William Blake1

#21215, b. 3 February 1815, d. 2 November 1880

Individual's Timeline

Birth1815William Blake1
Christening3 February 1815William Blake1
Marriagebefore 1843William Blake
Marriage17 March 1867William Blake2
Marriage of DaughterMarch 1872Margaret Fiddes Blake3
Death2 November 1880William Blake4
Probate5 February 1881William Blake

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: William was a fish merchant.

Census details

  • In the census taken on the night of 2nd April 1871, William was the head of the household. The address was St Nicholas Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. William is married, but wife not at home. he has 2 boarders, one noted as his housekeeper, and one her 12 year old daughter, both named margaret HARRISON.
Some aspects of William Blake's life. In July 1987, Six months after the marriage, Martha was in the courts asking for protection from her husband, William a fish merchant. Firth go around William failed to attend the court, and was found, detained and remanded in custody over the weekend. On Monday he was charged with using threatening language, and with thrusting at her with a knife. Cross examination of Martha tried to show William was violent because of her extravagant behaviour, and her love of dresses. William's solicitor claimed Martha had attempted to gain control of her husband's finances, which William had resisted. When he discovered that Martha was packing things to remove from the house, a dispute had arisen. Sureties were demanded for William to keep the peace. The newspaper reported that Martha was of a Prepossessing appearance. (Dictionary says this means - that impresses favourably; engaging or attractive:)

In Nov of the same year, Martha and William were in court again. The case provoked interest and amusement. William, an elderly well-to-do Fish merchant and Martha who was 'about 25'. The case was about finances, as Martha wanted to live separately from William, and to have al allowance for living expenses. She was asking for 7/6 per week. William had offered 3/-. The case presented to the court was about various quarrels and physical altercations. Both sides were said to have willingly taken part. One argument, specifically reported upon by the court reporter was that one quarrel was bout the 'prepossessing' comment made at the previous court attendance. William did not like it, and had threatened to make her somewhat less prepossessing in the future. All charges were dismissed, but William was requested to allow his wife to live elsewhere, and to pay her 7/6 per week. Which I think was what she was after anyway.

In Dec 1867 Mr and Mrs BLAKE were together - again - as Martha was charged with using abusive language toward Ellen AMOS, who it appears was giving comfort and succour to Mr Blake in his trials and tribulations with Mrs BLAKE.

In 1871 it looks as if they were - so to speak - back together again, as they were again before the court, Martha claiming mistreatment.

After William died, Martha who was now a widow was fined for using obscene language against Elizabeth HOWES. She was find 2/6 (so we know she was in Yarmouth 1880 - East Anglian Daily Times 3 July 1880).5

Child of William Blake and Sarah Ladley

  • Margaret Fiddes Blake b. 28 Mar 1843

Family of William Blake and Martha Hayes


  1. International Genealogical Index (IGI).
  2. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "Blake     William     1817     —     1867     Norfolk Marriages     Great Yarmouth, St Nicholas with St Peter, St John, St Andrew, St James, St Paul & St Luke, Norfolk, England."
  3. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com, Pycraft     Margaret Fiddes     Yarmouth     4b     6.
  4. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "Name:     William Blake
    Death Age:     65
    Birth Date:     abt 1815
    Death Date:     abt 1880
    Death Place:     Runham Norfolk
    Burial Date:     3 Dec 1880
    Burial Place:     Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
    Cemetery:     Yarmouth New Cemetery
    Cemetery Section:     Q
    Grave Number:     632
    Interment Number:     1449
    Cemetery Notes:     Consecrated."
  5. Find my past web sites, online http://www.findmypast.com or http://www.findmypast.com.au, Norfolk Chronicle 16 November 1867.