmund,!! baptized August 16, 1607. His father
gave him the advowson and patronage of Aisholt church,
but dying unmarried they passed to his eldest brother,
• 9. Mary,!! baptized August 26, 1609.
OF DORCHESTER, MASS. 25
XII. Robert ^^ Blake, fourth
son of John '' Blake, (ante, p. 13,) had his baptism
thus recorded: " Ano dm 1566, 12 daie of Maye was
baptized Rob* Blake the sonne of John Blake." He
received from his father houses and lands of Spaxton
and Aisholt, but resided at Over Stowey, where he
was buried on the twenty-sixth of January, 1626-7.
By his wife Eleanor, whose maiden name has not been
preserved, he had
1. Robert,! 1 baptized March 11, 1589-90, and
buried December 2, 1602.
2. John,!! baptized June 2, 1592, and buried Feb-
ruary 28, 1612-13.
XIII. 3. William,!! baptized June 5, 1594.
4. Alice,!! baptized September 12, 1596.
5. Humphrey,!! baptized October 21, 1598.
6. Hugh,!! baptized February 22, 1600-01.
7. Eleanor,!! baptized February 27, 1602-3. Her
husband was James Clark, whom she survived, and in
her will, dated at Over Stowey, June 19, 1647, she men-
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tions her late husband, and bequeaths to her daughter
Eleanor a house and lands, formerly in possession of her
brother, now in New England.
XTII. AVilliam" Blake, third
and eldest surviving son of Robert ^° Blake, of Over
Stowey, has his baptism thus recorded: —
1594 Ano dom 5 day of June was baptized William
blake sonne of Robert Blake.
He resided some time at Aisholt, a parish adjoining
Over Stowey, where the Blakes were lords of the
manor, patrons of the church, and owners of most of
The church, dedicated to All Saints, is a neat struc-
ture, consisting of a nave, chancel, and south aisle,
and towei' at the west end containing three bells. In
the church are several monuments to the Blake family,
who continued to reside here as patrons and incum-
bents until the beginning of the present century. The
Egmonts ai-e now lords of the manor, and the Rev.
John West is patron and incumbent of the church.
The parish registers previous to 1645 have not been
OF DORCHESTER, MASS. 27
In the year 1630 Mi-. Blake sold bis house and land
at Aisholt to his brother-in-law James Clarke, and on
the 20th of March embarked at Plymouth, in Devon-
shire, on board the "Mary and John,"* taking with
him his family, and arrived at Nantasket on the thir-
tieth of May.
* We are not aware of the authority for the statement that William
Blake came in tliis ship. Capt. Roger Clapp was a passenger then, but
in his memoirs he does not luime his associates. James Blake's annals,
written 1749-17.52, say, under date of 1663: "This Year Died Mr. William
Blake, who had been Clerk of the Writs for the County of Suffolk, and
Recorder of the Town near 8 Tears. He was also Clerk of the Train-
ing-band. He Died tlie 25tli of the Stli mo. 1663, in the 69th Year of
It will be noted that this statement would exactly agree with the
record of the birth of William Blake, (No. XUI,) who was baptized June
.5, 1594. This coincidence, with the statement of his sister (Mrs. Eleanor
Clai'k) in 1647, that her brother was in New England, makes the identi-
fication of the emigrant beyond question. The attempt in the Blake
Genealogy (Boston, 18.57.) to identify him with the son of a Giles Blake
of Litlle Baddow, Co. Essex, was simply an unwarranted assumption,
without the slightest foundation. Such a reckless guess cannot stand for
a moment before tlie careful and extended research made by Mr. Somerby,
the results of which are given in the preceding pages. ~ W. II. W.
T II E
1. William^ Blake fixed his
residence at Dorchester, in that part now called Mil-
ton, where he filled the offices of Selectman, Town
Clerk, Recorder, &c., &c., and is spoken of as a
most nseful and influential citizen. He was also
elected a member of the Ancient and Honorable
* In 1857, Mr. Samuel Blake published a genealogy of part of the descend-
ants of William Blake, which, though disfigured by the insertion of a totally
incorrect English affiliation and pedigree, seems to be reasonably full within
the limits prescribed.
It gives the children of William,^ then of James, ^ his son, then of James,4
jr., (son of James. 3) This last was born in 1688, and died in 1750. He
wrote the "Annals of Dorchester," before cited.
The printed record then takes Samuel,5 son of the Annalist, and traces
his descendants in various lines. It will be seen that this is not a full record
of even one line of the descendants of the emigrant.
30 WILLIAM BLAKE
Artillery Company, in 1646. He made his will on
the third of September, 1661, which was proved in
January, 1664. He died on the twenty-fifth of
October, 1663^ in his sixty-ninth year, according to
Blake's Annals ; and his widow Agnes, whose maiden
name has not been preserved, died on the twenty-
second of July, 1678. Their children were
i. Winiara,2 born in 1620; resided at Milton, for-
merly a part of Dorchester. He was chosen Deputy to
the General Court for several successive years, and died
in 1703, having had by his wife Hannah, four sons and
five daughters, namely, Samuel,^ born May 14, 1650 ;
Ann,3 March 6, 1653; Mary,^ March 20, 1655; William,^
February 22, 1657; Nathaniel, ^ July 4, 1659; Edward, 3
April 13, 1662; Experience, ^ June 17, 1665? Susan^
ii. James, '^ born in 1623. A Representative from
Dorchester in 1667 ; died June 28, 1700. His wife, who
died January 16, 1694, was Elizabeth, eldest daughter of
Edward Clapp. Their children were, James, ^ born August
15, 1652; John,3 March 16,1657; Elizabeth,^ October 5,
1658; Jonathan, 3 July 12, 1660; Sarah,^ February 28,
1665; Joseph, 3 August 27, 1667.
iii. Edward, 2 born in 1625.
OF DORCHESTER, AIASS. 31
5 iv. John, 2 born in 1626. A member of the Ancient
and Honorable Artillery Company. He resided some
time at Dorchester, where he married Mary, daughter of
and widow of Shaw, by
whom he had an only daughter, Hannah, ^ who died in
infancy. He died at Boston in 1689.
V. Anne,^ married to Jacob Seager of Boston.
5. Edward" Blake, of Milton,
lived some time in Boston, where the first five of his
children were born. He married Patience, daughter
of John Pope, and had
i Jane, -5 b. 29 Sept. 1658; m. Nathaniel Kelson.
ii Joseph, 3 b. 2 Sept. 1660; not mentioned in
iii Susanna,^ b. 20 July, 1661; m. Nathaniel
iv Abigail, 3 b. 10 Nov. 1663; m. 31 Dec. 1695,
V Mary,3 b. 21 March, 1670; m. Pitcher.
6 vi Jonathan, 3 b. 5 July, 1672; m. 16 March, 1699,
32 WILLIAM BLAKE
7 vii Solomoii,^ d. in 1741.
viii Sarah, ^ ' ; m. Richard Talley.
ix Edward, 3 ; d. 30 Sept. 1676, prob.
His will (Suffolk Wills, lib. 13, fol. 59,) is dated
31 August, 1692; and the inventory is dated 3 No-
7. Solomon^ Blake, of Bos-
ton, married 24 August, 1704, Abigail Arnold, and
i Solomon, 4 b. 12 Sept. 1705 ; d. 20 Feb. 1705-6.
ii Solomon,4 ^ ; d. 31 Oct. 1707.
iii Abigail,* j b 30 May, 1707; m. Holden.
8 iv Joseph,* b. 10 Aug. 1709.
V Elizabeth,* b. 16 July, 1711; m. Skinner Rus-
vi Hannah,* b. 17 June, 1713.
vii Sarah,* bapt. 2 Jan'y, 1714-15.
viii Solomon,* bapt. 2 Sept. 1716.
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ix Edward, 4 bapt. 16 Aug. 1719.
X Jonathan,* bapt. 4 June, 1721.
xi John,* bapt. 5 May, 1723.
xii William, 4 bapt. 28 March, 1724-5.
xiii Hannah,* bapt. 8 Dec. 1728.
All these baptisms are on the Second Church
records. His will dated 26 Sept. 1740, proved 25 Aug.
1741, gives wife Abigail house, &c., for life, also negro
woman Flora with her three children. To son Joseph
his silver-hilted sword and longest fowling-piece ; to
son William, other two guns and brass-hilted sword.
Mentions grandson Solomon Russell, son of Skinner R.,
daughters Abigail Holden and Elizabeth Russell. Land
at Stoughton, and at the west end of Boston, bought of
Samuel Wentworth, formerly Jeremiah Allen's. Seven
of the eight younger children seem to have died, if we
are right in assigning them to this Solomon.
8. Joseph* Blake, of Boston,
married 18 May, 1738, Mary Welland, and had
9 i Joseph,5 b. 5 Feb. 1739.
ii John, 5 b. 27 Aug. 1740.
B4 WILL T AM BLAKE
i 1 Taylor,
iii Elizabeth,^ b. 23 May, 1742; m. ^
•^ (2 Smith,
a sea-captain of Middle town, Connecticut. ^
iv Solomon, 5 b. 22 June, 1744.
V George,^ b. 1746, (posthumous, probably died
He died 17 September, 1745.
9. Joseph^ Blake, of Boston^
and Hingham, was a Lieutenant in the army, and y
saw some service at Crown Point. He was High \
Sheriif of Worcester County, married first,/^ j
Deboi'ah, daug-hter of Samuel Smith, and had
i Charlotte, 6 b. ; m. William Caldwell.
10 ii John Welland,6 b. 1759.
iii Harriet,^ b. 13 Apr. 1761; d. unm. 3 May, 1780.
iv Soj)hia,6 b. ; m. Nathan Rice ; d. 1814.
V Deborah,6 b. 1 Sept. 1764; d. 11 Dec. 1781.
vi Joseph,^ (H. C. 1786,) m. Anna Black; d. at
Kingston, Jamaica, 10 July, 1802.
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11 vii George,6 b. 16 April, 1769 ; (at Hardwick, Mass.)
12 viii Charles,6 b. 1771 ; (at Hingham, Mass.)
18 ix Francis, *5 b. 14 Oct. 1774.
X Joshua,6 ; d. 18 Dec. 1777.
14 xi Joshua,6 b. 1779.
xii Harriet,^ b. 5 Dec. 1780; m. Elijah H. Mills;
d. 9 Feb. 1871.
He married wecoiidly, Thankful Baty, widow of
Gideon Baty, Senior [her second husband, to whom
she was married 23 September, 1777.] Her first
husband was Watson Freeman, whom she married
18 March, 1762, and her son by him is mentioned
by Mr. Blake in his will as his " son-in-law " Wat-
He married thirdly, Huldah Dix, by whom he
had no children. He died at Billerica, Mass., 21
10. John Welland*' Blake,
of Brattleboro', Yt., married 24 May, 1790, Abigad, .^)^ . " r.
daughter of Judge Daniel Jones, of Hinsdale, Vt., ^^('-' '
36 WILLIAM BLAKE , i^
i Henry Jones, ^ b. 4 March, 1792; m. Feb. 18,
1816, Gertrude Bleeker, dau. of Isaac Truax,^-^^ '
of Albany, N. Y., and d. 30 Nov. 1822, at
15 ii John Rice,^ b. 3 Feb. 1794.
iii Anna Sophia,^ b. 2 July, 1796; m. Henry
Cabot, and had Elizabeth, ^ George, ^ and
Anna Sophia.^ She d. at Boston, 22 March,
iv Charlotte Smith, "^ b. 7 Apr. 1798: m. Dexter
Chapin, of N. Y., 15 Jan. 1822 ; d. at Boston,
17 March, 1839.
V Frances Williams,^ b. 10 Oct. 1800; m. Ed-
ward Clarke, of Northampton, 13 Jan. 1823;
d. 30 Sept. 1828, on the voyage from Liver-
pool to Boston.
vi Harriet Barker,'^ b. 6 Sept. 1802; m. James
Houghton, of Brattleboro', Vt., 10 Dec. 1827.
vii William Caldwell,^ b. 10 July, 1804 ; d. unm.
17 Aug. 1836.
viii Mary Welland,- b. 30 March, 1806; m. 1
(7 June, 1828,) Frederick S. Hill; 2 Dr.
16 ix George Baty,^ b. 19 May, 1808.
OF DORCHESTER, MASS. 37
He died 27 October, 1818; his wife died De-
cember 14, 1808.
11. Gkoege*' Blake, of Bos-
ton, married first, Kachel, daughter of Gideon Baty,
i Helen Adele,' b. Oct. 20, 1796; m. Aug. 29,
1814, George Grinnell, and d. March 4,
1818. Their chikl, Helen Sarah, b. 18 Feb.
1818, d. 11 Aug. 1819. Her husband died
Nov. 20, 1877.
Mrs. Rachel Blake died at Marseilles, France,
2 August, 1807, aged 34; and he married sec-
ondly, Sarah Olcott, (daughter of Col. Jasper)
Murdock, who was born 25 June, 1788. They had
17 ii George, 7 b. Nov. 30, 1813.
Mrs. Sarah O. M. Blake died 13 May, 1826, aged
37; her husband died 6 October, 1841.
Hon. George Blake was graduated at Harvard in
1789; he was "a lawyer of eminence, and United
States District Attorney for Massachusetts." He de-
livered the Town Oration, July 4, 1795, and in 1800
38 WILLIAM BLAKE
a eulogy on Washington, before St. John's Lodge,
Boston, botli of which were printed. He served in
both branches of the State Legishitnre, and was the
first Democratic candidate for Ma3'or of Boston. He
served as Alderman one term, in 1825.
12. Dp.. Chakles^ Blake, of
Northfield, Mass., married in 1802, Frances, daugh-
ter of Gov. Jonathan Hunt, of Vermont, and had
i Fanny,' d. aged 18 months.
18 ii Charles Augustus,' b. 1805; (at Keene,
19 iii Jonathan Hunt,"^ b. 26 Sept. 1807.
20 iv Joseph, 7 b. 13 July, 1809.
V Frances Lavinia,' b. 24 Feb. 1813; m. in 1832
Dr. Marshall S. Mead, of Chesterfield, N. H.,
and had issue.
Dr. Blake was a graduate of the Harvard Medical
School, and was a surgeon, first in the navy, and later
in the army. He was surgeon's mate on the frigate
Constitution, where he was wounded. He settled at
Northfield in 1807. He died 20 April, 1841, and his
widow died 8 July, 1856, aged 73 years.
OF DORCHESTER. MASS. 39
13. FiiANcrs'^ Blake, of Wor-
cester, Mass., married 14 Deeenibei-, 1794, Elizabeth
Augusta, daughter of Gardiner Chandler, and had
21 i Francis Arthur,' b. 4 April, 1796.
ii Jaliaiia,7 b. 8 Oct. 1798; m. first Sept. 7,
1819, Charles Carver Tucker, by whom she
had two sons and three daughters ; second,
Win. S. Young. She d. Nov. 4, 1861.
22 iii Joseph Gardiner,' b. 21 March, 1800.
23 iv George Smith,' b. 5 March, 1802.
V Charlotte Caldwell, ^ b. 14 Jany, 1804; d. 2
July, 1863; m. 19 Jan. 1826, Rev. Thomas
Russell Sullivan, and had five sons and
vi Elizabeth,' b. 20 Feb. 1806; d. 21 Apr. 1810.
vii Dorothea Ward,^ b. 9 Oct. 1807; m. 16 May,
1828, Oliver Hunter Blood,* and had four
sons and four daughters.
* Her sixth cliild was Charles Follen Blood, born 21 March, 1843. On
entering the U. S. Navy, he changed his name to Charles Follen Blake.
He graduated at the Naval Academy in 1861; became an Ensign in 1863;
a Lieutenant in 1864; and a Lieutenant-Commander in 1866. He served
on board the steam sloop-of-war Brooklyn, at the battle of Mobile Bay,
5 Aug. 1864, and is thus referred to in tlie report of Captain James Alden,
U. S. N., her commanding officer: — "The other division officers, Captain
Houston of the marines, Lieutenant Charles F. Blake, Eusigns Cassel and
40 WILLIAM BLAKE
viii Elizabeth Chandler,' b. 21 Sept. 1810; m.
April 16, 1828, Geo. Tilley Rice, and had
24 ix Edwin Barton," then Samuel Chandler, and
finally by Act of Mass. Legislature, 1832-33,
Francis; b. 7 July, 1812; d.
25 X Harrison Gray Otis,' b. 10 April, 1816.
Francis^ Blake graduated at Harvard in 1789, was
admitted to the bar in 1794 and settled at Worcester
in 1802. For many years prior to his death he stood at
the head of his profession in Worcester County. The
traditions of the bar give him a reputation for genius
and eloquence, which is fully supported by the few of
his arguments and orations which have been preserved
in print. He was in 1810 elected to the State Senate.
He died Feb. 23, 1817.
14. Joshua'' Blake, of Boa-
ton, married 13 November, 1806, Sarah, daughter
of John Stanton, and had
i John Stanton,' b. 27 Sept. 1809.
Sigebre, with tlieii- assistants, Masters Mates Duncan and Stevens, fought
their guns nobly and well." He m. Mary Ladd of Portsmouth, N. H., and
liad several children; d. at North Platte, Nebraska, February, 1879.
OF DORCHESTER, MASS. 41
ii Sarah Chandler,' b. 12 March, 1811; m. R.
iii Mary Stanton,^ b. 30 July, 1813; m. Edward
iv Ann Hull,' b. 22 March, 1815; m. George
Baty Blake. [See No. 16.]
V Francis,' b. 31 March, 1817, m. Mary Nevins,
and had a daughter, Mary F.^
vi Charles Smith, ^ b. 9 June, 1820; m. Kathar-
ine Phillips, and d. 9 March, 1866.
vii Charlotte Caldwell,' b. 26 Aug. 1822; m.
viii Sophia Rice,' b. 5 Oct. 1824; m. B. E. Carr.
ix Joshua,' b. 27 March, 1827.
Joshua Blake died 22 December, 1844; his widow
died 22 May, 1863.
15. John Rice" Blake, of
Boston, married first, Lucy Goodhue, 6 May, 1816;
died 29 September, 1829. Secondly, Helen, daugh-
ter of Grindall Ellis, 1830; died 11 December, 1833.
42 WILLIAM BLAKE
Thirdly, Sarah, daughter of Rev. Aaron Bancroft,
— — ; died 23 December, 1839. Fourthly, in 1844,
Louisa, daughter of James Dumaresq, still surviviug.
By his second wife he had
26 i John Ellis,^ b. 20 Oct. 1831.
By his third wife he had Henry Cabot,^ who
died aged 6 years; and Sarah, who died at the age
of 3 months. He died 6 June, 1873.
John Rice Blake was for many years a prominent
merchant in Brattleborough, and served several times
in the Legislature, both as Representative of that town
and as Senator. About 1850 he removed to Boston
and joined his brother George Baty, in the banking
firm of Blake Brothers & Co. " He was a very true
and a very thoughtful man, with far more in his heart
than ever found expression in word." " A man down-
right, upright, and forthright, not untouched by the
questionings of the day, and yet holding fast the es-
' sentials of faith and all the weightier matters of the
law." — (^History of Brattlehoro\ p. 156.)
16. Georoe Baty' Blake, of
Boston, married (> May, 1833, his cousin, Auu Hull,
daughter of Joshua Blake, aud had
OF DORCHESTER, MASS. 43
i Henry Cabot,^ b. 31 Jauy, 1834; d. 1 Feb.
ii Henry Cabot,^ b. 3 Nov. 1834; d. 26 Dec.
iii Stanton/ b. 8 May, 1837. (H. C. 1857.)
27 iv George Baty,^ b. 13 Dec. 1838.
28 V Arthur Welland,^ b. 5 Nov. 1840.
vi Elizabeth Cabot, ^ m. 14 Sept. 1876, Dr. David
H. Hayden, and has one child.
29 vii Henry Jones, ^ b. 11 June, 1843.
viii Anna Sophia Cabot, ^ b. 29 Nov. 1844.
ix John Welland,8 b. 19 April 1846; d. 19 Feb.
1861, at Newport, R. I.
Plis wife died 7 June, 1873; and he died 6 Au-
George Baty Blake came to Boston in 1821, and
entered the store of Mr. Dickinson, a dealer in dry
goods. Before he was of age he became a partner
with his brother-in-law, Edward Clarke, in the same
business ; and next with Mr. William Almy, was of
the firm of Almy, Blake & Co. Afterwards, with
David Nevins and Edward H. R. Lyman he engaged
44 WILLIAM BLAKE
in the importation of dry goods under the firm of
George B. Blaise & Co. Owing to failing health he
gave up business in 1846, but in 1850 with Addison
Gilmore and George Cabot Ward he resumed business
as a banker, the firm being Gilmore, Blake and Ward.
The firm, changed to Blake, Ward & Co., Blake, Howe
& Co., and Blake Brothers & Co., still continues, Mr.
Blake's sons having been admitted as partners.
17. George^ Blake, jr., of
Boston, married Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Hon.
John Tarbell, of Cambridge, and had
i Sarah Olcott Murdock^ ; m. Charles J. Whit-
more, and has four daughters.
ii Georgeanna Mar}^^; m. Vicomte Renee de
Coetlogon, of Paris.
George Blake's widow married, secondly, Charles
O. Whitmore, of Boston, as his second wife.
18. Chakles Augustus^ Blake,
of , married Jane M. Hayes, of Columbus,
Ohio, and had
OF DORCHESTER, MASS. 45
i Frances,^ b. ; m. Albert Jackson,
of Washington, D. C. -
ii Helen, s b. ; ]n. George B. Cork-
hill, of Washington.
iii Charles Burke, "^ b. ; died recently.
He died at Washington, 21 March, 1850.
19. Jonathan Hunt ' Blake,
of , married Bethia A. Keed, December,
1835, and had
i Anna H.,8 b. 5 Sept. 1836; d. May 16, 1861.
30 ii Jonathan Flunt, b. 12 March, 1839;
iii George Bancroft,^ b. 16 May, 1841; died in
the war, unm.
31 iv Joseph M.,8 b. 1 May, 1843.
V Gertrude Schuyler, « b. 27 Aug. 1845 ; m. John
Turner, of Bristol, R. I., 26 Dec. 1866.
20. Joseph M.* Blake,^ of Bristol,
R. 1. married 26 February, 1834, Hope E. T. Rich-
mond, and had
* Tlio M was ail initial meiely, added in later life for convenience.
46 WILLIAM BLAKE
i Charles,'^ b. 6 Dec. 1834.
ii Huiit,8 b. 26 Sept. 1837.
ii Fniiices Lavinia,^ b. 23 Aug. 1843.
He was Attorney-General of Rhode Island from
1843 for eight years, and was one of the most learned
mid successful lawyers of his tiuie. He died Nov. 8,
1879, and a very interesting tribute was paid to his
memory in the Providence Journal of the 10th No-
21. Francis Arthur^ Blake,
of Boston, nian-ied 8 July, 1817, Elizabeth, daughter
of Judge Thomas Dawes, of Boston, (born 1795,)
but left uo issue. His widow afterwards married
Joseph Cowden, as her second husband, by whom
she had issue.
He was a graduate of Harvard College, in the
Class of 1814, and died 22 March, 1824, at New
22. Joseph Gardiner' Blake,
of Worcester, married Ahuira, daughter of Samuel
Johnson, and had
OF DORCHESTER, MASS. 47
i Juliana,8 b. 1 May, 1841; ni. r.O A[ay, 1866,
Horace S. Emeiy, of Boston.
ii Edwin, 8 b. 6 Nov. 1844.
23. Geohgk Smith ' Blake,
(Commodore U. S. N.) man-ied 16 Augu.st, 1829,
Mary Ann Allen, daughter of Commodore James
Barron, U. S. K., who was born 31 August, 1808.
Their child was
32 i Francis Barron, « b. 8 Nov. 1837.
George Smith Blake died at Longwood, 24 Jnne,
1871 ; appointed Midsiiipman in the U. S. Navy, 1 Jan.
1818; Lieutenant, 21 Feb. 1827 ; Commander, 8 March,
1847; Captain, 14 Sept. 1855; Commodore, 1862. Re-
tired 24 April, 1863, upon completion of forty-five years
on active list. From 1 June, 1885, till 17 April, 1846,
he was Assistant in the U. S. Coast Survey, and the
scientific work accomplished by him in this interval is
a lasting monument to his genius and talents. 11 Oct.
1846, he was wrecked on the coast of Florida in the
48 WILLIAM BLAKE
Brig " Perry,*' daring a terrific hurricane ; but he suc-
ceeded in saving his ship and in bringing her to
Philadelphia, and was highly complimented by the
Department for his behavior. From 18 April, 1857,
till 28 Aug. 1865, he was Superintendent of the U. S.
Naval Academy, effecting such reforms in its organi-
zation as have permanently improved the navy. His
last service was as Lighthouse Inspector for the Second
District of the Atlantic Coast for five years, until
1 Oct. 1870.
24. Fkancis ' Blake, of Boston,
married 14 June, 1842, Caroline Burling, daughter
of George A. Trumbnll, of Worcester (born 24
June, 1820) ; and had
i Francis,8 b. 15 April, 1843; d. 15 July, 1845.
ii Elizabeth Augasta,« b. 16 June, 1845; d. 24
iii Louisa Trumbull,8 b. 19 Aug. 1846; m. 11
Aug. 1868, Charles B. Wells, and has one
33 iv Charles Henry Mills, » b. 29 Sept. 1848.
34 V Francis, 8 b. 25 Dec. 1850.
OF DORCHESTER, MASS. 49
Mr. Blake was engaged in business pursuits in
early life, but in 1862 he was appointed first assistant
in the Appraisers' office at Boston. In 1866 he was
called to Washington in regard to the revision of the
tariff; and in 1874 he was obliged by ill-health to
resign. He returned to Worcester, where he died 21
Dec. 1879. His widow died at Boston, 28 March, 1880.
25. Rev. Hakrtson Gkay Otis'
Blake, of Worcester, (H. C. 1835,) married first,
25 June, 1840, Sarah Chandler Ward, by whom he
i Sarah Chandler,^ b. 22 March. 1841; m.
25 Jan. 1861, Alonzo A. Hamilton, of Boston.
She d. Oct. 1872.
ii Harrison,^ b. 8 May, 1846; d. 14 Dec. 1846.
His wife died 12 May, 1846, and he married,
secondly, Nancy Conant, of Sterling, (born 1 Jan-
uary, 1829,) who died 16 April, 1872, leaving no
26. Dr. John' Ellis ^ Blake,
of New York City, married January, 1858, Eliza-
50 WILLIAM BLAKE
beth Stone, daugliter of Samuel C. Gray, of Boston,
i Henry Sargent, 9 b. 10 March, 1860.
ii Louise Dumaresq,^ b. 8 April, 1862.
iii John Rice, 9 b. 22 Feb. 1869.
Dr. Blake entered Williams College, 1848 ; Har-
vard, 1849, graduating at the latter A. B. 1852, M. D.
1855. He studied his profession in France, and be-
came a successful physician in Middletown, Conn.,
for nine years, and afterwards in New York, where he
died 27 Sept. 1880.
Dr. Blake contributed a number of articles to
medical journals, and was a member of several med-
ical societies ; in the resolutions passed by one of
these bodies, at his death, he was characterized as 'a
careful observer and conscientious student, a man of
broad and ripe scholarship), who died with the esteem
and respect of every one in the profession who was
privileged to know him.'
27. George Baty^ Blake, Jr.,
of Boston, (H. C. 1859, and Harvard Law School
1861,) mari'ied fii'st, 15 January, 1807, Harriet
OF DORCHESTER, MASS. 51
Davis, daughter of Judge Johuson, of Kentucky,
who died 2 June, 1872, and by whom he had
i George Baty,^ b. 28 Sept. 1870.
ii Francis Stanton, » b. 26 May, 1872.
He married secondly, 18 May, 1870, Sarah Put-
nam, daughter of John Amory Lowell, of Boston,
by whom he has
iii John Amory Lowell, 9 b. 2 Oct. 1879.
28. Arthur Welland^ Blake,
of Boston, married 25 April, 1878, Frances, daugh-
ter of Henry Greenough, and had
i Anne, 9 b. 11 Feb. 1879.
29. Henry Jones ^ Blake, of
Boston, married 22 May, 1865, Sarah Hammond,
daughter of Walter C. Green, and had
i Henry Jones, 9 b. 28 Jan. 1867.
ii Alice Russell,9 b. 11 Feb. 1870.
He died at Paris, 11 October, 1880.
62 WILLIAM BLAKE
The following tribute to his memory was adopted
by the Massachusetts Commandery of the Loyal
Legion : —
" Lieutenant Blake entered the Naval Academy
as a cadet,' Sept. 29th, 1858. Graduating from that
school, he entered iuto active service, June, 1861. He
was attached to the ' Colorado,' at Pensacola. While
on this vessel he fell into the hold of the ship and
received a severe contusion of the head, from which
he never fully recovered. As soon as he was able, he
again went into active service, and was attached to
the ' Hartford,' flagship of Admiral Farragut, being
present at the capture of New Orleans and both pas-
sages of the batteries at Vicksburg. He was promoted
to the grade of Ensign, February, 1863, and to that
of Lieutenant, February 22d, 1864. He was attached
to the iron-clad ' New Ironsides ' during the first attack
and also at the final capture of Fort Fisher. He re-
signed from the navy, April, 1866, and resided in
Europe till his death. * * * Lieutenant Blake was
one of the most amiable and unselfish of men, and of
the highest standard of honor — a great favorite with
his classmates, and beloved by all who knew him."
30. Jonathan Hunt^ Blake,
of , married , and had
issue, but no sons.
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31. Josp:ph M/ Blafve, of
married 1865, Julia Voshury, of Troy,
I^. Y., and had
i Anna Hunt,^ b. 7 Nov. 1866.
ii George Bancroft, ^ b. 5 June, 1868. **
32. Francis Bakron^ Blake,
of London, married Sarah Elizabeth Spencer, and
i William. 9
ii Mary. 9
iii George Francis.^
iv James Barron,^ ^
V Catharine Carmichael,^ )
He graduated at the U. S. Naval Academy in
1857 ; became a Lieutenant in 1861. On the night of
54 WILLIAM BLAKE
14 Sept. 1861, while serving on board the frigate
" Colorado," he participated in the very gallant exploit
of destroying the privateer ''Judith," moored at the
south end of the Pensacola navy-yard, under the pro-
tection of a battery and field-piece. He was attached
to the steam gun-boat " Kennebec " in her attempted
.passage of Forts St. Philip and Jackson, 24 April, 1862;
and at Vicksburg, 28 June, 1862. He became a Lieu-
tenant-Commander in 1863, and resigned 15 June,
1870. He is a member of the banking firm of Messrs.
Blake Bros. & Co., of London, England.
33. Chakles Henry Mills *
Blake, of Pawtucket, married 15 Jime, 1871, Mar-
garet, daughter of Dr. William Swasej, of Limerick,
Me., and had
i William Swasey,^ b. 20 July, 1878.
34. Francis^ Blake, of Aii-
burndale, Mass., married Elizabeth
Livermore, daughter of Charles T. Hubbard, of
Boston, and had
OF DORCHESTER, MASS.
i Ao-nes,9 b. 2 Jan. 1876.
ii Benjamin Sewall,*^ b. 14 Feb. 1877.
Mr. Blake, who was for several years connected
with the U. S. Coast Survey, has gained distinction
by his valuable scientific discoveries in relation to
electricity and the telephone.
1 William .i Edward 7 Solomon 8 Joseph 9 Joseph
Patience Pope. Abigail Arnold. Mary Wclland. Deborah Smith.
—10 John Welland.
— 13 Francis
-15 .John Rice
' — 16 George Baty
Ann H. Blake.
— 17 George
]Mary E. Tarbell.
— 18 Charles A.
Jane M. Hayes.
— 19 Jonathan H.
Bethia A. Reed.
— 20 Joseph
— 21 Francis A.
—22 Joseph G.
-23 George S.
Elizabeth A. Chandler.
Mary A. A. Barron.
— 24 Francis
Caroline B. Trumbull.
-25 Harrison G. O.
— 14 Joshua
Sarah C. Ward.
-Sons living, but no grandsons
in the male line.
—26 .John E.
— 27 George B.
—28 Arthur W.
--29 Henry Jones.
— No sons married.
, — 30 Jonathan H.
' — 31 Joseph M.
— Sons unmarried.
-32 Francis Barron.
,—33 Charles H. M.
I. CHRISTIAN NAMES.
The names between parentheses are husbands' surnames.
Anne Cole, .
Elizabeth (Sellick. i
10, 12, 1
John, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13. 14, 20
9. 10, 23
15, 16, 17,
22, 23, 25
. 9. 14
23, 24, 25
. 8, 10
17, 19, 20
Richard, . . 9. 13, 14, 16, 23, 24
Robert, (5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17,
19, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26
Samuel, . . . . 17, 19
Sarah Williams, ... 17, 21
Susannah Harwood, ... 19
William, 6, 7, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19,
25, 26, 27
ir. ALLIED FAMILIES, ETC.
Pophain, Sarah, .
Clark, Eleanor, .
Cole, William, .
Sellick, Robert, .
Egmont, Earl of,
Snell, , .
Englefield, Thomas, .
Symonds. , .
Jugg, Christian, .
Langham, , .
Manning, , .
Williams, John, .
AMERICAN F A M I L Y.
I. CHRISTIAN NAMES.
The names between parentheses are husbamls' siirna7nes.
Abigail Arnold, .
Abigail (Swift,) .
Ann Hull, .
Anna Sophia (Cabot,)
Anna Sophia Cabot,
Anne (Seager,) .
Bethia A. Reed,
Caroline Burling Trumbull
Charles Burke, .
Charles Follen, .
Charles Henry Mills,
Charles Smith, .
Charlotte Caldwell (Hubbard,)
Charlotte Caldwell (Sullivan,)
Charlotte Smith (Chai
Dorothea Ward (Blood,)
Edward, .... 30,
Edwin Barton, .
Elizabeth Augusta Chandler,
Elizabeth Cabot (Hayden,)
Elizabeth Candage, .
Elizabeth Chandler (Kice,)
Elizabeth Livermore Hubbard,
Elizabeth Stone Gray,
Elizabeth (Taylor, Smith,)
Frances Greenough, .
Frances Lavinia (Mead,) .
Frances Williams (Clarke,)
Francis, . 35, 39, 40, 41,
Francis Arthur, .
Francis Ban-on, .
George, . . .34, 35,
36,41, 42,43, 50,
Georgeanna Mary (de Coetlogon,
Gertrude Bleelcer Truax,
Gertrude Schuyler (Turner
Harriet Barker (Hougliton
Harriet Davis (Jolmson,)
Harriet (Mills,) .
Harrison Gray Otis,
Helen Adeic (Griunell
Hope E. T. Richmond
James Barron, .
Jane (Kelson,) .
Jane M. Hayes, .
John Amory Lowell,
John Ellis, .
John Rice, .
John Welland, .
Jonathan Hunt, .
Joseph, . 30, 31,
Josepli M. .
Julia Vosbury, .
Juliana (Tucker, You
Louisa Tnmibull (Wells,) . . 48
Louise Dumaresq, ... 50
Lucy Goodhue, . . . .41
Margaret Swasey, . . .54
Mary, 30, 53
Mary Ann Allen Barron, . . 47
Mary Elizabeth Tarbell, . . ' 44
Mary Ladd, .... 40
Mary Kevins, .... 41
Mary (Pitcher.) .... 31
Mary Shaw, .... 31
Mary Stanton (Clarke.) . . 41
Mary Welland 33
Mary Welland (Hill. Page.) . 36
Mehitable, .... 30
Nancy Conant, .... 49
Patience Pope, .... 31
Rachel Baty, . . . .37
Samuel, . . . . 29, 30
Samuel Chandler, ... 40
Sarah, . . . .30. 32, 42
Sarah Bancroft 42
Sarah Chandler (Austin,) . . 41
Sarah Chandler (Hamilton,) . 49
Sarah Chandler Ward, . . 49
Sarah Elizabeth Spencer. . . 53
Sarah Hammond Green, . . 51
Sarah Olcott ISIurdock, . . 37
Sarah Olcott Mnrdock (Whitmore,) 44
Sarah Putnam Lowell, . . 51
Sarah Stanton, .... 40
Sarah (Talley,) .... 32
Solomon, .... 32, 34
Sophia (Rice.) .... 34
Sophia Rice (Carr,) ... 41
Susanna (Wales,) . . .31
Thankful Baty, .... 85
William, . . .29, 30, 33. 53
William Caldwell, . . .36
William Sw-asev, ... 54
II. ALLIED FAMILIES, ETC.
Hayden, David H.
Almy, William, .
Hill, Frederick S.
Austin, R. ...
Barron, James, .
Hubbard, Charles T. .
Hubbard, Gardiner, .
Blood, Charles Follen,
Blood, Oliver Hunter,
Johnson, Judge, . _ .
Cabot, Anna Sophia,
Jones, Daniel, .
Cabot, George, .
Ladd, , ...
Caldwell, William, .
Lowell, John Amory,
Candage, , .
Lyman. Edward H. R.
Carr, B. E
Mead, Marshall S.
Chandler, Gardiner, .
Mills, Elijah H. .
Chapin, Dexter, .
Clapp, Edward, .
Nevins, David. .
Clarke, Edward, . . . :!
6, 41, 43
Kevins, Mary F. .
Corkhill, George B. .
Phillips, , .
De Coetlogon, Vicomte Rene(
5, . 44
Dix, , ....
Rice, George Tilley, .
Ellis, Grindall, .
Emery, Horace S.
Goodhue, , .
Gray, Sanuiel C.
Smith, Samuel, .
Green, Walter C.
Spencer, -: — ,
Stanton, John, .
Sullivan, Thomas Russell, .
Grinnell, Helen Sarah,
Hamilton, Alonzo A. .
Swift. Obadiah, .
Tarbell, John, .
Ward, George Cabot, .
Welland, , .
Wells, Charles B.
Trumbull, George A.
Went worth, Samuel, .
Tucker, Charles Carver,
Whittnore, Charles J.
Tucker, John, .
Whitmore, Cbarles 0.
Vosbury, , .
Young, William S.
Tarbell, John, .
Ward, George Cabot, .
Welland, , .
Wells, Charles B.
Trumbull, George A.
Went worth, Samuel, .
Tucker, Charles Carver,
Whitmore, Charles J.
Whitmore, Charles 0.
Young, William S. .
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