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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Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Tax receipts of persons with surnames beginning with B [no A's] assessments, 1858-1891Add to your cart.
Mostly Nacogdoches County
Folder 2: Tax receipts of persons with surnames beginning with C-E assessments, 1866-1918Add to your cart.
Includes Willis Crawford
Folder 3: Tax receipts of Fears family for assessments, 1869-1890Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Tax receipts of Finley/Fenley family and other surnames beginning with F assessments, 1857-1885Add to your cart.
Includes S[arah] Thompson
Folder 5: Tax receipts of persons with surnames beginning with H-K [no G. I, J] assessments, 1857-1903Add to your cart.

Includes Nancy Hamilton

Exchange Certificate, 1864. [image]

Folder 6: Tax receipts of Mary Harris assessments, 1857-1866Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Tax receipts of Mary Harris assessments, 1867-1871Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Tax receipts of Luna family assessments, 1870-1878Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Tax receipts of persons with surnames beginning with M-P [no Q] assessments, 1867-1902Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Tax receipts of persons with surnames beginning with R-S assessments, 1867-1892Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Tax receipts of Thompson family assessments, 1857-1873Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Tax receipts of persons with surnames beginning with V-W [no X,Y,Z] assessments, 1856-1887Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Receipts of Bennett Blake, 1859-1885Add to your cart.
For debts in Vermont, land transactions, and agreements with collection agents
Folder 14: Promissory notes to Bennett Blake or transferred to him, 1870-1883, 1895Add to your cart.
Land transactions, canceled or unsigned; receipt for interest in promissory note
Folder 15: Promissory notes to Bennett Blake, 1885Add to your cart.
Land transactions. Canceled with some signatures torn or cut out
Folder 16: Promissory notes to Bennett Blake, 1887-1889Add to your cart.
Land transactions
Folder 17: Certificates for headright entitlements, 1839Add to your cart.
Surnames beginning with A-D.
Folder 18: Certificates for headright entitlements, 1839Add to your cart.
For surnames beginning with E-H
Folder 19: Certificates for headright entitlements, 1839-1840Add to your cart.
For surnames beginning with I-P
Folder 20: Certificates for headright entitlements, 1839, UndatedAdd to your cart.
For surnames beginning with R-Z; list of land certificates placed with Bennett Blake
Folder 21: Articles of agreement of Bennett Blake et al, 1866-1869Add to your cart.
Land, financial concerns, farming
Folder 22: Articles of agreement of Bennett Blake et al, 1870Add to your cart.
Land. Includes Moses L. Patton, field notes
Folder 23: Articles of agreement of Bennett Blake et al, 1874Add to your cart.
Land, farming
Folder 24: Articles of agreement of Bennett Blake at al, 1882-1883Add to your cart.
Land
Folder 25: Articles of agreement of Bennett Blake et al, 1884-1892Add to your cart.
Land
Folder 26: Indentures to Bennett Blake et al, 1866-1883Add to your cart.
Farm leases
Folder 27: Redemption certificates for land of Bennett Blake et al, 1857, 1869Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Warranty deeds of Bennett Blake, 1891, 1893Add to your cart.
Land

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