Thomas M. Blake, early settler, arrived in Texas in August 1830. He was a single man and a blacksmith from Kentucky. In July 1835 he applied to Stephen F. Austin for a quarter of a league at the head of Bay Prairie in Wharton County. The land was not patented until 1848, long after his death. In his will he had requested that 500 acres be given to Sarah Savage, who was by then the wife of his neighbor, John Huff. Blake joined George M. Collinsworth and some forty-seven men from the Bay Prairie area in October 1835 for the ninety-mile march to Goliad. He signed the Pledge of Protection and on the next day, October 9, helped capture the presidio at La Bahía. He stayed in Goliad when Collinsworth and most of his men returned home and was still there in November when Philip Dimmitt was relieved of his command. Blake signed the Goliad Resolutions protesting the order. Blake was a first sergeant under Col. James W. Fannin at Fort Defiance, the new name that Fannin had given to the old presidio at La Bahía. He started on the march to Victoria on March 19, 1836, and was captured at the battle of Coleto. On March 27, 1836, by order of Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna, 380 men were marched out of La Bahía and shot. Blake was one of the 352 men that died. His body was left to rot with the others, and his bones were later buried in the mass grave at Goliad. (see GOLIAD CAMPAIGN OF 1835, GOLIAD CAMPAIGN OF 1836, GOLIAD MASSACRE.)
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Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin, 1986). Hobart Huson, Captain Philip Dimmitt's Commandancy of Goliad, 1835–1836 (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1974). Matagorda County Historical Commission, Historic Matagorda County (3 vols., Houston: Armstrong, 1986). Kathryn Stoner O'Connor, The Presidio La Bahía del Espíritu Santo de Zúñiga, 1721 to 1846 (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1966). Villamae Williams, Stephen F. Austin's Register of Families (Nacogdoches, Texas: Ericson, 1984).
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
Barbara L. Young,
“Blake, Thomas M.,”
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed May 28, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
November 1, 1994