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Trask, William Blake 1812-

Historian; born in Dorchester, Mass., Nov. 25, 1812; received a common school education; was apprenticed to a cabinet-maker, and worked at his trade in 1823-35; was on the school committee of Dorchester; and became assessor in 1850, which he resigned soon after, owing to failing health. Later he became interested in historical studies. He copied the ancient town records of Boston; aided Gen. William H. Sumner in preparing a History of East Boston; contributed to the New England Historical and Genealogical register, and aided in preparing several genealogies; and published Memoir of Andrew H. Ward; Baylie's remarks on General Cobb; The Bird family, and The Seaver family. He was a member of the Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society, and the New England Historic-Genealogical Society, and was its historiographer in 1861-68.

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