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Blair, William A., Rev.

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

REV. WILLIAM A. BLAIR, a native of Adair County and the fifth of the twelve
children of William and Lucy (Hopkins) Blair, was born July 4, 1835. His
father, Rev. William Blair, born July 29, 1803, was a minister of the
church of the United Brethren in Christ. His early education was limited,
but after entering the ministry in his thirty-second year he was a close
student and an extensive general reader, so much so that his style of
delivery implied scholarship. He was first licensed to preach in Decatur,
Ind., in 1837, on trial by the quarterly conference of his church, and in
1842 was regularly ordained in Franklin County, Ind. The last twenty years
of his life he was presiding elder of the church work of the United
Brethren in Christ in five counties--Russell, Adair, Metcalfe, Clinton and
Wayne, part of Cumberland and part of Casey. Rev. William Blair was twice
married, first to Miss Lucy Hopkins, a daughter of William Hopkins of Adair
County, and his marriage was blessed by the birth of thirteen children:
Elizabeth (who died in childhood), a second (unnamed, deceased), John,
another (who died unnamed), Dicy Jane (wife of Sydney Helm), George W.,
William A., James B., Lucy Ellen (died in her nineteenth year), Elizabeth
(wife of William H. Helm), Jesse K. Polk, Robert J., and one who died in
infancy. Mrs. Blair, a member of the United Brethren in Christ, died
September 17, 1873, in the sixty-sixth year of her age. In 1874 Mr. Blair
married Mrs. Martha E. (Wheat) Grider, of Russell County, who was the widow
of Frederick Grider, and who is at-present wife of Henry Smith, of Casey
County. Rev. William Blair departed this life, having been a minister of
the gospel about forty years. His father, Alexander Blair, was a farmer,
though he also worked at shoemaking, and was a native of Virginia. He
married Miss Elizabeth Breeding, and became the father of twelve children.
Rev. William Blair received no ordinary English education in youth and was
reared to farming. He was married, February 14, 1854, to Miss Mary Miranda
Scott, a daughter of Thompson and Elizabeth (Peake) Scott, the former of
Virginia, the latter of Metcalfe County, Ky. His marriage was blessed by
four children: George Paschall (who died in childhood), Elizabeth Ellen
(wife of E.H. Rosenbaum), Lucy Jane (wife of R.A. Blair) and Mary Frances.
Mrs. Blair, who was a member of the United Brethren Church, died November
6, 1885, in the sixty-first year of her age. Mr. Blair has owned six
different farms in Adair County at different times, and at present owns
eighty acres of well improved and fertile land on Glen's Fork, worth $20
per acre. He has erected a comfortable farm residence, barns and stables,
and all necessary farm improvements. Five years ago Mr. Blair was licensed
to preach by the quarterly conference, and two years ago he was regularly
ordained as a minister of the church of the United Brethren in Christ.
James B. Blair, a brother of Rev William A. Blair, was born January 31,
1838, in Adams County. His life-long vocation has been farming, and his
marriage occurred October 4, 1864, to Miss Arminta, a daughter of Andrew
and Ursula (Stotts) Wilson, natives of Adair County. Andrew Wilson was a
son of John and Sally (Miller) Wilson, natives of the Old Dominion. There
was an estate of $2,000,000 in litigation, which was compromised in 1883,
which estate was originally the property of Samuel Miller, of Virginia, and
the heirs of Sally Miller, who were parties in the suit, received nothing
in compromise. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Blair has been blessed by four
children: Eldridge, Lucy Lillian, Ursula J. and Minnie. Mr. Blair has
settled two different farms, the present place in 1873. This contains 170
acres of fertile land on Glen's Fork, with good buildings and general
improvements, and he turns his attention principally to the raising of
corn. Besides his home place he owns a part of a farm of 110 acres, and a
part of a town lot in Glenville. He and his wife are both members of the
United Brethren in Christ.
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