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Jean Blair (Balfour)

Birthdate: (56)
Birthplace: Virginia
Death: 1792 (56)
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Wife of John Blair, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, Signer of the US Constitution
Mother of Nelly Blair; Mary Blair; Jane Henderson and James Blair

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About Jean Blair

Wife of John Blair, signer of US Constitution.



Jean Balfour (1736 – 1792)

  • She was the daughter of a writer, Archibald Blair.
  • Jean had two brothers: John, who remained in Scotland, and James who made his home in Williamsburg.
  • Husband: John Blair Jr. (1732-1800)—of Virginia
  • Married her cousin on December 16, 1756 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Together they lived in Williamsburg, VA where John took up the practice of law and became politicall active.
  • They raised six children, four of which lived to be adults:
    • Nelly Blair, who died in her early teens;
    • Mary Blair who married Robert Andrews of the College of William and Mary;
    • Jane Blair, or Jenny who married James Henderson; and
    • James Blair, died at the age of twenty-one.
    • Mary had no children and all four of Jenny’s died before reaching adulthood.
    • Thus, there are no descendants of Jean Blair and her husband.
  • Jean died in 1792 in Williamsburg after a long illness, leaving John a widower.
  • She and her husband are buried in Bruton Perish Episcopal Church Cemetery, Williamsburg, Williamsburg City, Virginia.
    • Her tombstone reads: “In the adjoining grave lies deposited with her husband whatever was mortal of Jean Blair, who was born 26th Oct 1736, O.S. and died 22nd Nov 1792. Her conduct through life was truly exemplary and amiable in discharging all the relative duties of her station as a wife, a mother and a friend; and her piety shone forth with peculiar luster during a protracted, painful , and distressing illness, which she sustained without a murmur, with entire resignation and acknowledgments of the divine mercy and goodness; and fervent prayers to be released, and, resign her spirit to GOD who gave it.”

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Jean Blair

  • Birth: Oct. 26, 1736
  • Death: Nov. 22, 1792
  • Wife of James Blair
  • Burial: Bruton Parish Episcopal Church Cemetery in Williamsburg, Williamsburg City, Virginia, USA
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