Saturday, February 23, 2013

Robert Thomas Blair: Family & Sugarloaf Mt. Fire

The Robert Thomas & Sallie (Whatley) Blair Family


       1858 - 1935                                                                           1866 - 1944
Robert Thomas Blair                                                                Sallie Whatley

Robert Thomas Blair was born on November 21, 1858, in Anniston, Alabama, which is located in Calhoun county.  He was raised near Coldwater Springs at the foot of Old Choccolocca Mountain.  (It is possible that it was Ol Chocolac Mountain in Tennessee).  Robert had three sisters (Eralda, Molly, and Maggie) and a brother who died at seventeen years of age.  He also had a half sister (Annie) and a half-brother, Orlando, from his father's second marriage to Sarah E. Embry ("Sallie").  When he was only two years old, his mother, Mary Ann (Kirby) Blair died.  After her death, Robert and the other children in the family were taken care of by Mary Ann's parents, who also lived in Alabama.  Her father was blind.  William McCall Blair, Robert's father, was fighting in the Civil War at this time.  Eleven  years later, in 1871, his father, William McCall Blair, moved the family to Texas, locating in Bell county (It is possible that they rented a house in Belton for 1-2 years).  After four more years, he moved to a home east of Moody, Texas (McLennan county).


Wedding Picture of Sallie & Robert Thomas Blair


On May 10 (12?), 1881 (1891?), Robert married a girl named Sallie Whatley in Bell county, Texas; he was twenty-three and she was fifteen.  Isaac Taylor, a Minister of the Gospel, performed the wedding at Sallie's father's home.  The witnesses to the marriage were James F. Lewallen and S.A. Lewallen.  Sallie was the daughter of James O. Whatley and Mary Jane Duty.  She and her brother, Henry L., were twins and were born on August 2, 1866, in the town of Golinda in Falls county, Texas.  Sallie had two other brothers, William J. and Thomas O.; her three sisters were Oreganna, Lilly M., and Eula.  (It is possible that Sallie was first cousin to Cynthia Ann Parker, the mother of the last Comanche war chief, Quannah Parker).  Sallie continued to be a Texas resident after her marriage to Robert on May 12, 1881.

Robert's occupation was that of a tenant farmer and Sallie spent her days keeping firm control of the children and house.  Robert was Presbyterian by faith, but was later baptized as a Baptist.  From 1889 to at least 1891 their family lived in the area just north of Temple, Texas in Bell county (July 18, 1885, Falls county - birth of Edwin) (1891 - Eddy, Texas).  From 1894 to 1899, they made their residence in Heidenheimer, Texas in the same county.  In the fall of 1900, Robert moved his family to the old Volo community east of Sparks, Texas in Bell county.  He lived a few hundred yards from the Little river; his neighbors to the east were the Hilry Swan family.

R.T. & Sallie Blair family at home at the old Volo community in Bell county, Texas.

R.T. Blair's grandson, Aubrey Blair, says he remembered Robert Thomas Blair picking 700 pounds of cotton one day at his farm at Volo.  He also recalled times when R.T. Blair and Hill Swan would go to Summers Mill:

"Grandpaw Blair and Hill Swan would carry a load of wheat and corn to Summers Mill and have their wheat ground for flour and their meal for cornbread.  They would bring it back and store it in big round tins; they would put wax around the outside to seal it.  They would have the molasses barrel sitting on something and put a spigot on it.  They would have a cross-looking outfit on the front and back of it; the front would be a little higher than the back and when it got close to the bottom, they would hold up the back end and let the syrup run out the spigot.  When the barrel was empty, they would take the spigot out and go buy another barrel of  molasses.  They raised their own wheat and corn - they had huge gardens; they canned almost everything."

The Blairs and the Swans had several things in common, including the marriages of three Blair children to three Swan children.  Hill Swan donated the land for the old Volo schoolhouse; later, R.T. Blair purchased the schoolhouse and moved it across the street to his property.  He called the addition, "the schoolhouse room."

On May 22, 1904, R.T.'s father died in Moody, Texas (McLennan county).  Robert Thomas Blair's kids did most of the farm work when they lived at the Volo community.  That property was sold to the Fergusons.  When R.T. was in Killeen, Texas, he didn't do much of the farm work.  When the Great Depression hit, he totally quit working.  When his family moved to Holland, Texas in the 1930s, he just sat in the chair and pulled the dog's ears.  He didn't work.

R.T. Blair pocket watch
R.T. Blair pocket watch













R.T. Blair razor & case.

The label on R.T. Blair's razor case above reads, "San Antonio Bar. Sup. Co., San Antonio, Tx."  The brand name of the razor is "Sabsco".

About 1915, they moved to Sugarloaf Mountain, Texas, located in southwestern Coryell county about sixteen miles southwest of Gatesville (now part of the Fort Hood military base firing range).  R.T. Blair owned the land prior to his building a home on it.  The house was located about one half mile southeast of the Sugarloaf cemetery.

Land transactions related to Robert Thomas Blair in the Sugar Loaf Mountain area:
(Note: Researched by  Jennifer Stabler, Historic Archaeologist, Fort Hood)

1.  John H. Hall and wife, M.L. Hall to Robert T. Blair.  WARRANTY DEED.
Recorded Vol. 63, page 587 Deed Records Coryell county; Dated September 21, 1915; Filed January 12, 1916.  For $ 800.00 cash paid and the assumption by Blair of one note for $ 3, 600 payable to the Middlesex Banking Company and a note for $ 1, 528 payable to J.C. Preston and the execution by Blair of one note for $ 1, 867.10 due January 1, 1916; conveys 253 acres out of the J.G.B. Arnold, A.M. Potter, Jesse Scoggins, and S.M. Edmiston Surveys, formerly known as the Jesse Scoggins place.

2.  John H. Hall to Robert T. Blair.  RELEASE.
Recorded Vol. 63, page 575 Deed Records Coryell County; Dated January 10, 1916; Filed January 11, 1916.  $ 1, 876 note paid  and lien is lifted on 253 acres.

3.  W.D. Hall (Bell County) to R.T. Blair (Bell County).  QUIT CLAIM DEED.
Recorded Vol. 63, page 529 Deed Records Coryell County; Dated October 23, 1915; Filed December 27, 1915.  For $1.00, conveys 253 acres out of the J.G.B. Arnold, A.M. Potter, S.M. Edmiston, and Jesse Scoggins Survey, known as the Jesse Scoggins place, or the John H. Hall place, and being the same land sold and conveyed by John H. Hall and wife to R.T. Blair by warranty deed in September 1915.

4.  R.T. Blair and wife, Sallie Blair to Frank R. Robinson, Trustee for John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company.  DEED OF TRUST.
Recorded Vol. X, page 291 Deed of Trust Records Coryell County; Dated September 12, 1919; Filed October 2, 1919.  Mortgages 253 acres out of the Jesse Scroggins, A.M. Potter, S.M. Edmiston, and J.G.B. Arnold Surveys, to secure a $ 3, 600 note due November 1, 1919.

5.  The Middlesex Trust Company to John H. Hall and Martha L. Hall.  RELEASE.
Recorded Vol. 91, page 257 Deed Records Coryell County; Dated October 17, 1919; Filed November 3, 1919.  $ 292 note has been paid and the lien is lifted on the 253 acres.

6.  R.T. Blair and wife, Sallie Blair to Leon H. Schwald.  OIL AND GAS LEASE.
Recorded Vol. 88, page 223 Deed Records Coryell County; Dated May 22, 1919; Filed February 2, 1920.
For $ 1.00, five year lease on 253 acres in the J.G.B. Arnold, A.M. Potter, S.M. Edmiston, and Jesse Scoggins Survey.

7.  R.T. Blair and wife, Sallie Blair to John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company.  EXTENSION.
Records Vol. 102, page 399 Deed Records Coryell County; Dated September 13, 1924; Filed October 7, 1924.  Due date for $ 3, 600 note extended to November 1, 1924.

8.  John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company to R.T. Blair.  RELEASE.
Recorded Vol. 121, page 93 Deed Records Coryell County; Dated April 12, 1934; Filed April 19, 1934.
$ 3, 600 note paid and lien is lifted  on the 253 acres.

9.  R.T. Blair and wife, Sallie Blair to T.H. Minor and wife, Faye Minor.  WARRANTY DEED.
Recorded Vol. 114, page 263 Deed Records Coryell County; Dated June 30, 1932; Filed July 9, 1932.
For $ 5, 000: $ 2, 870 cash paid and the assumption by the Minors of the $ 3, 600 note payable to the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company of which $ 200 is still due, and the assumption of $ 130 in interest due on the $ 3, 600 note, and grantees agree to pay taxes for 1932 and all prior years; conveys 253 acres out of the Jesse Scoggins, A.M. Potter, S.M. Edmiston, and J.G.B. Arnold Surveys.

While R.T. and Sallie (Whatley) Blair were living here, the house burned down.  The following story was related to me by Robert's daughter, Jewell (Blair) Berry:

"The large family Bible was burned, but I still have some of the original pages. (Note: These pages are shown below).


page 1
page 2

                                     




page 3
page 4
                                  
                                       
































The oil stove started the fire in the telephone closet.  R.T. was very excitable, so Sallie let him sleep while the fire was going.  She saved the kitchen cabinet; a man who helped put the fire out saved a large box of oatmeal with money in it.  Sallie put the mattresses in the yard; one mattress was so hot that it caught fire after she set it in the yard.  (The house had a "T" shaped hall and also a hall that went from the north porch to the south porch).  The doors had glass all the way around; the glass burst from the flames and almost cut Sallie's hand off.  She was afraid R.T. would burn up in the fire, so she woke him up and said, 'Honey, the house is a little on fire.'  She carried him out of the house, clear into the pasture and set him by the gate.  She said, 'I can't work with the house and fool with you.  Just stay here, go to sleep if you want to ; I've got work to do!'  She had the nerve of a mule. The pictures of R.T. Blair and his father, William McCall Blair, in oval frames were destroyed.  R.T .Blair owned an Overland car at Sugarloaf.  When the house burned, they just left the car in the shed."

Another story shared by a relative illustrates how stern a lady Sallie (Whatley) Blair was: "Hill Swan and Sallie (Whatley) Blair took some of the kids to the dentist.  Sallie had seven of her teeth pulled without the use of any painkiller.  After they finished at the dentist, they took the kids to the circus".

The Robert Thomas & Sallie (Whatley) Blair Family, about 1902


(Picture names provided by Robert Glenn Blair)

1.  Earl Blair
2.  Willie Blair
3.  Edwin Blair
4.  Fannie (Swan) Blair  (Another source says it is Garrie (Beard) Blair).
5.  Herbert Orlando Blair ("Herbert" or "H.O.")
6.  Pearl Blair
7.  Sallie (Whatley) Blair
8.  Robert Thomas Blair ("R.T.")
9.  Ruby Blair
10. Jewell Blair

Sallie raised a flock of turkeys; she carried a large staff and owned a border collie dog.  It is said that her hair turned from black to white in a two or three year period.  Robert sold his farm at Sugarloaf Mountain to a Mr. Norman (who married the Baptist preacher's daughter, Kate); the Blairs got a rent house in Killeen from him as partial payment for that farm.

They moved to Holland, Texas (Bell county) about 1927, where they lived across the street from their daughter, Ruby, and her husband, Robert Guess Sutton ("R.G.").  R.T. Blair was a very gentle, mild-mannered person who would let anyone tell him what to do, but he would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.  In his later years, he was almost blind and had a pair of reversible glasses which provided bifocal vision.

R.T. Blair's reversible, bifocal glasses.

According to Dan Fergus Sr., Robert Thomas Blair ("uncle Bob") said that some oil men came around looking for a place to drill for oil.  His kids put out some stakes that said, "Drill here."  Uncle Bob said that the oil men  were excited when they saw the stakes.  On June 16, 1935, at 7:00 am, following several weeks of illness, Robert Thomas Blair died at home in Holland, Texas.  He is buried in the Holland cemetery.


Robert Thomas Blair Obituary


The funeral was conducted by Rev. Blaylock of Temple, Texas at the Baptist church in Holland.  The pallbearers were: John Sloan, Pete Swan, Hubert Nunnallee, Elmer Goodnight, Will Hagler, and R.B. Latham.  R.T. had 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren when he died.

The Robert Thomas Blair Family, possibly taken in 1919.




1.  Mrs. Beard (Garrie Beard's mother)                          15.  Garrie (Beard) Blair's sister
2.  Ted Blair                                                                   16.  Ethel Blair
3.  Gary (Beard) Blair                                                     17.  Earl Blair
4.  Vernie Blair                                                               18.  Earnest Blair
5.  Margaret Blair                                                           19.  Edwin Blair
6.  Mary Blair                                                                  20.  Fannie (Swan) Blair
7.  Robert Thomas Blair                                                 21.  Robert Guess Sutton
8.  Thomas Blair                                                             22.  Aubrey Lee Blair
9.  Sallie (Whatley) Blair                                                 23.  Herbert Orlando Blair
10. Pearl (Blair) Swan                                                     24.  Bertie (Swan) Blair
11. Alva Mae Swan                                                         25.  Willie Blair
12. Ruby (Blair) Sutton                                                   26.  Furman Blair
13. Iva Lee Sutton                                                          27.  Coleman Curry
14. Jewell (Blair) Curry                                                   28.  Will Swan

Robert Glenn Blair provided the names for the above picture.

Sallie was a hard worker, known for assisting those who were sick.  Sallie dipped snuff and said that her grandmother smoked a corncob pipe.  Although Sallie had lived in Holland, Texas, she spent the last few months of her life with her daughter, Pearl (Blair) Swan on their farm near Sparks, Texas.  Sallie Blair died almost nine years after her husband, on Valentine's Day, 1944 in Sparks, Bell county, Texas.  She is buried alongside her husband.

THE CHILDREN OF R.T. AND SALLIE (WHATLEY) BLAIR 

I.  William Ornan Blair ("Willie" or "W.O."):


William Ornan Blair ("Willie")
Garrie Phillips (Beard) Blair



                                                   
                                               














William O. Blair was the first child of Robert Thomas Blair and Sallie Whatley.  He was born on April 30, 1882, missing his parent's first anniversary date by only twelve days.  His future wife, Garrie Phillips Beard, was born on December 19 (9th?), 1886.  They were married in Sparks, Texas (Bell county) on July 3 (9th?), 1904.  Willie was killed in a car wreck on February 8, 1952 in Belton, Texas.  Garrie also died in Belton.  They had the following children:
     A.  Ernest Blair: He was born on April 9, 1905 in Holland, Texas (Bell county)(One source says Sparks, Texas).  He died on April 15, 1921 of a ruptured appendix after being thrown by a horse.
     B.  Furman Smith Blair ("Furman"): He was born on April 9, 1906 in Holland (or Sparks), Texas.  He married Cassie Huey on December 7, 1929.  Furman died in the early 1980s.  They had the following children:
          1.  John Kenneth Blair: He was born on March 17, 1942.
          2.  Robert Ernest Blair: He was born on April 6, 1937.  He married Geneva Smith on June 21, 1958. They had at least one child.
          3.  Lewis Elmer Blair: He was born on December 10, 1931.  He married Mary Brister on April 7, 1956.
     C.  Mary Ethyl Blair ("Ethyl"): She was born on November 20, 1907 in Sparks, Texas (Bell county).  She married Homer Alexander in 1927.  They lived in Belton, Texas.
     D.  William Vernice Blair ("Vernie"): He was born on June 10, 1914 in Killeen, Texas.  He married (1) Vera Whitmire in October, 1932.  They had one child:
          1.  Betty Jo Blair: She was born on September 6, 1933.  She married a Mr. Gunn.  They lived in Boise, Idaho.
Vernie's second wife was (2) wife was Lottie Walker Lemon.  After this second divorce, Vernie married a third time to (3) Edith _______.  Vernie died in 1983 in a hospital in Temple, Texas.  He was a veteran of World War II.  The funeral was at Heartfield Funeral Home in Belton, Texas.  Graveside services were at 2 pm Friday at the North Belton cemetery.  Rev. Lonnie Spurlock officiated.  The family was in the home of W.D. Alexander.
     E.  Melvin Ted Blair ("Ted"): He was born on July 13, 1916 and married Maxine Reeves in 1937.


Ted Blair Obituary
Ted and Maxine lived in Belton, Texas and had five children:
          1.  Bobby Blair: He was remembered as a good football player during his high school years in Belton, Texas.  People in Belton would always get Robert Glenn Blair's son Bobby mixed up with this Bobby Blair.
          2.  Melvin Blair:
          3.  Virginia A. Blair: She married Melvin Elkins.  They had a daughter
               named Barbara Elkins.
          4.  Milton Blair:
          5.  Marie Blair:
   









F.  Ruth Louise Blair ("Ruth"): She was born on September 16, 1921.  She married Woodrow Parker.  They lived in Belton, Texas.  They had the following children:
     1.            Parker: Born February, 1945.  Died the same month.
     2.  James Parker: He was born on July 27, 1947.


II. Edwin Everett Blair ("Edwin"):


EDWIN BLAIR
EDWIN BLAIR WITH CATFISH




















Edwin Blair was the second child of Robert and Sallie Blair.  He was born on July 18, 1885 in Falls county, Texas.  He married Susan Frances Swan ("Fannie") on March 25, 1907 (possibly 1908) at Heidenheimer, Texas.  Fannie was born on August 21, 1882 (possibly 1883) at the old Volo community near Sparks, Texas.  She and her husband were faithful members of the Baptist church in that community, where he served as deacon for many years.  Fannie died on April 3, 1981 at the Four Seasons Nursing Home in Temple, Texas.  Her parents were Hilry Swan and Texanna (Caldwell) Swan.  Edwin owned and operated a service station in Holland, Texas most of his life.  He also owned a lovely farm of 74 acres near Sparks in Bell county which has a good pecan orchard and the standard crops of corn and cotton.  When they moved to the farm, they had a barn raising.  Their house there had a white roof.  Edwin died on Friday, January 8, 1965 at 1:45 pm in a Temple hospital following a several week illness.  Funeral services were held Sunday at 2:00 pm at the Sparks Baptist Church.  The Rev. Robert L. Bunn officiated with the Rev. William G. Etheredge ("Bill") of Electra assisting.  Burial was in the Holland cemetery in Holland, Texas.  Active pallbearers were his nephews.  Hewett Funeral Home made the arrangements.  After Edwin's death, Fannie moved to Holland, Texas.  Edwin and Fannie had only one child, who was born on July 27, 1917 and died four days later, on July 31st.

EDWIN & FANNIE (SWAN) BLAIR WITH GRANDCHILD


III.  Herbert Orlando Blair ("Herbert" or "H.O."): (Note: See separate post in this blog for this family). He was born on October 7, 1889 in Temple, Texas (Bell county).  He married Bertie Bell Swan in 1910.  Bertie Bell was born on November 23, 1889 in Sparks, Texas (Bell county) and died on October 13, 1963 in Killeen, Texas (Coryell county).  H.O. Blair died on February 23, 1963.  They had the following children:
     A.  Aubrey Lee Blair: He was born on August 8, 1917 in Brookhaven, Texas.  He married (1) Mary Lucile Caudle ("Lucy") on January 23, 1943 in Houston, Texas.  Lucy was born on November 14, 1918 in Iola, Texas.  Aubrey's second wife was (2) Mary Thompson.
     B.  Robert Glenn Blair ("Glenn"): (Note: See separate post in this blog for this family).  He was born on May 15, 1923 at home at the foot of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Coryell county.  He married Wanda Jeannine Digby ("Jeannine").
     C.  Bertie Pearl Blair: She was born on December 22, 1925 in Killeen, Texas.  She married (1) ___________, (2) Eddy Whisenant Jr. and (3) ________ Powell.

IV.  Thomas Earl Blair Sr. ("T.E." or "Earl"): He was born in Eddy, Texas on October 19, 1891.  Margaret Elizabeth Beaumier ("Sook" or "Margaret") became his wife on September 29, 1912; the wedding took place in Holland, Texas.  Margaret was born in March 20, 1899, in Hempstead, Texas.  Her parents were Walter Raymond Beaumier and Nan Ann Thomas.  (Note about the Beaumier family: The Beaumiers came over from Three Rivers, Canada.  Three Beaumier brothers founded iron works in Beaumont, Texas). Earl and Margaret Blair lived on the Robert Thomas Blair place between the R.T. Blair home and Runnels Creek.  Thomas Earl Blair Sr. moved to Houston, Texas from Killeen in 1925 where he was the owner of a floral shop; he was a florist until his retirement in Little River.  He and Margaret had a ranch in Wimberley, Texas.  Earl died at 10:40 am on Friday, August 2, 1968, in a Temple hospital following a long illness.  The funeral was on Sunday at 3:00 pm at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home Chapel.  The Rev. Rex Ponder of Little River Baptist Church and the Rev. James Janeway of Academy Baptist Church officiated.  Burial was at the Holland cemetery in Holland, Texas.  Margaret died on June 1, 1989 in Houston, Texas.

Plaque given to Thomas & Margaret
(Beaumier) Blair on their 50th wedding
anniversary in the Fall of 1962 by their
son, Thomas Earl Blair Jr.  The wood is
from their first home in the Volo
community in Bell county, Texas
(Source of image: Marvin Smith Blair)



Margaret & Thomas Blair

























The brass plaque (above right picture) reads:

"Thomas Earl Blair                                                          Margaret Elizabeth Beaumier
Oct. 19, 1891     Aug. 2, 1968                                       Mar. 20, 1899

MARRIED FROM SEPT. 29, 1912 TO AUG. 2, 1968
THE WOOD IN THIS PLAQUE WAS TAKEN FROM THE RUINS OF THEIR FIRST HOME CONSISTING OF TWO ROOMS, WHICH WAS OVER FIFTY YEARS OLD IN 1912.  OF ALL CHILDREN WE THREE ARE THE MOST FORTUNATE TO HAVE HAD MOM AND POP AS PARENTS, AND ONLY BY OUR LOVE AND DEVOTION TO MOM, AND TO THE MEMORY OF POP, CAN WE EVER IN SMALL PART REPAY THEM FOR THE MANY SACRIFICES THEY MADE FOR US.

Thomas June 25, 1914          Mary  July 27, 1917          Marvin  June 8, 1924"


Thomas Earl Blair Sr. and his wife had three children:
     A.  Thomas Earl Blair Jr.: He was born on June 25, 1914 at the foot of Sugar Loaf Mountain near Killeen, Texas.  He married Loys Mae Mabry on June 25, 1933 in Houston, Texas.  She was born on September 30, 1914 in Houston, Texas.
     B.  Mary Elizabeth Blair: She was born on July 27, 1917 in or near Killeen, Texas.  She married George Albert Ross, Jr. on November 15, 1942 in Houston Texas.  He was born on September 30, 1920 and died in 1986 in Houston, Texas.
     C.  Marvin Smith Blair: He was born on June 8, 1924 in Killeen, Texas (Coryell county) and married Baylor Doris Hale on October 25, 1944 in Houston, Texas.  She was born on October 26, 1923.

Marvin Smith Blair, Captain, USN Commanding Officer, Blue Crew
USS DANIEL WEBSTER (SSBN626)
On patrol in North Atlantic  and Arctic Oceans.
(Source of image: Marvin Smith Blair)











USS DANIEL WEBSTER (SSBN626)
Nuclear powered Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine
(Source of image: Marvin Smith Blair)

V.  Annie Pearl Blair ("Annie"): 

Pearl (Blair) & Bill Swan


Pearl & Bill Swan
Pearl was born in Heidenheimer, Texas on February 21, 1894.  She married William Whitnel Swan ("Bill") on April 15, 1917 at the old Volo community near Sparks, Texas.  Bill Swan was born at old Volo on October 9, 1893 in Bell county, Texas and died on March 11, (10?), 1963 in Temple, Texas.  His parents were Hilry Swan and Texanna (Caldwell) Swan.  Bill and Pearl had a farm of about 60 acres in Holland, Texas.  Pearl died on June 10, 1959 in Temple, Texas; Bill and Pearl had one child:
     A.  Alva Mae Swan: She was born on
December 13, 1918 in Sparks, Texas.  She
Married Ralph Franklin Hooker ("Ralph").  He
was born on August 8, 1912 in Hillsboro, Texas.



VI.  Ruby Zelma Blair ("Ruby"):

R.G. & Ruby (Blair) Sutton



















She was born in Heidenheimer, Texas on April 1, 1897.  On June 25, 1916, she married Robert Guess Sutton in Killeen, Texas.  R.G. was born  on December 15, 1895 and raised in Killeen.  He was employed by the Fergus Motor Company for twenty-two years.  He was a shop foreman for Dick Fergus in Killeen, Texas until he retired.  Ruby lived at Sugarloaf Mountain near Killeen and in Holland, Texas, where R.G. Sutton had part ownership of an automotive garage in 1927; he was partners with Edwin Blair.  R.G. and Ruby were later residents at the Leisure Lodge Nursing Home in Temple, Texas.  Ruby died on April 29, 1986 in Temple, Texas (Bell county).  R.G. died on December 2, 1986.  Ruby and R.G. had two children:

Ruby, Iva Lee (back), R.G., & Bob Sutton
Ruby Zelma Blair ("Ruby")



















     A.  Iva Lee Sutton: She was born on September 7, 1917 in Nolanville, Texas.  She married (1) Boyce Umberhagen on March 15, 1935.  Her second husband was (2) Russell W. Parrott on June 19, 1943.  He was born on March 22, 1901 and died on January 25, 1984.  Iva Lee Sutton died on July 23, 1990.
     B.  Robert Guess Sutton Jr. ("Bob"): He was born on July 17, 1922.  He married Orene Holderfield on February 24, 1940 in Holland, Texas (Bell county).

VII.  Iva (Ivie) Jewell Blair ("Jewell"): Jewell was born in Heidenheimer, Texas on December 28, 1899.  She was married to (1) Coleman Chester Curry on August 12, 1917 in Killeen, Texas.   He was born on April 3, 1892 in the Brookhaven district in Texas.  Their marriage produced the following children before their divorce:
     A.  Naomi Jewll Curry: She was born and died on September 26, 1918.
     B.  Jo Bob Curry: She was born in Brookhaven, Texas.  She married (1) Dudley Noble on November 9, 1942 in McGregor, Texas.  Dudley was born in Ohio.  Jo Bob's second husband was (2) Robert W. Copeland.
     C.  Isla Jean Curry: She was born on April 18, 1920 in Sugarloaf, Texas.  She married Marion Swan Hagler on January 7, 1946 in Houston, Texas.  He was born on September 5, 1913 in the old Volo District in Bell county, Texas.
     D.  Raborn (Rayburn?) Mooney Curry: He was born on November 12, 1922 in Brookhaven, Texas.  He married (1) Mary J. King.  His second wife was (2) _______ Wallace.  Her second husband was (2) Rusty ________.   Raborn Mooney Curry died on June 16, 1981.
Jewell (Blair) Curry's second husband was (2) Lee Roy Berry.  He was born on January 1, 1899 and died on January 18, 1965.  He is buried in Holland cemetery in Holland, Texas (Bell county); he is buried in the same plot as R.T. and Sallie (Whatley) Blair. Jewell (Blair) Curry Berry lived in Temple, Texas.  She died on March 21, 1987.

BLAIR SOURCES:
1. Mrs. Anna Fergus (Mrs. M.V. Fergus), Killeen, Texas.
2.  Susan L. Sueur (Sweer), Colorado Springs, Colorado.  (Sister of Mrs. Robin Richey). 
3.  Glenn Blair family: Baby books.
4.  Conversations between Billy Blair and Glenn & Jeannine Blair.
5.  Baby announcements in newspapers.
6.  Billy Blair.
7.  Conversations between Billy Blair and other immediate family members of Glenn & Jeannine Blair family.
8.  Lee & Jeannie (Blair) Pittman.
9.  Conversation between Billy Blair and Lucy (Caudle) Blair (1st wife of Aubrey Lee Blair) on December 27, 1979.
10. Conversation between Billy Blair and Trisha (Cosgrove) Blair (2nd wife of Bobby Blair).
11. William Lee Blair birth certificate.
12. Susan (Thornton) Blair.
13. Conversation between Billy Blair and Mary (Blair) Farris.
14. Conversations with and correspondence between Billy & Susan Blair and Marvin Smith Blair, who is from Bellview, Nebraska.  The correspondence was primarily between 1994 and 1997.  Several copies of census records, photographs, and two letters from Blair Jones to Marvin Smith Blair (dated Oct. 27 and Dec. 21, 1962) regarding the Blair family history were included in the correspondence, along with other research documentation.

Blair Jones letter
to Marvin Smith Blair
October 27, 1962
Blair Jones letter
to Marvin Smith Blair
December 21, 1962
                                                         













15. Correspondence between Billy Blair and Ruby (Blair) Orwig (Mrs. George Orwig from Satellite Beach, Florida).
16. Correspondence between Billy Blair and Mrs. Lula Endsley, who is from Abilene, Texas.  She descends from Hugh Blair.
17. Conversations between Billy & Glenn Blair and Ruby (Blair) & R.G. Sutton.
18. County clerk, Belton, Texas.
19. Conversation between Billy & Susan Blair and Steve & Carolyn Blair, December 25, 1981.
20. Birth Certificates: Bertie Pearl Blair; Robert Glenn Blair; Aubrey Lee Blair; and H.O. Blair.
21. Conversation between Billy & Susan Blair and Mary (Meredith) Thompson Blair & her husband Aubrey Lee Blair, December 25, 1983.
22. Mrs. Lucy Blair (Her husband is Ben Franklin Blair) from  LaMesa, Texas.  (She wrote a book on the Blair family.  Her brother is James William Echols from Fort Worth, Texas).
23. Mrs. Tommie Clack from Abilene, Texas.  (Rev. Hugh Blair sent some information to her).
24. Tombstones of R.T. & Sallie (Whatley) Blair in Holland cemetery, Holland, Texas.
25. Caldwell Bible information.
26. Conversations between Billy & Glenn Blair and Ralph & Alva Mae (Swan) Hooker.
27. The Robert Thomas Blair family Bible.
28. Donald E. Blair from Fort Worth, Texas.
29. Alva Mae (Swan) Hooker - 1980s.
30. Aubrey Lee Blair.
31. A History of Coryell County, Texas by Zelma Scott.
32. Blair family history chart by Marvin Smith Blair.
33. Death certificates of: Robert Thomas Blair; H.O. Blair; Sallie (Whatley) Blair in Bell county, Texas.
34. Conversation between Billy & Glenn Blair and Jewell (Blair) Curry Berry on October 18, 1981.
35. The Handbook of Texas.
36. Conversation between Billy & Glenn Blair and Ralph Hooker.
37. Conversation (taped) between Billy & Susan Blair and Susan Frances (Swan) Blair in June, 1980 at Four Seasons Nursing Home in Temple, Texas.
38. Conversation between Billy & Glenn Blair & Ruby (Blair) & Robert Guess Sutton on February 8, 1981.
39. Coryell County Scrapbook by Mears.
1900 Bell county, Texas census.
40. 1860 Calhoun county, Alabama census.
41. Jeannine (Digby) Blair phone conversation on October 18, 1999 (Info. from Bobby and Donna Blair about their family - the Willie Blair/ Garrie Beard group).  Several pages of information were sent by Donna on this side of the family later, along with photos of William Ornan and Garrie Beard Blair.
42. Conversation between Billy Blair and Glenn & Jeannine Blair on December 22, 1999.
43. Note: Marvin Smith Blair stated that his sister Mary confirmed their brother Thomas' birth location as the foot of Sugar Loaf Mountain near Killeen, Texas.
44.  Jennifer Stabler, Historic Archaeologist for Fort Hood Army Base, Coryell county, Texas - February, 1996.  (Note: She was very helpful in volunteering to research the Sugar Loaf Mountain area, family names, and land deeds in the area).
45.  Jeannine (Digby) Blair conversation with Billy Blair on February  11, 2007.





































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