I am descended from James Robert Adair (b. 1709 Antrim)
and the following is taken from the Adair narrative which is part of my Family History to be published sometime this fall.You are welcome to share the following with anyone or critique what I have written:
To conclude this essay, we return to the eldest brother and our ancestor John Robert Adair. In spite of his travels and his activities as a trader, throughout the 1760s and early 1770s we see him involved in various land transactions in North Carolina.In 1763 he traded in Mecklenburg County on the Catawba River not long after the county was formed.Three years later in 1766, there is record of a quit claim to James Adair of Dobbs Co. for “a certain number of negroes in a bill of sale given under the hands and seals of John and Agnes Gibson of Craven County (Agnes was the Adair’s second daughter.)More transactions of this nature followed on 21 March 1767:“The said Gidion Gibson may permit my two loving daughters in said county, Saran Macktyr and Elizabeth Hobson Cade, to my dau Saraann McTyre to allow her use, labour, benefit and hire of my four negroes names Phillip, Achilles, Hannah and Little Nell; to my dau Elizabeth Hobson Cade, to permit her hire of my three negroes Old Nell, Judith Nell & Jacob, shall not permit my two daus to be without some one of the said negroes to be always doing their House work to each of them to keep a negro in the house that is able & sufficient to do the house labor.”On 21 July 1767 four negroes, Lucy, Candie, Frank & Sampson were transferred to his daughter Agnes, and on 21 August 1767, one woman Pleasant, child Judith, and man Achiles were transferred to Gidion Gibson.
On 15 September 1769 a deed was proven from James Ivey to Dr. James Adair, 200 acres in the fork of he Little Pedee on the east side of Mitchell’s Creek in Bladen County (Robeson County after 1787) and this is where Adair built his second manor "Patcherly" (the home no longer exists, the cellar is filled in and another home built in its place).(He had earlier purchased other properties “by deeds of conveyance from the original grantees.”) Today the property, near the present Ashpole Presbyterian Church in Rowland (organized in 1796) is known as the Fulmore Farm.In March of 1773, Adair acquired 200 acres in Bladen County “on both sides of Wilkeson Swamp of [the][ Little Pedee “ from Benjamin Fuller, the deed specifically identifying James Adair as being from Dobbs County (thus confirming he lived in both Counties) and stating the property includes “an Indian Old Field.”Adair’s subsequent purchases included 250 acres “on the north side of Wilkinson’s Swamp” on 30 January 1779 andhe entered and was granted on 10 October 1787, 250 acres of land in Bladen County “on the north side of Wilkinson’s Swamp.”The property is located in present-day Robeson County which was formed from Bladen County in 1787, five years after Adair’s death.
Adair’s will, dated 21 September 1778, is revealing and leaves us some latitude for speculation.As his wife, Clark, had been deceased for 23 years, he appointed his eldest “loving daughter Saranna McTyre” as “my whole and sole Executor.”Then, after naming three individuals in Ireland as recipients of ten, nine and seventeen pounds respectively, he declared: “I give unto my daughter Saranna McTyre, all my lands or improvements in Wilkinsons Swamp together with all my negroes and their increase to wit:Four negroes Pomp, Babby, Sam and Jack, two negro women named Hannah and Nelly, one negro girl named Lucy, my personal and real Estate both within and without doors, crop and stock together with all money, bonds, judgments, notes of hand, book accounts and debts whatsoever and whomsoever during her natural life and when my daughter Saranna McTyre receives and collects in my money due on judgments, notes of hand and book debts, I desire it may be put out immediately on good security mortgages on improved lands and negroes until there is a fair and open trade from Guinea to this country for negro slaves…”Adair’s position on slavery is thus quite clear. He also made considerable allowance for his five grandchildren by Saranna:Adair, Elizabeth, Clark, Katrain and William McTyer
In May of 1768 Adair traveled to New York to visit Sir. William Johnson of Johnson Hall.He apparently stayed almost one year as on 20 April 1769, Adair reported to Johnson that he “is on ye point of returning southwardly by way of Philadelphia.”We find Adair’s name in the tax digest for Dobbs County in that year and on 15 September 1769.
Sometime in the early 1770s he journeyed to London where he worked on his book The History of the American Indians which was published in that city in 1775.
There is much more, if you are interested.I am convinced those were his children.There were no male children.He was not the James Adair who married and died in Connecticut (I have a copy of that will) and I find no evidence he married a McBride before he left Pennsylvania for Charleston about 1735.I also find no evidence that he married a Cherokee, Choctaw or Chickasaw woman on his travels.From everything I have seen he was very devoted to his wife Clark Hobson, evening reserving her gravesite unto himself after he willed his property to his oldest daughter.