William Barnabas Blake1

#36127, b. 28 November 1822, d. 4 January 1862

Individual's Timeline

Birth28 November 1822William Barnabas Blake1
Christening27 January 1823William Barnabas Blake1
Death4 January 1862William Barnabas Blake2
Probate28 January 1862William Barnabas Blake3

Primary events

Secondary circumstances

  • Occupation: William was a banker's clerk, and when he died he was described as an accountant and a bachelor.

Census details

Brushes with the LAW

In 1846 he was a witness in the trial of Sarah HASTINGS, who was arraigned for uttering a forged warrant with the intent of defrauding Gurney's Bank of £85. This money was deposited by her husband William was a clerk at the bank and attested to the fact that Sarah had presented a document on which she had forged her (now dead) husband's signature. Not that good a forgery, as she had signed it Mr John Miller Hastings. William spotted that nobody signs documents using their title, but had paid out the money anyway. Later evidence by others say that John could write, but only 'just', and that the signature was not his.

William was the only person who stated Sarah was the person who presented the Document 2 years earlier, but there was nobody to say she did NOT. She was found guilty, and sentenced to 12 calender months ion the House of Correction, and was told she was lucky as the law had only recently changed from death being the sentence for such a crime!!

Sarah and John (a grocer) were together in 1841 census of Yarmouth, living in Gaol Street. They were both 45. John died in Yarmouth in Mar qtr 1846. Sarah BOWLES and John HASTINGS junior were married in Yarmouth in 1835. No sign of Sarah in later censuses.4

Research Notes

  • Research note 01: Stated by Lovewell in 1866 as died single.5


  1. Free parish registers, online http://www.freereg.org.uk,      Norfolk
    Place     Great Yarmouth
    Church     Middlegate Congregational Tr
    RegisterNumber     85
    DateOfBirth     28 Nov 1822
    BaptismDate     27 Jan 1823
    Forename     William Barnabas
    Sex     -
    FatherForename     John
    MotherForename     Harriet
    FatherSurname     BLAKE
    MotherSurname     GARSON
    FileNumber     6665.
  2. Website Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1861-1941 (http://search.ancestry.com.au).
  3. Website Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1861-1941 (http://search.ancestry.com.au) "William Barnabas Blake
    Probate Date:      28 Jan 1862
    Death Date:      4 Jan 1862
    Death Place:      Norfolk, England
    Registry:      Norwich."
  4. Find my past web sites, online http://www.findmypast.com or http://www.findmypast.com.au, Norfolk News July 25, 1846.
  5. John OWEN and Mark PIERSON, 15th August 1866, Harriet's children are as follows - 8 William Blake died single.