James Blake

Male - 1700


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  • Name  James Blake 
    Gender  Male 
    Baptism  27 Apr 1624  Pitminster, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Will  26 Jun 1700  Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • "The last Will and Testament of James Blake, Ruling Elder in Dorchester. Imprimis. I resign my imortal spirit into the hands of my glorious God and Redeemer, and my body to the Earth in hope of a blessed Resurrection. Also revoking all former Wills and Testaments, As to my temporal Estate my will is, that what Estate and Legacies I bequeath and will to any one shall be to them, to have and to hold to them and their heirs forever, they paying what I shall hereby enjoyne them to pay to any person whomsoever. I enjoyne my executors to pay Twenty One pounds to my Relict Widow, according to my agreement with her upon Marriage. And after my Funeral Expences and just debts be fully paid, I will and bequeath to my son James Blake all my Land at Dorchester Neck adjoyning to his house that he dwells in, all my Lands on both sides of the way leading to the Castle being about Six and thirty acres. As also a parcel of Meadow lying in the Nook part of sd Neck being about six acres. And I injoine my sd Son James & his heirs, to pay to Jeremiah Fuller, son of my Daughter Elizabeth, when he comes to the age of twenty One years the sum of Thirty and three pounds, currant money of New England. Item. I give and bequeath to my son John Blake and his heirs, my Dwelling house and Barns, Orchard, Yard, Garden, and ten acres of Land adjoyning more or less, it being partly Upland and partly Meadow, with all its priviledges. And I injoyne him and his heirs, to pay to my Grandson the sd Jeremiah Fuller, when he comes to the age of twenty One years, the full sum of Thirty pounds current money of New England. Item. To my Son Joseph Blake I give and bequeath one twenty acre Lott be the same more or less, bounded on the one side with the Land, late of Samuel and Increase Sumner, and on the other side with the Land of Capt. Clap; also a piece of Woodland lying in the 3d Division being about nine acres, Also ten acres of Pasture land, be it more or less, lying at the Mouth of the great neck, bounded Easterly on Land of Serjeant Wiswall, and Westerly on Land of James Bird. To my Son in Law Jeremy Fuller I will and bequeath for the use of his son, my Grandson, in lieu of an old bed I had which was bequeathed to his Wife my Daughter dec'd by her Grandmother, One Feather bed, pair of sheets pair of blankets, bolster, pillowbeer, pillow Coverlets. To my Son Joseph Blake I also give all my right in Common Land, that is not yet divided. And if there shall be ought of my Estate remaining, and not mentioned above, it shall be equally divided between my Children, James, John, Joseph, and my Grand Child Jeremish aforementioned. I constitute my Sons James Blake and John Blake Executors of this my Will and Testament and Capt. Samuel Clap and my Brother William Blake overseers of it. And I impower my Overseers to interpret this my Will if any doubt arise about any Clause or Clauses in it, and to andit and Determine all differences that may arise among my Children and Grand Child, and their heires. And I declare that their Interpretation and Determination shall be held firm and valid forever, even as if I myself had done the same. Also I will to my Wife Elizabeth all my Corne, Mault, Beefe, porke and all my provisions. Also I will that my Grand Child, Fuller, shall have the pair of holland sheets, 4 holland pillow-beers and a Table Cloth that belonged to his Mother, that she left with me the Testator.

      JAMES BLAKE and a Seal.
      Signed, Sealed and Declared by the Testator to be his last Will and Testament in presence of us, Nathaniel Clap, Noah Beeman, Humphrey Atherton."
    Died  28 Jun 1700  Dorchester, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Notes 
    • He was much in public business, as the Records of Dorchester prove. From 1658 to 1685 we find him in some office almost every year; was a Selectman 13 years; Rater, Constable, Deputy to General Court, Clerk of the Writs, Recorder, Serjeant in the Military Company, which was then an office of honor, and was chosen Deacon of, the Church, and ordained to that office June 30, 1672. He served as Deacon about 14 years, and was then chosen Ruling Elder, and served about the same length of time, until his death, both making 28 years, wanting two days.

      James and Elizabeth had seven children.
    Person ID  I14778  Bryant
    Last Modified  20 Feb 2006 

    Father  William Blake,   d. 25 Oct 1663, Dorchester, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Agnes Thorne,   b. Bef 12 Mar 1594, Pitminster, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jul 1678, Dorchester, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  27 Sep 1617  Pitminster, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID  F1007  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Elizabeth Clap,   b. 1634, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1694/95, Dorchester, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Jan 1652  probably, Dorchester, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID  F1017  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Elizabeth Smith,   b. 1624, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  17 Sep 1695  Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID  F1018  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 27 Apr 1624 - Pitminster, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Jan 1652 - probably, Dorchester, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Sep 1695 - Rehoboth, Bristol Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 26 Jun 1700 - Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Jun 1700 - Dorchester, Suffolk Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S13] NEHGR, NEHGR, (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 45:37.

    2. [S268] Blake, Blake Family, Blake, Samuel, (David Clapp, Boston, 1857), p.16.

    3. [S268] Blake, Blake Family, Blake, Samuel, (David Clapp, Boston, 1857), p.15.

    4. [S315] The Great Migration, Anderson, Robert Charles & George F. Sanborn, Melinde Lutz Sanborn, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 2001), p. 78.

    5. [S14] Torrey, Editor: Torrey, Clarence Almon, (Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985, Baltimore, MD, 1985 (reprint)), p. 75.


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