Henry Robert Boast Blake1

#47477, b. December 1860, d. 18 January 1932

Individual's Timeline

Birth11 November 1860Henry Robert Boast Blake2
Birth RegDecember 1860Henry Robert Boast Blake1
Marriage12 September 1883Henry Robert Boast Blake3
Marriage30 November 1895Henry Robert Boast Blake
Marr RegDecember 1895Henry Robert Boast Blake4
Death RegMarch 1901Sophia Blake5
Death of Father13 September 1909Henry Blake2
Death18 January 1932Henry Robert Boast Blake
Probate29 February 1932Henry Robert Boast Blake

Primary events

  • Birth: Henry Robert Boast Blake was born on 11 November 1860.2
  • Birth Reg: Henry's birth was registered in the quarter ended in December 1860 in the Norwich registration district.1
  • Marriage: He married Sophia Gent, daughter of David Gent and Mary Ann Gibson, on Wednesday, 12 September 1883 in St John's Church, Lakenham, Norfolk, England, when they were 20 years, 10 months and 8 days ~&~ 22 years and 9 months old. Witnessed by Robert BLAKE and Elvina CANNELL.3
  • Marriage: Henry Robert Boast Blake married Eleanor Bottomley, daughter of Robert Samuel Bottomly, on Saturday, 30 November 1895 in St Paul's Church, Bow Common, Greater London, England, when they were 28 years, 3 months and 7 days ~&~ 34 years and 11 months old. Henry shows his name as YOUNGS, and also says his father was named Henry Robert YOUNGS and that he was 28. None of which is factual.
  • Marr Reg: The marriage of Henry and Eleanor Bottomley was registered in the quarter ended December 1895 in the Mile End Old Town registration district.4
  • (Widow) Death Reg: By the death of Sophia Blake, Henry Robert Boast became a widower in the quarter ended March 1901. He was 40 years and 3 months at the time; aged 38. No probate.5
  • Death of Father: His father Henry Blake died on 13 September 1909.2
  • Death: Henry died on 18 January 1932 in Whipps Cross Hospital, Leystone, Essex, England, (Aged 71 years and 1 month, worked back from recorded birth date).
  • Probate: His estate was probated on 29 February 1932. Eleanor Youngs was the administrator and/or the beneficiary. The Estate was valued at £170.

Secondary circumstances

Census details

Some aspects of Henry Robert Boast Blake's life. The entry in the Probate records shows that he had 'both' names - BLAKE and YOUNGS.

Some aspects of Henry Robert Boast Blake's life. Leaving aside for the moment the irregularities in Henry's second marriage, we have an issue with the records of his first. The Parish Register has the signature of the first witness as Robert BLAKE, but the photocopy of the GRO copy has him signing as Robert PLATTEN. My understanding is that these 2 documents are completed at the same time. The details written in by either the parish clerk or the vicar, and the signatures of the participants affixed at the end of the ceremony. ie everybody signs the 2 pieces of paper at the same time. I have attached the 2 records as exhibits, so any interested parties can compare the 2.

It is also pertinent that Henry's occupation was 'not known' when Sophia died, which is a certain indication that he was 'missing - whereabouts unknown' at the time of her death.

Children of Henry Robert Boast Blake and Sophia Gent

Children of Henry Robert Boast Blake and Eleanor Bottomley


  1. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com, BLAKE      Henry Robert Boast            Norwich      4b     107.     
  2. Bob Youngs, "eMail from Bob Youngs," e-mail to Shirley Elrick, various, 27/12/2012.
  3. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,      Norfolk
    Place     Lakenham
    Church     St John
    RegisterNumber     127
    MarriageDate     12 Sep 1883
    GroomForename     Henry Robert Boast
    GroomSurname     BLAKE
    GroomCondition     Bachelor
    GroomOccupation     Brickmaker
    GroomAbode     Lakenham
    BrideForename     Sophia
    BrideSurname     GENT
    BrideCondition     Spinster
    BrideAbode     S. Peter's Mancroft
    GroomFatherForename     Henry
    GroomFatherSurname     BLAKE
    GroomFatherOccupation     Brickmaker
    BrideFatherForename     David
    BrideFatherSurname     GENT
    BrideFatherOccupation     Deceased
    WitnessOneForename     Robert
    WitnessOneSurname     BLAKE
    WitnessTwoForename     Elvina
    WitnessTwoSurname     CANNELL
    FileNumber     1599.     
  4. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com, Bottomley      Eleanor            Mile End      1c     725     
    Youngs      Henry Robert            Mile End      1c     725.
  5. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index: 1837-1915 about Sophia Blake
    Name:      Sophia Blake
    Estimated Birth Year:      abt 1863
    Date of Registration:      Jan-Feb-Mar 1901
    Age at Death:      38
    Registration district:      Norwich
    Inferred County:      Norfolk
    Volume:      4b
    Page:      134."
  6. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com, Blake      Henry Gent      0      Norwich      4b     115.
  7. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,      Norfolk
    Place     Norwich
    Church     St Peter Mancroft
    RegisterNumber     478
    DateOfBirth     24 Feb 1885
    BaptismDate     11 Mar 1885
    Forename     Sophia Gent
    Sex     F
    FatherForename     Henry Robert Boasr
    MotherForename     Sophia
    FatherSurname     BLAKE
    Abode     Bethel Street
    FatherOccupation     Licensed Victualler
    Notes     P.B.
    FileNumber     1033.