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Thomas Richard Arthur Blair             1802-1867
Thomas was born about 1802, the son of Capt. Charles Blair and Charlotte Matilda Dawson. "He was ordained in 1839 as a deacon of the Church of England by the Bishop of Calcutta, and as a priest in 1843 by the Bishop of Tasmania. In 1854 he returned to England, and on the way married a fifteen year old girl, Fanny, at the Cape of Good Hope, by whom he had ten children". [from "George Orwell and Religion" by Michael G. Brennan.]
Frances "Fanny" Catherine Hare       1820-1908
Fanny was born about 1820, the daughter of Capt. Joseph Hare and Sally Bird in Wynberg, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.
I have identified the following children.
  Charlotte Born abt 1842   Wynberg, Cape of Good Hope  
Isabella Born abt 1844   Wynberg, Cape of Good Hope  
Mary Born abt 1848   Wynberg, Cape of Good Hope  
Augusta Michel Born 22 Mar 1850   Wynberg, Cape of Good Hope  
Fanny Stewart Born Oct 30 1851   Wynberg, Cape of Good Hope  
Horatio Douglas Born 7 Feb 1854   Wynberg, Cape of Good Hope  
Dawson Born abt 1855   Dorset  
Richard Walmesley Born 7 Jan 1857   Dorset Married Ida Mabel Limouzin

Birth of Parents
Thomas Richard Arthur Blair b: abt 1802
son of Capt Charles Blair (1776-1854) and Charlotte Matilda Dawson (1778-1837)

Frances Catherine Hare b: abt 1820         Cape of Good Hope
daughter of Capt. Joseph Hare (1772-1856) and Sally Bird (1793-1862)

Marriage
abt 1835
Thomas Richard Arthur Blair
Frances Catherine Hare
(The date comes from the Book mentioned above, stating she was fifteen at the time of marriage)

Children
Charlotte Blair b: abt 1842               Cape of Good Hope
daughter of Thomas Richard Arthur Blair and Frances Catherine Hare
Isabella Blair b: abt 1844               Cape of Good Hope
daughter of Thomas Richard Arthur Blair and Frances Catherine Hare
Mary Blair b: abt 1848               Cape of Good Hope
daughter of Thomas Richard Arthur Blair and Frances Catherine Hare
Augusta Michel Blair b: 22 Mar 1850  c: 26 Apr 1850   Church of the Province of South Africa   Cape of Good Hope
daughter of Thomas Richard Arthur Blair and Frances Catherine Hare
Fanny Stewart Blair b: Oct 30 1851  c: 7 Dec 1851   Church of the Province of South Africa   Cape of Good Hope
daughter of Thomas Richard Arthur Blair and Frances Catherine Hare
Horatio Douglas Blair b: 7 Feb 1854  c: 28 Feb 1854   Church of the Province of South Africa   Cape of Good Hope
daughter of Thomas Richard Arthur Blair and Frances Catherine Hare
Dawson Blair b: abt 1855       Milborne, Dorset         1855 3Q Blandford 5a 237
daughter of Thomas Richard Arthur Blair and Frances Catherine Hare
Richard Walmesley Blair b: 7 Jan 1857       Milborne, Dorset         1857 1Q Sunderland 5a 265
son of Thomas Richard Arthur Blair and Frances Catherine Hare

1861 Census RG9-1331 8 April 1861 Milborne St Andrew, Dorset
Parsonage
Rev. Thomas Blair
Frances Catherine (Wife)
Charlotte (Dau)
Isabella (Dau)
Mary (Dau)
Augusta (Dau)
Horatio (Son)
Dawson (Son)
Richard (Son)
Plus 1 Servant
Age 50
Age 38
Age 19
Age 17
Age 13
Age 11
Age 7
Age 5
Age 4
Vicar of the parish Exbury
Cape of Good Hope
Cape of Good Hope
Cape of Good Hope
Cape of Good Hope
Cape of Good Hope
Cape of Good Hope
Milborne
Milborne
Dorset
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
Dorset
Dorset
abt 1802
abt 1820
abt 1842
abt 1844
abt 1848
22 Mar 1850
7 Feb 1854
abt 1856
7 Jan 1857

Death
Thomas Richard Arthur Blair Died 25 Aug 1867, Age 65,       Milborne, Dorset       1867 3Q Blandford 5a 143

LONDON   11 Jan 1868                         Probate
BLAIR, The Reverend Thomas Arthur Richard - Letters of Administration of the Personal estate and effects of the Reverend Thomas Arthur Richard Blair, late of Milborne, St Andrew, in the County of Dorset, Clerk, deceased, who died 25 August 1867, at Milborne, St. Andrew, aforesaid, were granted at the Principal Registry, to Fanny Blair, of Cleeve Cottage, Sion Hill, in the City of Bath, Widow, the Relict of the said deceased, she having been first sworn.   Effects under £1,500.

1871 Census RG10-2495 3 April 1871 Walcot, Lansdown, Somerset
Cleeve Cottage
Fanny Blair (Widow)
Mary (Dau)
Horatio (Son)
Richard (Son)
Manuel Hastings (Ward)
Plus 2 Servants
Age 47
Age 23
Age 17
Age 15
Age 2
Age 6
Annuitant

Scholar
Scholar
Scholar
Cape of Good Hope
Cape of Good Hope
Cape of Good Hope
Milborne
Norich
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
Dorset
Norfolk
abt 1820
abt 1848
7 Feb 1854
7 Jan 1857
abt 1864

1881 Census RG11-2443 4 April 1881 Charlcombe, Somerset
Lansdown House
William Douglas
Caroline (Wife)
Frances C. Blair (SisLaw)
Plus 3 Servants
Age 74
Age 66
Age 58
Retired Madras Civil Servant

Widow of Milborme Vicar
Salisbury
Wynberg
Wynberg
Durham
Cape of Good Hope
Cape of Good Hope
abt 1806
abt 1814
abt 1820

1891 Census RG12-1935 6 April 1891 St Michael, Somerset
7 Paragon
Fanny C. Blair (Widow) Age 68 Private Means Cape of Good Hope South Africa abt 1820

1901 Census RG13-2343 1 April 1901 Bath, Walcot, Somerset
4 Brunswick Place
Frances C. Blair (Widow)
Ida M. Blair (DawLaw)
Margaret R. (GrDau)**
Marjorie F. (GrDau)
Plus 1 Servant
Age 78
Age 25
Age 12
Age 2
Living on own means Cape of Good Hope
Penge
Buddon NWP
Gya Bengal
South Africa
Middlesex
India
India
abt 1820
18 May 1875
abt 1888
21 Apr 1898
  **Margaret Roseabel Blair is a daughter of Horatio Douglas Blair.

Death
Frances Catherine (Hare) Blair 1 Jan 1908, Age 84,       1908 1Q Bath 5c 407

LONDON   7 Feb 1908                         Probate
BLAIR, Frances Catherine - of 31 The Paragon, Bath, widow, Died 1 January 1908, Probate London, 7 February, to Reverend Charles Edward Benedict Barnewell, clerk.   Effects £259 18s. 7d.



SPECIAL THANKS  to Peter Duby, an avid researcher, for the inspiration for this page.