Notes on Dorcas Blair parents — Errors out there

I am finding that the info on Dorcas parents is messy out there on the web.   Her father William Hiram Blair and mother Elizabeth Black are pretty well documented.  HOWEVER, William is getting confused with another William Blair.  So our William’s birth and death info is often probably wrong.  Ours seems to have been born in 1777 and died in Missouri or Arkansas in 1846.

 

The confusion is arising since the second William and His wife Sarah also have a daughter Dorcas.  But she’s not the right one and has a different birth year. 

Here’s the info on the WRONG William.  He had a really detailed tombstone as did his wife.

Birth:   Mar. 24, 1759
Death:   Jul. 2, 1824
  
Inscription:
Here rests the Body/ of/ Mr. WILLIAM BLAIR./ who departed this life in the 66th year of his age,/ on the 2nd of July A.D. 1824, at 9 O’Clock P.M./ He was born in the County of Antrim, Ireland,/ on the 24th of March 1759. When about 13 years old/ he came with his Father & family to this Country,/ where he resided till his death./ Immediately on the left are deposited the Earthly/ Remains of his only wife SARAH. whose death/ preceded his own but a few years./ He was a Revolutionary Patriot:-And in/ the humble Stations of private Soldier and/ Waggon master it is believed he Contributed/ more essentially to the Establishment of American/ Independence than many whose names are/ proudly emblazoned on the page of History./ With his Father’s waggon he assisted in/ transporting the baggage of the American/ Army for several months.- He was also/ in the battles of the Hanging Rock.- The/ Eutaw, Ratliff’s bridge, Stono- and the/ Fish dam ford on broad river.- In one/ of these battles (it is not recollected which) he/ received a slight wound: but so far from/ regarding it, either then or afterwards, when/ it was intimated to him that he might avail/ himself of the bounty of his Country and/ draw a Pension (as many of his Camp associates/ had done) he declared that, if the small/ Competence he then possessed failed him, he/ was both able and willing to work for his/ living; and if it became necessary, to fight/ for his Country without a penny of pay./ He was in the Language of Pope,/ The noblest work of God- an honest man./ ‘No farther seek his merits to disclose,/ Or draw his frailties from their dread abode;/ (There they alike in trembling hope repose)/ The bosom of his Father and his God.’/ T. Walker (No. 145) Meeting St./ Charleston/ [horizontal stone]
 
Burial::
Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Riverside (Lancaster County)
Lancaster County
South Carolina, USA
Plot:
 
Created by: Mary Clyde Reid Mungo
Record added: Jan 4 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10224664And his wife–

Birth:   Jul. 18, 1763
Death:   Sep. 17, 1816
  
Inscription:
Here RESTS THE Body/ OF/ MRS. SARAH BLAIR/ wife of/ WILLIAM BLAIR/ and/ Mother of/ MARY, JAMES, JANE, DORCAS, GEORGE,/ ELIZABETH, and WILLIAM BLAIR./ She was the daughter of/ GEORGE DOUGLASS, Esquire;/ was born in this vicinity, July 18th A.D. 1763,/ and died at the 9th hour in the Evening/ of the 17th day of September A.D. 1816./ It is hoped, and believed She discharged/ the relative duties of a Christian, Wife/ and a Mother to the satisfaction of her God./ Her gentle spirit, freed from this world/ of wickedness and pain,/ Has flown where scenes of Love/ and Bliss immortal reign./ T. Walker/ Charleston/ [horizontal stone]
 
Burial::
Old Waxhaw Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Riverside (Lancaster County)
Lancaster County
South Carolina, USA
Plot:
 
Created by: Mary Clyde Reid Mungo
Record added: Jan 4 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10224665

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