1 Ashtabula County Compiled by Charlotte Stewart, Formatted by Nancy Mehaffie History Northern Ohio was considered to be part of the land grant given to Connecticut, which said it extended from its eastern boundary westward with no limit. New York and Pennsylvania already had land claimed for some distance, so it was called the "Connecticut Western Reserve" when surveyed and settled from Connecticut. 1 Ashtabula County was formed in 1806 from Trumbull and Geauga Counties. The County Courthouse is located at 25 W. Jefferson St. Jefferson, Ohio , Telephone Probate Court has birth and death records from 1867 to 1908, marriage records from 1811, probate records from 1800 s, Health Dept has birth and death records from 1909, Clerk of courts has divorce records from 1811, civil court records from 1800 s and county Recorder has land records from Ashtabula County Genealogical Society, Inc. Web Page. The ACGS maintains a large collection of genealogical material at our physical location, 860 Sherman Street, Geneva OH. Such items include microfilm copies of numerous Ashtabula County Ohio newspapers, Probate Court records - (marriage, birth, death, wills, estates, etc); Clerk of Court; Recorder (land records misc. records and many more); census records; family files; obituaries; rare and "one-of-a-kind" locally created manuscripts and other records not available at any other location Dollarhide, William and William Thorndale, Map Guide to the U. S. Federal Censuses, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, Baltimore, MD 1987, p : No Blairs (Taylor) 1840 Census Index: James in Ashtabula Census St:Ohio Co:Ashtabula Tn\Twp:Ashtabula pg190 27\31 [very light & hard to read]
2 Bigelow, Laxton, 36, m, tailor, 600, New York Bigelow, Mary, 29, f, Ohio Bigelow, Elizabeth H., 10, f, Ohio Bigelow, George W., 5, m, Ohio Blair, Henry J., 16, m, tailor, Ohio St:Ohio Co:Ashtabula Tn\Twp:Ashtabula pg192 50\58 Fields, Aaron L., 62, m, farmer 8,000,?? Fields, Diana, 56, f, New Jersey Fields, Albert, 24, m, tailor, Ohio Fields, Arthur, 18, m, farmer, Ohio Fields, George, 30, m, butcher, 2,300, Ohio Fields, Ruth, 25, f, Ohio Fields, Arthur, 4, m, Ohio Fields, Franklin, 1, m, Ohio Blair, Charlotte, 14, f, Ohio(S) Wentworth, Rebecca, 12, f, Ohio(S) Maker, Benjamin, 14, m, Ohio St:Ohio Co:Ashtabula Tn\Twp:Orwell pg \1525 Blair, Ralph E., 42, m, landlord, 1,600, Massachusetts Blair, Sophronia, 44, f, Massachusetts Blair, John W., 11, m, Ohio(S) Blair, M.Louisa, 7, f, Ohio(S) Hiles, Lorenzo, 24, m, blacksmith, New York Barber, Roger, 75, m, none, Connecticut Ticehurst, Samuel, 22, m, clerk, England St:Ohio Co:Ashtabula Tn\Twp:Rome Twp. pg \1413 Morey, Hazard, 70, m, farmer, 3,000, New York Morey, Elizabeth, 66, f, New York Morey, George L., 25, m, laborer, New York Wilkins, Erwin, 17, m, laborer, Ohio(S) Blair, Lovina E., 24, f, Pennsylvania St:Ohio Co:Ashtabula Tn\Twp:Wayne pg278 52\56 Ward, Sylvester, 51, m, farmer, 14,000, Connecticut Ward, Elize, 42, f, Ohio Ward, Darwin, 18, m, Ohio Ward, Seretta, 11, f, Ohio Ward, Flora, 2, f, Ohio Gunn, Comfort, 19, m, laborer, Ohio Blair, Cyrus, 22, m, farmer, unknown 1860 Census: Ashtabula Co. and Twp., and P.O., 20 June 1860, roll 932 p. 18, h/h 284/283 Marshall Wright, age 26, sailor, 200pp, b. CT Jane Wright, age 26, b. NY
3 Jesse Wright, age 1, b. OH James W. Jefford, age 32, sailor, 200pp, b. NY Jackson Jefford, age 20, b. OH Henry J. Blair, age 29, sailor, 500pp, b. PA Florence Blair, age 23, b. NY [should read Cordelia Blair nee Jefford, wife of Henry J.] [s/o Joseph Curtis and Laverne White Blair of Erie Co., PA] 1860 Census: Ashtabula Co. Orwell Twp. & P.O., 18 July 1860, roll 932 p. 150, h/h 1350/1217 Sophronia Blair, age 55, 1000/300, b. MASS Mary L. Blair, age 18, teacher, b. OH 1870 Census: Ashtabula Co., Amboy Twp., and P.O., 7 July 1870, roll 1170, p. 23, h/h Henry J. Blair, age 39, lake captain, 1200/300, b. PA, citizen over age 21 Cordelia Blair, age 33, keeps house, b. NY Jennie A. Blair, age 8, b. OH, school within year Joseph O. Blair, age 7, b. OH, school within year Laurene Blair, age 2, b. OH 1870 Census: Ashtabula Co., Kingsville, Amboy P.O., 21 June, roll 1170, p. 229, h/h 193/207 John F. Blair, age 49, farmer, 12,000/2,500, b. NY, citizen over 21 Percis Blair, age 40, keeps house, b. NY Charles Blair, age 22, b. NY, citizen over 21 Nellie Blair, age 18, b. NY, school within year Margaret Foster, age 24, b. Ireland, servant, father & mother foreign born Margaret Foster, age 4, b. NY, father & mother foreign born Horatio Nelson, age 12, b. OH, school within year Athens Co., Rome Twp., Coolville P.O., 4 June 1870, roll 1171, p. 189, h/h 94/91 Jane Blair, age 40, keeps house, 800/100, b. OH, cannot write John W. Blair, age 22, laborer, 150RE., b. OH, cannot read or write, citizen over 21 Mary E. Blair, age 20, b. OH Samuel C. Blair, age 18, b. OH, cannot write Nancy A. Blair, age 16, b. OH, school within year Charlotte Blair, age 11, b. OH, school within year Thomas T. Blair, age 10 b. OH, school within year 1880 Census: Ashtabula, Ashtabula, Ohio Source: FHL Film National Archives Film T Page 303A Wm. B. BLAIR, Self, M, M, W, 36, IRE, Miller, Fa: IRE, Mo: IRE Artemcia W. BLAIR, Wife, F, M, W, 38, PA, Keeping House, Fa: PA, Mo: PA Robt. M. BLAIR, Son, M, S, W, 8, PA, At School, Fa: IRE, Mo: PA 1880 Census: Ashtabula, Ashtabula, Ohio Source: FHL Film National Archives Film T Page 307B Henry J. BLAIR, Self, M, M, W, 49, PA, Sailor, Fa: ---, Mo: --- Cordelia V. BLAIR, Wife, F, M, W, 42, NY, Keeping House, Fa: NY, Mo: NY Jennie A. BLAIR, Dau, F, S, W, 18, OH, At School, Fa: PA, Mo: NY Joseph C. BLAIR, Son, M, S, W, 16, OH, At School, Fa: PA, Mo: NY Laverne L. BLAIR, Dau, F, S, W, 12, OH, At School, Fa: PA, Mo: NY John H. BLAIR, Son, M, S, W, 8, OH, At School, Fa: PA, Mo: NY
4 Frank J. BLAIR, Son, M, S, W, 6, OH, At School, Fa: PA, Mo: NY Chas. A. BLAIR, Son, M, S, W, 4, OH,,, Fa: PA, Mo: NY 1880 Census: Kingsville, Ashtabula, Ohio Source: FHL Film National Archives Film T Page 477B J. H. BLAIR, Self, M, M, W, 59, NY, Retired Farmer, Fa: MA, Mo: MA Persia A. BLAIR, Wife, F, M, W, 50, NY, Keeping House, Fa: VT, Mo: NY Charles H. BLAIR, Son, M, M, W, 32, NY, Farmer, Fa: NY, Mo: NY Emmily C. BLAIR, Wife, F, M, W, 38, OH, House Keeping, Fa: NY, Mo: NY Hattie CARPENTER, MotherL, F, W, W, 71, NY, At Home, Fa: CT, Mo: CT Grace R. BLAIR, Dau, F, S, W, 8, OH,,, Fa: NY, Mo: OH Frank M. BLAIR, Dau, F, S, W, 7, OH,,, Fa: NY, Mo: OH Cash H. BLAIR, Son, M, S, W, 4, OH,,, Fa: NY, Mo: OH Hawley WOOD, Other, F, S, W, 24, NY, Laborer, Fa: NY, Mo: NY 1880 Census: Kingsville, Ashtabula, Ohio Source: FHL Film National Archives Film T Page 486D W. H. CHEESEMAN, Self, M, M, W, 54, NY, Pedler, Fa: NY, Mo: NY Merrneen V. CHEESEMAN, Wife, F, M, W, 44, PA, Keeping House, Fa: NY, Mo: NY Alie J. CHEESEMAN, Dau, F, S, W, 11, PA, At School, Fa: NY, Mo: NY Marshall CAPRAN, Other, M, S, W, 23, OH, School Teacher, Fa: OH, Mo: OH W. A. BREWER, Other, M, S, W, 22, OH, Telegraph Operator, Fa: MA, Mo: OH Abraham BLAIR, Other, M, S, W, 35, WI, Laborer, Fa: ---, Mo: --- Letters Letter from Marilyn Bobsiene 12/31/1999 Sent to her by her professional researcher in Ashtabula Co., OH. Joseph Curtis Blair ( ) m. Laverne White. Their daughter Sarah A. Blair ( ) married #1. in 1856 Alonzo Button who died before 20 Feb 1869 (will probated then) #2. Marshall C. Wright ( ). Sarah apparently had no children. Her will mentions brother Henry J. Blair and some nieces and nephews (his children): Jennie A. Blair, Joseph C. Blair, John H. Blair, Frank J. Blair and Charley A. Blair (their sibling Lovene Blair Kunkle was not mentioned). Her will is dated 8 Sept and probated 30 Oct (Estate #3533) Only next of kin resident of the State of Ohio is Henry J. Blair, brother of Ashtabula Co. From death certificate #5185, Vol. 1, p. 234 Here father Joseph C. Blair, Mother, Unknown, mistakenly called single. Marriages Marriages in county from KIMBREL (all from IGI) Blair, James & Pratt, Charlotte Wright, 20 Dec 1832 Blair, Thomas S. & Wright, Jane, 25 Oct 1835 Button, Alonzo & Blair, Sarah, 9 Apr 1857 Blair, Henry J. & Jefferds, C.V., 12 Jun 1860 Blair, Charles H. & Carpenter, Emily C., 5 Oct 1870 Lowe, George T. & Blair, Nellie W., 22 May 1872
5 Kunkle, Harry M. & Blair, Laverne, 1 Sep 1884 Published Biographies Biographical history of northeastern Ohio : embracing the counties of Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake : containing portraits of all the presidents of the United States, with a biography of each, together with portraits and biographies of Joshua R. Giddings, Benjamin F. Wade, and a large number of the early settlers and representative families of to-day.. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., pg 819/20- Mr. Blair came from Mass to PA in He had five children: 1. Joseph C. b. c MA d St. Charles, IA, wed first to Lydia White, who died She was dau. of James White of French Ancestry. Had three sons: David, Joshua and James (see below). 2. Lyman Blair--(see BSGR database for Erie Co., PA) 3. William Blair, killed in PA. 4. Polly Blair wed Morey 5. Amanda Blair wed Hull. Re the above James Blair: In 1844 when he came to Ashtabula, he lived with his uncle James Blair, an old lake captain who died in the fall of Families who show births, marriages or deaths in this Co. in BSGR database: SEE: 1. William Blair of Moneymore, Ireland 2. John Foster Blair & Persis Ann Warner 3. James Blair & Nancy/Agnes Weir, Trumbull Co., OH Abbreviations: BFM-Blair Family Magazine BMEM- Blair Society for Genealogical Research Member BSGR-Blair Society for Genealogical Research CCH-County Courthouse Co-County Fa-Father FGS-Family Group Sheet FHL-Family History Library, Church of Latter Day Saints NR-Number PP-Personal Property (S) school within the year TN-Town TWP-Township Taylor, Alberta, Collected Blair Data, A Guide to Further Research extracted, compiled and bound by Coolville, Ohio. (unpublished manuscript) Kimbrel, Sue Blair, Blair Family Marriages , pub. by Blair Society for Genealogical Research, Printed by D & E Printing, Brownsburg, IN 1994.