|Birth: ||Jun. 16, 1829|
|Death: ||Jul. 31, 1907|
David Blair was the son of James Blair & Margaret (Huges) Blair.
He 1st married Hannah R. Wilson. She died on July 3, 1865.
On Nov 1, 1868 in Clay Co.,IL. he 2nd married Adaline Lewis.
We show four children to this union:
Harrison E., Francis W., Hattie G. and Anna R. (10 Nov 1874 -- 10 Dec 1876)
Jesse Blair, farmer, P. O. Hord, is another descendant of one of our old pioneer families in Blair Township. He is a son of Josiah Blair, who was a native of Hawkins County, Tenn. He, Josiah Blair, was married twice; his first wife, Hattie (Ray) Blair, was a native of Indiana, where she died. She was the mother of five children —George, Nancy Eytchison, John, Jesse, our subject, and Jemima Redman.
His second wife, Lavina Westmoreland, whom he married in Indiana, and with whom he came to this county, was the mother of the following children—Manley, William, Alfred, Josiah and Hailey are now dead, Manley and Josiah dying while in the army. The following are yet living: James H., Henry C, Harrison, Louisa Williams, Lavina E., Elizabeth Rexrode and Sarah J., wife of Dr. Gladson. Josiah Blair died in this county in 1865. Mrs. Lavina Blair died several years after her husband's demise.
The grandfather of our subject was Robert Blair, whose wife's maiden name was Bean; they came here in 1837, and died here. Our subject, Jesse Blair, received only three months' schooling, which was obtained from William Laws in a log schoolhouse, but not learning to write till he was twenty-one years old. He came to this county with his father in the spring of 1837, and spent his youth in cultivating the virgin soil of Blair Township, which was named in honor of his father and uncles. In 1855, Jesse Blair bought forty acres of land, for which he paid $325. He now owns 200 acres of good land. Mr. Blair has been married twice.
His first wife, Polly A. Edwards, was a daughter of William Edwards, an old pioneer, who is yet living in this county. She was born in Indiana, and died here. His present wife, who was Mrs. Mary Hodge, a widow lady at time of marriage, is a daughter of William and Frances Jordan, both natives of North Carolina. Mrs. Blair, a native of Indiana, and is the mother of A. E. Hodge, a son of her first husband.
Mr.and Mrs. Blair are connected with the Christian Church, sometimes called New-Lights. Mr. Blair enjoys the respect of the community in which he resides, having served the people therein as Constable seven years, and Justice of the Peace seven years; votes the Republican ticket.
Excerpt from "History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois
ILLINOIS CIVIL WAR DETAIL REPORT
Name BLAIR, DAVID
Rank SGT Company B Unit 38 IL US INF
Residence HORD, CLAY CO, IL Age 32 Height 5' 10 Hair DARK
Eyes DARK Complexion LIGHT Marital Status SINGLE Occupation FARMER
Joined When AUG 12, 1861 Joined Where MASON, IL
Joined By Whom D YOUNG Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 19, 1861 Muster In Where CAMP BUTLER, IL
Muster In By Whom N/A Muster Out SEP 15, 1864
Muster Out Where CHATTANOOGA, TN Muster Out By Whom N/A
Remarks PROMOTED 1SGT
Josiah Blair (1802 - 1865)
Margaret Brewer Hughes Blair (1800 - 1868)
Hannah R. Wilson Blair (1840 - 1865)*
Note: Co. B, Ill. 1st Sgt, 38 Regt, ILL INF. C. War
Old Union Cemetery
Created by: Lady In Black
Record added: Feb 16, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24681530