After Sir Patrick Blake obtained his divorce from Annabel Bunbury, he was free to marry.
But he doesn't appear to do so.
Her name was Margaret Shea. She was known as Peggy.
With her he had four daughters.
Barbara Ann Blake was born 20th Marcy 1778 and was baptised on 8th April 1778 at St Mary's Church Marylebone Road St Marylebone.
Mary Ann Maria Blake was born 30th May 179 and was baptised on 2nd July 1779 at St Mary's
Mysilla Elizabeth Blake was born 23 June 1780 registered at St Mary's
Margaret Blake was born 1st September 1781 and baptised 6 October 1781 at St Mary's
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Herein lies a bit of a mystery. In his will he mentions three daughters of Peggy Shae, now living with him, and provided for in his very long will with long lasting legacies.
But none of the girls were registered as Henrietta.
From his son Christopher's will, he leaves a legacy to the two girls of the mulatto. As he died in 1780, he would not have been aware of the birth of Mysilla and Margaret. The girl's were his sisters, and he left funds possibly as his father had an arrangement to pay off a debt to the mother of his son George.
At the time of his death, Sir Patrick acknowledges Barbara Ann, Margaret Blake and Henrietta Blake.
So which of Mary Ann and Mysilla Elizabeth have died, and who is now named Henrietta?
There is an Elizabeth Blake who is buried 27 April 1782 at St Marylebone. So that seems the most likely daughter to have died. No parents names are recorded on the records.
In Sir Patrick's will he also acknowledges and provides for, the sons of Christopher.
Christopher Mark Anthony (not called Christopher), was alive at the time of his death. He was the son of Ann Parry, and he died in 1793 aged 21. He was at the time living with a guardian, but his mother was the beneficiary of his will.
|Linen market on the islands|
At the time that would have been very dangerous as there was a huge battle for control of the Islands.
Battle of the Saintes, (April 12, 1782), in the American Revolution, major British naval victory in the West Indies, ending the French threat to British possessions in that area. Setting out from Martinique on April 8, a French fleet of 35 warships and 150 merchantmen under the comte de Grasse intended to descend upon Jamaica with Spanish help. They were intercepted at the Saintes Passage, between the islands of Dominica and Guadeloupe, by a British fleet of 36 ships commanded by Admiral Sir George Rodney. After preliminary skirmishing, the main action took place on April 12, when a shift in the wind altered the course of two French ships, causing gaps in their line of battle that were quickly entered by the British. The French fleet was thus scattered and the ensuing British victory at the Saintes helped restore Britain’s naval prestige. As a result, in the Treaty of Paris (September 3, 1783) Britain regained most of its islands in the West Indies.
Now remember that will, and the disclosure which was sure to come as a surprise to the family?
While Annabella was pursuing her extramarital affair with Boscowan, her husband her husband was having one of his one, back at Sandy Point.
This time his partner was a negro lady called Ritta. She was a slave and worked on his plantation.
She had two children with him.
Charlotte Blake She was born about 1775 and she died 1821. She was listed in the Slave registers as mulatto. (ie from mixed race)
James Brown Blake He was born 1776, and according to the will, Sir Patrick wished that his trustees would bring the children to England, and in particular wished to see James undertake a trade such as plumbing.
On 12th May 1785, James was baptised at St Mary the Virgin Church, Perivale, London.
According to the baptism records, he was admitted on 12th May he boy of the age of nine years. The godfathers were Sir Patrick Black represented by Mr Moses Price of Great Ealing and Arhur Blake Esq represented by Mr William Thierry of Great Ealing The godmother was Miss Blake represented by Mrs Richard Thierry of the same place.
And Ritta? She was recorded as still working on the property in the 1817 Slave returns for St Christopher, as a slave for St Patrick Blake. Aged about 70.
A story about a certain cup
Now that is interesting. The cup is at the British Museum. We trudged along on a wet and cold Easter Sunday, to take a look at this very special piece of porcelain.
But when we got there, the line to the museum was about 700 metres long! Everyone standing out in the rain, they had a dinosaur exhibition on. So we gave that day a miss.
On the next day, school was back, and the rain had gone, and we walked straight in. What an absolutely incredible building.
Upstairs to the Fine China exhibition they told us, so we went, and looked at every piece on display, then we just happened to have a Jamacian guard, who was absolutely stunned that to learn about the significance of the cup. Try downstairs in the Special Collections. So we did. That is housed in a very long Library room. Again no luck. They told us that sometimes exhibits are just far to rare to bring out of storage!
Now while not being able to read a copy of this piece, Bow and the West Indian connection, it can only be imagined that the author had reasons as to a possible connection.
In reality it probably all has to do with the china shop of Charles Durnford, who was in financial trouble at the time, and selling his stock, including the Bow collection of china.
The families all lived in the same area, and one can imagine the disappointment of this fine cup being cracked in its first use. The cup was most probably returned to the Bow factory and the money refunded!
A little more puzzling, is that if the cup was made in 1760, where was it before Barbara was baptised in 1778?