Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Will of Ignatius Charles Blake, Captain 13th Regiment - The National Archives PROB 11/1467, probated 24 Sep 1807

The testator, Ignatius Charles Blake, is a member of the Galway Blake family. His parents were Joseph Blake and Honoria Daly. He was one of eight children with his eldest brother being the 1st Baron Wallscourt. Ignatius Charles Blake was related twice over to Denis John Blake, a fifth cousin with Robert Blake and Catherine Darcy their common ancestors. He was also a tenth cousin with Geoffrey Blake being their common ancestor.

Ignatius Charles Blake married Helena Cashell the 16 Jun 1794 at St Andrew parish at Berwick upon Tweed, Midlothian, Scotland. Their son Joseph Henry Blake (later 2nd Baron Wallscourt) was born 23 Jul 1795 and died 11 October 1816. A daughter Louisa Helena Blake died 15 Feb 1803.

The descent of Ignatius Charles Blake from Richard Caddell alias Blake (of County Galway, Ireland):

Richard Caddell alias Blake and Eveline
Walter Blake
Geoffrey Blake
William Blake and Athy (unknown)
John Blake and Annabel de Burgo
Andrew Blake
Walter Blake and M Bodkin
Robert Blake and Catherine Darcy
Sir Richard Blake and Gylle Kirwan
Robert Blake and Elizabeth Lynch
Joseph Blake and Mary Browne
Richard Blake and Maria Yonge
Joseph Blake and Honoria Daly
Ignatius Charles Blake

Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 24 Jan 2017
Source:  The National Archives, PROB 11/1467
Name of testator: Ignatius Charles Blake, Captain in his Majesty’s 13th Regiment of Light Dragoons
Place: Unknown
Type of Record: Will
Dated: 11 Aug 1796, probated 24 Sep 1807

[In margin] Ignatius Charles Blake

1    This is the last Will
2    of me Ignatius Charles Blake a Captain in
3    his Majesty’s thirteenth Regiment of Light Dragoons
4    made published and declared this Eleventh day
5    of August in the year of our Lord one thousand
6    seven hundred and ninety six whereas I the said
7    Ignatius Charles Blake will at the death of my
8    Father Joseph Blake of Ardfry in the County
9    of Galway in the Kingdom of Ireland Esquire
10    be entitled to the Sum of three thousand pounds
11    by virtue of my said Father’s Marriage
12    Settlement I do declare by give and bequeath the
13    said Sum of three thousand pounds unto Freancis
14    Blake of Rehara in the County of Roscommon
15    in the Kingdom of Ireland Esquire Robert Blake
16    of the City of Dublin Gentleman and William
17    Cashell of the Borough of Berwick upon Tweed
18    in the Kingdom of England Esquire upon the
19    Trusts nevertheless and to and for the
20    intents and purposes hereafter mentioned
21    and expressed (that is to say) Upon Trust that
22    they my said Trustees whom I also appoint
23    Executors of this my Will and the Survivors and
24    and Survivor of them and such their person
25    and persons as shall or need in the Trusts by
26    virtue of the Clause hereinafter for that purpose
27    contained do and shall as soon as the said Sum
28    of three thousand pounds shall be received
29    place out or invest the same on Government or
30    real Securities at Interest and from time to
31    time call in the Principal Money so to be placed
32    out or invested and place out or invest the same
33    in or upon new or other Securities of the like
34    at Interest until the same shall become
35    payable by Virtue of this my Will and In
36    Trust to pay to or otherwise authorize permit and
37    suffer my Dear Wife Hellen to receive the
38    Interest dividends and yearly proceeds therefore
39    arising for and during her natural Life for and
40    towards her Maintenance and the maintenance
41    and Education of my Child now living and all
42    and every such my Child or Children by my said
43    Wife Helen as shall hereafter be born and from
44    and immediately after the death of my said
45    Wife upon this further Trust to pay and apply
46    the Interest of the said Sum of Three thousand
47    pounds for and towards the maintenance and
48    education of all and every such my Child or
49    Children as shall be then living until they all respectively
50    attain the age of twenty one Years And upon this
51    further Trust to pay the said Sum of three thousand
52    pounds and all Interest then due unto and amongst
53    all my Children who shall be then living equally
54    share and share alike and if there shall be but
55    one such Child then to such one Child as and
56    when he she or they shall respectively attain the
57    age of twenty one Years And if any such Child
58    shall depart this Life under the age of twenty
59    one years then the part of share of him her or
60    them so dying shall be paid to the Survivors
61    and Survivor of such Children at his her or their
62    age or ages of twenty one years And I direct that
63    all the Shares so to survive shall from time to
64    time survive together with all the original
65    Shares and parts until such original Shares and
66    Parts shall become one and payable provided always
67    and it is my further Will that if all my said
68    Children shall die before any of them shall attain
69    the age of twenty one Years then and in that Case
70    they my said Trustees and the Survivors and Survivor
71    of them and such other person or persons as shall
72    succeed in the Trusts by Virtue of the Clause
73    hereinafter for that purpose contained shall pay
74    the said principal Sum of three thousand pounds
75    and all Interest then due on the same unto my
76    said dear Wife Helen so and for her own sole use
77    and benefit And as to all the Rest Residue and
78    Remainder of my personal Estate and Effects
79    whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature
80    kind or quality soever the same shall be or consist
81    at the time of my death I give and bequeath the
82    same unto the said Francis Blake Robert Blake and William
83    Cashell upon Trust that they the same Francis
84    Blake Robert Blake and William Cashell and
85    the Survivors and Survivor of them and such other
86    person and persons as shall __eed in the Trusts
87    by Virtue of the Clause hereinafter for that purpose
88    contained do and shall as soon as conveniently may
89    be after my decease convert the same into Money
90    and the Monies arising therefrom place out at
91    Interest on the like Securities and Upon the same
92    Trusts as are hereinbefore mentioned and
93    expressed concerning the aforesaid Sum of Three
94    thousand pounds provided always and it is my
95    Will that in case my Son now living or any other
96    Son which I may hereafter have by my said
97    Wife Helen shall before his Share of the said Sum of
98    three thousand pounds and of any other personal
99    Estate shall become due and payable by Virtue
100    of this my Will secured to the possession of my said
101    Father’s Estate Then and in that case the part or Share
102    of such Son in the said Sum of three thousand pounds
103    and other my personal Estate shall be paid to the other
104    or others of my said Children at his her or their
105    Age or Ages of twenty one Years And I further will
106    and direct that in case it shall appear to my said
107    Trustees or the Trustees or Trustee for the time being
108    expedient and for the Benefit and advantage of
109    any of my said Children that any Sum or Sum
110    of money should be raised and paid for the purpose
111    of Placing them or any of them out in any Trade
112    Business or Employment for their advancement
113    in the world before their respective Shares of the
114    said Sum of Three thousand pounds and other
115    my Personal Estate become absolutely vested or
116    payable Then and in every or any such Case the said
117    Trustees shall have full power and authority to
118    raise and pay the same accordingly for such Child
119    or Children and the same shall be allowed and
120    deducted out of the share or shares of such Child
121    or Children for whom the said Sum or Sums
122    shall be raised and paid and I do hereby further
123    Will order and direct that when and as soon
124    as the Trustees before named shall by death or
125    otherwise be reduced to the number of two then
126    such two Trustees shall thereupon within one
127    Month there next after by any writing or writings
128    under their hands and Seals elect and make a
129    choice of such other proper person to be a Trustee
130    together with the remaining Trustees for the
131    purposes aforesaid as shall with them make
132    the Number of three And in Case the said Trustees
133    before named shall by death or otherwise be
134    reduced to the number of one Trustees Then such
135    surviving Trustee shall thereupon within one
136    Month next after by any Writing or Writings under
137    his hand and Seal elect and make choice of
138    such two other fit and proper persons to be
139    Trustees together with such remaining Trustee
140    for the purposes aforesaid as shall with him
141    make up the number of three and so from
142    time to time as well the new Trustees as the
143    old ones shall elect and choose as often as the
144    said Trustees for the time being shall by death
145    or otherwise be reduced to a less number than
146    three And it is my Will that when and as often
147    as any now Trustees or Trustee shall be appointed
148    as hereinbefore mentioned the Securities and
149    Monies which shall be then vested in the
150    person or persons so dying shall respectively
151    with all convenient speed be conveyed and
152    transferred in such manner as that the same
153    shall be effectually vested in the securities and
154    such new Trustees or Trustee upon the same
155    Trusts and to and for the Intents and purposes
156    of this my Will and my Will is and I do hereby
157    order and direct that my said Trustees hereby
158    appointed and to be appointed or any of them
159    or any of their heirs Executors Administrators or
160    Assigns shall not be charged or chargeable with
161    or accountable for any more Monies than they
162    respectively shall actually receive neither shall any of them
163    be answerable or accountable for the Receipts and
164    or defaults of the other or others of them or for
165    the Misbehaviour Neglect default Failure
166    Insolvency or Insufficiency of any person or persons
167    to be employed by them in any capacity in or
168    about the ____ or any way concerning the
169    same or any part thereof nor for the insufficiency
170    or suficienty or any Funds real or other Securities
171    in or upon which they shall place out any of
172    the Trust Monies nor shall they or any of them
173    be answerable or accountable for any other
174    involuntary Loss whatsoever And my Will is that
175    such and every of my said Trustees respectively may
176    deduct and retain out of the Monies which shall
177    come to him and their hands respectively and allow
178    to each other thereout all such reasonable Costs
179    Charges and Expences as he or they shall or may
180    sustain incur pay or be put into in or about or in
181    any respect of the Trusts hereby in them reposed
182    hereby revoking all former and other Will and
183    Wills by me at any time heretofore made I
184    publish and declare this writing contained in
185    this and the four preceding Sheets of paper to be
186    and contain my last Will and Testament In Witness
187    whereof I the said Ignatius Charles Blake the
188    Testator have to two part of this my last Will
189    and Testament set my hand and Seal the day
190    and year first above written Ign C Blake
191    This writing contained in this and the preceding
192    four sheets of paper was signed sealed published
193    and declared by the Testator Ignatius Charles
194    Blake as and for his last Will and Testament
195    in the presence of us who in his presence at his
196    request and in the presence of each other have
197    subscribed our Names as witnesses hereunto
198    J Hindmarsh Edward Willoby Will. Willoby
199    This Will was proved at London the
200    twenty fourth day of September in the year of our
201    Lord one thousand eight hundred and seven
202    before the worshipful Samuel Pearce Parson doctor
203    of Laws and Surrogate of the Right honorable
204    Sir William Wynne Knight doctor of Laws
205    Master keeper or Commissary of the prerogative
206    Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath
207    of William Cashall one of the Executors named in
208    the said Will to whom Administration was granted
209    of all and singular the Goods Chattles and Credits
210    of the deceased he having been first sworn duly to
211    administer power reserved of making the like
212    Grant to Francis Blake Esquire and Robert Blake
213    the other Executors named in the said Will when
214    they or either of them shall apply for the same

Monday, January 23, 2017

Will of Denis John Blake, Esquire, late Captain in his Majesty's 89th Regiment of Foot, Dublin - The National Archives, PROB 11/1412, probated 25 Aug 1804

The testator, Denis John Blake, is a member of the Galway Blake family. His parents were Charles Blake and Margaret Daly. His older brother, as mentioned, in the will was Charles and his sister was Frances married to John Darcy. Charles Blake married Margaret Daly 3 May 1762 possibly in Galway.

The line continues back to Francis Blake married to Frances Daly circa 1721. This Francis was the son of Martin Blake and Mabel Browne. Continuing back Martin was the son of Francis Blake and Julia Blake giving two Blake lines back to the originator of this Blake line in Ireland (Richard Caddell).

Francis was the son of John Blake and Margaret Martyn and Julia was the daughter of Martin Blake and Ann Joyes.

John was the son of Robert Blake and Catherine Darcy and Martin was the son of (Alderman) Andrew Blake and Juliane Martin.

Robert was the son of Walter Blake and M Bodkin and Andrew was the son of Patrick Blake.

These two men are 4x great grandsons of Richard Caddell.

Walter was the son of Andrew Blake and Patrick was the son of Richard Blake.

Andrew was the son of John Blake married to Annabel de Burgo and Richard was the son of John Blake.

John was the son of William Blake and Athy (unknown) and John was the son of Walter Blake.

William was the son of Geoffrey Blake and Walter was the son of Geoffrey Blake. William and Walter were brothers. Geoffrey was the son of Walter Blake and Walter was the eldest son of Richard Caddell alias Blake and his wife Eveline.

Charles Blake, brother of the testator, married Georgina Brown 3 Aug 1790 and they had six children, the second son was named Denis John Blake.


Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 23 Jan 2017
Source:  The National Archives, PROB 11/1412
Name of testator: Denis John Blake, Esquire, late Captain in His Majesty’s 89th Regiment of Foot
Place: Dublin, Ireland
Type of Record: Will
Dated 17 Oct 1802, probated 25 Aug 1804

[In margin] Denis John Blake, Esquire
[Top] Extracted from the Registry of His Majesty’s Court of Prerogative Court in Ireland – Dublin October 2nd 1802

1    Being perfectly sound in my understanding
2    I think it necessary to write and dispose of any
3    property I have at this present or hereafter may
4    have In the first place my debts are to be paid
5    the Sum of Fifty pounds Ster[ling] with interest from
6    March 1802 to my dear friend and Brother
7    Charles Blake Esquire Merlin Park County Galway
8    Secondly Sixty pounds in Gold due by me to Mrs
9    Bodkin of Be__ery County Galway Thirdly Twenty
10    pounds nine and sixpence to Lieut Dunn 89th
11    Regt after paying these debts above mentioned it
12    is my desire that the residue of my property
13    should then be divided into two equal shares one share of
14    which is to go to my Brother Charles Blake Esquire
15    Merlin Park to do as he pleases with and the
16    other share to my Sister Mrs Frances Darcy
17    under the following restrictions not to have the
18    power of drawing it off my Brother’s Estate
19    before her death when she will have the power
20    of willing it as she pleases having received the
21    legal interest duly Denis John Blake
22    Captain 89th Regt Foot Robt Power
23    William and so forth
24    to our beloved in Christ
25    Charles Blake Esquire one of the
26    Residuary Legatees named in
27    the last Will and Testament
28    of Denis J Blake late a
29    Captain in his Majesty’s 89th
30    Regt of Foot deceased having
31    and so forth evoking
32    rewards and beloved the
33    Right Worshipful Patrick
34    Dingman doctor of Laws
35    (our Commissary in the said
36    Court) in or within business
37    of growing and committing
38    Letters of Administration
39    and so forth of said deceased
40    with his last Will and
41    Testament annexed unto
42    the said Charles Blake Esquire
43    which lately deposed in
44    Judgment before our said
45    Judgment before our said
46    Commissary between the
47    said Charles Blake the party
48    promoting the said business
49    of the one part and Margaret
50    Blake pretending to have
51    an interest in the Goods and
52    so forth of said deceased the
53    party against whom the
54    said Business was prmoted
55    of the other part (rightly and
56    duly processing) Reas Signed
57    and promulged a cerain
58    definitive Sentence in writing
59    whereby he promised
60    agreed and declared that the
61    said Denis John Blake deceased
62    having a Mind and intention
63    to make his last Will and
64    Testament and being at such
65    time of sane and disposing
66    Mind Memory and Understanding
67    did on or about the 17th day of
68    October in the year of our
69    Lord one thousand eight
70    hundred and two rightly and
71    duly make Sign Seal publish
72    and declare his last Will and
73    Testament in writing all in
74    his the said deceased hand
75    writing beginning Dublin
76    Oct 2nd 1802 being perfectly
77    sound in my understanding
78    and ending having received
79    the legal interest duly
80    and subscribed Denis J Blake
81    Capt 89th Reg of Foot
82    and did pronounce decree
83    and declare that the said
84    deceased did give will and
85    bequeath dispose and do
86    in all things as in the said
87    last Will and Testament is
88    contained and did depose for
89    the form and validity of
90    said Will and of every part
91    thereof and did approve of
92    and receive the same
93    (First so requiring) rev
94    therefore grant Letters of
95    administration of the Goods
96    and so forth of said Dennis
97    John Blake unto the said
98    Charles Blake one of the
99    Residuary Legatees aforesaid
100    named in said Will the
101    Executor being manner
102    therein and being first
103    sworn personally having
104    and so forth) Date: 30th
105    January 1803 Anno d
106    Copy which I attest Wat
107    Hagarty D Regr
108    The twenty fifth day of August in the
109    year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and
110    four administration with the will annexed of all
111    and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of
112    Denis John Blake late a Captain in his Majesty’s
113    eighty ninth Regiment of Foot at Dublin Esquire
114    deceased was granted to Charles Blake Esquire the
115    natural and lawful Brother and one of the
116    Residuary Legatees named in the said Will having
117    been first sworn by Commission duly to administer
118    No Executor being named in the said Will

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Will of Bryan Higgins Blake, Esquire, Lieutenant 4th Light Dragoons - The National Archives, PROB 11/1876, probated 21 Apr 1837

The testator Bryan Higgins Blake was born in Dublin Ireland according to an online tree at Ancestry. There was a book published for the Higgins, William and Bryan family “The Life and Work of William Higgins Chemist 1763-1825”, by Thomas Sherlock Wheeler, Pergamon Press, 1960.

Since this traces along the female line of Higgins I will not add any details here but this tree is a public tree online at Ancestry. Robert Blake, MD, married Anne Higgins 25 Nov 1799 at St James, London, England.

There are a number of children listed for Robert Blake and Anne Higgins:

Edward Hudson Blake 1801
Jane Blake 1803
Elinor Blake 1806; married Nassau William Stephens 16 Aug 1838 at St Peter’s Parish, Dublin
Bryan Higgins Blake 1808-21 Apr 1837; married Caroline Elizabeth Milner 24 Jan 1831 at Aylesford, Kent and their son Bryan Higgins Blake was born 4 May 1836 at Torquay, Devon
Richard Everard Blake 1819; married Maria Elizabeth Gildea 18 May 1847 St Peters Church of Ireland, Dublin

This online tree lists the parents of Robert Blake as Robert Blake and Elizabeth Hudson. I could not find any more on this line. This Robert does not appear to be descendant of the Galway Blake family although there are many lines missing in the published books of Martin Joseph Blake on the descendants of the Blake family at Galway.


Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 22 Jan 2017
Source:  The National Archives, PROB 11/1876
Name of testator: Bryan Higgins Blake, Esquire. Lieutenant 4th Light Dragoons
Place: somewhere in England
Type of Record: Will
Dated 5 Aug 1833, probated 21 Apr 1837

[In margin] Bryan Higgins Blake, Esquire 9

1    In the name of god Amen
2    I Bryan Higgins Blake Lieutenant in the 4th Light Dragoons being weak in
3    body but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do make and
4    publish this my Will and Testament in manner following I give devise and
5    bequeath all my Estate Real and Personal unto such Child and Children as
6    may be living at the time of my decease or born in due time afterwards and to
7    their respective heirs and executors in equal shares and proportions the share of
8    such of them as may be Girls to vest at the age of eighteen and of Boys at the
9    age of twenty one with right of survivorship between them and if only one
10    shall live to take such vested interest the whole to such onely one and if there shall
11    be no child who shall live to take such bested interest then I give my said Estate
12    and property as follows I give and bequeath unto my dear Mother in case
13    she shall outlive my Grandmother as a mark of my duty and affection the sum
14    of £200 to be paid her out of the money to which I am entitled at the death of
15    my Grandmother I give and bequeath unto my Sister Henrietta Garde all my
16    share and interest in the house in Harcourt Street in which my Mother at
17    present resides all the Rest Residue and Remainder of my Real and
18    Personal property of what nature or kind soever I die seized possessed of or
19    entitled to I give devise and bequeath to my Brother in law Richard Garde his
20    heirs Executors and Administrators in trust to pay to my dear Wife Caroline
21    Elizabeth Blake during her life the rents issues profits dividends and interest
22    thereof upon her receipt and for her sole and separate use free from the
23    control and interference of any after taken husband and from and after the
24    decease of my dear Wife I then give and bequeath all my said Estate and
25    property to my said Trustee in trust for my two Brothers Edward Hudson
26    Blake and Richard Everard Blake during their lives share and share alike
27    and after their decease the share of each of them to go to such of their
28    respective Sons as shall attain the age of twenty one years but if either or both
29    my said Brothers shall die unmarried or without leaving Sons who shall
30    attain the age of twenty one I then give and bequeath the share and shares
31    of either or both my said Brothers so dying unto my Sisters who shall be
32    surviving at the time of their death share and share alike as tenants in
33    common and not joint tenants and to their several and respective heirs I
34    hereby authorize and empower my said Trustee to reimburse himself whatever
35    expences he may be put to or incur in the execution of this my Will and I hereby
36    nominate constitute and appoint my said Brother in law Richard Garde
37    Executor of this my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said
38    Bryan Higgins Blake have hereunto set my hand and seal this 5th day of August
39    in the year of our Lord 1833 Bryan Higgins Blake Signed Sealed
40    declared and Published by the above named Bryan Higgins Blake as and for
41    his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his
42    presence have subscribed our hands as Witnesses hereto William Garde Jr
43    Rob Booker  Jas Prescott
44    Codicil
45    It having pleased the Almighty to bless me with a Child I deem it advisable and
46    I do nominate constitute and appoint my Brothers in law Charles Milner Esq[ui]re of
47    Preston Hall and Henry Robert Milner Esq[ui]re Major 94th Regiment Executors of
48    this my last Will and Testament in conjunction with the before mentioned Richard
49    Garde it is also my Will (that should I die in England I should be buried in
50    the Milner Family Vault at Aylesford in Kent) In Witness whereof I the said
51    Bryan Higgins Blake have hereunto set my hand and seal the 25th day of July
52    in the year of our Lord 1836 in the presence of Bryan Higgins Blake
53    Irvine Whitty Captain R Art
54    Jane Thompson
55    John Walsh
56    Proved at London with a Codicil the 21st April 1837 before the
57    Worshipful John Danbury doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the Oath of Charles
58    Milner Esquire one of the Executors named in the Codicil to whom Admon was granted having been first
59    Sworn duly to Administer power reserved of making the like Grant to Richard
60    Garde the Executor named in the Will and Henry Robert Milner Esquire the
61    other Executor named in the Codicil when they shall apply for the same

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Will of Christopher Blake, Felmonger, Bourne, Lincolnshire - The National Archives PROB 11/721, probated 18 Nov 1742

Christopher Blake the testator names his son Christopher Blake in his will. His wife is named Bridget Blake.

Interestingly, Bourne is in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire (Butterwick is also in this area). The earlier will of 1566 for John Blake at Butterwick should certainly be considered looking at Christopher Blake although nearly two hundred years later.

Children baptized to Christopher Blake at Bourne (Find My Past):

Charles Blake baptized Mar 1718
Christopher Blake baptized 27 Dec 1722
Elizabeth baptized 6 Apr 1724; buried 3 Jan 1736
Mary Blake baptized 26 Oct 1726
Bridget Blake baptized 13 Nov 1728

A Christopher Blake is listed as a Master Fellmonger on the Apprenticeship documents for Bourne Lincolnshire in 1730. (Find My Past)

There was a burial for Mrs Blake 11 Jul 1743 at Bourne. There is a burial for Christopher Blake 14 Sep 1749 at Bourne Lincolnshire.  (Find My Past)



Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 21 Jan 2017
Source:  The National Archives, PROB 11/721
Name of testator: Christopher Blake, Felmonger
Place: Bourne, Lincolnshire, England
Type of Record: Will
Dated 20 Oct 1742, probated 18 Nov 1742

[In margin] Testam[ent] Jo Blake

1    In the name of god Amen
2    I Christopher Blake of Bourne in the County of Lincoln
3    Felmonger being sick in Body but of sound and disposing
4    mind and memory praised be God do make and ordain this
5    my last Will and Testament as follows I give and bequeath
6    to my Wife Bridget Blake the furniture of my best parlour
7    and also one annuity of Six pounds payable every year unto
8    my said Wife for her Life at Two Equal payments in the year
9    that is to say at Lady Day and Michaelmas the first payment
10    to be made at the first of these days next happening after
11    my decease the said Yearly Sume or annuity to be paid by
12    my Executor as hereafter mentioned Item all the Goods Chattells
13    Credits and Personal Estate I give and bequeath unto Mr
14    John Pare of Bourn aforesaid by Trust that he pays the
15    said Annuity in the first place to my said Wife my just debts
16    being first paid and the residue thereof the said John Pare
17    to be accountable for unto my Son Christopher Blake at his
18    age of one and Twenty years soe my said Son giving proper
19    security to the good liking of the said John Pare to pay the
20    said annuity to my said Wife for her Life as aforesaid and
21    then I appoint my said Son Sole Executor and Residuary Legate
22    of this my Last Will and Testament the said John Pre being paid
23    all charges and Expences in and about the Execution of this my Will
24    hereby revoking all former Wills by me made Witness my hand and
25    seal this twenty sixth day of October one Thousand Seven hundred
26    and Forty Two Christopher Blake his Mark Signed sealed published
27    and declared by the said Testator as and for his last Will and
28    Testament in the presence of us Mrs Foster William Phillips
29    This Will was proved at London on the Eighteenth
30    day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven
31    hundred and Forty Two before the Right Worshipfull John Bettesworth
32    doctor of Laws and Master keeper or Commissary of the prerogative
33    Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oath of John pare the
34    Executor named in the said Will to whom was granted administration
35    of all and singular the Goods Chattells and Credits of the said deceased
36    being first sworn by commission duly to administer the same

Will of John Blake, Burgess, Grantham, Lincolnshire - The National Archives PROB 11/27, probated 28 Jul 1539

The testator John Blake mentions his wife Margaret, his son William and his daughter Agnes. He is a Burgess in Grantham, Lincolnshire.

A search on Google revealed that there was a Blake family at Grantham in the mid 1700s and in the mid 1800s. He was a perpetual commissioner.


Transcriber: Elizabeth Kipp
Recorded: 20 Jan 2017
Source:  The National Archives, PROB 11/27
Name of testator: John Blake, Burgess
Place: Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
Type of Record: Will
Dated: 22 Jul 1539, probated 28 Jul 1539

[In margin] Testam[ent] Jo Blake

1    In the name of god Amen In the yere of our Lorde god a Thousand five hundredth
2    and xxxix the xxij day of June I John Blake of Granth[a]m in the Countie of Lincoln Burgess hole of mynde and
3    memory and partely sike and feble of body do make my Last Will and testament in manner and form following First
4    I bequeath my soule unto the mercy of almighty god And my body to be buried within the Chantre greve of Corpus
5    Christy within the parish of the Church of Grantham Also I geve and Bequeath for my mortuary as the Lawe will admit
6    Also I geve to the high awter of Grantham Church iij s iij d Also I geve to the Reparacions of Grantham Church xx j s
7    Also I bequeath to William Blake my sonne all my lands as well purchased as inheritage Lands Provided alwayes
8    that yf I or myn executor can favourably have paid three hundredth marks due unto me for the dowery of my
9    wife marrage that then my wife to have her Joynter of my purchasest Lands for the terme of her lyfe according to my
10    promise made to her in that behalf And for lack of payment of the said two hundredth marks I will my said purchasest
11    Lande to remayne to Willim my sonne and to the heires of his body lawfully Begotten And for lack of heires of
12    his body lawfully Begotten I will my hole Landes do Remayne to Agnes Blake my doughter and to the heires of
13    her body lawfully Begotten Also I will by the consent and assent of Margaret my wife that all the costs and charges
14    of the law for the getting and obteyning of the said two hundredth marks Before named Be borne of my hool goods
15    Also I do geve to Richard Sey fyftene pounds by goods for his childs parte Which I have in governance Also
16    I do geve to Agnes Blake my Doughter twenty pounds which I do owe unto her for the sale of a howse Also I doo
17    geve to Alice Yats £vl Also I do geve to Thomas Sey iij li vj s viij d which I do owe unto him for his Childs parte
18    Those Bequests and debts before named I will they be delivered and paid of my hooll goods And the Residue of my goods
19    Remayning I will be divided in thre parts The first parte I give and bequeath to Margaret my Wife The second parte I
20    geve to William Blake my sonne and to Agnes my doughter to be equally devided betwixt them The third parte of my
21    goodes I will be disposed for the helth of my soule as hereafter foloweth I will at my Buriall day the seventh day and
22    the thirty day be gevyn where need is xx s every day The Residue of my third parte I geve to William Blake my son
23    to dispose for the helthe of my soule as he thinketh best Which William Blake I do make my full Executor And I Will
24    that master William Grifton of London and John Harmstronge of Grantham be Supervisors and to se the performance
25    of this my Last Will and testament And to helpe my sonne William in everything usefull And I give to the sam Wm
26    Grifton for his paines foure marks And to the said John Harmstronge for his paynes taking xiij s iiij d
27    and charges born whersoever they shalbe called for the performance of this my last Wille Those Bering Witness
28    Master Richard Aleyn Thomas Leye Robert Taillone William Patyinson John Harmstrong William Mens Richard
29    Sharp with other mee J
30    Probatum fuit testamentum suprascripti defuncti xxij die mensis Julij Anno domini Millesimo quingentismo
31    xxxix apud London coram dno _cte dni mri Regis Iuramento Willm Blake executoris cui commissa fuit
32    marat etc approbatum et insinuatum et comissa fuit administracio omnium et singulorum bonorum jurm creditorium
33    dei defuncti prefato Executori de bene et fidelities administrand Ac de pleno et fideli Inventario die post
34    festum sancti fidis proximo futurum exhibendo Necnon de plano et vero compoto reddend Ad Sancta dei Evangelia
35    in debita iurus forma jurat