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Margaret East Vanderburg Blair
Birth: Jan. 27, 1845
Mississippi, USA
Death: Dec. 9, 1914
Panola County
Texas, USA

Margaret was the first of seven children born to Tarlton Layton East and Mary L. Batiste. Her family had migrated from Panola County, Mississippi, to Caldwell Parish, Louisiana. In the 1860 census Tarlton East was listed as owning 2000 acres of land. In 1870, the land was sold on Courthouse steps for taxes; land ownership lost to the war. In the meantime, Margaret as a very young girl had married Rufus King Vanderburg, September 20, 1858. The name of Vanderburg in the 1860 Texas census is very difficult to read, but they were listed as living next door to Margaret's parents and had a young son with initials of J.S.

It is interesting to note that Margaret East Vanderburgh had a brother born the year after she married. The child was named Rufus King East. The East family must have had high regard for the new husband of Margaret, Rufus King Vanderburgh.

Rufus enlisted into the Louisiana Infantry at Camp Moore as Vanderburgh in 1861. The h was not dropped from the name until around 1884. Rufus was assigned to the 12th Infantry Music Band. After the war, Rufus was paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina April 1865. Two more children were born to the couple. A date of death for Rufus, 1872, was found in a family bible, but at the time of this writing, his gravesite has not been found.

At some time after 1872, Margaret and her children removed to Carthage, Texas. July 22,1875 Margaret married J.J. Blair. Their only child Maggie was born 1877. J.J. died in 1879 and the 1880 Texas census shows Margaret as a widow with small children. In 1900 and 1910 Margaret was owner of a boarding house. and some members of her family were still living in her household.

An obit was found in Carthage, Texas for her death in 1914. The obit listed her as "Grandma Blair"! The author of the article gave the benediction "When we are gone may it be truthfully said of us, as we truthfully say of this one, that our lives made others better".

Family links: 
  Tarlton Layton East (1817 - 1878)
  Mary L. Flowers East (1826 - ____)
  Rufus King Vanderburgh (1832 - 1872)
  Joseph Sidney Vanderburg (1859 - 1960)*
  Mary Josephine Vanderburg Parker (1866 - 1937)*
  John Quitman Vanderburg (1871 - 1898)*
  Maggie Blair Howard (1877 - 1904)*
  Margaret East Vanderburg Blair (1845 - 1914)
  Mary Jane East Cain (1847 - ____)*
  Rufus King East (1860 - 1937)*
*Calculated relationship
Carthage City Cemetery
Panola County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: billye schulle
Originally Created by: EastTexan
Record added: Apr 15, 2008
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Margaret East <i>Vanderburg</i> Blair
Added by: billye schulle
Margaret East <i>Vanderburg</i> Blair
Added by: billye schulle
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How beautifully you are remembered here, dear Margaret. You could never have imagined such a thing as this computer, much less a site where people who care about your family might write of them. You were my dear Grannie's grandmother. I couldn't know you,...(Read more)
 Added: Feb. 5, 2010

- EastTexan
 Added: Jan. 29, 2010
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