Anyone related to this man please contact me...this is information on his parents and one line of the family. I am the grandson of his youngest brother, Rufus A. Adair, b.1911-d.1970.
Anna B. Jackson, wife of Jasper (nickname "Jap") Adair, was born in 1872 and died in 1945. She is buried in Mimosa Cemetery in Lawrenceburg, TN with several other members of the family. I believe William Amos is also there. So is my grandfather, Rufus Alexander Adair.
Anna B. and Jasper had the following children I know of:
William Amos Adair - Born 1898
Mary Elizabeth Adair Pullen 1900-1968
Bertha Adair Meadows - born around 1902-1906
Lynne Adair Coyne - Born around 1902-1906
Vesta Adair Miller - Born May 1908 died about 1988
Arnold Adair - Born about 1913, Died in 1980's
Rufus Alexander Adair - Born 1911 died Nov. 1970
Rufus was my grandfather. He married Effie Alma Young about 1934-35. My uncle I never saw, Raymond, was born 1935 and died young. My father, Bobby Douglas Adair, was born 4/12/37 and died 1-19-84. My father had a sister named Roselynn, who was born in 1940 and died 1n 1987. Roselynn had 3 children, Shawn Denise-born 1959, Aimee Lynn-born 1961 and Steven-born 1965
My father moved to Toledo, Ohio in 1953 to live with his Aunt, Vesta.
Rufus Adair was a brilliant man with little formal education. He was a stone alcoholic who spent a lot of time in the Lucas County, Ohio workhouse. In these periods of lockup for a variety of petty offenses, mainly Drunk and Disorderly charges, he would make amazing craft items from junk. He once made an absolutely beautiful jewlery box out of wood from a cigar box and junk metal he made by hand into hinges and a latch. The wood was hand stained into a beautiful multi hued finish that reminds you of cedar wood. I remember him staying with us when I was about 9 years old. He took apart and repaired by hand the electric motor in my slot car. He shook like a washing machine on spin from all the past drinking, but when he had small tools in his hand he was a wizard. My dad and my great Aunts said when he was younger there was nothing on earth he could not fix.
I know this may fall under the category of airing dirty linen, but this will possibly give you insight into the younger brother of Uncle Amos. My recollection of the brothers and sisters of William Amos Adair is that all of them except Mary Elizabeth had problems of one sort or another that were related to alcohol use. Aunt lizzie was a quiet, sweet, Christian lady who was killed in 1968 from complications related to being hit by a car when she was walking across the street to her church. I recall Amos died not long after that.
Although Aunt Lizzie did not approve of drinking, she was very close to Uncle Amos. Amos had lived with her at the time of her death and said he "wouldn't last a month without Lizzie." I believe that was right, as I am pretty sure it was just a matter of days before Amos passed away.
My dad married my mother in 1957-1958. I was born in 7/1958, my brother Lance in 1959, my sister Valerie in 1961, my sister Terriann in 1962. William Amos Adair is my great Uncle. I met him in about 1968 at a company called Southeastern Supply in Nashville. My dad stopped there to see him. He was 70 or so then and working there as sort of a "swamper", doing odd jobs and general cleanup work. He had lost one leg to gangrene that I believe was caused by diabetes. Gary in Lawrenceburg is his son.
I have some memories of William (Uncle Amos) Adair, met his son Gary once as a child. Also fond memories of Mary Elizabeth , Vesta , Bertha , Lynne, Arnold and of Regina Tomerlin, who is the daughter of Mary Elizabeth Adair Pullen. As I recall, Regina still lives in Aunt Lizzie's old home on 6th St. in Lawrenceburg. Gary Adair was at one time Director of the Housing Authority for Lawrence County, TN.
Please feel free to contact me...I am sure I can recall more...
Douglas Wayne Adair
Great Grandson of Jasper Adair and Anna B. Jackson Adair