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

Collection Overview

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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 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Letters of Bennett Blake, 1880-1883Add to your cart.

re: land, financial concerns, small pox

April 12, 1882, letter about weather & small pox cases "came from Dallas brought by bad women." [image]

Folder 2: Letters of Bennett Blake, 1884Add to your cart.
re: land, financial concerns
Folder 3: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1884-1887Add to your cart.
from John Durst re: land surveying
Folder 4: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1885Add to your cart.
from F. A. Kimball re: land, financial concerns. Includes survey.
Folder 5: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1885-1886Add to your cart.
re: land, financial concerns, insurance, heirs of Hiram Williams
Folder 6: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1887, 1892Add to your cart.
from Richardson & Watkins, Athens, TX re: land, financial concerns. Includes field notes and plat
Folder 7: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1887Add to your cart.
re: land, financial concerns, power of attorney, timber. Includes A. J. Angle, J. P. Forsyth, Lafayette Burnes
Folder 8: Letters of Bennett Blake, 1887Add to your cart.
re: land, financial concerns. Includes G. W. Shepherd, Peyton F. Edwards. Handwritten
Folder 9: Letters of Bennett Blake, 1888Add to your cart.
with M. E. Campbell re: land, financial concerns, C. H. Long
Folder 10: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1887-1888Add to your cart.
from O. C. Kirven re: land, financial concerns
Folder 11: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1889-1891Add to your cart.
with O. C. Kirven re: land, financial concerns
Folder 12: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1887-1889Add to your cart.
from S. J. Stuart re: land, financial concerns
Folder 13: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1890-1891Add to your cart.
from S. J. Stuart re: land, financial concerns
Folder 14: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1892-1893Add to your cart.
from S. J. Stuart re: land, financial concerns
Folder 15: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1888Add to your cart.
re: land, taxes in Leon Co., Dr. Joseph Hertz, financial concerns
Folder 16: Letters of Bennett Blake, 1889Add to your cart.
re: shingles, land, financial concerns
Folder 17: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1889-1892, UndatedAdd to your cart.

from J. L. Pogue re: land, financial concerns, timber, cotton, small pox in Mineola

Undated letter about people moving west

February 8, 1891, letter about small pox in Mineola and that cotton prices are down.

Folder 18: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1890-1891Add to your cart.

re: land, financial concerns, timber, F. H. K. Day family

August 28, 1891, letter about early settlers and questions where certain people are.

Folder 19: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1891-1892Add to your cart.
from William and Henry Benton and John H. Jones re: land, J. L. Pogue
Folder 20: Letters of Bennett Blake, 1892Add to your cart.
with J. H. Garrett, E. D. Roberson, J. H. Roberson re: land, financial concerns
Folder 21: Letters of Bennett Blake, 1893Add to your cart.
re: financial concerns. Includes E. A. Blount, J. P. Forsyth
Folder 22: Letters of Bennett Blake, 1895-1904Add to your cart.
n.d. re: land, financial concerns, cotton. Includes verification of military service of Oliver [Olaf] Peterson
Folder 23: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1836-1839Add to your cart.

from family in Vermont re: family matters, farming, health

January 14, 1839, letter about family and challenges of being a parent

Folder 24: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1841-1848Add to your cart.

from family in Vermont re: family matters, financial concerns, Mexican troubles, friends

April 21, 1845, letter misses Blake, Uncles wife fell in fire, disease euyipelus.

Folder 25: Letters to Bennett Blake, 1850-1881Add to your cart.
from family and friends re: family matters, lottery ticket. financial concerns
Folder 26: Letters, 1902-1910Add to your cart.
re: Bennett Blake estate
Folder 27: Account book Clarksville, GA., 1830-1831Add to your cart.
Includes later accounts of estates, 1837-1851, Nacogdoches, TX

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