The marriage date of Edward Adair and Margaret comes from a series of letters written to the Augusta Chronicle and Gazette in 1791, beginning with one written by Edward Adair dated March 18, 1791, and published in the March 26, 1791 issue. "Whereas my wife, Margaret Adair, without my consent or permission, has left my bed and board, and is at present living with another man; I do hereby forewarn all persons from crediting her on my account, either in this state or in any of the United States, as I am determined to pay no debts of her contracting.Edward Adair"
Margaret's response, dated May 31, 1791 and published in the June 11, 1791 issue: "Whereas Edward Adair, to whom I was unfortunately married the 7th of April, 1784, has thought proper to advertise me in your paper of the 2nd of April last, setting forth, that I had left his bed and board without his knowledge, and had taken to live with another man, he therefore forewarded all persons from crediting me on his account, either in the state of Georgia or in any of the United States--In justice, therefore, to my injured character, and the base disposition of the said Edward Adair, I must beg leave to inform the public, That, in three months after my marriage to the said Edward Adair, he run off from Philadelphia, where he left me without the smallest means of support but what I could be favored with by the assistance of my relations, or my own labor, the little property he had left in Philadelphia being a short time after his departure, taken and sold for the payment of his debts.In that situation I remained among my relations until 1788, when I received two letters from him, begging I would come to him at Augusta, in the state of Georgia; setting forth to my by his said letters, that he had acquired a large property, and wishing to settle at Augusta as a merchant; and where, if I would come, he hoped not only to make me happy, but to make me amends for the past injuries he had done me.Though Mr. Adair did not send a single sixpence to bring me to Augusta, agreeable to his request I came.When I came to Augusta, I was informed he was only an Indian trader, from Colonel LeRoy Hammond's at Show Hill, and possessed of very little property or credit.I went to Col. Hammond's where I remained three or four months, during which time I was very kindly treated by all that good family; but Mr. Adair not coming to me in the course of that time, though he knew I was there, induced me to go and stay with Mr. Adair's sister, in Georgia, where I remained two months, when Mr. Adair came, and then he only stayed with me two days till he hurried off to the Indian country, leaving me an order on a store for goods to the amount of forty shillings, and pretending he had considerable property in the Indian country, whither it was necessary for him to return without delay, in order to bring down his property and settle with me; But so little was he in a hurry, that I did not see him again for eight months; then he came and said it had not been in his power to bring away his property, but he should be able in a very short time to do it, in order (as he said) to do which, it was necessary to return in a few days, as he could not think himself happy till he had brought his property together, so as to be able to provide for and take care of me.He did return in a few days, leaving me another order on a store for forty shillings in goods, and that is all the support I have had from Mr. Adair since I arrived in Georgia; nor has he ever returned to me.
Being much distressed under these circumstances, I must beg leave to inform the public, it was impossible for me to leave the bed and board of Mr. Adair, as I don't believe he has ever had either, but a bear skin and hut in the Indian country, since he run off from me and mine in Philadelphia; and I am confident, the ungrateful man had very little cause to forewarn all persons from crediting me on his account, either in Georgia or in any of the United States, as I firmly believe a lone woman would starve upon a general and unlimited letter of credit from under his hand, in any or all the states, unless she had some other means of support.Margaret Adair"
Incidentally, Edward Adair was pretty busy in the Cherokee Nation about this time. He had two Cherokee sons, Edward Adair, Jr., born about 1789, son of Elizabeth Gosaduisga, daughter of Cherokee citizen Gosaduisga, and Walter Scott Adair, born January 28, 1791, son of Elizabeth Scott.Elizabeth Scott was the daughter of trader Walter Scott and Cherokee citizen Sarah Hicks. Edward Adair was executor of Walter Scott's estate when he died.Walter Scott Adair became a justice of the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court, and served in other important positions.