Col John Gilchrist Blue

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Col John Gilchrist Blue

  • Birth 15 Sep 1829 Richmond County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 6 Jan 1889 North Carolina, USA
  • Burial Laurinburg, Scotland County, North Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 85563297


Son of John and Effie Gilchrist Blue. John married Annie Marie Evans on December 21, 1854.

"John was a member of the Convention, which passed the Ordinance of Secession for North Carolina. After the war he moved to Marion, SC where he took a high position at the Bar and in public affairs. Three times he was reelected to the General Assembly, and was a member of the famous "Wallace House" of 1876, which ousted the Negroes and carpet-baggers. His father, Colonel John Blue, commanded a regiment in the War of 1812, and his grandfather, John Blue, served in the Revolutionary Army. His mother was the daughter of John Gilchrist, an officer of the English Navy."

John and Annie's children:

1) Sallie Blue, born 1856; died 1931. She married Peter M. John July 12, 1893.
2) Effie Blue, born 1859. She married Edward Bee Wheeler December 24, 1885.
3) Ida Blue, born 1861; died 1940. She married James T. John March 23, 1893.
4) William Evans Blue, born May 08, 1863; died September 02, 1927. He married Elizabeth Godbold 1911.
5) Lt. Commander Victor Blue, born December 06, 1865; died January 23, 1928. He married Eleanor Foote Stuart October 07, 1899.
6) Rupert Blue, born May 30, 1867. He married Juliet Downs.
7) Kate Lily Blue, born September 23, 1868; died 1950.
8) Henrietta Blue, born July 01, 1875; died 1955.

"John Gilchrist Blue, the ninth child and second son of Effie Gilchrist and John Blue, was born September 15, 1829, and died January 6, 1889, while on a visit to NC. He was an honor graduate of Davidson College. On December 21, 1854, he married Annie Evans, daughter of General William Evans and Sarah Godbold Evans, who lived at Marion, SC.

In 1854 John Gilchrist Blue formed a law partnership with Chancellor Inglis of Cheraw, SC, and opened a law office at Marion, SC. On account of the illness of his mother, John G. Blue moved back to what was then Richmond County, NC, and his second child, Effie, was born in the old home of her grandmother. Short afterwards, John Gilchrist Blue built a home about a mile from his mothers residence and here his next four children were born.

He was a member of the NC legislature in 1860. Upon his return home he raised a company of troops for the Confederate service, the "Scotch Boys" of which he was elected captain. His company was a part of Lane's Brigade in Lee's Army.

After the war, broken in heath, he taught awhile in Floral College and, following his mothers death, he returned to Marion, SC in 1870. He took a leading part in temperance work. He became a member of the SC legislature in 1876 when the Democrats redeemed the state under General Wade Hampton. He was on the Judiciary Committee and was a member of a committee of five appointed to investigate charges of corruption against reconstruction Governors Scott, Moses, and Chamberlain. He was a member of General Hampton's staff with the rank of Colonel. He was reelected to the Legislature in 1878 and again in 1884. On December 7, 1885, he introduced the first bill ever introduced into a SC legislature to establish a college for women, an institution which finally became Winthrop College.

He is buried beside his mother in the Blue Cemetery, just across the road from the old home."

- The Lumber River Scots and their descendants, the McLeans, the Torreys, the Purcells, the McIntyres, the Gilchrists

Family Members



"A brave soldier,
a devoted husband and father"





  • Created by: robin pellicci moore
  • Added: 22 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 85563297
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Col John Gilchrist Blue (15 Sep 1829–6 Jan 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 85563297, citing Blue Family Cemetery, Laurinburg, Scotland County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by robin pellicci moore (contributor 46903322) .