Bennett Blake Papers, 1826-1942 | East Texas Research Center
Primary Creator: Blake, Bennett (1809-1896)
Extent: 5.5 Linear Feet
Date Acquired: 00/00/1963
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.)
Access Restrictions: Open for research.
Acquisition Method: Gift
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- Box 8
- Folder 1: Freemasonry papers of Bennett Blake, 1841-1894
Includes certificates, dues statements
- Folder 2: Political broadsides of Bennett Blake, 1856
While he was running for Chief Justice of Nacogdoches County
- Folder 3: Texas Veteran Association papers of Bennett Blake, 1874-1886
- Includes certificates, Letters
- Folder 4: Eastern Texas Railroad Company papers of Bennett Blake, 1860-1871
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, 1864-1874
Includes exchange certificates from Confederate States Depository's Office, amnesty oath, certificate for Bennett Blake, Jr. from Rusk Masonic Institute.
- Folder 6: Texas Constitutional Convention papers of Bennett Blake, 1875, Undated
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], 1845-1846
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, 1847-1884
- Includes deeds, account, receipts
- Folder 9: School fund papers of Bennett Blake, 1857-Jan. 5, 1858
- Includes Letters from teachers
- Folder 10: School fund papers of Bennett Blake, 1858
- Includes correspondence from teachers, contract
- Folder 11: School fund papers of Bennett Blake, 1859
- Includes correspondence from teachers, receipt
- Folder 12: Letters to McKnight family, 1870-1899
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, 1896-1905
- From George F. Ingraham re: Bennett Blake estate
- Folder 14: Letters of McKnight family, 1900-1901
- Legal and financial concerns
- Folder 15: Letters to W. B. McKnight, 1901-1903
- 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[?]
- 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, 1903
- Nettermark Bank failure, family matters, financial concerns, timber thieves
- Folder 18: Letters to W. B. McKnight, 1904
- From Ed Pierson re: land in Falls County. Includes field notes and plats
- Folder 19: Letters to W. B. McKnight, 1904-1905
- Land, timber, McIver tract, Negro church at Linn Flat
- Folder 20: Letters of W. B. McKnight, Jan.-Feb. 1906
- Timber, McIver tract
- Folder 21: Letters of W. B. McKnight et al, March-July 1906
- Timber, McIver tract, oil
- Folder 22: Letters of W. B. McKnight and Blake families, Aug. Dec. 1906
- Land, private investigation, timber, McIver tract, family matters
- Folder 23: Letters to W. B. McKnight, 1908
- Land, financial concerns, family matters, timber. Includes plat and field notes
- Folder 24: Letters of W. B. McKnight, 1909-1910
- 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, 1911-1929
- Blake heirs, land, family concerns, oil
- Folder 26: Letters of W. B. McKnight, 1934-1941
- Cotton acreage allotments, soil depleting acreage allotments, cotton tax exemption
- Folder 27: Letters of W. B. McKnight, 1930-1933
- Oil leases, family matters
- Folder 28: Letters to W. B. McKnight, 1932-1937
- From R. H. Gamble Co. re: ALP store lease
- Folder 29: Letters to W. B. McKnight, 1932-1938
- From U.S. Department of Commerce re: telephone line
- Folder 30: Letters of W. B. McKnight, 1935-1938
- Land, taxes, family matters, financial concerns
- Folder 31: Letters of W. B. McKnight, 1941-1942, Undated
- Telephone service, land, financial concerns, family matters, oil, timber
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