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Thursday at the Cemetery #55 ~ Cedar Valley UMC Church Cemetery #3

This week I am honoring some of my paternal Hughes/Hayes family. There are several of my ancestors buried in this quaint cemetery located in Caldwell County, North Carolina.


I have spent the last couple of weeks writing a bio about each relative and posting it in a series of blogs. This is the final one.

Morgan Blair, my 1st cousin 6 times removed, was born on September 16, 1812, in Caldwell County, North Carolina. He was the son of John Colbert Blair (1764-1846) and Frances Hill (1768-1853). He was raised on his family’s farm near Cedar Valley. His family were pioneers in what was then Burke County, but is now Caldwell County. At a young age he learned the trade of a wagon maker. When he came of age he homesteaded his own farm, and he built a wagon shop on the property, and here he built and repaired wagons. He continued to acquire more land each year. In 1838, he married Elizabeth McLeod (1817-1877) the daughter of John McLeod and Elizabeth McRea. They had 10 children, 6 sons and 4 daughters. Morgan built his farm into a great plantation. In 1877, he became the postmaster in Cedar Valley where he served until his death on December 14, 1886, at the age of 74.

Elizabeth McLeod , wife of my 1st cousin 6 times removed, was born on May 26, 1817, in Caldwell County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of John McLeod and Elizabeth McRea. Her parents had immigrated to America in 1798 from Scotland. In 1838, she married Morgan Blair (1812-1886) the son of John Colbert Blair (1764-1846) and Frances Hill (1768-1853)). They had 10 children, 6 sons and 4 daughters. She died on September 29, 1877, at the age of 60.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have written two books “Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time” and “Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip”, both available on Amazon. You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter @VHughesAuthor.

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Thursday at the Cemetery #53 ~ Cedar Valley UMC Church Cemetery ~ North Carolina

This week I am honoring some of my paternal Hughes/Hayes family. There are several of my ancestors buried in this quaint cemetery located in Caldwell County, North Carolina.

I will be spending the next couple of weeks writing a bio about each one relative and posting it in a series of blogs.

Colbert Blair, my 6th Great Grandfather, was born on April 8, 1729, in Berks County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of James Blair (1715-1776) and Mary Colbert (1705-1757). He moved with his family to Caldwell County, North Carolina, in 1740. His family were pioneers in what was then Burke County, but is now Caldwell County. In 1749, he married Sarah Morgan (1731-1827) the daughter of John Morgan (1696-1746) and Sarah Lloyd (1701-1747). They had 5 children, 3 sons and 2 daughters. Colbert fought in the 9th regiment of the North Carolina Militia in the Revolutionary War. He died in 1805 at the age of 76.

Sarah Morgan, my 6th Great Grandmother, was born on September 22, 1731, in Beverly, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of John Morgan (1696-1746) and Sarah Lloyd (1701-1747). He moved with her family to Caldwell County, North Carolina, in 1739. She was the first cousin of Daniel Boone through her mother. In 1749, she married Colbert Blair (1729-1805) the son of James Blair (1715-1776) and Mary Colbert (1705-1757). They had 5 children, 3 sons and 2 daughters. She died in 1805 at the age of 96. No stone has been found found for her.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have written two books “Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time” and “Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip”, both available on Amazon. You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter @VHughesAuthor.

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