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Col James Blair Gilmer
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Birth: 1815
Kentucky, USA
Death: 1857, Cuba

The son of George Oglethorpe Gilmer and Martha Harvey Johnson, Col. James B. Gilmer became the richest man in Louisiana by mid-century.

The Gilmers settled in Ogelthorpe, Georgia where James Blair married Eliza Lewis on July 10, 1834. They had three daughters:
*Mary Boutwell Gilmer Vance (28 Apr 1835 - 1859)
*Mattie Gilmer O'Neal Kennedy (1834 - July 6, 1883)
*Eliza Lewis Gilmer Graves (25 Mar 1839 - 7 Sep 1864)

J.B. became one of the biggest landowners, first Louisiana millionaire and influential men in north Louisiana. After Eliza's death, he married one of the richest women in Louisiana, widow Paulina DeGraffenreid Pickett. Their merged properties gave J.B. and Paulina a huge return of being one of the South's biggest pre-war power brokers. In short time, they divorced and squabbled over money and property.

J.B. moved to Cuba to own sugar cane plantations. It was there, he would succumb to yellow fever. He is buried beside his first wife, Eliza Lewis Gilmer in Oakwood.

His wife Eliza passed away April 25, 1839 and he is buried with her at Oakwood Cemetery. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  George Oglethorpe Gilmer (1787 - 1849)
  Martha Harvie Johnson Gilmer (1797 - 1857)
 
 Spouses:
  Paulina deGraffenried Pickett (1816 - 1899)
  Elizabeth Lewis Gilmer Gilmer (1816 - 1839)
 
 Children:
  Martha George Gilmer O'Neill (____ - 1883)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Blair Gilmer (1815 - 1857)
  Mary Elizabeth Gilmer Sandidge (1824 - 1919)*
  Sarah Mildred Gilmer Spyker (1829 - 1902)*
  George E. Gilmer (1835 - 1862)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Montgomery
Montgomery County
Alabama, USA
 
Created by: Scout Finch
Record added: May 01, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51854425
Col James Blair Gilmer
Added by: Tom B. Jones, III
 
Col James Blair Gilmer
Added by: Tom B. Jones, III
 
Col James Blair Gilmer
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