Mills County, Iowa


Ival Melville Blair

Born in Mills County in 1870,
Only child of Andrew Franklin Blair and Nancy Matthews McWilliams.

Thompson Milton Blair & wife, Sarah Elizabeth Linville. c1880

Thompson and Sarah moved to Rawles Township from Gentry, Missouri, in the early 1850's traveling with Richard Coleman Estes and his wife Elizabeth. They, with their children traveled in a set of covered wagons.

Thompson farmed for years just east of the Wahbonsie Church, which he and his wife helped found. He is buried (1883) at Pleasant Hill/Estes Cemetery northwest of Tabor, alongside four of his sons and a granddaughter. Sarah, who lived 28 years longer, died in 1911 at Junction City, Kansas, and is buried there near her daughter Rebecca.

~ Contributed by John Ival Blair
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