Humphrey Blake 15th great grandpa on RootsMagic Tree
Humphrey Blake was born about 1494 and died about 1558. Humphrey was the 2nd son of William and ‘seated himself’ at Over Storey, Somerset, England. He married Ann, her last name is unknown, they had several children. Humphrey was a clothier, he turned wool yarns into textile, cloth for clothing, draperies and what not. Humphrey leased a manor Plainsfield, his son John bought the manor. The Blake family church was nearby, St Peter and Paul, there are parish records with births, marriages and burials of the Blake family. The church still stands. The manor, Plainfield in 1890 or so was rented by a tenant and probably just crumbled away. Humphrey’s will dated November 1558 was destroyed in the bombing of England 1940-41 but an abstract or summary survives. He left money to the church for repair and ornament. The will named his children and wife and gave money and/or possessions to each.
Humphrey was buried on December 28, 1558 at St Peter and Paul Church. In the middle passage of the church there is a monumental tablet for Humphrey and Ann. The inscription reads: “Here lyeth the bodye of Humfry Blake of Overstowey clothier deceased, who was buried the 20 day of March Anno Domini 1619 Also Ann, the wife of Humfry Blake, was here interred December ye 11, 1645”. A photo is on this genealogy website: Somerset – Over Stowey, Combe St. Nicholas by Mary Mettler at California Genealogical Society, CaliforniaAncestors.org
- Volume 1 page 59 Humphrey’s will, an abstract. Abstracts of Somersetshire Wills, Etc.: Copied From the Manuscript Collections of the Late Rev. Frederick Brown
- Over Stowey on Wikipedia, photo of St Peter and St Paul https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over_Stowey
- Page 260 Humphrey and Ann Blake’s monument and Plainfield Manor. Collinson, John. The History and Antiquities of the County of Somerset. Bath, England: Printed by R. Cruttwell, 1791