The Tales of a Blair Family    

March 25, 1832
Parish of Raloo, Antrim, N. Ireland
May 24, 1892 Age: 60 years
Cause of Death:
Crawford County, Pennsylvania
Mt. Blair Cemetery, Woodcock Twp. Crawford County, Pennsylvania

Father:  Patrick Blair
Mary Sloan Bell

Children:  Agnes M.

Spouse: Francis H. Wilson
Marriage Date: 
February 2, 1860
Marriage Location: 

Occupation: Unknown
Health Issues:

Eliza Blair was born March 25th, 1832 in the Parish of Raloo, County Antrim, northern Ireland. She was the first child born to Patrick Blair and Mary Sloan Bell.  At age three she came to the United States with her parents and grew up on the family farm in Crawford County, Pennsylvania.  On February 2, 1860 she married Francis H. Wilson.

Francis H. Wilson was born July 1, 1813 to John and Elizabeth (Himmelright) Wilson in Doylestown, Bucks Co. PA.  Francis had come to Crawford County, PA with his parents in the Fall of 1827. The family made the four-week journey from Bucks County, over the Alleghenies, by wagon.  They settled near Woodcock Creek, four miles east of Saegertown, PA.  Francis, then fourteen years old, helped his father cut the timber and erect a roomy log house for the large family of twelve children.

Eliza and Francis had one child, Agnes M., who was born in 1860. They also helped raise the youngest daughter of Eliza’s sister, Nancy Blair White.  Nancy was killed in a train accident in 1871 and left two young daughters. The oldest daughter, Mary Hortense White remained with her father in Illinois, but the youngest, Sarah Eliza, under 2 years of age when her mother died, spent a good deal of her childhood with the Wilson’s.

Mr. Wilson was a farmer all of his life and lived on the original homestead of his parents. The Crawford County History of 1885 described him as thus: "He was wedded to his occupation and early in life formed habits of industry, economy and frugality.  He attained success at his favorite calling, and his farm was a model of neatness, order and thrift. " Francis Wilson died November 28, 1882, but for many years prior to his death he was afflicted with a "peculiar malady", which to a great extent prevented him from associating with the world, and obliging him to lead the life of a recluse.

After Francis died, Eliza and her daughter’s family remained on the farm.  Eliza passed away May 24, 1892.  Both Francis and Eliza are buried in Mt. Blair cemetery near Woodcock, PA.