A Guide to the Jerome Blair Collection, 1836-1894 Blair, Jerome, Collection 1990.1

A Guide to the Jerome Blair Collection, 1836-1894

A Collection in
Special Collections, Kegley Library
Collection Number 1990.1


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Special Collections, Kegley Library
Collection Number
Jerome Blair Collection 1836-1894
Physical Characteristics
33 volumes..

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Jerome Blair Collection, Mss. Collection 1990.1, Kegley Library, Wytheville Community College, Wytheville, VA

Acquisition Information

Donated by Gladys Blair, Ann Blair, and Eleanor Sue Murphy in 1990.

Biographical Information

Destined to become a prominent Wythe County merchant, Jerome Blair was born on 12 April 1819 in the Walton Furnace area. Blair evidently intended on studying law and migrating to Texas or Oregon. In an 1845 letter (Kegley Library Vertical File, Families-Blair #34), he admits to William Blair that "if times get any better perhaps I may stay in this county." Blair supported himself by teaching.

On 13 December 1848, Jerome Blair married Emily H. Caldwell (1828-1897). They raised several children together including Isabella Margaret Blair (1852-1917), Hannah E. Blair (1862-1956), Susan Blair, Charles David Blair (1869-1928), and John Blair.

Blair operated general merchandise stores in Grayson and Wythe counties. His Wythe County stores included Brown Hill Furnace, Hutsons Creek, Peirce Forge (Cripple Creek Forge), and Walton Furnace while his Grayson County stores included Cherry Grove and Blair and Hall.

His Walton Furnace property also proved lucrative for Blair. In 1872 he leased it to Millon Howard and Dr. Richard Walton Sanders. The Lobdell Car Wheel Company rented the property in 1879. Blair received preference for hauling goods and providing supplies.

Jerome Blair served as justice of the peace for the eastern part of Wythe County as well as postmaster for Ivanhoe. He died on 2 March 1900.

Scope and Content

The Jerome Blair Collection, Mss. Collection 1990.1, contains ledgers and account books from several general merchandise stores and businesses owned by Blair. Included are records for Peirce Forege (Cripple Creek Forge), Hutsons Creek Store, Brown Hill Furnace Store, and Walton Furnace Store in Wythe County and Cherry Grove Store and Blair and Hall Store in Grayson County. Also included are court proceedings held in the Walton Furnace area of Wythe County and presided over by Jerome Blair, a justice of the peace.


Items are arranged by county, then by store in no certain order.

Related Material

The Jerome Blair Papers, Mss. Collection 1990.2, contains individual correspondence, financial, land, legal, and educational records.

Adjunct Descriptive Data

Contents List

Set 1. Wythe County. 1836-1894.
16 volumes.
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Set II. Grayson County. 1856-1893
17 volumes.
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