Jett Hanna wrote : "I found a reference to an item in the Draper Manuscripts that may be of interest to Laurens Adair researchers. Vol. 1 VV (Thomas Sumter Papers)includes an account for medicines and medical care, with names of recipients, submitted by Dr. George Ross during the Florida Expedition (1778). Harper, Guide to the Draper Manuscripts. I read a report that this list includes Isaac Adair as a patient.
Why does this interest Laurens researchers? It appears that General Andrew Williamson (the militia leader at Ninety Six at that time) was involved in the Florida Expedition-which attempted to dislodge the British from St. Augustine. Among the militia captains I have been able to identify from pension documents Benjamin Kilgore, who had land in what is now Laurens County. Dr. George Ross lived very close to the Laurens Adairs. The land for Kilgore and Ross is in the Union County Historical Foundation land grant maps for the Laurens area. An Isaac Adair was in the Laurens area, and died during the war. He was survived by his widow Ruth. The long and short-this pretty clearly puts at least one Adair in the militia under Williamson before the fall of Charleston.
Williamson accepted British protection after the fall of Charleston in May of 1780, and his group splintered. Among Williamson's known captains were Andrew Pickens and James Williams. A large number of Adairs from the Laurens area served under Williams, as noted in a petition in Mildred Brownlee's book. Williams eventually was killed at Kings Mountain, and Pickens lead many fights against the Loyalists."