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William Blair
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Birth: 1729
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Dec. 7, 1802
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA

William was part of the first generation of his family line to be born in the USA. His parents Alexander and Jane (Scott) Blair immigrated from Ireland in 1723 with two children. At present we do not have any additional information on Williams siblings.

William married Mary Cowen in 1754 in Lancaster Co., PA.

William was one of the founders of Dickenson College.

William served in the military during the Revolutionary War. The was a Lieutentant in PA.

William was a "cordwainer" by trade (maker of fine leather shoes). He was also the owner of some "outlots".

Excerpts from "A contribution to the history of the Presbyterian churches, Carlisle, Pa" by Joseph Alexander Murray, 1905.

William was described as "a flaming Whig of 1776." It is a tradition in the family, that, if having come to his ears that some one had intimated that he might not be a Whig, he took the most direct method of that day to make public and emphatic contradiction, by going to the Court House on Saturday evening, taking his stand upon the steps, hat in hand, and awaiting an audience, sure soon to gather in response to such a notification that an important statement was to be made. He then simply said, with very decided brogue: "If ony mon says Wully Blair is not a Whog he's a liar," replaced his hat and went his way.

He was a trustee of the Carlisle Academy in 1781, and was one of three trustees of the Associated Presbyterian Church who bought of the Penns, in 1796, the lot on South West street on which the stone building was erected, still standing, long know as the "Seceder" church. His name occurs as William Blair, Senior, on the records of the Union Fire Company, of which Dr. Davidson was president, and that of his son as William Blair, Junior. He died in Carlisle in 1802 aged 73 years, and is buried in the Old Grave Yard.

Father: Alexander Blair, b. Ireland, d.abt. 1729, burial unknown
Mother: Jane Scott, b. Ireland, burial unknown

Spouse: Mary Cowen, burial unknown 
Family links: 
  Mary Blair*
  Elizabeth Blair (1758 - 1760)*
  William Blair (1759 - 1792)*
  Rebecca Blair McClure (1763 - 1826)*
  Emilia Blair McClure (1764 - 1793)*
  Susannah Blair (1767 - 1768)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Buried in Blair Family Lot. Stone shelled during Civil War.
Old Graveyard
Cumberland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Maintained by: KBStewart-Family
Originally Created by: Family Tree Climber
Record added: Mar 29, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 87530102
William Blair
Added by: Ryan David Schweitzer
William Blair
Added by: Family Tree Climber
William Blair
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