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Birthplace: Pitminster, Somerset, UK
Death: Died in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Freeman 1639. Selectman 1645, 1647, 1651. Town Clerk, http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=huppe1&id=I231550
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About William Blake

NOTE: The account in the New England Historical and Genealogical Regist er, 1857. Vol.11:181, giving the parents of Mr. William Blake of Dorchester, MA, as Giles and Dorothy (Tweedy) Blake, of Little Baddow, Essex, England, was corrected in Vol 45:35, but has unfortunately been accepted by many compilers of this line of Blakes.

NOTE: Two death dates are reported based on these conflicting statements: "He was admitted a freeman March 14, 1639, was constable in 1641, selectman 1645-46-47 and 1651, He was on a committee to build a new meeting house in 1645, clerk of the writs for the county of Suffolk, town clerk in 1656 and he held the office until he died, October 25, 1663. "This year Died Mr. William Blake, who had been Clerk of ye Writs for ye County of Suffolk, and Recorder of ye Town near 8 years. He was also Clerk of ye Training-band. He died ye 25th of ye 8th mo. 1663, in ye 69th year of his Age." Taken from page 22: "Blakes Annals of Dorchester 1680-1753" by James Blake, 1750. Published in Boston, 1846 (Book can be seen free on line, type in: the above title in google search engine)." I've chosen the earlier date of August until more is known.

"William Blake, baptized at Pitminster, England, July 10,1594. Married there September 23, 1617, Agnes Band. He (was the first Blake,from his family line,to) come to America, about 1636, with his wife and five children: John, Anne, William, James, and Edward. Settled in Dorchester." (Source: Increase Blake of Boston, his ancestors and desendents. Harvard College Library, October 24, 1898. 'Book can be seen free on line, type in: the above title, in Google search engine.')

  • *The above book states on page 12: "There is no foundation whatever for the statement, that Mr. Blake came to this country in 1630 on the ship Mary and John." On page 13: "In the absence of positive evidence it is reasonable to believe that he came to New England in the fall of 1635, or the early months of 1636...** *Other sources state: William Blake immigrated from Plymouth, England on Mar 20, 1630 and arrived in Nastasket, MA on May 30, 1630. His wife Agnes and children accompanied him on the ship Mary and John.

William had the first allotment of land granted in Dorchester, Mass., on 5-14-1636. He joined Dorchester First Church before March 14,1639. He was admitted a freeman March 14, 1639, was constable in 1641, selectman 1645-46-47 and 1651, He was on a committee to build a new meeting house in 1645, clerk of the writs for the county of Suffolk, town clerk in 1656 and he held the office until he died, October 25, 1663. "This year Died Mr. William Blake, who had been Clerk of ye Writs for ye County of Suffolk, and Recorder of ye Town near 8 years. He was also Clerk of ye Training-band. He died ye 25th of ye 8th mo. 1663, in ye 69th year of his Age." Taken from page 22: "Blakes Annals of Dorchester 1680-1753" by James Blake, 1750. Published in Boston, 1846 (Book can be seen free on line, type in: the above title in google search engine). -------------------- According to Francis E Blake and William Blake in their respective books, William and Agnes only had five children as can be seen below. If anyone has reliable information about the parentage of the other five as they appear in the tree, I would appreciate it to see it. Robert Sydney Blake

Sailed from Plymouth, Eng, 20 Mar 1630 and arrived at Nantasket (now Hull) 30 May, comfortable but long voyage. Aboard the "Mary & John." Company settled down in Dorchester in early June.

In 1636 William went to Springfield with William Pyncheon of Roxbury and others, "yet continually more than a year." -------------------- http://members.cox.net/spartanshope/Tree/famf374.html

It is believed that William and Agnes came to America in the fall of 1635 or early in 1636 and remained at Dorchester or Roxbury, making the acquaintance there of William Pynchon and others who were considering a plan of settlement in the Connecticut valley. At any rate he was with Pynchon and his associates on May 14 and 16, 1636, when they drew up and signed the articles of association at Agawam, now Springfield, and he was one of five to assign the lots and manage affairs of the colony. He drew land there but apparently decided to return to Dorchester and settle.

He drew land in South Boston in March, 1637-8. He was made a freeman of the colony March 14, 1638-9. He was constable in 1641, selectman in 1645-7 and 1651 on the committee to build the new meeting house. In 1656 he was elected town clerk and "clerk of the writs for the county of Suffolk," and these offices he held till within six weeks of his death. His estate was appraised at two hundred and twenty-four pounds.

In his will he made a bequest for the repairing of the burying ground. Soon after his death, his widow Agnes removed to Boston, probably to live with her son, John, or her only daughter, Anne Leager. She died in Dorchester.

William Blake:

Christened: 10 Jul 1594

Agnes Thorne:

Christened: 12 Jan 1593/94

Children of William and Agnes Blake:

(01) Anne Blake:

Christened: 30 Aug 1618

Died: 12 Jul 1681

(02) John Blake:

Christened: 30 Aug 1618

Died: 25 Jan 1688/89

(03) William Blake

Died: 03 Sep 1703

(04) James Blake:

Christened: 27 Apr 1624

Died: 28 Jun 1700

(05) Edward Blake:

Christened: 03 Sep 1626

Died: 03 Sep 1692

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-------------------- Town Clerk of Dorchester, MA

Immigration 1636

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William Blake's Timeline

1594
May 6, 1594
Pitminster, Somerset, UK
July 10, 1594
Pitminster, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
July 10, 1594
Pitminster, Somerset, England
July 10, 1594
Pitminster, Somerset, England
July 10, 1594
Pitminster, Somerset, England
July 10, 1594
Pitminster, Somerset, England
1617
March 1, 1617
Age 22
England
September 23, 1617
Age 23
Pitminster, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
September 23, 1617
Age 23
Somerset, England, United Kingdom
1618
August 30, 1618
Age 24
Pitminster, Somerset, England