Taken from the Portrait and Biographical Album Mecosta County Michigan 1883---Chapman Brothers
James M. ADAIR, farmer, sec. 22, Fork, Tp., was born Niagara, Canada, Aug. 4, 1803, and is the son of John and Phebe (MILLS) ADAIR, both of whom were born on the borders of the Susquehanna River. The father was a soldier of the war of 1812, and held rank as Quartermaster. Mr. ADAIR remained with is parents until the death of his father, in 1813. His mother married Hartman FREELAND, and after a short time he went to learn the trade of blacksmith, which he followed five years, and afterwards was employed on a farm and at the carpenter and builder's trade. Mr. ADAIR was first married to Magdalene LONDON, a native of Niagara Co.,Canada, and became the father of five children, two of whom are living; Daniel L. and John H. The deceased were Mary, Annie, and Phebe C. In 1830 Mr. ADAIR moved to Lucas Co., Ohio, and resided there until 1868, when he came to Michigan and, Feb. 5, located 80 acres of land under the provisions of the homestead act, and has since continued a resident. He was married a second time in 1861, to Mrs. Caroline (DEWESE) SWITZER. Mrs. ADAIR has one child, Martin A., by her first marriage. Politically Mr. ADAIR is a Democrate. He has been School Treasurer a number of years and served Fork Tp., 15 years as Justice of the Peace.