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Review: New genealogy book by Dr. Roger Grider


Book Review of Dr. Roger Grider's "The Family of James Blair and Nancy Day" which includes items about Adair, Russell Counties and these families: Mayberry, Womack, Demoss, Hudson, Rippetoe, Grider, Baldock, Smith, Sloan, Jennings, and Antle

By Fredrick Eugene Blair

A new genealogy book, The Family of James Blair and Nancy Day, by Roger D. Grider, is now available. Dr. Grider, a descendant, has spent many years studying his heritage and this massive volume is evidence of his meticulous and thorough research. This will be the landmark body of work in this line for all the generations coming after us.

The author traces for three generations the descendants of James I and (Mary Colbert?) Blair who settled in Rowan (later Burke) County, North Carolina as part of the epic Scotch-Irish migration before the Revolutionary War. Paralleling this, he examines the Day family and especially those Days who moved into Rowan County in the latter part of the 1700s. The Days and the Blairs were closely allied for many generations as neighbors, friends and fellow travelers, and they intermarried to a great extent.

Following these three generations, the writer concentrates on James Blair IV who was the grandson of Colbert Blair I and Sarah Morgan, and likely the posthumous son of (James?) Blair who died in the Battle of Kings Mountain while fighting for the British Crown during the Revolutionary War. James IV married Nancy Day and moved in the early 1800s from Burke County, North Carolina to Kentucky, first to Cumberland County, then to southeast Adair County which later became part of Russell County. There they settled along Reynolds Creek, and their descendants still are a strong presence in that area.

Separate chapters of the book examine the progeny of each of their thirteen children: James Jr., Delilah, John Richardson, Margaret, Burton, Morgan, Larkin, Nancy, Mary, Elizabeth, William, Thomas Leftridge, and Emily. As this descendancy continues, the primary allied families are enumerated with Mayberry, Womack, Demoss, Hudson, Rippetoe, Grider, Baldock, Smith, Sloan, Jennings, and Antle being prominent.

A massive compilation, with thousands of this couple's descendants, the book is nevertheless well organized and easy to navigate. Researchers will have no difficulty finding an individual or a branch of these descendants and tracing their lineage.

Dr. Grider also gives us an interesting and informative chapter of history which takes us from the Scottish Lowlands to Northern Ireland, to the New Country, down through Lower Creek in old Burke County, and on to the Cumberland Foothills of Kentucky.

Published by Chicago Spectrum Press in 8.5 X 11" format with a laminated soft cover, this 491-page volume includes many notes, ancestral charts, cemetery surveys, historical records, 168 photographs, 13 maps, and a six-generation name index of 47 pages.

The book is available for $36 plus $4 S/H. Orders may be addressed to Roger D. Grider, 6209 Orion Rd., Louisville, KY 40222 (E-mail:

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Dr. Roger Grider book: The Family of James Blair and Nancy Day

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