DAVID BLAIR, farmer, P. O. Hord, was born June 16, 1829, in Martin County, Ind. He is a son of James and Margaret (Hughes) Blair, natives of Tennessee, who settled in Blair Township on Section 15, in the fall of 1839. Our subject received his schooling in Indiana and in the old-fashioned subscription schools of this county. When the war clouds began to hover over this country, Mr. Blair became an ardent supporter of the Union cause and enlisted August 12, 1861, at Mason, Ill., in the Thirty-eighth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Company B, Capt. Young. He held the position of First Duty Sergeant, and served till September 15, 1864, that being the expiration of his time, and on account of sickness, received his discharge at Chattanooga. He participated in the battles of Frederickstown, Stone River, the Georgia campaign and other engagements. At the battle of Stone River, he was taken prisoner of war, but paroled, and as the parole was not recognized, he continued to do duty. Upon his return home, he engaged in agricultural pursuits, and as the result of his labor has a fine farm of 140 acres of land with good improvements. He bought his first land in 1864, forty-eight acres, for which he paid $800. Our subject was married, November 3, 1864, to Hannah R. Wilson, who died July 3, 1865. His present wife, nee Miss Adeline Lewis, a model wife and housekeeper, was born October 10, 1835, in Louisville. She is a daughter of Crawford and Elizabeth (Neel) Lewis, and is the mother of four children--Hallie G., born August 25, 1869; Francis W., born December 2, 1870. Harrison E. born August 5, 1872, and Anna Rosette, deceased. Mr. Blair has served his many friends in the capacity of School Treasurer, and in politics is a Republican.
--Source, History of Clay County Illinois, Volume One, page 271