Dorchester Illustration of the Day, no. 1575 Blake House

Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1575


In response to Friday’s illustration, Jim Cooke wrote:

My great grandfather, Robert Cook, was from Antrim, Ireland; he was a hired substitute to the credit of Dorchester – hired by S. Homer Pierce. Robert came down from Vermont. Pierce’s name is on the Civil War Memorial on Meeting House Hill which was dedicated by the Pickwick Club. He also built the Pierce Building in Upham’s Corner.

I’m always trying to learn more about those who “substituted” — None were proud of it later so you have to dig to learn who they were.

Today we have a photo of the Blake House birthday–350th celebration on Saturday.  Descendants of Dorchester residents from all over the US came to help us celebrate the house and their ancestors who lived here over the last four centuries—no matter if they were from 1630 or the 2000s.


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