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Alexander Blair
b.ABT 1707 Ulster, Ireland
d.BEF 4 APR 1791 Augusta County, Virginia
  • F.  Blair (add)
m. Bef. 1704
  1. Alexander BlairABT 1707 - BEF 1791
  2. James BlairAbt 1720 - Bef 1789
m. Abt. 1728
  1. John BlairAbt 1729 - Bef 1808
  2. James BlairBET 1732 AND 1734 - BEF 1810
  3. Mary BlairABT 1733 -
  4. William Blair, of Naked Creek1741 - 1803
  5. Alexander Blair1744 - 1798
  6. Philip Blair1746 -
  7. Samuel Blair1750 - BEF 1784
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Name Alexander Blair
Gender Male
Birth? ABT 1707 Ulster, Ireland
Marriage Abt. 1728 to Jane Preston Scott
Death? BEF 4 APR 1791 Augusta County, Virginia

Alexander Blair was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia

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Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA

Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:


  • Alexander Blair acquired a tract of at least 400 acres, most likely near Naked Creek, a branch of the Shenandoah, which was adjoining land of his brother, James Blair. The record of the deed of this acquisition is most likely located in Orange County (the predecessor county of Augusta), Virginia records, where deeds were recorded prior to late 1744.
  • Page 432.--12th November, 1763. Hugh Donaghey and Elisabeth ( ) to Alexander Blair, £63, 144 acres on south side Middle River Shanando, crossing the Bald Hill. Teste: John Blear, Robert Stevenson, John Anderson. Delivered: Alex. Blair, Jr., January, 1766.


Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:


  • Page 507.--13th March, 1755. Alexander Blair to James Blair his son, 144 acres on Middle River, crossing the Bould Hill. Signed Alexander Blear. Delivered: James Blair, April, 1763.
  • Page 499.--20th March, 1764. Alex. Blair and Jean (Jany) to John Blair his son, £10, 102 acres on Long Glade, part of 400 acres on which Alex. lives; corner James Blair's land, joining James Anderson. Teste: John Hogshead, Isaac Carson.
  • Page 495.--17th July, 1766. Alexander Blair and Jean ( ) to Robert Reed, £78, 144 acres on Middle River Shanando, crossing the bald hill. Delivered: Robert Reed, March, 1766.

Will of Alexander Blair

  • Page 352.--13th July, 1784. Alexander Blair's will, taylor--To son, John, whole estate, he to pay, viz: to son, James, 6 shillings; to sons, William and Samuel (their heirs, as they are deceased), 6 shillings each. Executor, son John. Teste: William Young, Jno. Gamble, Ro. Gamble. Proved, 19th April, 1791, by Young and Jno. Gamble.


Record of Importation to Orange County, Virginia

Early Settlers, who transported themselves to the colonies, over the age of 16, were given "headrights" (grants of 50 acres of land per "head"), if they appeared in the Court of Common Pleas in the county in which the land was granted. The following person appeared in Orange County, Virginia court on 28 February 1739:

Alexander Blair, Jane (Alexander's wife), James, Mary & John Blair (from Ireland)


Processioning Lists of 1748 & 1759

"Processioning" was the process or periodically reviewing and agreeing upon property lines between settlers. Processioning Lists can be useful in determining the area of a settler and the neighboring settlers at a specific time period:
  • Page 23.--Thomas Stevenson and David Edmiston report, viz: 7th March, 1747-8, processioned for Alex. Blair, Robert Gamble, Wm. Erwin, Thomas Stevenson, John Karr, James Karr, Elizabeth Pickens, Robert Black; 12th March, 1747-8, processioned for Capt. Samuel Gay, now in Israel Christian's possession.
  • Page 269.-- 1759: Processioners Appointed - Alex. Crawford, Michael Hogshead, in Capt. George Moffett's Company. John Thompson and Alex. Stuart in Capt. Alex. Thompson's Company. Joans Henderson, Andrew Russell, in Capt. Robert Breakinridge's Company. Alex. Blair and John Melcom, in Capt. Daniel Smith's Company.

Records of Alexander Blair in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:


  • Page 64.--6th _____, 1746. Robert Poage. farmer, to Robert Gamble, weaver, £15 current money Virginia; 306 acres on west side Blue Ridge; corner to Alexander Blair; John Young's line. Witnesses, John Nuckens (Pickens), James Trimble, Silas Hart. Acknowledged, and dower released by Elizabeth, wife of Robert, 15th April, 1746.
  • Page 189.--Hugh Campbell to John Young. Naked Creek, part of 400 acres patented to Hugh, 25th September, 1746. Teste: John Francis, Alexander Blair, Wm. Preston, Esther, wife of Hugh.
  • Page 379.-- Daniel Gibson's will--Wife, Elizabeth Gibson, executrix. Teste: Alex. Blair, John Nickel, Robert Gambell. 28th August, 1751, no probate order.
  • Page 244.--27th December, 1751. John Cathey and Jaen, lately come from Ireland, now in the County of Augusta, intending to travel and settle in Carolina, to Samuel Wallace, 300 acres. In Beverley Manor, on Cathey's Creek, a middle branch of Shanando, part of 466 acres sold by Beverley to Wm. Cathey, 28th September, 1738, and by death of William (died intestate) descended to John, his oldest brother; corner John Trimble (formerly Wm. King); Hugh Young's and John Jamison's lines; Beverley Manor line; corner Morris O'Friel. Teste: Alexander Blear, Patrick Martin. Wm. McPhetters, James Scott, Morris O'Friel, James Berry.
  • Vol. 1 - 1753-1754, Pt. 1. - Alexander Blair signed petition to stop others outside of Augusta from bringing in liquor.
  • Page 265.--24 March, 1755. John (his __ mark) Nichel's will--To wife. Barbara; to eldest son. John; to sons, Joseph and Isaac; to son, Thomas; to daughter, Elizabeth. Executors, wife Barbara and her brother, Andrew McCombe. Teste: Alexander Blair, James Reburn. Proved, 17th August, 1774, by the witnesses. Executors qualify (Barbara's __ mark) with John Poage, Joseph Reburn.
  • Page 178.--19th April, 1755. Mathew Erwin's will: to wife, Elizabeth; to daughter, Gennet Erwin, alias Johnson; to daughter, Jean Erwin, alias Jamison; to daughter, Agnes; to daughter, Mary Erwin, alias Francis; to daughter, Ellinor Erwin, alias Patterson; to daughter, Elizabeth Erwin; to daughter, Ann Erwin, alias Anderson. Executrix, wife Elizabeth. John Francis to be overseer. Teste: James Bell, Alex. Blair, Edward Warner. Proved, 18th August, 17G2, by Bell and Warner. Elizabeth refuses to execute. Administration granted John Francis, who qualifies, with James Bell, William Frame.
  • Page 242.--17th May, 1758. Saml. Craig's bond (with Jno. Young, Alex. Blair) as guardian (appointed) to Jane Bell, orphan of James Bell.
  • Land Survey in Augusta County - James Blair, 60 acres, Long Glade. Adjoining Alexander Blair, James Blair, William Frame. June 12, 1761. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 4].
  • Vol. 1 - MARCH 20, 1765. - (236) Road from the Duck Ponds to Alexr. Blair's.
  • Page 136.--18th October, 1769. James Blair and Jean ( ) to John Graham, mortgage, £44, 220 acres; Hugh Campbell's line; corner Alexander Blair. Teste: Randal Lockhart, Archibald Armstrong, Jos. Ray. Delivered: Wm. Young, 6th March, 1772.
  • Page 84.--17th November, 1772. John Poage to Rev. John Craig, John Anderson, Robert Poage, Alexander Blair, James Allen, Sr., Alexander Walker, Michael Dickey. James Henderson, Andrew McComb, James Allen, Jr., George Moffett, being the session and regularly chosen for the Congregation of Augusta or Stone Meeting House and appointed as Commissioners to act in behalf of said congregation and to accept and take a title for a tract of 27 acres for the sole use of a Dissenting Presbyterian Congregation as a place of Public Worship. Patent to John Poage, 14th July, 1769, corner old brick kiln.
  • Page 166.--14th July, 1776. James Gamble's will--To wife, Agness, tract cor. Alex. Blair; cor. the land that was Alex. Craig, Sr.'s; the spring house that belonged to Alex. Craig, Jr.; cor. John Young; cor. James Anderson; to son, Robert, tract cor. Alex. Blair, cor. Alex Craig, Sr.; to son, John, land on both sides Middle River; to daughters, Sarah, Agness, Elizabeth, Esther. Executors, John Poage and beloved brother Thomas Bell and son Robert Gamble. Teste: James Bell, William Frame, William Young. Proved, 15th May, 1781, by the witnesses, and Robert Gamble qualifies.
  • Tithables, 1783; in Capt. Givens's and Campbell's Companies: Alex. Blair and son John.
  • Vol. 1 - MARCH, APRIL AND MAY, 1785 (F). - Wm. and Samuel Anderson vs. Wm. Young.--On 29th May, 1781, Alexander Blair was so aged and infirm that he could not attend Court. Alexander deposes, 1st August, 1781: About 40 years ago he got the surveyor, Mr. Hume, to survey the land in question for his brother, James Blair and himself. Writ, 16th May, 1780. Grant by George II to James Blair, 10th March, 1756. (Note: this proves that James and Alexander Blair were brothers).
  • Vol. 2 - Page 119--Alexr. Blair deposes, 1781, about 40 years ago he and his brother, James Blair.
  • Vol. 2 - JUDGMENTS. - SEPTEMBER, 1800 (H to Z). - William Graham vs. William Hartsook--Ejectment. Deposition, 1781, of Alexander Blair, brother of James Blair. They were chain coiners about 40 years ago.

Information on Alexander Blair

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=AHN&db=norvan&id=I307610

24. Alexander Blair was born Abt 1707 in Ulster, Ireland, and died Bef 4 Aug 1791 in Augusta Co, VA. He was the son of 48. Alexander Blair.

25. Jane Preston Scott was born Abt 1710 in Ireland, and died in Augusta County, Virginia. She was the daughter of 50. James Scott.

Children of Jane Preston Scott and Alexander Blair are:
i. James Blair was born 1737 in Ireland, and died Bef 20 Nov 1810 in Granger Co, TN. He married Catherine King Bef 1763, daughter of Robert King and Catherine. She was born Bef 1749 in , Orange, Virginia, and died Aft 15 Nov 1814 in , Grainger, Tennessee.
ii. John Blair was born Abt 1729 in Ireland, and died Bef 26 Dec 1808 in Augusta County, Virginia. He married Jane Robertson in Augusta County, Virginia. She was born Abt 1745, and died 1808 in Augusta County, Virginia.
iii. Mary Blair was born Abt 1735. She married Crawford. She married John Poage 3 Jun 1751, son of Robert Poage and Elizabeth Preston. He was born 1726 in Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania, and died 1789 in Augusta Co., Virginia.
iv. William Blair was born 5 Jul 1741 in Augusta County, Virginia, and died Nov 1803 in Augusta County, Virginia. He married Margaret Brown (Note: This appears to be incorrect. William Blair, son of Alexander Blair clearly had died prior to the writing of his father's will in 1784. Other sources have his wife as Elizabeth Downey, daughter of Samuel Downey).
v. Samuel Blair was born 1750 in Augusta County, Virginia, and died Bef 13 Jul 1784 in Augusta County, Virginia.
vi. Philip Blair.
vii. Alexander Blair was born 18 Apr 1744 in Augusta County, Virginia.
viii. Phillip Blair was born Jul 1746 in Augusta County, Virgini
ix. Elizabeth Blair. She married Joseph Byers.
x. Jean Blair.





http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~familyleaves/family_centers/blair/augustablair.html

Blairs in Augusta County, Virginia, & Grainger County, Tennessee

Introduction

"Stretched before us we see a rare and magnificent valley--a paradise." Governor Spotswood's comment upon his group's discovering the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in 1716 proved to be a sentiment shared by many immigrant families. Immigrants came both by boat from abroad and they also traveled south from Pennsylvania and elsewhere on the east coast.


According to one prominent Blair family researcher, the immigrant ancestors for our branch of the Blair family were Alexander (born abt. 1713) and Jane Preston Scott Blair. Alexander and Jane appear in Orange County, Virginia, Headright records on 28 Feb 1739, along with their children, James, Mary, and John. These Blairs were of the group many modern historians call the "Scotch-Irish", as were many other immigrants entering Virginia at that time. Though, Alexander and Jane Blair entered Virginia from Ireland, it is unlikely they had any Irish bloodlines. They were to settle in what is now Augusta County, Virginia.


Research

It is James, son of Alexander and Jane Preston Scott Blair, who is believed to be the progenitor of the Blairs in Grainger County, Tennessee. There is no absolute proof that ties that James to our ancestor, James Blair, of Grainger County, Tennessee, but there is some circumstantial evidence, as follows:

1) A James Blair married Kitrin (Irish for Catherine?) King, daughter of Robert King, abt 1755 in Augusta County, Virginia (per the will of Robert King)....our James Blair in Grainger Co., Tennessee, was married to a Catherine.

2 ) Records of an 1806 Augusta County, Virginia, court case involving Alexander Blair's heirs state, "...of these, James Blair has lived a long time in Tennessee or among the Indians of that quarter, and John Blair lives in North Carolina." ....our James Blair lived in Tennessee and received several North Carolina land grants in Tennessee, as early as 1787. Though the records of various Tennessee counties show that several other James Blairs (too many!) lived in eastern Tennessee at the time our James lived in Grainger County, we have thus far found no other James with a wife named Catherine. With these two pieces of information, some Blair family researchers have concluded that the two James Blairs are one and the same. I would add that Hawkins and Grainger County and other county land records do seem to tie the Grainger County Blairs to a Robert King, which is another interesting thing. Could this be a relative to Robert, Kitrin (Catherine) King's father? At this point, having looked at Grainger county records and having viewed the reasoning and research of other researchers, I tend to think the two James Blairs are likely the same man. I feel, though, that more research needs to be done in both Tennessee and Virginia before I'd feel comfortable coming to a definite conclusion.

Along with James Blair, several other Blairs appear in the records of Hawkins and Grainger County, Tennessee. On 8 March 1790, Alex Blair, James Blair, and William Blair were listed as voters in Hawkins County. (Note that Grainger County was formed in 1796 from portions of Hawkins and Knox Counties.) Josiah Blair, Robert Blair, and Col. John Blair are also listed in various records. We can identify most of the Blairs found in early land and court records in Hawkins and Grainger counties (sons & grandsons of the original James), but we are not sure yet if Col. John Blair, who lived in another part of the county, was an older son of James or, perhaps, his brother. In any case, James served for a time as an executor to Col. John Blair's estate after Col. Blair died in 1793.


http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/va/augusta/land/b4600001.txt VIRGINIA Land Office Patent and Grants, Augusta County:Alexander Blair

File contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives by: Richard Cottrell <rjc@@web-access.net>


         24 Mar 1740     Patent Number 19     1739-41     Page 938/938

Original Document: Library of Virginia <a href="http://198.17.62.51/LONN/LO-1/017/301-400.html">http://198.17.62.51/LONN/LO-1/017/301-400.html</a>

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Transcription:

Alexander Blair George the second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France

                       and Ireland

360 acres King Defender of the Faith To all to whom these Presents

                            shall come yielding Known that for diverse good Causes and 
                            Consideration but more

Especially for and in Consideration of the Importation of Five Persons to dwell within this our colony and Dominion of Virginia whose names are Alexander Blair, James Blair, Jane Blair, Mary Blair and John Blair as also for and in Consideration of the sum of Fifteen Shillings of good and lawful Money for our use paid to our Receiver General of our Revenues in this our said Colony and Dominion We Have given granted and Confirmed and by those Present for us our Heirs and Successors do give grant and confirm unto Alexander Blair one certain Tract or Parcel of Land containing Three hundred and sixty acres lying and being in that part of Orange County called Augusta on a Draft of the North River of Shanando called the long glade and Bounded as followeth (to wit) Beginning at two whites Oaks on the side of a ridge Thenceforth sixty one Degrees West one hundred and four Poles to a white Oak Thence South twenty more Degrees East twenty Poles to a white Oak Thence South sxity one Degrees West eighty four Poles to three white Oaks corner to James Anderson North seven Degrees West three hundred and forty six Poles to a white Oak and Hickory North eighty three Degrees East one hundred and eighty eight Poles to a spanish Oak and black Oak and Thence South four and an half Degrees East three hundred and eighteen Poles to the Beginning With all Woods Underwoods Swamps Marshes Lowgrounds Meadows Feedings and his due Share of all Veins Mines and Quarries as well discovered as not discovered within the bounds aforesaid and being part of the said Quantity of three hundred and sixty Acres of Land and the Rivers Waters and Water Courses therein contained together with the Privileges of Hunting Hawking Fishing Fowling and all other Profits Commodities and Hereditaments whatsoever to the same or any part thereof belonging or in anywise Appertaining To have hold Possess and Enjoy the said Tract or Parcel of Land and all other the before granted Promises and every part thereof with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said Alexander Blair and to his heirs and assigns forever To the only Use and Behoos of him the said Alexander Blair his Heirs and Assigns forever To be held of us our Heirs and Successors as of our Mannor of East Greenwich in the County of Kent in Free and Common Loccage and not in Capitive or by Knights Service Yielding and Paying unto us our Heirs and Successors for every fifty acres of Land and in Proportionably for a lessor or Greater Quantity than fifty Acres the Fee Rent of one Shilling Yearly to be paid upon the Feast of Saint Michael the ArchAngel and also Cultivating and Improving three Acres part of every fifty of the Tract abovementioned within three years after the Date of these Presents Provided always that if three years of the said For Rent shall at any time be in arrear and Unpaid or if the said Alexander Blair his Heirs or Assigns do not within the space of three Years next coming after the Date of these Presents Cultivate and Improve three Acres part of every fifty of the Tract abovementioned Then the Estate hereby granted shall Cease and be Utterly Determined and thereafter it shall and may be Lawful to and for us our Heirs and Successors to Grant the same Lands and Premises with the appurtenances unto such other Person or Persons as we our Heirs and Successors shall think fit In Witness our Trusty and Welbeloved James Blair Clerk President of our Council and Commander in Cheif of our said Colony and Dominion at Williamsburgh under the Seal of our said Colony this twenty fourth day of March One thousand seven hundred and forty In the Fourteenth Year of our reign. Ex: James Blair (signature)


Augusta County Alexander Blair 3 Nov 1750 Patent Number 30 1750-52 Page 392 Original Document: Library of Virginia

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Transcription:

Alexander Blair George the second by the Grace of God of Great Britian France and Ireland 144 Acres King Defender of the Faith gc. To all to whom these Presents shall come

yielding Knowye that for diverse good Causes and Consideration but more
especially for and in Consideration of the Sum of Fifteen Shillings of good
and lawful Money for our use paid to our Receiver General of our Revenues
in this our Colony and Dominion of Virginia We have Given Granted and
confirmed and by these Present for us our Heirs and Successors Do give
grant and Confirm unto Alexander Blair one certain Tract or Parcel of Land 
containing one hundred and forty four Acres lying and being in the County
of Augusta and bounded as followeth, to wit, Beginning at a white oak and
spanish oak on the south side of the middle River of Shannando and running
thence Crossing the said River North one hundred and seventy two Poles to
a large white oak Thence South fifty four Degrees East crossing the bauld
Hill two hundred and forty Poles to a Hiccory and white oak on a Hill Side
Thence South twenty Degrees West eighty Poles to a Chestnut Oak a white
oak and Hiccory on a Hill Side Thence North seventy five Degrees West one
hundred and seventy four Poles to the Beginning With all Woods Underwoods
Swamps Marshes Lowgrounds Meadows Feedings and his due Share of all
Veins & Mines and Quarries as well discovered and not discovered within
the Boundsafore and being Part of the said Quantity of one hundred and forty
four Acres of Land and the River Waters and Water Courses therein contained
together with the Privileges of Hunting Hawking Fishing Fowling and all other
Profits Commodities and Hereditaments whatsoever to the same or any Part
thereof belonging or in anywise appertaining To have Possess and enjoy
the said Tract or Parcel of Land and all other the before granted Promises and
every part thereof with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said
Alexander Blair and to his heirs and assigns forever To the only Use and
Behoos of him the said Alexander Blair his Heirs and Assigns forever To be
held of us our Heirs and Successors as of our Mannor of East Greenwich in
the County of Kent in free and common loccage and not in Captive or by
Knights Service Yielding and Paying unto us our Heirs and Successors for
every fifty acres of Land and in Proportionably for a lessor or Greater Quantity
than fifty Acres the Fee Rent of one Shilling Yearly to be paid upon the Feast
of Saint Michael the ArchAngel and also Cultivating and Improving three
Acres part of every fifty of the Tract abovementioned within three years
after the Date of these Presents provided always that if three years of the said
For Rent shall at any time be in arrear and unpaid or if the said Alexander Blair
his Heirs or Assigns do not within the space of three Years next coming after
the Date of these Presents Cultivate and Improve three Acres part of every
fifty of the Tract abovementioned Then the Estate hereby granted shall Cease
and be Utterly Determined and thereafter it shall and may be Lawful to and
for us our Heirs and Successors to grant the same Lands and Premises with 
the appurtenances unto such other Person or Persons as we our Heirs and
Successors shall think fit In Witness whereof we have caused these our
Letters Patent to be made Witness our trusty and welbeloved Thomas Lee
Esq. President of our Council and Commander in Chief of our said Colony
and Dominion at Wmsburgh under the Seal of our said Colony the third
Day of November one thousand seven hundred fifty In the twenty fourth
Year of our Reign.
Exam.                              Thomas Lee.P. (signature)


Augusta County Alexander Blair 16 Aug 1756 Patent Number 34 1756-62 Page 126 Original Document : Library of Virginia

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Transcription:

Alex' Blair George the second gc. To all gc. Know ye that for diverse good Causes and

 40 Acres                   consideration but more especially for and in Consideration of the Sum of

Form Page 1 Five Shillings of good and lawful Money for our Use paid to our Receiver

General of our Revenues in this our Colony & Dominion of Virginia We have
Given Granted and Confirmed and by them Presents forever our Heirs &
Successors Do Give Grant & Confirm unto Alexander Blair one certain Tract
or parcel of Land containing Forty Acres lying and being in the County of 
Augusta on a Branch of the Middle River and bounded as followeth to wit.
Beginning at a white oak Saplin near his own land and the Land of Robert
Gamble on the South West side of a Branch & running thence South thirty
degrees East one hundred poles to three white oaks on a Hill near Alexander
Craige house and North East eighty Poles to a Hiccory and white Oak in a
Line of William Frames Land South eighty four degrees West thirty two poles
north the said line to a Hiccory and white oak thence North eleven degrees
West eighty Poles to two white Oaks on a Hill and South fifty one degrees
West seventy five Pole to the Beginning. With all gc. To have hold gc. To
be held gc. Yielding and Paying gc. Provided gc. In Witness gc. Witness
our Trusty and welbeloved Robert Dinwiddie Esquire' our Lieutenant
Governor and Commander in chief of our said Colony and Dominion at
Williamsburgh Under the Seal of our said Colony the sixteenth day of 
August one thousand seven hundred and fifty six In the thirtieth Year of
our reign.
Ex.                                  Robt Dinwiddie (signature)


http://kentuckyexplorer.com/nonmembers/00-09070.html Captain James Blair and his wife, Sarah, were residents of Washington Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia. From Record Book No. 2 (1746-1752), it is learned that Mary, wife of Capt. Burdette Ashton, was allotted her one-third of her husband's estate; and in Book No. 3 (1752-1756), James Blair was one of the appraisers of the estate of Mary, widow of Capt. Burdette Ashton (Westmoreland County Records). In Orange County, Virginia (now Augusta), Alexander Blair, on March 24, 1740, entered 300 acres; the fee rent was signed by James Blair; and his family consisted of James, Jane, Mary, and John (Land Book 19, p. 938, Richmond, Virginia). In the militia of Augusta County, 1758, William, John, and James Blair are mentioned (Henings Statues, 7, p. 185-89).



DNA research has re-inforced the research that both James and John Blair were sons of Alexander Blair and Janey Scott:

http://blairdna.com/alexander-scott.html

Alexander Blair & Jane Scott/Janey James Blair & Catherine “Kitrin” King

There has been and continues to be controversy as to whether the James Blair who married Chatherine "Kitrin" King is the son Alexander but there is ongoing research by many folks and developments should be watched. The possibility that this James is the son of Alexander is based on several speculative facts which are presented in the "Blair Society for Genealogical Research Members’ Lineages (1983 - 2003)".

The DNA test results from the three participants who believe they descend from Alexander and Jane Scott provide strong evidence that James Blair is in fact the son of Alexander.

Two participants (#7277 and #7933 claim to descend from Alexander Blair and Jane Scott through James Blair and Catherine King. They both descend through Josiah Blair, son of Robert and Mary Polly Bean, son of James.

A third participant (#66626) descends from Alexander Blair and Jane Scott through John Blair and Jane Robertson. John is a known son of Alexander.

All three participants are an exact match on 25 markers.

The actual marker values for each participant are shown in the table below. FTDNATiP™ estimates an 80.9% probability that these participants share a common ancestor within 14 transmission events (the number of transmission events between #7277 and #66626). Given the DNA test results and conventional research, it is almost certain that all three participants do descend from Alexander Blair and Jane Scott.

The level of confidence would increase if #66626 were to upgrade to 37 markers and continue to match #7933 who has already tested 37 markers.