Hannah Adair

Female 1784 - 1866  (~ 82 years)

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  • Name Hannah Adair 
    Born Sep 1784  of, Laurens, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 31 Oct 1866  Laurens, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Meadors Cemetery, Laurens, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3753  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2015 

    Father James Adair, Jr.,   b. Abt 1748, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1818, Duncan Creek, Laurens, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Mother Hannah,   b. 28 Sep 1750, of, Laurens, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1826, Duncan Creek, Laurens, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married Bef 1771  of Duncan Creek, Laurens, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1581  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Reuben Meadors,   b. 6 May 1776, , Amelia, Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. From 9 Jul 1829 to 15 Aug 1829, , Laurens, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married Bef 1804  of, Laurens, South Carolina, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2015 
    Family ID F1593  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1. Censuses:
      1820 US: Laurens Co., South Carolina, pg. 48 of 67, next door neighbor is Robert Long:
      Reuben Meadors, 0-1-0-0-0-1; 2-0-1-1-0; 0; 1; 0; 0; 1-0-0-0; 1-1-0-0. [Since Robert is shown over age 45, he would have to have been born before 1775. Oldest son appears to be between ages 16 and 18 making a marriage likely before 1804.]

      1830 US: Laurens Co., South Carolina, pg. 218, next door neighbors include Robert Adair and Robert Long; husband Reuben evidently is deceased:
      Hannah Meaders, males 0-5: 2, 20-30:1; females: 5-10:1; 10-15:1, 15-20:1, 40-50:1.

      Can't find in 1840, 1850, and 1860 censuses. 1840 US: Laurens Co., South Carolina, does show Robert Long but no Meadors in near proximity as before.

      2. Rootsweb.com Worldconnect database "prather2222" of Randy Jones 2 Oct 2005 notes much on the Prather family. On this individual, he notes birth as Sep 1784 with death of 31 Oct 1866 in South Carolina. Another database "barbdale4" of Barbara Shultz notes parents as James Meadors and Susanna Morris. Other databases suggest Susannah Jordan instead of Morris.

      3. Jett Hanna [jettplane@aol.com] provided me on 8 Jul 2005 with a copy of his analysis of the Brownlee manuscript as follows. It mirrors my own understanding; however, anything with which I disagree I note in [brackets]. Jett entitles his paper as "Laurens County Area Adair Family Trees." It is broken down by three families: James Adair who married Eleanor, his brother Joseph who married Sarah Laferty, and a William of whom absolutely nothing is known except just his name on the Williams Petition and that Brownlee notes he died 1780-84 and that his estate was administered 1784 per Abbe Wills, p. 10. Text quoted as follows:
      "This tree is based on Early Adairs of Laurens County, South Carolina, by Mildred Brownlee. This was provided to me by W. Lee Adair, who obtained it from the Laurens County Public Library. Handwritten notes show a date of 1990 on Brownlee's manuscript. I have not examined these deeds personally. In some cases, notes and questions below are my own additions. This analysis seems to discredit some of the trees in the Adair History and Genealogy, and adds significantly to what is know of the Laurens area Adairs. I have not fully finished analyzing this work, and may have left out parts that are not as critical to my work.
      "Based on this work, it appears very possible that the elder Joseph Adair (m. Sarah, m. Susannah) and his brother James (m. Eleanor) settled in Laurens County at the same time, as suggested by the Adair History and Genealogy. I do not believe, however, that this James was the author of the book on the Indians and reputed patriarch of the Cherokee Adairs. This James was a cooper (barrel maker) according to the deeds. Modern editions of the History of the American Indians suggest that the author James Adair was a direct immigrant to South Carolina, but with no concrete evidence.
      "The Williams Petition: In the tree, LCW is Laurens County Wills; LCD is Laurens County Deeds. Also mentioned is the Williams petition. This petition is a significant document in analyzing the Laurens County Adairs. Published in the South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. XV, No. 1 1987, p. 32-33, the original is #5767, Manuscript Department, Wm. Perkins Library at Duke University. The petition is in support of Colonel James Williams, a militia leader of the Patriots in the Laurens area (Little River Regiment). The petition, signed by members of the Little River Regiment, is directed to the Governor of South Carolina and the Privy Counsel, and attests to Williams' devotion to the Patriot cause. Williams led militia in a number of battles. I suspect that this petition was provided prior to Williams' elevation to the rank of Brigadier General following the Battle of Musgrove Mill, which was fought in what is now Laurens County. Williams had been accused of puffing his role in the battle. Williams went on to die at Kings Mountain - one of the few Patriot casualties that day on October 7, 1780. Williams had run for the South Carolina legislature as a Patriot in 1778, only to lose to Robert Cunningham, the infamous Loyalist leader. For more on Williams, see Draper, "Kings Mountain and Its Heroes," (Cincinnati, 1883). Signers of the Williams petition include the following Adairs: Isaac Adair, Jms. Adair, James Adair, Sr., Joseph Adair, Jr., Joseph Adair, Benjamin Adair, Joseph Adair, Sr., James Adair, Jr, son of James, William Adair, John Adair, and John Adair, Sr., and Alexander Adair. Comparing deed and will records to the names, Brownlee identifies the Adair signers [copies Brownlee's explanations]. Brownlee's identifications look very logical to me.
      "The Laurens County Adair Tree:
      1. James Adair m. Eleanor: 150a land grant to James Adair-same date as Joseph 250a. Both referred to in records as coopers (barrel makers). James, cooper in LCD F/8,9,10, A/185. Eleanor released right of dower on deed dated 2/12/1796; date of transfer by James was 2/24/1784. Which deeds correspond with which dates? See Joseph below. Eleanor was also witness on deed from William Price and wife, Margaret to James Adair, son of James, 2/6/1792.
      1.1 Joseph Adair m. Sarah Dillard [Surname Dillard is a Jett addition and I don't believe proven even though many LDS lines use this as well without documentation.]: Joseph Adair, Jr. to Wm. Holland, 120 ac. Release of dower by Sarah, wife of Joseph Jr., and Eleanor, widow of James Adair, dec'd, LCD F/109. Suggests land owned by James m. to Eleanor, but how does it correspond to land grants? If land belonged to Joseph junior by intestacy laws, why wasn't James m. to Hannah on deed, too? LCD G/570 has dower release for Sarah Adair, wife of Joseph.
      1.1.1 Thomas Adair m. Rebecca Brown: LCD H/22, Joseph Adair of Duncan Creek to eldest son Thomas Adair. Witness Jane Adair. Dower releases for Rebecca in LCD H/129, H/209, and land purchased H/228.
      1.1.2 ?Hannah m. John Jones: see F/8,9,10. 8 & 9: 8/1/1795. 10: 2/25/1784. F/10 is deed from James Sr. and wife Eleanor to John Jones, has witnesses James Adair, saddler, and James Adair, Jr. [Without giving a reason, Jett places Hannah as a possible daughter of Joseph, son of James; however, Brownlee indicates she believes her to be a daughter of the original James and Eleanor which would make her a sister to Joseph son of James. Perhaps a typo on Jett's part.]
      1.2 James Adair m. Hannah: Corresponds to James son of James in the Williams petition per Brownlee. James m. Rebecca had a son James, but probably not old enough to sign petition as James m. Rebecca born 1747 per Indiana tombstone. Petition 1780 would mean James m. Rebecca was 33 in 1780; doubtful his son James could be of fighting age. Compare to Adair compilation. LCD M/77-78 reports death of James Adair, Sr., widow Hannah. Hannah Adair's will LCW F/65, proven 1826. James 115(2) 1790 Census. 2 daughters not accounted for. James Jr. was under 16 according to this census.
      1.2.1 Elizabeth m. James? Parlmore (Palmer): LCD M/77-78.
      1.2.2 Mary m. John Prather: LCD M/77-78. Susannah Prather (Prater?): Witness on will of Hannah LCW F/65. Hannah Prather m. Joseph Dollar Linny m. William Prather Archibald m, Susannah Meadors Martha Prather Betsy/Priscilla Prather m. Daniel Owens James Prather Mary (Molly) Prather Bryce Prather Elinor Prather
      1.2.3 Nelly (Eleanor) m. Ramage: LCD M/77-78, LCW F/65. Benjamin Ramage John Jewell Ramage Washington Ramage
      1.2.4 James Adair Jr.: LCD M/77-78, LCW F/65.
      1.2.5 Hannah m. Rueben Meadors: LCD M/77-78, LCW F/65.
      1.2.6 Susannah m. William Cassels (Castles): LCD M/77-78, LCW F/65.
      1.2.7 Nancy m. Willis Langston: LCD M/77-78, LCW F/65.
      1.2.8 Martha m. Wm. Gamble: LCD M/77-78. Patsey Gamble: LCW F/65."

      4. The publication "Laurens County Kinfolks, Volume, 1 Book 2," by Richard W. Fowler, gives the following family: "Hannah Adair (d. of James, gdau. of Joseph) was b. Sep 1784 and d. 31 Oct 1866 in Laurens Co., SC. She m. Reuben Meadors (6 May 1776-25 Apr 1829), son of James Meadors (abt 1750-about 1804) and Susannah Jordan (abt 1755-abt 1826). Note: Meadors Family Cemetery. Children (unsure of order):
      a. Paschal Motley Meadors, b. 18 Jan 1808; d. 22 Sep 1873; m. Sara Miller 12 Feb 1834.
      b. Susannah Meadors. She m. [Archibald] Prather.
      c. Oney Polly Meadors; She m. ___ Pearson.
      d. Martha Meadors.
      e. Reuben Meadors, Jr.
      f. James A. Meadors, b. abt 1818. He m. (1) Mary Susan McKittrick. He m. (2) Margaret Adeline Hudgens.

      5. Typescript "Early Adairs of Laurens County, South Carolina." Compiled by Mildred Brownlee; Source Records: Wills; Intestate Estates; Deeds; Court Records; Cemetery Inscriptions. Some dates of birth and death obtained from Lineage Charts. Dates of birth and death subject to correction. Spelling of names subject to correction. [Note that bracketed comments are later additions by other reviewers including myself - Kerry Petersen.]
      "Other land in the adjacent area was purchased by James Adair, Sr. as will be seen by later deeds, he was born 15 May 1752, died 18 Aug. 1818, intestate.
      Deed Book M. pp. 77-78 - State of South Carolina, Laurens District - Whereas James Adair, Senr., of this District departed this life in the month of August 1818 and at the time of his death was possessed of a personal estate, consisting of negroes, horses, cows, hogs, sheep, waggon, household and kitchen furniture, corn, fodder, cotton and various other property not mentioned, all of which he was possessed of at the time of his death, and leaving a widow Hannah Adair and seven children, also four children of Elizabeth Parlmore (Palmer) in the right of their mother, to wit. John Prather in the right of his wife Mary; Nelly Ramage (a widow); James Adair, Jr., Reuben Meadors in the right of his wife Hannah; Wm. Cassels in the right of his wife Susannah, Willis Langston in the right of his wife Nancy; Wm. Gamble in the right of his wife Martha,all of which are entitled to distributive shares of the said James Adair's estate, that is to say, Hannah. the widow of James Adair, dec'd., is to have one third part of sd. after payment of all just debts and other lawfull expenses that may accrue at the intended sale ... and the remainder of said estate to be equally divided between the eight children of the sd. James Adair ... the four children of Elizabeth Palmore to have their mothers part equally divided between them, share and share alike ... Now for the better distribution and equal division of said estate we, Hannah Adair the wife of James Adair decd., John Prather, Nelly Ramage, James Adair, Reuben Meadors, Wm. Cassels, Willis Langston, and Wm. Gamble do agree to sell the estate before described on a credit untill the first day of January 1820 and to divide the proceeds thereof as before directed. Now know all by these presents that we Hannah Adair, John Prather, Nelly Ramage, and James Adair, Junr., Reuben Meadors, William Cassels, Willis Langston and William Gamble, are held and firmly bound unto each other in the following sums, that is Hannah Adair in the sum of three thousand dollars, John Prather in the sum of one thousand five hundred dollars, Nelly Ramage in the sum of fifteen hundred dollars, James Adair in the sum of fifteen hundred dollars, Reuben Meadors in the sum of fifteen hundred dollars, William Cassels in the sum of fifteen hundred dollars, Willis Langston in the sum of fifteen hundred dollars, and William Gamble in the sum of fifteen hundred dollars, to which payment well and truly to be made and done, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns, firmly by these presents in witness whereof we have set our hands and seals this twenty sixth of October 1818. Now the condition of the above obligation is such that if we Hannah Adair, John Prather. Nelly Ramage, James Adair, Reuben Meadors, Wm. Cassels, and Willis Langston and William Gamble, stand to keep and perform the foregoing intact by selling the before mentioned estate on a credit untill the first day of January 1820. After giving legal notice of the intended sale, and to give a Bill of Sale to such persons as may purchase at the intended sale, then after payment all just debts of sd. estate as well as expenses that may accrue thereon, and the proceeds to be divided according (to the) foregoing agreement then the above obligation to be void or else to remain in full force and virtue. Witness our hands and seals this day above written.
      William Cassels, Hannah (X) Adair, Willis Langston, John Prateor, William Gamble, Elenor (X) Ramage, James Adaire, Reuben Meadors
      Simon Reeder, John L. Abell
      South Carolina, Laurens District) Personally came before me John L. Able and made oath that he was present & saw Hannah Adair, John Prather, Elenor Ramage, James Adair, Reuben Meadors, William Cassels, Willis Langston, and William Gamble sign, seal, and deliver the within instrument of writing for the uses and purposes therein contained & that he subscribed his name as a witness thereto was present and saw Simon Reeder subscribe his name as a witness to the same. Sworn to before me this 20th Jany, 1829. W.E. Lynch. J.P., J.L. Abell
      A true record of the original 22nd Jany. 1829. John Garlington. R.M.C.
      The above agreement regarding the personal property of James Adair, decd., was drawn up a short time after his death; however, it was not recorded until after the death of Hannah Adair. Nothing was done about the real estate of James Adair, decd., until a court action was brought sometime in 1819 by William Cassels & wife regarding partition and division. The land was then exposed to public sale.
      Deed Bk. K. p. 316 - 3 Jan. 1820, Samuel Downs, Sheriff of Laurens Dist., to Benjamin Adair for $175 highest bid, 100 a. on waters of Duncan Creek, adj. Wm. Taylor, Basil Holland, Jacob Miller, sold for judgment in court petition of Wm. Cassels & wife vs. James Adair, dec'd., etal. Wit: J.H. Irby, John B. Griffin. (This was the tract sold to James Adair, Sr. in 1814 by Jacob Miller. See Deed Bk. K, p. 65.)
      Deed Bk. L, p.78 - 3 Jan. 1820. Samuel Downs, Sheriff of Laurens Distr. to Hannah Adair. By virtue of a writ of partition from the Court of Common Pleas in which Wm. Cassels, etal, were plaintiffs for the purpose of obtaining a partition & division of a certain tract of land sheriff exposed to sale and sold to highest bidder; Hannah Adair, for the sum of $985, 224 a. on waters of Duncan Creek adj. Thos. McCreary, John Abell and Wm. Copeland, a tract formerly owned by James Adair, Sr., decd.. at the time of his death. Wit: Patillo Farrow, Wm. Taylor.
      Deed Bk. L. p. 36 - 30 July 1821, Hannah Adair to James Adair for $657, 224 a. whereon I now reside, adj. Thos. McCrary, Wm. Copeland, Thos. Beasley, John Abell, sd. James Adair & John Bryan, subject, nevertheless, to my life estate in that part of land lying on the S side of Allison Creek, being the part whereon the dwelling house now stance. Wit: R. Creswell, J.B. Kennedy. (This was the land Hannah bought from the Sheriff.)
      In the Court of Equity, 1821 - Reuben Meadors & wife Hannah vs. heirs of James Adair, Sr., dec'd. Petitioners state that James Adair, Sr. died in 1818, leaving a widow, Hannah Adair & the following children: Mary wife of John Prator; Nelly Ramage; James Adair, Jr.; Susannah wife of Wm. Cassels; Nancy wife of Willis Langston; Martha wife of Wm, Gamble; & Hannah wife of Reuben Meadors.
      That James Adair, Jr. received from his father in his lifetime a tract of land worth $600 and an advancement of personal property; that the other legatees received from their father at the time of their marriages quantities of personal property, except the petitioners who received only a horse worth $40, a cow & calf worth $10, a bed & furniture worth $20. Petitioners seek an accounting of the sale of the real & personal property & equal distribution of the proceeds.
      Affidavit of James Adair, Jr, states that in the lifetime of his father, he received 100 a. on Duncan Creek. adj. when granted NE on Josiah Greer, SW on Thos. Ellison, other sides vacant, the whole of a tract originally granted to James Hannah.
      A copy of the deed was submitted as recorded in Deed Bk. H, p. 249.
      (Records as to resolution of the suit were not included.)...
      Will of Hannah Adair:
      "In the name of God, Amen. I Hannah Adair, being in a low and afflicted state; and calling to mind the frailly and mortality of us may think proper, do make and constitute the following my last will and testament. I commend my soul and body into the merciful hands of that God from whom I received them, trusting in him to save through the merit of his son Jesus Christ. It is my desire that my heirs bury my body in a decent Christian manner, hoping and believing God will raise it at the great resurrection day. It is my will after the following sums are paid to some of my grand Children, to wit, to Patsey Gamble, the sum of fifty dollars to be paid to her when she comes of age. To Jinny Beavers one cow and calf, and to all the rest of my grand children whose parents are now dead the sum of one dollar. Then all the rest of my property consisting of negros stock and household furniture to be sold and equally divided among my living children viz Elenor Ramage, James Adair, Hannah Meddors, Susannah Castles, Nancy Langston, with all the money I may leave and debts due to me on note or otherwise to be equally divided among the above mentioned Children, with crop or any other property belonging to me I wish Susannah Castles part to be given to herself for the use of her children. It is not my will that William Castles should have any management of it, but that it should be the property of my daughter Susannah and her children after her. And I do hereby constitute my son James Adair as my executor to put this my will into affect. And I do hereby certify and declare this to be my last will and testament, given under my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of October, and in the year of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, one thousand eight hunderd and twenty six and in the fiftieth year of the Independence of the United States of America. Hannah (X) Adair (Seal) her mark
      Signed in presence of us: Thomas S. Leak, Isham Milam, Susannah Prater"
      Recorded in Book F, Page 65. Recorded date not available.
      Proven date December 4th, 1826. Bundle 3, Package 9.
      Children of James and Hannah Adair - 8 in number:
      1. Elizabeth Adair, date or birth unknown; she died before her father. Name of her husband not given but is thought to have been James Palmer who died in 1826. His estate was administered by Henry McKelvey with David Gamble and Wm. Copeland, sureties. Estate appraisal was made by Wm. Gamble, Reuben Meadors and James Adair. Names and dates of birth of the Palmer children not known. [NB: one of them was most likely Virginia (Jinny) Palmer who m. William Langley Bevis].
      2. Mary Adair, b. c1771 - mar. John Prather. Their chn:
      Hannah Prather - mar. Joseph Dollar.
      Linny Prather - mar. William Dollar.
      Archibald Prather - mar. his cousin, Susannah Meadors.
      Martha Prather
      Betsy? or Priscilla? Prather mar. Daniel Owens. (Daniel Owens thought to have been from Newberry Co. Daniel Owens, son of John Owens and Mary Long of Duncan Creek community died single in 1811.)
      James Prather
      Mary (Polly) Prather - b. 1808
      Bryce Prather - b. 1810
      Elinor (Nelly) Prather - b. 1813
      3. Eleanor(Nelly) Adair, b. 2 Jan. 1774 - mar. Benjamin Ramage. [Their chn:]
      Benjamin Ramage
      John Jewell Ramage, b. 14 Mar. 1801 - mar. Nancy Weyman Adair.
      Washington Ramage, b. c1810 - mar. Sarah Ann Wilson - Ala.
      4. James Adair, Jr., b. 15 Oct. 1781 - mar. Delilah Holland. [Their chn:]
      Nancy Weyman Adair, b. 5 Nov. 1805 - mar. Jno. Jewell Ramage.
      Robert James Adair, b. 2 June 1807 - mar. Sarah Jacks.
      Elizabeth Adair, b. 17 June 1810 - d. 17 Oct. 1823.
      Edmond Adair, b. 18 Oct. 1814 - mar. Susan Dillard.
      Hannah Adair, b. 7 Nov. 1816 - mar. Matthew Simpson.
      Isaac Adair, b. 21 July 1818 - mar. Sarah Dillard.
      James Henry Adair, b. 4 Aug. 1820 - mar. Elizabeth Pitts.
      William H. Adair, b. 31 Oct. 1822 - d. 6 Oct. 1844.
      5. Hannah Adair, b. Sept. 1784 - mar. Reuben Meadors. [Their chn:]
      Susannah Meadors - mar. her cousin Archibald Prather.
      Paschal Motley Meadors, b. 18 Jan. 1808 - mar. Sarah Ann Miller.
      Oney Meadors, b. 21 Sept. 1809 - mar. James M. Braddock.
      Mary (Polly) Meadors - mar. Pearson
      Martha Meadors, died Nov. 1856, in her 33rd. year, mar. Lemuel Oxner.
      Reuben Byrum Meadors, died 25 Apr. 1848 in his 24th year, mar. J. Eunice Richey. Their dau. Elizabeth, mar. D..P. Buzzard.
      James Adair Meadors, b. 15 Oct. 1824, mar. (1) Mary Susan McKittrick, (2) Margaret Adeline Hudgens.
      ?Ann Meadors, died young?
      6. Susannah Adair mar. William Cassels. NFI
      7. Nancy Adair mar. Willis Langston. NFI
      8. Martha Adair mar. William Gamble. NFI"