EPHRAIM BLAKE The first family to move to Salem was that of Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim Blake and their four-year-old son, Samuel.They had lived in Thornton, New Hampshire, and moved to Barnet, Vermont, where Mr. Blake worked for two years earning money to establish a homestead.When he came to Salem on March 15, 1798, his resources were very limited, but his industry, thrift, and good management during his residence in Salem enabled him to accumulate a 'handsome fortune.' The family followed the Hinman Road, then only a narrow, rocky and dark passageway through Greensboro, Glover, Barton, and Brownington.The road, built in 1795 by Timothy Hinman (Derby's original settler), extended at this time to Derby. The first town meeting was held at Blake's Tavern on April 30, 1822, and Ephraim Blake was chosen as a Selectman and Highway Supervisor.His son, Samuel, was elected Town Clerk and Lister and served as the Town Clerk for thirty years. For five years the town voted against sending a representative to the Vermont Legislature.In 1827 Ephraim Blake had the honor of being selected the first Representative to the Legislature from Salem.In 1836 Samuel Blake was a member to the Constitutional Convention and he was Salem's Representative to the Legislature in 1838, 1842, 1846, and 1850.Ephraim Blake's grandson, Charles Blake, was the Salem Representative to the Legislature in 1857.
Transcribed by Jan [My note: In 1881 Salem was annexed to Derby, Orleans County, Vermont.]