Hannah Blake of Louisville, Kentucky made a claim to the Freedmen's Bureau in respect of her son Benjamin Pitts who served in the U.S. Coloured Troops. Benjamin enlisted in Indianapolis and was killed at the Battle of Petersburg 1864/5.
Hannah was born in Augusta County, Virginia and at the time of her application was aged 49 years. She was described as a labourer, complexion Black, hair Black, eyes Black and 5 ft. 5.5 in. tall.
The remarks at the end of the page appear to be Hannah's own words
'Benjamin was a slave of William Pendleton, Jefferson County, Kentucky at the time he enlisted. I belonged to Doctor Abraham Brannon of Louisville at the time Benjamin enlisted.'
In the 1860 Slave Schedule William Pendleton of Bullitt County, Kentucky is listed as the slaveholder of 2 boys, one aged 16 and the other aged 10.
1 Black Male age 52,
1 Mullatto Female age 49,
1 Black Female age 28,
1 Mullatto Female age 22.
He is listed as a Merchant, aged 39, with property of 67,000 (Real Estate) & 90,000 (Personal Property). His family are named Elizabeth (wife?) James R., Lizzie, Laura, Alice B, & Mattie. They are all Kentucky born.
The U.S Federal Census 1880 lists Hannah Blake age 57, born c. 1823 in Virginia of parents born in Virginia, living with her husband Benjamin Blake in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky and her son John W born c. 1854. Benjamin Blake worked in the Tobacco Factory.
By 1900, Hannah Blake is aged 75 and widowed and described as the aunt of William Clark. She is living with (her son ?) John Blake, William Clark and his wife Laura Davis Clark, Laura's mother Phillis Davis, William Porter and Ellnora Felsco. Hannah is listed as the mother of 3 children with 2 living.
In 1910, Hannah is living with her son John W and his wife Emma. They have been married for 3 years
I have been unable to access the full death record but it appears that Hannah Blake died in 1913.
This research has been undertaken as a contribution to the #SlaveNameRollProject.
U.S. Freedmen's Bureau Claim Records 1865-1872
Battle of Petersburg
U.S. Federal Census 1880
U.S. Index to Pension Files application no. 601382
U.S. Federal Census 1900
U.S. Federal Census 1910
Death Record 1913
Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the above information, mistakes do happen. If you are aware of any please comment (gently) below with supporting links so that corrections can be made. Many thanks, M.