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

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

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