William Byers Blair

28 June 1831–13 August 1880 (Age 49)
Fayetteville, Lincoln, Tennessee, United States

The Life of William Byers

When William Byers Blair was born on 28 June 1831, in Fayetteville, Lincoln, Tennessee, United States, his father, James K Blair, was 31 and his mother, Lavina McCown, was 23. He married Margaret Jane Phagan about 1864, in Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 daughters. He lived in Civil District 2, Grundy, Tennessee, United States in 1880. He died on 13 August 1880, in Lincoln, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 49.

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Family Time Line

William Byers Blair
Margaret Jane Phagan
Marriage: about 1864
Adelia E. Blair
Rose Emma Blair
Mary Velma Phagan Blair
Francis B. Blair
Maggie Blair

Spouse and Children


    Margaret Jane Phagan


about 1864
Tennessee, United States


    Adelia E. Blair


    Rose Emma Blair


    Mary Velma Phagan Blair



    Maggie Blair


Parents and Siblings

    James K Blair


    Lavina McCown




    Josiah Harvey Blair


    Yateman Fletcher Blair




    John Malcolm Blair


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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1835 · The Hermitage is Built

Age 4

The Hermitage located in Nashville, Tennessee was a plantation owned by President Andrew Jackson from 1804 until his death there in 1845. The Hermitage is now a museum.

Age 15

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: habitational name from any of the numerous places in Scotland called Blair, named with Scottish Gaelic blàr (genitive blàir) ‘plain’, ‘field’, especially a battlefield (Irish blár).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • William B Blair, "United States Census, 1880"
  • W B Blair, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"
  • W B Blair, "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950"

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