Mary Elizabeth Blake1

#57440, b. 27 October 1819, d. December 1904

Individual's Timeline

Christening27 October 1819Mary Elizabeth Blake1
Marriage7 September 1843Ann Mearis2
Marriage25 November 1857Mary Elizabeth Blake3
Marr RegDecember 1857Mary Elizabeth Blake4
Death27 December 1899Hotham Forbes5
Probate7 February 1900Hotham Forbes
Death29 October 1904Mary Elizabeth Blake6
Death RegDecember 1904Mary Elizabeth Blake
Probate8 December 1904Mary Elizabeth Blake

Primary events

  • Christening: Mary Elizabeth Blake was christened on 27 October 1819 in St Marylebone, Westminster, Greater London, England.1
  • (Witness) Marriage: She witnessed the marriage of Ann Mearis and Thomas James Blake on 7 September 1843 in St Martin Outwick, London, Greater London, England; The list of witnesses is very rewarding: Martha LOUNDES (or similar), Mary BLAKE and Joseph Major BLAKE. There was also Charles and Eliza STENNETT (or similar) and Thos LOUNDES. Thomas' father is Thomas BLAKE deceased.2
  • Marriage: Mary Elizabeth Blake married Hotham Forbes on Wednesday, 25 November 1857 in St Botolph without Bishopsgate, London, Greater London, England, when they were 34 years ~&~ 38 years and 29 days old. Mary Elizabeth's father is listed as Thomas James, a tea dealer.3
  • Marr Reg: The marriage of Mary and Hotham Forbes was registered in the quarter ended December 1857 in the East London registration district.4
  • (Widow) Death: In 1899, at the age of 80 years and 2 months, Mary Elizabeth was left a widow by the death of Hotham Forbes.5
  • (Admin_beneficiary) Probate: In 1900 Mary Elizabeth Blake became the administrator and/or the beneficiary named in the probate documents of Hotham Forbes; The estate was valued at £531.
  • Death: Mary died on 29 October 1904 in 87 Kyverdale Road, Stoke Newington, Greater London, England, (Aged 85 years and 2 days, worked back from recorded birth date).6
  • Death Reg: Mary's death was registered in the quarter ended in December 1904 in the Hackney registration district, Her age is shown as 86, which matches her 'original' DOB, showing that her age when she married was fudged. (Her age calculates to 85 years and 1 month).
  • Probate: Her estate was probated on 8 December 1904. Her executor was Alice BLAKE a spinster. The estate was valued at £2,632.

Secondary circumstances

Census details

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: Unless the first Mary Elizabeth died, and a later daughter was given the same name, she lied when she married. The certificate shows her age as 30, when in fact she was 38. I will follow her in the census to see if we can prove this. In 1861 her age was 36, but when she died her age had reverted to the original.
    * We are lucky, her executor in 1904 was Alice BLAKE, which confirms we are looking at the correct woman, even though I never found her living with her husband in any census.

Family of Mary Elizabeth Blake and Hotham Forbes


  1. Website ( "London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 about Mary Elizabeth Blake
    Name:      Mary Elizabeth Blake
    Record Type:      Baptism
    Baptism Date:      27 Oct 1819
    Father's Name:      Thomas Blake
    Mother's name:      Martha Blake
    Parish or Poor Law Union:      St Marylebone
    Borough:      Westminster
    Register Type:      Parish Registers."
  2. Website ( "
    London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 about Thomas James Blake
    Name:      Thomas James Blake
    Spouse Name:      Ann Mearis
    Record Type:      Banns
    Event Date:      17 Sep 1843
    Parish:      St Martin Outwich
    Borough:      City of London
    Register Type:      Parish Register."
  3. Website ( "London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 about Mary Elizabeth Blake
    Name:      Mary Elizabeth Blake
    Estimated birth year:      abt 1827
    Age:      30
    Spouse Name:      Hotham Fortes
    Spouse Age:      31
    Record Type:      Marriage
    Event Date:      25 Nov 1857
    Parish:      St Botolph without Bishopsgate
    Borough:      City of London
    Father Name:      Thomas James Blake
    Spouse Father:      James Fortes
    Register Type:      Parish Register."
  4. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online, Blake      Mary Elizabeth            E.London      1c     40     
    Forbes      Hatham            E.London      1c     40     
    Forbes      Hotham            E London      1c     40.
  5. Website ( "
    England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 about Hotham Forbes
    Name:      Hotham Forbes
    Probate Date:      7 Feb 1900
    Death Date:      27 Dec 1899
    Death Place:      Middlesex, England
    Registry:      London, England."
  6. Website ( "
    England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 about Mary Elizabeth Forbes
    Name:      Mary Elizabeth Forbes
    Probate Date:      8 Dec 1904
    Death Date:      29 Oct 1904
    Death Place:      Middlesex, England
    Registry:      London, England."