Barnabas Blake

#36369, b. circa 1730, d. December 1800

Individual's Timeline

Birthcirca 1730Barnabas Blake
Marriage26 September 1751Barnabas Blake1
Death14 March 1765Hannah Blake2
Marriage of Son3 April 1782John Blake3
DeathDecember 1800Barnabas Blake4

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: Barnabas was a baker (from details in the Wills index).
  • Owner: In circa 1795 Barnabas Blake was the owner of Property in Bradford Street, Bocking.
  • Will: Barnabas Blake left a will in 1801 Barnabas left a Will, which was proved in the Archdeanery of Canterbury. Index in Essex Archives as D/APb W4/62. There is a transcription on Ancestry.com tree of johnaowen. The original transcription was by Ali WINDSOR.

    Names mentioned in the Will are sons Barnabas, John and Joseph and daughters Sarah BLAKE and Hannah HEARD (widow). The estate was valued at under £100.5
Some aspects of Barnabas Blake's life. In 1775 Barnabas registered an apprentice baker, Isaac SMITH. In 1779 another named Solomon RICHARDSON and another in 1784 named Wm FITCH.6
Brushes with the LAW

An Entry in the London Gazette dated 30th May - 2nd June 1761 says "I do hereby give Notice that I intend to compel Barnabas BLAKE, late of Bocking in the County of Essex, Baker, who is now a prisoner in the Fleet Prison, and charged in Execution at my Suit, to subscribe and deliver upon Oath a Schedule of all his Estate and Effects for the benefit of his Creditors, at the next General or Quarter Sessions if the Peace, or Adjournment thereof, to be held at Guildhall in and for the City of London, pursuant to the Act of Parliament made for the relief of insolvent debtors. Dated June 2nd 1761, and signed by Thomas GILETT

The prison was described in Dickens’s Pickwick Papers, and was drawn by Hogarth within his Rake's Progress set. The prison itself usually had around 300 inmates and their families. At the time Barnabas was there, it was still the old building, but it had been reformed after a Parliamentary Committee had found serious mismanagement in 1729. It was NOT a prison for criminals, and many felt that fraudulent tradesmen took advantage of the debt and insolvency laws to get around having to pay their creditors.

Barnabas is included here as he is a potential ancestor. See the story regarding the illegitimate children of Louisa JOHNSON.

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: A Barnabus BLAKE was buried as an infant in St Mary the Virgin Bocking 30th September 1729. Could this have been an earlier brother? There are also many other BLAKEs buried in the same churchyard in NBI, earliest 1686.7
  • Research note 02: May have married Hannah FARRER 10th October 1770. Infomation from the Faculty Office Marriage Licence Allegations 1701-1850 index. A copy of the record can be obtained.8

Children of Barnabas Blake and Hannah Barnard

Citations

  1. Certificate or Original Parish Reg Entry, Extract from original records, From Essex Records. Copyof parish register Downloaded.
  2. Burials in Britain, DB - National Burial Index (Britain), Parish Records Collection 1538-2005 - Burial
    First name(s):      Hannah
    Last name:      BLAKE
    Date of burial:      17 Mar 1765
    Age at death:      41
    Calculated year of birth:      1724
    Place of burial:      Bocking
    Dedication:      St Mary the Virgin
    County:      Essex
    Notes:      
         
    Bocking St Mary the Virgin:
    Denomination:      Anglican
    Coverage:      1558 - 1954
    Number of entries:      21,330
    Record source:      National Burial Index
    Data provider:      Essex Society for Family History.
  3. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "Pierson Family Tree."
  4. Burials in Britain, DB - National Burial Index (Britain), First name(s):      Barnabas
    Last name:      BLAKE      
    Date of burial:      20 Dec 1800
    Age at death:      70
    Calculated year of birth:      1730
    Place of burial:      Bocking
    Dedication:      St Mary the Virgin
    County:      Essex
    Notes:      
    Bocking St Mary the Virgin:
    Denomination:      Anglican
    Coverage:      1558 - 1954
    Number of entries:      21,330.
  5. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "Griggs, Romeril, Dehane, Blake and Garson family tree. Owner:" johnaowen."
  6. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "UK, Register of Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures, 1710-1811 about Barnabas Blake
    Master's Name:      Barnabas Blake
    Apprentice Name:      Isaac Smith
    Residence Location:      Bocking, Essex
    Payment Date:      20 Apr 1775."
  7. Burials in Britain, DB - National Burial Index (Britain), Parish Records Collection - burial
    First name(s):      Barnabas
    Last name:      BLAKES      
    Date of burial:      30 Sep 1729
    Age at death:      Infant
    Calculated year of birth:      1729
    Place of burial:      Bocking
    Dedication:      St Mary the Virgin
    County:      Essex
    Notes:      
    Bocking St Mary the Virgin:
    Denomination:      Anglican
    Coverage:      1558 - 1954
    Number of entries:      21,330.
  8. Find my past web sites, online http://www.findmypast.com or http://www.findmypast.com.au, Parish Record Collection - Marriage Record
    License date:      10 Oct 1770
    License date year:      1770
    Bride's last name:      FARRER
    Bride's first name:      Hannah
    Dual date:      10 Oct 1770
    Groom's last name:      BLAKE
    Groom's first name:      Barnabas
    Record source:      Faculty Office Marriage Licence Allegations 1701-1850
    Data provider:      Society of Genealogists.
  9. International Genealogical Index (IGI), C067212.