"(Did John Adair of Augusta County, VA, marry the widow of Randal McDaniel / McDonnell (however spelt ?, perhaps noted in "Chalkleys")"
I think he married the widow of Michael O'Donald/O'Donnell, and had a run-in with Randall McDaniel.May not be the same John Adair, of course.Seems to have been a live one - she had him "bound to the peace" too.
(331) John Lewis and John Lyle qualified Vestrymen. (338) William Campbell, security for Mary Donald(admx. of husband, Michael O'Donald, since intennarried with John Adair), counter security.--Division between the orphans of Michael ordered. (339) Rating of liquors.
Jas. McClure vs. John Adair and Mary, his wife, late Mary O'Donnell.-- Trespass. Writ 24th August, 1772. For trespass by Mary on 10th February 1771. Thos. Matthews vs. Wm. Greg.--Debt petition. Writ, 24th August, 1772.
(105) Alexander Sinclair qualified vestryman. (105) Roger North, vice Valentine Cloninger--Constable. (108) John O'Dair to be summoned on complaint of Randal McDaniel for detaining him without warrant. (108) Abell Griffith, vice John Anderson--road overseer. (108) Capt. Thomas Hewit--garnishee. (109) Adjourned by writ to 3d Tuesday next month at Fort Dunmore.
(376) John O'Dare bound to peace on complaint of his wife, Mary O'Dare.
Then there's John Adair marrying Elizabeth McNIght in 1791, but that must be a different one.
Straightening out these Augusta and Rockbridge Adairs would answer a lot of questions.I need to look at "A Scattered People" again - the Benjamin Adair in that book starts out in Baltimore Co., Maryland, and is in Rockbridge County from about 1798 to 1805 - but the author never mentions any relationship to the Adairs already in Rockbridge Co.
There are two James Adairs in Rockbridge Co. at the same time there are two James Addairs in Montgomery County, to add to my confusion.