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 Isaiah Blood

Isaiah Blood

Ballston Center, Saratoga County, New York, USA
Death 29 Nov 1870 (aged 60)
Ballston Spa, Saratoga County, New York, USA
Burial Ballston Spa, Saratoga County, New York, USA
Plot Section HF 4, Lots 31-32 (per burial map)
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Sen. from 15th district 1859-1860. Re-elected 1869 died 1870.

Isiah Blood, owned and operated an axe and scythe factory in the 1800's, His mansion was grand, but turned into apts and burned down around 1995, nothing left of the factory either, except for his office building, a quaint structure, now a private residence.

Mr Blood was a U.S. Senator from 15th district 1859-1860. Re-elected 1869 and died in 1870.


Isaiah Blood was born in the Town of Ballston, Saratoga County, New York State on February 13, 1810. His father Sylvester was a farmer and scythe maker with a business located two miles south of the village [of Ballston Spa]. After fire destroyed his original workshop, the senior Blood decided to enlarge his business by purchasing land next to the Kayaderosseras Creek in an area known as the “Hollow.” [later know as Bloodville].

In 1831, Isaiah married Miss Jane E. Gates of Ballston Spa and relocated to join his father. Six years later he took over the business and began increasing production.

In 1851, Blood joined up with two other businessmen and built an axe factory a short distance downstream, and within a year became the sole owner. A fire burned down the enterprise, but Blood persevered and built a new factory even larger than the one that was lost. His organizational skills and ambition were applied in greatly expanding the production of both scythes and axes through the careful development of quality control processes. His tools became well-known throughout the Western Hemisphere, and lumbermen were proud to have the name “I. Blood” stamped on their axes. [at it peak, the factories employed 350 persons and there was never a strike]

In the Civil War, Blood manufactured an order of battle-axes for a Massachusetts artillery company in the Union Army measuring two feet long (resembling a short, slightly curved sword).

His political inclinations were Democratic. He was elected to the Assembly in 1852 and to the Senate in 1860 and 1869. At the time of his death, he was Supervisor of the Town of Milton, a position he had held twice before, in 1847 and 1859. Governor Morgan appointed him a member of the war committee of Saratoga County to enlist recruits for the army during the Civil War.

Isaiah Blood died of typhoid fever in 1870 at the age of 60. [He was predeceased by his son William C in 1847 and survived by his widow Jane and daughter Helen].The hamlet of Bloodville still bears his name today.

Sources: Wikipedia, Ballston Journal, The Saratogian, Centennial History of Ballston Spa, 1907

Transcribed & edited by Bill Preston #47695598

A thorough history of the Blood Axe Company can be found at

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Gravesite Details Recorded by Cornelius Durkee - 1878. Sen. from 15th district 1859-1860. Re-elected 1869 died 1870.





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