Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, 1807. Inscribed on front flypaper: "The Family Bible of John Welland Blake | Then of his daughter Anna Sophia (Blake) Cabot | Then of Anna Cabot Lodge." Bookplate of Henry Cabot Lodge.
9-1/2" x 11". , 1080, 72 [Concordance] pp. Folding frontis, several illustrated plates and maps [some folding], with separate title page for the New Testament. Original full heavy red leather with raised spine bands, gilt tooling on spine, black spine label [damaged], corners bumped and worn through]. Scattered foxing. The Concordance has a separate title-page with imprint: Brooklyn, Printed by Thomas Kirk, 1807. Several pages bound in before the Apocrypha for tracking births, deaths and marriages. Two additional pages tipped in to add additional room for family records. Bookplate of Henry Cabot Lodge. Very Good.
The Lodge Family Bible originally belonged to John Welland Blake [1761-1818], the maternal grandfather of Henry Cabot Lodge. Blake's direct ancestor was John Howland [c.1593-1673] of the Mayflower; Howland was servant to John Carver, thirteenth signer of the Mayflower Compact. Admitted to the Windham County Bar in 1790, Blake became a prominent lawyer and influential citizen of southern Vermont. He was Brattleboro postmaster [1790-1792]; received an exclusive charter for a toll bridge across West River and Turnpike Road from Rockingham to Brattleboro; and was a Brattleboro legislator [1798, 1799, 1802]. The next owner of the bible was his daughter, Anna Sophia Blake Cabot, Henry Cabot Lodge's mother. It was passed down to Henry's wife, Anna Cabot Lodge [1821-1900]. [Roser: MAYFLOWER BIRTHS AND DEATHS. . . Baltimore: Genealogical Publ., 1992.]
Henry Cabot Lodge, Sr. [1850-1924], elected to the U.S. Senate in 1892, served until 1924. He engaged in the great issues of his day including, of course, the League of Nations debate; wrote prolifically; and was a powerful force in domestic and international affairs. The great-grandson of George Cabot, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts from 1791-1796, Henry was the grandfather of Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. [1902- 1985]. ["Henry Cabot Lodge, Sr." and "Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.", biographies from the U.S. Senate website].
The book contains manuscript notes of family births, marriages and deaths. Births include Henry Cabot Lodge Sr. [5/12/1850]; Anna Sophia Cabot [6/15/1826, mother to Henry Cabot Lodge]; Henry Cabot [7/13/1783,grandfather to Henry Cabot Lodge]; Henry Jones Blake [b. 3/4/1792]; John Rice Blake [b. 2/3/1794]; Anna Sophia Blake [b. 7/2/1796]; Charlotte Smith Blake [4/7/1798]; Frances William Blake [10/10/1800] ; Harriot Barker Blake [9/6/1802]; William Caldwell Blake [7/10/1804]; Mary Welland Blake [3/30/1806]; George Baty Blake [5/19/1808]; George Cabot [2/10/1817]; Elizabeth Cabot Lodge [4/28/1843].
Deaths include: Abigail Blake 12/14/1808; John W. Blake 10/27/1818-19; Frances W. Clarke 9/30/1828; Mrs. Lucy Blake 9/29/1829; William Caldwell Blake 8/17/1836; Hon. George Blake 10/6/1841; Henry I. Blake 11/30/1822; Augusta Blake 9/20/1817 to 2/28/1820; Mrs. Elizabeth Higginson Cabot 7/14/1826; Hon. George Cabot 4/18/1823; Gertrude Louisa Blake 12/1/1829; George Cabot 7/17/1850; John Ellenton Lodge 11/26/1807 to 9/11/1862; Henry Cabot 8/18/1864; and Anna Sophia Cabot 3/22/1845.
Marriages include: John R. Blake (1794-1873] m. Lucy Goodhue on 5/6/1816; Frances W. Blake m. Edward Clarke of Boston on 6/13/1823; John W. Blake m. Abigail Jones by Gardner Chandler at Brattleboro 5/24/1790; Anna Sophia Blake m. Henry Cabot Esq. of Boston on 3/23/1814 by Elnathan Allen Esq. [Revolutionary War soldier] at Brattleboro; George B. Blake to Anna H. Blake, daughter of Josiah Blake of Boston, 5/6/1833; Henry Jones Blake m. Gertrude Blicker? 2/18/1816; Mary W. Blake m. Frederick S. Hill of Boston 6/7/1828; Harriette B. Blake m. James Houghton 12/10/1827; George Abbot James m. Elizabeth Cabot Lodge 4/21/1864; John Ellerton Lodge m. Anna Sophia Cabot 6/30/1842 at Boston. Item #39131