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Andrew Blair (abt. 1812 - 1897)

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Andrew Blair
Born about in Ontario, Canadamap
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Husband of — married about in Toronto, Ontariomap
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Died in Nichol Twp., Wellington Co., Ontario, Canadamap
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Andrew was born about 1812. Andrew Blair ... He passed away in 1897. [1]

Around 1811-12, Andrew was born to Ebenezer Blair & Janet Young.

On Feb. 10, 1840, Andrew married Frances “Fanny” Henry. The Home District Marriage Register (1831-57) Vol. 2, p. 11, listed Andrew and Fanny, both of Albion Twp., Peel Co., married in Toronto, by license by Rev. William T. Leach and witnessed by Francis Hunter and Thomas Walker. The wedding took place in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in York (Toronto). Fanny born about 1820 in Sligo?, Ireland was the daughter of Samuel? and Jane (Jean?). Fanny was listed as Frances on her son, Samuel’s marriage registration. See the Henry family history in the Appendix.

On Jan. 10, 1841, Samuel Henry was born.

Around 1841-42, Andrew was born. On Mar. 5, 1867, he received from his mother’s sister Ann (Henry) Johnston’s will $139.17. This was the last record of him. The Guelph Evening Mercury of Sept. 22, 1874 reported the death in Guelph on the 21st at 18 months, of Elspet, daughter of the late Andrew Blair. Is this our Andrew? No record was found in the 1901 Census. On May 5, 1845 (Dt), Thomas Henry was born in Orangeville. His father was recorded as Andrew H. Blair and his mother as a Henry. They were both recorded as born in Scotland.

The 1846-47 Directory for the Home District and Toronto, recorded Andrew on Con. 4, Lot 15, Albion Twp. and again in 1850. He was a tenant.

Around 1848, Hannah Jane was born.

Around 1849-50, Alfred was born.

About 1851, Sarah/Sally was born in Albion Twp. Sally was recorded in the 1851 Census. Don’s grandfather received a postcard from a C. B. Doran, his cousin, in 1897. Could this be Sarah using her married name? The last record found of her was in 1851. There was a Sarah Blair born about 1841 recorded in the 1861 and 1881 Censuses in Huron Twp., Bruce Co. but she was probably not our Sarah as she was living with George and Catherine Blair in 1881. No record was found in the 1901 Census. Who was Doran?

Around 1851-52, Fanny died sometime after Sally’s birth & before the 1851 Census which was taken early in 1852. Fanny may be buried in the Old Presbyterian Cemetery near Bolton in Albion Twp. There is however no marker there.

The 1851 Census, Albion Twp., listed Andrew, age 4, widower, Samuel, 11, Andrew, 10, Thomas, 7, Hana, 5, Alfred, 2, and Sally, 2/3, all born Ireland & C/E. Andrew was listed as a tenant farmer on Con. 4, Lot 15.

On May 3, 1853, Andrew acquired Con. 3, E 1/2 of Lot 25, W. Garafraxa Twp., Wellington Co. by assignment from the Crown.

In 1855, Andrew married Jane Cantlon/Kantalon. Jane was born Aug. 16, 1835 in Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland to Adam Kantalon and Ann Hayden. There are no records that indicate that this is the same Andrew who married Fanny Henry. However, the wedding date and locality coincide with what we do know of Andrew and his son Jake's eulogy said that he was the last of 14 children.

On Jan. 17, 1856, Catherine was born.

On Feb. 3, 1858, Eliza Jane was born in Garafraxa.

On Feb. 3, 1860, Frances (Fanny) Henry was born a twin.

On Feb. 3, 1860, James was born a twin. He probably died as an infant as he was not recorded in the 1861 Census & a second James was born in 1862.

The 1861 Census, W. Garafraxa Twp., recorded Andrew, age 45, laborer, married 1855, with Jane, 29, Catherin, 4, Eliza, 3, & Fanny, 1. All were F/C. Where were Andrew’s children from his first marriage? Samuel Henry was recorded as a labourer living south of his father. Andrew was living on Con. 3, Lot 25, 100 acres valued at $1000. of which 12 were cultivated, 10 under crops, 2 under pasture, & 88 wooded (for a total of 112 acres). His crops in 1860 were spring wheat, 6 acres yielding 100 bushels, peas (or oats?), 3 & 50, & potatoes, 1 & 50. He also had 2 bulls or oxen & 1 milch cow. His livestock was valued at $50. He also had one 200 lb barrel of pork.

On Mar. 18, 1862, James was born, Garafraxa Twp.

On May 28, 1863, Andrew was granted patent to 100 acres on Con. 3, Lot 25 NE half, Garafraxa Twp.

On May 26, 1864 (Ob), John “Jack” C. was born, Guelph (Ob). On May 16, 1867 he was baptized in Garafraxa Twp. by Rev. N. S. Burwash. Jack’s obituary recorded that he apprenticed as a cabinet maker at 15. He was last recorded in the 1881 Census. The 1901 Census, West Lillooet, BC, recorded a John Blair born on June 12, 1864, a single gold miner born in Ont. and in N. Cypress, Man., a John Blair married to Hannah. On Dec. 25, 1919 (Reg. 852276), John Blair married Edna Julia Northrup. Edna’s obituary later recorded the year as 1926. John was 47, born about 1872, and of Chicago. Edna was 29, of DeKalb, and born on Aug. 20, 1890 in Marblehead, Wisconsin to Charles Ashel Northrup and Edna Julia Hudson. Her family was recorded living in Dekalb Twp., Dekalb County, Illinois in the 1910 Census. The 1920 Census, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois recorded John C. Blair, 47, and born about 1873 in Canada and Edna, 29, born about 1891 in Wisconsin, living in the household of Alexander L. Peters. In 1927, when Edna’s father died the family was reported living in Dekalb Co. The 1930 Census, Rockford, Winnebago Co., Illinois, recorded John, 58, Irish, a carpenter and cabinet maker working for a piano manufacturer, and Edna, 39, a machine operator working for a motor-(suites?). On Mar. 20, 1938 (Trans. Reg. Bk 22 Cn 9911), John C. Blair died at 72 in Dekalb Twp. He was recorded as the son of Andrew Blair and Jane Cantlin, born on May 26, 1865 in Guelph, Ontario. His father was born in Ireland and his mother in Scotland. John had been a carpenter and a cabinet maker in the Melville Clark Company piano factory and the husband of Edna Blair. He was buried in Fairview Cemetery in DeKalb Twp. Edna’s name was recorded on the grave marker but she was not buried there. His obituary did not record any children. He died at home at 1190 East Lincoln Highway. The 1940 Census, DeKalb, DeKalb, Illinois, recorded Edna Blair, 49, born Wisconsin, widowed, a lodger at 1204 ½ Number 10 Street, same address in 1935, in the household of Carl E. Rekonen, working as a seamstress in a stocking factory. On Dec. 31, 1942, Edna married Arthur Gandy. On Oct. 8, 1945 (Ob), Edna died at 55 in Maple Park, Kane County, Illinois.

On June 1, 1866, Adam D. was born, Garafraxa Twp.

The 1867 Garafraxa Twp. Directory listed Andrew as a freeholder on Con. 3, Lot 25.

On May 16, 1867, James, John, & Adam were baptized Wesleyan Methodist in Garafraxa Twp.

In 1867, Andrew sold Lot 25 above and moved to 80 acres, Con. 4, Lot 32. See 1881 map. This lot was not listed on the 1861 Census so it was probably vacant at that time. On Sept. 4, 1868, Peter was born.

On Jan. 13, 1871, Margaret Ann was born. She was last recorded in the 1881 Census. No record was found in the 1901 Census. No marriage or death registration was found. John C. Blair’s obituary on Mar. 21, 1938 reported that one of his sisters, either Margaret or Frances was living in Buffalo at the time.

The 1871 Census, W. Garafraxa Twp., listed Andrew on Con. 4, Lot 32, as age 60, Church of Scotland, farmer, Arthur Post Office. He was living with Jane, 34, Catherine, 15, Eliza Jane, 13, Francis Fanny, 12, James, 10, John, 8, Adam, 5, Peter, 3, & Ann, 3/10. The family owned 100 acres of which 25 were improved, with a house, barn, carriage, & fanning mill. Produce included 7 acres of wheat (50 bushels), 40 bushels of oats, 20 bushels of peas, 200 pounds potatoes, 2 pounds hops, 2 oxen, 1 milch cow, 1 horned cow, 4 swine, 2 killed swine, & 100 pounds of butter. Andrew’s son Samuel was living on Lot 27.

The 1871-72 Loomis Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Wellington recorded Andrew on Con. 4, Lot 32 with his son Samuel on Lot 27 as well.

On Sept. 10, 1875, Jacob (Jake) Cantlon was born in Arthur, Wellington Co.

The 1875-76 Wellington Co. Directory listed Andrew still on Lot 32, Arthur Post Office. His son Samuel was on Lot 27 but in the Metz Post Office area.

On Sept. 22, 1878 (B), Catharine Emily was born in W. Garafraxa. Her mother was Jane Cautlin & her father lived on Con. 4, Lot 30.

The 1881 Census, W. Garafraxa Twp., recorded Andrew, 65, farmer, Cdn. Presbyterian, with, Jane, 40 & C/E, Fanny F, James, 18, John, 16, Adam, 14, Peter, 12, Margaret A., 10, Jacob, 5, & Catharine, 2.. The boys were all students. All of the children were Cdn. Methodist.

On May 9, 1892, Andrew was admitted to Wellington County House of Refuge & Industry at age 78 as an Irish farmer. He was committed from W. Garafraxa Twp. by Reeve Thomas Dryden as destitute and a resident of the county for 25 years. Andrew’s father was Scottish and his age at admission, if true, suggests that he was born about 1813-14 rather than 1811-12 as suggested by his age at his death.

On Feb. 4, 1897, Andrew died at 85 of “general debility”, a resident of the House of Industry between Elora & Fergus, Nichol Twp., Wellington Co. He was recorded as a yeoman born in Ireland. Andrew was interred in the home's cemetary where there were no grave markers. The home later became the Wellington Co. Museum. Some graves were later moved when the road was upgraded.

On Mar. 1, 1897, Jane, Andrew's widow, married Robert Ibbotson of Arthur. The wedding took place in Fergus, Wellington Co.

On Aug. 7, 1905, Jane died (according to Heather Ibbotson). James’ daughter Isabella married Daniel McNaughton. The McNaughton family Bible recorded, “Mrs. Jane Ibbitson (d.) May 18, 1909 - eldest daughter of Adam Cantlon.”

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  1. Entered by Fred Blair, Oct 3, 2011
  • "Ontario, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 17 March 2018), Benjamin Sexton and Hannah Jane Blair, 11 Jun 1869; citing Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,030,066.

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