|Birth: ||May 29, 1780|
|Death: ||Apr. 13, 1864|
From the History of Warwick, Mass. (1873) by Blake, Goldsbury and Barber:
[Written by his brother, Samuel Blake.]
Hon. Jonathan Blake was a descendant in the seventh generation from William and Agnes Blake of Dorchester, through Elder James, Dea. James, James "the annalist," Samuel, Jonathan. His ancestry is traced back four generations in England, prior to his emigrant ancestor, William, who was born in 1594.
Hon. Jonathan Blake, "the Historian of Warwick," was born in Dorchester, Mass., May 29, 1780.
He was son of Jonathan and Sarah (Pierce) Blake.*
His father moved to Warwick in 1781, and died there Oct. 8, 1836, in the eighty-eighth year of his age. His mother died Aug. 15, 1831.
Jonathan Blake married Patty Conant of Warwick, Jan. 18, 1803. They had six children.
She died in Warwick, Oct. 21, 1819.
He married, for his second wife, Mrs. Betsey (Howland) Ballard of Gill, Aug. 1, 1821.
He died April 13, 1864, at Brattleboro', Vt., aged eightyfour years.
He wrote the History of Warwick from its first settlement to the year 1854. He was a natural poet. He wrote a great amount of poetry on various subjects and on all occasions. He kept a voluminous diary for nearly sixty years.
He was in public business the most of his mature life. He was a distinguished surveyor of land, the practice ot which profession has been peculiar to the Blake family from the first settlement .of Massachusetts Bay. He was a friend to all public improvements, and an ardent advocate of railroads in their early days.
He resided in Warwick seventy-three (73) years.
Was town clerk of Warwick fifteen (15) years; served as selectman, overseer of the poor, and assessor nine (9) years; was acting justice of the peace forty-two (42) years; representative to the General Court two (2) years; senator of Massachusetts two (2) years; county commissioner in Franklin County nine (9) years, and chairman of the board three (3) years; a member of the Unitarian Church in Warwick over fifty years; superintendent of the sabbath school about 'twenty years. His influence was always for good. He was a dutiful son, a beloved brother, a kind husband, a tender father, and has left posterity a rich patrimony in an example of an industrious, useful, and Christian life.
Jonathan Blake (1748 - 1836)
Sarah Pierce Blake (1750 - 1831)
Patty Conant Blake (1786 - 1819)
Betsey Howland Blake (1794 - 1877)
John Pierce Blake (1803 - 1893)*
Mary Ann Blake (1805 - 1807)*
Jonathan Blake (1807 - 1863)*
Mary Ann Blake Page (1810 - 1833)*
Martha M. Blake Clapp (1812 - 1895)*
Martha Miriam Blake Clapp (1812 - 1895)*
James Edward Blake (1817 - 1873)*
James Blake (1774 - 1847)*
Sarah Blake Leonard (1778 - 1875)*
Jonathan Blake (1780 - 1864)
Nancy Blake (1788 - 1839)*
Samuel Blake (1797 - 1867)*
Hon. Jona. Blake born in Dorchester May 29, 1780 resided 73 years in Warwick & for 50 years held many important offices in the town gov. & state. Died at Brattleboro, Vt. Apr. 13, 1864. Living honored, dying lamented.
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Record added: Jun 05, 2007
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