Thursday, April 27, 2017

Will of Jasper Blake, gunner, of his Majestys Ship Hawke - The National Archives, PROB 11/731, probated 31 Jan 1743

The testator, Jasper Blake, provides lots of identifying comments in his will. Comments on this will include in the margin: Void being registered before

And on the bottom of the page: Examined with the Original Wills by me Silas Duncombe.

Jasper Blake mentions the Blake family of Galway in his will naming his brother as Francis Blake. This is the family of Thomas Blake the elder who lived at Furbough, Galway. Francis was the elder son.

Ancestry Chart of Jasper Blake

                                +--- 12-Richard Caddell alias Blake,b.Bef 1278,d.???
                                |
                             +--+ 11-Walter Blake,d.Aft Mar 1357
                             |  |   
                             |  +--- 12-Eveline,d.???
                             |
                          +--+ 10-Geoffrey Blake,d.???
                          |
                       +--+ 9-Walter Blake,d.1452
                       |
                    +--+ 8-John Blake,d.???
                    |
                 +--+ 7-Richard Blake,d.???
                 |
              +--+ 6-Patrick Blake,d.???
              |
           +--+ 5-Alderman Andrew Blake,d.1624
           |
        +--+ 4-Andrew (Oge) Blake,d.1687
        |  |      
        |  |  +--- 6-Martin,d.???
        |  |  |
        |  +--+ 5-Juliane Martin,d.???
        |
     +--+ 3-Francis Blake,d.???
     |  |      
     |  |  +--- 5-Dominick Martyn,d.???
     |  |  |
     |  +--+ 4-Christiane Martyn,d.???
     |
  +--+ 2-Thomas Blake The Elder,d.???
  |  |   
  |  +--- 3-Jane Martyn,d.???
  |
--+ 1-Jasper Blake,d.???
Jasper is the 8th great grandson of Richard Caddell alias Blake. Francis, his brother, was still living in 1748 and his son was Thomas Blake, the younger. This Thomas died without issue and any property devolved upon his cousin John Blake, eldest son of Andrew Blake of Ballymanagh.

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 26 Apr 2017
Source:  The National Archives, PROB 11/731
Name of testator: Jasper Blake, Gunner
Place: of his Majestys Ship Hawke
Type of Record: Will
Dated: 20 Oct 1741, probated 31 Jan 1743

[In margin]: Jasper Blake

1    In the Name of God Amen
2    I Jasper Blake Gunner of his Majesties Ship Hawke being in
3    Bodily health and of sound and disposing Mind and Memory and
4    considering the perils and dangers of the Seas and other uncertain
5    ties of this transitory Life do for avoiding controversies after my
6    decease make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament
7    in manner and Form following (That is to say) First I recommend
8    my Soul to God that gave it and my Body I commit to the
9    Earth or Sea as it shall please God to order and as for and
10    concerning all my Worldly Estate I Give bequeath and dispose
11    there of as followeth that is to say I Give and bequeath the
12    whole of my Real and personal Estate by and Between William
13    Hawes of the Navy Office Gentleman and Sarah Harthy of the
11    parish of Maccullen of the County of Galway but in case she dyes
15    I Give the said One moiety to her Son John and to my Brother
16    Francis Blake I Give one shilling Wages sum and sums of money
17    Lands Tenements Goods Chattels and Estate whatsoever as shall be
18    be any ways due owing or belonging unto me at the time of
19    my decease I do Give devise and Bequeath the same unto the
20    said William Hawes and Sarah Harthy in case she died to her
21    Son John Harthy to be equally divided between the said William
22    Hawes his Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby
23    revokeing all former and other Wills Testaments and deeds of Gift
24    by me at any time heretofore made and I do Ordain and Ratify
25    these presents to stand and be for and as my only last Will and
26    Testament In Witness whereof to this my said Will I have
27    set my hand and Seal the Twentieth day of October Anno domini
28    1741 and in the Fifteenth year of the Reign of his Majesty King
29    George the Second over Great Britain etc Jasper Blake
30    Signed Sealed published and declared in the presence of Rob
31    Mercer Thomas Wright R Wooding
32    This Will was proved at London before the Right
33    Worshipfull John Bettesworth doctor of Laws Master Keeper or
34    Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully
35    constituted on the Thirty first day of January in the Year of our
36    Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and Forty three by the Oath
37    of William Hawes Esquire the Executor in the said Will named
38    To whom Administration was Granted of all and singular the
39    Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased being first sworn
40    duly to administer

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Brave New World - a rare political post for me

Well President Trump's White House has leaked that an Executive Order may be coming down the tube taking the United States out of NAFTA. Having watched in the 1990s as the introduction of NAFTA decimated the manufacturing section of southwestern Ontario, I greet this newest rumour in deep thought. Canada has suffered under NAFTA in a similar fashion to the United States but on the other hand both countries have benefitted from NAFTA. Eliminating it will certainly tell us of its value.

It will likely hurt Canada initially but there is an opportunity now for small business to flourish once again in Canada and grow with the competition gone from similar types of small businesses from the United States which made these much smaller similar enterprises not profitable. As I said in the title, it is a brave new world but I can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel. Canadians are hard workers and initiators and we will prevail.

It is interesting that we are one of the few countries in the world with whom the United States has a trade surplus; they sell 11.9 Billion dollars more to us then we sell to them as of December 2016. When President Trump started to attack us this past week, I decided to do a little research on what he was saying about us and the opposite is true with regard to trade between us.

We really would rather have our cheese made with fresh milk and that is all that this business with dairy is about. Freeze dried blocks of milk just do not cut it; we like our cheese and we like our small cheese makers here in the eastern part of Canada (and probably many other parts as well!). The United States still sells us 500 million dollars in milk product compared to the 100 million dollars that we actually ship to them. I am surprised that we actually sell milk to the United States (must be cheese) given that Wisconsin has more milk cows in that state than we have in all of Canada. New York State seems the most upset in that regard but they will really miss having that huge market in Toronto where their products typically sell. Our milk producers will have to work 24 hours a day to keep up with that demand! However, it is a decision that the United States must make. We can only tell them the actual numbers and what stands to be lost to them. They do have a trade surplus with us!

As for our softwood lumber and the tariff I have watched that come and go through my 71 years. First the tariff then we go to the World Trade Organization and they decide in our favour that our softwood is not subsidized (it isn't) and then we have a deal for ten years and we do the same thing decade after decade.

We love our American neighbours and we try to help them whenever our help is needed. We will miss the free flow of goods across the border back and forth. We will suffer for a bit but we will recover and move ahead. I suspect that our immigration will increase dramatically and more people make more industries and prosperity soon follows. One big plus is the hydroponic vegetables growing now in southwestern Ontario. With high tariffs it will be worthwhile to really expand their business and we will not need to buy any more fresh vegetables from the United States in the winter (they cross the border without tariff under NAFTA and Toronto eats a lot of fresh vegetable along with the rest of us!). Snow does rather impede our having fresh vegetables and fresh fruit!

After so many years with NAFTA, I think it is a good trade deal in the long run and we all benefit greatly from NAFTA; time will show that I expect. We will miss it for sure. But as always we will be here for our neighbours to the south ready to help them out whenever they need help. We have this shared continent with its wild weather and all that that brings and we have always passed back and forth helping each other.

Will of James Blake, Boatswain on board his Majestys Ship Ringdove - The National Archives PROB 11/1540, probated 7 Jan 1813

James Blake, the testator does not give enough information in his will to locate him.

https://threedecks.org/index.php?display_type=show_ship&id=6203

The sloop Ringdove was refitted at Chatham Dockyard in 1808. In 1813 it sailed for North America. 

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 25 Apr 2017
Source:  The National Archives, PROB 11/1540
Name of testator: James Blake, Boatswain
Place: on board his Majestys Ship Ringdove
Type of Record: Will
Dated: 9 May 1810, probated 7 Jan 1813

[In margin]: James Blake 4

1    In the Name of God Amen I James
2    Blake Boatswain of his Majestys Sloop Kingdove being of sound
3    and disposing mind and memory do hereby make this my last
4    Will and Testament First and principally I commend my Soul into
5    the hands of Almighty God hoping for remission of all my Sins
6    through the merits of Jesus Christ my blessed Saviour and redeemer
7    and my body to the Earth or Sea as it shall please God and as for
8    such Worldly Estate and effects which I shall be possessed of or
9    entitled unto at the time of my decease I bequeath the same
10    as followeth that is to say I bequeath unto My Friend Mr A
11    Cohan of No 73 Chatham in the County of Kent all such
12    wages Sum and Sums of money as now or hereafter may be
13    due to me for my Service or otherwise _____ the said Ship or
11    any other Ship or vessel and I do hereby nominate constitute
15    and appoint the said Mr A Cohan Executor of this my Will and
16    Testament And I do bequeath unto my said Executor all the
17    rest and residue of my Estate whatever both real and personal
18    hereby revoking and making void all other and former Wills by
19    me heretofore made and I do declare this to be my will and Testament
20    In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the
21    Ninth day of May in the year of our Lord 1810 and in the Fifty first
22    year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the grace
23    of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland King
24    defender of the faith etc. James Blake Signed and Sealed
25    published and declared by the said James Blake as said for his
26    last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto
27    subscribed our Names as Witnesses in the presence of the said
28    testator Wm Dowers Captain Peter Honnor Master Geo Green 1st
29    Lieutenant
30    Proved at London 7th Jan 1813 before the Judge by the Oath of
31    Arthur Cowan the sole Executor to whom Admon was granted being
32    first sworn by Commission duly to administer

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Will of James Blake, Midshipman on board his Majestys Ship Ardent - The National Archives PROB 11/1261, probated 1 Jun 1795

James Blake, the testator, is perhaps the James Blake baptized 23 Mar 1756 and son of Thomas baptized at Portsea St Mary, Hampshire. James mentions his father as Thomas Blake in the will below. There are a number of Blake families in Portsea.

Other children baptized at Portsea with Thomas Blake as parent:

Thomas Blake baptized 29 Nov 1749
Mary Softly Blake baptized 16 Oct 1754
Elizabeth Blake baptized 13 Jul 1757
Elizabeth Blake baptized 27 Jan 1760
Lilly Blake baptized 19 May 1765

Thomas Blake married Jane Morlen (widow and widower) 13 May 1762 at Portsea.

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 25 Apr 2017
Source:  The National Archives, PROB 11/1261
Name of testator: James Blake, Midshipman
Place: on board his Majestys Ship Ardent
Type of Record: Will
Dated: 10 Jun 1793, probated 1 Jun 1795

[In margin]: James Blake

1    In the Name of God Amen
2    I James Blake Midshipman on board his Majestys
3    Ship Ardent Robert Manners Sutton Esquire Commander
4    being in Bodily health and of sound and disposing
5    Mind and Memory and Considering the perils and
6    dangers of the Seas and other uncertainties of this
7    transitory Life do for avoiding Controversies after my
8    decease make publish and declare this my last Will
9    and Testament in manner following that is to say
10    First I recommend my Soul to God that gave it and
11    my Body I commit to the Earth or Sea as it shall
12    please God to order and as for and concerning all
13    my worldly Estate I give bequeath and dispose thereof
11    as followeth that is to say all and singular such
15    Salary Tickets Bounty Money Prize Money Shop Allowance ______ Smart Money _____
16    Goods wares Merchandizes profits Freights Rents and
17    arrears of Rents Wages Sum and Sums of Money Lands
18    Tenements Goods Chattels and Estate whatsoever as shall
19    be any ways due owing or belonging unto me at the
20    time of my decease I do give devise and bequeath the
21    same unto my beloved Father Thomas Blake living at
22    the Lion of the Rainbow St Georges Square in the Town
23    of Portsea in the County of Hampshire and in default
24    thereof to my Brother John Blake of the Town and
25    County aforesaid and I do hereby nominate and I
26    appoint my father and Brother of the Town and
27    County aforesaid Executors of this my last Will and
28    Testament hereby revoking all former and other wills
29    Testaments and Deeds of Gifts by me at any time
30    heretofore made and I do ordain and ratify these
31    presents to stand and be for and as my only last
32    Will and Testament In witness whereof to this my said
33    Will I have set my hand and Seal the Tenth day
34    of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven
35    hundred and Ninety three and in the thirty third year
36    of the Reign of His Majesty King George the third over
37    Great Britain etc Jas. Blake Signed Sealed published
38    and declared in the presence of R. M. Sutton Captain H
39    Quinton Master
40    This Will was proved at London the first day
41    of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven
42    hundred and ninety five before the Right Honorable
43    Sir William Wynne Knight doctor of Laws Master
44    Keeper or Commissary of the prerogative Court of
45    Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oaths of Thomas
46    Blake the Father and John Blake the Brother of the
47    deceased and the Executors named in the said will to
48    whom administration was granted of all and singular
49    the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said decease having
50    been first sworn by Commission duly to administer

Monday, April 24, 2017

H11 Newsletter

I am working on the H11 Newsletter as I decided to go to four issues per year. If anyone has anything they would like to submit for possible addition in the Newsletter please let me know. Kippeeb@rogers.com

To really have the greatest value research wise adding your furtherest back "female" ancestor with her location can be beneficial.