William Blair, Sr.
William Blair, Sr., died at the family residence in 
this city last night at 11:35 o'clock, aged 78 years, 
8 months and 23 days. The funeral will take place from 
the M.E. church tomorrow, Friday, Sept. 15, at 2 o'clock 
p.m. with interment at Oakwood cemetery. 

He was born in Cape Cirardeau, Mo., Dec. 21, 1820. He was 
a son of Francis BLAIR, a native of Georigia, who went to 
Missouri in 1805, when there were only 14 families between 
Cape Girardeau and Jackson, and afterwards married Jennie 
MASSEY who was born in Lincoln county, N.C. He helped to 
build the first church west of the Mississippi river. The 
deceased was married to Mary J. CRAIN, Feb. 1, 1844, in Missouri, 
and in 1845 came to Illiniois and located at Nashville, where 
he followed his trade as stone and brick mason. In 1872 he moved 
his family to Mt. Vernon, and in later years retired to private 
life. The result of the marriage was five sons, James R., 
Trainmaster Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific R.R., and located 
in Kansas City, Mo.; Thomas L., who was a bridge carpenter, and 
who died Nov. 24, 1897; William C., State's attorney for Jefferson 
county; Frances G., now occupying the chair of Pedagogy in the 
Charleston College, Charleston, Ill.; and George W., who was 
formerly pricipal of the West Side schools of this city, who died 
Dec. 20, 1896, and four daughters, Mrs. Nancy J. PARKER and Mrs. 
Sallie E. LOVE of this city; Mrs. Lina PIERCE and Mrs. Minnie 
PHILLIPS, who also live in this county. His wife survives him. 
The deceased joined the M.E. church, in 1840 at Perryville, Mo, 
and lived a faithful Christian life. He died Sept. 13, 1899. 

Source: Mt. Vernon Register News
Date: September 14, 1899 
Submitted By: Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera

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