Blake Jacobs

I received an email from Georgina Cusack enquiring about a Blake Jacobs, unfortunately I cannot see a connection to our Jacobs tree but if anyone knows different then please let me know. – Dave Simpson

Georgina has also submitted copies of two wills: Frederick Blake Jacobs and John Jacobs and a selection of certificates. These can be found in the ‘Sources on this site section’  .

Hello Dave,

I received your web address from Debbie via genes reunited.
I have a maternal gt-grandmother who was named Emily Jacobs, born 2 Apr 1862, East London, to Henry Jacobs C1840, Hackney, and Charlotte Henry, 8 Feb 1840, Loddon, Norfolk.
Other children Joshua, Harry, Rosa, Robert and Herbert were born in Bishopsgate and Pentonville.
Henry Jacobs married Charlotte Henry on 24 Sep 1862, at St Jude’s Church, Islington.
He was a labourer at this time and his father was Blake Jacobs, tailor.
Henry died on 14 June 1879 at Pentonville Rd, occupation photographer.


Emily’s marriage certificate stated his occupation as artist.


I am having trouble tracing Blake Jacobs.
I have found his marriage on IGI in 1833 to Mary Ann Partridge but he then disappeared.
His father was also Blake.
I can find a John and Mary Ann on census who I believe to be him but was wondering whether you have come across this family in your research.
I also wonder why he would change his name.
The name of Blake does not appear to be common but it sure is hard to track down.
If you are able to help in any way, I would be most appreciative. hank you for your time.

[Georgina Cusack]

Hi Georgina
I’ve checked our database and unfortunately cannot find any connection with your jacobs.
I’ve done a little bit of checking and can agree with what you have found.
1851 census  HO 107/1505 F410 P59     Blake & Mary Ann Jacobs with children Henry and Frederick
1861 census RG9/154 F43 P34                John & Mary Ann Jacobs
I agree that there is a good chance that these are the same people. I had a quick look at the 1851 census looking for a matching John & Mary Ann in case they were a different couple, but couldn’t find  suitable one.  Given their ages, place of birth and occupation they do fit.
I also found the baptism and marriage entry in IGI and the marriage is also in Pallot’s Marriage Index (simply gives the names and date)
As to name changes, this is not unusual. I spent years trying to find a Sydney Henry Braham who should have been born Sydney Henry Abraham – I found that not only had they changed the surname, but also the children’s forenames – Sydney was born Simeon and his sister was born Sarah and changed to Selina!
I did a full search on Ancestry for Blake Jacob(s) but the only matches were the 1851 census, Pallot’s Marriage and a death for a Frederick Blake Jacobs in 1847.
Given the unusualness of the name Blake I think that this could be their son who was just listed as Frederick in the 1851 census.
I’m sorry that I can’t be of more help.
[Dave Simpson]

Hello Dave,
Thank you very much for your efforts on my behalf.
I have purchased wills for Frederick Blake Jacobs and John Jacobs.
I have attached both of these, even though the Frederick Blake Jacobs is probably not yours, I include it for filing as you may receive another enquiry in time.
I am having much difficulty reading the wills but think that the John who died in 1850 had 2 sons, John and ?? Henry.
Over a period of time I have also purchased Jacob BDM certificates relevant to my family. Do you collect all Jacob certificates? If so, I am happy to email you my scanned copies.
Thank you once again,
Georgina Cusack