Thursday, October 10, 2013

Will of James Blake of Langport, Somerset - The National Archives PROB 11/2233/423, probated 16 Jun 1856

James Blake, testator, lives at Langport and there was a Blake family at Langport earlier as can be seen from a later will. Were they related? That is a mystery for the moment. James had a large family and they continued to live at Langport into the mid 1900s. There is a set of genealogical notes to go with the National Archives record below that I may order one of these days.

From the National Archives (UK) website:

BLAKE FAMILY  DD\LC/47/1  [1823]-1940

1 bdl.

Wine and Spirit Merchants of Langport: Marriage settlement of Jas. Dyer Blake of L. and Caroline Culverwell of Wiveliscombe incl. The Travellers Rest, Wiveliscombe, 1859. Blake wills: James Dyer Blake 1900, pr.1902; Caroline Blake (admon) 1905; Mary Anna Blake (admon) 1937; Alfred Blake, 1939; Alice Caroline Blake (admon) 1923; all of Langport. Ledger 1888-1889 and 1938-1940. Genealogical notes [1823]-1908

On Find my past James Dyer Blake was baptized 29 Jun 1823 the son of James and Charlotte Blake. Father was a book keeper at Dolphin Inn, Honiton. From Free BMD James Dyer Blake died jun quarter 1902 at the age of 78 years so was born circa 1824. He died at Langport. He was married twice with the second marriage sep quarter 1859 to Caroline Culverwell of Wiveliscombe. The first marriage was December quarter 1849 before his father wrote his will.

On the 1901 Census James Dyer Blake is a Wine Merchant, 77 years of age born at Honiton, married to Caroline 64 years of age born at Colyton, Devon with children Walter J 39 , John C 38, Alfred 33, Mary Anna 30 and Alice Caroline 23 all born at Langport.

On the 1891 census James Dyer Blake is a Wine Merchant 67 years of age, wife Caroline, sons Walter J, John C, Alfred and daughters Emily 25, Mary A and Alice C.

On the 1881 census James Dyer Bake ris a wine merchant with his wife Caroline and sons Walter J, John C, Alfred and daughters Emily, Mary A and Alice C.

On the 1871 census James Dyer Blake is a wine merchant with wife Caroline and Caroline’s aunt Elizabeth 64 years. No children present (perhaps the boys are at school and Emily away and the rest to be born. They are at Clevedon in Bedminster RD actually which is interesting.

On the 1861 census James Dyer Blake is a wine and spirits merchant at Langport with his wife Caroline and his mother Charlotte 66 years of age and she was born at Halse. Aunt Betsy Dyer is also with them. No children.

On the 1851 census at Langport, James Blake (testator) is 53 years of age and is an Innkeeper and Wine Merchant. Born at Honiton Devon and his wife Charlotte is 55 years of age and born at Kitisford Somerset. With them is their son James Dyer Blake a widower 28 years of age born at Honiton and Betsy Dyer sister in law (57) of James Blake.

On the 1841 census at Langport Eastover, James Blake is a wine manufacturer and publican not born in Somerset, his wife Charlotte born in Somerset, his son James 15 not born in Somerset, his son John 10 born in Somerset, Betsey Dyer 75, independent, Mary Dyer 35 independent and both born in Somerset. Perhaps Betsey Dyer on this census is the mother of Charlotte.

The Honiton Tithe Apportionment lists Richard and John Blake as occupiers of the Dolphin Inn and Garden as part of the Manor of Honiton. This particular survey would have occurred after 1836 and probably before 1848 and this James is known to be at the Dolphin Inn at the time of the baptism of his son James Dyer Blake. Checking the census there is a Richard Blake Innkeeper of the Dolphin Hotel 70 years of age and listed with him Richard Blake 35 years of age both born in Devon. Is this the father of James the testator? There is a marriage of Richard Blake and Jane Denner 17 Feb 1795 at Honiton, Devon on Find my past. On the Family Search website there is the birth of James Blake to Richard and Jane and baptism 27 Dec 1797 at Honiton on Otter, Devon, England.

Children of Richard Blake and Jane Denner baptized at Honiton on Otter:

James baptized 27 Dec 1797
Mary baptized 31 Dec 1800
Izabella baptized 22 Feb 1805;  buried 27 Aug 1805
Richard baptized 17 Feb 1805
Jane Denner baptized 26 Jan 1808
Isabella Mary baptized 19 Sep 1810 (born 5 Sep 1810)
John Denner baptized 25 Jan 1814

This is the second Blake family at Honiton on Otter. The will of James Blake, yeoman, was probated 8 Jun 1833 and was blogged:

Were these two families related further back. This James mentions his two daughters Mary and Betsy in his will and their children. This James was said to be a son of William and Elizabeth Blake from an online website:

This Blake family was said to be originally from Gittisham, Devon and they have seven children listed including a Thomas Michel Blake baptized 2 May 1756 and a William Blake baptized 28 May 1758. Richard, likely father of James was 70 on the 1841 census so born circa 1771. This would appear to be too short a time interval for these two sons to be the father of Richard. Interesting though to find this information and I shall have to see what I can find out about the Blake family at Gittisham. Gittisham is about three miles from Honiton.

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 7 Oct 2013
Source: The National Archives, PROB 11/2233/423
Testator: James Blake
Place: Langport, Somerset, England
Type of Record: Will
Date of document: 19 Apr 1856, probated 16 Jun 1856
Condition: 19th century English, legible copy

[Margin]: James
[Margin]: Blake
[Margin]: 5

1    This is the last Will and Testament
2    of me James Blake of Langport in the County of Somerset I give devise and
3    bequeath All my Real and Personal Estate whatsoever unto my son James Dyer
4    Blake Upon the trusts following that is to say Upon trust when and as can most
5    conveniently be done to convert the same into money and thereout in the first place
6    to pay to my Wife Charlotte the sum of five hundred pounds secured to her by my
7    Marriage Settlement and to invest the residue thereof in such real or personal secu-
8    rities as he shall think fit and to stand possessed of the interest dividends and produce
9    thereof Upon trust during the lifetime of my said Wife to pay to her the annual sum
10    of one hundred pounds and to divide the residue of such interest dividends and produce
11    equally between and amongst himself and my two sons Richard and John and my
12    daughter Charlotte And from and immediately after the decease of my said Wife to
13    stand possessed of the said monies or of the securities on which the same shall be
14    then invested Upon trust to divide the same equally between and amongst himself
15    and my said two sons Richard and John and my daughter Charlotte And I hereby
16    declare that if my said son James Dyer Blake thinks proper to carry on my business
17    of a Wine and Spirit Merchant it shall be lawful for him to retain in his hands a
18    sufficient portion of my personal estate for the purpose of carrying on such business
19    paying therefore a reasonable rate of interest And I hereby appoint the said James
20    Dyer Blake to be the sole Executor of this my Will And I declare that the receipt
21    in writing of the said James Dyer Blake for any trust monies shall discharge the person
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22    or persons paying the same from all responsibility as to the application thereof And I
23    declare that the said James Dyer Blake may receive all his expences incident to the
24    performance of the trusts In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this nineteenth
25    day of April one thousand eight hundred and fifty six James Blake Signed by
26    the said Testator as his last Will in the presence of us present at the same time who in
27    his presence and the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses
28    Ann Byer Matilda Irvin
29    Proved at London 16th June 1856 before the Judge by the oath of James Dyer
30    Blake the Son the sole Executor to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn
31    by Commission duly to administer.

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