An American Family History


The Blue Family

  also spelled Blaw, Blew  

The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia borders Maryland and Virginia. The first European settlers started arriving about 1730.

Hampshire County, Virginia (now West Virginia) was formed in 1754 from part of Frederick County, Virginia.

John Blue

He married Cattron Van Meter.

John Blue (1713 married Mary Marshall and Margaret Keyser),
Michael Blue (1720, married Martha Blackford),
Uriah Blue (1726, married Mary Jordan),
Abraham Blue (married Elizabeth Quick),
Mary Blue (married Jacobus Heins).

The Blues were early settlers in, what is now, the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

John's will was probated in August, 1770 in Hampshire County, Virginia which is now in West Virginia.

At that time, Abraham of Hampshire County relinquished his claim in his father's estate to Catherine Blue, widow of John Blue. The witnesses were Abraham Johnson and Jacob Reasoner.

Michael and Uriah made their homes near Shepherdstown (then Berkeley County, Virginia) while John went on to Hampshire County.

West Virginia is located in the Appalachians and was originally part of Virginia. The capital and largest city is Charleston. It became a state during the Civil War and was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863.


from Early Records, Hampshire County, Virginia: Now West Virginia

Blue, John 7-20-1720;
pr. 8 -14 -1770.
W., Cattron
4 ch., John, Abraham, Uriah, Mical.
Exec., wife and son John Reasun
Sec. Garret Reasun and John Reasun
John Rutan, Sarah Johnson

West Virginia House Resolution 40
by Delegates Mezzatesta and Beach
Introduced February 18, 2004
referred to the Committee on Rules
Requesting the Division of Highways name the bridge on Route 28 near Romney, Hampshire County, the "John Blue Bridge."
Whereas, John Blue came to Hampshire County, Virginia, in 1725 from Somerset County, New Jersey, having allegedly received land from Lord Thomas Fairfax; and
Whereas, The acreage owned by John Blue was present day Route 28 north of Romney, Hampshire County, along the South Branch of the Potomac River; and
Whereas, John Blue and fourteen children who settled in the area and his great grandson, also named John Blue, is noted in numerous Civil War history books; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Legislature hereby requests the Division of Highways name the bridge on Route 28 near Romney, Hampshire County, the "John Blue Bridge" in tribute to an early settler along the South Branch of the Potomac River; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Division of Highways is requested to have made and be placed signs identifying the bridge on Route 28 near Romney, Hampshire County, as the "John Blue Bridge"; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Secretary of the Department of Transportation.

The New River flows through North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia .In 1755, Mary Draper Ingles (1732-1815) was captured by Shawnee warriors near Blacksburg and taken to Ohio. She escaped and made her way home by following the Ohio, Kanawha, and New Rivers.

John Blue, Sr. was born abourt 1713 in New Jersey.

He married Mary Marshall. Mary was born about 1717.

John and Mary's children included:

John Blue, Jr. (1740).
Uriah Blue (1746, married Susannah Williams),
Michael Blue (1748, married Mary Herriot), and
Garrett Blue (1753, married Mary Marshall and Elizabeth Duke).

His second wife was probablyMargaret Keyser. Margaret was born about 1736.

John and Margaret's children probably included:

Abraham Blue (1759),
Peter Blue (1762, married Susannah Kelch).
Jacob Blue (1770),
Benjamin Blue (1772),
David Blue (1774),
Hannah Blue (1779),
Margaret Blue (1781)
William Blue (1784),
Jesse Blue (1787), and
Elizabeth Blue (1789, married Isaac Woods).

About 1754, John Blue was granted 27, 304 acres on the South Branch of the Potomac River in Hampshire County, Virginia (now West Virginia)

In 1770, he bought 243 acres, from Job Welton.

In 1773 he purchased 312 acres, from Thomas Wood.

In 1774 he was granted 203 acres.

In 1782, Michael, Uriah, James?, Abraham, John Blue, Sr. and Jr. were in the census of Hampshire County, Virginia.

In 1790, John Blue was captain of the militia. His brothers, Jacob, Abraham, and Garrett were in the same unit.

John will was proved on April 14, 1791. He divided his land between his four oldest sons who were directed to pay money to the ten other children.

Appalachia was the 18th century backcountry and many settlers were Scots-Irish. It includes southern New York, western Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia, West Virginia, eastern Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee and northern Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.


from Early Records, Hampshire County, Virginia: Now West Virginia

Blue, John. Sr. 10 -16-1790
pr. 4. 14-1791
W., Margaret
12 ch. Uriah, Abraham, Peter, John, Elizabeth, Jacob, David, Michael, Benjamin, William, Jesse, Garrat, Margaret, Hannah
Exec., Uriah and John Blue
Sec., David Forman and Stephen Calvin.
Wit., David Long, William ?inton, Isaac Daton.
Mentions Job Welton-land he bought


from History of Hampshire County, West Virginia by Hu Maxwell and H. L. Swisher

The Blue family were among the earliest settlers in Hampshire County, if not the very earliest. There were three brothers, John, Uriah, and Michael, the two latter making their homes near Shepherdstown, while John settled about five miles north of Romney, and was the founder ot the Blue family in Hampshire County. They came from New Jersey to Virgina early in the seventeenth century. They came to New Jersey from Holland in the early years of the colonization of the United States. They were, therefore, among the pioneers upon the Western Continent; and in all the generations since then they have been influential and useful citizens. The family, so far as their history can be traced in Holland, were in affluent circumstances.

The date at which John Blue came to Hampshire County is fixed partly by tradition and partly by family record. His son John (grandfather of the present John Blue) was twelve years old when he came with his father to Hampshire. He died in 1791, aged seventy-eight years. That would prove that he came to Hampshire in 1725. If such was the case, he was about eight or ten years earlier than the usually accepted earliest settlement of the South Branch Valley.

This John Blue, who died in 1791, left his property by will to his wife and his thirteen children. The names of these children were as follows: Uriah, Abraham, John, Jacob, David, Michael, Garrett, William, Jesse, Benjamin, Elizabeth, Hannah, and Margaret.

Berkeley County, Virginia was created from the northern third of Frederick County, Virginia in 1772. Jefferson County was formed from the county's eastern section. In 1863 Berkeley County became part of the new state of West Virginia.

John Blue was born about 1740 in New Jersey. His parents were John Blue and Mary Marshall.

He married Catherine Sortore. Catherine was born about 1748 in Somerset County, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Hendrick Sortore and Dinah Blue.

John and Catherine's children included:
John Salter Blue, Sr. (1765, married Margaret Wallingford)
David Blue (176o, married Phoebe Wallingford),
Rebecca Blue (1770, married Samuel Trigg),
Jesse Blue (1775, married Margaret Yerkes),
Elizabeth Blue (1780, married Alexander McKee).

In 1782 John Blue, Sr. and Jr. were in the census of Hampshire County, Virginia.

They lived in what is now, West Virginia.


West Virginia is located in the Appalachians and was originally part of Virginia. The capital and largest city is Charleston. It became a state during the Civil War and was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863.


David Blue was born about 1760. He was the son of John Blue and Catherine Sortore.

He married Phoebe Wallingford.

David and Phoebe's children included:

Amy Blue (1797)
Mary Blue (1800)
Famous Mortimer Blue (1801)
John Salter Blue (1805)
Sarah Blue (1807)


Michael Blue was born about 1720 in New Jersey.

He married Martha Blackford

On December 28, 1757, Michael appeared on a militia list in Newcastle County, Delaware.

In April, 1776, Michael leased 450 acres in Berkeley County from Thomas Blackburn. This land was located in what is now Jefferson County, West Virginia, about 1.5 miles south of Kearneysville.

In 1778, Michael subleased 150 acres each to his brother, Uriah, and to Jacob Conkling. 

In 1789 a Michael Blue married Ann Cleary in Berkeley County.

In 1796 a Michael and Nancy Blew sold land in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

In 1812, Michael sold this land to his son, Joel Blue, for $1.  

Uriah Blue (1752 married Ruth Van Meter),
Elizabeth Blue (1755, married Ambrose Grafton)
Barnabas Blue (1757, married Talithacuny "Charity" Marshall),
Michael Blue (1759, married Amelia Mildred Morgan),
Mary Blue (1760, married Abel Ball),
Martha Blue (1762)
Joel Blue (1765, married Catherine Duke),
Hannah Blue (1767)
John M. Blue (1768, married Margaret Dallingforce)
James H. Blue (1769).

A militia is a military unit composed of citizens who are called up in time of need.








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