About 1817, David Blair was born, probably in Vaughan Twp., York Co., to Ebenezer Blair and Janet Young. The family was living in this township in 1824.
In 1837, a David Blair was imprisoned on a charge of Insurrection and Treason, after the Upper Canada Rebellion. This David was thought to be living west of Yonge St. on the back concessions of Vaughan Twp according to “The Yonge Street Rebellion” by Ronald Stagg. “Rebels Arrested in Upper Canada, 1837-38” recorded that he was a labourer, held from Dec. 15 to 21, that he was not tried, and that he was discharged by commission after examination. This may have been our David as his sister Catherine and her husband Robert Brock were living in Vaughan at the time. Robert and his brothers did take part in the rebellion and were arrested. As he was arrested 4 days after the main arrests it is possible that his arrest was not due to having taken up arms but to having been identified as a rebel sympathizer.
The 1846-47 and 1850 Directories for the Home District and Toronto, listed David and William on Con. 3, Lot 16, Albion Twp., Peel Co.
On Feb. 13, 1849, David married Mary Ann (Nancy) McColl, of Caledon Twp., Peel Co., in Claude Pres. Church, Chinguacousy Twp., Peel Co. The marriage was performed by Rev. Dr. David Coutts, Minister and MD. Ann was born about 1826 in Albion Twp. to Archebald and May McColl. David's wife was listed as Nancy McColl on their daughter, Martha Ann's marriage certificate in 1884 and as Nancy Blair on Donald’s.
On Nov. 27, 1849, Donald Joseph was born.
About 1851, Mary was born. Mary was last recorded in 1852.
The 1851 Census, Albion Twp., recorded David, 32, Nancy, 24, Daniel, 3, and Mary, 1, all Cdn. Presbyterian. David, 39, Nancy, 26, and Mary 1, all born in Ireland and Presbyterian were also recorded on the lines directly below James and Agnes (Blair) Jones. The 1851 Census was taken early in 1852. The family was recorded twice in the census! Daniel by his age would be Donald Joseph. As we have a Mary born a year after the census as well, there is a discrepancy here.
In Sept., 1852, Mary was born in Albion Twp.
On Nov., 1854, Catherine (Katharine) was born in Albion Twp.
The 1855 Albion Twp. Collectors Roll listed David on Con. 3, Lot 16.
In 1856, Hugh C. was born in Albion Twp.
On Nov. 16, 1856, Janet was born in Albion Twp.
On Apr. 8, 1858, David bought 100 acres on Con. 3, Lot 16, Albion Twp. from his father.
On Sept. 2, 1858, David purchased 1.5 acres on Con. 1, Lot 3, W half, Caledon Twp. from George Morrison et al for 270 Pounds.
The 1859 Tremaine’s map had Ebenezer on Con. 3, Lot 16 lower half and David on the upper half.
On Aug. 23, 1859, Ebenezer granted at indent (sale) to David Blair of 16 2/3 acres of Con. 3 Lot 16.
On May 8, 1858, Martha Ann was born in Albion Twp.
The 1861 Census, Albion Twp., recorded David, 42, farmer, Anne, 35, Donel, 11, Mary, 9, Catherin, 7, Hugh, 5, Jennett, 4, and Martha A., 2, all Free Church and living on 116 acres of Con 3, Lot 16 in a log house while his brothers, William and James (with his mother) were living on the remainder of the lot. David had 66 acres cultivated with 39 under crops, 26 acres was pasture, 1 orchard or garden. The remaining 50 acres were wooded or wild. The farm was valued at $1800 and the implements and machinery at $500. Crops were 8 acres of fall wheat yielding 120 bushels, spring wheat, 12 and 185, peas, 7 and 200, oats, 5 and 100, potatoes, 1/2 and 60, and hay 3 tons or 16 pound bundles. They also produced 10 yards of fulled cloth. Livestock included 1 steer or heifer under 3 years, 2 horses over 3 years (valued at $100.), 1 colt or fillie under 3, 2 sheep, and 6 pigs, all valued at $180. The pigs yielded 1 200 pound barrel of pork. The family had an additional income of $10. from orchard and garden produce.
On Feb. 20, 1863, David granted an indent (sale) to Henry Shore on 116 1/3 acres of Con. 3, Lot 16 for $3209.
The 1866 Mitchell’s Peel Co. gazeteer recorded David Blair on Con. 3, Albion Twp.
On Jan. 24, 1868, David had an Agreement, which may have been a mortgage, with Henry Shore on the farm for $2769. David quit his claim on the property on Mar 2, 1868.
The 1871 Census, Caledon Twp., listed David, 50, innkeeper, Mary, 40, Cathern, 17, Donald, 21, Mary, 19, Jane, 16, Hugh, 14, and Martha?, 12, all Cdn. Presbyterian. The family lived on 2 acres of Con. 1, Lot 3 where 1 acre was improved and half an acre was potatoes which yield 50 bushels the previous year. Livestock included 2 horses over 3 years, 4 milch cows, 5 other horned cattle, 3 sheep, and 4 swine. The farm had produced 100 pounds of butter, 15 pounds of wool, and 16 yards of cloth or flannel. They had cut 10 cords of fire wood.
The 1873-74 Peel County Directory listed a Nancy Blair as the innkeeper of a hotel in Kilmanagh, Peel Co. A John Blair ran the Macville or Morning Glory Inn, in Macville, Albion Twp., sometime prior to 1874.
The 1881 Census, Caledon Twp., recorded David, 62, farmer, and Ann, 50, both Cdn. Pres. and Scot.
On Oct. 30, 1884 (D), Nancy was killed at 68 by a train in Caledon Twp.
About 1885, David was photographed.
On Feb. 9, 1890 (D), David died at 73, Presbyterian, in Caledon Twp.
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