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Richard Blake Descendants

Richard Blake Descendants

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Middletown Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 76. Also cited in
Our Folks,
 pg.8.
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Litchfield Vital Records, Vol. 1, p. 35.
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Litchfield Vital Record, Vol. 1, p. 127.
4
 
George M. Blake,
Our Folks
, Second Preliminary Draft, Rockford, Illinois, June 1, 1895, p. 11.
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Livingston County, NY, Cemetery Index, FHL film 1,437,471. It does not give any dates, but says: lstConnecticut Regt. Rev. War.
 
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Livingston County, NY, Cemetery Index, FHL film 1,437,471. Itlists her name as Damaris Blake, age 80,wife of Richard Blake
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THE DESCENDANTS OF RICHARD BLAKE
Beth Davies AG
Note, February 2009: This is began as a descendant report created by my PAF program.It was partially edited and footnoted, but never finished. It appears that the last fewfootnotes have disappeared. I am posting it, flaws and all so that it might assist othersresearching these families.RICHARD
1
 
BLAKE
was born at Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut on 7 Oct. 1747, theson of Joseph Blake and Rebeckah Higby.
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He married
DAMARIS
 
SMEDLEY
(born 4 Feb. 1747at Litchfield, Litchfield, Connecticut, daughter of Ephraim Smedley and Concurrance Hurd
2
) on 6July 1769
3
. Richard died 17 Sep 1807 in Livonia, Livingston, New Yor
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and was buried in UnionCemetery, Livonia, Livingston, New York.
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Damaris died 3 May 1828 in Livonia, and is also buried in Union cemetery.
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Our Folks
says of Richard's family: "The Adjt.-Gen. of Conn. certifies:--"Richard Blake, of Litchfield, was a member of the 4th Company, Captain David Welch, in the lst Regt., Colonel DavidWooster. The regiment was raised on the first call for troops by the legistlature in April-May, 1775.It marched by request of the Continental Congress to New York in June, and was encamped atHarlem. About Sept. 28th, under orders from Congress, it marched to the Northern Department(Gen. Schuyler's) and took part in the operations along Lakes George and Champlain; assisted in thereduction 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, Ontario Co., N.Y. (nowLivonia, Livingston Co.) and came through from Conn. with ox teams. The date when RichardBlake and the rest of the family came cannot be fixed exactly, but between 1800 and 1805 RichardBlake 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 Genesseo, 20 miles away, which washeaded by the noted Indian orator and chief, Red Jacket. They must have been among the first to
 
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George M. Blake,
Our Folks,
Second Preliminary Draft, Rockford, Illinois, June 1, 1895, p. 13.
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Litchfield Vital Records, Vol. 1, pg. 127.
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Our Folks by George M. Blake, pg. 15. He notes that James Blake remained at Litchfield and did notremove to Livonia, N.Y. when his father did.
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Litchfield Vital Records, Vol. 2, pg. 74.
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James' will, dated 11 Aug. 1817, names children now living: Polly, Albert, James, Orrin, Julius, Flora,Buell, and Catharine and such other heirs of my body lawfully begotten or to be begotten. It also names his wife asDorcas (Litchfield, Connecticut, Probate Records, Vol. 10, p. 638, FHL film 4,734).
2settle there. They all acquired extensive farms there, and a more beautiful location it would be hardto imagine. The Blake farms lie on an oval or flattend "turtle back" of a hill, midway between LakesHemlock and Conesus. (The city of Rochester, N.Y. now gets its water from Hemlock.) Both lakesare in sight, and the soil is strong and fertile. Here Richard Blake and his wife lie in the Livoniacemetery."
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Children of RICHARD BLAKE and DAMARIS SMEDLEY were as follows:
1. JAMES
 
BLAKE
was born 6 Oct 1769 in Litchfield, Litchfield, Connecticut
8
; died 17 Nov1817 in Litchfield, Litchfield, Connecticut
9
. He married on 1 Apr 1793 in Litchfield
DORCASBUEL
 
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who died some time after 11 Aug 1817.
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James remained in Connecticut when most of the family moved to New York and some of his descendents were living there as late as 1983.James' will reads, " In thename of God, Amen.I James Blake of Cornwall in the County of Litchfield and State of Connecticut, do make my lastWill and Testament in manner following, to wit,First, my Will is that all my just Debts and funeral charges be first paid out of my estate, in suchmanner as my Exceutors shall judge best.Second, I will and bequeath to my beloved Wife Dorcas in additon to what the law will give her in my real as well as personal estate, which my Will lis should be set out ot her i the same manner as if this Will had not bee made, the use and imkprovement of that parcel of land which I owncommonly called the Judd Lot, containing about sixty acres, during the time she shall continue myWidow.Third: I give and bequeathe to my Children now living, vigt: Polly, Albert, James, Orrin, Julius,Flora, Buell and Catharine and such other heirs of my body lawfully begotten or to be begotten therest & residue of my estate both real and personal, to be equally divided between them, share andshare alike, excepting to my said Daughter Polly, from whose share the sum of two hundred andthirty Dollars & seventy five cents, is to be deducted, she having already received said sum towardsher share in my estate.Lastly, I constitute and appoint my aforesaid Wife & my friend Mr. ? of Warren, Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I have herunto set my hand & seal this 11th
 
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Litchfield Probate Records, Vol. 10, p. 638, Estate of James Blake, FHL film 4,735. P. 647 show theestate was valued at $10,041.00.
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Litchfield Vital Records, Vol. 2, p. 74
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Litchfield, Connecticut, Probate Records, Vol. 10, p. 638, FHL film 4,734.
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Litchfield Vital Records, Vol. 2, p. 74
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Cornwall Vital Records, Vol. 4, Deaths 1852-57, FHL film 1,516,243.
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Charles Thomas Payne,
 Litchfiled and Morris Inscritions
, p. 176, Dwight C. Kilbourn, Litchfield,Connecticut 1905.
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DAR Lineage Book 47, p. 79 (granddaughter Martha J. Blake Bissell).
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Charles Thomas Payne,
 Litchfiled and Morris Inscritions
, p. 176, Dwight C. Kilbourn, Litchfield,Connecticut 1905.
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1850 U.S. Census, Goshen, Litchfield, Connecticut, p. 9 dwelling #134, FHL film 3,071.
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Cornwall Register of Probates, Vol. 1, 1847-1860, p. 300, 303, 310, 312, 322, 327, FHL film 3,956.
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Litchfield Vital REcords, Vol. 2 p. 74.
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Portage County, Ohio, Birth and Death Records 1861-1908, Vol. 1, p. 28, FHL Fil 891-394-395.
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 Portage County, Ohio Cemeteriies
; Vol. 2, p. 83. Ravenna, Ohio: The Portage Genealogical Society,1992,
3day of August A.D. 1817."
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His children were:
POLLY
3
 
BLAKE
,
 born 2 Mar 1794 in LITCHFIELD, LITCHFIELD, CONNECTICUT
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; diedaft. 11 Aug 1817
14
.
ALBERT
 
BLAKE
 
 born 22 May 1796 in LITCHFIELD, LITCHFIELD, CONNECTICUT
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; died24 Apr 1855 in CORNWALL, LITCHFIELD, CONNECTICUT
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; buried in MILTON,LITCHFIELD, CONNECTICUT
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. He married (1) on 25 Apr 1819
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in LITCHFIELD,LITCHFIELD, CONNECTICUT,
HARRIET
 
MOREY
, born 1797 OF MILTON, LITCHFIELD,CONNECTICUT; died 8 Aug 1844; buried in Milton, Litchfield, Connecticut
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. He married (2) on12 Feb 1845 in LITCHFIELD, LITCHFIELD, CONNECTICUT,
ADA
 
GARNER 
, born 1801 OFCORNWALL, LITCHFIELD, CONNECTICUT
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. Albert's probate records name his widow AdahBlake and children James, Albert, Catherine and the heirs of Mary Beach. He left a personal estatevalued at $4562.10 and real property valued at $7,441.
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JAMES
 
BLAKE
 
 born 18 May 1798 in LITCHFIELD, LITCHFIELD, CONNECTICUT
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; died1 Mar 1872 in BRIMFIELD, PORTAGE, OHIO
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; buried in RESTLAND CEMETERY,BRIMFIELD, PORTAGE, OHIO
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. He married on 11 Jun 1823 in CORNWALL, LITCHFIELD,

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