Friday, February 17, 2017

Will of Katherine otherwise Catherine Blake, Eccles Street, Dublin, Ireland - The National Archives PROB 11/1666, probated 26 Feb 1823

I located the will of Elizabeth Hamilton, sister of the present testator, Katherine otherwise Catherine Blake. That may help to locate this testator in terms of her state (i.e. married, spinster).

According to Elizabeth Hamilton’s will she was a spinster at the time of writing the will. She lived at Harrowgate, Yorkshire. She mentions her sister Katherine Blake.

In that I am mostly interested in the Blake surname I will not continue investigating this Blake line as I can not find the marriage of Katherine otherwise Catherine Blake.

Elizabeth Hamilton’s will was proved twice, once by Mary Anne and Elenor Crawford 25 Sep 1816 and following their deaths by Steward Crawford the 7th July 1821.

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 15 Feb 2017
Source:  The National Archives, PROB 11/1666
Name of testator: Katherine otherwise Catherine Blake
Place: Eccles Street, Dublin, Ireland
Type of Record: Will
Dated: 23 Nov 1822, probated 26 Feb 1823

[In margin] Katherine otherwise Catherine Blake 9
[Top] Extracted from the Registry of his Majestys Court of Prerogative in Ireland

1    I Katherine Blake at present
2    residing in Eccles Street Dublin being blessed be God in
3    tolerable health and in possession of all my faculties aware
4    of the uncertain continuance of these mercies and of life
5    itself think it my duty to make this my last will and
6    Testament which I write with my own hand and declare
7    to be as follows in consequence of the lamented decease of
8    my beloved relatives Mary Anne and Elenor Crawford
9    who by the will of my late Sister Elizabeth Hamilton
10    were appointed heirs and successors at my death to her
11    moiety of a sum in the Navy five per Cent Government
12    Stock I consider that the disposal of said stocks reverts to me
13    as her nearest of kin together with my own moiety of
14    said property which was held by my Sister as my trustee
15    as appears by the will of my said Sister I therefore bequeath
16    to the Reverend Thomas Crawford and to John Crawford
17    the brothers of the late Mary Ann and Elenor Crawford
18    that Moiety of joint property which was by the will of my
19    late Sister bequeathed to the said Mary Ann and Eleanor
20    Crawford to be divided between the said Thomas and John
21    Crawford share and share alike I bequeath to the Reverend
22    Thomas Crawford the sum of four hundred pounds to be
23    paid out of my Moiety of property as above described but
24    now by Act of parliament removed into the four per Cents
25    and held for my benefit in the name of Stewart Crawford
26    Esquire of Bath surviving trustee and Executor to the Will
27    of my late Sister I bequeath to my Cousin John Crawford
28    the whole residue of my Moiety of property as already
29    mentioned as being in the four per Cents I also bequeath
30    to the said John Crawford the whole amount of my
31    property in the three per Cent Government Stock in England
32    which was vested by my desire in May 1819 in the name
33    of Mary Anne and Eleanor Crawford as acting trustees to
34    the Will of my late Sister Elizabeth Hamilton the said
35    bequest to remain subject to an annuity of ten pounds per
36    annum to my Cousin Ann Crawford during the term of
37    her life to be regularly paid by her Nephew the said John
38    Crawford my Books plate prints with all articles of household
39    furniture of which I may die possessed I leave to my Cousins
40    the Reverend Thomas Crawford and John Crawford
41    excepting such as I may hereafter specify to be equally divided
42    between them or sold as they may think fit I desire that all
43    my debts including death fees and funeral expences shall
44    be discharged as soon as possible after my death and after
45    which I constitute my Cousin John Crawford residuary
46    Legatee to my remaining property inpowering him as
47    Executor to this my will to enforce payment of whatever
48    sum or sums may be due to me at the time of my death
49    and it is my request that he will accept and discharge the
50    office of Executor to this my Will which I doubt not he will
51    most faithfully perform
52    Bartholomew Maziere of No 6 Hardwich Street in
53    the County of the City of Dublin Esquire make the oath
54    on the holy Evangelists and saith that he knew and was
55    well acquainted with Katherine Blake late of Eccles
56    Street in the County of the City of Dublin aforesaid deceased
57    and with her usual Character and manner of handwriting
58    having often seen her write and deponent having carefully
59    viewed perused and examined a paper Writing hereunto annexed
60    purporting to be the last Will and Testament or Testamentary
61    disposition in Writing of said deceased beginning “I Katherine Blake
62    at present residing in Eccles Street Dublin” and ending “which I
63    doubt not he will most faithfully perform” saith that every word
64    letter and figure in said will or Testamentary disposition in writing
65    is all of the proper handwriting of the said Katherine Blake
66    deceased to the best of deponents Judgement and belief Bartholomew
67    Maziere Sworn this 23rd day of November 1822 before us I Radcliff
68    Proved at London 26th February 1823 before the worshipful
69    Jesee Addams doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the Oath of John
70    Crawford Doctor of Medicine the sole Executor to whom Admon
71    was granted limited so far only as concerns all the Right Title
72    and Interest of her the said Katherine otherwise Catherine
73    Blake deceased in and to all her separate Estate and Effects over
74    which she had a disposing power by virtue of a certain deed
75    of Separation bearing date the 10th day of July 1787 and hath
76    disposed of accordingly and all benefit and advantage to be
77    had received and taken there from but no further or otherwise
78    being first sworn duly to administer

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Will of Henry Blake of Lehinch, co Mayo, Ireland - The National Archives, PROB 11/1075, probated 14 Mar 1781

The testator, Henry Blake, is descendant of the Galway Blake family being a 12th great grandson of Richard Caddell alias Blake. Henry, the testator, was the son of Henry Blake and Charity Annesley and his sister Charity married Thomas Newburgh. Neither of the children had any descendants and, as mentioned, the property of the testator is passing to his kinsman Valentine Blake son of Mark Blake.

The grandfather of the testator was Patrick Blake and Patrick was the son of Henry Blake who had emigrated to Montserrat about 1668, returning to Galway in 1676 where he purchased the estate of Lehinch, Co Mayo and the estate of Renvyle, Co Galway. This Henry had three sons Patrick, John and Nicholas and a daughter Katherine. None of these sons had a line that continued past the current testator.

Henry was the son of John Blake and Mary French. John had been the Mayor of Galway and was elected MP. His family included four sons and four daughters. The eldest son was named Thomas Blake with Henry being the second eldest. The present testator had selected the descendant of Thomas to be his successor to his estates. Thomas married Mary Blake (his cousin) and their eldest son was John Blake and he married Eveline Lynch. Their second eldest son was Mark Blake and he had married Joan French. Their second eldest son was Valentine Blake mentioned in the will below.

Relationship Chart

Valentine Blake [120] is the 3rd cousin of Henry Blake [1602]

                                Common Ancestor

                                  * John Blake [73]
                                (          -1680/1681)
                                 * Mary French [84]
                     |                                      |
                     |                                      |
            * Henry Blake [86]                      * Thomas Blake [85]
             (          -1704)                     (          -Abt 1690)
                                                             Mary Blake [876]
                                              Married likely 10 Feb 1658 [54]
                     |                                      |
                     |                                      |
           * Patrick Blake [87]                     * John Blake [107]
             (          -1693)                     (          -Aft 1720)
                                                           Eveline Lynch [114]
                                                  Married 28 Dec 1695 [57]
                     |                                      |
                     |                                      |
            * Henry Blake [88]                      * Mark Blake [116]
          Charity Annesley [1600]                    Joan French [117]
             (          -1732)                   Married 18 Sep 1731 [58]
            Married 1721 [731]
                     |                                      |
                     |                                      |
           * Henry Blake [1602]                   * Valentine Blake [120]
           (          -Bef 1780)                     (          -1800)

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 14 Feb 2017
Source:  The National Archives, PROB 11/1075
Name of testator: Henry Blake
Place: Lehinch, Mayo, Ireland
Type of Record: Will
Dated: 5 May 1779, probated 14 Mar 1781

[In margin] Henry Blake Esqr
[Top] Extracted from the Registry of his Majestys Court of Prerogative in Ireland

1    In the Name of God Amen
2    I Henry Blake of Lehinch in the County of Mayo Esqr
3    do make and publish this my last Will and Testament
4    and dispose of my real and personal Estates in manner
5    following hereby revoking all former Wills First I devise
6    all my Lands and my Estates in the Countys of
7    Mayo and Galway Subject to and chargeable with
8    all my Just debts which I order and will to be paid
9    out of the Rents and proceeds thereof and Subject
10    also to such Legacies and annuities as are herein
11    after bequeathed and charged upon the same unto the
12    Honourable James Brown of __n Street in the City
13    of Dublin Councellor at Law and Arthur McGuire
14    of Dawson Street in the said City Esqr and their
15    heirs to the use of and In Trust for my Kinsman
16    Valentine Blake late of the Island of Jamaica
17    Merchant but now at Lehinch above mentioned for and
18    during the Term of his natural life and from and
19    after the determination of that Estate to my said
20    Trustees James Brown and Arthur McGuire and
21    their heirs during the life of the said Valentine Blake
22    to preserve the contingent Remainders herein after
23    limited from being destroyed and for that purpose
24    to make Entries and bring actions as the case
25    shall require yet nevertheless in Trust to permit the said
26    Valentine Blake and his assigns to receive the Rents
27    and profits thereof to his and their own proper use
28    and benefit during his life and from and after his
29    decease to the use of the first and every other Son of
30    the said Valentine Blake severally and Successively
31    one after the other according to their priority of
32    Birth and the heirs Male of their Several and
33    respective Bodies in regular Tail Male provided
34    always that such Sons of said Valentine Blake
35    be begotten the Body of a protestant Wife born of
36    a protestant Father and Mother and not otherwise
37    and I do hereby give full power to said Valentine
38    Vale to charge my said Estates in the hands of my
39    Trustees aforesaid with a Jointure to the life of
40    any such protestant wife as is above discribed whom
41    he may Marry to consist of any annual
42    he may think fit not Exceeding however Five
43    hundred pounds a Year and also to charge them
44    with the Sum of Five thousand pounds for any
45    Younger Children he may have by such protestant
46    Wife to be divided amongst them in such shares
47    and to be payable at such times as he shall by any
48    authentick writing appoint and also to make Leases
49    of any of my said Lands for Twenty one Years or two
50    Lives at the best Improved Rent but no in Reversion
51    But if my said Kinsman Valentine Blake should not
52    Marry such a protestant Wife or so Marrying should
53    not leave Issue Male by her or that such Issue being
54    had should die before full Age without leaving Issue
55    Male then and in any of such cases my Will is that all
56    my said Lands and Real Estates shall be and go to the
57    use of my Kinsman John Blake Son of Mark
58    Blake of the Town of Galway and Younger Brother
59    of the aforesaid Valentine Blake for and during his
60    natural life with the same provisions for preserving
61    contingent remainders as have been herein before
62    mentioned in my devise to his Elder Brother Valentine
63    Blake provided the said John shall become a protestant
64    within three Months after the said Lands shall fall
65    to him and after his decease to the use of his Sons
66    Successively in regular Tail Male following Exactly the
67    same Line of Succession as is mentioned in my devise
68    to the Sons of his Brother Valentine and Subject
69    to the same Condition of such Son being born of
70    such a protestant Wife as is above described and in
71    case the said John Blake shall Marry ever a protestant
72    Wife I then give him the same powers for Settling
73    a Jointure charging with portions for Younger
74    Children and making of Leases that I have herein
75    above given to his Elder Brother Valentine but if he the
76    said John Blake should not so conform or not
77    Marry such a protestant Wife or so Marrying there
78    should be a Failure of Issue Male by such Marriage
79    then my Will is that all my said Lands and Estates
80    in the Countys aforesaid shall be and go to the use
81    of Arthur Mr Guire Esqr my Trustee above mentioned
82    and his heirs for ever Secondly I devise my share of
83    and all my Interest in the Lands of Lullimore and
84    Lullibog lying in the County of Kildare to my
85    Kinsman Arthur McGuire Esqr my Trustee before
86    mentioned and in heirs for ever the said Lands being
87    used by John Annesley of Ballysax in the said County
88    of Kildare Esqr Thirdly I hereby charge my said
89    Lands and Estates in the Countys of Mayo and Galway
90    aforesaid with the following Legacies and annual
91    Rent charges to be paid out of the Rents of said
92    Lands and order that the Rent charges shall
93    commence on the first day of May which shall next
94    ensue the day of my decease and shall thence forward
95    be payable half Yearly and be recoverable by Distress
96    Viz[ a vi]t I bequeath to my Cousin Dorothy Rutledge of
97    Killala in the County of Mayo aforesaid but now of
98    Lehnich before mentioned a Rent charge of Sixty
99    pounds a Year for and during her life to her sole and
100    Separate use as if unmarried to be paid into no
101    hands but her own and upon her own Receipt only
102    and this I give her in lieu of the annuity I now
103    allow her which is to cease on my death and I
104    hereby ratify the Gift of one hundred pounds which
105    I formerly promised her in my Letter to her Brother
106    Francis Knox Esqre a bequeath to each of her
107    daughters Mary and Charity Rutledge the Sum of
108    two hundred pounds to be paid to them on the days
109    of their Marriage respectively provided they Marry
110    with the previous advice and intire consent of their
111    mother above mentioned and of their uncle Francis
112    Knox Esqre and if they should not Marry in the
113    life time of their said Mother then the said two
114    hundred pounds so bequeathed to each of them shall
115    bear Interest from their said Mothers decease and
116    not before I bequeath to James Rutledge the
117    Brother of the aforesaid Mary and Charity Rutledge
118    the Sum of three hundred pounds to bear Interest
119    from the day of my decease but not to be payable
120    except upon some rational Scheme for his advancement
121    to be approved of by his uncle Francis Knox aforesaid
122    and by my Executors herein after mentioned or any
123    two of them I bequeath to my Cousins Ann Cuff and
124    Bridget Cuff of Stephens Green in the City of Dublin
125    a Rent charge of twenty pounds a year to each of
126    them Severally for and during their lives respectively
127    requesting their kind acceptance of this small Token
128    of my regard and Esteem I bequeath to my Servant
129    Hugh Kane now living with me at Lehinch
130    aforesaid a Rent charge of Fifteen pounds a year
131    during his life over and above his wages which I
132    hereby order to be continued and paid to him
133    Yearly as long as he lives out of the Rents of
134    my Lands aforesaid and I leave him besides
135    Forty pounds to Build a house I order that all
136    the Servants living with me at the time of my
137    decease shall each of them receive a Years wages
138    over and above what may be then due to them
139    Fourthly as to all the personal Estate I may die
140    possessed of in the Kingdom of England or Ireland
141    I dispose of it in the manner following I give to
142    my friend and Kinsman the hon[our]able George
143    Browne of Claremont in the County of Mayo all
144    my plate Jewells and Trinkets that are in my
145    Iron Chest at Arthur McGuire Esqre in Dawson
146    Street Dublin to be applied to the use of his
147    daughter Margaret Browne as he may think fit
148    I give to my Kinsman Francis Blake of Ralena
149    in the County of Roscommon Esqre one hundred
150    Guineas and I give the like Sum of one hundred
151    Guineas to my friend Fitzherbert Richards now of half
152    Moon Street in the City of London Esqre and I give
153    the like Sum to the hon[oura]ble James Browne my
154    Trustee herein before mentioned requesting of each of
155    them that they would respectively lay out this Money
156    in the purchase a Ring a Snuff Box or something
157    of that sort to be kept as a Memorial of their Friend
158    I give to my Kinsman John Knox of Dorset Street
159    in the City of Dublin Second Son of James Knox
160    of Moyne in the County of Mayo Esqre Five hundred
161    pounds I give to my friend Parsons Sterling of
162    Sackville Street in the City of London Esqre the eight
163    hundred pounds Stock which I have there in the
164    four per Cent Bank Consolidated Annuities In Trust
165    to his Son James Sterling to be applied to the sole
166    use and advancement of the said James and to
167    no other purpose whatever I give to my Friend
168    Arthur McGuire Esqre above mentioned Six hundred
169    pounds together with all the Interest and Costs
170    which may be due at my decease on the Several
171    Bonds left including Settlement Bonds or all __of them as have not be applied by
172    me to the exs of my Mothers Will or the Expences
173    of the Executorship thereof I order my Executors to
174    deliver up to those Intitled to them by virtue of my
175    Mothers Will first deducting out of the Contents of
176    said Bonds whatever may remain due to me for
177    the said Expences of the Executorship and the debts
178    and Legacies discharged by me as to all the rest of
179    my said personal Fortune be it where it will or of
180    what nature it may I give to my Kinsman
181    Valentine Blake aforesaid and do hereby appoint
182    my residuary Legatee thereof Lastly I appoint the
183    Hon[oura]ble George Browne also before mentioned Arthur
184    McGuire Esqre herein also before mentioned and the
185    said Valentine Blake to be the Executors of this
186    my last Will and In Witness whereof I have hereunto
187    put my hand and Seal the Fifth day of May
188    one thousand Seven hundred and Seventy nine 1779
189    when the words benefit and the the words so
190    conform or not and the words and not before and
191    the word there and the word be were Interlined
192    in different places with my own hand H Blake
193    Signed Sealed published and declared by the
194    above named Henry Blake as his last Will and
195    Testament in the presence of us who Subscribe our
196    names as Witnesses in his presence and in the
197    presence of each other Christ Howe Thom Lindsey
198    Willm Fish
199    In the Name of God Amen
200    I Henry Blake of Lehinch in the Kingdom of
201    Ireland but now of Maddox Street Hanover Square
202    in the City of London do make and publish this
203    Codicil to my last Will and Testament which I
204    deposited in the hands of the hon[oura]ble George
205    Browne of Claremont in the Kingdom of
206    Ireland First I order that I may be Buried in a
207    very private manner at Bromley or Eltham in
208    Kent at the option of such of my Relations and
209    Friends as may be kind enough to see these last
210    offices performed to me and in hopes that my
211    Bones may be the more likely to remain undisturbed
212    I desire that my Grave may be made very deep and
213    desire that there may be no Inscription on the Flat
214    Stone to be placed over my Grave but these words
215    Sir Edgment Henricus Blake armiger ob nt Vpa
216    with my arms Engraved at Top in the plain manner
217    they are on my Seal 2dly I order that the following
218    Tenants at Lehinch shall be Forgiven all the
219    arrears of Rent which they may owe at the May
220    or November proceeding my death viz Robert Dyrcoll
221    Samuel Johnston George Buchard Patrick and
222    John Hagarty Brothers at Cloneen and Cormick
223    Hugllos of the same place and also Michael
224    Hugllos of Towne Daikin and Henry Pott Mallett
225    (Kirwan the Son of the Sick old Mary) and I desire each
226    of the poor cotters of Siss__tava may be Forgiven
227    half a years Rent in their account next occurring
228    my decease Also the three last named persons are
229    all of Carrowkell[y] 3dly I bequeath to the two Miss
230    Morgans with whom I lodge all the Furniture that
231    belongs to me in the dining Room here viz[ a vi]t my
232    large Book Case my large reading desk with the
233    Cabinet of Drawers underneath it my Small
234    writing desk and all my Framed and Glazed
235    prints in the Dineing Room and Closet and all the
236    Ireland Tea Trays and the Table Tray I likewise
237    bequeath to Miss Ann Morgan Fifty Guineas and
238    to her Sister Miss Elizabeth Morgan thirty Guineas
239    for their Great care of me during my Illness to be
240    paid them directly and the Furniture to be delivered
241    up to them as soon as my Executors has taken out
242    the Contents 4thly I give to my Servant Patrick
243    Donoghoe if living with me at the time of my
244    death all my Linnen and wearing apparel of
245    every kind that I have in England I order that
246    his wages and Boys wages be continued till my
247    Executor comes to England and has Settled my
248    affairs here provided said Patrick will remain here
249    as long as I hope he will I order he may get
250    ten pounds to buy him Mourning and Ten
251    pounds more to be on his Expences back to Ireland
252    and that when he gets there he may get two
253    years wages over and above what may be then due to
254    him 5thly I order that Hugh McCoy shall stand
255    rent free in his Freehold during his life he paying
256    only for those acres which he holds over and above his
257    Freehold 6thly if I should not die in London or near
258    it I desire that I may be buried at the nearest
259    Village Church to the place of my decease 7thly I
260    appoint my Kinsman Valentine Blake now of
261    Lehinch Executor to this Codicil 8thly I leave the
262    following Trifles to some of my Friends which
263    I request they will kindly accept as Small
264    Memorandums of the regard of their departed
265    Friend and if I should have made any different
266    disposition of the Following things in will (which
267    I cannot now recollect not having a copy of my
268    Will by me) I desire that the present disposition may
269    stand good notwithstanding said Will viz[ a vi]t I leave
270    my Graham watch and Seals except the Seals
271    with my arms and Cypher which I leave to my
272    Executor to my Friends the hon[oura]ble Richard Gow
273    now of this City I leave my Gold Headed Cane
274    to my Friend Parsons Sterlings Esqre now also of
275    this City and I leave the diamond Ring that was
276    in _isters which will be found in one of the
277    drawers of my large Reading desk to my Friend
278    Francis Knox Esqre now likewise of this City but I
279    desire that before it is presented to him my Executor
280    would get it now set in a handsome manner
281    with small Stones Round it either as a Mourning
282    Ring or as a Socket at the choise of my said
283    Friend 9thly I desire that all my Books and prints
284    may be Sold by action or otherwise as my Executor
285    may be advised but I recommend that Mr Paine
286    at the Mews gate in Castle Street may have a
287    preference he being the faires honeste man
288    my Executor can deal with the prints I
289    suppose be Sold by action and I bequeath the
290    produce of said Books and prints to my
291    Cousin Bridget Cuff of Stephens Green Dublin
292    10thly I bequeath the eight hundred pounds Stock
293    which I have in the Four per Cent Consol Fund
294    to my Friend Parsons Sterling Esqre above
295    mentioned In Trust for the use of his Son James
296    Sterling if I should have mentioned this bequest
297    in my Will as I believe I have it being always
298    my intentions that what is here mentioned is only
299    to be considered as a confirmation of the said
300    Legacy in my Will or rather an unnecessary
301    repetition I except out of the Book I have ordered
302    to be held here those which are ready packed up
303    in the deal Box in the Clost they being mostly
304    Books printed in Dublin which are not Saleable here
305    and I desire my Executor may take them to
306    Ireland for his own use In witness whereof I have
307    here unto put my hand and Seal in London this
308    18 December 1779 H Blake Signed Sealed and
309    published in presence of Wm Lyndon
310    The last will and Testament and Codicil of
311    Henry Blake late of Lehinch in the county
312    of Mayo Esquire deceased (having and soforth
313    was proved and approved in Common Form
314    of Said and Registered in his Majesty Court
315    of Prerogative and the burden of the Execution
316    of and administration of the Goods
317    and so forth of the said deceased were
318    granted by the most Reverend Father
319    Richard and so forth to Valentine Blake
329    Esquire one of the Executors therein named
321    he being first personally Sworn Saving the
322    the Right of the honourable George
323    Browne and Arthur McGuire Esquire
324    the other Executors and so Forth (Sowing
325    and soforth) dated the 9th day of November
326    in the year of our Lord 1780
327    A true copy which I attest
328    Hen Upton
329    d Regr
330    This Will was proved at London with a
331    Codicil the fourteenth day of March in the Year
332    of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred eighty
333    one before the Right Worshipful Peter Calvert
334    doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the
335    prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted
336    by the oath of Valentine Blake one of Executors
337    named in the said Will to whom administration
338    was granted of all and Singular the Goods
339    Chattels and Credits of the deceased having
340    been first Sworn by Commission duly to administer
341    power reserved of making the like grant to the
342    Honourable George Browne and Arthur Mc
343    Guire otherwise Macquire Esquire the other
344    Executors named in the said Will when they
345    or either of them shall apply for the same.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Will of Elizabeth Graham Blake, Belmont, Galway, Ireland - The National Archives PROB 11/1882, probated 19 Aug 1837

No information could be located on the testator, Elizabeth Graham Blake of Belmont, Galway.

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 14 Feb 2017
Source:  The National Archives, PROB 11/1882
Name of testator: Elizabeth Graham Blake
Place: Belmont, Galway, Ireland
Type of Record: Will
Dated: 19 April 1836, probated 19 Aug 1837

[In margin] Elizabeth Graham Blake 6

1    This is my Will I give and bequeath All my Property
2    and rights moveable and unmoveable in whatever place they may exist without any deception
3    or reserve that is to say in d’enfunt to Miss Marie Seontine Graham born at Paris on the
4    twentieth of January 1825 who shall enjoy the same during her life and until her decease
5    reckoning from the day of the opening of my succession and in reversion to Mr Pierre Alphonse
6    Gauthier working at Paris No 36 in the Rue de Baidy who shall receive the d’enfunt thereof
7    on the decease of Miss Graham Consequently I appoint Miss Marie Seontine Graham and
8    Mr Pierre Alphonse Gauthier my Universal Legatees conjointly between them the first in
9    d’enfunt and the second in reversion I appoint as Testamentary Executor Mr Auguste
10    Barot residing at Paris No 26 in the Rue de la Monnaie upon whom I confer the possession
11    of my property for a year and a day in conformity to the Civil Code I revoke every other
12    previous disposition and Will Such is my desire Paris the 19th April 1836 Signed
13    E Graham Blake of Belmont County of Galway Ireland
14    Beneath is written Registered at Paris the sixth of March one thousand eight hundred
15    and thirty seven fol 131 Vol C9 Received five francs fifty centines the tenth included Signed
16    Nestier Thus it is in the Original of the said autograph Will signed and marked by the
17    president of the Court of the First Instance of the Seine and deposited as a Maniere with
18    Mr Esnee Notary of Paris signed underneath in pursuance of an order of the President
19    aforesaid contained in his verbal process on opening and describing the said Will dated at
20    Paris the twenty seventh of February one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven Esnee
21    Notarial Sign The present Copy contains one leaf without addition or any word being void
22    Esnee Notarial Sign
23    I William Duff of the City of London Notary Public duly admitted and sworn
24    to hereby ratify that the above is a true and faithful Translation of the document in the
25    French Language hereunto annexed In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand
26    and seal of Office at London the twenty first day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand
27    eight hundred and thirty seven In Testimonium Veritatis Willm Duff Noty Pub
28    Proved at London 19th August 1837 before the Judge by the oath of Auguste
29    Barot the sole Executor to whom Admon was granted having been first sworn by Common
30    duly to administer

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Will of James Blake, Rope Maker, Waterford, Ireland - The National Archives, PROB 11/1717, probated 25 Oct 1826

James Blake, the testator, is the father of Andrew Blake whose will was blogged yesterday.

He mentions his eldest Son Thomas, his grandson James Blake, his son Andrew Blake and his grandchildren Hurley.

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 13 Feb 2017
Source:  The National Archives, PROB 11/1717
Name of testator: James Blake, Rope Maker
Place: Waterford, Ireland
Type of Record: Will
Dated: 18 Aug 1824, probated 25 Oct 1826

[In margin] James Blake 24

1    In the Name of God Amen I James
2    Blake of the City of Waterford Rope Maker being in good bodily health and
3    of Sound and disposing mind memory and understanding (for which I think
4    the Lord God) do make and Publish this my last Will and testament in
5    manner and form following that is to say I direct that all my just debts and
6    Funeral Expences shall be paid by my Executors as soon as convenient
7    after my death and that my body shall be decently buried without pomp
8    Parade or show and as to all the property Estates and Substance of every
9    kind with which it hath pleased God to bless me and of which I shall die
10    possessed of or entitled to I give and dispose of the same and every part
11    thereof as follows that is to say I give and bequeath unto Thomas Mc
12    Cheane of the City of Waterford Merchant and to his heirs Executors
13    and Administrators all and Singular my Freehold Estates and farms
14    for Years wheresoever Situate and all my title and interest therein
15    Upon trust however and to and for the following uses and purposes and
16    for none others whatsoever that is to say my Freehold Estate and
17    Interest in the lands of Kilmaguage Situate in the Barony of Gaultier
18    and County of Waterford Upon trust to permit and Suffer my Grandson
19    James Blake the Son of my Son Andrew Blake soon as he shall have
20    attained the Age of twenty one Years to take and receive to his own
21    use all the rents issues and Profits thereof for and during his life Subject
22    however to the varying Annuities hereinafter mentioned and Provided
23    for the use of my Eldest Son Thomas Blake and his Family and from
24    and immediately after the death of my said Grandson James Blake
25    upon trust to the use of my said trustees and his heirs to preserve the
26    Contingent Estates hereinafter limited from being defeated or
27    destroyed but yet to permit my said Grandson James Blake to receive
28    to his own use all the rents issues and profits thereof for and during his
29    natural life Subject to the said varying Annuities hereinafter mentioned
30    and from and after the death of my said Grandson James upon trust Subject
31    as aforesaid to the use and behoof of the first and every other Son of
32    my said Grandson James Successively and respectively one after the other
33    and the heirs male of their respective bodies according to
34    priority of birth and Seniority of Age and for want of any such issue
35    male of my said Grandson James Upon trust to the use of the issue
36    female of the body of my said Grandson and the heirs of their respective
37    bodies in equal Shares as tenants in Common and in failure of any
38    issue male or Female of my said Grandson James Upon trust to the
39    use of one or more of the other Children of my said Son Andrew Blake
40    in Such Shares and proportions and Subject to such Provisoes limitations
41    and Conditions as my said Son Andrew shall by any writing under his
42    hand and Seal attested by three Subscribing Witnesses direct or appoint
43    and for want of such appointment Upon trust to the use of the first and
44    every other Son of my said Son Andrew Successively and respectively one
45    after the other and the heirs of their respective bodies according to priority
46    of birth and Seniority of Age and I direct that until my said Grandson
47    James Blake shall have attained his Age of twenty one Years as much
48    of the rents and Profits of my said freehold Estates of Kilmaguage as my
49    Executor hereinafter named shall think expedient or necessary shall be
50    applied and expended in the maintenance Cloathing and Education of
51    my said Grandson James Blake and in forwarding him in life or in
52    binding him Apprentice to some genteel trade or business further more
53    I do hereby charge my said Freehold Estate of Kilmaguage with the
54    Yearly Sum of Fifty Pounds for the use of my Eldest Son Thomas Blake
55    for and during the term of his natural life only as the means of
56    Supporting himself and his family and from and after his death I
57    direct that the Yearly Sum of twenty Pounds out of the said Yearly
58    Sum of Fifty Pounds shall cease for ever and that the remaining of
59    Yearly Sum of thirty Pounds part of said Yearly Sum of Fifty Pounds
60    shall be paid and applied in equal Shares to the use and maintenance
61    of his Children and the Survivors and Survivor of them for and
62    during their respective lives only and I direct that upon the death
63    of the Survivor of said Child of my said Son Thomas the said
64    remaining Yearly Sum of thirty Pounds shall cease for ever but if
65    the Wife my said Son Thomas shall happen to Survive all his said
66    Children in that event I hereby charge my said freehold Estate with
67    the Yearly Sum of ten Pounds only for the use of the Widow of my said
68    Son Thomas for and during the term of her natural life only and upon
69    her death to cease for ever and I hereby direct that the said respective
70    varying Annuities shall be paid by two equal half Yearly Payments
71    and the first Payment to be made in one half Year after my death
72    And I hereby empower the said Annuitants respectively as they shall
73    become entitled to the same in case of nonpayment of any Cale or
74    Cales thereof to enter upon and distrain my said Lands of Kilmaguage
75    and the distress and distresses found thereon to dispose of according
76    to law for Payment of such arrears and the Costs and expences of
77    such distress and I also empower my said Grandson James Blake
78    as soon as he shall have attained his Age of twenty one Years to
79    make leases of my said Freehold lands for any term or terms not
80    exceeding the term of three lives or thirty one Years but not both
81    terms Concurrent in Possession and not in reversion or by way of
82    future Interest Provided that in every such lease there shall be
83    reserved the best Yearly rent which can be reasonably had from a
84    Solvent tenant at the respective times of making such leases and that
85    the tenant shall execute a Counterpart of every such lease and that
86    no such Service shall be made by minute or Article but only by a
87    regular deed of Lease and that every such lease shall contain a
88    power of distress and re-entry for nonpayment of the rent and that every
89    such lease shall contain the other usual Covenants between Landlord and
90    tenant and that no such lease shall be made dispunishable for waste
91    and that no fine or any Article or goods in the nature of or in lieu
92    of fine shall be taken as or Compensation for making any such lease
93    and I also hereby empower my said Grandson James Blake when
94    he shall be in possession of my said Freehold Lands to Charge the
95    same with any Yearly Sum as a jointure for any Wife he may
96    marry and for her use during her life not exceeding the Yearly Sum
97    of Sixty pounds and also to Charge the said Lands with any Sum
98    as portions for his Younger Children not exceeding the Sum of Four
99    hundred pounds And as to my Estate and Interest in the Place called
100    Hennessy road and the Tope Walk with all the houses and building
101    thereon or thereunto belonging or held with the same for terms for
102    Years under the title of Thomas Wyse Esquire and my houses in King
103    Street in the City of Waterford and my houses in Clinker Street and my
104    Estate and Interest in the large new house built by my said Son
105    Andrew and me and all of which houses I hold under terms for Years
106    and all other houses and buildings to which I am entitled in the City
107    of Waterford or its liberties in which all my said houses and Premises
108    which I hold for terms for Years are Situate and as to all the rest and
109    residue of my Estates and property not hereinbefore or hereinafter
110    disposed of I give devise and bequeath the said Several terms for
111    Years and my Estate and Interest therein including the reversion of
112    my said Freehold Estate in Kilmaguage and the said residue of all
113    my property Furniture Farming Utensils of every kind and all my Stock
114    of Cattle wherever situate unto my Son Andrew Blake who I am
115    persuaded will make a Provident and proper use of them for the
116    benefit of himself and his Family I direct that one hundred Pounds
117    be paid to my Granddaughter Mary Hurley as a legacy as soon as
118    convenient after my death and one other Sum of twenty Pounds to
119    her Sister Alice or Alicia Hurley and that the said two legacies shall
120    be paid by my Executor out of such money or moveables Goods as
121    I shall be possessed of at the time of my death and I hereby direct that
122    if my said Son Thomas or any other of the said Annuitants shall
123    attempt to sell any of the said Annuities so Charged by me the
124    Annuity of the Person so attempting to sell shall as to him or her
125    cease as if she or he were actually dead and I appoint my said Son
126    Andrew Guardian of the property hereby devised to the use of my
127    said Grandson James Blake And I also constitute and appoint him
128    the said Andrew Sole Executor of this my last Will and testament
129    hereby revoking all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made
130    and declaring this to be my only true last Will and testament In
131    Witness whereof I have hereunto set my name and affixed my Seal
132    this Eighteenth day of August in the Year of our Lord One thousand
133    eight hundred and twenty four in the presence of three Witnesses
134    whom I have requested to attest the same James Blake Signed
135    and Sealed by the said testator and by him published as his last Will
136    and Testament in our presence who at his request and in his presence
137    have hereunto Subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto (two parts
138    having been executed by the testator Danl Condon James Lance
139    John Nowlan
140    Proved at London 25 October 1826 before the Judge by the oath
141    of Andrew Blake the Son the Sole Executor to whom Admon was granted
142    having been first Sworn by Commission duly to Administer

Monday, February 13, 2017

Will of Andrew Blake, Merchant, Waterford, Ireland - The National Archives PROB 11/1761, probated 17 Oct 1829

Andrew Blake, the testator, was the son of James Blake and his wife Mary Walsh. James Blake died in the West Indies having left a will dated 18 August 1824. In that will he provided for his grandson James Blake as mentioned in the will below.

Using this information and “A genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry of Great Britain and Ireland  by Bernard Burke (published 1906), it was perhaps possible to locate this Blake line as descendant of the Galway Blake family.

“Nicholas Blake settled in Barbados and was an ancestor of James Blake of Waterford who left the West Indies and settled in that city; his son Andrew Blake of Waterford and Ballinamona, Kilkenny, married Mary daughter of Patrick Galway of Waterford.”

The will of James Blake is also available and will be transcribed next. He was the father of the present testator Andrew Blake.

Excerpt from The Law Reports (Ireland), Volume 19, edited by William Green: By the will of James Blake, dated the 18th August, 1824, the lands of Kilmaguage, of which he was seized in fee, were devised to his grandson James Blake afterwards known as James Stanislaus Blake for life with remainder to his first and other sons in tail mail, and with power to him to charge the lands with a jointure of £60 a year and with any sum as portions for his younger children not exceeding the sum of £400 of the late Irish currency.

There does not appear to be any extant original documents linking James Blake to Nicholas Blake son of John Blake, Mayor of Galway.

Andrew Blake, the testator, lists his sons James, Patrick, Andrew, Francis and John and daughter Grace in the will below. He identifies his wife as Mary and she is likely Mary Galway daughter of Patrick Galway.

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 9 Feb 2017
Source:  The National Archives, PROB 11/1761
Name of testator: Andrew Blake, Merchant
Place: Waterford, Ireland
Type of Record: Will
Dated: 14 Apr 1829, probated 17 Oct 1829

[In margin] Andrew Blake 42
[Top] Extracted from the Registry of His Majesties Court of Prerogative in Ireland

1    In the Name of God Amen
2    I Andrew Blake of the City of Waterford Merchant do make this my last Will and
3    Testament in manner following Whereas I am seized in fee of the lands of Ballinamona in
4    the County of Kilkenny subject to a Jointure or Annuity of eighty pounds late currency
5    to my dear Wife Mary Blake under her marriage Settlement of the sixth day of April
6    One thousand Eight hundred and fifteen Now I charge and incumber all my said lands
7    of Ballynamona and all my Estate title and Interest therein and I direct to be paid and
8    payable out of the same and out of the rents issues and profits of said lands of Ballynamona or any
9    part thereof during the natural life of my said dear Wife Mary Blake in case she
10    shall survive me one Annuity or yearly sum of forty pounds St[erlin]g of ____ lawful money
11    of Ireland clear of all deductions and which said Annuity or yearly sum shall be
12    paid unto my said Wife or her Assigns for her own use and benefit during her
13    natural life by equal half yearly payments at every first day of July and first day of
14    Janvier in each and every year the first payment to be made to her on such of said days
15    which first occur after the day of my decease the said sum of forty pounds yearly
16    be paid to her in increase and augmentation of the said Jointure provided for her by
17    her Marriage Settlement hereinbefore mentioned and in case any half yearly payment
18    of said Annuity of forty pounds shall at any time be in arrear and unpaid for the space
19    of twenty one days next after any of the days appointed for the payment thereof as afores[ai]d
20    then and in such case and as often as the same shall so happen that is shall and may be
21    lawful for my said Wife and her Assigns into and upon the said town lands and premises
22    of Ballynamona to enter and distrain and the distress and distresses thereas there found
23    to detail and keep until such arrears and all charges damages and expences
24    affording the taking and keeping of such distress and distresses shall be fully paid and
25    satisfied and in default of payment to sell the same according to law provided always
26    and this Annuity of forty pounds is given by me in manner aforesaid to my said Wife
27    upon the express condition that the same shall be in full bar and discharge of
28    any claim which she could or might have to any part of my personal property
29    whatsoever save as hereinafter mentioned and more particularly to any claim or
30    demand which she could or might have to any share in or of or to my property
31    in the French funds either by the laws of France or this County and in case my
32    said Wife should claim to be entitled to any such share or proportion of my said
33    property in the French funds or other my personal property in France or elsewhere
34    save as aforesaid that then and in such case this devise of said forty pounds per
35    annum to be wholly void and of no effect and the said forty pounds annuity is to
36    sink into the Inheritance of said lands of Ballynamona for the benefit of the person or
37    persons who shall for the time being be entitled to said lands and the possession
38    thereof under the provisions of this my Will and I charge and incumber my said lands
39    of Ballynamona subject to such annual Sum of forty pounds or payable to my said
40    Wife for her natural life with the annual sum of three pounds for ever to be paid
41    and payable from time to time and at all times hereafter to some unbeneficed Roman
42    Catholic priest of the Diocese of Waterford and to be paid to her every fourteenth
43    day of May in every year for ever in order and for the purpose of the Roman Catholic
44    Priest celebrating Masses for my Soul or the Souls of my family publicly in some
45    one of the Parish Chapels of the City of Waterford such Roman Catholic Priest to be
46    named from time to time for that purpose after my death by my said Wife Mary
47    Blake is she be then living or if dead and at all times hereafter after my death and
48    the death of my said Wife to be named by such person or persons who shall become
49    entitled to the possession of said lands of Ballynamona and the rents issues and
50    profits thereof and subject to the said several devises of forty pounds and three pounds
51    as aforesaid and also subject to the several charges of eight hundred pounds hereinafter
52    mentioned I give and devise my said lands of Ballynamona and all my Estate and
53    Interest therein to my eldest Son James Blake and his Assigns for the time of his
54    natural life with Impeachment of Waste with remainder after his death   to the
55    use of the first Son of the body of the said James Blake lawfully to be begotten and
56    the heirs male of the body of such first son lawfully issuing and for default of such
57    issue to the use of the second third fourth and fifth and all and every other the son and
58    Sons of my said Son James Blake lawfully to be begotten severally successively and in
59    remainder one after another as they shall severally be in priority of birth and the
60    heirs male of the body and bodies of all and every such Son and Sons issuing the
61    elder of such Sons and the heirs male of his and their body and bodies being always
62    preferred and to take before the younger of said Sons and the heirs male of his and
63    their body and bodies issuing And for want and in default of such issue of my said
64    Son James Blake then I devise said lands to my two sons Patrick Blake and Andrew
65    Blake and their assigns respectively for and during the terms of their several natural
66    lives each of his own share for his own life in equal shares and proportions as
67    tenants in common and not as joint tenants and of the first and every other Son
68    and Sons of the said Patrick and Andrew Blake respectively of their bodies to be
69    begotten and of the heirs male of such several and respective sons of their bodies lawfully
70    issuing the elder of such Sons and their issue male to take according to seniority of
71    age and priority of birth and that each of my said Sons Patrick and Andrew and
72    their said several sons and their issue male shall hold and enjoy a moiety of
73    said lands respectively in case my eldest Son James dies without issue male in same
74    manner as my said son James and his said Sons and their issue male would and
75    might hold the whole of said lands under the limitations of this my Will But in
76    case either of my said Sons Patrick or Andrew shall be without leaving any such
77    son of his body or having such the said son or sons shall be without leaving
78    issue
79    male as aforesaid than the Moiety of said lands hereby limited to said Patrick or Andrew
80    respectively shall in such event go to the other of them or the Son of such of them as
81    shall become entitled to the other moiety or the male issue of such Son lawfully
82    begotten And in default of such son or sons and their male issue of my said sons Patrick
83    and Andrew I then devise my said lands of Ballynamona to my Son John and his
84    Assigns for the term of his natural life with a like remainder to his first and other
85    Son and their issue male in manner as the said lands are limited to the first and other
86    Sons of my said Son James Blake and their issue male And in default of such
87    issue of my said Son John then I devise said lands to the use of my Son Francis and his
88    Assigns during the term of his natural life with remainder to his first and every
89    other son and their male issue in like manner as the said lands are limited to my
90    said Son James Blake and in default of such issue of my said Son Francis then to my
91    own right heirs for ever But I hereby declare it to be Will and desire and
92    said devise of said lands of Ballynamona in Settlement as aforesaid is made subject
93    to the previous hereinafter mentioned to the rents issues and profits above being
94    made applicable to the payment of my debts and funeral expences after the
95    application of my personal Estate for that purpose and said lands not to be sold for any of such
96    purposes and in order to make a provision for my said younger Children Patrick Andrew
97    John and Francis and my daughter Grace Blake and any other younger child or
98    children who shall be living at the time of my death or born in due time afterwards in
99    addition to their several and respective shares of my personal fortune as residuary
100    legatees as hereinafter mentioned I hereby devise my said lands of Ballynamona in
101    manner hereinbefore mentioned subject expressly to and charged and chargeable
102    with the sum of eight hundred pounds to be paid and payable to each of my said younger
103    children at the age of twenty one years if a Son and if a daughter at the age of
104    twenty one years or day of Marriage which ever shall first happen provided
105    always that if any of my said younger children shall die if a Son before the age
106    of twenty one years or if a daughter before the age of twenty one years or day of
107    Marriage then my Will is that such younger childs share of eight hundred
108    pounds shall not be raised or payable at all out of the rents issues and profits of
109    said lands but same shall sink into the Inheritance of said lands for the benefit
110    of the person or persons who shall be then entitled to same provided also that in
111    case any of my said younger Son or their issue shall at any time under the
112    limitations of this my Will become entitled to my said lands and thereby become an
113    elder Son or represent such elder Son that there and in such case such fortune or sum
114    of eight hundred pounds shall not be raised or paid to such son so becoming entitled
115    to said lands but same shall sink in the inheritance of said lands provided also and
116    my Will is that it may and shall be lawful for my said Son James Blake and for
117    all and every other his said Sons and their Sons and issue male as aforesaid as and
118    when they shall severally and successively by virtue of this my Will be entitled in
119    possession to the freehold of the said lands of Ballynamona when and after they shall
120    have attained the age of twenty one years and be so in possession as aforesaid or
121    entitled as aforesaid although entitled to an Estate for life only by Indenture to be
122    dated and delivered by him or them and attested by two or more credible subscribing
123    Witnesses to devise or lease or appoint by way of devise or lease the said lands of
124    Ballynamona to any person for any term of lives or years if lives not exceeding
125    three lives and if for years not exceeding a term of thirty one years in possession and
126    not in reversion or by way of future interest so as every such devise lease or grant
127    to be made as aforesaid shall be made at the best improved rent of the time of
128    making such rent to be incident to the reversion without taking any fine premium
129    or foregift for the same and so as said lease contained the usual provisos and covenants
130    between Land Lord and tenant Provided always that it may be lawful for such of
131    my sons who shall become seized of such Estate for his life in possession to charge said
132    lands or otherwise limit same for the purpose of making a settlement by way of Jointure
133    for such Wife as he shall either thereafter marry or shall have been theretofore
134    married to at the rate of ten pounds per Annum for every one hundred pounds fortune
135    or portion which she shall actual receive or which he shall have received with
136    such Wife and which shall be made applicable to and in fact bona fide applied im paying
137    off incumbrances created by this my Will in exoneration of said lands of Ballynamona
138    by the payment of the portions hereinbefore created for my said younger children and I
139    hereby further declare it to be my Will and intention that in as much as my said
140    Eldest Son James Blake has been provided for by his Grandfathers Will for his
141    present maintenance and support until the period hereinafter mentioned and
142    appointed by me for his entering into the actual receipt of the rents issues and profits of
143    said lands of Ballynamona after the payment of my debts and other charges hereby
144    created by me on said lands Now my Will is and I direct that the rents issues and
145    profits of said lands of Ballynamona after my death subject however to the payment
146    of said sum of forty pounds a year for my Wifes life and subject to the payment of the
147    annual sum of three pounds for ever shall be allowed to accumulate for the purpose
148    of forming a fund for the payment of my debts in case same shall not be paid out of my
149    personal Estate which personal fortune I charge with the payment of my said debts
150    only and also as a fund for the payment of the several charges and fortunes of eight
151    hundred pounds to each and every of my younger children as aforesaid and such
152    rents issues and profits shall be put out at Interest upon good and sufficient security for
153    the purpose of Creating such fund so that my said lands or any part thereof shall not
154    be sold mortgaged or otherwise disposed of for the payment of said charges or portions for
155    my said younger children in as much as I expressly hereby exempt my personal fortune
156    and Assetts from the payment of the said portions or fortunes of eight hundred pounds
157    for such of my said younger children so I do also expressly direct that these particular
158    sums of eight hundred pounds for each of my said Children which I do charge upon
159    said lands shall be only raised by the accumulation of the rents and profits of same and
160    not by any sale or other disposition of said lands which subject to such application
161    of the rents and profits I have limited in strict settlement to my said Sons as
162    aforesaid And I further Will and direct that each and every of my said younger children
163    who shall be so entitled to such legacy charge or portion of eight hundred pounds
164    respectively shall be paid their respective shares of eight hundred pounds according
165    to their seniority out of such rents or the accumulation as aforesaid and also
166    that they shall during their minorities or for such other period as shall expire
167    before they shall be entitled to be paid their said portions pursuant to the directions
168    of this my Will be paid interest on their said charges or portions at the rate of
169    four pounds per cent per annum for their support and maintenance until they
170    shall be so paid their said legacies and I hereby as to all the rest residue and remainder
171    of my property of what nature or kind soever direct same to be divided between all my
172    children including my eldest Son share and share alike as residuary legatees It being my Will and intention
173    that my said Children shall have my personal property after payment of my debts and
174    funeral Expences divided equally between them share and share alike it being also
175    my Intention that said Sums of Eight hundred which I have charged the rents of said
176    lands with for my younger children shall be in augmentation of such their respective
177    shares of my personal property and that the land itself subject to such charges shall
178    go in settlement to my eldest Son for the time being in augmentation of his share of
179    my said personal property And I desire that the interest of such shares of said
180    residuary property shall be as well as the Interest on their said portions or charges
181    of Eight hundred pounds or so much thereof as shall be deemed necessary for the
182    purpose applied to the support and education of my said younger children until their
183    respective ages of twenty one years if sons and of twenty one years or days of marriage
184    if daughters and I hereby appoint my dear Wife Mary Blake
185    Executors of this my Will And I nominate my said dear Wife Guardian of the person
186    and fortunes of my said children And all and each of them I hereby give and bequeath
187    to my dear Wife Mary Blake all my household furniture plate linen and china of
188    every nature and kind whatsoever to and for her own use for here hereby specifically bequeathed
189    the same to her free clear and discharged from the payment of my debts legacies or
190    funeral expences In Witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and
191    affixed my seal this fourteenth day of April One thousand eight hundred and twenty
192    nine Andrew Blake Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said
193    Andrew Blake as and for his last Will and testament in our presence who in his presence
194    and in the presence of each other at his request have subscribed our Names hereto as
195    Witnesses this fourteenth day of April One thousand Eight hundred and twenty nine
196    James Lee Thomas Power Michael Farrell
197    Having made my Will this day I omitted in it Michael Farrell as one
198    whom I would not wish to forget as I conceive he was a faithful honest and an
199    attentive Servant for upwards of thirty years in my Employment I beg and
200    earnestly request of my trustee and beg that she may allow him during his natural
201    life provided he should be in my Employment at my decease the yearly sum of thirteen
202    pounds per annum out of the issues and profits of the lands of Ballynamona in the
203    County of Kilkenny Given under my hand this 14th April 1829
204    Andrew Blake Witness prost Thomas Power
205    Proved at London with a Codicil 17th October 1829 before the Judge by the
206    Oath of Mary Blake Widow the Relict the sole Executrix to whom Administration
207    was granted being first sworn by Commission duly to administer