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Blake, Charles Wesley

Age: 22, credited to Eden, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF, 74th US CINF
Service: enl 10/28/61, m/i 2/18/62, SGT, Co. A, 8th VT INF, disch 11/25/62 for pr to CPT, 2nd LA Native Gds (74th US CLRD INF)

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Birth: 02/11/1839, Hyde Park, VT
Death: 11/10/1905

Burial: Eden Corners Cemetery, Eden, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Denis & Karen Jaquish
Findagrave Memorial #: 52191788
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: VHS off-site
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: Brother of Orwell and Joseph Stillman Blake

Great Grandfather of Geoffrey T. Blake, Exeter, NH

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Eden Corners Cemetery, Eden, VT

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BLAKE, Captain Charles Wesley. It is not for us to select our birthplace nor to make choice of our ancestry, but satisfied ought we to be, if we number among them those who have been patriots, tried and true; that whether sailors, soldiers or citizens, they acted well their part.

Captain Charles Wesley Blake was born in Hyde Park, February 11, 1839; was the youngest of four sons of Caleb and Charlotte (West) Blake. His father, born in Maine, belonged to a sturdy race of sea-faring men; was by trade a carpenter: lived in Johnson, Waterville and Cambridge, working on the bridges across the Lamoille. At Cambridge, the third son, Thomas West, was drowned in the river while bathing. Charles attended the district schools in each town. In 1855 the family moved to Eden, purchasing a farm in the west part of the town.

When the Civil War broke out the three sons enlisted: Joseph S. in a Wisconsin regiment, Orwell and Charles in the Eighth Vermont Regiment. They each came out of the conflict broken in health; at this date, 1906, all have gone. Charles was appointed third sergeant at the organization of the company, November 15, 1861; July 7, 1862, he was appointed orderly sergeant, which position he filled until September 1862; receiving orders from General Benjamin F. Butler to recruit for a new regiment, to be known as Third L. N. G., he set about the work; November 26, 1862, this regiment was filled, mustered and organized; Charles was commissioned captain of Company A, and his brother, Orville, was quartermaster with this regiment; they were at Baton Rouge, and later at Port Hudson; Charles was for several months in command of the regiment.

Captain Blake was ever proud of his military record, yet never boasted of his achievements. His detestation of office seeking, and the prevailing political methods, had much to do with his unassuming life. He loved companionship of chosen friends and was ever true. He belonged to but one organization, the Grand Army of the Republic , hence this sketch can present no long list of offices with details and dates. During the last weeks of his life he spoke of approaching death with the same calm, philosophical way in which he had ever lived. He had no fear of death, yet was too unassuming to boast of self-righteousness. With conscience clear, not at enmity with himself or the world, he calmly faced the "Great Beyond."

June 15, 1861, he married Julia S. Darling, daughter of Norris M. and Mary (McClary) Darling. Seven children were born to them: Charles O. Blake, superintendent of department of woodwork in the shops at Southbridge, Massachusetts; Ben Butler Blake of Eden, see page 105; James C. Blake, member of council chamber, Worcester, Massachusetts; Norris D., president V. B.C., Burlington; Mrs. Kate B. Parkhurst of Eden; Mary C., died in infancy, and Leon H. of East Barre. Twelve grandchildren are found in the circle.

Mrs. Charles W. Blake is a descendant of the McClary family, who made an enviable record in Revolutionary times. Her father, Norris M. Darling, was one of the pioneers of the Republican party; lectured many times during the John C. Fremont campaign; was agent for Vermont Mutual Fire Insurance Company for 30 consecutive years; was a justice of the peace and notary 40 years. He was born in 1816; died, 1888.

William H. Jeffrey, Successful Vermonters A Modern Gazetteer of Lamoille, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, Historical Publishing Co., East Burke, Vt., 1907), pp. 102-104.

EDEN -- Charles Blake, who has been in very poor health for a long time, has gone to Burlington last week hoping to receive benefit, but the doctors pronounced his trouble cancer in the throat and mouth.
Burlington Weekly Free Press, Oct.12,1905.

Capt. Charles W. Blake

Capt. Charles W. Blake died at his home in Eden November 10. He was a member of the Eighth Vermont Volunteers serving three years in the Civil War and was a member of Aaron Keeler Post, G.A.R., No. 69 of North Hyde Park. He is survived by his wife, five sons and a daughter as follows: Charles U. Blake, of Southbridge, Mass., Ben B., of Eden, of Eden, James C., of Worcester, Mass., Norris D., and Mrs. Parkhurst, of Eden.

St. Albans Daily Messenger, Nov. 13, 1905


WHEREAS: The Supreme Ruler of the universe has removed from our midst the life of Capt. Charles W.Blake, who was ever a friend to the Women's Corps, therefore be it

RESOLVED; That we, the members of the Women's Relief Corps Corps no 81, express our hearty appreciation of his constant interest in our organization

RESOLVED, That we, the members of the Woman's Relief Corps no. 81, tender to our dear sisters, the beloved wife and family, our heartfelt sympathy in this their great bereavement, and praying God of all Comfort may be with them in the great loss they have sustained.

RESOLVE: That a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the records of the Corps, that a copy be sent to the bereaved wife, and that a copy be sent to the News and Citizen for publication.

Leona Allen
Mellie Stone
Alice Smith
NEWS and CITIZEN, December 13,1905

Obituary coourtesy of Tom Boudreau; remaining articles courtesy of Deanna French.