Biography of Seth Blair
Madison County, NY Biographies





Blair, Seth, was one of the foremost men among the pioneers of Madison, and came to the region with an honorable personal and military record. He was born in western Worcester county, Mass , and on September 1, 1776, enlisted in Capt. Lyman's Co., Dike's Regiment, but later on enlisted in Col. Craft's Artillery Regiment, serving for a time in each command. On July 3, 1777, he enlisted in Col. Keyes's Regiment and marched to Rhode Island, serving to January 1, 1778. In 1798 Patriot Blair came to Madison and bought and paid for the land claimed to be owned by another person, but a little later the real owner appeared and Blair was obliged to pay again for his property. It was near the center and here the pioneer afterward lived, one of the prominent men of the town; he was the first assessor of Madison and served two years; was supervisor in 1809-11; overseer of the poor 1813-17; assessor again in 1813-17; several years judge of elections, and was one of the commissioners to locate the county seat in 1810. He was pensioned as a Revolutionary soldier May 12. 1833, and received $46.66 annually until his death on May 6, 1832, aged ninety one years and six months. He brought to this locality a wife and five children, the latter being named Elam, Fanny, Polly (who married Isaac Taylor), Harvey and Sophia, and the children born in this town were Adolphus, Louisa, Seth, Hannah, Mary Ann and Janette, the last mentioned of whom still survives and enjoys the pleasant distinction of a membership in the "Daughters of the American Revolution." Thomas Taylor came from Essex, England, in 1795, and settled in Bloomfield, Mass.; his children were Isaac, Sally, Eliza, George Theobold and Thomas, jr. The family came among the pioneers and settled in Madison, where the pioneer provided each of his children with a good farm. He was one of the founders of the Congregational church and for many years was a deacon. Isaac Taylor, who was born in England, January 26, 1789, came to America with his father in 1794 and married Judith Manchester; they had one daughter, Judith. The wife died in 1814 After Mrs. Taylor's death he married Polly Blair; they had five children: Thomas, Samuel, Fanny, Harvey I. and Mary J., each of whom was a useful person in some walk in life. Harvey I. Taylor was born in Madison in 1825 and still lives in the town. He has always been a farmer and successful in his endeavors in life. Mr. Taylor has been active in the cause of temperance and prohibition. He was also an abolitionist and his zeal and conscientious efforts on these lines have often met with opposition. During the Cleveland Blaine campaign this opposition found satisfation in girdling the trees in front of his residence. In 1850 he married Rebecca House, daughter of James House; they have one child, Nellie, who married Herbert Cleveland. Mr. Taylor was brought up under Congregational influences, but for more than thirty years has been a member of the M. E. church and has held the office of trustee, treasurer, steward and class leader.

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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