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Dr William Blair
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Birth: Sep. 24, 1841
Russell County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Nov. 11, 1914
Glens Fork
Adair County
Kentucky, USA

Biography, 1887:

William Blair, M.D., a native of Russell County, Ky., was born September 24, 1841. His father, Burton Blair, who was born in North Carolina in 1813, was brought to Russell in infancy where he remained during life. He was a man in moderate circumstances, owning and cultivating his own farm. He married Miss Elizabeth Rippetoe, a daughter of William Rippetoe, whose wife before marriage was a Miss Elizabeth Vincent.

The names of the children born to Burton and Elizabeth Blair are Emeline (wife of Matthew Y. Leach), Albert, William, Samantha (deceased wife of Christopher C. Lawless), Elizabeth (deceased wife of John Lovelace), Martha (wife of Robert Anderson), Nancy (wife of Rubin Lawless), Harrison, Sarah Jane (wife of John Grider), Amanda C. (died in infancy) and James T. The death of Burton Blair occurred July 9, 1875; his widow is still living in the sixty-eighth year of her age. James Blair, grandfather of Dr. Blair, was a native of North Carolina, a farmer, and immigrated to Russell County, where he resided the remainder of his life. He married Miss Nancy Day, of North Carolina. James Blair's father was a veteran of the American Revolution.

Dr. Blair in youth received a good common-school education, and is more than ordinarily well posted in literature. He also has an archaeological cabinet and some geological specimens. His early life until twenty years of age was spent on his father's farm, when, October 2, 1861, he enlisted in Company B, Thirteenth Kentucky Infantry (Federal volunteer service). He participated in the battles of Shiloh, Perryville, Hough's Ferry (Tenn.), Campbell's Station (Tenn.), the siege of Knoxville, Rocky Face Ridge and Resaca, where he was disabled from further service, though not discharged until January, 1865, when his company was dismissed from the service.

As a result of the wound received at Resaca, the Doctor lost a part of the radius of his right fore-arm. When he returned home he commenced to attend school, and taught and attended alternately for four years. He then began to read medicine under Dr. J.M. Wolford of Russell County, and in the winter of 1874-75, attended a course of lectures at the University of Louisville, graduating in the spring of 1875. He then returned home and continued the practice of his profession which he had begun before he went to college.

August 12, 1869, he married Miss Sarah A., daughter of Michael G. and Rachel (Grider) McKinley, both natives of Russell County. He has had born to him seven children: Laura A., Lawrence C., Melvin E., Viantha, Frosia E., Aletha M. and Belva E., all living. Dr. and Mrs. Blair are both members of the Separate Baptist Church. The Doctor settled at his present location, Glenville, Adair County, in 1869, and it at that time consisted of a house and seven acres; he has enlarged it to eighty-eight acres. Dr. Blair has a large and lucrative practice, besides which he cultivates his farm.

(Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin & Kniffin, 4th ed., 1887)


Last Wednesday, at 12:30 in the afternoon, Dr. Wm. Blair, who had been a prominent physician of Adair county for many years, died at his home in Glenville after a long illness. In 1911 he met with a stroke of paralysis, and from the day he was stricken he remained bedfast until the hour of his death. He was seventy three years old the 24th of last September, and was recognized as one of Adair's best citizens, one who will be greatly missed from the locality where he practiced his profession for many years.

Dr. Blair was born in Russell county, becoming a citizen of this county soon after the close of the Civil War. In hostilities between the States he served in the Federal army from 1861, until the close of the bloody strife. He was an elegant Christian gentle man, one who had many friends. Dr. Blair was widely known in Adair county and his friends will regret to hear of his demise. He leaves a wife and several sons and daughters, Mrs. Finis Rosenbaum, of this place, being one of the number. Adair county extends sympathy to all the surviving members of the family.

(The Adair County News, Nov 18, 1914) 
Family links: 
  Burton Blair (1813 - 1875)
  Elizabeth Rippetoe Blair (1818 - 1897)
  Sarah Ann McKinley Blair (1847 - 1931)
  Laura Blair Miller (1870 - 1955)*
  Lawrence Conda Blair (1872 - 1938)*
  Antha Blair Taylor (1877 - 1963)*
  Etha Blair Bennett (1879 - 1964)*
  Letha Blair Rosenbaum (1882 - 1966)*
  Emeline Blair Leach (1837 - 1897)*
  Albert Blair (1839 - 1915)*
  William Blair (1841 - 1914)
  Martha Blair Anderson (1848 - 1925)*
  Nancy Blair Lawless (1851 - 1928)*
  Harrison Wesley Blair (1853 - 1926)*
  Sarah Jane Blair Grider (1856 - 1916)*
  Amanda C. Blair (1857 - 1858)*
  James T. Blair (1861 - 1929)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Corporal, 13th KY Infantry Co. B, Civil War
Blair Cemetery
Glens Fork
Adair County
Kentucky, USA
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Record added: Feb 25, 2011
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Dr William Blair
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Dr William Blair
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