I could find no connection to the later Nathan Blakes in Morgan County TN but these are interesting stories.http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~mlmckenzie/Cheshire...
CHESHIRE CO. (New Hampshire)Keene is one of the most flourishing towns in New Hampshire. The soil is ofvarious kinds, and generally good.
The usual scourge, which attended the frontier settlements, visited this town. In 1745 the Indians killed Josiah Fisher, a deacon of the church: in 1746, they attacked the fort, the only protection of the inhabitants. They were, however, discovered by Capt. Ephraim Dorman in season to prevent their taking it. He was attacked by two Indians, but defended himself successfully against them, and reached the fort. An action ensued, in which John Bullard was killed; Mrs. M'Kenney who being out of the fort, was stabbed and died; and Nathan Blake taken prisoner, carried to Canada, where he remained two years. Mr. Blake afterwards returned to Keene, where he lived till his death, in 1811, at the age of ninety-nine years and five months. When he was ninety-four he married a widow of sixty. The Indians burnt all the buildings in the settlement including the meeting-house. The inhabitants continued in the fort until April, 1747,when the town was abandoned. In 1753 they returned, and recommenced their settlements. In 1755 the Indians again attacked the fort. Their number was great, and the onset violent, but the vigilance and courage of Capt. Syms successfully defended it. After burning several buildings, killing cattle, &c., they withdrew. They again invaded the town, but with little success.http://18.104.22.168/search?q=cache:HC68_7TeCnAC:www.hsccnh...
Blake was one of Keene's most prominent and respected citizens for nearly seventy-five years during Keene's early days. He married Elizabeth Graves in 1742. Nathan and Elizabeth spent sixty-two years together until her death in 1804.
Two years later, at the age of 94, Nathan decided to remarry and entered into a marriage agreement with Mrs. Mary Brintnall.
There is a fiction book written by Ernest Hebert "The Old American" that incorporates Nathan's true story.
The Monument says, â€œ1736 Nathan Blake built the first log house in Keene on this spot. 1746 Blake was captured by Indians and taken to Canada. 1749 Blake was ransomed by his wife Elizabeth Graves.â€
Also I find this part of the author's interview interesting.
"All thatâ€™s known of Blakeâ€™s captor and his tribe are the few tidbits he left behind in casual conversation recorded by others. He said his captor was an older man with â€œpretty daughters.â€ He reported that he had an Indian wife, but, perhaps in deference to his English wife, no details about her personality. "
The only other Blake reference I find associating with Indians is a manuscript at:
US ARMY CENTER OF MILITARY HISTORY
The Continental Army
Blake, Thomas. "Journal of Lieutenant Thomas Blake." In Frederick Cook, editor, Journals of the Military Expedition of Major General John Sullivan Against the Six Nations of Indians in 1779 with Records of Centennial Celebrations (Auburn, N.Y.: Knapp, Peck & Thomson, 1887), pp.38-41.
Also there was a Mrs Blake mentioned in below Battle of the Trough found in a history of Hardy County WV. More on battle at website. No mention if any of the men killed were Blakes.http://www.mineral-county.com/school/khs/students/a/ahardy.h...
The county was the site of many Indian battles during the 1700s. In the spring of 1756, for example, two Indians, from a party of 60 to 70 warriors, led by Shawnee Chief Killbuck, attacked the farmhouse of a Mrs. Blake on the south fork of the South Branch of the Potomac River, about 15 miles north of Moorefield. They took Mrs. Blake prisoner and killed a Mrs. Neff who was in the farmhouse at the time of the attack. They then traveled to the vicinity of Town Fort, about one and a half miles south of Moorefield and, pretending to have fallen asleep, purposively allowed Mrs. Blake to escape to the fort.
"Early History of West Virginia Counties."