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William Blair and  Sarah Gray


My direct ancestor is child number 4. Frances Harvey Blair


               William Blair and Sarah Gray

William Blair ( 1794 Harrison Co KY-1847 Lawrence Co AR) son of John Blair [d-1808 Cape Girardeau Co MO], son of Margaret (1730 County Antrim-aft 1796 SC)  and  immigrant Thomas Blair.  (1729 County Antrim, IRE-1796 Chester Co SC).     Brother to Francis Preston Blair who in 1836 purchased The Blair House in Washington D.C., that is now the Vice-President's residence. Years ago, I tracked Sarah Gray back to Harrison Co KY.  (See Blair DNA Project.)  See Blair DNA Group 04   

Sarah Gray, b. c1797 in Kentucky, prob Harrison Co to ( ? Francis Gray, b. 1780 PA, bro to Wm Gray, b. 1779 PA); d. after 1871 in prob Palo Pinto Co TX. ...... probably sis to Isaac Calvin Gray who m. Elvira Bridgeman and had dau Sarah Darcus Gray, b. 1847 that m. 1870 Lamar Co TX to Joseph Wes Carden). .....a Gray hint.  ... Sarah Gray Blair was dau of Isaac Gray, sheriff of Jackson Co AR.  Sarah d- Jun 11, 1869 Palo Pinto Co TX.

1. George H. Blair b. , 1821 MO C Gir Co MO d. aft 1879, Fulton Co AR m. Elizabeth/Milly

2. female b. 1825-30 MO  d-bet 1840-1850 per 1840 Census

3. Newman Blair (1828 Franklin Co MO-Apr 17, 1863 Camp near Little Rock AR; m-1853 Lawrence Co AR to Angeline (Edwards) Blair Dillard, 2 ch

3. Wm. N "Bill" b. Feb 11, 1830  d. Apr 6, 1915, TX ?Stonewall Co m. Melissa Williams

**4. Francis Harvey Blair b-Jun 19, 1832 MO d-Nov 22, 1883, PPin Co TX m-Eliza Criswell

5. James C Blair b-Mar 1835 MO   d-Jan 28, 1865 Duvalls' Bluff AR

6. Thomas C Blair b. 1838 Lawrence Co AR d. aft 1863, ? Palo Pinto Co, TX ? single

7. ? Irvin Blair

Q U E R Y: Irvin Blair may belong.   Check 1830 Madison Co MO area for Wilmouths, Grounds, Gray, McDaniels.   Doubt that either he or Newman belong to our Blair.

1. George H Blair, m,1. in prob Lawrence Co AR in c1845 to Elizabeth K [b. in AL]. 1850 Fulton Co AR cen shows this fam next door to John Grounds 29 MO, Wilmouth 22 MO, Sarah Rebecca 1 AR.   Issue, 3 ch: Sarah Rebecca, b. 1847 AR; Wilmoth Jane Blair, 1848-1902 Eastland Co TX and m. George W. Grounds  /__ Blair/ Thomas Edson Ervin; and Matilda Ann, b-Jan 1850.

Geo m,2. in prob Fulton Co AR c1859 to Milly J __ [b. 1830 VA]. Geo pd 1879 Fulton Co AR taxes. Issue since 1850 cen:  William, b. 1857; Thomas, b. 1859; and David, b. 1864.

0. Newman Blair, m-Lawrence Co AR on Apr 26, 1853 to Angeline Edwards [b. 1828 AL], dau of prob ? the Sarah __ [b-1808 KY] and prob ? Miles Edwards [Apr 30, 1804 NC-Nov 22, 1862 Davidson Cem, Palo Pinto Co TX, very near the Parker Co line, found in 1860 Palo Pinto Co TX 191-177 w/ John 25 KY, West 21 MO, Sarah Wilmouth Edwards 19 MO, Columbia Edwards 11, Nancy Froust 11 TX, Victoria 5 TX.    Issue, min 1 ch: Mary, b. May 1860.   ....  3. Newman Blair b. 1828 MO, ? Franklin Co d. bef 1880, ? Fulton Co AR m. Angeline Edwards

...Miles Edwards common name, 1850 Carroll Co TN cen, one Miles Edwards (m-Sep 1, 1853 to Neely Stoker. Newman Blair on Jan 18, 1848 and Jan 19, 1853 dates on Lawrence Co land deeds: DB-F/129 and DB-I/91 buying and selling plot in Twp 16N Ran 3W Sec 35 SW 1/4. living in Union twp, Fulton Co AR. Newman possibly went to Gold Rush in CA w/ Henry Criswell for the 1850 cen. Angeline still there in 1870 but Newman isn't.   

N O T E: Newman pd taxes in 1861 on Sec's 30 and 31 in TWP 19N Ran 8W; interesting because Wm Gray paid taxes in 1861 on Sec 31 TWP 19N Ran 9W also. Remember: Sarah and known ch: lived in Sec 1 TWP 18N Ran 9W. Also paying taxes in 1853 on Sec 1 TWP 19N Ran 9W was Irvin BLAIR; ..... who was Irvin ?

3. William N. "Bill" Blair, m. prob Izard Co AR in c1849 to Melissa Ruth Williams [1829 Graves Co KY-1911 Stonewall Co TX], dau of Ruth Cobb [b-1803 Oglethorpe Co GA] and Wyatt Williams [b-1805 Oglethorpe Co GA, 1830 Graves Co KY cen]. lvd Myrtle Springs\Creek, south of Temple, Bell Co TX; Parker Co TX; Palo Pinto Co TX; maybe Coryell or Coleman Co TX; Callahan Co TX; Swensen, Stonewall Co TX. Capt in CSA, drove cattle to feed CSA regiments. initial N may be "Newton." both Brazos Valley Cem, Stonewall Co TX. Issue, 3 ch: Ruth Blair, b-1850; Sarah Josephine Blair, 1852-1946 Ward Co TX and m. Elliott Osborn Watkins; James Franklin Blair, 1856-1891 Callahan Co TX and m. Mary Elizabeth Hight.

**4. Francis Harvey Blair, m. prob Parker Co, TX on Mar 3, 1858 to Eliza A Criswell [1835 Izard Co AR-1920 Jackson Co OK], dau of Davis S Criswell [1895 York Co SC--1866 Parker Co TX] and Morning ( ? Estabrook) [b. in TN]. Frank was a saddlemaker, gunsmith, and wagonwright. Built first bldg in Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto Co TX. Frank served with Wm G. Preston April 21-Jun 30, 1858 at Camp Runnels TX; Confederate TX 2nd Reg, Co H. Do not know burial cite. Issue, 8 ch: Sarah W "Sally," 1859-1937 Parker Co TX and m. Jim Blackman; Matilda Lee, 1860-1942 Jackson Co OK and m. Jeff Hall; **Frances Elzada "Fanny," 1863-1935 Garvin Co OK and m. Geo Theodore Adkins; John, b. 1864 d young; Wm, b. 1865 d. young; Ida Virginia, 1870-1967 Jackson Co OK and m. Marshall Thorp; Laura Ann "Annie," b. 1875 and m. __ Scott.

6. James C. Blair, CSA: Alexander's 34th Cav, Co F; Union: AR 3th Cav. Company M

7. Thomas C Blair (maybe Thos E Blair), prob the Sharp Co AR Thos Caswell Blair not ours.



Tue, Feb 10, 2009 03:29 AM  Audie Grounds <>

My Grounds, Blair lineage is here. I researched my grandmother Mary Conner, who was married to John Wesley Grounds, who father was George W. Grounds, born 1840 and Wilmuth Jane Blair, who was daughter to George H. Blair, 1st born to William and Sarah Gray. The 2nd born only list female born 1825-1830, who I believe was named Wilmoth, George and Francis sister, who on the 1850 Fulton Co., Arkansas census, is in Dwelling 11:
Grounds, John C. born 1821
Grounds, Wilmoth B. 1828
Grounds, Sarah Rebecca born 1849
McDaniel, Susan, age 13, born 1837 in MO
McDaniel, David, age
Dwelling 11

I want to buy your book. It has a lot of history of my Grounds/Blair/Conner/McDonald families. I did want to tell you that on the

1850 Fulton County, Arkansas census, Dwelling 11:

Grounds, John, age 29, born 1821 MO
Grounds, Wilmoth, age 22, born 1828 MO****
Grounds, Sarah Rebecca, age 1, b-1849 Arkansas
and shows in Dwelling 12:
Blair, George H., age 29, born 1821 MO
Blair, Elizabeth, age 23, born 1827 AR
Blair, Sarah Rebecca, age 3, born 1847 AR
Blair, Wilmoth Jane, age 2, born 1848 AR
Blair, Matilda Ann, Age 7 mos., born 1850 AR
I believe Wilmoth (b-1828) married to John Grounds, is your Francis H. Blair's and my George H. Blair's sister. I think she was the 1st female born to William and Sarah. I also feel like my Wilmoth Jane Blair (b-1848) who married George W. Grounds, was probably named for her.
Also from Dwelling 2 to Dwelling 12 are either Grounds, Blairs or Underwoods. Dwelling 10 shows:
Blair, Sarah, age 53, born 1797, KY
Blair, Francis H., age 17, born 1833 MO - your lineage
Blair, James, age 15, born 1835 MO
Blair, Thomas, age 12, born 1838 AR
John Whitman, age 40, born 1810 PA
Sarah C. Richardson, age 18, born 1932 MO
I believe this is Sarah Gray and children at still, with George and sister Wilmoth living next door with their families.

 I ask you if you might know how Sarah Underwood fits into these families. My GGGrandfather Peter Grounds is living in Dwelling 7 with 13 people listed in the home. ggrandfather, George W. (C) is 10 years old here, and it list Elizabeth Wells, age 13, Sevier McDaniel (later used name McDonald), age 6, and David Underwood, age 14.  .I know the Grounds' (head) are brothers, but I can not figure out who the Underwood group is related to.  Maybe the Grounds' just took David in because it shows her with no husband and 5 children still at home ages 18, 16, 12, 9. and 2. She had to be overwhelmed being 40 with a 2-yr-old and 4 other children to care for.   I believe this Sevier McDaniel is son to Elizabeth Grounds, born 1820, who married William McDaniel (McDonnell/ McDonald). I suspect she may have died before 1850 and her brother Peter, took him in.

Is all I have to do is send you a check for the books, if so, who do I make it out to and total amount you require.
Thank you so much by emailing me you website and solving some mysteries.

I have added a new article:

Look at the bottom of the above linked page to see the new article:

"Corrected Lineage of the Blair of Blair Line in Scotland"
Submitted by William Campbell Blair, M.D.

It is in PDF format.

Debbie Owen   <>  Wed, Nov 10, 2010 06:50 PM

Debbie Owen  <<> Sun, Nov 18, 2012 05:42 PM same web site

Here is the link to the Blair History website. It has all of the information that I have gathered.

http://www.sil      Debbie Owen


Date : Tue, Jul 15, 2014 06:26 PM

From:  Patsy Wright Moore

When my aunt Eva Wright Grice died, I received a packet of information and a letter dated November 24, 1993, from Blair Researcher, Patti Adkins Rochette who at that time lived in Kansas City, Mo saying she had also contacted another of my aunts, Mabel Wright Davis asking questions about their parents Francis Walter Wright and Zena Lugenia Ervin and their parents -- Zena's parents being Thomas Edson Ervin and Wilmoth Jane Blair which I gather from my online research ties in to your William Blair and Sarah Gray line. There are papers in the packet--I don't know if these are copies of what Aunt Eva sent to you or you gave to her. There are stories about Grandpa Ervin (Thomas Edson) and his family.




James C. Blair



his CSA & Union records




Alexander's 34th TX Cav, Co F






4th AR Cav.

Company M


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