James Blake


James Blake lived in Albany from the 1780s until his death in the mid-1820s. We seek defining information on his origins and path to Albany.

His wife was called "Nancy." Their son, Henry, was christened at the Albany Lutheran church in August 1787. Another son, christened Jacob in March 1797, had parents James and Anna Blake. His name has not been found among the extant records of the Albany Dutch church.

In 1790, his first ward home included a man, a boy, and one female.

In 1794 and 1797, he was involved in Albany County indentures.

The first ward census for 1800, showed his household with three young boys, a man 26-54, a young girl and a woman over 55 yeats of age. A year earlier, his property and holdings at that location were valued moderately.

Beginning with the first edition in 1813, James Blake was listed in the city directory as a cartman living at 49 Union Street.

The will of James Blake was recorded in January 1826. In 1827, the directory listed his widow as the principal inhabitant of his Union Street home.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of James Blake is CAP biography number 7342. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 1/10/12