I am the Genealogist for the Blake and Pratt families of Bibb Co., AL. Additions and corrections to the following data are welcomed. Although I have many records, the lines of descent here are primarily my line and not much is given after 1900 for reasons of privacy. Much of the early data below came from the book by Kate Blake Daus, (Mrs. Milton J.), Southern Blakes, 1956. Much of the data below that is not my line was furnished by others and has not been verified by me. I published a genealogy of the Bibb Co., AL, branch of this family in 1988. Copies are still available. All researchers of this family owe Mrs. Daus a great debt for her research into the family of Thomas Blake of Isle of Wight Co., VA, but she did make several errors. The worst was claiming that Thomas was a grandson of Sir Robert Blake, the Admiral, and General of the Sea, of Cromwell. Research has shown that this Sir Robert Blake never married and had no children. She appears to have confused the Admiral with his grandfather, Sir Robert Blake, the Mayor of Bridgwater, Somerset. The Admiral's father was Humphrey Blake, who had 12 sons and a daughter, the Admiral being his first child. Details on the family are available from the Admiral Blake Museum in Bridgwater, Somerset. The Admiral's house is now a museum. From my research proving that John Blake of Bibb Co., AL, was a descendant of Thomas Blake of Isle of Wight Co., VA, Betty (Bass) Cleere of Hattiesburg, MS, has been accepted into the Colonial Dames of the XVIIth Century. Her National Number is II445. She was also the first of John's descendants accepted into the D.A.R. on the Rev. War service of his father William Blake of Elbert Co., GA. Her National D.A.R. Number is 572269. Thomas BLAKE's will dated 30 Jan 1707/8, proved 20 Dec 1709 Isle of Wight Co., VA, (Will Book 2, p. 501), m. Alice d. after 1709. It is estimated he was born about 1640. 8 Jun 1664 Grant to Thomas Blake of 240 acres in Isle of Wight Co., VA, land due for transporting five persons, signed by William Berkley, Knight, Governor [5 persons were transported for this land - Christopher Pembroke, Thomas Ratcliffe, James Pester, Edith Patch, William Taylor] Virginia Land Office Patents Book 5, p. 305  The original book named the transported persons. The copy of this book which was microfilmed by the VA State Archives did not list many of them. Nugent in her CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS, 1934, used the original book and listed the transported persons. The number in brackets is the page of the copy. 10 Nov 1665 William Cook Jr. sold 300 acres to Thomas Woodward, adj. to Thomas Blake 17th Cent. I. of W. Co., VA, by Boddie, p. 543 4 Sep 1666 Edmond Palmer and Alice his wife sell to Robert King 150 acres where Thomas Blake lives, adj. land of Nicholas Smith and Palmer, to Roger Davis, to road to James City 17th Cent. I. of W. Co., VA. by Boddie, p. 545 3 May 1669 Joseph Poole, by will appointed Elizabeth, his relict, Exter. recorded 23 of 7ber 1669 Security John Britt, Thomas Blake Wills and Administrations of I. of W. Co., VA, by Blanche Adams Chapman, 1938, p. 19 18 Aug 1670 Grant to Thomas Blake of 400 acres of land in Isle of Wight Co., VA, 240 acres of the aforesaid land being due by part of a former patent bearing date of eighth of June 1664 and the residue being 160 acres on a patent being dated 18 August 1670, adjacient Thomas Kings land Virginia Land Office Patents Book 6, p. 305 [3 persons were transported for this 160 acres - Edward Lane, John Rooks, Edward Phillips] 9 Jun 1781 William Phillips dying intestate, also rep. by his relict, recorded 18 Jun 1681, Security George Bell, Thomas Blake Wills and Administrations of I. of W., VA, by Blanche Adams Chapman, 1938, p. 152 20 Oct 1691 Francis Nicholson granted to Maj. Arthur Allen 170 acres near Mr. Tooke, Capt. England, Thoas. Blake and Ed. Brantley. 17th Cent. I. of W. Co., VA,by Boddie, p. 639 20 Oct 1691 John Wills of I. of W. Co. sells to Nathaniel Whitley 170 acres between Mr. Tooke, Capt. England, Thos. Blake and Ed. Brantley, in Upper Parish, formerly purchased by Robert Flake, granted to Maj. Ar. Allen 17th Cent. I. of W., Co., VA, by Boddie, p. 639 9 Aug 1692 Arthur Allen of Lawnes Creek Par. sells to Robert Flake of Upper Par. 170 acres lying between Thomas Tooke, Capt. England, Thomas Blake and Edmund Brantley 17th Cent. I. of W. Co., VA, by Boddie, p. 607 14 Nov-2 Dec 1695 shippers by the GEORGE of Plymouth England, Mr. Thomas Blake bound from Plymouth England to Virginia PRO E 190 / 1055 / 3 THE COMPLETE BOOK OF IMMIGRANTS, V. 2, p 655 26 Oct 1698 Shippers by the GEORGE of Plymouth England, Mr. Thomas Blake bound from Plymouth England to Virginia PRO E 190 / 1058 / 2. THE COMPLETE BOOK OF IMMIGRANTS, V. 2, p. 701 9 Jun 1702 Thomas Blake and Alice his wife sell to John Prime for 3000 lb. tobo. 100 acres of land in I. of W. Co., part of a patent of 400 acres granted him 20 Oct 1670, adj. Thomas Tooke. Wit: Ar. Smith, John Brown 17th Cent. I. of W. Co., VA, by Boddie, p. 647 26 Feb 1703 Shippers by the JAMES of Plymouth England, Mr. Thomas Blake bound from Plymouth England to Virginia PRO E 190 / 1062 / 28. THE COMPLETE BOOK OF IMMIGRANTS, v. 3, p. 176 10 Apr 1704 Deed of Thomas Blake of Upper Par., to son William Blake and Mary his wife, 100 acres in Upper Parish, Isle of Wight Co., VA, (Alice Blake signs dower) Wit: Thos. Tooke, John Smith 17the Cent. I. of W. Co., VA, by Boddie, p. 653 Nicholas Sessoms gave a similar tract to his daughter Mary Blake and son-in-law William Blake. These appear to have been marriage gifts. Children: 1 William BLAKE Sr. [see below] 2 Isodemius Christine BLAKE m. BURGESS 3 Judith W. BLAKE m. SMITH 4 Elizabeth BLAKE m. Joseph POOLE 1 William BLAKE Sr.'s will dtd 1 Nov 1742, probated 12 Mar 1746 Isle of Wight Co., VA, m. Jan 1704 Isle of Wight Co., Mary SESSOMS, dau. of Nicholas and Katherine SESSOMS of Lawnes Creek Par., Surry Co., VA. Nicholas's will was proven 21 Nov 1716 Surry Co., VA. Children: 1 William BLAKE Jr. [see below] 2 John BLAKE d. bef. 3 Jun 1774 Wake Co., NC. 3 Hannah BLAKE 4 Mary BLAKE 5 Thomas BLAKE 1 John BLAKE 2 Ethelred BLAKE 3 James BLAKE m. Sarah CLIFTON 4 Samuel BLAKE d. 23 Jan 1807 Wake Co., NC, m. bef. 1770 Amey RIDDECK, dau. of Nicholas REDDICK and Kathereine [desc. from Barbara Stancliff] 1 Howell BLAKE m. Nancy SEXTON 2 James BLAKE m. Martha PAGE 3 Thomas (Samuel) BLAKE b.c. 1770 m(1) 20 Mar 1797 Mary CLEMENTS, dau. of William CLEMENTS and Elizabeth DANIEL 31 Matilda BLAKE b.c. 1798 NC, m. 8 Mar 1817 Henry BYSUM 32 Nancy BLAKE b.c. 1800 NC, m. James HARRIS 33 William J. BLAKE b. 6 Feb 1806 Wake Co., NC, d. 14 Jan 1862 Panola Co., TX, m(1) 1 Mar 1826 Eliza HINCH, m(2) 9 May 1837 Sarah Cole JOPLING 34 Philip BLAKE b.c. 1808 Wake Co., NC, d. 16 Apr 1889 Lawrence Co., TN, m. 27 Nov 1827 Wake Co., Martha JOHNSTON b.c. 1810 NC, dau. of Richard JOHNSTON and Patience MANN 341 Sarah Ann BLAKE b. 6 Aug 1829 Wale Co., d. 21 Nov 1909 Maury co., TN, m. 9 May 1847 Maury Co., John Skipworth LOVE 342 Henry Johnson BLAKE b.c. 1829 NC, m(1) Louisa A. SAMFORD, m(2) 9 Mar 1865 Sarah C. GARTON, m(3) Sally BROOKS 343 William Oliver BLAKE b.c. 1832 Maury Co., d. Oct 1862 TN, m. 25 Sep 1856 Elizabeth P. NOWLIN 344 Mary Julia BLAKE b.c. 1836 Maury Co., m. 15 Mar 1859 William M. FOSTER 345 James Richard BLAKE b.c. 1837 Maury Co., m. 22 Oct 1855 Elizabeth FISHER 346 Martha Elizabeth BLAKE b. 28 Dec 1841 Maury Co., d. 7 Jun 1914 Ellis Co., TC, m. 15 Jun 1858 Newton O. KELSEY 35 Elizabeth BLAKE b. 4 Aug 1809 Wake Co., d. 25 Nov 1898, m. 21 Dec 1827 So. O. WOOTEN 36 Abigail (Gilly) BLAKE b.c. 1810 Wake Co., d. aft. 1880 AR, m. Samuel BLAKE 3 Thomas Samuel BLAKE m(2) 7 Jun 1813 Elizabeth UTLEY 4 Reddick BLAKE m. Polly DANIEL 5 Isham BLAKE Sr. m. Mary Macy CLIFTON Isham BLAKE Jr. m. Margaret A. CROSBY William Bushrod BLAKE m. Susan Olive KING Sarah Frances BLAKE m. Stephen Allen KING 6 Rebecca BLAKE m. John DANIEL 7 Howell BLAKE 8 James BLAKE 5 Benjamin BLAKE 6 Thomas BLAKE 6 Sessoms BLAKE 7 Joseph BLAKE d. 19 Aug 1771 Wake Co., NC, Will Bk 1, p. 8-9 8 Benjamin BLAKE 1 Benjamin BLAKE 1 William BLAKE Jr. d. aft 1774 Wake Co., NC, m. unknown Moved to Edgcomb Co., NC about 1744. He was in the Granville Co., NC, List of Titheables, in 1749 and Militia in 1755. By 1756 he had moved to Johnston Co. 1744 Grant to William Blake in Edgcomb Co., NC on north side of Fishing Creek (later Warren Co.) 1749 NC, Granville Co., List of Titheables Willm. Blake Cond.(?) 2 1750 NC, Granville Co., List of Titheables William Blake one tithe 1 17 Apr 1750 George Rollison to William Blake both of Granville Co., 250 acres on north side of Fishing Creek, being 1/2 of a grant of 500 acres, to John Alston, paid with VA money. Recorded 10 May 1750, Granville Co., NC 1753 NC, Granville Co., List of Titheables Wilm. Blake Jr. won 1754 NC, Granville Co., List of Titheables Wm. Cheek and Wm. Blake Jun 2 Wm. Blake Ser. Son John Negro Ditter 3 4 Mar 1755 William Blake to William Cheek both of Granville Co. (who intermarried with my loving daughter Sarah) 250 acres on the north side of Fishing Creek, being part of a grant of 300 acres to the said William Blake dated Apr 1742. Granville Co., NC, Deed Book B, p. 483 5 Dec 1756 William Blake of Johnston Co. to John Coggan of Granville Co. 250 acres for 20L "... being 1/2 of a tract of 500 acres granted to John Alston on south side of Conway Creek in Johnston Co....." Recorded 1756, Granville Co., NC, Deed Book C. p. 174 6 Jun 1758 William Blake of Johnston Co. to James Thompson 150 acres on north side of Fishing Creek in Granville Co., "said land belonging to William Blake and taken out of William Blake's tract." 1759 NC, Granville Co., List of Titheables William Blak 1 20 Mar 1761 James Simmons to William Blake Sr. both of Johnston Co. 300 acres in St. Stephen's Par., Johnston Co., NC, Deed Book A, p. 1 12 Mar 1761 James Simmons of the County of Johnaton and Provence of NC to William Blake of same for 24 L proclamation money sell 300 acres om Crabtree Creek Wit: John Giles Thomas, James Martin NC, Johnston Co., Deed Book A-1, 1759-1761, p. 155 1765 William Blake Sr. and several others were relieved of duties on work on roads (possibly for age and illness) on north side of Walnut Creek, Johnston Co. 1 William BLAKE III [see below] 2 Sarah BLAKE b.c. 1730, d.c. 1800, m. William CHEEK Sr. b.c. 1722, d.c. 1797 [Cheek info from Forrest King] 21 John CHEEK b.c. 1750, d.c. 1827, m. Sarah THORP d.c. 1827 211 Nancy CHEEK d.c. 1846, m. David Hyde NEWELL d.c. 1830 212 Mary CHEEK m. Jacob COLEMAN 22 William CHEEK b. 1750, d. 1780 23 Martha CHEEK b.c. 1758, d.c. 1838, m. Francis SMART b.c. 1762, d.c. 1802 24 Phebe CHEEK b.c. 1760, d.c. 1790, m. Matthew GOODRICH 25 Mary Cofield CHEEK b.c. 1762, m. John SMITH 26 Randolph CHEEK b.c. 1764, d. 1807, m. GREEN 261 Hixley CHEEK m.Matthew DUKE Jr. b.c. 1785, d.c. 1821 262 Martha CHEEK 263 Rebecca CHEEK 264 William CHEEK 265 Robert CHEEK 266 Mary CHEEK 267 Elizabeth CHEEK 268 Maria CHEEK 27 Silas CHEEK b.c. 1768 28 Robert Tynes CHEEK b.c. 1777, d.c. 1841, m. Mary Hinton ALSTON b.c. 1782, d.c. 1864 281 Elbert Alston CHEEK b.c. 1803, d.c. 1864, m. Susan B. HAYES 282 Hinton B. CHEEK b.c. 1805, d.c. 1806 283 Emily McKensie CHEEK b.c. 18078, d.c. 1876, m. John Alesander BURT d. 1846 284 Ellen CHEEK b. 1810, d. 1818 285 James Augustus CHEEK b.c. 1810, d.c. 1862, m. Emily MARSHALL b.c. 1810, d.c. 1868 286 John B. CHEEK b.c. 1815, d.c. 1876, m(1) Eliza EDMONDS, m(2) Clementine BAGWELL 287 Caroline C. CHEEK b.c. 1817, m. James T. TWITT 288 William Alston CHEEK b.c. 1820, d. 1894, m. Angeline A. CLANTON 289 Flavius Josephus CHEEK b.c. 1821, d. 1896, m. Louise E. JOHNSON 28X Darian Dawson CHEEK b.c. 1823, m. Thomas Alexander MONTGOMERY 28A Joseph CHEEK 29 Rebecca CHEEK m. James BURROW 291 Rebecca BURROW 2X CHEEK m. Henry JACKSON [Continued in Blake Family Part 2]
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