On Oct. 16, 1808, William was born in Charlottenburgh Twp., Glengarry Co. to Ebenezer Blair & Janet Young. His birth date was recorded in the baptismal register below.
On Dec. 29, 1808, William was baptized by Rev. John Bethune at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Williamstown.
On Oct. 3, 1832 (M), William married Jane Brock in York Co., both of York Co. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Wm. Jenkins of the Presbyterian Church in Richmond Hill. Jane was born on May 18, 1807 in York Twp., York Co. & was the sister of Robert Brock who married William’s sister, Agnes. The witnesses were Edward Brock & John Roger. William was incorrectly recorded as Willman & his wife as Jane Brake.
Around 1832-34, Robert was born in Albion Twp., Peel Co. He became a blacksmith. Robert was last recorded in the 1861 Census.
The 1851 Census, below, recorded a son died at 16 of colultons in Albion Twp.
On Feb. 23, 1837 (D), William was born in Albion Twp.
On Apr. 29, 1839 (C), Ebenezer was born in Albion Twp.
On June 2, 1842 (C), Jane was born in Albion Twp. Jane was living with her brother William in Essex County in 1901. On March 31, 1911, her brother William’s obituary reported that she was living in Toronto. On February 24, 1915, Jane Blair died at 73 in Toronto and was buried in a plot owned by Jessie W. Dunn of 28 Halton Street, plot 2 Fancy 54, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto. Jane was born in 1842 in Albion Twp. The large residential house at 28 Halton Street was built in 1892 and in 2014 was part of the Maynard Nursing Home complex. It may have been a nursing home in 1915 as well. Jessie Dunn and other members of his family were buried in the same cemetery plot. There is no reason to suspect that Jane was related to the Dunn family but it would be interesting to see the inscription on her grave stone to help confirm whether or not she was a relation to the Dunns. A search has not been done for an obituary in a Toronto newspaper.
On May 9, 1845, Mary Ann Blair was born in Albion Twp.
The 1846-47 & 1850, Directories for the Home District & Toronto listed William Sr. and his brother David farming on Con. 3, Lot 16, Albion Twp.
On Feb. 26, 1848 (C), Hannah Catherine was born in Albion Twp.
The 1851 Census, Albion Twp. recorded William, 44, farmer, Annie, 44, Robert, 19, labourer, William, 15, labourer, Ebenezer, 13, labourer, Jane, 10, Mary Ann, 7, & Hanna C., 4, all Presbyterian, living in a one storey log house. William’s father and brother, David, were on the same census page.
In 1860, after his father’s death, William received 100 acres of the above farm.
The 1861 Census, Albion Twp. recorded William, 53, farmer, Church of Scotland, Jane, 52, C/E, Robert, 27, blacksmith, C/S, William, 24, labourer, Methodist, Ebenezer, 22, labourer, C/S, Jane, 19, Methodist, Mary A., 16, C/S, & Hanna C., 13, C/S, all living in a one and a half storey log house on Con. 3, Lot 16. Living on the same lot were William’s mother, Jennett, & his brothers, James & David & their families, each brother in his own log home. William owned 33 acres while his brother David owned 116. William had 30 acres cultivated (20 under crops in 1860, 10, pasture, & 3 as garden or orchard). The farm was valued at $1000. & the implements & machinery at $100. The crops were fall wheat, 5 acres yielding 150 bushels, spring wheat 3 & 60, peas 4 & 50, hay 3 tons, oats 4 & 100, potatoes 1 & 50. The farm also produced 24 pounds of wool & 20 yards of flannel. Livestock included 3 steers or heifers under 3 years, 1 milch cow, 3 horses over 3 years (valued at $150.), 9 sheep, & 3 pigs, all for a total value of $221. The livestock also yielded 52 pounds of butter & 3 200 pound barrels of pork. The family had a pleasure carriage valued at $30.
The 1866 Mitchell’s Peel Co. Gazeteer recorded William Blair on Con. 3, Albion Twp.
On Feb. 26, 1870 (D), Jane died in Albion Twp.
On Oct. 11, 1870, William sold 33 1/3 acres, SE 1/4 of Con. 3, Lot 16, Albion Twp. to James Ceasar for $1000.
The 1871 Census, Gosfield Twp., Essex Co. recorded William Sr., a farmer, & living with his son William.
The 1881 Census, Gosfield Twp., recorded William, 72, a farmer, Wesleyan Methodist, & living with his son Ebenezer.
On Apr. 13, 1882 (D), William Sr. died at 63 in Gosfield Twp.
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