Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Gardening!

The perennial event in my life has begun now that the back yard has dried up. I am busy digging the vegetable garden which will shrink at the end of this summer. Right now it is about 10 feet by 20 feet and for this older woman nearly 72 that is a lot of digging although I do not mind doing it. I remember my grandmother's garden and helping her dig that when I was in my teens. My brother used to do it but when he went to work he didn't have time to dig so I took it on although initially my grandmother said I was too small too dig. But I did prove her wrong on that and was good at digging. It is fun remembering all that good time with my grandmother all those years ago. My maternal grandmother was 59 when I was born and so just about my age now when I was in my early teens. She was still bright and quick and quite strong.

I wouldn't trust me too far in a flower garden though; If the plant is big enough and I recognize it I wont dig it up but I am a little clumsy amongst the flowers and really prefer to work with a small hand spade where I do much better. Ed though is feeling up to slowly working his way through the flower gardens although I did help him with the larger one out front. The back ones run along the back of the house and the sides of the yard and he can work away slowly at them although I think he has been quite speedy. It takes me ages to work them up!

The flowers will be nice and the vegetables but the genealogy will suffer for the next few months. Plus working away on the Conference takes some time and the net result is no wills probably for a week or so. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Will of Nathaniel Blake, Carpenters Second Mate on board the Ship of Vessell called the Osterley in the service of the honourable the East India Company - The National Archives PROB 11/900, probated 3 Jul 1764

Mary Blake married John Booker 13 Sep 1750 at St Mary Magdalene Old Fish Street, London, England. Nathaniel mentions in his will that his mother was married to John Booker and that they lived in Croydon, Surrey and John Booker was a carpenter.

Nathanel Blake was baptized 23 May 1733 at Croydon St John, Surrey, England and born 6 May 1733 at Croydon son of Thomas and Mary Blake. Thomas Blake married Mary Lane 2 May 1732 at Saint John the Baptist Croydon, Surrey.

A Thomas Blake was baptized 13 Mar 1714 at Bletchingley St Mary, Surrey and born 6 Mar 1714 son of John and Elizabeth Blake. There are a number of possible marriages for a John Blake to Elizabeth.

A website discussing the voyages of the Osterley, originally a merchant ship which was commissioned by the Navy in 1761.

http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/eicah/osterley-park-middlesex/osterley-case-study-winds-of-trade/

Osterley I[3]

Owner: Francis Child III

Launched 1758

Principal Managing Owner: Charles Raymond

Voyages:

1)      1757/8 China

2)      1760/1 Benkulen, Madras and Bengal

3)      1765/6 Bombay and China

4)      1768/9 Madras and China

Like his father Samuel, Francis Child III invested in an EIC ship, the Osterley, in 1757/8 whose managing owner was Charles Raymond. [4] This ship, Osterley I, sailed four voyages around to Sumatra, around the Indian coast, St Helena and China between1758-1770.

Its Captain received permission to seize pirates and attack the French in 1757 and the ship seems to have taken on board a French prisoner of war whose death was reported a few years later. In 1761 under Captain Frederick Vincent the ship was commissioned by the Navy to assist a beleaguered Fort in Indonesia.[5] He seems to have stayed on to govern the Company Fort at Benkulen on the Sumatran coast for a while before returning to Gravesend in the following February where the Court Minutes record payment of £2000, £9000, and £3000 to the owners of the Osterley between April and December 1760 for freight and demurrage. After its first voyage before returning to Gravesend in February 1760 it was  ‘…met by many boats, such as the Providence which were loaded with the Hon Company’s goods, tea, Chinaware, Iron and some Chinawares.’[6]After this voyage in that December it was ordered that the Committee of Treasury be desired to ship 5 chests of foreign silver for China to the ship Osterley (and other similar ships) for Bencoolan (Benkulen).[7] At Benkulen the Osterley, like other Company ships, was engaged in buying large quantities of pepper.[8]
Fort St George on the Coromandel Coast. Belonging to the East India Company of England

Figure 9: Fort St George on the Coromandel Coast. Belonging to the East India Company of England. 1754, Ryne, Jan Van, Sayer, 255 x 398 mm. Robert, National Maritime Museum, PAD1845.

Osterley I’s final voyage from Madras to China provides a good example of the East India Company’s dealings in Asia. Harbour logs from the Captain Francis Fortescue’s journal for Osterley I indicate that like most East Indiamen, it sailed along with other companion ships (Pigott, Thames, Ankerwick, Lincoln, Triton, Nottingham, Havannah, Hector, Ashburnham) as well as country vessels. Osterley I sailed for Madras on 31 January 1769. (See Figure 10: Fort St. George on the Coromandel Coast) In June while on its journey from the Goan port of Cabo de Rama (Cape Rama) in northwest India to Cape Comorin in the southernmost tip of India, the ship picked up an important consignment of elephant bone (ivory). On 12 July 1769 while docked close to Madras, the ship received redwood and cotton on behalf of the East India Company. These goods were usually brought to the main ship on smaller country ships, which did the rounds from ports and factories. The ship then sailed towards Bengal and stowed additional loads of five hundred bales of cotton and thirty tons of redwood. It was only in October that the ship reached Whampoa, through the Malacca Straits.

Once near Canton, much of the cotton and redwood as well as the ship’s cargo of lead was unloaded and the ship ‘…received on board 90 chests of china of the hon’ble comps [Honorable Company’s], and 62 Private trade.’ It is remarkable that the number of chests containing porcelain was nearly two-thirds of those bought on behalf of the Company. This also suggests that Fortescue was acting on behalf of several private clients one of whom may have been Samuel Child’s son Robert Child (since Francis III had died in 1763) under whom many restorations and refurbishments occurred at Osterley Park. Between November and December Osterley I stacked up hundreds of chests of different varieties of tea such as bohea, souchong, congo and nanheen. Osterley’s journey back in January 1770 was its last as in its next incarnation, the ship changed owners.

Notes

[3] This information is summarized from British Library, LMAR 400 series A through E.

[4] According to a Letter of Marque traced by Georgina Green, the owners of Osterley I in 1757/58 were Sir Richard Lyttleton, Francis Child, Jonathan Ewer and Charles Raymond. For further information on Charles Raymond, see the Valentine Mansion Case Study.

[5] National Archives  DD/N/223c/26 & 27  6 Sept. 1762 & 12 Oct. 1762.

[6] BL IOR L/Mar/B400A-E

[7] Court Minutes of the EIC 1760-61 B 76.

[8] BL IOR L/MAR/B/400B-C, Journal 23 Nov 1760-2. The Journal entry for 30 May 1762 records 595 bags of pepper; on 31 May and 1 June, 719 bags of pepper and 612 bags of pepper from the ship Deligence on account of the EIC.

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 15 May 2017
Source:  The National Archives, PROB 11/900
Name of testator: Nathaniel Blake, Carpenters Second Mate
Place:  on board the Ship or Vessell called the Osterley in the service of the honourable the East India Company
Type of Record: Will
Dated: 16 Dec 1760, probated 3 Jul 1764

[In margin]: Nathl Blake

1    In the Name of God Amen
2    I Nathaniel Blake Carpenters Second Mate on board the Ship or
3    Vessell called the Osterley in the Service of the honourable the East
4    India Company whereof Captain Vincent is Commander now Outward
5    Board to Bencoolen and China and not knowing how it may
6    please God to deal with me But Considering the uncertainty of
7    this present Transitory life do make and declare these presents to
8    contain my last Will and Testament in manner and Form
9    following (that is to say) First and principally I commend my
10    Soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping to be saved through
11    the Merit death Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ my
12    only Saviour and my body to the Sea and as for my Estate
13    Real and personal I dispose thereof in manner following (that is
11    to say) all such Wages Sum and Sums of Money Lands Tenements
15    Goods Chattles and Estate whatsoever wherewith at the time of my
16    decease I shall be possessed or invested or which shall then belong or
17    of right appertain unto me I do give devise and bequeath unto
18    my dear Mother Mary the Wife of John Booker of Croydon in
19    the County of Surry Carpenter whom I do hereby Nominate and
20    appoint Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament and I
21    do revoke all former Wills and deeds of Gift be me at any time
22    heretofore made and do ordain these presents to stand and be for
23    and as my last Will and Testament for ever Witness my hand and
24    Seal this Nineteenth day of December in the year of our Lord
25    One thousand seven hundred and sixty Nathaniel Blake Signed
26    sealed published and declared by the said Testator Nathaniel
27    Blake as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence
28    of us who at his request and in his presence have hereunto
29    Subscribed our Names as Witnesses thereto Elizth Lewen Elizth
30    Haydon Jas Lewen
31    This Will was proved at London before the Worshipfull
32    William Compton doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right
33    Worshipfull George Hay doctor of Laws Master
34    Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
35    Lawfully Constituted on the third day of July in the Year of Our
36    Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty four by the Oath of
37    Mary Booker (Wife of John Booker) the Mother and Sole
38    Executrix named in the said Will to whom Administration was
39    granted of all and Singualr the Goods Chattels and Credits of
40    the deceased she having been first Sworn duly to Administer

Monday, May 15, 2017

Will of Miles Blake, Cooper on the ship called the Margarett and Jno of London - The National Archives PROB 11/108, probated 30 Jul 1606

There was a baptism of Myles Blake 10 Feb 1577 at Betchworth St Michael, Surrey son of Christopher Blake.

Other baptisms for Christopher Blake’s children:

Anthony Blake baptized 29 Jul 1582
Richard Blake baptized 23 Jul 1576
Sara Blake baptized 14 Jun 1584

The Sara is interesting as it was a Sara Blake who applied for probate. He does however mention two sisters in his will and I only located one.

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 14 May 2017
Source:  The National Archives, PROB 11/108
Name of testator: Miles Blake, Cooper
Place:  on the ship called the Margarett and Jno of London
Type of Record: Will
Dated: 16 Dec 1605, probated 30 Jul 1606

[In margin]: Testament Miloms Blake

1    Wee whose names are here under
2    written doe testifie and approve that Miles Blake whoe was Cooper in the Ship called the Margarett
3    and Jno of London and lyinge in the saide shippe the sixteenth day of December one thousand
4    six hundred and five beinge of the age of twentie twoe yeares or there aboute made his will
5    and laste testament in manner as followeth Item I give my tooles clothes and all other my
6    perticuler necessaries of apparel and other things whatsoever unto Thomas Massey one of the
7    ships companie Item I give oute of my Wages onto the said Thomas Massey five poundes
8    Item I give unto William Strette one of the Shipps Companie to be paid oute of my
9    Wages fortie shillings Item I give the residue of my wages unto my twoe sisters Item I
10    give to Harrye meynard five shillings Item I owe to the gatterly three shillings p me Richard
11    Basfich John mucom Thomas Marton Thomas Rowe Phillip Holles
12    Tricesimo die mensis Julij Anno domini millesimo
13    sexcentesimo sexto eman___ comissio Sara Blake sorori dicti defuncti Ad Administrand
11    bonum jura et credita dicti defuncti inxta tenorem testament Suprascript eo quod ______
15    nominant Executorem etc de bene et fideliter Administrand etc Ad sacta dei Evangelia
16    Jurat

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Will of Michael Blake now belonging to his Majestys Ship Vanguard - The National Archives PROB 11/896, probated 1 Mar 1764

Michael Blake does not have any indication in his will of his Blake family.

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 10 May 2017
Source:  The National Archives, PROB 11/896
Name of testator: Michael Blake
Place: now belonging to his Majestys Ship Vanguard
Type of Record: Will
Dated: 13 Dec 1763, probated 1 Mar 1764

[In margin]: Michael Blake

1    In the Name of God Amen
2    I Michael Blake Seaman belonging to his Majestys Ship Vanguard
3    being sick and weak in Body but of perfect mind and memory thanks
4    be to God calling into mind the Mortality of my Body and
5    knowing that tis appointed for all Men sure to die do make constitute
6    and ordain and publish this to stand and be for and as my last
7    Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I
8    recommend my Soul to the Great God that gave it and my Body
9    I recommend to either Earth or Sea as it shall please God to
10    order and as for and concerning all my Worldly Estate I do
11    give bequeath and dispose thereof in manner following first I
12    do give unto my beloved Friend Michael Sullivan all my wages
13    and pay bounty Money Smart Money prize Money and all other
11    Sum or Sums of Money whatsoever as now are and which
15    hereafter shall or may be due or payable unto me also such
16    pensions Salary Wages or all other Money and Things
17    whatsoever which now are or at any time hereafter shall or
18    may be due to me for my Service or otherwise in any one
19    of his Majestys Ship or Ships Frigates or vessels giving and
20    hereby granting unto the aforesaid Michael Syllivan my only
21    lawful Executor all my other Effects and Moveables as to me
22    belongeth and I do hereby constitute and appoint him the
23    sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament and I do
24    hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other
25    Testaments Wills Legacies Bequests and Executors by me in any
26    ways before named willed or bequeathed ratifying and confirming this to
27    stand and be for and as my last Will and Testament In Witness
28    whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the thirteenth day
29    of December in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred
30    and Sixty three and in the fourth year of his Majestys Reign
31    King George the Third over Great Britain France and Ireland
32    defender of the Faith and so forth Michael Blake X his Mark
33    Signed sealed and published where no Stamps paper could be
34    had in the presence of us John Veysey snd Lieut Michl Burke
35    William Nicholson
36    This Will was proved at London before the Right
37    Worshipful Sir Edward Simpson Knight doctor of Laws Master
38    Keeper or Commissary of the prerogative Court of Canterbury
39    lawfully constituted on the first day of March in the Year of Our
40    Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty four by the Oath
41    of Michael Sullivan the sole Executor named in the said
42    Will to whom Administration was granted of all and singular
43    the Goods Chattels and Credits of the deceased he having been
44    first sworn by Commission duly to administer

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Will of Mathew Blake now belonging to his Majestys Ship Elizabeth - The National Archives PROB 11/578, probated 2 Jan 1721

Mathew Blake, the testator, is married to Mary and their usual place of residence is Deptford, Kent. I find a Mathew Blake baptized 16 Dec 1688 at Saint Mary the Virgin Dover, Kent son of William and Elizabeth Blake.

Mathew Blake married Mary Brown 26 Feb 1719 and located in the Clandestine Marriage Register. Both bride and groom were of Deptford.  Given that this is old style dating, Mathew then prepared his will just six weeks after he was married. I did not find any children baptized to this couple.

Two marriages for William and Elizabeth:

William Blake married Elizabeth Hills 4 Aug 1683 at Hawkinge, Kent, England
William Blake married Elizabeth Horndell 29 Dec 1686 at St James, Duke’s Place, London, England

Hawkinge Kent to Dover Kent is eight miles.

There was a baptism for a William Blake 21 Jul 1659 at St Nicholas Deptford son of John Blake Another baptism 18 May 1665 at Graveney Kent for William Kent son of William and Elizabeth Blake and a third 24 Feb 1661 at Chilham, Kent son of William Blake.

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 9 May 2017
Source:  The National Archives, PROB 11/578
Name of testator: Mathew Blake
Place: now belonging to his Majestys Ship Elizabeth
Type of Record: Will
Dated: 18 Apr 1720, probated 2 Jan 1721

[In margin]: Testament: Mathei Blake

1    In the Name of God Amen
2    I Mathew Blake Marriner belonging to his Majestys Ship Elizabeth
3    and lately to the Success Storeship being in bodily health and of sound and
4    disposing mind and memory and considering the perils and dangers of the
5    Seas and other Uncertainties of this Transitory life doe (for avoiding
6    Controversies after my decease) make publish and declare this my last
7    Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) First I recommend
8    my Soul to God that gave it and my Body I commit to the Earth or Sea as it
9    shall please God to order and as for and concerning all my Worldly Estates I
10    give bequeath and dispose thereof as followeth that is to say as for all such
11    Wages Sum and Sums of money Lands Tenements Goods Chattles and estate
12    whatsoever as shall be any ways due owing or belonging unto me at the
13    time of my decease I doe give devise and bequeath the same unto my
11    Loving Wife Mary Blake of Deptford in the County of Kent And I doe
15    hereby nominate and appoint her to be sole Executrix of this my last Will
16    and Testament hereby Revoking all former and other Wills Testaments
17    and deeds of Gift by me at any time heretofore made and I doe ordaine
18    and ratifie these presents to stand and be for and as my only last Will
19    and Testament In Witness whereof to this my said Will I have sett my
20    hand and seal the second day of April Anno domini 1720 And in the sixth
21    year of the Reigne of his Majesty King George over Great Britain etc the
22    mark of Matthew Blake Signed Sealed and published in the presence of us
23    Richard Lloyd Jno Milner Capt
24    Decimo octavo die Mensis Januarij Anno domini
25    Millesimo Septingentesimo vicesimo ____vit Commissio Mathes
26    Blissett Creditori principali Mathei Blake nuper parochia de Deptford
27    in Comitatu Centij sed in Nave Regia le Elizabeth defuncti habentis etc
28    administrandi bonorum jurer et credite dicti defuncti juxta bonorum et effectum
29    Testamenti ipeins defuncti Eo quod Maria Blake Relicta dicti defuncti et
30    Executrix in dicto Testamento nominat oneri Executorius dicti Testamenti
31    expresse renn__averit) de bene et fideliter administrando eadem ad
32    Sancta dei Evangelia Jurat