From the 1878 History of Livingston County: "D. W. BLAKE, farmer; P.O.Cornell; was horn in Ohio, in 1835 ; in 1854, came to Illinois with his parents, and located in La Salle Co., staying but one year, when they removed to Amity Tp., Livingston Co. He married Sallie F. Burnham, in Amity, in 1862 ; she was born in 1845 in Pennsylvania ; they have two children living — Ella Gr. and Fred, one dead. He owns sixty acres, Sec. 15, and ten acres in 4 blocks and lots, in northern part of Cornell, called Blake's Addition, besides three lots on Main street. He has been Commissioner of Highways for four years, and served two years as Village Trustee. He enlisted at Pontiac, the 8th of August, 1862, in the 129th I. V. I.; was through the Sherman campaign, and was mustered out in 1866."