(December 31, 1795 - )
JEREMIAH BLAIR - The subject of this memoir was born in Blandford, Hampden Co., Mass., Dec. 31st,
1795. He was the son of ENOCH and JENNY (KNOX) BLAIR. The former was born Nov. 15, 1771 ,
and died in Nelson, Jan. 25th, 1824, and the latter was born about 1769 and died February 5th, 1827.
ENOCH was a farmer by occupation. He came into the town of Nelson and settled on lot 61, about
1808. They had eight children, as follows, ORRA, JEREMIAH, ALVIN, WILLIAM K., ISAAC, ORIN,
JANE and PHILO E. Four of these are still living, namely ALVIN, WILLIAM K., ORIN and PHILO E.
JEREMIAH by his own efforts acquired the means to obtain a good common school education, and at
an early day became a successful teacher by demanding implicit obedience to his directions and untiring
efforts to acquire knowledge on the part of his pupils. During the war of 1812, he enlisted in the U. S.
Army and left at once for Sackett's Harbor, where he suffered from sickness and many privations. After
the close of the war he returned to Nelson and was engaged in farming summers, and teaching school
winters until about 1821, when he married. In 1822 he taught at a select school in Hamilton. In 1823 he
purchased and moved onto the farm on which he lived until he died.
Politically, he was a firm believer in the principles of Jefferson and Jackson. By his fellow townsmen, he
was frequently elected to the office of supervisor, (and was chosen by his associates clerk of the board,)
Justice of the Peace, (which office he held many years,) Highway Commissioner, etc. No violator of the
law ever greatly admired his ideas of justice and the way he administered it in their cases, for they always
received from him all the law allowed them or what he believed they justly deserved for their waywardness.
In deciding legal questions, he was guided more by a well-balanced mind than by extensive legal
In fine, JEREMIAH BLAIR was an industrious, economical man, of correct business habits and
strict integrity, possessed of that self-reliance, energy, and will - both of mind and body - that made
him a successful and wealthy farmer, an efficient officer and a useful citizen in his neighborhood,
and he has left to those yet living many precepts and examples, worthy of their imitation and
In 1821, JERMIAH married SUSAN CLARK, daughter of JEREMIAH and LUCY CLARK, of Nelson,
Madison Co. She was born Oct. 25th, 1797. Her parents were among the earliest settlers in the
town. They settled north of Erieville, and her father built the first sawmill that was put up in the town,
where now is the outlet of the Erieville Reservoir.
JERMIAH and SUSAN BLAIR reared a family of eight children named in the order of their birth as
follows: SUSAN J., born September 29th, 1822, married Dr. LEVI P. GREENWOOD September 13,
1843; JEREMIAH, born October 14th, 1824, married ANNA S. THOMES, March 14th, 1872; HARRY
CLARK, born July 21st, 1826, married LUCY BOND, January 3rd, 1849; ISAAC ALONZO, born
January 26th, 1830, married HARRIET A. WHITNEY, October 5th, 1851; CHARLES C., born May
16th, 1832, married MARY E. EVERTS, Oct. 6th, 1863; ARVIN HALE, born February 24th, 1834,
married ELLEN ENSIGN, June 24th, 1875; EDMUND FRANKLIN, born January 31st, 1836, died
June 16th, 1850; and ADDISON DeWITT, born October 10th, 1841, unmarried. All these children
except the latter who is a resident of Elmira, N. Y., are now living in the town of Nelson.
JERMIAH BLAIR died November 28th, 1878.
From "History of Chenango and Madison Counties, NY" starting on page 646.
Transcribed by Sandy Goodspeed.
Date: Monday, August 09, 1999 04:02 PM
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