So this would be your Ben? SS Death index:Ben Blake d May 1968 b 27 Apr 1876(Saint Louis, Saint Louis City, MO); issued:MO
Not my family, and I don't know what you need, but a quick search provided this info, most of which likely connects:
1850 White Co ILDistrict 13 340/1055/105529 Oct 1850 Blake, James39 m farmer700Mass Mary M 39 f KY Cornelius 17 farmer IL sch William W 14 IL sch(probably the one who married Indiana McKenzie in 1863 and lived in Indian Creek, White Co IL in 1880) Mary E 12 IL Joseph M 10 IL sch Louisa J 8 IL sch Benjamin F 6 IL sch
1860 Index Joseph Blakeage 20 b ILres:T6S R8E, White Co ILpg 101/fam 721
Illinois Civil War Detail Report shows:Joseph M Blake Private, Co G29th IL Inf res:Roland, White Co IL, age 215' 6 1/2"black hair, blue eyes, fair complexion, single, farmer, b White Co IL Joined 17 Sept 1861 Shadville IL by Lt Wakeford for 3 yrs M/I28 Aug 1861 Springfield IL;Discharged 17 Sept 1864 at Natchez MS, term expired
Bob McManus of this forum (see message 3482) shows that Louisa C Jennings md Joseph M Blake 29 Jan 1865 Hamilton Co IL.
Hamilton Co IL mg:Benjamin F Blake/Sarah E Lasater22 Nov 1866 (in Indian Creek, White Co IN 1880)
1870 Hamilton Co IL Town 6 Range 7 EastPO McLewiston IL 612/75/7519 July 1870 Blake, Joseph M 30 m w farmer 650/500 ILcit Louisa 21 f w kh IL Missouri 3 f w IL James 2 m wIL (might be the James or William J who md Hester A McElvain in 1888 White Co IL)
IGI entry:Benjamin F Blake b 1876 Lasotes, Hamilton Co IL; parents:Joseph M Blake & Louiesa Jennings IGI entry:Benj F Blake b 1876 IL; parents:Joseph M Blake & Vienna Blake
Bob McManus of this forum (see message 3482) shows that Louisa C Jennings Blake d 4 Aug 1878
1880 (from online transcription LDS familysearch)Lassater, Hamilton Co IL Blake, Joseph 40 farming IL MA NC Vienna wife 32 kh IL IL IL Missouri dau 13 IL IL KY James M son 11 IL IL KY Fanny M dau 7 IL IL KY Benjamin F son 4 IL IL KY D Fson 2 IL IL KY Rietchy, Alice SDau5 IL IL IL Taylor, Ally otherf w 12 OH OH OH
IL statewide marriage Index:Ben Blake/Mrs Nancy E Whohrey Rodgers23 May 1899White Co IL
1900 Hamilton Co IL Mayberry TwpBroughton Villageed56 sheet 10 - 23 June 1900 Blake, Joseph Mhead w m b March 1839md22yIL Maine Mainefarmer yyy OMF Vianna Cwife w fb Oct 1845md22y 12ch 3 livingIL IL IL yyy Ritchie, Alice Bdau b Aug 1876 md IL IL IL yyy Blake, Ardello B son Feb 1884IL IL IL sch Ethel dau March 1887 IL IL IL sch
IL statewide death index:Joseph M Blaked 7 June 1916Mayberry Twp, Hamilton Co IL
Ancestry index shows in White Co IL 1920Ben F Blake b ca 1877, spouse Nancy E 1920Ben F Blake b ca 1909 1920 Gertie Blake b ca 1915
See also Jim Hensley posting on the Hamilton County Board(message #101) "BLAKE family of Hamilton Co"