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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


WILLIAM BLAIR, county commissioner of Greene County, Penn., was born in Franklin Township, March 7, 1839.  He is a son of John and Margaret (Orndoff) Blair, who were natives of this county, and of English descent.  The Blairs, who were among the earliest settlers of the county, came from New Jersey and settled in Franklin Township.  William Blair’s father engaged in the business of stone-masonry for many years.  His grandfather, W. J. Orndoff, was a soldier in the revolutionary war.  The farm of 125 acres, where William resides, has been in the possession of the family for more than a quarter of a century.  In 1861 Mr. Blair married Catharine, daughter of John T. Hook, and sister of W. A. Hook, an attorney at Waynesburg.  Mr. and Mrs. Blair are the parents of seven children—F. L., Jesse, Agnes, Lizzie, John C., Maggie and Ida H.  Three of their children belong to the Disciple Church, of which Mr. and Mrs. Blair are prominent members.  He has served as deacon for fifteen years and as Sabbath-school superintendent for twenty years.  Mr. Blair is a Democrat and a member of the I. O. O. F.  He takes an active interest in the education of his children, and has served two terms as school director.


Page 651-652
History of Greene County, Pennsylvania
Samuel P. Bates
Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888

Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles
The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –
Date of Transcription: 04 November 2008
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