Bennett Blake Papers, 1826-1942 | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

Title: Bennett Blake Papers, 1826-1942Add to your cart.

ID: A/6

Primary Creator: Blake, Bennett (1809-1896)

Extent: 5.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1963

Subjects: Blake, Bennett, 1809-1896 -- Correspondence, Business records -- Texas, East, Judges -- Texas, East, Land grants -- Texas, East, McKnight, William B. (William Bonaparte) -- Correspondence

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of letters, financial papers, legal documents, and land deeds, mostly of Bennett Blake, his immediate family, and related families. A significant portion of the papers relate to William Bonaparte McKnight, who married Mary Louisa Addie Blake. McKnight's papers include oil leases and negotiations for timber rights. Several original land grants are included in the collection, two signed by Republic of Texas President Anson Jones

Collection Historical Note

Bennett Blake was born on November 11, 1809 in Sutton, Vermont. He was the son of Samuel Dow Blake and Abigail Lee Blake. He arrived in Nacogdoches in 1835, ultimately acquired a large farm, and began a life as merchant and farmer. On November 24, 1853, he married Ellazina Harris, daughter of Elbridge G. and Mary Hamilton Harris, with whom he had three children.

Blake entered upon a distinguished career in public service shortly after his arrival in Texas. He was first elected justice of the peace in 1838 and reelected until, by 1850, he had served some ten years in that office. Thereafter, he became chief justice of Nacogdoches County, an office he held for twelve years.

Blake fought in the Texas Revolution. He also served under Gen. Thomas J. Rusk in an expedition against the Cherokee Indians in 1839 and engaged in a second Cherokee expedition in 1841. He was elected to the state legislature in 1862, and he became one of the Texas delegates to the Congress of the Confederate States of America, where he served during 1863-64. After the Reconstruction period, voters chose him to represent them at the Constitutional Convention of 1875, where at age sixty-six he was the second oldest delegate.

Judge Blake was a Democrat and Mason. He died in Nacogdoches County on March 1, 1896, and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.

("BLAKE, BENNETT." The Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online. Accessed Fri Nov 14 14:03:42 US/Central 2003.)

Subject/Index Terms

Blake, Bennett, 1809-1896 -- Correspondence
Business records -- Texas, East
Judges -- Texas, East
Land grants -- Texas, East
McKnight, William B. (William Bonaparte) -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Acquisition Method: Gift


Box and Folder Listing


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1847-1859[?]Add to your cart.

re: land, power of attorney, Chireno Academy, bailiff's resignation. Includes Mary Harris, R. E. Lindsey

June 17, 1847, mentions emigrants

Folder 2: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1861-1867Add to your cart.

re: financial concerns, slaves, Confederate money, land

November 8, 1861, "sell negroes" to pay debt.

Folder 3: Notes to Bennett Blake, 1865Add to your cart.

from Charles S. Taylor, re: corn

March 22, 1865, Mrs. Franklin Jones [image]

March 22, 1865, Mrs. S. Poe

March 31, 1865, Mrs. Meeks

April 6, 1865, Mrs. J. Parton

April 24, 1865, Mrs. Mayfield

May 9, 1865, Mrs. Straham

Folder 4: Letters of Bennett Blake, 1868Add to your cart.
re: land, financial concerns, cotton. Includes James R. Arnold
Folder 5: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1868-1869Add to your cart.
from W. L. Alexander re: land, taxes
Folder 6: Letters of Bennett Blake, 1868-1869Add to your cart.
with W. E. Collard and P. T. Woodson re: land, financial concerns, Fenner vs Woodson suit
Folder 7: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1868, 1870Add to your cart.

re: cotton accounts with Clapp Brothers & Co., New Orleans, LA.

November 12, 1868

December 2, 1868

December 8, 1868

December 22, 1868

December 26, 1868

June 25, 1870

November 22, 1870

Folder 8: Bennett Blake, 1868Add to your cart.

re: accounts with James H. Starr & Son, Nacogdoches, cotton prices & expenses

August 29, 1868, receipt for claims

November 5, 1868, gold account

November 5, 1868, currency account

December 31, 1868, gold account [image]

Folder 9: Bennett Blake, 1869Add to your cart.

re: accounts with James H. Starr & Son, cotton prices & expenses

September 11, 1869, gold account

Folder 10: Bennett Blake, 1870-1873Add to your cart.

re: accounts with James H. Starr & Son

April 15, 1870, Currency, County Warrants, and Gold account.[image]

June 4, 1873, Letter to Peyton F. Edwards from James H. Starr, concerning 160 acres of land. [image]

Folder 11: Bennett Blake, 1873-1874Add to your cart.

with Raguet & Fry [successors to James H. Starr & Son] re: accounts

July 24, 1873, Receipt [image]

Folder 12: Letters of Bennett Blake, 1868-1879Add to your cart.
with John M. Richardson re: land. Includes field notes, deed
Folder 13: Letters of Bennett Blake, 1881, UndatedAdd to your cart.
with John M. Richardson re: land. Includes field notes
Folder 14: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1869-Jan. 1870Add to your cart.
re; financial concerns. Includes J. H. Muckleroy, survey notes
Folder 15: Letters to Bennett Blake, Oct. 1870-1871Add to your cart.
re: land, financial concerns, Fenner vs Woodson suit. Includes J. F. and J. B. Foster, land leases.
Folder 16: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1872-1873Add to your cart.
with William R. Reagan re: land, legal and financial matters, [James C.] Walker
Folder 17: Letters of Bennett Blake, 1872-1873Add to your cart.
re: land, legal and financial matters
Folder 18: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1872-1873Add to your cart.
re: accounts with J. H. Brown & Co., Tyler, TX
Folder 19: Letters of Bennett Blake, 1872-1875Add to your cart.
with James C. Walker re: land, financial concerns. Includes plat
Folder 20: Letters to Bennett Blake, Apr.- Oct. 1876Add to your cart.
from James C Walker re: land, financial concerns, legal matters, John M. Sparks
Folder 21: Letters to Bennett Blake, Nov. 1876-Jan. 1877Add to your cart.
from James C. Walker re: land. financial and legal matters.
Folder 22: Letters to Bennett Blake, Jan.-Mar. 1883Add to your cart.
from James C Walker re: land, financial concerns
Folder 23: Letters to Bennett Blake, Apr.-June 1883Add to your cart.
from James C Walker re: land, financial concerns
Folder 24: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1884Add to your cart.
from James C. Walker re: financial concerns
Folder 25: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1885-1893Add to your cart.
from James C. Walker re: land, financial concerns
Folder 26: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1873Add to your cart.
with Ball, Hutchings & Co. re: financial concerns
Folder 27: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1873Add to your cart.
with Loewenstein Elias re: financial concerns
Folder 28: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1874Add to your cart.
from Convent of the Sacred Heart, Clarksville, TX re: financial concerns
Folder 29: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1874Add to your cart.
re: land, financial concerns
Folder 30: Letters of Bennett Blake, 1875-1876Add to your cart.
re: land, income tax, legal and financial matters
Folder 31: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1877Add to your cart.
from H. D. Donald re: land and financial concerns. [One letter incomplete.]
Folder 32: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1877-1879Add to your cart.

re: financial matters, land, bail

January 29, 1877, letter mentions having cancer

December 11, 1879, letter mentions bailing son out.

Folder 33: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1877-1879Add to your cart.
from J. S. Thomason, Sr. re: land, financial concerns
Folder 34: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1880-1885Add to your cart.
from J. S. Thomason, Sr. re: land, financial concerns
Folder 35: Letters of Bennett Blake, 1880-1882Add to your cart.
with Joseph M. Langley and W. F. Nelson re: land, survey dispute. Includes court petition
Folder 36: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1887-1891Add to your cart.
from Joseph M. Langley re: land, financial concerns, timber

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