William Blain

14 September 1839–6 July 1897 (Age 57)
Carlisle, Cumberland, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of William

When William Blain was born on 14 September 1839, in Carlisle, Cumberland, England, United Kingdom, his father, John Blain Sr., was 22 and his mother, Isabella Graham, was 22. He married Grace Robinson on 8 October 1862, in Spring City, Sanpete, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Illinois, United States in 1870 and Sanpete, Utah, United States in 1880. In 1862, his occupation is listed as farmer, teamster in Spring City, Sanpete, Utah, United States. He died on 6 July 1897, in Spring City, Sanpete, Utah, United States, at the age of 57, and was buried in Spring City, Sanpete, Utah, United States.

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William Blain
Sarah Orinda Allred
Marriage: 15 July 1872
Sarah Amy Blain
James Hilary Blain
Don Carlos Blain
Henry Pratt Blain
Mary Matilda Blain

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  • Marriage
    15 July 1872Spring City, Sanpete, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    Age 4
    Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.
    1848 · Chicago Board of Trade is organized
    Age 9
    Starting as a voluntary association to help buyers and sellers meet to negotiate and make contracts. The Chicago Board of Trade is one of the oldest futures and options exchanges in the world and it is open 22 hours per day to stay competitive.
    1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World
    Age 17
    William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

    Name Meaning

    Some characteristic forenames: French/Haitian Donat, Jacques, Michel, Cecile, Elzear, Ermite, Fernand, Gaston, Germain, Gisele, Jean Claude, Jobe.Scottish: shortened form of MacBlain, a shortened form of Mac Gille Blathain ‘son of Gille Blááin’, a personal name meaning ‘servant of Saint Bláán’. Bláán, after whom Dunblane in Perthshire was named, appears in placenames in both Ireland and Scotland.English: from Middle English bleyne ‘inflamed swelling on the surface of the body’, possibly a nickname for a person suffering from boils or some form of inflamation of the skin.

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

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    Story Highlight


    (Following is a copy of an original letter written by John Blain, Sr., husband of Isabella Graham Blain, to their son William in America. Our information shows that the three oldest sons came in 1862 …

    Sources (31)

    • William Blain in household of Robert Penn, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
    • William Blain, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937"
    • William Allred Blain in entry for Sarah Amy Blain Warren, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"

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