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Capt. John Blake, New Brunswick Canada

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By Mary Schifferdecker

My Most Wanted Ancestor

Capt. John Blake. Family legend has it that he was with Col. James Murray at the Battle of Louisburg and went with him to Quebec City. In addition there is one quote that he returned General James Wolfe's body to England after the Plains of Abraham battle. He married Charlotte Taylor in the Miramichi area of New Brunswick in 1777 but his death date is not known. Charlotte Taylor, his wife, was a widow in 1785. Capt. Blake was known to be in Liverpool, Nova Scotia as he continued sailing in 1778. They had 3 children, John jr., Mary Ann and Robert. Charlotte had a daughter earlier named Elizabeth.

Research & Records

I learned about Charlotte from several books, including:

The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor by Sally Armstrong, 2007


The Life and Times of Charlotte Taylor by Mary Lynn Smith
the Diary of Simeon Perkins who lived in Liverpool, NS

Advice

  • I would like to know where John Blake was born and something about his family. He may have been in the Royal Navy but I have not been able to find any information.
  • I would also like to know if the family legend is true or not.

Additional Details

Charlotte remarried two more times. She is known as the Mother of Tabusintac, New Brunswick because of all her ancestors.

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