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. 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 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Field notes and plats of William Hamilton league, Panola County, 1877-1880, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Includes letter on verve of notes.
Folder 2: Field notes and plat of Nancy Hamilton tract in Vital Flores league, Nacogdoches County, 1868, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Field notes and plat of Isaac Kneeland league, Rains County and Wood County, 1889-1890, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Survey notes and plat of the Henry Kraber tract, 1838, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Field notes with plats, 1850-1887, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Field notes, 1859-190_, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Plats, 1838, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Plats, 1901, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Memoranda notebook of Pre-emption Claims, 1856-1858, 1875, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Lists of deeds placed with Bennett Blake
Folder 10: Release from mortgage to Bennett Blake; notes about land, 1871-1872, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Leases of land from Bennett Blake, 1871-1892Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Deeds for slaves purchased by Bennett Blake, 1844-1862Add to your cart.
Promissory Note for slave, January 16, 1854. [image] Deed for slave, March 22, 1844. [image] Deed for slave, March 5, 1858. [image] Deed for slave, November 8, 1862. [image] Deed for slave, October 10, 1859. [image]
Folder 13: Deeds and mortgage for livestock and miscellaneous property, 1853-1892Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Bond from Alfred W. Sanborn to Bennett Blake re: mercantile business in Sutton, VT, 1833Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Powers of attorney to Bennett Blake et al, 1835-1868Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Affidavit signed by Bennett Blake re: Richard P. Robinson, alias Richard Parmalee, 1875Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Exhibit for Bennett Blake vs Abram Judy and Ferdinand Cook  re: title to James Lindley, 1871Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Court-ordered sales and partitions of lands bought or sold by Bennett Blake, 1868-1876Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Samuel McCall Penner Vs Mary L. Woodson et al (including Bennett Blake), 1871-1873Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Receipts of Bennett Blake for legal fees, 1850-1891Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Bills of Bennett Blake, 1872-1893Add to your cart.
For court costs and attorney's fees
Folder 22: Estate papers of Elbridge G. Harris, 1850Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Estate papers of Nancy Hamilton and Elias E. Hamilton, 1851-1868Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Bankruptcy and estate papers of Jesse H. Muckleroy, 1857-1867Add to your cart.
Promissory notes
Folder 25: Bankruptcy and estate papers of Jesse H. Muckleroy, 1859-1873Add to your cart.
Includes receipts, bills, deed to Bennett Blake, Letters
Folder 26: Estate papers of Davis King, Bennett Blake executor, 1859-1864Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Miscellaneous estate papers, 1840-1858Add to your cart.
Includes estates of David Kenley, Joseph Buffington, James P. Haynes, Rolley Spinks
Folder 28: Miscellaneous estate papers, 1863-1876Add to your cart.
Includes estates of Ephraim Coon, Marshall Mayfield, E. P. Gaines, Hardeman & Barrett, H. H. Edwards, Helen Blake
Folder 29: Estate papers of Isaac F. Blake, Bennett Blake executor, 1874, 1883, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Estate papers of Koriah[?] C. Blake and Susan [Blake] Fielder, 1866-1868Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Copy of will and estate papers of Bennett Blake, 1888-1904Add to your cart.

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