William Blake

#1167, b. 1837, d. 2 March 1921

The two men in the bowler hats were BLAKE'S.

Individual's Timeline

Birth1837William Blake1
Death of Father23 June 1844William (Damaris) Blake2
Marriage29 September 1862William Blake1,3,4
Death of Mother4 April 1868Honour Warren
Death26 March 1879Rebecca Elizabeth Blake1,4
Marriage of Son2 March 1891Herbert George Blake4
Death2 March 1921William Blake1,4

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: William was a miller.5

Census details

Some aspects of William Blake's life. William and his family lived in Clay Road Caister in 1871. He was a miller, and had married in 1862. I believe he must have moved into the Caister Mill, or at least been employed in it, just after the sale notice for the mill was printed, Sep 1862. Certainly, his first child was registered in Caister in 1863, as was his second in 1867. The second advert was first placed in the paper July 1871, which is after the census in that year. It was still being advertised as a rental in Feb 1872.

Notice 1 - Caister next Great Yarmouth
To be Sold by Auction by Messrs. Clowes & Flowerdew (under instructions from the Mortgagee) at the White Horse Inn, Great Yarmouth on Wednesday September 3, 1862 at 3 for 4 o’c in one lot. All that capital Brick Tower Wind Mill exceedingly well situated near the beach in the best part of the Village of Caister. Mill has two pairs of Stones, Patent Sails, is fitted with Flour Mill, Jumper & all other requisite machinery. Also adjoining a newly built Bake office, Stables, Warehouse, Cart shed, Pigsties & other requisite sheds & buildings. Also a comfortable Dwelling House etc. the whole standing in the Mill Yard, walled-in garden of nearly half an acre.
* Apply to John Clowes, Solr. Great Yarmouth. Yarmouth Independent - 23rd August 1862

Notice 2 - Caister near Yarmouth
To be let at Michaelmas next.
A Brick Tower self-winding CORN MILL with vane sails, working two pairs of Stones, Miller’s house, Baking office, Warehouse, Stable, Hay house, Cart shed, Piggeries, Gardens & other conveniences. The above can be hired with or without a Farmhouse & Premises next the Mill with 14 acres of Land. Rent of Mill & Baking office £45. Farm £42. with guarantee required for rent.
* Apply to Mr. Clowes, Solr. Great Yarmouth. Norfolk Chronicle & Norfolk News - 22nd & 29th July, 5th August, 21st October & 18th Nov. 1871. Also appeared Feb 1872.

One of the exhibits (camera icon) is a map of the location of the Mill, off the end of Clay Road.

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: Laura was listed as THIS William BLAKE's daughter. The census says this William BLAKE was born in DISS so is the son of William and Honor NOT the son of the William and Elizabeth buried in the grave Laura said was her Grandparents. We should see if they were in fact her great aunt and uncle in some way

    One point to note is that the William who is buried in Yarmouth cemetery died in 1870, which is before Laura was born, so they could not be the people who brought her up. Elizabeth lived for 20 years in the rows as a fish, then a general, dealer.

    In 1891 the 12 year old Laura was living with her 24 year old brother Herbert and his wife Maria and her father in Caister. Again her father is the William born in Diss.

    We do not know who Laura lived with from 1881 (when she was 2 and was with her father in Lower Cliff Road. Both were listed as 'visitors' with Susannah NURSE) and 1891, nor for the 10 years after 1891.

    Laura did not have any occupation in 1891 nor 1901 census. Her father and Herbert her brother were both listed as millers..

Children of William Blake and Rebecca Elizabeth Everett


  1. Letter, Jean Eastoe to Shirley Elrick, 11/4/1999.
  2. Certificate or Original Parish Reg Entry, Extract from original records, Copy received from Jean Eastoe.
  3. Free UK BDM index from 1837, online http://freebmd.rootsweb.com
  4. Copies of original certificates and docs.
  5. Letter, Jean Eastoe to Shirley Elrick, 11/4/1999, On marriage certificate.