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William Isaac Blair

Post by Dean Huseby on Tue Jan 26, 2016 12:43 pm

Still trying to connect my William Isaac Blair with your William Isaac Blair.  here is his story:

William Isaac Blair was born on November 10, 1832, probably in Bath, New Brunswick.   There is some confusion on this matter, since his Civil War records indicate that he was born in Baths .  There is no Baths in New Brunswick, but there is a Bath, a tiny town in remote Carleton County.  Also there is Bathurst, a larger town on the northeast coast.  If not born in Bath, then I suspect he may have lived in one of these two towns at some point.  There is a possibility that he was born or lived in St. John.

According to his son, Robert Blair, William Blair had five brothers and one sister.  He also indicated that his father was born in Nova Scotia.    Another relative said that the family had relatives living in Bath, Maine which is near Brunswick, Maine.  She also indicated that the Blairs came from Nova Scotia and there are a lot of Blairs in Onslow Township near Truro in Colchester County.   Another story is that his father came from Edinburgh, Scotland.

At some point, William became a sailor on the Great Lakes where he worked with two brothers, Orlando and Frances Perkins.  Through this relationship, he met their sister, Ladora C. Perkins.   William and Ladora were married on November 30, 1860, in Painesville, Lake County, Ohio.   Earlier that year, he was renting from Calvin and Jane Daris of Mentor, Ohio.  Their sons, like the Perkins brothers, were fellow sailors.

On January 4, 1864, William volunteered as a soldier in the United States Army.  It indicated that he was a sailor.  He was mustered as a private into the 20th Ohio Independent Battery on July 4, 1864 at Cleveland, Ohio.  According to his enlistment papers, he was five foot, nine inches tall with brown eyes, dark hair and dark complexion.  

During the war, his unit was attached to the Garrison Artillery which was mostly involved in the Tennessee campaigns and most likely in battle of Dalton, Nashville, Duck River, Spring Hill, Thompson’s Station, Franklin and Chattanooga.  On July 13, 1865, he was mustered out with the rest of his battery.  
William and Ladora had four children, one of which was born before he enlisted.  The other three were born after he returned from war.  The youngest child, Sarah, was born after William died.

The Blairs moved from Ohio to Saugatuck, Michigan just prior to his death.  William died of consumption (tuberculosis) on July 16, 1870 in Saugatuck, Michigan.  He was 36 years old.    The attending physician indicated that William had told him that he had contracted the disease while in the service.  

He is buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Saugatuck.

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