Matilda Jane Ridgeway (Blair)

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Matilda Jane Ridgeway (Blair)

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Oregon, United States
Death: August 19, 1920 (66)
Buell, Polk, Oregon, United States
Place of Burial: Masonic Cemetery, Sheridan, Yamhill, Oregon, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Rainey Rainey Blair and Emeline (Buell) Blair
Wife of John or William Ridgeway and William Ridgeway
Mother of William Ridgeway and Lloyd Ridgeway

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About Matilda Jane Ridgeway (Blair)

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Cyrus Blair, an enterprising farmer of Polk county, was born on his father’s donation claim in this county, January 1, 1859. Of his life and ancestry we make the following brief record:

           The Blairs originated in Ireland. Grandfather Blair emigrated from the Emerald Isle and settled in Virginia, where his son, Thomas R. Blair, father of the subject of this sketch, was born in the year 1818. In 1844 Mr. Thomas R. Blair crossed the plains to Oregon with ox teams. After his safe arrival in Oregon, Mr. Blair located 640 acres of land on Mill creek, five miles southwest of where the town of Sheridan now is. He was among the very earliest pioneers of that part of Polk county, and made a choice selection of land. Soon after his arrival here he married Miss Emeline Buell. They built a cabin on their claim and began pioneer life in a primitive manner. Mr. Blair engaged in farming and stock-raising, and by an honest and industrious life was prospered. He interested himself in every thing that pertained to the well-being of the settlers and the growth and development of the State. He was a Republican in politics, and was nominated by his party as a candidate for the State Legislature, but declined the honor. He was Postmaster for a time and also held the office of Justice of the Peace. He helped to organize the Mill Creek Grange, No. 91, was an officer in the lodge, and did all he could to improve the condition of his neighbors and himself. Three of their nine children died in infancy. The others have grown to be respected citizens of their native State. Nathan, the oldest, is a blacksmith, and resides near the old homestead; Matilda, is the wife of William Ridgeway; William A., is married and resides on a farm in this vicinity; Sarah A., lives with her sister, Mrs. Ridgeway; Thomas E. is married and lives on a farm two miles and a half from the told home. The mother of these children died July 6, 1877. She was a member of the Methodist Church, and hers was a beautiful character, a representative pioneer woman, a devoted wife, a loving mother, and an earnest Christian. About a year after her death, Mr. Blair married Miss Emma Cosand. Their only child they named Lloyd R. Mr. Blair died on his farm March 16, 1884. He led an upright and industrious life, was prospered in his undertakings, and raised a respectable family.
           Cyrus was reared on his father’ farm, attended the public school, and completed his education with a course in Portland Business College, graduating in 1885. He inherited ninety-eight acres of his father’s donation claim, which portion included the family residence. All his life has been devoted to farming and stock-raising. Prosperity has attended his earnest efforts, he has added to the land he inherited, and is now the owner of 298 acres, located on a beautiful little stream in a picturesque and rich portion of Polk county.
           August 16, 1885, he married Miss Elizabeth L. Miller, a native of Yam Hill county, and a daughter of R.J. Miller. They have three children: Richard R., Velna M., and Madie E., all living; and one, Cyrus W., deceased.
           Mr. Blair is a member of the Grange, and is Secretary of his lodge. He affiliates with the Republican party. 
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Matilda Jane Ridgeway (Blair)'s Timeline

December 29, 1853
Oregon, United States
August 6, 1886
Age 32
April 4, 1889
Age 35
August 19, 1920
Age 66
Buell, Polk, Oregon, United States
Masonic Cemetery, Sheridan, Yamhill, Oregon, United States