Col James Hayes Blair

Col James Hayes Blair

Birth
Augusta County, Virginia, USA
Death 31 Mar 1839 (aged 78)
Pickens County, Alabama, USA
Burial Pickens County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 42730999 View Source
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James Blair served in the Revolutionary War as an Orderly Sargent, Ensign and Indian spy. He was an express rider alerting troops of the coming battle at King's Mountain. He was wounded during this ride but completed it and served with Col Benjamin Cleveland during the battle. A poem was written about this ride and he was refered to as 'Paul Reviere of the South'
He later served as a Captain during an Indian war. He eventually moved to Franklin Co., Ga and was located in Habersham Co., Ga. when it was formed even though he did not move. He served many years as a representative from Franklin and later Habersham counties. He also was a senator from Habersham. All together, he served over 20 years in the state legislature.
He became a Col while serving in an Indian War. He relocated in Pickens Co., AL in 1836 and died there 5 days after his wife in 1839. Records state he was buried in Old Mt Moriah Cemetery but no marker has been found.
The abandoned cemetery is about 400 yards out in the woods from this point. Several stones were still readable in 2007 including James' wife, Elizabeth.


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