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Burdine Blake Jr.




Burdine Blake Jr. was born September, 1823, in Martinsburg, Bedford (Blair) Co., PA, and died November 23, 1906, in Mountain View, Howell Co., MO, at age 83. Buried in Kirkwood Cemetery, Union Twp., Madison Co., OH. He is the son of Burdine Blake Sr. of Washington Co., MD, and Mazey Ann Simpkins of Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD. 

Mary Ellen Murray was born October 4, 1831, in Shippensburg, Cumberland Co., PA, was Baptized March 25, 1832, at Shippensburg Presbyterian Church, Shippensburg, Cumberland Co., PA, and died March 4, 1857, in Brighton, Clark Co., OH, at age 25. Buried in Kirkwood Cemetery, Union Twp., Madison Co., OH. She is the daughter of Richard Murray (born about 1764 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England; baptized March 20, 1765, at Saint Peter's Church, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England) of Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, and Mary Unknown (born about 1790) of Pennsylvania. Richard's parents are William and Mary.   

Burdine Blake Jr. and Mary Ellen Murray were married April 12, 1849, in Lawrence Co., OH.

Burdine Blake Jr. and Mary Ellen (Murray) Blake had three children:

  1. James F. Blake: Born February, 1850, in Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH; Died about April 11, 1927, in the City of Denver, Denver Co., CO (age 77). Buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Jefferson Co., CO. Married November 13, 1884, in Burlington, Des Moines Co., IA, to Bertha R. Stark: Born May, 1864, in Sachsen, Meiningen, Germany; Died April, 1955, in Denver, Denver Co., CO (age 90). Buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Jefferson Co., CO.
  2. William Burdine Blake: Born January 21, 1852, on an Ohio River steamboat somewhere in the vicinity of Ironton, Madison Co., OH; Died December 4, 1938, in Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV (age 86). Buried in Riverview Cemetery, Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV. Married August 24, 1879, in Rockingham Co., VA, to Alice Mary Horne: Born October 6, 1850, in Mount Solon, Augusta Co., VA; Died March 11, 1942, in Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV (age 91). Buried in Riverview Cemetery, Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV. Divorced.
  3. Daniel Felton Blake: Born September 11, 1854, in West Union, Adams Co., OH; Died January 28, 1934, at the Fellows Convalescing Home, 27 and Forest Street, Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO (age 79). Buried in Mount Washington Cemetery, Independence, MO. Married October 25, 1882, in Washington, DC, to Lillian Florence "Lillie" Rhodes: Born June, 1852, in Greencastle, Franklin Co., PA; Died November 20, 1908, in Kansas City, Jackson Co.,  MO (age 56). Buried in Mount Washington Cemetery, Independence, MO.



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Burdine Blake Jr. and Mary (Unknown) Murray Graves, Kirkwood Cemetery, Union Twp., Madison Co., OH, located just outside of London.


   

Burdine Blake Jr. is buried in Kirkwood Cemetery, Union Twp., Madison Co., OH, located just outside of London. Burdine Blake (age 41) enlisted as a Corporal on May 2, 1864. On May 9, 1864, he was in Company I, 154th Infantry Regiment Ohio. He was mustered out of this company on September 1, 1864, in Camp Dennison, OH.


Mary (Unknown) Murry is buried in Kirkwood Cemetery, Union Twp., Madison Co., OH, located just outside of London.


Burdine Blake Jr. was born September, 1823, in Martinsburg, Bedford (Blair) Co., PA.

Mary Ellen Murray was born October 4, 1831, in Shippensburg, Cumberland Co., PA, and was Baptized March 25, 1832, at Shippensburg Presbyterian Church, Shippensburg, Cumberland Co., PA.


Mary Ellen Murray Birth and Baptism Record.


Burdine Blake Jr. and Mary Ellen Murray were married April 12, 1849, in Lawrence Co., OH.


Burdine Blake Jr. and Mary Ellen Murray Marriage Record.


James F. Blake was born February, 1850, in Ironton, Lawrence Co., OH.

In the 1850s brothers Simon, Charles and Thomas Blake went to Wisconsin, while brother William Simpkins Blake spent a few years in Washington Co., MD, before moving on to Ogle Co., IL. Burdine Blake Jr. went to Wisconsin, and then located in Ohio.  

The 1850 U. S. Census taken on August 20, 1850 shows Burdine Blake (age 29) born in Pennsylvania, and with real estate worth $1,200 is an Furnace Man, and is living in Upper Twp., Lawrence Co., OH. Living with him are: Mary E. Blake (age 19) born in Pennsylvania; James F. Blake (age 4/12) born in Ohio; and Mary Murray (age 60) born in Pennsylvania.

William Burdine Blake was born January 21, 1852, on an Ohio River steamboat somewhere in the vicinity of Ironton, Madison Co., OH.

Daniel Felton Blake was born September 11, 1854, in West Union, Adams Co., OH.

In 1855 and again in 1857, Burdine Blake of Martinsburg, PA, was granted Land Patents in Richland Co., WI.


On November 10, 1855, Burdine Blake of Blair County, Pennsylvania, was granted a Land Patent for 160 acres of land in the NE 1/4 of Section 18, T9N, R1E, in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI.


On May 15, 1857, Burdine Blake of Blair County, Pennsylvania, was granted a Land Patent for 160 acres of land in the W 1/2 of the SW 1/4 of Section 9, and the E 1/2 of the SE 1/4 of Section 8, T10N R1W, in Eagle Twp., Richland Co., WI.


Mary Ellen (Murray) Blake died March 4, 1857, in Brighton, Clark Co., OH, at age 25. 

The 1860 U. S. Census taken on June 2, 1860 shows Burdine Blake (age 37) born in Pennsylvania, and with personal property worth $150 is a Gunsmith, and is living in the Village of London, Madison Co., OH. Living with him are: James F. Blake (age 10), born in Ohio; Wm. B. Blake (age 8), born in Ohio; Daniel F. Blake (age 5), born in Ohio; and Mary Murray (age 70) born in Pennsylvania.

Burdine Blake Jr. (age 41) enlisted as a Corporal on May 2, 1864. On May 9, 1864, he was in Company I, 154th Infantry Regiment Ohio. He was mustered out of this company on September 1, 1864, in Camp Dennison, OH.


Regimental History
OHIO
ONE HUNDRED and FIFTY-FOURTH INFANTRY
(One Hundred Days)

One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Infantry. - Col., Robert Stevenson; Lieut.-Col., Joseph E. Wilson; Maj., William A. Neil. This regiment was organized at Camp Dennison, May 9, 1864, to serve for 100 days. It was composed of the 23d battalion, Ohio National Guard, from Madison county, and the 60th regiment, Ohio National Guard, from Green county. On May 12 it proceeded via Columbus and Bellaire to New creek, W. Va., arriving on the evening of the 14th. On the 22nd Co. F was ordered to Piedmont, where it remained until the regiment started to Ohio for muster-out. The regiment performed guard, picket and escort duty until May 29, when one company moved to Youghiogheny bridge and the remaining eight companies to Greenland gap. On June 4 a detachment of the regiment had a skirmish with McNeil's battalion near Moorfield. Detachments of he regiment were sent out on various scouting expeditions from June 12 to July 4, and on July 25 the regiment again fell back to New creek. An attack was made by the Confederates on the forces at New creek on Aug. 4 On the evening of Aug. 22 the regiment started for Ohio and was mustered out on Sept. 1, 1864.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 2

Battles Fought: August 4, 1864 at New Creek, WV.

Name: Burdine Blake

Residence: Blair County, Pennsylvania

Enlistment Date: 06 February 1865

Side Served: DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

State Served: Pennsylvania

Unit Numbers: 2289

Service Record: Drafted in Co. F, 46th Infantry Regiment Pennsylvania on February 6, 1865. Mustered out on July 16, 1865 in Alexandria, VA.


The Delaware Gazette, Delaware, OH, Friday, July 20, 1866

MADISON COUNTY. - The London Union says: Mayor Blake seems determined to make the evil doers who come under his care, help foot the corporation taxes as well as keep the county jail in running order. During the week past fines amounting to nearly $100 have been imposed, and several persons sent up to jail to meditate, from one to twenty days, upon their evil ways. Ed. Mumford, colored barber of this place, was brought before Mayor Blake on Monday, for violating the third Commandment in having his shop open on Sunday. Ed. was fined $5 and costs. We learn that other parties are likely to be brought before his Honor for similar offenses.


In 1867, Burdine Blake was serving as a Justice of the Peace in Madison Co., OH.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on June 5, 1870, shows Burdine Blake (age 47) born in Pennsylvania, with real estate of $9,000 and personal estate of $700 is a Gun Smith, and is living in the Village of London, Union Twp., Madison Co., OH. Living with him is William Blake (age 18) born in Ohio, a Telegraph Operator.


The Weekly Marysville Tribune, Marysville, OH, Wednesday, May 1, 1872

MADISON COUNTY.

The Mayor of London orders the saloon keepers to close up at 9 o'clock Saturday evening, and to remain closed till Monday morning.


The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 8, 1880, shows Burdine Blake (age 57) born in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania and Maryland-born parents, is a widower Gunsmith, and is living on Main Street, London, Madison Co., OH.

The 1890 U. S. Census Special Schedule taken in 1890, shows Burdine Blake (age 57) is living in London, Madison Co., OH. The disability he incurred is having been shot in the back.


   

The 1890 Disability Schedule for London, Madison Co., OH.


Burdine Blake of London, Madison Co., OH, obtained U. S. Patent No. 507,476 on October 24, 1893, for a Driving Rein Tail Holder.


Burdine Blake of London, Madison Co., OH, obtained U. S. Patent No. 521,581 on June 19, 1894, for a Horse Detacher.


Burdine Blake of London, Madison Co., OH, obtained U. S. Patent No. 524,457 on August 14, 1894, for a Railway Frog.


Burdine Blake Jr., of London, Madison Co., OH, obtained U. S. Patent No. 524,485 on August 14, 1894, for a Recoil Check for Firearms.


The Springfield News-Leader, Springfield, Greene Co., MO, Thursday, February 20, 1896

Fire at West Plains.

West Plains, Mo., Feb. 19. - Fire this morning destroyed the Brenner house and Galloway & Powele's saloon. It was plainly the work of an incendiary, as it was the second attempt to burn the saloon. The hotel was insured for $2,500 and the saloon and contents for $1,300, Not long since the south side of the square was burned out and this additional fire has started the agitation again for a system of water works.


The 1900 U. S. Census taken June 15, 1900 shows Thomas Simpson (age 36) born in England to English-born parents, and having immigrated in 1886, and a Naturalized Citizen, and who rents his home, is a married Farm Laborer, and is living in Goldsberry Twp., Howell Co., MO. Living with him are: his wife, Anna Simpson (age 20) born April, 1880, in Ohio to Ohio and English-born parents, with the only child born to her still alive; his son, Charles Simpson (age 1) born February, 1899, in Missouri to Ohio and English-born parents; and a widower Boarder, Burdine Blake (age 77) born February, 1823, in Pennsylvania to Pennsylvania-born, is a Farmer, and who owns his farm free of a mortgage. Leigh Larson note: Charles L. Simpson was born February, 1899, in West Plains, Howell Co., MO. Hannah Elizabeth Finley was born April 30, 1880, in Ohio. Thomas Parker Simpson was born about 1863 in England.


The Howell County Gazette, West Plains, Howell Co., MO, Friday, June 21, 1901

B. Blake, of Mt. View, is in the city looking after some property. Mr. Blake owns the Brenner lot on Washington Avenue and other West Plains property.


The Journal-Gazette, West Plains, Howell Co., MO, Friday, August 15, 1902

William B. Blake, editor of the West Virginia News at Ronceverte, West Virginia is in this city today. He has been visiting his brother, B. Blake at Mt. View and both will leave in a few days for West Virginia.


The Journal-Gazette, West Plains, Howell Co., MO, Thursday, April 16, 1903

B. Blake, who has been spending the winter with his son, Wm. B. Blake, publisher of the West Virginia News at Roncoverte, W. Va., has returned to Mountain View, and orders the GAZETTE forwarded to him at that place.


The Journal-Gazette, West Plains, Howell Co., MO, Thursday, September 17, 1903

B. Blake was in the city this week from Mountain View. Mr. Blake is the owner of the property on Washington avenue where the Brenner House formerly stood. We are pleased to note the improvement in Mr. Blake's health. For several years he has been a sufferer with stomach trouble, having great pains after each meal. Several months ago while having a severe couching spell he emitted a live animal which he believes was a frog. Since that time he has had no trouble with his stomach and is well and hearty. Mr. Blake thinks that the frog was in a cup of water and that he swallowed the animal when he drank the water.


The Howell County Gazette, West Plains, Howell Co., MO, Thursday, August 11, 1904

MOUNTAIN VIEW.

B. Blake, who owns 40 acres adjoining town, on which he has 1,700 bearing apple trees. Like his neighbor, Mr. Blake will have a good crop, which will bring fancy prices.


The Journal-Gazette, West Plains, Howell Co., MO, Thursday, August 25, 1904

B. Blake of Mountain View, was in this city Wednesday. Mr. Blake owns the lots on Washington avenue upon which the Brenner Hotel formerly stood.


On August 29, 1905, Burdine Blake drafted his will in Howell Co., MO. The disposition of his estate were listed in the will.


   

Burdine Blake's Will.


Burdine Blake Jr. died November 23, 1906, in Mountain View, Howell Co., MO, at age 83. Buried in Kirkwood Cemetery, Union Twp., Madison Co., OH.


   

Burdine Blake Civil War Grave Marker Order Form.


The Journal-Gazette, West Plains, Howell Co., MO, Thursday, December 6, 1906

Death of B. Blake

B. Blake, well known in West Plains, died last week at his home in Mountain View. For several years Mr. Blake owned considerable property in this city, and spent much of his time here, becoming intimately acquainted with many persons. His death was a result of falling from a porch at his home. There was no evidence of great injury at the time. On Thanksgiving night he grew worse and the following day he died from hemorrhage of the lungs. The remains were shipped to London, Ohio, for interment beside those of his wife. Several years ago he became very ill. He thought at the time that he was going to die. One evening he was seized with a severe coughing spell and emitted a reptile that had been in his stomach and caused great pain for years. Afterwards he improved in health and probably would have lived longer but for the fatal accident of last week. He was aged 84 years.


Following Burdine Blake's death, his will was approved March 2, 1907, in the Probate Court for Howell Co., MO. A son of Burdine Blake Jr., Daniel F. Blake, a lawyer, was the executor of his father's estate.


   

Burdine Blake estate Nature of Proceedings.


Following the death of Daniel Felton "Dan" Blake, his personal effects were disposed of, and much of it was thrown into a heap of trash by the street, to be picked up and eliminated. It is indeed fortunate that a neighbor, James H. Doughty, was walking home when he saw a notebook lying on a heap of trash by a curb. He picked it up, thinking it might have some unused paper. What he found was a discarded notebook full of poetry and notes written by Burdine Blake. It turns out that James H. Doughty had a nephew, William Rinck, who eventually ended up with the notebook, as well as Doughty's partial compilation of the book. Here is a portion of the original pages from the Burdine Blake notebook:


       

The PDF file of Burdine Blake Jr. Book of Poetry and Notes, including the Cover, inside Cover, and all 232 pages of poems, London, Madison Co., OH, beginning January, 1872.


The PDF file of the interpretation of the Burdine Blake notebook by James H. Doughty (not a Blake relative), who first found it in a trash heap in Missouri.


The PDF file of biographical sketches of James H. Doughty, and his son, James Harold "Bud" Doughty, who rescued and then preserved the original Burdine Blake notebook. The sketches were created in January, 2020, by Bud's nephew, William Rinck, M.D., of Independence, MO. Dr. Rinck is responsible for assuring this historic document is preserved.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

To: Leigh Larson

Subject: A notebook kept by Burdine Blake b.1823

At age 85 I am in the same situation as your grandmother Emma. I have very interesting notebook that needs to be passed on to somebody or a historical library. Many decades ago my maternal uncle, James H. Doughty was walking home when he saw a notebook lying on a heap or trash by a curb. He picked it up, thinking it might have some unused paper. What he found was a discarded notebook full of poetry and notes written by Burdine Blake. This happened before days before the internet. It was my uncle’s impression that he was a mayor of London, Ohio. The notebook mentions local people and community problems which would be of interest to historians. His poetry is very nice also. I am sure some of his descendants would like to see it. My uncle wrote letters but could find no one who wanted them. My uncle lived in 2633 Agnes, Kansas City, MO. Searching the internet I found that Burdine’s youngest son, Daniel Felton Blake, died at a convalescent home at 27th and Forest, KCMO., which is not too far from where away from where my uncle lived. My guess is that my uncle stumbled on Daniel’s personal effect that were being thrown out. Coincidentally, I live about 3 miles from where Daniel Blake is buried. I am enclosing my uncle's notes, which are a little rambling, but give a flavor of what is in the book. I am also sending you several pages. 

My plan is to:

  1. Digitize the pages and send them to interested people

  2. Find a home for the book itself before I pass on.  I would prefer a historical library where they won’t be thrown out in a few years.

Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks

William Rinck