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Henry A. Blake

Submitted by Lyn Rae Blake Schwartz

Henry & Annie Blake

Henry A (1942-1923) and Annie Paton (1839-1925) Blake
in front of their home on 314 S. Huron
you can just make out the horse and buggy in the background

Photo of Henry Blake home
Photo of Blake's Foundry & Machine Shop

Generation No. 1

1.  HENRY A.3 BLAKE  (WILLIAM2, JOHN1)1 was born March 08, 1842 in Bethel, Windsor County,  Vermont, USA2, and died January 10, 1923 in Cheboygan, Cheboygan County,  Michigan, USA3.  He married ANNIE ALLEN PATON4 November 22, 1867 in Armada, Macomb County, Michigan, USA5, daughter of JOHN PATON and MARGARET WILSON.  She was born November 22, 1839 in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland6, and died October 26, 1925 in Cheboygan, Michigan, USA (obit date 10/29/1925)6.

Notes for HENRY A. BLAKE:
Household Record  1880 United States Census 
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 Name  Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
 Henry A. BLAKE   Self   M   Male   W   38   VT   Machinist   VT   ENG 
 Annie A. BLAKE   Wife   M   Female   W   40   SCO   Keeping House   SCO   SCO 
 Jessie P. BLAKE   Dau   S   Female   W   10   MI   At School   VT   SCO 
 William H. BLAKE   Son   S   Male   W   8   MI      VT   SCO 
 John A. BLAKE   Son   S   Male   W   2M   MI      VT   SCO 
 Edwin E. ADAMS   Nephew   S   Male   W   21   CAN   Machinest Apprentice   IRE   VT 
 Alfred H. GEAR   Nephew   S   Male   W   19   WI   Manchinest Apprentice   (VT)   VT 
Cheboygan, Michigan




HENRY A. BLAKE.-Entering the Federal army almost at the dawn of his manhood for the preservation of the Union and suffering great hardships in Southern military prisons in consequence of having been captured by the enemy three months after his enlistment; inaugurating new industries in this part of the country soon after the close of the war in which he engaged; and at all times vigorous, determined and resourceful in work for the benefit of the nation in general and the locality of his home in particular, Henry A. Blake of Cheboygan, has given Northern Michigan a fine example of elevated American  manhood devoted to good purposes during his residence of forty-three years among its people, as he has done through life, wherever he has been. Mr. Blake is a native of Bethel, Vermont, where he was born on March 8, 1842, and a son of William and Nancy Blake, the former born in Vermont in 1800 and the latter in England. They were the parents of twelve children, four of whom are living, Lemon (Lymon), Levi, Ellen and Henry A. The father passed the whole of his life in his native state industriously engaged in farming. He was first a Whig and afterward a Republican in politics, and attained local prominence in the councils of his party. His wife died in 1846 and his own life ended in 1874.

Henry A. Blake was orphaned by the death of his mother when he was but four years of age, and necessarily grew to manhood without the fostering care and judicious guidance a mother's considerate attention would have given him. He attended the public schools until he was old enough to learn a trade and then learned that of a machinist. By the time he completed his apprenticeship the Civil war was at its height and he shared the zeal and ardor of his section of the country in behalf of the Union. He soon made his patriotism practical by enlisting in Company I, Second New York Cavalry, on August 26, 1864, being enrolled in Albany. His regiment was soon in the midst of hostilities and its services were almost constantly required on either the skirmish line or a more ambitious field of conflict. Mr. Blake took part in all its engagements until he was made a prisoner of war at Newton, in the Shenandoah valley, Virginia, on November 22, 1864. He was first confined in Libby prison of odious memory, and then transferred to another human shamble located at Salisbury, North Carolina. In these prisons he suffered horrors beyond description, but happily his confinement lasted only about four months, as he was paroled in March, 1865. He received his discharge from the army at Annapolis,  Maryland, on June 26, 1865, and returned to his former home in New England, where he remained but two years. The great West held out a beckoning hand to him, and in 1867 he came to Michigan, locating in Cheboygan a year later. His advent in this section was timely, as there was need here of a man of his caliber and attainments. He soon became busy in connection with his trade, and in 1869 melted the first iron that ever was liquefied for use in the arts in this part of the state. Lumbering then formed the principal industry in these parts, and as he did not find the time yet ripe for the fashioning of iron into instruments of service, Mr. Blake turned his attention to operating a saw mill, which he continued until 1871. In that year he built the first machine shop in Cheboygan, and he has been conducting this enterprise ever since with steadily expanding trade, increasing operations and growing results in output and profits. Mr. Blake has always contributed a good citizen's share to the progress and development of the city and county of his home, and done a good citizen's part toward promoting the peace, comfort and general welfare of their people. He was a member of the first village board of Cheboygan and helped materially to lay the foundations of its municipal government, and in all its subsequent history he has been a potent force for good in connection with its public affairs and its intellectual and social life. The fraternal activities of the community have interested him, too, and he has taken a leading part in them as a member of the Masonic order in lodge, chapter and templar Masonry, and also in connection with the Cheboygan Lodge of Elks, to which he has belonged many years. In addition, he pays his tribute to the memories of his military service by active and appreciative membership in Ruddock Post, No. 224, Grand Army of the Republic. In politics he is a Republican, firm in his devotion to his party and loyal in his support of its candidates and principles, but he has never sought or desired any of its honors or emoluments for himself. Mr. Blake was married on November 22, 1867, to Miss Annie Allen Paton, a native of Scotland. They have three children: Their daughter Jessie; their son William H., who is manager of the Cheboygan Telephone company; and their other son, John A., who is a member of the firm of Henry A. Blake & Son, of which his father is the head. The firm manufactures marine and stationary engines, iron and brass castings and steamboat and mill supplies, and carries on a general business in foundry and machine work. Its large and completely equipped plant works up enormous quantities of raw material and gives employment to a large number of workmen. The industry is one of the principal ones in this part of the state, and its products are held in the highest repute all over the country and in many foreign lands. Their superiority in material, workmanship and adaptability to the uses for which they are intended is mainly due to the skill and ability of Mr. Blake as a machinist.


More About HENRY A. BLAKE:
Burial: Pine Hill Cemetery, Cheboygan, Michigan by his wife Annie Allen Paton Blake
Census: 1880, Age 38, Machinist, born in Vermont, USA, father born in Vermont, Mother born in England
Military service: Served in the Civil War with the New York Regiment 2 Company E from Sept 6, 1864-June 1865
Occupation: Lumber Merchant and Sawmill operator, Cheboygan, Michigan, USA
Occupation 2: 1880, Owned and operated the 1st Foundry in Cheboygan, Michigan, USA
Residence: 314 South Huron Street, Cheboygan, Michigan, USA

Burial: Pine Hill Cemetery, Cheboygan, Michigan, USA by her husband Henry A. Blake
Immigration: With her family to Amhurstberg, Ontario, Canada
Children of HENRY BLAKE and ANNIE PATON are:
                   i.    JESSIE PATON4 BLAKE7, b. September 04, 1869, Cheboygan, Cheboygan County,  Michigan, USA8; d. May 17, 1929, Cheboygan, Cheboygan County,  Michigan, USA.

Burial: Pine Hill Cemetery, Cheboygan, Michigan, USA

2.               ii.    WILLIAM HAMILTON BLAKE, b. April 14, 1872, Cheboygan, Cheboygan County,  Michigan, USA; d. April 15, 1957, Cheboygan, Cheboygan County,  Michigan, USA.
3.              iii.    JOHN ALFRED BLAKE, b. March 20, 1880, Cheboygan, Cheboygan County,  Michigan, USA; d. April 21, 1952, Cheboygan, Cheboygan County,  Michigan, USA.


Generation No. 2

2.  WILLIAM HAMILTON4 BLAKE (HENRY A.3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1)9 was born April 14, 1872 in Cheboygan, Cheboygan County,  Michigan, USA10, and died April 15, 1957 in Cheboygan, Cheboygan County,  Michigan, USA.  He married (1) MARION DODD.  She died 1952.  He married (2) VIOLET ELIZABETH SMITH September 14, 1901.  She was born 1876, and died 1929. Occupation: President and Manager of the Cheboygan Telephone Company.
                   i.    WILLIAM HAMILTON5 BLAKE, b. September 12, 1902, Cheboygan, Cheboygan County,  Michigan, USA; d. March 12, 1903, Cheboygan, Cheboygan County,  Michigan, USA.
                  ii.    PAUL BLAKE, b. June 10, 1904, Cheboygan, Cheboygan County,  Michigan, USA; d. 1988, Golden, Colorado, USA; m. MILDRED GLADYS COPELAND, March 07, 1930, Auburn, Alabama, USA; b. 1904; d. 1998.

More About PAUL BLAKE:
Occupation: Worked for US Geological Survey
Residence: 1988, Mt. Vernon Country club Place, Rt 3, Golden, Colorado, USA


3.  JOHN ALFRED4 BLAKE (HENRY A.3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1)11 was born March 20, 1880 in Cheboygan, Cheboygan County,  Michigan, USA12, and died April 21, 1952 in Cheboygan, Cheboygan County,  Michigan, USA.  He married ALLIE EDITH RITTER13 1903 in Cheboygan, Cheboygan County, Michigan, USA, daughter of JOHN RITTER and ADELIA TURRELL.  She was born August 07, 1881 in Washington, Macomb County, Michigan, USA, and died August 20, 1975 in Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan, USA.

Burial: Pine Hill Cemetery (no marker)
Occupation: Worked for his father then took over Blake's Foundry in Cheboygan, Michigan, USA

Burial: White Chapel Memorial Cemetery, Troy, Michigan
Known as: Allie or Grandma OK
Occupation: Cook at the Wardel Hotel in Detroit, Michigan, USA, later she ran a Boarding House at 115 Delaware, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Remarried: George Schultz
Residence: Bet. 1903 - 1916, Cheboygan, Cheboygan County,  Michigan, USA
Children of JOHN BLAKE and ALLIE RITTER are:
                   i.    ALICE PATON5 BLAKE13, b. June 06, 1906, Cheboygan, Cheboygan County,  Michigan, USA14; d. June 12, 1994, Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan, USA15; m. RAY HOWELL SMITH, June 28, 1938; b. November 09, 1909, Northington, West Virginia, USA; d. August 08, 1984, Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan, USA.

Burial: White Chapel Memorial Cemetery, Troy, Michigan, USA
Education: Bachelor of Education, Michigan State Normal College, Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA
Fact: Alice and Ray had no children.
Occupation: Primary School Teacher

Burial: White Chapel Memorial Cemetery, Troy, Michigan
Occupation: Tradesman in the Parts Division for Chrysler Corporation
Residence: 29200 Sharidale, Southfield, Michigan, USA

4.               ii.    JEAN VIRGINIA BLAKE, b. April 29, 1907, Cheboygan, Cheboygan County, Michigan, USA; d. January 09, 2004, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
5.              iii.    JOHN PATON BLAKE, b. June 07, 1913, Cheboygan, Michigan, USA; d. March 15, 1958, 5 Meadow Dr, Newport News, Virginia, USA.
6.              iv.    JAMES HENRY ALLEN BLAKE, b. September 05, 1916, Cheboygan, Cheboygan County, Michigan, USA; d. July 22, 2003, Temple, Texas, USA.


Generation No. 3

4.  JEAN VIRGINIA5 BLAKE (JOHN ALFRED4, HENRY A.3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1)16 was born April 29, 1907 in Cheboygan, Cheboygan County, Michigan, USA17, and died January 09, 2004 in San Antonio, Texas, USA18.  She married COOK BROADWAY CONN September 08, 1936 in San Antonio, Texas, USA19.  He was born February 18, 1902 in Luling, Caldwell County, Texas, USA19, and died February 25, 1973 in San Antonio, Texas, USA19.


Obituary for Jean Virginia Blake Conn - daughter of John Alfred BLAKE and Allie RITTER Blake Schultz

Jean Blake Conn passed away at the age of 96 on January 9, 2004.   She was born on April 27,1907 in   Cheboygan,   Michigan and moved to San Antonio in 1926, she played piano at Goggans Music Store on Broadway, Earl Cobbs, YMCA and Jackie Flanagans dance   studio;   then taught piano at her home until 1980.   She is preceded in death by her husband Cook Broadway Conn; sister, Alice Smith,   brothers;   John "Paton" Blake and James "Jim" Allen Blake.   Surviors include her daughter; Carolyn Yowell, and son Robert Conn and wife Jeanette, sister-in-law; Peggy Blake, 5 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.   Family would like to thank Alterra Sterling House and Vitas Hospice.     In Lieu of flowers family requests donations to a charity of choice.


Visitation will begin on Monday,   January 12, 2004 at 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Mission Park Funeral Chapels South.   Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 11:00 am at the funeral home with interment to follow at Mission Burial Park South.


5.  JOHN PATON5 BLAKE (JOHN ALFRED4, HENRY A.3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born June 07, 1913 in Cheboygan, Michigan, USA20, and died March 15, 1958 in 5 Meadow Dr, Newport News, Virginia, USA.  He married EDITH ARLOA DUFORD20 September 07, 1940 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, daughter of ROBERT DUFORD and JESSIE EMMITT.  She was born November 12, 1915 in Battle Creek, Michigan, USA, and died October 24, 1976 in Newport News, Virginia, USA.

Cremation: March 16, 1958
Education: B.S. Mechanical Engineering/M.S.U.
Known as: Pat or Paton
Military service: Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army
Occupation: Bet. 1947 - 1958, Mechanical Engineer for Tactical Air Command Bases (Selfridge Air Force Base in Michigan and Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia, USA
Residence: 1941, 1484 W. 114th St, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Residence 2: 1952, Algonquin Street then Little Farms Av, in Hampton, Virginia, USA
Residence 3: Bet. 1944 - 1947, 314 South Huron, Cheboygan, Michigan, USA


6.  JAMES HENRY ALLEN5 BLAKE (JOHN ALFRED4, HENRY A.3, WILLIAM2, JOHN1) was born September 05, 1916 in Cheboygan, Cheboygan County, Michigan, USA24, and died July 22, 2003 in Temple, Texas, USA24.  He married MARGARET MARY CONLOGUE24 April 21, 1944 in Watford, England25.  She was born November 25, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA25.

Education: Bachelor of Science Degree
Occupation: Veterans Administration Hospital Director

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