I am looking for more information concerning "General" William Blake of Fox Lake, Dodge County. I suspect the title "General" was an honorary one. From my research, I have been able to compile the following information:
William Blake was born in Fairfax, Franklin County, Vermont on December 29, 1793, the son of Mary and Theophilus Blake. Only one William Blake served from Vermont in the War of 1812. He enlisted on December 23, 1813 at the age of twenty-one and was assigned as a Private in Captain Thomas Biddle's Artillery Company, 2nd US Artillery. He was stationed at Buffalo, New York, and was listed as a prisoner of war in Canada since October 25, 1814. This corresponds with the Niagara Campaign and Chippewa Campaign in Canada. Captain Biddle's Company served in these campaigns. One William Blake is listed as a prisoner of war, and that he had received a bayonet wound. William Blake was released from confinement from Quebec on March 16, 1815. He was listed as absent, late prisoner of war, and at the hospital at New York harbor on July 14, 1815. He was pronounced unfit for service and discharged. William Blake married Mary Gove at Fairfax, Vermont on January 31, 1819. The couple had at least ten children together, including Charles Napoleon Blake, born January 4, 1832. In 1820. William was residing in Westford, Chittenden County, Vermont. In 1830 and 1840 he was residing in Norfolk, Saint Lawrence County, New York. Prior to 1850 he moved west and settled in Waushara (now Fox Lake), Dodge County, Wisconsin. A William Blake is listed as receiving a military pension in Wisconsin from 1848 through 1856, but no place of residence is given. His wife Mary died at Fox Lake on September 28, 1846. William then married Phebe Burton on March 27, 1855. In the 1850 census he is listed as a farmer with property valued at $2,000. In 1860 his farm was valued at $6,000 and personal property at #1,300, substantial sums for this time period. William Blake died at Fox Lake on August 18, 1868. His great-grandson was Reverend William Blake of Berlin, Wisconsin.