CAMBRIA COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. Genealogy. ALEXANDER ADAIR, prominently identified with the history of Johnstown during the last sixteen years, was born January 22, 1848, in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania.
ALEXANDER ADAIR's father, John Adair, was a native of Westmoreland county, where he resided until 1862, when he removed to Blair county. There the elder Adair lived with his family until his death, which occurred in May, 1896, at the age of seventy-five years. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. From the building of the Pennsylvania railroad he was in that company's service in different capacities.
JOHN ADAIR's father, (grandfather of Alexander Adair) came to the United States from IRELAND when a young man, and located in what is now Westmoreland county, where he died at an advanced age. He followed the calling of a shoemaker, and was a most useful and exemplary citizen. He also had an honorable record as a soldier, having served his adopted country in the War of 1812. (Would war record show where he was born.Would it have been Donegore Parish, Antrim ? )
JOHN ADAIR's wife, Catherine (Brown) Adair, mother of Alexander ADAIR, was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, where she was held in high esteem for her many virtues. She resided in Greensburg. Grandfather Brown was also a native of Ireland. Coming to America he located in Lancaster county, where he embarked in the linen business.(Did he emigrate with ADAIRS ?)
ALEXANDER ADAIR was reared in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and educated in the public schools. He was emphatically the architect of his own fortune, starting in life for himself at the early age of twelve years.