Samuel Wilson Blair

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Samuel Wilson Blair---Obituary clipping from unknown paper..

Samuel W. Blair, brief mention of whose death was made in last week’s message, was born near Meadville, Crawford county, Penn., August 17, 1830; died at his home in Parker, Kansas, Dec. 12, 1912, age 82 years, 3 months and 25 days.
    In 1837 he came with his parents to Ogle County, Illinois, and was married in Oregon, Illinois, January 23, 1851 to Miss Mary A. Henan, who survives him. Twelve children were born to them, five of whom preceded their father in death, as follows: Samuel Pierce Blair, who died in his sixth year, Edwin J. Blair, at the age of sixteen; Geo. W. Blair, died in infancy, William H. Blair, died in his 24th year, and John Blair, who died in infancy. In addition to his aged life companion, the following children survive him, S. J. Blair, F. S. Blair, C. L. Blair and Mrs. C. M. Cottle, all of Parker. Mrs. S. Nungesser, of Eldorado Springs, Mo.; Mrs. W. W. Woods, of Muscotah, Kansas, and J. Philip Blair of Los Angeles, Calif.
    Mr. Blair is also survived by one sister, Sarah A. Blair of Naperville, Illinois, and by one brother, J. Frank Blair of Adeline, Illinois.
    In the Spring of 1867, Mr. Blair moved with his family to Tama County, Iowa, remaining there until the Spring of 1878, when they moved to Linn County, Kansas, and located on a farm two and a half miles southeast of the present site of Parker. Thus they were among the early settlers of this county and experienced the hardships and inconveniences incident of pioneer life. For many years La Cygne was their nearest trading point. Seventeen years ago they retired from active farm life and moved to Parker, where they have resided continuously since.
    Mr. Blair enlisted in the service of his country during the Civil War in Co. F., 15th Ill. Vol. and continued in the service unit until the close of the war. At the time of his death he was a member of G. A. R. Post No. 300, of this place. He became a member of the M. E. Church when 33 years old and remained a consistent member of that church until his death.
    His aged companion, their son, S. J., and two daughters, Mrs. Cottle and Mrs. Woods, were at his bedside when the final summons came. His son, Charles L., was in California and the funeral was not held until Tuesday in order that the latter might have time to arrive here. Rev. S. P. Cullison, former pastor of the M. E. Church here, preached the funeral sermon at that church here Tuesday, at 2 p.m. after which interment took place in the Goodrich cemetery.


Born: August 17, 1830
Location: Crawford County, Pennsylvania
Died: December 12, 1912
Location: Parker, Linn County, Kansas
Buried: Goodrich Cemetery, Goodrich, Kansas

Father:  Samuel Long Blair
Mother: Mercy Chidester

Spouse: Mary A. Henan
Marriage Date:  January 23, 1851
Marriage Location: Oregon, Ogle County, Illinois

Children:  James Phillip, Novilla Ann, John, Charles L., Samuel Pierce, Edwin Judson, George W., William Harvey, Silas Jackson, Franklin S., Lottie C., Myrtle C.


Samuel Wilson Blair


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