|Birth: ||Jun. 1, 1826|
|Death: ||Mar. 12, 1897|
LINCOLN COUNTY, KENTUCKY MARRIAGES
John Blain married Sallie K. Hays
24 May 1853
John Blain married Eliza A. Gentry
5 January 1875
SEMI-WEEKLY INTERIOR JOURNAL, STANFORD, KY., TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 1897
BLAIN - A long, honorable and eventful career ended at 9 A.M. Friday, when Mr. John Blain breathed his last. For weeks he had been utterly helpless from the stroke of paralysis, which for years had rendered him a hopeless cripple, and death must have been a sweet relief.
Mr. Blain was born in this county, where he lived most of his long life. In early manhood he married his cousin, Miss Sallie Hays, who died in childbirth within a year. When the war came on he was a justice of the peace in the Hustonville precinct. Believing in the cause of the South, he entered Capt. Bates' Company in a Tennessee regiment and was in several severe battles including that of Fort Donaldson, where he was captured and taken to Camp Chase. On being exchanged after a long time, he returned to his command, but his health had been broken down completely and he had to leave the service. He went to Georgia and lived there several years, but his love for his old home brought him back. Some time afterwards he ran for county clerk and his great popularity and well known capacity for the office made him an easy winner. A complication arose, however, when he went to take the office. He had sworn to support and defend the constitution of the United States, when he took the oath of office as magistrate, and that rendered him ineligible to hold office. He however, filled the place with Squire M.C. Portman, who received the appointment in his interest, and at the ensuing election, his disabilities having been removed, he was again elected county clerk, and so for three other terms, holding it in all 17 years and making the best clerk the county ever had.
On the 5th of January, 1875, he married Miss Eliza A. Gentry, who devoted her life to him and who made him a wife in every sense of the word. In May following their marriage Mr. Blain was stricken with paralysis and for two months lay helpless. He secured the services of Rev. S.S. McRoberts in the office, to which he was unable to go for a long time. As he was recovering from the first stroke a second more severe than the other made him helpless again and when he was able to travel he was taken to Hot Springs, where he remained 10 weeks, returning perfectly sound from his waist up, but unable to use his legs. In this condition he remained the most of his life, but managed to get around and do a great deal more than most sound men.
In 1876, by special act of the Legislature, Mrs. Blain was empowered to act as his deputy, which office she filled with great credit till her husband voluntarily retired in 1886. She was the first woman in Kentucky to hold office and there was much objection, owing to the disinclination to establish a precedent. To her painstaking and methodical management a great deal of the success of the conduct of the office was due. Since their retirement they have lived in a pretty little home which they built on the Danville pike a mile from town, and enjoyed the rest that they had so well earned.
Mr. Blain continued to take great interest in politics, however, and was a voracious reader of all political literature. He was especially fond of the Congressional Record and during his delirium he is said to have repeated verbatim the speeches of several well known leaders. He was a very earnest free silverite and strong for Bryan, as he was an original protection democrat and a great admirer of Sam Randall. Mr. Blain had no pretention to religion, but was a regular reader of the Bible and tried his best to live up to its precepts. He was possessed of a remarkably clear and logical mind and accepted nothing unless it could be reasoned out. He was also a very fine writer, as many articles published in this paper from time to time will show. He was a frequent contributor to the Interior Journal and its editor acknowledges many obligations he could never repay.
Only one sister, Mrs. Mary Green, is left of his family and she with the patient, self-sacrificing, loving wife have the sympathy of everybody. Mrs. Blain tells us she never saw a more uncomplaining invalid than her husband during his last, long protracted illness and no one ever had better friends and neighbors than she in her hour of care and trouble.
After a short service at home by Elder Joseph Ballou, who spoke both eloquently and feelingly of his friend, "so dependent, yet so independent" in life, the remains were taken to the old Blain burying ground, on the farm now occupied by Mrs. Elizabeth Cowen, near Hustonville, and laid away in the presence of many friends.
(Kentuckiana Digital Library)
Sally Kay Hays Blain (1832 - 1854)
Eliza A Gentry Blain (1849 - 1922)
In Loving Remembrance
June 1, 1826 - Mar. 12, 1897
(shared stone with Eliza)
Buffalo Springs Cemetery
Created by: Joyce Tinsley
Record added: Aug 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75439020
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