Martha Blair

1 August 1799–13 April 1869 (Age 69)
Dervock, Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland

The Life Summary of Martha

When Martha Blair was born on 1 August 1799, in Dervock, Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland, her father, James Stewart Blair, was 57 and her mother, Mary Dorach, was 24. She married Joseph McKay about 1821, in Dervock, Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 8 daughters. She lived in Renfrewshire, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1851 and Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1860. She died on 13 April 1869, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 69, and was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph McKay
Martha Blair
Marriage: about 1821
Mary McKay
Martha McKay
Ellen McKay
Frances McKay
Ester Mckay
Hannah McKay
Joseph Blair McKay
Jane McKay
Samuel McKay
James McKay
Isaac McKay
Esther McKay
Daniel McKay

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    about 1821Dervock, Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.
    Age 1
    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
    1802 · John Playfair publishes summary of James Hutton's theories of geology.
    Age 3
    In 1802, John Playfair published the Illustrations of the Huttonian Theory of the Earth. His influence was by James Hutton’s knowledge of the earth’s geology.
    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 20
    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    Name Meaning

    Scottish: habitational name from any of numerous places in Scotland called Blair, named with Scottish Gaelic blàr (genitive blàir) ‘plain, field’, especially a battlefield (Irish blár). There were families of this name in the Middle Ages taking their names from any of the places called Blair in Dysart parish Fife, Dalry parish Ayrshire, and Blairgowrie in Perthshire.Americanized form of French Belair and Blais .

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

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    Story Highlight

    Joseph McKay

    Joseph McKay (Taken from, “Tell My Story, Too,” by Jolene S. Allphin) Born: 1799 Ireland Age: 57 Willie Handcart Company Joseph McKay was born in Ireland on Feb. 12, 1799. He was married to Ma …

    Sources (26)

    • Martha Mc Kay in household of Joseph Mc Kay, "United States Census, 1860"
    • M Blair in entry for Francis Mckay Smith, "Utah, Salt Lake County Death Records, 1849-1949"
    • Martha Mckay in household of Joseph Mckay, "Scotland Census, 1851"

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