Comfort Blake

20 January 1799–22 July 1841 (Age 42)
Ashfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Comfort

When Comfort Blake was born on 20 January 1799, in Ashfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Silas Blake, was 27 and her mother, Parnel Beswick, was 30. She married Allen Mansfield on 6 August 1825, in Ashfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She died on 22 July 1841, in Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 42, and was buried in Sugarloaf Street Cemetery, South Deerfield, Deerfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States.

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Allen Mansfield
Comfort Blake
Marriage: 6 August 1825
Parnal Blake Mansfield
Allen B. Mansfield
Parnal Blake Mansfield

Spouse and Children

    Allen Mansfield



6 August 1825
Ashfield, Franklin, Massachusetts, United States


    Parnal Blake Mansfield


    Parnal Blake Mansfield


    Allen B. Mansfield


Parents and Siblings



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World Events (7)

1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

Age 1

While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

Age 4

France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.

Age 13

War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

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)

  • Comfort Blake, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Comfort in entry for Parnal Blake Mansfield, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Comfort in entry for Parnal Blake Mansfield, "Massachusetts, Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"

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