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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- Item 1: Commission and oath of Bennett Blake as Captain in the Vermont Militia, 1834
- Item 2: Land grant to Henry Krabers signed by Anson Jones, 1845
- Item 3: Land grant to heirs of William Hamilton signed by Anson Jones, 1846
- Item 4: Land grant to Elias E. Hamilton signed by Gov. P. H. Bell, July 30, 1850
- Item 5: Land grant to John A. White signed by Gov. P. H. Bell., 1850
- Item 6: Land grant to Bennett Blake, assignee of John B. Long signed by Gov. E. M. Pease, 1855
- Item 7: Certified copy of land grant to John Reid, 1855
- Item 8: Certified copy of land grant to Isaac Kneeland, 1854
- Item 9: Broadside notice of land for sale in Nacogdoches County, 1875
- Includes hand-drawn plat
- Item 10: Blueprint Nacogdoches Land Company's map of Nacogdoches Oil Field, Undated
- Item 11: Bennett Blake's file of promissory notes, 1837-1843
- Leather or sheep skin with pockets for filing small papers alphabetically, rolled and tied
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