About John Blair
A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor #: A010858
John Blair was a private at the Battle of King's Mountain in the Revolutionary War.
Lt. John Blair ("The Miller of Leesburg") and Jane (Gamble) Blair are the grandparents of William McCall Blair, who married (1) Mary Ann Kirby and (2) Sarah E. Embry.
Lt. John Blair was born on April 28, 1749 (50?) in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania (One source says Guilford county, North Carolina). He was the son of Hugh Blair Sr. and Mary (Dawson) Blair; they came to Pennsylvania in the summer of 1746 from Ireland. John married Jane Gamble (Jean?) on February 9, 1771 in Guilford county, North Carolina. Jane was born on October 6, 1759 (One source says she was born before October, 1749 in Rowan county, North Carolina; another source says born in 1749 in Guilford county, North Carolina); she died on May 13, 1793 in the town of Jonesborough in Washington county, Tennessee at the age of 43 (if born in 1749). John migrated to present day Washington county, Tennessee with his brother Hugh Jr. and his uncle Joseph sometime between 1775 and 1784. (Another source says he came with his brother Hugh Jr. and was followed some years later by his uncle James and James' children). He migrated from Guilford county, North Carolina to Washington county before November 13, 1779, when a land grant was executed by his brother Hugh Blair in Guilford county on John's behalf. John Blair received this land grant for fighting in the American Revolution. His family moved to Tennessee to claim this land (Battle of Kings Mountain). The sale of this same grant in August of 1781 is from John Blair (who married Jane Gamble) of Washington county, North Carolina and is witnessed by Hugh Blair. (One source says he came from Washington county to the present site of Loudon about 1790. Other sources say that John Blair migrated to Guilford county, North Carolina before 1771 or about 1776. Another source says that John Blair was a pioneer from South Carolina to Washington county, Tennessee). John Blair was known as "The Miller of Leesburg" in Washington county, Tennessee. He had a mill on Big Limestone creek in Washington county. This mill later came to be known as "Strain's Mill". (August 5, 1799: John Blair, miller and Joseph Brown to Hugh Blair Jr: 100 acres on Big Limestone. cons: 54 lbs. sig: John Blair, Joseph Brown. wit: Jonathin Harrald). (Note: Davy Crockett's family lived in the same area: Davy Crockett was born on August 17, 1786 in a small cabin on the banks of the romantic Nolichucky River, near the mouth of Limestone creek, which today lies about 3 1/2 miles off 11-E Highway near Limestone, Tennessee. He was the fifth of nine kids. His parents were John and Rebecca Hawkins Crockett). John fought as a private at the Battle of Kings Mountain in the Revolutionary War. (One source says he was a revolutionary soldier from Maryland). John Blair was also the first commissioner of Leesburg. Six months after his first wife's death, John married a second time to (2) Hannah Caruthers; their wedding was on November 26, 1793 in Washington county, Tennessee. John Blair died on December 17, 1819 (Another source says December 17, 1828 in Jonesborough, Washington county, Tennessee at age of 78) in Washington county, Tennessee (Another source lists death date as June 14, 1855). The will of John Blair dated November 21, 1819, Jonesboro, Washington county, Tennessee reads as follows; it was probated in January, 1820:
"In the name of God, Amen. I, John Blair, of the County of Washington in the State of Tennessee, finding myself in a weak state of body but being sound of mind and memory, and, calling to mind that it is appointed unto all men to die, I do make and ordain, constitute and appoint the following, and none else, to be my last will and testament:
That is to say formally and first of all -- I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of God who gave it, nothing doubting but that I shall again receive the same at the last day by the Almighty Power of God. I recommend my body to the dust from whence it came to be buried in a descent and Christian-like manner - at the discretion of my executors. As to such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I do devise, order and dispose of in the manner and form following; that is to say: First of all, I do allow all my lawful debts to be paid out of my estate. After such payment is made, I allow my beloved wife, Hannah Blair, to have such household furniture, such as beds, covering, all kinds of drapery, wares, etc., and that she have the same at her disposal during her natural life, at the end of which she may dispose of them at her pleasure; and also that she have one horse called Buck and her choice of two cows now on the place. That the two girls, Polly and Racheal Blair, shall have out of my estate as much as will make them equal to those that are married and gone - that is to say to that that they got when they went away. After the above reservations are made, it is my will that the whole and balance of my estate be exposed to public sale so as to ascertain the value of the whole amount of the estate and that the money to be equally divided into six equal parts, and that my son Hugh Blair, and my son Thomas Blair have one equal part divided between them - one half each; That my son, Samuel, have one full part to himself; That my son, John Blair, have one and one half equal parts to himself; That my grandson, Josiah Blair, have one half of one equal part; That the fifth part be equally divided among my five daughters; and that the remaining whole part shall be given to my said wife, Hannah Blair. The above mentioned sale of the estate is to take place at the discretion of my executors. From the time Mr. Nelson's time is out at the mill, until such sale shall take place, Josiah Blair is to take the mill into possession and have one third of what he makes from her, the other two thirds to the support of the family, provided my son, John Blair have his grinding fee of toll during the time, on the condition that he assist in keeping the mill in order. In testimony, that this and no other is my last will and testament, and that I do hereby revoke and disallow all former wills, and testaments that I might have heretofore made and subscribed, and hereby constitute and ordain this, and this only to be my last will and testament. Witness my hand and seal, this the twenty-first day of November, eighteen hundred and nineteen. Codicil - I do hereby constitute and appoint William Carmicheal, my son in law, my son John Blair, and my wife Hannah Blair to be my sole executors of this my last will and testament. John Blair
Signed, sealed and ratified in the presence of us - John Strain, Joseph Nelson, John Robinson".
Washington Co. TN Willbook 1, page 445, 28 April 1820. (Will was probated January 1820 and one source says on page 126-127, not 445 of Willbook).
John gave his sons, William, James, Samuel, and Hugh land in Roane county, Tennessee where they settled about 1790; the land was Cherokee territory at the time. They established Blair's Ferry soon after 1790. That part of Roane county is now Loudon, Tennessee. Hugh, William, James, and Samuel Blair were the founders of Loudon, Tennessee.
The Children of John "the Miller" & Jane (Gamble) Blair:
I. Rev. Ellison Thomas Blair ("Tom"): He was born on June 6, 1780 in Guilford county, North Carolina (one source says he was born between 1771 and 1774, probably in Guilford county, North Carolina. Another source says he was born in Jonesboro, Washington county, Tennessee). Tom went west, probably to Indiana (according to Goodspeed's history) after a short stay at Blair's Ferry. He was married twice: (1) to a Miss Carson in 1799 in Tennessee and (2) Hannah Stone on May 5, 1802 in Tennessee. Hannah was born on August 14, 1786 and died on January 16, 1857. They lived near Madisonville, Tennessee. Hannah's father was Major Ezekiel Stone; he was a Revolutionary War soldier. (Ezekiel Stone's home for a while was in Indiana, but he came back to Tennessee). (Note: There is a controversy regarding Hannah Stone: Another source says that Thomas Blair married Hannah Smith. They said she was the daughter of Richard Smith and that she married Thomas on May 5, 1802. They agreed to publicly dissolve their marriag; this appeared in the Newspaper and Washington Advertiser on November 5, 1803. Was Hannah Smith the same person as Hannah Stone or was this an additional wife?). Tom Blair died on October 28, 1866 (One source says he died on October 28, 1868 in Georgetown (Hamilton county), Tennessee. Tom and Hannah had the following children:
A. Ezekiel Stone Blair: He was born on November 15, 1807 in Blount county, Tennessee. He married Jane Henry. They had the following children: 1. Thomas Blair: He was born on July 6, 1836 in Cherokee county, Alabama. He married Nancy E. Newberry in 1868; central Alabama was their home. They had the following children: a. Samuel Ed Blair: He was born on September 23, 1873 in Cherokee county, Alabama. He married Lela Tatum; they had the following children: (1. Mary Alice Blair: She was born on June 13, 1904 in Denton county, Texas. She married Gilmer G. Aycock. They had the following children: (a. Bill W. Aycock: He was born on August 21, 1925 in Lorenzo, Texas. He married Jane Everline. 2. John Spencer Blair: He married Frances C. Morgan. 3. William Pleasant Blair: He married Fannie Andrews. B. Josiah or Joseph Blair: (Note: Josiah is mentioned in John "the Miller"'s will). He was born on March 18 (Dec. 23?), 1800 in Virginia (possibly in 1804). He married Jane Taylor ("Jinny" or "Jane"); she was born on January (May?) 18, 1801 in Virginia. She died on October 3, 1862; her age at death was 61 years, 4 months, and 15 days. Her parents were William Taylor and Margaret Carmichael. (Note: Jane Taylor is an ancestor of Blair Jones of Alabama; he was the founder of the Jones/ Blair paint company). Josiah died on February 20, 1874. They had the following children: 1. Margaret Jane Blair: She died on September 21, 1836 (35?) at the age on one year, one month, and seven days (or 1 year, 10 months, and 27 days). She is buried at Steeke cemetery in Tennessee. 2. James Gamble Blair: He was born on June 26, 1829 in Roane county, Tennessee. He married Margaret Elizabeth Carmichael. They had the following children: a. Wiley Blair: He was born on March 26, 1865 in Augusta, Georgia. He married Josephine Foster. They had the following children: (1. Edwin Foster Blair: He was born on November 15, 1901 in Weatherford, Texas. He married Rosemary Kane. They had the following children: (a. Edwin James Blair: He was born on November 7, 1936 in New York, New York. He married Jean du Pont. 3. Mahala Blair: 4. Sarah Blair: 5. Wiley Blair: 6. Leroy Taylor Blair: 7. John D. Blair: 8. William Taylor Blair: 9. Thomas Joseph Blair: C. William Wiley Blair: D. James Anderson Blair ("Anderson"): E. Ellison Thomas Blair Jr.: F. Jane Blair: G. Marion Blair: H. Katherine Blair: I. Martha Blair: She did not marry. J. Mary Blair: She married a Mr. Matthews. K. Samuel Jefferson Blair: L. Nancy Louise Blair: She married a Mr. Walker.
II. Hugh Blair ("Lame Hugh"): He was born on January 3, 1774 in Guilford county, North Carolina. He was not married, but died on January 18, 1841 in Loudon county, Tennessee. He is buried in Steeke cemetery. Hugh migrated to Loudon county, Tennessee where he became a co-founder and the first postmaster of Blair's Ferry, which is now Loudon, Tennessee. Hugh was lame as the result of rheumatism in childhood, or present day infantile paralysis. (Note: The above information about Hugh Blair is based upon J.G.M. Ramsey's book, Annals of Tennessee, published in 1882). Hugh always made his home with his brother James.
(Below is another interpretation of Hugh's line based upon Emma M. Well's book, History of Loudon County, Tennessee): Hugh Blair was the son of Revolutionary War soldier, John Blair. He was married and had the following children:
A. Polly Blair: She was born on January 5, 1810. B. Jenny Blair: She was born on November 3, 1811. C. James Blair: He was born on September 9, 1813. D. Frankie Blair: He was born on September 27, 1815. E. Vinson Blair: He was born on January 23, 1819. F. Betsey Blair: She was born on May 25, 1821. G. Hugh Blair: He was born on January 11, 1825. (Note: Is is possible that this man is "lame Hugh"?). H. Patsy Ann Blair: She was born on June 11, 1831.
III. William R. Blair ("William"): He was born on March 1, 1775 (Tombstone: Aug.?) (One source says August 1, 1775 in Guilford county) possibly in Guilford county, North Carolina (One source says Washington county, Tennessee). He married Sarah Simmons (same as "Aunt Sally" Blair) on December 18, 1803 in Roane county, Tennessee. She was born sometime between 1780 and 1790; she died in 1843 (Another source says 1849). William and Sally lived on a fine river farm about two miles above Loudon on which they raised their family. About 1830, R.M. Edwards was riding behind her to bring her mare back. She was going to Blair's Ferry on the Tennessee river, now known as Loudon, Tennessee. Suggested dates for William's death include December 18, 1825; March 18, 1843 (Tombstone) in Loudon county, Tennessee; and March 16, 1813. (One source says William's wife died six years after William. This would seem to confirm the 1843 date for William if her death date was 1849). He is buried in Steeke cemetery in Loudon county, Tennessee. This family migrated to Blair's Ferry, now Loudon, Tennessee; William was one of the co-founders of this town. They had the following children:
A. Racheal Blair: She was born on June 21, (11?), 1805 in Loudon county, Tennessee. She married Simon Eldridge ("Jefferson"; "Jeff") on July 24, 1823 in Roane county, Tennessee. He was born in Roane county in 1805. Rachael and Jeff settled about twenty miles above Chattanooga on a fine river farm. He died in 1842 at Friendship Community, Tennessee. His parents were Jesse Eldridge and Elizabeth Gardenhire. Racheal died in 1885 in Hamilton county, Tennessee. Their children include: 1. Jesse M. Eldridge: 2. Sarah Eldridge: 3. Dollie Eldridge: 4. Elizabeth Eldridge: 5. William Blair Eldridge: 6. John Blair Eldridge: 7. Simeon Eldridge: 8. James Eldridge: 9. Vincent Eldridge: B. John Blair: He was born on March 31, 1808 in Roane county (later, Loudon county), Tennessee. He married Mary C. Edwards ("Polly"; "Mary"; or "Molly") on March 19, 1833 in Tennessee. She was the only daughter of Edward Edwards. She was born on February 13, 1813 (Tombstone says February 15, 1811) in Virginia. John and Polly settled on a farm south of the Tennessee river, immediately opposite the point where the railroad strikes the river going east from Loudon. Mary C. (Edwards) Blair died on July 20, 1880. John Blair died on June 16, 1875; he and his wife are buried at Steeke cemetery in Loudon county, Tennessee. They had the following children: 1. Sally Blair: She married Oscar V. Harrison. 2. Sarah Jane Blair ("Sally"?): She married John Hall of Loudon, Tennessee. (One source says that a daughter, Sally, married Jack Hall, who lives on a farm on the Little Tennessee river. This source also says there were only two children of John and Polly Blair). 3. William Riley Blair: He was a prominent farmer of Loudon county, Tennessee. He occupied the old homestead. 4. 5. C. Polly Blair: She was born on January 5, 1810. She married Jackson Edwards. She died prior to 1887. (One source says Polly married John B. Edwards who settled in Pond Creek Valley. They raised 8-9 kids, who almost all went west, some to Arkansas, Missouri, Oregon, and Washington. D. Jennie Blair ("Jane"): She was born on November 3, 1811; she never married. She died on December 12, 1871. E. James A. Blair: He was born on September 9 (13?), 1813 in Loudon county, Tennessee. He married his cousin, Jane Gamble Blair, about 1832. She was born about 1836 in Loudon county, Tennessee (Note: Obviously, there is a date error here somewhere since she could not have married her before her birth). She was the daughter of old Sammy Blair. James ("Jim") and Jane Gamble Blair settled on a farm joining John Blair on the river opposite the Browder place. He joined the C.P. Church and became a celebrated minister in that church. James died prior to 1887 (Research Note: Is this the same as: Rev. James Blair, a Cumberland Presbyterian minister who was born on September 13, 1813 and died on March 9, 1871? He married Jane G. Blair; she was born on January 3, 1807 and died on May 14, 1859 at the age of 52 years, 4 months, and 11 days. They are both buried in the Steeke cemetery in Loudon county, Tennessee). They had the following children: 1. Alazanah Blair: 2. William Aston Blair: 3. Samuel Tate Blair: 4. James H.H. Blair: 5. John Nicholson Blair: 6. George Blair: F. Frances Blair ("Franklin"; "Frankey"): She was born on September 27, 1815 (16?) and died prior to 1887. She married George (or James) Pomeroy Carmichael in 1834; he was born on January 23, 1812 and died in 1888. He and Frankey settled on the lower end of Tellico Plains. His second marriage was to (2) Elizabeth Mary Henderson. He had a good farm at Tellico Plains, Tennessee. He lived at one time in Monroe county, Tennessee. Later, he moved to Montana, Missouri. They had the following children: 1. Margaret Elizabeth Carmichael: She was born on August 14, 1841. She married James Gamble Blair G. Vincent Blair: He was born on January 23, 1819 in Loudon county, Tennessee. He married Mary Huston (or Houston) Grigsby on February 16, 1845 in Monroe county, Tennessee. She was born on April 1, 1822 in Tennessee. They resided in Texas prior to 1887. She died on February 17, 1891 in Rusk county, Texas. Vincent died on August 4, 1902 in Rusk county, Texas. They had the following children: 1. Ann Blair: 2. Mary E. Blair: 3. Hannah Josephine Blair: She was born on December 13, 1852 in Rusk county, Texas. She married Charles Drury Wood. 4. James Blair: 5. Columbia Blair: 6. Laura Houston Blair: 7. John Houston Blair: H. Hugh S. Blair: He was born on January 2, 1825 in Loudon county (Roane county?), Tennessee. He married Sarah Elizabeth Grigsby about 1844 and then went to Texas. They resided in Texas prior to 1887. She was born on December 15, 1825 in Monroe county, Tennessee. She died in Rusk county, Texas on April 23, 1906. Hugh died on May 13, 1891 in Rusk county, Texas. They had the following children: 1. Charles Blair ("Billy Joe"): 2. America Blair ("Mecky"): 3. Tennessee Blair: 4. Sarah Margaret Blair: She was born on April 11, 1852 in Rusk county, Texas. She married John Henry Whitley. 5. Hugh Grigsby Blair: 6. Mary Caroline Blair: I. Patsy Ann Blair: She was born on June 11, 1831. She died prior to 1887. J. Elizabeth Blair ("Betsy"): She married Andrew Allen ("Andy"), who died before 1887. Andy Allen followed the saddler's trade in Philadelphia until about 1860, when he bought a farm north of town where he died many years later. He left a widow and a respectable family of children. Betsy resided in Loudon, Tennessee in 1887. K. Jane Gamble Blair: She was born on January 3, 1807 in Loudon, Roane county, Tennessee. She married Rev. James A. Blair. (Note: Another source lists Jane Gamble Blair as a child of Samuel Blair and Ann Rodgers).
(Misc. note: One source thought that William's fourth son could be Samuel, Alamo defender).
IV. Rev. James Blair: He was born in 1777, possibly in Guilford county, North Carolina (Other sources say Jonesboro, Washington county, Tennessee). He married Jane Carmichael ("Jennet" or "Jane") about 1798 - 99 in Washington county, Tennessee. She was born on January 11, 1775 (Her family was also an east Tennessee pioneer family. She was the daughter of John T. Carmichael and Isabella Pomeroy). She died and was buried on March 26, 1841 in Loudon, Loudon county, Tennessee; she has a tombstone on her grave at the Steeke cemetery in Loudon, Tennessee. James died on November 6, 1826 in Roane county, Tennessee (Other sources list death dates as 11/18/1826; 11/18/1823; 6/18/1858; one source lists his death in Loudon county, Tennessee at age 49). He was buried in the Steeke cemetery the next day in Loudon county next to his wife. This family migrated to Roane county, Tennessee where, with some of his brothers, founded Blair's Ferry, now known as Loudon, Tennessee. Three Blair brothers went to Loudon county, Tennessee in about 1838 and ran a family ferry for over 100 years. Blair's Ferry was kept by James Blair; it consisted only of a steamboat landing, a store, and a few houses. James and Jane remained in the vicinity of Blair's Ferry, where they accumulated considerable property and many slaves. James Blair was eulogized in his obituary in the Knoxville Enquirer on November 22, 1826. It was lengthy; it said that seven of his children survived him and that he was an upright and honest man. He operated a ferry on the Tennessee river at Blair's Ferry (Blair's Landing) for years.
Information regarding "Blair's Ferry": http://blairfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-lt-john-blair-miller-of-leesburg.html
John Blair's Timeline
April 28, 1750
South Carolina, United States
August 1, 1775
Guilford, North Carolina, United States
Washington, TN, USA
April 20, 1786
Washington County, Tennessee, United States
October 18, 1793
Tennessee, United States
December 17, 1819
Jonesborough, Washington County, Tennessee, United States