William Archer (Archie) Blair
- Born: 29 Jun 1896, Richmond, VA
- Marriage: Mary Elizabeth Hagen circa 1938
- Died: 11 May 1961, Johnson-Willis Hospital, Richmond, Virginia at age 64
- Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA
Cause of his death was Arteriosclerotic hypertension / Pulmonary Edema.
A possible candidate for Archie is found in the WWI Draft Registration Cards in 1918 as William Archer Blair living at 213 West Grace Street in Richmond, VA and born June 29, 1896 in Richmond, VA. This is most likely the correct "Archie" Blair in that Edwin W. Hagen Jr.'s 1958 funeral program was signed by W. Archer Blair, son-in-law.
The WWII Draft Registration Card (for men born on or after April 28, 1877 and on or before February 16, 1897) for William Archer Blair dated April 27, 1942 lists his date of birth as June 29, 1896 in Richmond, VA. He is living with his wife, Mrs. W. A. Blair, at 213 West Grace Street in Richmond, VA. He is his own employer and his physical description is 6' " [probably 6' 0"], 205 lbs with brown eyes, red hair and ruddy complexion. He signs his form W. A. Blair.
The 1900 Federal Census for Brookland Magisterial District, Henrico Co., Virginia, District 28, page 76A, dated June 26, 1900 records Wm Archer Blair (June 1896 - VA) living with his parents, John D. Blair (July 1867 - VA/VA/VA) and Mattie Archer Blair (April 1869 - VA/VA/VA), and brother John D. Blair Jr. (Jan 1893 - VA). John is a wholesale grocer and has been married to Mattie for 8 years. They have had 2 children. Next door is John's brother, Andrew B. Blair (Feb 1866) with his wife Bertha S. (April 1871) and children Alice S. (Sept 1895) and Andrew B. Jr. (Oct 1897). Andrew is a Cashier and Book Keeper and has been married to Bertha for 6 years. They have had 2 children.
The 1910 Federal Census for Richmond Henry Ward, Henrico Co., Virginia, District 80, page 56B, dated April 18, 1910 records Archer Wm Blair (14 - VA) living with his parents, John D. Blair (43 - VA/VA/VA) and Mattie Archer Blair (41 - VA/VA/VA), and brother John D. Blair Jr. (18 - VA) living at 213 West Grace Street. John is an agent for a Glass Manufacturer and has been married to Mattie for 18 years. They have had 2 children. John Jr. is employed as a clerk in the Insurance business. John's brother, Andrew is living nearby: The 1910 Federal Census for Richmond Henry Ward, Henrico Co., Virginia, District 80, page 52B, dated April 15, 1910 records Andrew Berne Blair (44 - VA/VA/VA) with his wife Bertha S. (38 - Maryland/Maryland/Maryland) and children Alice S. (14) and Andrew B. Jr. (12) living at 404 West Franklin Street. Andrew is an Insurance Agent and has been married to Bertha for 15 years. They have had 2 children. Also in the household is Bertha's widowed mother, Mrs. Albert Small (68 - Maryland/Maryland/Maryland).
The 1920 Federal Census for Richmond Lee Ward, Henrico Co., Virginia, District 96, page 196B, dated January 15, 1920 records William A. Blair (23) living with his parents, John D. (52 - VA/VA/WestVA) and Mattie A. (50) Blair and brother John D. Blair Jr. (26) at 213 West Grace Street. John Sr. is a Manager for an Automobile Company while John Jr is a Manager for a Transfer Company and William is an Assitant Manger for a Transfer Company.
The 1920 Federal Census for Richmond Lee Ward, Henrico Co., Virginia, District 97, page 214B, dated January 8, 1920 records Andrew Berne Blair (53 - VA/VA/VA) with his wife Bertha Small Blair (48 - Maryland/Maryland/Maryland) living at 404 West Franklin Street. Andrew is an Real Estate Agent with his own business. Also in the household is recently married daughter, Alice Blair Carter (24) with her husband Robert Hill Carter (27) and their son, Robert Carter (10/12) and brother-in-law, Arthur Cushing Small (46).
The 1930 Federal Census for Richmond, Henrico Co., Virginia, District 25, page 104A, dated April 8, 1930 records Archer Blair (28) living with his widowed mother, Mattie A. Blair (60), at 213 West Grace.
The 1940 United States Census for Virginia, Rochmond City, Madison Ward, District 118-180, page 2308B, dated April 4, 1940 records W. Archie Blair (43 - VA) with his wife Mary H. Blair (42 - VA) living with Archie's widowed mother, Mattie H. Blair (71 - VA) at 213 Grace Street. Also in the household are lodgers Jacqueline Lyon (17 - VA) and the widow Hazel D. Claiborne (44 - VA). Jacqueline is Mary Blair's daughter and is listed as "ab' [absent]. Archie has completed 4 years of high school and is working as a Manager at a Transfer Compnay. Mary has completed 4 years of high school and is working as a Secretary in a Lawyer's Office earnig $1,500 during the last 52 weeks. Jackie has completed 2 years of high school.
Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014
Name: Mr William Archer Blair
Residence: 8036 Whittington Drive, Richmond, VA
Occupation: Partner, Transfer Company
Age at Death: 64
Birth Date: 29 Jun 1896
Death Date: 11 May 1961
Death Place: Johnson-Willis Hospital, Richmond, Virginia
Burial: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA
Registration Date: 12 May 1961
Father: John Blair
Mother: Mattie Archer
Spouse: Mary Hagan
Certificate Number: 1961012181
Military Status: WWI
Informant: Mrs. Mary H. Blair
William married Mary Elizabeth Hagen, daughter of Edwin Walter Hagen II and Mary Elizabeth (Maime) Rannels (Reynolds), circa 1938. (Mary Elizabeth Hagen was born on 1 Mar 1897 in Lancaster City, Lancaster Co., PA. and died on 5 Sep 1992 in Felton, Santa Cruz Co., CA..)