Obituaries - Blair
BLAIR, COL. THOMAS continued
with honor to himself and his brave associates in arms, they returned to Allegany—to engage in their more quiet and civic duties and avocations—to which they had formerly been accustomed. Immediately after the war, Col. Blair removed to this neighborhood and engaged in Agricultural pursuits, in which he continued until 1838, when he became a resident of our village.
Here he was one of the chiefest attractions of our community. His excellent qualities of head and heart—his intelligent and interesting conversational powers, his knowledge of the past history and the incidents of the early times of this, then, most western settlement—all combined to give him a prominent character and position in the community—and his name will not fail to be most fondly cherished in the remembrance of many generations yet to come.” (supplied by Betty McCollom, 1994)
“In accordance with the desire of Col. B. and of his friends, his remains were deposited in their last resting place with miltary honors—and the fine and well disciplined company of ‘Continentals,’ from Cumberland, under the command of Capt. Horace Resley, volunteered their services for the occasion.
The company reached the dept an 1/2 past 9 o’clock, a.m. and were immediately waited upon by Col. Pickell, who had been selected by the friends of the deceased as the Marshall of the day, and to direct the funeral proceedings. The company marched to the late residence of Col. B. at 10 o’clock, and after viewing his noble form and countenance were formed in procession; a part of the corps constituted the guard of honor—and the main body of the Company the military escort. The coffin with its honored remains was appropriately saluted by the military and was subsequently placed in the hearse.
The procession was then formed by the Marshall in the following order—first, the clergy, the band of music, the Continentals, the hearse, with the pall bearers, and guard of honor; the mourners, and citizens. The procession proceeded to the M.E. church where the appropriate ceremonies were read by the Rev. Mr. [Joseph] Mason, and who delivered a highly interesting funeral sermon, reviewing the history of the times, from the birth of Col B. in 1771—five years before the declaration of our National independence—to his death, which was listened to with the deepest attention.
From the Church the large procession proceeded in the same order to the grave, where the burial service according to the Protestant Episcopal church was impressively read by the Rev. Mr. Mason, after which the usual salute of three rounds, was fired over the grave by the military. This completed the ceremonies, and the friends and relatives departed from the last resting place of the dead, solemnly impressed with the occasion which had occupied and engaged the attention of our whole community throughout the day.
We cannot close the account of our proceedings without expressing the high satisfaction enjoyed by all our citizens with the excellent and military demeanor of our soldier-firends and their charming band from Cumberland. After the performance of the funeral services, the company was invited to partake of a dinner at the McCulloh house before their return to their homes in the afternoon train. At 1 o’clock the company with some other invited guests sat down to two well filled and splendidly sumptuous tables, to which it is not necessary to add, full justice was done. The commendations of the guests, and the many complimentary remarks in reference to the character of the dinner and the tasteful arrangement upon the tables, could not be otherwise but highly gratifying to our kind and accommodating host and hostess—and adds new interest to the McCulloh House in our town.
Previous to the dismissal of the Continentals and its patriotic band, Col. Pickell, from the steps of the McCulloh House, in behalf of the friends and relatives of the deceased, returned their thanks in a few appropriate remarks for the kind and disinterested services they rendered on the occasion of the funeral ceremonies of the day—and which they will always bear in the most grateful remembrance.” (supplied by Betty McCollom, 1994))
“In the name of God Amen I Thomas Blair of Frostburg, Allegany County in the state of Maryland being in perfect health of body and of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs and thereby be the better prepared to leave this world when it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore make and publish this, my last will and testament in manner an form following that is to say:
First and principally I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor, hereinafter named and after my debts and funeral charges are paid, I devise and bequeath as follows to my daughter Harriet M. Cooper my two houses and two lots together will all my personal property and money in bank. And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint Robert McCulloh to be sole Executor of this my
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Cemeteries, Maryland, Frostburg; Obituaries, Maryland, Frostburg. .
Frostburg (Md.), 1800-1972