History of Bourbon, Scott, Harrison and Nicholas Counties, Kentucky, ed. by William Henry Perrin,O. L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, 1882.p. 737. [Nicholas County][Carlisle City and Precinct]
JOHN G. BLAIR, farmer, P. O. Carlisle; was born upon the homestead in 1843, Aug. 30th, to Alexander W. Blair (see history); he received a common school education with the additional attendance upon the Springfield, Ohio high school during the winters of 1859-60, when, at the outbreak of the Rebellion he was compelled to remain at home to render assistance to the family, while his father and older brother united their fortunes with the Federal forces; and in June 1864, he too entered the service, connecting himself with Comp. I, 1st Ky. I; he served until the end of the struggle, when he received his discharge, and was immediately appointed by the government as Assistant Assessor of the 7th Dist., having charge of Nicholas and Robertson, and later Clark counties; this position he held for a number of years, or until the law, requiring that office, was repealed.He then went to Kansas where he engaged in real estate business until the spring of 1874, returning each winter and engaged in trading through the South.In 1875, May 6th, he was married to Miss Lydia A. Thomas, born Oct. 20th, 1852, in Nicholas Co., and daughter of Daniel R. and Rachael A. (Bryan) Thomas; she a daughter of Jas. Bryan and a wife of Nobel; he a son of Erasmus and Lydia (Fishback) Thomas.They had 2 children: Marion Custer, born Nov. 19, 1877; Gertrude Thomas, March 13, 1880.He and family are members of the Christian Church; a Republican politically, and member of the I.O.O.F.He is the possessor of 206 acres of land, which, with his beautiful residence, makes one of the finest and most valuable farms in the county.In 1875 he made the race in Nicholas and Robinson [sic] Counties for the Legislature against John D. Durham and Wesley Robins; he left his own county with 170 odd majority and reduced the popular majority of 800 to 200.In 1878 he made the race for County Judge, with Judge Banta, cutting a 500 majority down to about 200.He is an energetic and enterprising young business man.