Josiah Cowan YORK Abraham Huddleston YORK Mini tree diagram

Sarah BLAKE4,1,5,2,3

18061,2,3 - 18781

Life History


Born in Tennessee.1,2,3

10th Nov 1823

Married Josiah Cowan YORK in Roane County, Tennessee.4

1st Jan 1843

Birth of son Abraham Huddleston YORK in Polk County, Georgia.5,6,7,8,9,10,3


Died in Paulding County, Georgia,.1


Buried in Yorkville Methodist Church Cemetery, Paulding County, Georgia.1


  • Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002
    Sarah Blake
    Josiah York
    Bond for $1250 signed by Josiah York and Thomas Blake 10 Nov 1823
    Marriage 10 Nov 1823 Roane County
    Return for recording not filled in by an officiant
    Roane County Marriage Book, p 305

    To the best of my knowledge, Sarah Blake York did not have a middle name.  However, their youngest daughter was named Sarah Virginia York.

    Josiah was born in Washington County, Tennessee, and died 26 May 1879 Polk County, Georgia.  He is buried in the Yorkville Community Cemetery, Yorkvilee, Georgia.

    Sarah and Josiah had 11 children 5 sons and 6 daughters - all 5 of their sons fought in the Civil War and all served mostly in Company A, Georgia 1st Calvary.

    I have removed William York as the oldest child of Captain William York since the data I have supports a man whose DNA has been traced to the 'other' York family in Randolph County, North Carolina.  Surely Captain William York had a son, William, but if he did, he died young, since I cannot find any information about him.
    --  Confidential Source, Geneanet Messaging to Orville Boyd Jenkins 27 March 2019

    Sarah's family was not from Maryland as previously thought, the Blake family originated in Isle of Wight, Virginia when the first emigrant, Thomas Blake (1644 - 1707) migrated from probably England.  The family settled first in Fairfield County, South Carolina before her father, Thomas (1776 - 1855) migrated to North Carolina, then Tennessee.  Thomas' mother Leah Phaneul Ann 'Fanny' Hornsby (1743 - 1779) was born in Jamestown, James County, Virginia, and the firstborn generation of Americans.

    Sarah and five siblings grew up in a broken home after their father took a second wife and their mother left to live with family in Kentucky. Elizabeth Owen Blake (1776 - 1833) was from a family of Quakers who were among those who founded and settled in Wrightsboro, McDuffie County, Georgia, although Elizabeth married Thomas, probably in North Carolina before the move to Georgia.  Her father, Ephraim (1738 - 1785), was firstborn generation American since his father, John (1715 - 1780) was born in Wales. Mary Cooper Owen (1741 - 1785),

    Elizabeth's mother came from a family that also originated in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, although the name of the first emigrant is unknown, but probably William Cooper who died 1762 in Southampton County, Virginia.  Supposedly, late in life, in order to legitimize his eleven youngest children by his second wife, Thomas joined the Mormon Church, which, at that time, believed in bigamous marriages.

    I have not seen any proof of this confirmation; however, since there were Mormons in both families, Owen and Blake, I believe this information is possibly correct.  It should be noted that Sarah's brother, Dr. Larkin Hornsby Blake (1807 - 1870) was the grandfather of Mary Betty Blake (1879 - 1944), wife of famed Western comedian, William Penn Adair 'Will' Rogers (1879 - 1935).
    --  Anonymous, Comment on Sarah's Find a Grave memorial, 12 November 2012

    Sarah Blake York
    Birth 1806
    Death 1878
    Spouse Josiah Cowan York (1799 - 1879)
    Children Frances York Crabb (1827 - 1867)
    Burial Yorkville Methodist Church Cemetery, Paulding County, Georgia
    Created Dec 17, 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #82097716,


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