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


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Folder 1: List of notes owned by Bennett Blake, 1875-1885Add to your cart.
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Folder 2: Lists of notes belonging to Bennett Blake, 1871-1882Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Inventories of taxable property belonging to Bennett Blake, 1868-1869, 1872-1875Add to your cart.
List of taxes paid by Bennett Blake
Folder 4: Promissory notes owed or transferred to Bennett Blake, 1852-1867Add to your cart.

August 12, 1852, Moses Damuson

January 12, 1854, Samuel Hunter

October 20, 1858, Henry W. Supriest (3 notes)

August 19, 1858, John B. Hardeman

February 27, 1858, Perry G. Nichols

April 1, 1859, J. W. McKnight

November 29, 1859, S. Cave

March 5, 1860, James R. Arriolo

January 25, 1860, J. W. House

January 28, 1862, Antonio Laflore

November 29, 1867, L. W. Millsap

November 29, 1867, L. W. Millsap

Folder 5: Promissory notes owed or transferred to Bennett Blake, 1871-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Promissory notes owed to Bennett Blake, 1875-1885Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Receipts of Bennett Blake, 185_ -1895, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Receipts of Bennett Blake, 1864Add to your cart.
For Confederate bonds[image]
Folder 9: Accounts and bills of Bennett Blake, 1844-1845, 1860-1869Add to your cart.

Account with Bondis & Luesch [image]

Mrs. E. W. Bolters account with J. H. Muckleroy, 1860. [image]

W. B. Ochiltree account with M. G. Whitaker, July 1861. [image]

Blake paid J. H. Muckleroy 15g Gold, October 21, 1868.

Account with J. H. Muckleroy, October 1868, [image]

James Holmes account with R. S. Walker, 1859.

Statement of cotton shipped by McCutchen Co. for Bennett Blake, 1868.[image]

Account with Jesse Muckleroy, 1868.

Money received by J. H. Brown for Bennet Blake, February 22, 1869. [image]

Folder 10: Accounts and bills of Bennett Blake, 1870-1875, UndatedAdd to your cart.
With Peyton F. Edwards
Folder 11: Accounts and bills of Bennett Blake, 1870-1879Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Accounts and bills of Bennett Blake, 1880-1887Add to your cart.
With George F. Ingraham, Ingraham & Edwards, Ingraham & Irion[?]
Folder 13: Accounts and bills of Bennett Blake, 1887-1896Add to your cart.
With Ingraham & Ratcliff
Folder 14: Accounts and Bills of Bennett Blake, 1881-1888, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Tax receipts of Bennett Blake, 1852-1859Add to your cart.
Assessments. Includes agent Starr & Amory
Folder 16: Tax estimates and receipts of Bennett Blake, 1860-1865Add to your cart.
Assessments. Includes Mary Harris, J[esse] H. Muckleroy, Nancy Hamilton, and agents E. Coon, N. J. Moore, L. Elliott
Folder 17: Tax receipts of Bennett Blake assessments, 1866-1869Add to your cart.

Includes Mary Harris, James H. Starr & Son.

Includes income tax

Folder 18: Tax receipts of Bennett Blake assessments, 1870-1876Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Tax receipts of Bennett Blake assessments, 1877Add to your cart.
Includes agents R. Irion, H. D. Donald, Robert Lacy, Edwards & Irion
Folder 20: Tax receipts of Bennett Blake assessments, 1878-1879Add to your cart.
Includes agents P. F. Edwards, Donald & Gordon, Edwards & Ingraham, Robert Lacy, Bradley
Folder 21: Tax receipts of Bennet Blake assessments, 1880-1882Add to your cart.
Includes agents Ingraham & Lloyd, W. A. Patrick, George F. Ingraham
Folder 22: Tax receipts of Bennett Blake assessments, 1883-1887Add to your cart.
Includes agents George F. Ingraham, Ingraham & Edwards, Irion & Co., Ingraham & Irion, Thomson & Donnan, Ingraham & Ratcliff
Folder 23: Tax receipts of Bennett Blake assessments, 1888-1895Add to your cart.
Includes agents Ingraham, Ratcliff & Ingraham
Folder 24: Tax receipts of Ella Blake for assessments, 1873-1882Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Tax receipts of Ella Blake and estate assessments, 1883-1895Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Tax receipts of Isaac F. Blake and estate assessments, 1874-1883Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Tax receipts of Bennett Blake, Jr. assessments, 1877-1895Add to your cart.
Includes Mr. E. Bowler, Ella Blake, Gus Fears

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