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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Folder 1: Estate of Eldred Coleson, James McKnight administrator, 1864-1871Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Estate of C. R. McKnight; estate of John Pate, Undated, 1874Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Court case State of Texas vs Milton Mast, 1887Add to your cart.
For taxes collected but unpaid. James McKnight et al, plaintiffs, posted his bond
Folder 4: Lawsuits over land and timber rights, 1901-1906Add to your cart.
Involving W. B. McKnight and Blake families
Folder 5: Miscellaneous legal papers of W. B. McKnight, 1885-1903, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Includes jury duty, receipt for court costs, note on oil lease, sale of heifer
Folder 6: Cove Spring Memorial Association, 1884-1942Add to your cart.
Includes Letters re: tax exemption and timber, receipt.
Folder 7: Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1854-1860Add to your cart.
Appointment of trustees for Nacogdoches and Melrose circuits; minutes of Melrose circuit conference
Folder 8: Teaching contracts of Betty and W. B. McKnight, 1874-1881Add to your cart.

Includes schools at Melrose, Cove Spring, Pleasant Hill

Bill for tuition of Mr. McKnight's children, September 10, 1874. [image] June 14, 1874, Teachers voucher for Betty McKnight May 20, 1881, Articles of agreement between W. B. McKnight and Patron of School No.42 June 13, 1881, Contract between Trustees of School Community 42 and W. B. McKnight

Folder 9: Freemasonry, 1869-1915Add to your cart.

Receipt for dues, widow's certificate, letter enclosing history of chairs at Milam Lodge No. 2

Certificate of Master Mason's Widow, to Mrs. McKnight, January 8, 1858. [image]

Folder 10: Miscellaneous., 1898, 1914, UndatedAdd to your cart.

Petition about sheep and goats in Nacogdoches County, Undated

Poll list and tally sheet for stock law election, 1914

Small fliers exonerating W. B. McKnight, Undated

Rev. John Goodwin, 1898

List of McKnight family births and deaths, Undated

Folder 11: Letter from J. L. Burgess, Land agent; Letter from Western Casualty & Guaranty Co.; Blank postcard, 188_, 1911, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Receipts, accounts, and bills, 1866-1895Add to your cart.

Includes cotton bales, groceries

Receipt of sale for 58 bales of cotton, June 28, 1866. [image]

Folder 13: Land deeds, 1849-1857Add to your cart.
Includes Stephen Nichols, John Minchew, William Riley Seals
Folder 14: Land deeds and transcriptions of deeds, 1859-1902Add to your cart.
Includes Eldred Coleson, Procella/de la Cerda family. Notes about Shaker lands in Ohio on back of one deed
Folder 15: Field notes, plats, and chain of title for various tracts, 1842-1926, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Includes John Poe, Blount family, Oscar B. Slay, E. Fite
Folder 16: Miscellaneous land papers, 1847-1920Add to your cart.
Includes receipt for certificate, land lease, oil lease, timber rights
Folder 17: List of land owners and acreage, notes about land, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Petition of Anna M. C. Keller Jones, 1850Add to your cart.
Includes copies of Spanish documents of Daniel Keller
Folder 19: Miscellaneous legal papers, 1868-1885, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Includes judgment in Sarah Thompson vs E. S. Huston; partitions of Rusk and Lacey family lands; notes
Folder 20: Confederate service discharge of H. R. Hyde, 1863Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Estate papers of Martha Nichols, 1859-1862Add to your cart.
Includes bills, accounts, and receipts
Folder 22: Treasury warrants, 1862-1890Add to your cart.

Includes Freestone County, TX; Panola County, TX; United States of America; State of Louisiana; Natchitoches Parrish, LA; Bossier Parrish, LA

March 1, 1864, No.4610, State of Louisiana, 50 cents March 1, 1864, No.5098, State of Louisiana, 50 cents March 1, 1864, No.3348, State of Louisiana, 1 dollar August 12, 1852, No.505, Parrish of Natchitoches, 1 dollar July 1, 1862, No.5710, Parrish of Bossier, 1 dollar July 1, 1862, No.1240, Parrish of Bossier, 25 cents

Folder 23: Treasury warrants, 1862-1863Add to your cart.

State of Texas

January 28, 1862, No.3531 State of Texas Treasury Warrant for Military Service, 10 dollars May 20, 1862, No.56641 State of Texas Treasury Warrant for Military Service, 5 dollars April 9, 1863, No.5958 State of Texas Treasury Warrant for Civil Service, 20 dollars November 7, 1862, No.57636 State of Texas Treasury Warrant for Civil Service, 10 dollars October 3, 1863, No.14965 State of Texas Treasury Warrant for Civil Service, 20 dollars

Folder 24: Treasury warrants, 1864Add to your cart.

State of Texas

November 15, 1864, No.28379 State of Texas Treasury Warrant for Civil Service, 50 dollars November 15, 1864, No.28181 State of Texas Treasury Warrant for Civil Service, 2 dollars 50 cents November 15, 1864, No.28353 State of Texas Treasury Warrant for Civil Service, 20 dollars November 14, 1864, No.27432 State of Texas Treasury Warrant for Civil Service, 10 dollars November 14, 1864, No.27417 State of Texas Treasury Warrant for Civil Service, 10 dollars

Folder 25: Miscellaneous, 1888-1907Add to your cart.

Portion of a seed catalog

Teaching contract of H. J. Richardson for Holly Springs School, Nacogdoches County

One share of 5 dollars of Dallas Branch of the Cooperative Manufacturing Alliance of Texas, June 7, 1888 No.842. [image] Judge Sam A. Wilson died, Funeral notice, January 24, 1892. [image]


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