According to Kauffman's 1960 book "The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle", William Blair is identified as a gunsmith on the 1823 tax list of Brothersvalley Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. I did not find a William Blair in transcripts of the 1820 census of Brothersvalley Township or the borough of Berlin. I did not find a William Blair in transcripts of the 1790 census of Bedford County or in the 1800, 1810, or 1830 censuses of Somerset County. I also did not find an individual named William in the aforementioned census transcripts who had a last name that could easily be confused with Blair in cursive.
I did not find a reference to an 1800s gunsmith named William Blair in any other locale. The nearest gunsmith I know of with a name that could easily be confused with Blair in cursive was William Blain of Westmoreland County, which adjoins part of the western boundary of Somerset County.
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