James Blunn, who with his brothers, Thomas and William, was the builder of many of the older brick buildings of West Troy, is a son of Charles Blunn, a central figure in the early development of West Troy. He is a mason, having acquired the trade in his native country, England, where he was born in Warwickshire in 1823. He came to West Troy in 1847, where his father had been located for nineteen years. He was in partnership with his brothers until their death, even in their abstinence from tobacco and intoxicants. Mr. Blunn built the Watervliet Arsenal, his brothers William and Thomas being his partners. In early life he was a maker of gelatine, working for the proprietors of what is now known as " Coxe's Gelatine," of which George Nelson was the original manufacturer. Mr. Blunn has been married three times, and has four daughters, one of whom is Mrs. J. C. Covert, Sr. , of this place; one Mrs. F. W. Covert, of this place; the other is Mrs. Eugene Linn of East Troy; the youngest daughter, Caroline I., by his present wife, who was Edith Shackelton, niece of the late Robert Inwood of Troy.
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