James Addair married his third wife in 1810: "Addair, James, Sr. & Letitia Page. Thos. Simpkins, surety. 9/2/1810."From A Brief of Wills and Marriages in Montgomery and Fincastle Counties, VA 1773-1831, Compiled by Anne Worrell, Roanoke, VA LDS #0032634
Lettitia Page appears in the 1810 Montgomery County Virginia census: Lettitia Page 00000 00111 Series: M252 Roll: 70 Page: 66 (one female 16-25, one 25-44, one 45 or over).
"In 1817 James Addair and his wife Martitia sold the 880 acres to John Mc Taylor (Montgomery County Marriages; Montgomery County Deed Book F, p. 320)"Mary Kegley, Early Adventurers on Western Waters, Vol 2, Chap. 3.
With help of the extensive research of Dolores C. Rutherford, found on the Page forum, we've figured out a bit more.
Dolores noted that an Alexander Page had left his land to his wife Martila during her life and then to the New Chappell "which is built on land bequeathed by me," in his will submitted to the Montgomery County court in August 1823.Dolores also noted she was referred to as "Tisha" in an 1786 deed, which throws some light on why her name varies so much - if she was known as Tisha, perhaps many didn't actually know her full name and guessed when making tax lists, census reports, etc.
A copy of Alexander Page's will recorded in Montgomery County (Will Book 4:10) reveals it was written 2/28/1799, and names Martitia Page and James Addair as executors.It was submitted to the Montgomery Court by Edward Morgan, a Methodist clergyman, in August, 1823.
Dolores tracked Alexander Page on tax records through 1804.Letitia first shows up on tax records in 1807.Further confirmation that Alexander was dead at least by 1809 is found when Charles Taylor received a grant 1 August 1809 recorded at LVA here: Virginia State Land Office. Grants A-Z, 1-124, reels 42-190; Virginia State Land Office. Grants 125- , reels 369-. Note Location: Montgomery County. Description: 120 acres on the west side of New River adjoining the lands of Alexander Page dec. and John Cecile. Source: Land Office Grants No. 59, 1809-1810, p. 131 (Reel 125).
The picture that emerges is that Alexander Page and James Addair were well acquainted, as James was named as co-executor of Alexander's will.Alexander died sometime between 1804 and 1807, and James and Martitia were married in 1810.In 1817 James and Martitia sold all of his land (880 acres), leading us to believe that they were living on the Page land.Both are still alive on the 1820 census, and Alexander Page's will is presented to the court the same year that James Addair's estate is settled in 1823.
The chapel Alexander Page bequeathed land for in 1795, and later left the rest of his land to support, was known as Page's Meeting House, and was used until it was replaced in 1874.According to an early history, "Holston Methodism," by R.N. Price, there was regular Methodist preaching there from 1773-1774, which predates the time Alexander Page is known to be in the area (Alexander Page's tax records in Montgomery County go back to 1782).There's a historical marker commemorating it here:http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMD1Phttp://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMD1P.
Alexander Page received land grants in Montgomery County around 1780 based on his service in the French and Indian War, stating he served under Col. Byrd, Col. Washington, and Col. Stephen, recorded in Kegley's "Virginia Frontier."I
Alexander Page and Edward Morgan were both among those who signed James Addair's 1791 petition "erect a ferry" on the New River.I wonder how long James Addair was associated with this Methodist congregation - and if records of the congregation might shed more light on the name of his first and second wives (the first was said to be Annis Harbison, the second is unknown).