Joseph Adair

Male Abt 1773 -

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  • Name Joseph Adair 
    Born Abt 1773  , Laurens, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I2026  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 13 Sep 2015 

    Father Joseph Adair,   b. Abt 1750, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 5 Feb 1804, of, Laurens, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Mother Sarah,   b. Abt 1750,   d. Abt 1844, , , , United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 94 years) 
    Married Bef 1770  of, Laurens, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F993  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1. The records of this family are unproven and undocumented and appear to be the passing down of information from Ellen Cherry circa 1950's. I have no verifiable source so far.

      2. The following information is from an uncited typescript but is typical generally of most undocumented LDS versions of the early family of Thomas Adair who married Rebecca Brown. Many other statements within this typescript have proven to be inaccurate. It is often repeated over and over never with documentation or sources. It is a fact that Joseph and Sarah Adair were the parents of Thomas who married Rebecca, but that is all so far. Until proven otherwise, my opinion of specific problems include:
      a. No one knows exactly when and from where Joseph immigrated. The name Adair is certainly Scot-Irish. Death dates and locations of Joseph and Sarah are unknown thus far in my research and the dates of about 1820 and 1845 respectively appear speculative until proven otherwise.
      b. No one to date knows the maiden surname of Sarah, wife of Joseph, nor where she was born.
      c. No one knows the names of any of the children of Joseph/Sarah except the eldest son Thomas, which is from a land deed in Laurens Co., SC. The 1790 census suggest there may have been more than five children. The birth dates on all but Thomas appear to perhaps be contrived or assumed.
      d. There is not one record that shows Thomas had a middle name of Jefferson; however, he did have a son named Thomas Jefferson Adair and since he was Thomas Jr., I suspect many have assumed his father had the same middle name. That would be speculative and is definitely unproven.
      e. Thomas being born in Charleston, South Carolina is suspicious. His parents, James Adair the cooper and his wife Eleanor, are definitely in Laurens County, SC. When Thomas' son Samuel Jefferson Adair was baptized vicariously for his deceased father in 1877 in the LDS temple, he indicated his father was born 25 Oct 1777 in Lawrence [Laurens] District, South Carolina. Another son of Thomas, George Washington Adair, in doing the LDS endowment for Thomas later that year, noted his father as being born in N. Charleston, SC, but gave no date. In early South Carolina history, Charleston was the location where all legal activity up to the 1780s for South Carolina occurred and most upcountry geographical areas were vague and immense extensions of coastal county names. There is always the possibility that Joseph's service in the Rev. War took him to Charleston where there were battles and that his wife came with him, but there is no such proof of such war service except in the more local area of Laurens Co., South Carolina.
      f. For Thomas Adair's birthdate, most every LDS database uses 25 Oct 1771, but I haven't seen documentation that I accept. His son as noted in item e above, states 25 Oct 1777, which may or may not be correct.
      The quotation: "1st Generation. Joseph Adair.
      "Joseph Adair was born about 1745. He was from Scotland, but lived in South Carolina after coming to the new world. His wife's name was Sarah (Lowe or Long), born about 1750 and was also of South Carolina. They were married about 1769/70, and they lived first in Charleston County, near Charleston, S.C., later moving to now Laurens County, S.C. Joseph was buried in 1820, and his wife Sarah, died about 1844. Issue of Joseph and Sarah (Lowe/Long) Adair:
      1. Thomas Jefferson Adair, born Oct. 25, 1771 in Charleston County, near Charleston, S.C.
      2. Joseph Adair, Jr., born about 1773 in Laurens, Co., S.C.
      3. Sarah (or Sally) Adair, born about 1777 in Laurens Co., S.C.
      4. Jenny Adair, born about 1777 in Laurens Co., S.C.
      5. Suffiah Adair, born about 1779 in Laurens Co., S.C."

      1. Per family group sheet archive record [of early 1950's] submitted by Enid B. Willardson [deceased], 914 Scott St., San Diego. references "Old Adair and Brown Family records belonging to Ellen Cherry in Nutrioso, Arizona." I have personally seen her research files in 2001 after her death and found no documentation. Other family group sheets of about the same vintage besides noting Ellen Cherry also state: "Fam. Record James Mangum, 915 N. Album, Farmington, N.M.; Fam. Rec of Hugh Richey of St. Johns, Ariz."

      2. Old Adair and Brown records as quoted in letter dated 29 Oct 1950 (copy in possession of Kerry Petersen) by Enid Willardson from records of Mrs. Ellen Cherry of Nutrioso, Arizona (who had passed away by 1950) state: "Joseph and Sarah Adair who moved from Scotland to South Carolina in the early settling of that state. Thomas Adair, son of Joseph and Sarah Adair, born Oct. the 25th, 1771. He had one brother whose name was John and three sisters, Sarah, Jenny, Suffiah."