Thomas Blake

September 1795–1856 (Age 60)
Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom

The Life of Thomas

When Thomas Blake was born in September 1795, in Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire, England, his father, Robert Blake, was 29 and his mother, Hannah Breadmore, was 24. He married Jemima Gilbert on 3 May 1821, in Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Burbage, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom for about 10 years. He died in 1856, in Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire, England, at the age of 61.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Blake
1795–1856
Jemima Gilbert
1792–1867
Marriage: 3 May 1821
Martha Blake
1821–1871
Elias Blake
1825–
Stephan Blake
1834–1834

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
3 May 1821
Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom
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World Events (7)

1801 · The Act of Union

Age 6

The Act of Union was a legislative agreement which united England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom on January 1, 1801.
1808 · The British West Africa Squadron

Age 13

The British West Africa Squadron was formed in 1808 to suppress illegal slave trading on the African coastline. The British West Africa Squadron had freed approximately 150,000 people by 1865.
1815

Age 20

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

Name Meaning

1 English: variant of Black 1, meaning ‘swarthy’ or ‘dark-haired’, from a byform of the Old English adjective blæc, blac ‘black’, with change of vowel length.2 English: nickname from Old English blāc ‘wan’, ‘pale’, ‘white’, ‘fair’. In Middle English the two words blac and blāc, with opposite meanings, fell together as Middle English blake. In the absence of independent evidence as to whether the person referred to was dark or fair, it is now impossible to tell which sense was originally meant.3 Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Bláthmhaic ‘descendant of Bláthmhac’, a personal name from bláth ‘flower’, ‘blossom’, ‘fame’, ‘prosperity’ + mac ‘son’. In some instances, however, the Irish name is derived from Old English blæc ‘dark’, ‘swarthy’, as in 1 above. Many bearers are descended from Richard Caddell, nicknamed le blac, sheriff of Connacht in the early 14th century. The English name has been Gaelicized de Bláca.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Thomas Blake, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • Thomas Blake, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
  • Thomas Blake in entry for Martha Blake, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"

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