Person:James Blair (82)

James Blair
b.Abt. 1720 Ireland
d.Bef. 15 September 1789 Augusta County, Virginia
  • F.  Blair (add)
m. Bef. 1704
  1. Alexander BlairAbt 1707 - Bef 1791
  2. James BlairAbt 1720 - Bef 1789
  • HJames BlairAbt 1720 - Bef 1789
  • WJean UnknownEst 1720 to 1726 -
m. Est. 1740-1744
  1. Elizabeth BlairAbt 1748 -
  2. James BlairEst 1750 -
  3. John BlairEst 1752 - 1789
  4. Jane BlairEst 1752 - 1842
  5. Margaret BlairEst 1754 -
  6. Mary BlairEst 1756 -
Facts and Events
Name James Blair
Gender Male
Birth? Abt. 1720 Ireland
Marriage Est. 1740-1744 Prob. Augusta County, Virginiato Jean Unknown
Death? Bef. 15 September 1789 Augusta County, Virginia

James 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:

  • Deed Book 22, Page 32.--Patent to James Blair 10th March, 1756.
  • 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].
  • Land survey in Augusta County - James Blair, 260 acres, Branch (of) Naked Creek. Adjoining John Blair. June 10, 1761. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 4].

Disposition of Land from Chalkley'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 177.--21st March, 1772. James Blayr (taylor) and Jean ( ) to Wililam Young, £65, 220 acres patented to James 10th March, 1756, corner John Blayr. Teste: John Blair, James Young, William Young. Not delivered.
  • Page 265.--16th December, 1788. William Anderson and Jane, and Samuel Anderson and Elizabeth, to Henry Dill, part of patent to James Blair, 10th March, 1756. (Note: this record shows that James Blair's daughter Jane married William Anderson, since the property sold undoubtedly passed to Jane (Blair) Anderson from her father).

Will of James Blair

  • Page 171.--7th May, 1789). James Blear's will--To wife, Jean; to 3 daughters, Elizabeth, Mary, Jean, after marriage or death, of wife Jean; to daughter, Margaret; to son, John; to son, James. Executors, wife and son John. Teste: John Campbell, Samuel King, Thos. Bleakely. Proved, 15th September. 1789, by Campbell and Blakely. Executors qualify.
  • Page 191.--19th January, 1790. Recorded. James Blear's appraisement by Henry King. Thomas Frame, John Harper, Jacob Sheets--28th April, 1789. Samuel Brawford's estate appraised by John Sterling, James Shields, Samuel Hays.
  • Page 32.--Dr. the estate of James Blair in account with Jane Blair, acting executrix; 1790, February __, paid Z. Taliaferro, Hugh Danchea.

Records of James Blair in Augusta County, VA

From Chalkley's:

  • Land Survey in Augusta County - William Hamilton, 50 acres, Middle River. Adjoining his own land. James Blair. June 13, 1761. [Abstract of Land Grant Surveys, 1761-1791, Augusta & Rockingham Counties, Virginia, by Peter Cline Kaylor, pg. 4].
  • Land Survey in Augusta County - John Blair, 19 acres, Long Glade. Adjoining his own land, John Anderson, James Blair. November 25, 1763.
  • Vol. l - NOVEMBER 20, 1773. - (250) James Blair, returned no inhabitant.
  • 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 record proves that James and Alexander Blair were brothers, and also establishes the probable date of their arrival in Augusta County, when their land was first surveyed prior the James Blair's grant on 10 March, 1756).
  • Page 185.--15th April, 1788. John Blair's will--To father; to 3 sisters, Elizabeth, Mary, and Jean; to sister, Margaret; to brother, James; to mother. Executors, father and James Seawright. Teste: John Campbell, Jacob and John Sheetz. Proved. 15th December, 1789, by Campbell and Jacob Sheets. Executor Seawright qualifies. (Note: John Blair listed in this record was the son of this James Blair. His will can be useful in proving some of the children of James Blair).
  • 15 Oct 1793 - On the motion of Hugh Donaghe leave is granted him to make an inclusive survey of his Lands in this County adjoining the Lands of John Campbell, William Blair, James Blair decd., James Searight and Robert Gratton. It being proved to the Satisfaction of the Court that said Donaghe has complied with the Law. VA, [Augusta Co., Court Order Book 22, 1791-1793, p. 344].
  • Vol. 2 - William Anderson vs. William Young-O. S. 17; N. S. 6--Answer filed 29th November, 1802, Augusta. William Young (stated in answer) is near one hundred years old. John Blair deposes, 7th July, 1804, in Staunton, that about 50 years ago. when a certain James Blair was building a cabin at or near the main spring of Naked Creek on the disputed land, deponent's grandfather, James Scott, came there and asked if Blair was building on his own ground, as his grandfather had a location adjoining.