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

Collection Overview

Title: Bennett Blake Papers, 1826-1942Add to your cart.

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: Freemasonry papers of Bennett Blake, 1841-1894Add to your cart.

Includes certificates, dues statements

A diploma from Milam Lodge #2, Republic of Texas, Bennet Blake ,June 10, 1841. [image] Master Mason Certificate, July 2, 1867. [image]

Folder 2: Political broadsides of Bennett Blake, 1856Add to your cart.

While he was running for Chief Justice of Nacogdoches County

Printed circular on political views of Bennett Blake, June 23, 1856. [image] Printed circular on political views of Bennett Blake, July 28, 1856. [image]

Folder 3: Texas Veteran Association papers of Bennett Blake, 1874-1886Add to your cart.
Includes certificates, Letters
Folder 4: Eastern Texas Railroad Company papers of Bennett Blake, 1860-1871Add to your cart.

Includes warrant and claim of Nancy Hamilton, stock certificate, receipt, hand-drawn map.

Warrant No. 93, Office of the Eastern Texas Railroad Company to Nancy Hamilton, July 13, 1861. [image] Eastern Texas Railroad Stock, May 15, 1860. [image] Eastern Texas Railroad stock, July 17, 1861. [image] Eastern Texas Railroad papers, August 29, 1868. Handwritten map of railroad lines in East Texas. [image] Railroad Company Warrant, Aug. 29, 1868. Eastern Texas Railroad claim, January 23, 1871. [image]

Folder 5: Miscellaneous papers of Bennett Blake and family, 1864-1874Add to your cart.

Includes exchange certificates from Confederate States Depository's Office, amnesty oath, certificate for Bennett Blake, Jr. from Rusk Masonic Institute.

Exchange Certificate No.497, December 24, 1864. [image] Amnesty Oath for Bennett Blake, October 14, 1865. [image] Letter stating that Bennett Blake attended school, July 4, 1874. [image]

Folder 6: Texas Constitutional Convention papers of Bennett Blake, 1875, UndatedAdd to your cart.

Includes directory; notes on education, taxation, general provisions, revisions, judicial system.

1875, Directory of the Officers and Members of the constitutional Convention of the State of Texas Undated,  "A Financial Project" Undated, "Joint resolution calling the convention authorize the convention to frame a need constitution from the State of Texas" Undated, Speech about land, public schools, passing from old constitution to a new one Undated, Bill of Rights notes

Folder 7: Nacogdoches University papers of Bennett Blake [treasurer and trustee], 1845-1846Add to your cart.

Includes list of university lands, agreements for use and remodeling of the Red House, land deed.

August 15, 1846, Blake sells a house and land to the Trustees of Nacogdoches University 1845, Copy of B. Blake's report as Treasurer of Nacogdoches University June 19, 1845, Articles of agreement between the Trustees of Nacogdoches University and Bennett Blake for rent of "Red House" May 29, 1845, Subscribers that will pay rent for the Red House [image] June 19, 1845, Obligation to make good rent of Red House

Folder 8: Nacogdoches University papers of Bennett Blake, 1847-1884Add to your cart.
Includes deeds, account, receipts
Folder 9: School fund papers of Bennett Blake, 1857-Jan. 5, 1858Add to your cart.
Includes Letters from teachers
Folder 10: School fund papers of Bennett Blake, 1858Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence from teachers, contract
Folder 11: School fund papers of Bennett Blake, 1859Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence from teachers, receipt
Folder 12: Letters to McKnight family, 1870-1899Add to your cart.

Financial concerns, family matters, horses, land, estate settlement. Includes James McKnight, Mary Addie L. Blake Bowler McKnight, William Bonaparte McKnight [2nd husband of Mary Addie Blake].

March 14, 1876, letter about horses, measurement in hands, wants to trade for cattle and sheep near Melrose

Folder 13: Letters to Addie and W. B. McKnight, 1896-1905Add to your cart.
From George F. Ingraham re: Bennett Blake estate
Folder 14: Letters of McKnight family, 1900-1901Add to your cart.
Legal and financial concerns
Folder 15: Letters to W. B. McKnight, 1901-1903Add to your cart.
From James I. and Myrta Blake Perkins re: land, financial concerns. Includes plat of McIver tract in Orange County
Folder 16: Letters of W. B. McKnight, 1901-1905[?]Add to your cart.
From J. L. M. Pirtle re: insurance, timber rights, dispute over Bennett Blake league, oil near Conroe
Folder 17: Letters of W. B. McKnight family, 1903Add to your cart.
Nettermark Bank failure, family matters, financial concerns, timber thieves
Folder 18: Letters to W. B. McKnight, 1904Add to your cart.
From Ed Pierson re: land in Falls County. Includes field notes and plats
Folder 19: Letters to W. B. McKnight, 1904-1905Add to your cart.
Land, timber, McIver tract, Negro church at Linn Flat
Folder 20: Letters of W. B. McKnight, Jan.-Feb. 1906Add to your cart.
Timber, McIver tract
Folder 21: Letters of W. B. McKnight et al, March-July 1906Add to your cart.
Timber, McIver tract, oil
Folder 22: Letters of W. B. McKnight and Blake families, Aug. Dec. 1906Add to your cart.
Land, private investigation, timber, McIver tract, family matters
Folder 23: Letters to W. B. McKnight, 1908Add to your cart.
Land, financial concerns, family matters, timber. Includes plat and field notes
Folder 24: Letters of W. B. McKnight, 1909-1910Add to your cart.
Hamilton family, McIver tract, financial concerns, land for court house site offered by Edward A. Blount, Sr. Includes plat
Folder 25: Letters to W. B. McKnight, 1911-1929Add to your cart.
Blake heirs, land, family concerns, oil
Folder 26: Letters of W. B. McKnight, 1934-1941Add to your cart.
Cotton acreage allotments, soil depleting acreage allotments, cotton tax exemption
Folder 27: Letters of W. B. McKnight, 1930-1933Add to your cart.
Oil leases, family matters
Folder 28: Letters to W. B. McKnight, 1932-1937Add to your cart.
From R. H. Gamble Co. re: ALP store lease
Folder 29: Letters to W. B. McKnight, 1932-1938Add to your cart.
From U.S. Department of Commerce re: telephone line
Folder 30: Letters of W. B. McKnight, 1935-1938Add to your cart.
Land, taxes, family matters, financial concerns
Folder 31: Letters of W. B. McKnight, 1941-1942, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Telephone service, land, financial concerns, family matters, oil, timber

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