Eliza Blair

29 February 1836–9 October 1912 (Age 76)
Wisconsin, United States

The Life of Eliza

When Eliza Blair was born on 29 February 1836, in Wisconsin, United States, her father, Alexander Blair, was 36 and her mother, Sarah Huffman, was 29. She married Owen Scott on 3 May 1855, in Grant, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Bennington, Ottawa, Kansas, United States in 1900 and Starr Township, Cloud, Kansas, United States in 1910. She died on 9 October 1912, in Chapman Township, Ottawa, Kansas, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Miltonvale Cemetery, Miltonvale, Cloud, Kansas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Owen Scott
Eliza Blair
Marriage: 3 May 1855
Nancy Adeline Scott
Arthur Scott
Walter Edwin Scott Sr
Sarah Jane Scott
Anna Josephine Scott
Ernest Milton Scott Sr
Edith Scott

Spouse and Children

    Owen Scott



3 May 1855
Grant, Wisconsin, United States


    Nancy Adeline Scott


    Arthur Scott




    Anna Josephine Scott


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    Alexander Blair


    Sarah Huffman




+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 3

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 10

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 20

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

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)

  • Elisa Going, "Kansas State Census, 1905"
  • Eliza Scott in household of Owen Scott, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Eliza Scott in household of Owen Scott, "United States Census, 1880"

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