Jesse Levering (1773-1832) owned a home in Baltimore, a business "Jesse Levering and Sons," married twice and had 15 children. He married a second time to a Levering cousin, Sarah Brown (1782-1847) in 1803 and she had 11 children, including Sarah Rebecca Levering (1825-1906). He died of cholera in 1832, and they moved to Ellicott City in 1841 where her mother died six years later, then Sara moved to Hartford County. It was in Hartford County where Blake registered her freedom and where "Dingley Dell" farm was located - the recipient of the funds from the booklet.
"The proceeds from the sale of this booklet will be appropriated to the improvement of "Dingley Dell," the farm upon which the Presbytery of Baltimore proposes to establish a manual labor school for the benefit of the Afro-American citizens, as they prefer being called"
Sarah Rebecca Levering wrote a book which contained her recollection of Margaret Blake's life 17 years after Blake died when Levering was over 70. Recent books which have used the info from the 1897 book have confused many of the details; including the book Finding Charity's Folk: enslaved and free black women in Maryland by Jessica Millward, 2015.
To read online: Memoirs of Margaret Jane Blake of Baltimore Maryland and Selections in Prose and Verse. by Sarah R. Levering, Phila: 1897 HERE
©2017 Patricia Bixler Reber
Forgotten history of Ellicott City & Howard County MD