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Blair, George P.


Age: 25, credited to Peacham, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 8/24/61, m/i 11/19/61, PVT, Co. D, 1st VT CAV, pr Co. QMSGT, Rgtl QMSGT, 5/4/64, m/o 11/18/64

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Birth: 04/03/1836, Scotland
Death: 06/18/1907

Burial: Peacham Corner Cemetery, Peacham, VT
Marker/Plot: 113
Gravestone photographer: Francis Guber
Findagrave Memorial #: 65259072


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 7/13/1904, VT; widow Agnes s., 4/30/1908, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


Great Grandfather of Cedric H. Farrow, Essex Jct., VT

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Peacham Corner Cemetery, Peacham, VT

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(From his obituary)


Death of Well Known Vermonter at His Home in West Barnet

After a lingering illness, Hon. George P. Blair passed away at his home in West Barnet, Tuesday evening, June 18. The funeral was held Tuesday Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Reformed Presbyterian church in West Barnet. His pastor, the Rev. S. P. Brownell, officiated assisted by the pastors of neighboring churches, the Revs. D. C. Faris, D. M. McKinley and J. K. Williams. Impressive music was furnished by a male quartet of Peacham.

George P. Blair was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1836. He came to Peacham in 1847 and when 18 years of age went to California where he remained six years. During his stay in California he engaged in hydraulic mining and his energy and industry made the venture successful.

Soon after the breaking our of the Civil war and his return to his native state, he responded to the call for arms and enlisted in Company D, First Vermont Cavalry. He served faithfully and continuously until discharged with his regiment soon after the battle of Cedar Creek. He was quarter master sergeant of the regiment. Soon after his return from the service, he launched out as a merchant in South Peacham and continued in business there four years. In 1870 he removed to West Barnet and was one of the leading merchants of that section until his death. His integrity of character and his manly, straight-forward business methods contributed largely to his success.

September, 1861, Mr. Blair married Agnes, daughter of Harvey Sanborn of Peacham. Three daughters and a son blessed this union: Margaret, Mrs. E. J. M. Hale of West Barnet; Mary wife of Dr. A. J. Mackey of Peacham; Agnes, Mrs. L. H. Thompson of West Barnet, and George H. Blair of Spokane, Wash. Mrs. Blair and the four children survive.

At the time of his death Mr. Blair was vice-president of the Citizens Savings Bank and Trust company and was one of the directors since its organization. He was for many years a member of the board of trustees of Caledonia County Grammar school of Peacham and served the institution faithfully as secretary and treasurer. He was justice of the peace in Peacham and Barnet and postmaster at West Barnet for many years. He served the towns of Peacham and West Barnet as selectman, was elected to the legislature from Barnet in 1880, was senator from Caledonia county in1896, and again represented Barnet in 1900, the only man to be sent a second term since the biennial law of 1870.

He was a staunch follower of the Presbyterian faith, and a man in every way worthy of the confidence his fellowmen placed in him. He was a member of C. Stevens Post, No. 83, G. A. R., and in the large number assembled to pay their last respects Thursday were many of his comrades.

Source: St. Johnsbury Republican, June 26, 1907.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.