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 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Land deeds of Bennett Blake et al, 1826-1836Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Land deeds of Bennett Blake et al, 1837Add to your cart.
Includes signatures of Nacogdoches Board of Aldermen
Folder 3: Land deeds, 1838-1839Add to your cart.
Includes Thomas J. Rusk
Folder 4: Land deeds of Bennett Blake et al, 1840-1842Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Land deeds of Bennett Blake et al, 1843-1846Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Land deeds of Bennett Blake et al, 1850-1852Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Land deeds of Bennett Blake et al, 1853-1858Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Land deeds of Bennett Blake et al, 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Land deeds of Bennett Blake et al, 1860-1867Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Land deeds of Bennett Blake et al, 1868-1869Add to your cart.
Includes canceled deed to 8-year-old daughter of Frederick Voigt
Folder 11: Land deeds of Bennett Blake et al, 1871-1873Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Land deeds of Bennett Blake et al, 1874-1878Add to your cart.
Includes plats
Folder 13: Land deeds of Bennett Blake et al, 1880-1882Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Land deeds of Bennett Blake et al, 1883-1884Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Land deeds of Bennett Blake et al, 1885-1888Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Land deeds of Bennett Blake et al, 1894-1896Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Land deeds of Bennett Blake et al, from court-ordered sales, 1868-1903Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Deeds in trust of Bennett Blake et al, 1870-1876Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Deeds in trust of Bennett Blake et al, 1881-1886Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Bonds for land titles of Bennett Blake et al, 1838-1859Add to your cart.
Includes letter from H. L. Upshur to N. Amory
Folder 21: Bonds for land titles of Bennett Blake et al, 1869-1883Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Mortgages of crops to Bennett Blake, 1871-1875Add to your cart.

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