James Adair m. Catherine Stedham, step-dau of Mr. Gorbey.
Chester County land record abstract books 1681-1765 :
Letter of Attorney.On 03 Sep 1764 George GORBEY of New Castle cnty, yeoman, has appointed Archibald DICK of Chichester, his lawful attorney torecover and receive of Edward LINVILL of Chichester, one of the executors
named in the will of Jeremiah COLLETT, (? brother-in-law of James Adair, Collett m. Stedham) late of Chichester, yeoman, dec'd, the sum of £12 with interest due me the sd Joseph GORBEY by a certain account proved against the estate of Jeremiah COLLETT, dec'd.
Joseph GORBEY. Delivered in the presence ofJohn POWER & Sarah POWER. Rec: 05 Sep 1764. (N13:427)
NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DELAWARE, LAND RECORDS 1755-1762, Carol J Garrett, 1999,
WillowBend Books, Westminster, MD
Deed.17 Nov 1755.Joseph GORBY of Brandywine Hundred in county of Newcastle upon Delaware, and Mary (? Maria Littlejohn, previously married to Stedham) his wife, for the sum of £52 sold unto William FORWOOD the Elder of same place, two tracts of land situate in sd place containing 200 acres and bounded by the lands of Jasper POLSON on
SHILPOT creek, (James Adair & wife Catherine nee Stedham inherited land on Shilpot / Shellpot Creek) William HOUSTON and John JAACKS.
Whereas in 1699 100 acres
of land was granted unto Adam SHARPLY and his son William did convey same unto Timothy STEDHAM in 1717, and sd STEDHAM did convey same unto Israel PETERSON in 1720, (? relative of Peterson mentioned with Edward Adare in a will) and sd PETERSON did convey same unto Hance PETERSON in 1722, who did convey same unto Erasmus STEDHAM also and sd 200 acres were sold by sd STEDHAM's children (?Catherine Stedham, wife of James Adair, and her sister, Mrs. Collett))unto sd Joseph GORBY.
Signed: Joseph GORBY,
Mary GORBY.Wit: Joseph WEST, Joseph FOLWELL.Ack: Nov term 1755.Rec:
19 Feb 1756.S1:79)
Deed. 17 Aug 1757. Joseph GORBY of Brandywine Hundred in cnty of Newcastle upon Delalware and Mary his wife for the sume of £62.8s.9p sold unto James HOUSTON Jr of sd Hundred & cnty, a tract of land situate in sd Hundred &
cnty containing 60 acres, together with houses and improvements thereon.
This is part of a larger tract that Israel PETERSON was granted, containing 100 acres in 1689, and it was surveyed by George DAKEYNE.
And whereas sd PETERSON in 1722 did convey the same to Hance PETERSON who did convey the same unto Erasmus STEDHAM. and whereas sd STEDHAM in his Last Will and
Testament in 1732 granted unto his wife Mary to have whatever was left after his bills were paid.
And whereas sd Mary has since intermarried w/afsd Joseph GORBEY and whereas sd STEDHAM did leave two dtrs to survive him (vis)
Mary who has since intermarried with Jeremiah COLLET and
Catherine who hath since intermarried with James ADAIR, and whereas they did receive a share of the land. Signed: Joseph GORBEY, Mary GORBEY.Wit:
David ENOD, John CRAMPTON, Joseph FOLWELL.
Ack: Aug term 1757.Rec: 27
NEW CASTLE CNTY, DE LAND RECORDS 1762-1765, Carol J Garrett, 2000,
WillowBend Books, Westminster, MD. ISBN 1-58549-577-8
Deed.31 May 1762. Joseph GORBY of Brandywine Hundred in cnty of Newcastle upon Delaware, yeoman, and Mary his wife, for the sum of £80, sold unto
James HUSTON of the same place, yeoman, the remainder of a certain tract of land and plantation situate in sd Hundred and cnty. It is bounded on the SW by Shelpot creek, (Houstons lived next to James Adair ?) to the SE by land late of Nathaniel CARTMILL, to the NE and NW by vacant land.
It contained 200 acres when seized by sd GORBY but
he sold 60 acres of same unto James HUSTON previously, now he is granting the remainder.Signed: Joseph GORBY, Mary GORBY.
Wit: William WEST,
Elizabeth ALFORD, John STAPLER.Ack: Aug term 1762.Rec: 07 Dec 1762.(U1:210)
Deed.25 Sep 1762.John STAPLER of the Borrough of Wilmington in county of Newcastle upon Delaware, cooper and Rachel his wife, for the sum of £40.10s
sold unto Joseph GORBEY of Brandywine Hundred in sd cnty, yeoman, one full equal and undivided moiety in a tract of land and plantation lying in sd Hundred and cnty. The whole tract bounded to the SW by Shelpot Creek, to
the SE by land formerly of Nathaniel CARMILL,(Cartmill ?) to the NE and NW by vacant land, containing 200 acres. This land was purchased by sd STAPLER by virtue
of a Deed dated 15 Sep 1758 from JOhn McKINLY, Esq, late High Seriff of sd cnty.
Signed: John STAPLER, Rachel STAPLER. Wit: James HUSTON, William WEST.Ack: Aug term 1762.Rec: 22 Aug 1763.(U1:544)
Deed.14 day 5th mo 1764.Joseph GORBY of Brandywine Hundred in cnty of New Castle, yeoman, and Mary his wife, for the sum of £165, sold unto James HOUSTON of same place, yeoman, a tract of land and plantation containing
100 acres, situate in sd Hundred and cnty. It bounds the land of Justa POULSON (formerly of Nathaniel CARTMILL), William TALLY and sd HOUSTON.
Signed: Joseph GORBY, Mary GORBY.Wit: Thomas McKIM,(McKemy / Kemy ?), James LOAN, John STAPLEY.Ack: Alexander HARVY Aug term 1764.Rec: 02 Oct 1764.(W1:585)
Was this James Adair related to the Fowler and Stephenson families ?
Would he be related to the Littlejohn / Allen / Adair families of NC ?