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John Durbarrow Blair (1758–1823)


Bushtod Washington was a member of the Bible Society of Virginia while Blair was its president.


John Durbarrow (or Durburrow) "Parson" Blair, Richmond-area cleric and friend of John Marshall, was born on 15 October 1758 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Princeton in 1775, taught school, and (in 1784) was ordained in Hanover, Virginia. The next year Blair married Mary Winston (1763–1831); they would have eight children. Around 1790 the family moved to Richmond, where Blair intended to open a classical school. He served as parson in that city until his death on 10 January 1823.


[Louisa Coleman Gordon Blair], Blairs of Richmond, Virginia; the Descendants of Reverend John Durburrow Blair and Mary Winston Blair, His Wife (Richmond: William Byrd Press, 1933).

George Wythe Munford, The Two Parsons; Cupid’s Sports; The Dream; and The Jewels of Virginia (Richmond: J.D.K. Sleight, 1884).

A Guide to the John D. Blair Papers, 1781–1823, Library of Virginia, Richmond (Archival Resources of the Virginias).

Maurice Duke, "John D. Blair (1759–1823)," in John T. Kneebone et al., eds.,The Dictionary of Virginia Biography, Volume I, Aaroe-Blanchfield (Richmond: The Library of Virginia, 1998), 546–47.

Rev John Durbarrow "Parson" Blair at Find a Grave.

Parson John Durburrow Blair at FamilySearch.