Thomas Blake Everett, 1831-1910

Otis and Elizabeth Everett’s second child, Thomas Blake Everett, was born on 13 March 1831. Of the three sons, Thomas was the one to stay in the United States. After completing his schooling, he became a clerk on India Wharf and then later partnered with family friend, Frank Hodgkinson in a merchant firm.

Thomas Blake married Sarah Elizabeth Greene on 19 October 1854 after a courtship that began in or around 1852. Sarah Elizabeth Greene was the sister of George Greene, an acquaintance and fellow merchant of Otis Blake’s in Calcutta. This match was celebrated by all of the Everett’s, particularly by Thomas’ mother. Sarah Elizabeth was described as “well-educated, accomplished, a good housekeeper, good-natured, and happy” by the Everett matriarch.  Sarah Elizabeth met the values of a “true woman” in the nineteenth century: pious, pure, domestic, and submissive; ready to take on the role of wife and mother. The happy couple resided on St. James Street in Roxbury and had four children, Arthur Greene Everett, born on 14 August 1855; Walter Lowell, born on 31 December 1857; Edith Darracot, born 28 January 1860; and Mary Edith, born 14 August 1868.

By 1880, when Otis and Elizabeth were in their late 70s, Thomas Blake and his family moved into the Everett family home at 478 Shawmut Avenue, not far from their original home on Blake’s Court. The 1880 census shows them living under one roof with Thomas Blake, Sarah Elizabeth, and their oldest son, Arthur Greene. They also had two Irish domestic servants, Mary McDonald and Julie Kenney, living with them as well (blue star shows where they are listed in the household).

Thomas Blake Everett died in 1910 in Boston.

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1880 census. Image courtesy of Ancestry.com

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Close up of the census record featuring the Everetts.

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