re: "The first trace of William ADAIR in Georgia is BEFORE any Revolutionary War battles were fought there. His name is on a list of receipts issued for land grant fees for land granted Feb-Dec 1775, and Jan-Nov 1778.
William Adair had 450 acres of land in Wilkes, signed by Sanders Walker, 28 Jan 1778.
Along with William ADAIR were many settlers from VA, including Elijah CLARKE (later Col/General) and Micajah Williamson, listed the same day.
These two names are mixed with William (ADAIR) on records of William ADAIR's Rev. War Service." From GA Gen. Society Quarterly, Vol. 17, #1, 1981, p.3-28. -------------------------- Were the Harrington & Whitmel families connected to Elijah CLARKE related to William ADAIR / ADARE ? Thankyou.
John and Ann HARRINGTON, children : 1. William HARRINGTON (1692 Bertie Pct, NC- ) .....Colonial Records of N.C. Vol. XXV Page 189. .....Jury man in Bertie Precinct in 1723. 2. Charles HARRINGTON (1695 Surry Co VA- 1745) m. Sarah MASON (There was an Adire killed at Masons about 1750s ?) 3. Thomas HARRINGTONbc.1690 Bertie Co NC d. 1744 Northhampton Co NC ....m.1715 Mary WHITMEL (dau of Thomas WHITMEL b.1650 NC ....& Elizabeth Hunter BRYAN). ....8 May 1730 Thomas Harrington purchased land Bertie Co, .....p. 101 Index p. 361 Deed BK C, he sold this land in 1736 to James Parham. ....1733 Thomas Harrington sold land in Edgecombe Co.
....3a. ThomasHARRINGTON bc. 1716 Anson Co, NC ??? ...........d. bef 23 Nov 1787 ............m.Hannah HAYNIEParish Prince Frederick book, ............lived between Burn Coat Swamp and Jacket Swamp ............by Tar and Roanoke Rivers in the part of Bertie Co. ............that became Edgecombe Co. in1732 and Halifax Co. in 1741.
Thomas HARRINGTONb. 24 Mar 1741 Parish Prince Frederick, Winyaw, SC mc.1762 SC --Sarah &/or Caty. 7 Dec 1771 NC deed shows Thomas and Sarah HARRINGTON selling 100 acres on Cedar Creek, near the Broad River, to Alston CLARKE Sr. brother of Gen. Elijah CLARKE who mc. 1763 Hannah HARRINGTON
Elijah CLARKE / Clark b.1742 son of John Clarke of Anson Co, North Carolina, mc.1763Hannah HARRINGTON. As an impoverished, illiterate frontiersman, in 1773he appeared in the ceded lands, on what was then the northwestern frontier of Georgia.
Elijah CLARKE's name appears on a petition in support of the king's government in 1774. However, he subsequently joined the rebels and, as a militia captain, received a wound fighting the Cherokees in 1776. In 1777 he commanded militia against Creek raiders. As a lieutenant colonel in the state minutemen, Clarke received another wound at the Battle of Alligator Bridge, Florida. On 14 Feb 1779, as a lieutenant colonel of militia, Clarke led a charge in the rebel victory at Kettle Creek, Georgia.