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James Blake, Sr

Birthplace: Pitminster, Somerset, England
Death: Died in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of William Blake and Agnes Blake
Husband of Elizabeth Hunt and Elizabeth Blake
Father of James Blake, Deacon; John Blake; Elizabeth Fuller; Jonathon Blake; Sarah Blake and 1 other
Brother of Annie Leager; John Thorne Blake; William Blake, Jr. and Edward Blake

Occupation: Selectman 13 yrs. Deacon of Church 14 yrs. 1658-1685 in some public office. Rater, constable, deputy to General Court, Clerk of the Writs, Recorder, Sergeant in the Military Co. Ruling Elder 14 yrs.
Managed by: Terry Hubert Brown
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About James Blake, Sr

James Blake April 27, 1623-January 28, 1700

Parents: William Blake, II 1594-1663 and Agnes Thorne d. 1678

Wife Elizabeth Clapp b. 1633


  1. James 1652
  2. John 1656
  3. Elizabeth 1658
  4. Jonathan 1660
  5. Sarah 1665
  6. Joseph 1667

By Eve M. Kahn In the late 1600s, a farmer named James Blake was a pillar of a young, prosperous Puritan community in what is now the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, MA. During his long life (1623-1700), he held just about every prominent civic or religious title the town had to offer, including Selectman, Constable, Court Deputy, Deacon, Fence Viewer and Elder. In 1661, he built an oak-framed mansion for his wife Elizabeth Clapp and their three children. He clapboarded the house's two-and-a-half-story gabled bulk, and illuminated its four rooms with roof dormers and leaded-glass casement windows.

Blake's is now the oldest surviving house in Boston, and the second oldest in the state. It's also one of the oldest remaining American houses built with thick beams typical of England's West Country, the homeland of Elizabeth's family.


By Robert Sydney Blake

Carbon dating in May 2007 has the construction date of the house as 1661. The house was built near a spring and tributary to Mill Creek and west of the first Meeting House at Pond and Cottage Streets. In 1896 the Dorchester Historical Society acquired the house from the City and moved the house less than 500 feet from its original location of Massachusetts Avenue.

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James Blake, Sr's Timeline

April 27, 1624
Pitminster, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
April 27, 1624
Pitminster, Somersetshire, , England
April 27, 1624
Pitminster, Somersetshire, , England
Pitminster, Somerset, England
January 1, 1652
Age 28
"Of" Dorchester, Norfolk, MA
August 15, 1652
Age 28
Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Mass.
March 16, 1657
Age 33
Dorchester, Suffolk
October 3, 1658
Age 34
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
July 12, 1660
Age 36
Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts
February 28, 1665
Age 41
Dorchester, Suffolk