Facts and Events
James Blake was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 308.--15th February, 1779. Charles Donnelly's will (of Cow Pasture)--To wife, Mary; to daughters, Jean Bleake, Mary Brown; to other four children, viz: Andrew, Charles, Ann, Catherine; to sons, Andrew and Charles Donnally, Jr. Executrix, Mary and Col. Andrew Donnally and son Andrew. Teste: James Bleke, John Gay, Wm. (mark) Gillespy. Proved, 17th June, 1783, by Blake and Gillespy. Gay is since dead. The two Andrews qualify.
- Page 471.--10th May, 1785. Elizabeth Guy's (s/b Gay)will--To sister, Rebecca Thompson; to sister Rebecca's daughter, Margaret; to sister Rebecca's 2 youngest daughters; to sister, Martha Gillespy; to sister Martha's oldest daughter, Mary; to sister Martha's daughter, Ann; to nephew, Henry Guy; to niece, Martha Galespy, daughter of Hugh Gillespy; to nephew, Samuel Foger; to nephews, John and Henry Thompson, infants; to brother-in-law, John Gillespy; to Robert Guy; to Archibald Guy. Executors, John Gillespy, James Bleake, James Windon. Apprentice John Windon to be set free. Proved, 21st June, 1785, by James Windon and Samuel Gillespy. Executors qualify.
- Vol. 2 - Wanless vs. Bell--O. S. 273; N. S. 96--Bill endorsed "Wanless vs. Blake," filed 11th July, 1815, by Stephen Wanless, who made entry in Bath adjoining his other land, but did not perfect it, and his neighbor, James Blake, forestalled him as to 100 acres. They both belonged to the same Church and submitted the controversy to the decision of two of their clergymen, viz: William Ward and Phillip Kennerly. Blake sold the portion awarded him to Joseph Brown, who has sold to James Bourland, and he to William Bell, and Bell to Clementia (tius) Swearingen. Blake and Brown live out of Commonwealth. Patent, 5th June, 1807, to James Bleake, 100 acres in Bath County on Stuarts Creek. Answer, 8th March, 1816, by Joseph Brown of Knox County, Ohio.