Biography of Ashley Blake
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Blake, Ashley, was born in Clarkson, Monroe county, January 22, 1846, the youngest of five children of Amaziah and Ann (Thomas) Blake. When thirteen years old Ashley went to Carlton and for the next seven years lived in the family of his sister, Mrs. Captain Murray. He became interested in the lake and the possible revenues he might receive from carrying picnic parties along the south shore, and bought a yacht and did a successful business. Through this means he became acquainted with business men of Albion, and when the pleasure seasons were at an end he found ready employment in the village. He worked for a time with Battles & Bennett, but during his employment with that firm he had for a time command of a sailing vessel on the lake. Later on he was interested in business with Mr. Goodman. The firm were dealers in liquors and cigars. During their continuance in business, a period of about seven years, the firm was abundantly successful, much of the credit being due to the energetic efforts of Mr. Blake. After the death of Mr. Goodman, subject was out of business for a time, but eventually returned to trade and continued ten years without a partner. He retired in May, 1886, and after three years began dealing in apples, and was a large operator. Mr. Blake has been for many years the owner of fine bred horses, and today he possesses the best animals in the county, some being very fast. He is the owner of a good farm, which is carried on his personal direction. He is a Democrat, has been village trustee and assessor, and is now serving his third term on the Board of Excise. June 28, 1876, he married Mary, daughter of Capt. David and Catharine Hardie, and they have had five sons, three of whom are living.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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