Joseph Blake (governor)

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Joseph Blake
11th Colonial Governor of the Province of South Carolina
In office
November 1694 – 17 August 1695
Preceded byThomas Smith (governor of South Carolina)
Succeeded byJohn Archdale
In office
29 October 1696 – 7 September 1700
Preceded byJohn Archdale
Succeeded byJames Moore (South Carolina politician)
Personal details
Died7 September 1700

Joseph Blake (died 1700), the nephew of British General at Sea Robert Blake,[1] was governor of colonial South Carolina in 1694 (chosen by the council), and from 1696 to his death 1700.


Joseph Blake was born in 1663,[2][3] in England.[3] He was the son of Benjamin Blake and nephew of Lord Proprietor, John Archdale.[2] To early 1680s, he emigrated to Carolina.[3] In 1685, Joseph Blake was appointed a Deputy by his Archdale. During a time, he was member of the Executive Councils. Late, he was named as a Deputy of Peter Colleton, 2nd Baronet. In October 29, 1694,[2] he was appointed governor of colonial South Carolina by the council,[1][2][3] and he kept the charge until his death, in September 7, 1700.[2][3]

Blake married two times: The first of them was with Deborah Morton, who was daughter of Governor Joseph Morton,[3][2] marrying with him before 1685. The second was Elizabeth Axtell, who had a son, Joseph Blake Jr. He had several lands: "Plainsfield", located on the Stono River, and "Pawlet", in Colleton County, South Carolina.[2]

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