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William Blake

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Calne, Wiltshire, England
Death: Died in Calne, Wiltshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of William BLAKE, Sr. and Johane BLAKE
Husband of Mary Coles
Father of Humphrey Blake; Nicholas Blake; Nicholas Blake; Alice Blake; Alice Blake and 3 others
Brother of Robert BLAKE and John Blake

Managed by: David Andrew Dyer
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About William Blake

The source for this individual is apparently a fraudulent genealogy produced by Horatio Gates Somerby. Entry by Elizabeth Kipp on Geneabloggers:

I strongly suspect that Horatio Gates Somerby had no idea of how far reaching his genealogical frauds would eventually be. At a bare minimum, 16 books have been published on the Blake family of Boston (that can be seen at the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library in Boston), which either use his results or contradict those results. For the most part, though, these books accept Somerby's work as correct and simply connect their families back to the information which he created in the mid 1800s.

Usually his connections were back to royalty but in the case of the Blake family, he took them back to the Blake family of Calne, Wiltshire, known to be there in the late 1200s. He did this by connecting them to the Andover Hampshire Blake family (my own line) with a fraudulent marriage between William Blake and Mary Coles giving them children Humphrey, Nicholas, and Alice.

In reality, Nicholas at Enham, Andover, Hampshire was the son of a Mr. Blake (forename unknown thus far) and Joan Blake (his widow). Joan Blake (widow) left a will in 1527 where she mentions her children Robert, Nicholas and Elizabeth (married to a Mr. Mylne). No mention of a Humphrey. Nicholas and Robert in their turn also left wills mentioning their children and the witness to Robert's will was Nicholas (Robert died in 1542 and Nicholas in 1547).

Continuation of this genealogical blog entry by Elizabeth Kipp is at:

http://kippeeb.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/somersbys-errors-still-reverberating-in.html

Note: same source disconnects this William from supposed parents Robert Blake and Avis Wallop:

http://www.geni.com/people/Robert-Blake/6000000006170520512

http://www.geni.com/people/Avis-Wallop/6000000006170520517

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http://www.gwgbowen.com/index.php/William_Blake_(b_1470)

William Blake married Mary Coles in 1493 in Andover, Hampshire, England.

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William Blake's Timeline

1465
1465
Calne, Wiltshire, England
1490
1490
Age 25
England
1500
1500
Age 35
Eastontown, Andover Parish, Hampshire, England
1500
Age 35
Somerset, UK
1501
1501
Age 36
UK
1510
1510
Age 45
Andover, Hampshire, England
1512
1512
Age 47
Over Stowey, Somerset, England
1547
June 20, 1547
Age 82
Calne, Wiltshire, England
1937
May 29, 1937
Age 82
December 2, 1937
Age 82