Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Will of Jeremiah Blake, shoemaker, Ryde, Isle of Wight - National Archives, PROB 11/2072/287, probated 13 Apr 1848

The Blake family on the Isle of Wight has an interesting history. I know that descendants of Charles Blake of Abbots Ann lived on the Isle of Wight from the mid 1800s on but I am fairly confident that Jeremiah is not a descendant of Charles Blake of Abbots Ann.

Emma Blake daughter of Jeremiah Blake and Hannah Harris was baptized 15 Jun 1817 at Ryde, Isle of Wight (C06957-1 Family Search). Jeremiah Blake married Hannah Harris 23 May 1816 at Newchurch, Hampshire (I03940-5 Family Search),From Free BMD, marriage of Emma Blake and Henry Jennings September quarter 1839 at Isle of Wight Registration District. That accounts for all the individuals mentioned in Jeremiah's will that are related to him.

Jeremiah is on the 1841 census at Newchurch, Ryde, Isle of Wight, District 9 and with him  is his wife Hannah (both are listed as 50 years of age). He is a shoemaker and living with them a daughter Martha 15 years of age (not mentioned in the will), and Sarah Dashwood a female Servant of 15 years. All were born in Hampshire.

Given Jeremiah's age he is perhaps the Jeremiah Blake baptized 10 Oct 1790 at Godshill near Newport Hampshire and the son of James Blake and Ann Strugnell who were married 11 Dec 1775 at St Marys Portsea. Godshill is on the Isle of Wight so a very interesting possibility with Jeremiah being an unusual forename.

Children baptized to James and Anne Blake at Godshill (near Newport), Isle of Wight:

Joseph Blake baptized 16 Mar 1777
Robert Blake baptized 6 Jun 1779
Elizabeth Blake baptized 2 Sep 1781
Ann Blake baptized 22 Jan 1783
Jane Blake baptized 25 Aug 1784
Sarah Blake baptized 17 Oct 1785
Richard Blake baptized 27 Mar 1788
Jeremiah Blake baptized 10 Oct 1790
Isaac Blake baptized 29 Apr 1792
Henry Blake baptized 2 Feb 1794
Jane Blake baptized 9 Oct 1796

Since James and Ann were married at St Marys Portsea I wonder if their children are the first in this family to be baptized on the Isle of Wight.

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 29 Sep 2012
Source:  The National Archives, PROB 11/2072/287
Name of testator: Jeremiah Blake, Shoemaker
Place: Ryde, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England
Type of Record: Will
Dated:, 25 Dec 1847, probated 13 Apr 1848
Read: Electronic file images
Condition: cramped English writing, 19th century, bold copy
[In margin] Jeremiah
[In margin] Blake
[In margin] 6

1    This is the last Will and Testament
2    of me Jeremiah Blake of Ryde in the Isle of Wight Shoemaker I give
3    and bequeath unto my dear wife Hannah all that my leasehold messuage
4    and land situate in Ryde and Oatfield aforesaid and also all my leasehold
    [Page 2]
5    goods and furniture and property on surites and all other my
6    personal estate of what nature or kind soever the same may be to
7    hold the same unto my said Wife her executors administrators and assigns
8    according to the different natures and qualities thereof for her own abso
9    lute use and benefit subject only to my just debts and testamentary
10    expences I appoint my said wife Hannah sole Executrix of this
11    Will If my wife make no Will I give and bequeath all that my lease
12    hold message and land and all other my personal estate of what nature
13    or kind soever the same may be to my daughter Emma the wife of Henry
14    Jennings and unto her children to be toatlay divided between them I
15    appoint my said daughter Emma Jennings the wife of Henry sole Executor of
16    this my will hereby revoking all other wills by me heretofore was In
17    witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this fourth twenty fifth day of May December in
18    the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty five seven Jeremiah
19    Blake Signed by the said Testator as his last Will and Testament in the
20    presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his pres
21    ence and in the presence of each subscribed our names as witnesses
22    Jeremiah Blake [signed]
23    Witnesses Edwin Perry Riddell [signed] Walter John Bull Saunders[signed]
24    In the goods of Jeremiah Blake deceased
25    Appeared Personally Edwin Perry Riddell of
26    Ryde in the Isle of Wight Grocer and Oath that he is one of the
27    subscribed witnesses to the last Will and Testament of Jeremiah Blake
28    late of Ryde in the Isle of Wight in the County of Southampton
29    Shoemaker deceased bearing date the twenty fifth date of December aforesaid the said
30    Testator duly executed his said Will by signing his name at the foot of the
31    clause of attestation to the said Will in the presence of this deponant and of a
32    Walter John Bull Saunders the other subscribed witness thereto who
33    was present at the same time and this deponant and the said Walter John
34    Bull subscribed thereupon attested and subscribed the
35    said will in the presence of the said Testator And he lastly made oath that
36    having now particularly refered to the words the wife of Henry which
37    are written in the margin of the said Will opposite to the ninth line of the
38    second side thereof alos to the word fourth which is struck through with a
39    pen at the end of the twelth line of the second side of the said Will and the
40    word May which is in like manner struck through in the last line
41    thereto and also noticed the words twenty fifth December which are interlined
42    between the said twelth and the thirteenth lines of the said second side of the said Will
43    and the word five struck through with a pen in the fifteenth line of the
44    same side and the word seven interlined over the name this deponant
45    saith that the said recited words were so struck through and the said interlin
46    ation was so made previous to the execution of the said will Edwin Perry
47    Riddell On the twenty seventh day of March 1848 the said Edwin Perry
48    Riddell was duly sworn to the truth of this affidavit Before me W Spuriar
49    Phillips Commissioner Edwin Perry Riddell on the 5th day of April 1848*
50    *the said Edwin Perry Riddell was duly sworn to the truth of this Affidavid before me W: Sprescot Phillips Commissioner
51    Proved at London 13th April 1848 before the Judge by the oath of Hannah
52    Blake Widow the Relict the sole Executrix as therefore named to whom Admon was granted
53    having been first sworn by Common duly to administer

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