Biography of Jesse Blake
FROM: History of Livingston County, New York
By James H. Smith
Assisted by Hume H. Cole
Published By D. Mason & Co. 1881


Jesse Blake was the son of Richard Blake, of Litchfield county, Conn., who served as a soldier during the Revolutionary war. The subject of this sketch was born in Litchfield, Conn., August 31, 1773, and was married to Sallie Luddington about 1796, whose father acted as one of Washington’s body guard, by whom he had fourteen children, five of whom are now living. In 1798 he “articled” for a portion of lot No. 41 in the town of Livonia, then known as Pittstown. He was among the first settlers in the town, coming with his family and household effects on an ox sled in the year 1800. Mr. Blake possessed great powers of endurance, was industrious to a remarkable degree, and was eminently fitted for the life of toil and hardships which he had undertaken. At the time of his death he owned four hundred acres of fine improved land. Of the five children now living, Bradner J. and Richard reside in Livonia, the former being prominent in the political affairs of the town and county. Mr. Blake was a member of the Methodist church, and was also much interested in Masonry. He died Sept. 17th, 1859, his wife having preceded him July 14th, 1844.

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