The first of our Blakes to come to these shores was Thomas Blake who was born about 1640 in England. He died ca. 1707 in Isle of Wight Co., Virginia. His first patent for land was for 240 acres on June 8, 1664. He later received other grants totaling 800 acres. His wife was Alice (?Champion?). They had four known children. Source: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Shores/9446/TheBlakeFami.html
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Thomas Blake, on the frigate Centurion, 1656 [This Thomas disappeared from English records after this time.] [He is proposed as being the Thomas Blake of Isle of Wight Co., VA]
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Much of the early data below came from the book by Kate Blake Daus, (Mrs. Milton J.), Southern Blakes, 1956. Much of the data below that is not my line was furnished by others and has not been verified by me.
All researchers of this family owe Mrs. Daus a great debt for her research into the family of Thomas Blake of Isle of Wight Co., VA, but she did make several errors. The worst was claiming that Thomas was a grandson of Sir Robert Blake, the Admiral, and General of the Sea, of Cromwell. Research has shown that this Sir Robert Blake never married and had no children. She appears to have confused the Admiral with his grandfather, Sir Robert Blake, the Mayor of Bridgwater, Somerset. The Admiral's father was Humphrey Blake, who had 12 sons and a daughter, the Admiral being his first child. Details on the family are available from the Admiral Blake Museum in Bridgwater, Somerset. The Admiral's house is now a museum.
Thomas BLAKE's will dated 30 Jan 1707/8, proved 20 Dec 1709 Isle of Wight Co., VA, (Will Book 2, p. 501), m. Alice d. after 1709. It is estimated he was born about 1640.
8 Jun 1664 Grant to Thomas Blake of 240 acres in Isle of Wight Co., VA, land due for transporting five persons, signed by William Berkley, Knight, Governor [5 persons were transported for this land - Christopher Pembroke, Thomas Ratcliffe, James Pester, Edith Patch, William Taylor] Virginia Land Office Patents Book 5, p. 305  The original book named the transported persons. The copy of this book which was microfilmed by the VA State Archives did not list many of them. Nugent in her CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS, 1934, used the original book and listed the transported persons. The number in brackets is the page of the copy. 10 Nov 1665 William Cook Jr. sold 300 acres to Thomas Woodward, adj. to Thomas Blake 17th Cent. I. of W. Co., VA, by Boddie, p. 543 4 Sep 1666 Edmond Palmer and Alice his wife sell to Robert King 150 acres where Thomas Blake lives, adj. land of Nicholas Smith and Palmer, to Roger Davis, to road to James City 17th Cent. I. of W. Co., VA. by Boddie, p. 545 3 May 1669 Joseph Poole, by will appointed Elizabeth, his relict, Exter. recorded 23 of 7ber 1669 Security John Britt, Thomas Blake Wills and Administrations of I. of W. Co., VA, by Blanche Adams Chapman, 1938, p. 19 18 Aug 1670 Grant to Thomas Blake of 400 acres of land in Isle of Wight Co., VA, 240 acres of the aforesaid land being due by part of a former patent bearing date of eighth of June 1664 and the residue being 160 acres on a patent being dated 18 August 1670, adjacient Thomas Kings land Virginia Land Office Patents Book 6, p. 305 [3 persons were transported for this 160 acres - Edward Lane, John Rooks, Edward Phillips] 9 Jun 1781 William Phillips dying intestate, also rep. by his relict, recorded 18 Jun 1681, Security George Bell, Thomas Blake Wills and Administrations of I. of W., VA, by Blanche Adams Chapman, 1938, p. 152 20 Oct 1691 Francis Nicholson granted to Maj. Arthur Allen 170 acres near Mr. Tooke, Capt. England, Thoas. Blake and Ed. Brantley. 17th Cent. I. of W. Co., VA,by Boddie, p. 639 20 Oct 1691 John Wills of I. of W. Co. sells to Nathaniel Whitley 170 acres between Mr. Tooke, Capt. England, Thos. Blake and Ed. Brantley, in Upper Parish, formerly purchased by Robert Flake, granted to Maj. Ar. Allen 17th Cent. I. of W., Co., VA, by Boddie, p. 639 9 Aug 1692 Arthur Allen of Lawnes Creek Par. sells to Robert Flake of Upper Par. 170 acres lying between Thomas Tooke, Capt. England, Thomas Blake and Edmund Brantley 17th Cent. I. of W. Co., VA, by Boddie, p. 607 14 Nov-2 Dec 1695 shippers by the GEORGE of Plymouth England, Mr. Thomas Blake bound from Plymouth England to Virginia PRO E 190 / 1055 / 3 THE COMPLETE BOOK OF IMMIGRANTS, V. 2, p 655 26 Oct 1698 Shippers by the GEORGE of Plymouth England, Mr. Thomas Blake bound from Plymouth England to Virginia PRO E 190 / 1058 / 2. THE COMPLETE BOOK OF IMMIGRANTS, V. 2, p. 701 9 Jun 1702 Thomas Blake and Alice his wife sell to John Prime for 3000 lb. tobo. 100 acres of land in I. of W. Co., part of a patent of 400 acres granted him 20 Oct 1670, adj. Thomas Tooke. Wit: Ar. Smith, John Brown 17th Cent. I. of W. Co., VA, by Boddie, p. 647 26 Feb 1703 Shippers by the JAMES of Plymouth England, Mr. Thomas Blake bound from Plymouth England to Virginia PRO E 190 / 1062 / 28. THE COMPLETE BOOK OF IMMIGRANTS, v. 3, p. 176 10 Apr 1704 Deed of Thomas Blake of Upper Par., to son William Blake and Mary his wife, 100 acres in Upper Parish, Isle of Wight Co., VA, (Alice Blake signs dower) Wit: Thos. Tooke, John Smith 17the Cent. I. of W. Co., VA, by Boddie, p. 653 Nicholas Sessoms gave a similar tract to his daughter Mary Blake and son-in-law William Blake. These appear to have been marriage gifts. Children: 1 William BLAKE Sr. [see below] 2 Isodemius Christine BLAKE m. BURGESS 3 Judith W. BLAKE m. SMITH 4 Elizabeth BLAKE m. Joseph POOLE
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From Johnson Diggings, http://www.fastlane.net/~cjohnson/blakeeng.html BLAKE of WILTSHIRE and SOMERSETSHIRE
Ref: Some Notes Concerning the Family of Blakes of Wiltshire, Hampshire & Somerset, compiled by Vivian H. King [about 1926]. A descendancy chart, 33"x71", purchased from the Admiral Blake Museum, Bridgwater, Somerset.
This Blake family is believed to be ancestral to at least three Blake families that came to the English Colonies before 1700. William Blake of Pitminster, who went to Dorchester, in the Boston area; Thomas Blake of Bridgwater, who went to Isle of Wight Co., VA; and Joseph Blake of Plainsfield, who went to the Carolinas and became Colonial Governor of South Carolina.
The information on Thomas is circumstantial and is based on the will of Adm. Robert Blake. A bequest in his will dated 1656, "Item unto Thomas Blake, son of my cousin William Blake, once commander of the Tresco frigate, deceased, now aboard the Centurion frigate in the service, I give fifty pounds." This information was furnished by an administrator of the Museum. This Thomas Blake disappeared from the English records after this time. Only Thomas Blake of Isle of Wight Co., VA, has been suggested as being the Thomas mentioned in the Admiral's will.
In 1678, a Thomas Blake left from Bristol for VA, as an indentured servant. It is most unlikely that a member of the Admiral's family would be listed as an indentured servant. This Thomas must not be confused with our Thomas. This is 14 years after Thomas Blake of Isle of Wight Co., VA, was granted headrights of 240 acres for transporting five persons to VA. The deficiency of 10 acres was corrected in 1670 while granting 150 more acres for transporting three more persons.
A Museum staff member has said, that my proposed descendancy of Thomas Blake of Isle of Wight Co., VA, from William Blake of Tuxwell, is reasonable and logical and is the only proposed line from him to this date. It is likely that, because of the lack of documentation, this line of descent to VA will always be no more than circumstantial.
Robert E. Blake of Quemberford, Wilts. a juror in an Inq. 22 Jan 1336 son Richard Blaque, alias Blake of Wilts. m. Anne, daughter of William Cole son Henry Blake m. Elizabeth, daughter and co-heir of Edward Dorrant son and heir William Blake m. Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Power son and heir Henry Blake m. Margaret, daughter and co-heir of William Bellett son and heir Robert Blake of Quemberford, Calne, Wilts, m. Avice, widow of Roger, son and heir of Jno. Malwyn, of Urchfont, Co. Wilts. Avice d. 29 Oct 13 Edw IV. son Robert Blake, of Calne, Co. Wilts, heir of bro. John son John Blaque bur. Overstowey, 18 Aug 1558 son Humphrey Blake of Overstowey, Som. bur. 28 Dec 1588, m. Anne son John Blake of Plainsfield, b. 1521, bur. 10 Dec 1576 m. Joan William Blake of Plainsfield, bur. 13 June 1642 m. Anne William Blake of Pitminster, bapt. 10 July 1594, d. bef. Jan 1664 Dorchester, MA, m. Agnes Bond Robert Blake, merchant of Bridgwater, Mayor of Bridgwater 1574, d. Oct 1592, m. Margaret, daughter of Wm. Symonds of Taunton William Blake of Tuxwell b. 1561, d. after 1601 William Blake, Capt/Commander of frigate Tresco, which was lost in 1651, off Jersey, Channel Is. Thomas Blake, on the frigate Centurion, 1656 [This Thomas disappeared from English records after this time.] [He is proposed as being the Thomas Blake of Isle of Wight Co., VA] Humphrey Blake of Bridgwater bapt. 26 May 1563, bur. 19 Nov 1625, m. Sarah, dau. of John Williams of Powlett, Som., 12 sons, 1 dau. #1 Sir Robert Blake, Admiral, General of the Sea for Cromwell, M. P. for Bridgwater 1640, bapt. 27 Sep 1598, bur. 4 Aug 1657 #11 Benjamin Blake of Bridgwater bapt. 7 Nov 1614 Joseph Blake of Plainsfield bapt. 26 Apr 1663, d. bef. 7 Oct 1700, Gov. of South Carolina
The information about William Blake who was Capt/Commander of the Frigate Tresco and whose son Thomas was on the Frigate Centurion in 1656, came from the will of Sir Robert Blake, 1656. This Sir Robert never married. He was the Admiral and General of the Sea for Oliver Cromwell. Only Thomas Blake of Isle of Wight Co., VA, has been proposed as the Thomas on the Frigate Centurion.
Chester R. Johnson / Fort Worth, TX / email@example.com
Thomas Blake d abt 1707 Isle of WrightVA Posted by: Ann Parker Date: December 13, 1998 at 13:07:34 Message 238 of 2137 Blake GenForum
My Blake connection is through Benjamin Blake who m Martha Jones abt 1757. He was son of William Blake and Mary Sessums. He was son of Thomas Blake and Alice unknown. Thomas Blake's will is available in Isle of Wright (Nottaway Parish) Va. Does anyone have the info beyond Thomas? And do you know who Alice was. Also I don't have any Jones data. Would appreciate that. Ann
Re: Thomas Blake d abt 1707 Isle of WrightVA Posted by: Ann Parker Date: September 24, 1999 at 12:16:40 In Reply to: Re: Thomas Blake d abt 1707 Isle of WrightVA by Lisa Sullivan Message 699 of 2137 Blake GenForum
Hello Lisa, Always welcome a new cousin to the 'search'! I'll include an outline sketch of three generations to show you what I have. Would appreciate any additions and or corrections.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Descendants of Thomas Blake
1 Thomas Blake 1641 - 1707 .. +Alice 1641 - .... 2 Elizabeth Blake 1650 - 1669 ........ +Joseph Poole 1650 - .... 2 Issodemius Christine Blake 1654 - ........ +??? Burgess 1650 - .... 2 Judith W. Blake 1658 - ........ +Joshua Ambrose Smith 1658 - .... 2 William Blake 1677 - 1745/46 ........ +Mary Sessums 1687 - .......... 3 William Junior Blake 1705 - 1798 .............. +Sarah Hall 1705 - 1797 .......... 3 John Blake 1707 - 1774 .......... 3 Hannah Blake 1709 - 1746 .............. +Joshua Claude 1709 - .......... 3 Mary Blake 1711 - .............. +William Pope 1718 - .......... 3 Thomas Second Blake 1710 - 1784 .......... 3 Sessoms Blake 1715 - .............. +Mary Marshall 1715 - .......... 3 Joseph Blake 1717 - 1771 .............. +Elizabeth 1722 - .......... 3 Benjamin Blake 1719 - 1783 .............. +Martha Jones 1738 - 1783 .......... *2nd Wife of Benjamin Blake: .............. +Sarah Hill 1765 - 1816 .......... 3 Joshua Claud Blake 1721 - .......... 3 Samuel Blake 1737 -