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Blair Family Papers

Identifier: Mss. 68s B57

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Scope and Contents

An artificial collections of papers concerning the Blair family of Williamsburg. Includes land grant, 1741, signed by James Blair (1655-1743); document, 1768, signed by John Blair (1689-1771) concerning Loudoun County, Va. justices of the peace; depositions, 1787 and n.d., of John Blair (1732-1800) concerning a lawsuit in the Superior Court of Chatham County, Ga. (Margaret Eustace vs. Seth John Cuthbert) which concerned the estate of his brother, James Blair (1741-1772); deposition, November 24, 1786, of Patrick Henry in the lawsuit of Margaret Eustace vs. Seth John Cuthbert; and letter, 1792, of John Blair to Samuel Meredith concerning payment to Robert Greenhow.  A page from a book with a drawing of John Blair and the caption, "First Grand Master of Masons of Virginia."  Commission from John Blair, Esqr President and Commander in Cheif (Chief) of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia, to Richard Dobson giving him permission to "enlist men for his Majestys Service for the Regiment forthwith to be raised and to be under the Command of the Honble William Byrd, Esqr..."  Dated April 15, 1758 and signed by John Blair.  Written during John Blair's first term as Acting Governor.


  • Creation: 1741-1792


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.


0.10 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:

Purchase of 1 item from Charles Hamilton Auction in 11/1957; purchase of 1 item from J. B. Blackford in 1968; gift of 1 item by Thomas J. Pullen in 1972; purchase of 1 items from Charles Hamilton Auction in 8/1981; purchase of 1 item from Kenneth W. Rendell in 4/1986; and purchase of 1 item from Spencer L. Timm and William C. Allison in 6/1986.

Physical Description

8 items

Processing Information:

Processed by Cynthia B. Brown in 1983.

Guide to the Blair Family Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Cynthia B. Brown and Ellen Strong.
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Language of description note
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Revision Statements

  • May 12th, 2017: Materials added to the collection by Ellen Strong in 1986 and Anne Johnson in 2010.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository