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William Bradbury "Bill" Blake was born August 14, 1883, in Dayton, Rockingham Co., VA, and died February 15, 1965, in West Virginia at age 81. Buried in Riverview Cemetery, Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV. He is the son of William Burdine Blake born on an Ohio River steamboat somewhere in the vicinity of Ironton, Madison Co., OH, and Mary Alice Horne of Mount Solon, Augusta Co., VA.

Lena Lee Edwards was born November 21, 1886, in Belton, Bell Co., TX, and died April 5, 1943, at her home in Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV, at age 56. Buried in Riverview Cemetery, Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV. She is the daughter of Joseph Finney Edwards of Fort Worth, TX, and Carrie Lee Bradbury of Mexia, TX.

William Bradbury "Bill" Blake and Lena Lee Edwards were married November 16, 1909, in Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV.

William Bradbury "Bill" Blake and Lena Lee (Edwards) Blake had four children:

  1. William Edwards Blake: Born September 8, 1910, in Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV; Died July 3, 1991, in Fairlea, Greenbrier Co., WV (age 80). Married (1) November, 1937, in Ohio, WV, to Charlotte Eleanor Gehring: Born January 10, 1906, in Wheeling, Washington District, Ohio Co., WV; Died April, 1981, in Nitro, Kanawha Co., WV (age 75). Married (2) July 31, 1981, at the Methodist Church, Pembroke, Giles Co., VA, to Mary Katherine/Kathryn Buster: Born December 19, 1912, in Blue Sulphur, Greenbrier Co., WV; Died August 24, 1990, in Fairlea, Greenbrier Co., WV (age 77). Mary's parents are Edgar Buster and Daisy Rader.
  2. Norman Bradbury Blake: Born May 19, 1914, in Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV; Died December 12, 1998, in Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV (age 84). Buried in Riverview Cemetery, Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV. Married to Virginia L. Butler: Born December, 1921, in Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV. Virginia's parents are Charles Addison Butler (August 18, 1896 - August 12, 1925) and Lola M. Reynolds.
  3. Marjorie Alice "Marge" Blake: Born November 11, 1915, in Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV; Died January 22, 1996, in Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV (age 80). Married April 10, 1937, in Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV, to Joseph William "Bill" Lee: Born June 7, 1912, in Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV; Died December 13, 1999, Fairlea Medical Center, Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV (age 87).
  4. Robert Lee Blake: Born October 31, 1923, in the town of Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV; Died March 7, 1978, in San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA (age 54). Buried in Riverview Cemetery, Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV. Married (1) December 9, 1949, at the Church of the Incarnation, Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV, to Eva Merle "Judy" Judy: Born August, 1925, in Cornstalk, Williamsburg District, Greenbrier Co., WV; Died July 16, 2013, in Las Vegas, Clark Co., NV (age 87). Divorced November, 1966, in Santa Clara Co., CA. Married (2) August 30, 1979, in Santa Clara Co., CA,, to Julius Glick: Born March 10, 1920, in Chicago, Cook Co., IL; Died January 4, 2009, in San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA (age 88).



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The 1870 U. S. Census taken on July 18, 1870, shows W.  W. Walker (age 33) born in North Carolina with personal estate of $250 is a Carpenter and is living in Belton, Bell Co., TX. Living with him is Rebecca M. Walker (age 24) born in Tennessee, who is Keeping House. Also living there are three Walker children, all born in Texas: Frank A. Walker (age 5); Louisa (age 4); and John E. Walker (age 1). Also living there J. F. Edwards (age 8) born in Texas.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 8, 1880, shows W.  W. Walker (age 44) born in North Carolina to North Carolina-born parents is a Gunsmith and is living in Belton, Bell Co., TX. Living with him is his wife, R. M. Walker (age 35) born in Georgia to Tennessee-born parents, who is a Housekeeper. Also living there are his five unmarried children, all born in Texas to North Carolina and Georgia-born parents: son, F. A. Walker (age 15) a Clerk in Store; Lillian A. Walker (age 13), who has Typhoid Fever; James E. Walker (age 11); Mary A. Walker (age 9); and Mabel D. Walker (age 5). Also living there is his step-son, J. F. Edwards (age 19) born in Texas to Mississippi and Georgia-born parents, who is a Clerk in Store.

William Bradbury Blake was born August 14, 1883, in Dayton, Rockingham Co., VA.

Lena Lee Edwards was born November 21, 1886, in Belton, Bell Co., TX.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 4, 1900 shows William B. Blake (age 48) born January 1852 in Ohio to Pennsylvania-born parents who owns his own home free of a mortgage is a Newspaper Editor living in the City of Ronceverte, Fort Spring District, Greenbrier Co., WV. Living with him is his wife of 21 years, Allice M. Blake (age 49) born October 1850 in Virginia to Virginia-born parents, with 6 of the 7 children born  to her still living. Children living at home, all unmarried and born to Ohio and Virginia-born parents, are: Charles S. Blake (age 20) born May 1880 in Virginia; William B. Blake, Jr. (age 16) born August 1883 in Virginia; Henry St. J. Blake (age 14) born June 1885 in Virginia; Robert R. Blake (age 13) born March 1887 in Virginia; Mary E. Blake (age 11) born February 1889 in West Virginia; and Edmond L. Blake (age 8) born June 1891 in West Virginia.

In 1909, Lena Lee Edwards had been living in St. Louis, MO.

William Bradbury "Bill" Blake and Lena Lee Edwards were married November 16, 1909, in Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV.


BLAKE - EDWARDS

Nuptial Ceremonies of Interest to West Virginia Editors.

William B. Blake, Jr. of Ronceverte, W. Va. was married on Nov. 16 to Miss Lena Lee Edwards. The groom is a son of William B. Blake, editor and publisher of the West Virginia News, one of the best known papers in the state. He is a member of the firm owning the paper and is active in conducting it. The bride is a daughter of J. F. Edwards, a real estate dealer of St. Louis. The marriage was performed at Ronceverte in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, by the Rev. William H. Best. Mr. and Mrs. Blake have now returned from a wedding tour in the north.


The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 25, 1910, shows William B. Blake Jr. (age 26) born in Virginia to Ohio and Virginia-born parents, and in his first marriage, is a married Newspaper Editor who is renting his home, and is living on Monroe St., City of Ronceverte, Fort Spring District, Greenbrier Co., WV. Living with him is his childless wife of less than one year, Lena Blake (age 23) born in Texas to Texas-born parents, and in her first marriage.


The WWI Draft Registration for William Bradbury Blake.


The WWII Draft Registration for William Bradbury Blake.


The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 5, 1920 shows William B. J. Blak, (age 40) born in West Virginia to Missouri and West Virginia-born parents is a Newspaper Editor owning his home valued free of a mortgage and living on Pocahontas Avenue, Fort Spring District, City of Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV. Living with him is his wife, Lena Blak (age 35) born in Virginia to Virginia-born parents. Also living there are his three unmarried children, all born in West Virginia to West Virginia and Virginia-born parents: William B. Blak, Jr. (age 9); Norman Blak (age 5); and Marjerie Blake (age 4).

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 7, 1930 shows William B. Blake (age 46) born in Virginia to Ohio and Virginia-born parents and first married at age 25 is a Newspaper Editor owning his home valued at $15,000 and living on Railroad Avenue, 3rd and 4th Wards, City of Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV. Living with him is his wife, Lena E. Blake (age 43) born in Texas to Texas-born parents, and first married at age 22. Also living there are his four unmarried children, all born in West Virginia to West Virginia and Texas-born parents: William E. Blake (age 19) absent; Norman Blake (age 15); Marjorie Blake (age 14); and Robert Blake (age 6).

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 23, 1930 shows Samuel R. Judy (age 30) born in West Virginia to West Virginia-born parents and first married at age 24 is a Farmer of his Own Farm living in Williamsburg District, Greenbrier Co., WV. Living with him is his wife Ruby G. Judy (age 22) born in West Virginia to West Virginia-born parents and first married at age 18. Also living there are his daughter and son, both born in West Virginia to West Virginia-born parents: Eva M. Judy (age 4-7/12); and Sidney W. Judy (age 2-11/12). A framer family of Lockad W. Judy (age 51) lives nearby. This family may be the parents of Samuel.

Lena Lee (Edwards) Blake died April 5, 1943, at her home in Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV, at age 56. Buried in Riverview Cemetery, Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV.


Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston, WV, Tuesday, April 6, 1943

Mrs. Lena Blake Dies in Ronceverte

RONCEVERTE - Funeral services will be held Wednesday for Mrs. Lena Edwards Blake, wife of W. B. Blake, Jr., editor of the West Virginia News, who died at her home in Ronceverte Monday after an illness of two and a half years. Mrs. Blake was born in Belton, Tex., the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Edwards. Besides her husband, she is survived by three sons and a daughter, Lieut. William Blake, with the U. S. army in Australia; Norma F. Blake, candidate in the army officers' training regiment at Camp Hood, Tex.; Robert L. Blake, student at Virginia Polytechnic institute, Blacksburg, Va., and Mrs. J. William Lee of Ronceverte, wife of Ensign Lee, U. S. navy. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. C. P. Brandt of Dallas, Tex.


William Bradbury "Bill" Blake died February 15, 1965, in West Virginia at age 81. Buried in Riverview Cemetery, Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV.


History of Greenbrier County, J. R. Cole, Lewisburg, WV, 1917, pages 341-343

WILLIAM B. BLAKE, JR.

William B. Blake, Jr., was born at Dayton, Rockingham county, Virginia, August 14, 1883. He is a grandson of the late Burdine Blake, of London, Madison county, Ohio, who was a gunsmith by trade and who served in the Civil war in the 154th Ohio Infantry on the Federal side. For many years following the war he was a resident of London, Ohio, but died about eight years ago at Mountain Grove, Mo., at the age of 84 years. His wife was Miss Mary Ellen Murray, who bore him three sons: James F., William B. and Daniel F. 

William B. Blake, Sr., was born January 21, 1852, in London, Ohio; went to Virginia in the early 1870s and became connected with the music publishing house of the Ruebush-Kieffer Company, and remaining with this firm until 1889, when he moved to Ronceverte. He married Miss Alice Mary Horne, of Augusta county, Virginia, a daughter of Strother P. and Sarah Horne. (Strother P. Horne was a Confederate soldier throughout the Civil war.) To this union were born seven children: Charles Stanley Blake, Bessie Mabel, William B,. Jr., Henry St. John, Robert Russell, Mary Ellen and Edward Lester. At Ronceverte, Mr. Blake, Sr., associated himself in partnership with J. W. Hess in the publication of the Ronceverte News, a newly-established paper in the new lumber town, buying out the interest of Richard Burke, who had been a prominent figure in West Virginia journalism for a number of years. Burke had been the publisher of a vigorous newspaper at Union, Monroe county. About the year 1891, Mr. Blake bought out the interest of Mr. Hess and became the sole proprietor of the enterprise, changing the name of the paper to the Valley Messenger and News. This publication continued until April 21, 1901. Several years prior to this, in December, 1897, The West Virginia News had been established with Mr. Blake as publisher, and from one newspaper plant two newspapers were issued until April 21, 1901, when the latter publication, which covered a more extensive field, absorbed the Valley Messenger. This consolidation brought to the newer paper the good will of the older and the growth of the West Virginia News has been steady and continuous to this day. At the present time and for a number of years the News has enjoyed a larger circulation than any other weekly newspaper published in the State. 

The connection of William B. Blake, Jr., with the publication business established by his father began in early youth, he being active in its affairs from the age of fourteen. On January 1, 1905, the joint partnership of William B. Blake & Son was formed for the ownership, editorial and business management of the paper. This firm continues. The News has its home in its own building, a modern three-story brick and stone structure, virtually fire-proof, erected in 1909, and its plant equipment is modern in every way. 

On November 16, 1909, Mr. Blake, Jr., married Miss Lena Lee Edwards, then of St. Louis, Mo., but a native of Belton, Tex., and a daughter of Joseph F. Edwards, of Texas. To this union came three children: William III, Norman Bradbury and Marjorie Alice.


Norman Bradbury Blake died December 12, 1998, in Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV,, at age 84. Buried in Riverview Cemetery, Ronceverte, Greenbrier Co., WV.


The Pocahontas Times, Marlinton, WV, December 12, 1998

Norman B. Blake

Norman Bradbury Blake, former owner, publisher and editor of the West Virginia Daily News, died Saturday, December 12, 1998, at his home in Ronceverte. He was 84. His was the first paper in the state to use offset printing. He was also the author of the book “How to Abolish Taxes.” He succeeded his father, William Blake, at the paper. Mr. Blake was a former president of the West Virginia Press Association. He was also past president of Ronceverte Rotary Club and Ronceverte Chamber of Commerce. He attended Duke University and graduated from West Virginia University. He was an Army veteran of World War II, a member of Lewisburg Elks club, and a 50-year member of American Legion. He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Ronceverte. Surviving him are his wife, Virginia Butler Blake; a daughter, Beverly B. Boswell, of Huntington; a son, William B. Blake, at home; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Services were held Tuesday at the Church of the Incarnation by the Rev. Lada Hardwick and the Rev. Gary Waple. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery.


Register Herald, December 14, 1999

Joseph W. Lee

RONCEVERTE - Joseph William Lee, 87, died Monday, Dec. 13, 1999, at a Fairlea medical center. Born June 7, 1912, he was the son of the late James Ashby and Bessie Leach Lee. Mr. Lee was a graduate of Davidson College with a BA in physics and served as a lieutenant j. g. in the U.S. Navy during World War II; after the war he joined his father at Martin and Jones Hardware in Ronceverte and worked there until his retirement in 1981. He was a former mayor of Ronceverte and board member of Ronceverte National Bank and One Valley Bank.
Mr. Lee was a member of the American Legion, Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and the National Hole-In-One Association and was a lifetime member of the Lewisburg Lodge No. 1758 BPOE. He received the Silver Beaver Award as an adult volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America and was a lifelong member of the Ronceverte Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and elder. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie Blake Lee; and a sister, Mary Margaret Lee. Survivors include two sons, Joe Lee and his wife, Terri, of Catlettsburg, Ky., and Jim Lee and his wife, Lucy, of Roanoke, Va.; and four grandchildren. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ronceverte Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Philip L. Graber officiating. Entombment will follow in Rosewood Mausoleum, Lewisburg. The family will receive their friends between 6 and 8 p.m. today at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg. The family requests donations of sympathy may be made to the Ronceverte Presbyterian Church, 305 Locust St., Ronceverte, WV 24970. Arrangements by Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg.