William Ray Blair

22 July 1901–21 May 1965 (Age 63)
Kentucky, United States

The Life of William Ray

When William Ray Blair was born on 22 July 1901, in Kentucky, United States, his father, John Henry Blair, was 24 and his mother, Martha Elizabeth Combs, was 26. He lived in Whitesburg, Letcher, Kentucky, United States for about 10 years and Ashland, Boyd, Kentucky, United States in 1930. In 1930, at the age of 29, his occupation is listed as in 1930 census, was an engineer with coal & coke company.. He died on 21 May 1965, at the age of 63, and was buried in Ashland Cemetery, Ashland, Boyd, Kentucky, United States.

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John Henry Blair
Martha Elizabeth Combs
Rebecca Blair
William Ray Blair
John Henry Blair Jr
Dora "Doris" Blair
Lake Erie Blair

Parents and Siblings



    Rebecca Blair



    John Henry Blair Jr


    Dora "Doris" Blair



World Events (8)

1902 · So Much Farm Land

Age 1

A law that funded many irrigation and agricultural projects in the western states.
1904 · The Black Patch War

Age 3

From 1904-1909, the Black Patch War took place. This was a war between about 30 counties in southwestern Kentucky and northwestern Tennessee. The war was mostly over the Dark Fired Tobacco that was produced in the area during this time.
1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 17

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.

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 R Blair in household of John H Blair, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Ray Blair in household of John H Blair, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ray Blair in household of John H Blair, "United States Census, 1910"

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