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A GENEALOGICAL HISTORY OF WILLIAM BLAKE
OF DORCHESTER [MASS.] AND HIS DESCENDANTS,
COMPRISING ALL THE DESCENDANTS OF SAMUEL AND
PATIENCE (WHITE) BLAKE.
By Samuel Blake (Boston, Mass., 1857)
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FIRST GENERATION IN NEW ENGLAND.
I. WILLIAM BLAKE, m. Agnes. He was son of Giles and Dorothy (Twedy) Blake, of Little Baddow, Essex, England. He emigrated to America in 1630, with his wife Agnes, and their children. They came in the Ship "Mary, and John," Capt. Squeb. They sailed from Plymouth, England, March 20, and arrived at Nantasket (now Hull) May 30, 1630, having a comfortable though long passage. This was the first vessel that arrived, of a considerable fleet that sailed about the same time from Plymouth, laden with passengers for this then far western world. This company finally set themselves down in Dorchester, and commenced their settlement early in June.
For a few years, we do not find any mention of our ancestor, but we may be justified in the belief that it was this William Blake who went to Springfield, with William Pynchon, of Roxbury, and others, early in 1636. Soon after their arrival there, viz., May 16, 1636, they drew up and signed an agreement, by which they would govern themselves, and be governed. It is a document of considerable length, and at its close they say, "We testifie to the order above said, being all of the first adventurers and undertakers for this plantation. William Pynchon, Nath. Michell, Henry Smith, the mark I of Jehue Burr, William Blake, Edmund Wood, the mark T of Thomas Ufford, John Cabel." "Ordered for the disposinge of the hasseky marish, and the granting of home lotts, these five men or theyre Deputyes, are appointed to have power:" Mr. Pynchon, Mr. Michell, Jehue Burr, William Blake, Henry Smith. " Ordered, that William Blake have 16 polls in bredth, for his home lott, and all the marish in bredth abuttinge at the end of it, to the next high land, and three ackers more in some other place. The above five men to lay out highways when they shall see meets."
It is afterwards recorded that Blake, with seven others, gave up or sold their allotments to the Company; but whether it was that year, or the following, I am unable to ascertain by the records. It is my opinion, however, that he did not move his family from Dorchester, but was at Springfield through the summer of 1636, and perhaps 1637. Dorchester Town Records, in 1637, state that William Blake is one (about 104 in all) among whom the land on the Neck was divided. We find that William Blake was made freeman of Dorchester, March 14, 1638-9.
William and Agnes had 6 known children, all born in England. Samuel Blake, mentioned in the book's title, was a son of James Blake, Junior, and a great-great grandson of William Blake, the immigrant.
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