Biography of Alvan Blair
Madison County, NY Biographies





Blair, Alvan, was born of a Scottish family January 20, 1798, in Blandford, Mass. He came with his parents to the town of Nelson in 1810, when but a youth. In the war of 1812, when sixteen years of age, he went as a substitute for his uncle. John Knox, of the town of Nelson, who was drafted to defend our northern frontier. He went to Sacketts' Harbor and remained in the service until relieved by General Brown's army from Fort Niagara, when the drafted men were discharged. Some years after he married Vernera Brooks, daughter of Roger Brooks, of the town of Nelson. There were born to them thirteen children, twelve living to maturity, one dying at birth unnamed. The eldest child, Ezra K., died in 1898 through a very sad railroad accident; Oran A. died in 1896; Sarah died in 1890; William C. owns and lives on the old homestead in the town of Cazenovia. one mile south of the village; Harriet A. resides in the viilage; Ellen A. married J. M. Lyman, and resides in Toledo, Ohio; Rollin K. lives at the homestead M. Lewis, married, resides in Scranton Pa., was a soldier in the war of the rebellion, going from Luzerne county, Pa.. as captain of a company he raised. He participated in the battles of Gettysburg and the Wilderness, and others. He was promoted to major of volunteers in the national guard of Pennsylvania. Marcia V. Blair married J. J. Darrow of West Eaton, N. Y. She died in 1880, leaving five daughters, one following her in less than two weeks. The eldest, Laura, is wife of E. C. Palmer, a leading merchant in Cortland, N. Y. Carrie B. is the wife of Prof. Ernest Merritt, of Southington, Conn. Elizabeth V. is a student in Syracuse University. Deigracia B. is a student in Middieton University, Conn. The two latter graduated with honors in Cazenovia Seminary. M. Sophia Blair resides in Toledo, Ohio. Frances O. and O. Jennie reside at the homestead, where they were born. Alvati Blair held many minor offices in the town of Nelson, besides was a noted school teacher, having taught twenty successive terms of school in Nelson town, and one at Erieville in what is called the Temple district. He often had 100 names on his school roll. He was a successful business man and died at his home in Cazenovia, where he had lived since 1844. His death occurred on the morning of his wife's funeral. He was eighty five years lacking a few days. His wife was eighty years. They were buried in a double grave, not separated even in death. He was much respected for his integrity and honor and his magnaminity; he had no egotism.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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