From Dr. Johnson's Harrison Notes. Jan. 1997, part 1.
420.This is a letter from Samual A. Wales to Gov. George Gilmer of GA responding to the Governor's request for information about John Martin and the two Wat Adairs written in 1831.
Samuel A. Wales knew these people for many years.
Wat Adair, the Chief Justice of the Cherokee Nation is the son of a white man by the name of Edward Adair and his mother who was half Indian.
Edward Adair lived Pendleton Dist. SC. As soon as red Wat Adair could be removed from his mother, he was reared in his father's home as a white, was educated in the finest schools in SC and inherited his father's whole and considerable estate.(Would this have been the Estate of James Adair, Indian Trader ?)
Red Wat Adair was the Sheriff of Pendleton District and so very popular that he could have received any office the District was able to give, but he took a reserve in Hall County, GA, under the last Cherokee Treaty and lived there until 1824 when it was sold to the US Government.
Since then he has lived among the Cherokees and married a neice of John Martin. (This was Red Wat Adair - with red hair as I understand).
Edward Adair had a brother, John Adair (a white man) who had a son, black Wat Adair. Black Wat Adair's mother was also half Indian, and he, too, grew up in Pendleton District, SC. Black Wat Adair married into a very respectable family;Thompson and moved to this county (the county that Clarksville, GA is in).Black Wat also had a reserve in this county and it too was sold in 1824.The Thompsons are whites living in the Cherokee Nation and they are the brothers of black Wat's wife.Thompsons also married Martins and the neices of Martins.A son of black Wat Adair also married a daughter of Martin ... none of these people have any Indian appearance.
Would there be a will of James Adair of the Pendleton District of SC ?