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
Burial: Peacham Corner Cemetery, Peacham, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Francis Guber
Findagrave Memorial #: 65259072
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Great Grandfather of Cedric H. Farrow, Essex Jct., VT
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Peacham Corner Cemetery, Peacham, VT
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St. Johnsbury Republican, 26 Jun 1907
DEATH OF HON. GEO. P. BLAIR
BARNET'S FIRST CITIZEN DIED LAST WEDNESDAY
Capt. George P. Blair, this towns first citizen, died last week Tuesday evening, after an illness extending over a year. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1836. In 1849 he came to Peacham, and when 18 years of age he went to California, where he spent six years, most of the time engaged in hydraulic mining in Placer County, where his industry and energy were rewarded with moderate success.
He afterwards enlisted in Co. D., First Vermont Cavalry, where he did faithful and continuous service until he was discharged with his regiment soon after the battle of Cedar Creek, as quarter(master) sargeant of the regiment.
Soon after his return from the service he located in trade at South Peacham, where he was for four years. In 1870 he engaged in trade in this village, where he has remained. In September 1861 he married Miss. Agnes, daughter of Harvey Sanborn, of Peacham, who. with three daughters, and a son survive him. Their children are, Margaret, now Mrs. E. J. M. Hale, who lives here, Mary, who married Dr. A. J. Mackey, and resides in Peacham, Agnes, Mrs. Leslie K. Thornton, whose husband is postmaster here, who has been associated with Mr. Blair in his business interests. His son, George H. Blair, is a bookkeeper in a wholesale grocery at Spokane, Wash.
Mr. Blair has long been a member of the Caledonia County Grammar School at Peacham, and was elected its secretary in 1888, which office he held for several years. He was for many years justice of the peace, first in Peacham, then in Barnet, until he was appointed postmaster at West Barnet, over 20 years ago, which position he held for several years. He has been one of the directors of the Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company at St. Johnsbury since its organization, and at his death held the position of Vice President. He served as selectman, both in Peacham, and Barnet, was elected to the legislature from Barnet in 1880, and served on the grand list committee that drafted the listing law, then enacted. He was a senator from Caledonia County in 1896, and again represented Barnet in 1900, the only man to be sent a second term since the biennial law of 1870 Mr. Blair was entrusted with the settlement of more estates than any other man in the county, and often had in charge large funds, and was legal advisor in this vicinity of widows and orphans, whose interests were as faithfully kept as his own.
He was a man of great public spirit, a liberal supporter of the church at his home, a member of Stevens Post G.A.R., and in every way a representative, and highly respected citizen.
The funeral was held at the Church Thursday afternoon, and was one of the most largely attended of any ever held here. The sermon was preached by Rev. S. P. Brownell, pastor of the church, and assisted by Rev. D. M. McKinley, Rev. D. C. Ferris, and Rev. J. K. Williams. The bearers were members of the G.A.R., and the Barnet Post attended in a body. The floral tributes were very beautiful, including a pillow from the Citizens Bank. Music was furnished by the male quartette of Peacham, and the burial was at Peacham.
Source: St. Johnsbury Caledonian, June 26, 1907
Courtesy of Deanna French