James Blake

1833–
Birchanger, Essex, England, United Kingdom

The Life of James

When James Blake was born in 1833, in Birchanger, Essex, England, United Kingdom, his father, Joshua Blakes, was 45 and his mother, Sarah Mumford, was 41. He married Mary Ann Freeman on 22 June 1856, in Great Hallingbury, Essex, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom for about 20 years.

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Family Time Line

James Blake
1833–
Mary Ann Freeman
1830–1865
Marriage: 22 June 1856
Eliza Freeman
1853–1928
Frederick Blake
1859–1869
George Blake
1857–
Henry Blake
1862–
Mary Ann Blake
1864–

Spouse and Children

    Male1833–Male

    Mary Ann Freeman

    Female1830–1865Female

MARRIAGE
22 June 1856
Great Hallingbury, Essex, England, United Kingdom
children

(5)

    Eliza Freeman

    Female1853–1928Female

    George Blake

    Male1857–Male

    Frederick Blake

    Male1859–1869Male

    Henry Blake

    Male1862–Male

    Mary Ann Blake

    Female1864–Female

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(12)

+7 More Children

World Events (8)

1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

Age 0

The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.
1843

Age 10

Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.
1880 · School Attendance Becomes Mandatory for Children

Age 47

School attendance became compulsory from ages five to ten on August 2, 1880.

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)

  • James Blake in household of William Nonkes, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • James Blake, "England and Wales Census, 1871"
  • James Blakes, "England and Wales Census, 1861"

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