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Blair, William, M.D.

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Blair, William, M.D.
February 20, 2007 08:19PM
KENTUCKY: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin & Kniffin, 4th ed., 1887
Adair Co.

WILLIAM BLAIR, M.D., a native of Russell County, Ky., was born September
24, 1841. His father, Burton Blair, who was born in North Carolina in 1813,
was brought to Russell in infancy where he remained during life. He was a
man in moderate circumstances, owning and cultivating his own farm. He
married Miss Elizabeth Rippetoe, a daughter of William Rippetoe, whose wife
before marriage was a Miss Elizabeth Vincent. The names of the children
born to Burton and Elizabeth Blair are Emeline (wife of Matthew Y. Leach),
Albert, William, Samantha (deceased wife of Christopher C. Lawless),
Elizabeth (deceased wife of John Lovelace), Martha (wife of Robert
Anderson), Nancy (wife of Rubin Lawless), Harrison, Sarah Jane (wife of
John Crider), Amanda C. (died in infancy) and James T. The death of Burton
Blair occurred July 9, 1875; his widow is still living in the sixty-eighth
year of her age. James Blair, grandfather of Dr. Blair, was a native of
North Carolina, a farmer, and immigrated to Russell County, where he
resided the remainder of his life. He married Miss Nancy Day, of North
Carolina. James Blair's father was a veteran of the American Revolution.
Dr. Blair in youth received a good common-school education, and is more
than ordinarily well posted in literature. He also has an archaeological
cabinet and some geological specimens. His early life until twenty years
of age was spent on his father's farm, when, October 2, 1861, he enlisted
in Company B, Thirteenth Kentucky Infantry (Federal volunteer service). He
participated in the battles of Shiloh, Perryville, Hough's Ferry (Tenn.),
Campbell's Station (Tenn.), the siege of Knoxville, Rocky Face Ridge and
Resaca, where he was disabled from further service, though not discharged
until January, 1865, when his company was dismissed from the service. As a
result of the wound received at Resaca, the Doctor lost a part of the
radius of his right fore-arm. When he returned home he commenced to attend
school, and taught and attended alternately for four years. He then began
to read medicine under Dr. J.M. Wolford of Russell County, and in the
winter of 1874-75, attended a course of lectures at the University of
Louisville, graduating in the spring of 1875. He then returned home and
continued the practice of his profession which he had begun before he went
to college. August 12, 1869, he married Miss Sarah A., daughter of Michael
G. and Rachel (Grider) McKinley, both natives of Russell County. He has
had born to him seven children: Laura A., Lawrence C., Melvin E., Viantha,
Frosia E., Aletha M. and Belva E., all living. Dr. and Mrs. Blair are both
members of the Separate Baptist Church. The Doctor settled at his present
location, Glenville, Adair County, in 1869, and it at that time consisted
of a house and seven acres; he has enlarged it to eighty-eight acres. Dr.
Blair has a large and lucrative practice, besides which he cultivates his
farm.
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