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 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Letters of W. B. McKnight and tax receipts, 1889-1907Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Letters of W. B. McKnight and tax receipts, 1906-1909Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Letters of W. B. McKnight and tax receipts, 1911-1915Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Letters of W. B. McKnight and tax receipts, 1915-1918Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Letters of W. B. McKnight and tax receipts, 1919-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Accounts and bills of James McKnight, 1869-1877Add to your cart.
December 8, 1871, receipt from Reiersen & Gragard for 2 cloaks November 30, 1877, Receipt from John T. White (mercantile)
Folder 7: Accounts and bills of James and W. B. McKnight, 1880-1899Add to your cart.

Includes food, clothes, household items

Receipt from John E. Jones, sale of goods, April 21, 1880. [image]

Folder 8: Accounts and bills of W. B. McKnight, 1900-1909Add to your cart.
Includes clothes, farm equipment, buggy repair
Folder 9: Bill, 1906-1907Add to your cart.
[to W. B. McKnight?] for "Expenses in getting up the heirs of G. W. Thompson." Includes transportation, lodging, meals
Folder 10: Accounts and bills of W. B. McKnight, 1924-1937Add to your cart.
For food and cotton ginning
Folder 11: Receipts of James and W. B. McKnight, 1867-1909Add to your cart.
Includes postal receipts, Star-News, Nacogdoches Tobacco Association, medical bills
Folder 12: Wetlermark Bank, 1894, 1903Add to your cart.

Deposit slip of James McKnight

Bank draft of W. B. McKnight

Folder 13: Land deeds of James and W. B. McKnight, 1865-1880Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Land papers of the McKnight family, 1911-1921Add to your cart.
Includes deeds, plat, survey notes, affidavit
Folder 15: Title abstract of James McKnight homestead in the Chireno grant, [1810]-1916Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Plats of McKnight family lands, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Mortgage of crops and land leases held by W. B. McKnight family, 1899-1909Add to your cart.
Includes relinquishment
Folder 18: Land leases of W. B. McKnight and mortgage of crops, 1923-1939Add to your cart.
Includes Farm Security Administration waiver
Folder 19: Oil, gas, and mineral leases and drilling contracts of W. B. McKnight et al, 1930-1931, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Includes T[homas] E. Baker of Commercial National Bank
Folder 20: Oil, gas, and mineral leases of W. B. McKnight et al, 1931-1937Add to your cart.
Includes unsigned leases with list of land owners in Nacogdoches County
Folder 21: Deeds and drafts of deeds of W. B. McKnight for timber rights, 1904-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Appointment of James McKnight as overseer for road work; contracts for labor, 1874, 1880-1885Add to your cart.
Contract to hire "Negro boy named Prince" from Isaac Robinson, June 4, 1880. [image]
Folder 23: Employee time record for road work, 1910Add to your cart.
Includes McKnight name
Folder 24: Contracts of W. B. McKnight et al, for buildings and bridges, 1899-1920Add to your cart.
Includes Wm. H. and D[iedrich] Rulfs

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