History of the Blake Family
family is of ancient English origin. It was mentioned on the Wiltshire
rolls of subsidies granted by Edward I, A.D. 1286, and Robert de Blakeland was
assessed to that King's requirement. The family owned large tracts of
land in Blakeland. (..more information) (family
The William Blake family were some of
the first settlers in Dorchester, MA, arriving on the English ship "Hopewell".
The HOPEWELL sailed from Weymouth, 8 May 1635. Captain
Master John Driver.
Official Passenger List.
(Ref: Port Book E.190/876/1 Public Record Office, Chancery Lane, London)
Increase Blake of
Boston (Polly Blake Harris's great grandfather) [ Large Adobe PDF file.
Many of the first pages are blank.]
History Corner: James Blake 3rd (1688-1751) The Poetic Surveyor
of Dorchester, Part 1 by Silvio A. Bedini,
Professional Surveyor Magazine.
House, Boston's oldest house was originally occupied by James Blake,
born in Pitminster, England, in 1624. James Blake emigrated with his
parent to Dorchester (South Boston) in the 1630's. The James Blake
house is a two-story, central chimney, gable-roof dwelling of timber-frame
construction. It is on a rectangular plan, three bays wide and one bay
deep and measures 38 by 20 feet. Built in about 1648, the house is one
of a relatively small number of its type - the post-Medieval, timber-frame
house - surviving anywhere in New England. It is the earliest of only
two known West-of-England-derived houses to survive in Massachusetts.
Betty and Flo's Trip to Blake House, Dorchester,
Massachusetts, June 5, 2008. with pictures.
The Boston Globe has a nice
the restoration of the James Blake House.
More Blake House
here. If you would like to contribute money to fund
the Blake House renovation, please contact the
Dorchester Historical Society or
send me an
email for details.
Blakes that were prisoners of War during the American Revolution:
American Prisoners of the Revolution, Danske Dandridge, Baltimore:
Genealogical Publishing Company, 1911, 1967
The Wallabout Prison Ships: 1776-1783, Eugene L. Armbruster, New York: