My wife is also a decendent of James Hair.Her gggrandfather was Jesse Hair son of James and grandson of Hair Conrad.
Below is what I know about James.He was a very interesting person.I think Catherine is Katie.I may have information about Katie - I will look.
If you can help with any additional information, please let me know.
James Hair was born in the early 1800's (abt. 1815 - 1820) in Indian Territory East.He was listed on the 1835 Henderson Roll as James HARE and appeared on the same page as his father Conrad HAIR in the Candy Creek area of Tennessee.
SUSIE REECE (First wife)
James's first marriage was to Susie Reece.From this marriage there were two children: Catherine and Nicholas.
NELLY MCGHEE (Second wife)
Nelly's Civil war pension application made in 1865 indicated that this marriage occured on October 1, 1838 at Calhoun, MCMinn County, Indian Territory East (Tennessee).This was probably just prior to their journey to Indian Territory West (Oklahoma).From this marriage there were 8 children: Samuel, John, James, Elizabeth, Margaret, Ariminta, Jesse and Solomon.
Emmit Starr indicates that James's wives were Sarah Davis, Susie Reece and Nellie Robertson.Sarah Davis was actually married to James's son who's name was also James (Dawes Roll #1090).Susie Reece was probably James's first wife and Nelly McGhee was his only other wife.The Civil War pension application submitted by Nelly Hair in 1865 and the Miller Roll application submitted by James's son James in 1906 supports that Nelly McGhee was the wife of James Hair.Nelly McGee is probably the same person as Melvina McGee listed as the second wife of Conrad Hair and therefore not the second wife of Conrad.
CHEROKEE SPLIT James and his brother Jefferson were suspected but not convicted of murdering Major Ridge who with his brother John Ridge and Stand Waite signed the treaty that resulted in the removal of Cherokees from their lands in the east.John Ridge was also murdered and an attempt was made on Stand Waite.This is from the Chronicles of Oklahoma, Vol. 34, p.169 (Senate document #347, pp. 16,30).
DRENNEN ROLL - 1851
James and his family were listed on the 1851 Drennen Roll.His family group is #155 from the Goingsnake District and the following individuals were listed in the family group:
James HAIR Nelly HAIR(Melvina "Nelly" MCGEE) Samuel HAIR John HAIR James HAIR Betsey HAIR (Elizabeth) Peggy HAIR (Margaret) Ariminta HAIR Archy RATCLIFF Nancy ROBBERSON
Absent were Catherine and Nicholas who were the first of James's children by his first wife Susie Reece and Jesse and Solomon who were not yet born.James Hair, the son of James and Nelly, reported in his Miller roll application that Archy Ratcliff was his uncle.
INDIAN NATION COUNCILOR James was a councilor from the Goingsnake District in 1853 and was a councilor from the Cooweescoowee District in 1859.
CIVIL WAR James was enrolled and mustered into the Union military unit Company E, 2nd Regiment of the Indian Home Guards on November 11, 1862 at Camp Bowen.He was listed as absent without leave from December 22, 1862 until April 12, 1863.James was also absent without leave from Fort Gibson September 1, 1863 and considered by them to be a deserted.No further military record exists for James.
James'sunit , the 2nd Regiment of the Indian Home Guard, was reorganized in Kansas in 1862 and moved into Indian Territory culminating in the capture of Fort Gibson on April 13, 1863, one day prior to when James rejoined the his unit.James enrolled into the unit while it was still in Arkansas.The 2nd Regiment participated in the Battle of Honey Springs on July 17, 1893 while James was in service and played a significant role in the Union victory .This battle was called the Gettysburgh of the West.This battle also marked that last time that the Confederate forces were a significant threat in Indian Territory.
DEATH James's wife Nelly reported that he died on December 1, 1863 while at home in the Illinois District of Indian Territory.His children later reported that he died of "winter fever casued by exposure".Nelly insisted that he was absent from his unit with leave but the army considered him absent without leave