The subject of this sketch was born in Broome County, New York, in May 1822. His parents were proprietors of a farm on which the young Spencer lived, until he emigrate to Golden State, in 1852, he making the transcontinentaltrip via Panama, crossing the Isthmus, as did all travellers at that date, on mule back. Settling at Rough and Ready, he mined there for about seven years, going in 1859 to Soulsbyville, where he followed the same pursuit for two years. For several years subsequently he remained unsettled, until finally, in 1865, he moved permanently upon the farm where his widow now lives. This is situated near Summerville, and consists of one hundred and sixty acres of well cultivated land, which is managed by Edson, one of the children. Mr. Blair’s lamented death took place September 22, 1870. He was married to Miss M. Knapp, in New York, May 12, 1844, four children being the result of this union, of whom three, Edson A., Eloise J., and George F., survive.

“A History of Tuolumne County, California” Published by B.F. Alley, 1882. Pg. 314.

Submitted by: Nancy Pratt Melton