About 1813 (1861 Census), James Blair was born in York Co. to Ebenezer Blair and Janet Young (See Branch 1). Ebenezer was living at the Head of the Lake from 1812 to 1814. At that time the area was part of York County. Charles’ death certificate recorded that James was born in Albion Twp., Peel Co. but the area was not surveyed for settlement until the 1820s.
On Aug. 22, 1843 (M), James married Anne Dailey/Daley, both of Mono Twp., Simcoe Co. Anne was born in Albion Twp., Peel Co. The Presbyterian service was conducted by Rev. Alexander Lewis and witnessed by Ari Mimmaph and John Cook. Mono Twp. became part of Dufferin Co. in 1881. The 1851 Census had Anne born about 1813, the 1861 Census about 1825, and the 1871 Census about 1824. Notes on the search for Anne’s ancestry appear below.
About 1844-47 (C), Elizabeth was born.
About 1846-47 (C), Sarah Anne was born.
On Oct. 20, 1848 (D), Hannah C. was born in Albion Twp, Peel Co. Hannah married Andrew James Finch.
The 1850 Directories for the Home District and Toronto, listed James on Con. 3, Lot 23, Albion Twp.
About 1850 (C), John was born. John was not recorded in the 1861 Census. Did he die as an infant?
The 1851 Census, Albion Twp., recorded James, 48, labourer, Ann, 38, Elizabeth, 7, Sarah, 5, Ann, 3, and John, 1, all Church of England. James and Ann were born about 10 years earlier according to later censuses.
On Oct. 10, 1852 (C), Charles was born in Albion Twp.
About 1855 (C), Eliza was born. Eliza was not found in the 1871 Census. An Elizabeth A. Blair was born Mar. 8, 1855 and resided in Middlesex Co. but this was not Eliza. The 1901 Census recorded an Eliza Blair, born Dec. 6, 1853, as single, English, C/E, in household of aunt, Eliza Starey (single), in Brockville, Leeds Co.
In 1856 (G), Mary Jane was born in Albion Twp.
On Oct. 30, 1860 (1901 Census), Christina was born. The 1861 Census recorded her as Ciline and the 1871 Census as Cilena.
About 1860 (C), Martha was born. Martha was recorded in the 1861 Census but another daughter was named Martha in 1863. Did the first Martha die as an infant?
The 1861 Census, Albion Twp. recorded James, 48, labourer, Anne, 36, Elisabeth, 16, Anne, 14, Hanna, 12, Charles, 10, Mary, 8, Eliza, 6, Ciline, 3, and Martha, 1. James was Church of Scotland and the rest of the family was Protestant. The family lived in a log house and was recorded between James’ brothers, William and David, who were both living on Con 3, Lot 16 in their own log homes. Their mother Jennet at 74 was living in James’ home. Either James owned only the property that his house stood upon (possibly 1 acre) or his house was on his brother William’s 33 acres. James was not recorded in the Agricultural Census as a property owner.
On Apr. 12, 1863, Martha Ellen was born in Albion Twp. A Martha A. was recorded in the 1861 Census!?
James died between 1861 and 1871, when Ann was recorded as a widow. Ann signed for James’ mother’s estate in 1867, but James did not.
The 1871 Census, Albion Twp., listed Ann Blere, widow, 47, Sarah A., 22, servant, Charles, 20, labourer, Mary Jane, 18, Cilena, 13, and Martha, 10, all Primitive Methodist and Irish. Ann was still living on 1.5 acres of Ebenezer’s homestead on Con. 3, Lot 16. The family had 2 swine and had hand-made 10 yards of cloth or flannel.
Anne died sometime after the 1871 Census.
In the 1873-74 Albion Twp., Peel Co. Directory, a James Blair was listed as the first patent holder on Con. 9, half Lot 16. This was a misprint. It should have read James Black. This was verified in the property records.
In 1899, Hannah C.’s daughter Barbara Finch married George Eade in Aurora, King Twp., York Co. Was this because Hannah’s brother Charles was living near there in Newmarket? Anne was not recorded in the 1901 Census.
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