Richard Blake Sr.

Brief Life History of Richard

When Richard Blake Sr. was born on 7 October 1747, in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States, his father, Joseph Blake, was 34 and his mother, Rebeckah Higby, was 32. He married Damaris Smedley on 6 July 1769, in Litchfield, Litchfield, Connecticut, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 4 daughters. He died on 17 July 1807, in Livonia, Livonia, Livingston, New York, United States, at the age of 59, and was buried in Union Cemetery, Livonia, Livonia, Livingston, New York, United States.

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Richard Blake Sr.
Damaris Smedley
Marriage: 6 July 1769
James Blake
Jesse Blake
Reuel Blake
Rebecca Blake
Damaris Blake
Zara Blake
Pharis Blake
Uriel Blake
Concurrance Blake
Eunice Blake

Sources (23)

  • Richard Blake, "United States Census, 1840"
  • Richard Blake, "Connecticut, Births and Christenings, 1649-1906"
  • Richard Blake Sr, "Find A Grave Index"

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Name Meaning

English and Scottish (England and central Scotland): 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.

English: nickname from Middle English blak(e) (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.

English (Norfolk): nickname from Middle English bleik, blaik>, blek(e) (Old Norse bleikr) ‘pale or sallow’ (in complexion).

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

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