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Blair family papers, 1784-ca. 1895.
Blair family.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 143 (cont'd in MSA 144)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Blair family.
Title : Blair family papers, 1784-ca. 1895.
Physical Description : 1 linear ft. (2 boxes).
Summary :

The collection consists of family letters, receipts, account books, miscellaneous local school and church records and photographs related to three generations of Barnet farmers. The important individuals in the papers are, Robert Blair (1755-1821), his sons, John (b. 1785), Robert (1790-1806?), Alexander (1792-1883), and Joseph (1796-1878), and the latter's son, Gilbert (1838-1915). The papers in the collection date from 1784 and extend through the end of the nineteenth century.

About half of the collection relates to Robert Blair and includes letters written to him between 1786 and 1818 by family members who remained in Scotland. Robert's son, Alexander, wrote a smaller group of letters to his family between 1815 and 1819 when he was living in Corydon, Indiana.

Materials related to Joseph Blair (1796-1878), comprise approximately a quarter of the collection. Although these consist largely of his account books and receipts, the papers reflect Joseph's responsibilities as a trustee of Barnet's Third School District and as treasurer of the Barnet Presbyterian Meeting House. A few letters to Joseph from his Scottish relatives in 1827, continue the connection with that branch of the family established by his father.

The remainder of the collection consists of a few receipts signed by Robert's sons Alexander and John, and an undated account book that belonged to Joseph's son, Gilbert. Photographs in the collection include portraits of Joseph and Marion G. Blair (ca. 1850) as well as pictures of Gilbert, his sister Jane, and his six children at the family farm (ca. 1895).

Biographical or historical data :

Robert Blair (1755-1821) was born in Bucklyvie, Stirlingshire, Scotland. He married Margaret McLuckie (or McLackie?) (1753-1833) in 1784 in Greenock, Scotland, and soon after settled in Barnet, Vt. They had eight children including four sons: John (b. 1785), Robert (1790-ca. 1806), Alexander (1792-1883), and Joseph (1796-1878). Alexander Blair lived in Corydon, Indiana, from 1815 to 1819; by 1823, he had returned to Barnet, was farming and had married Jean Gilfillan (b. ca. 1887), daughter of Robert Gilfillan of that town.

Joseph Blair married Marion Gilfillan (1803-1861), the daughter of Robert and Jean (McIndoe) Gilfillan in 1823. Joseph farmed the Barnet homestead. Their children included Jane (1825-1911); Margaret and Phebe who were children when they died in May 1842; and, Gilbert (1838-1915) who worked the family farm. Gilbert married Elizabeth Batchelder (b. 1850) of Ryegate in 1877. Their daughter, Nellie Marion (1880-1979), married Frank Gould Shaw (dates?) in 1905.

Corporate Subject : Third School District Barnet, Vt.
Barnet Presbyterian Meeting House.
Subject Term : Church records and registers Vermont Barnet.
Schools Records and correspondence.
Geographic Term : Barnet (Vt.) Social life and customs.
Corydon (Ind.) Social life and customs.
Scotland Social life and customs.
Genre/Form : Accounts.
Added Author : Blair, Robert, 1755-1821.
Blair, John, b. 1785.
Blair, Robert, 1790-[1806?].
Blair, Alexander, 1792-1883.
Blair, Joseph, 1796-1878.
Blair, Gilbert, 1838-1915.
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