I am not familiar with using the British library.I went to the website you suggested, but was unsuccessful in finding out how to access.I have been reading your postings, and you seem to be very knowledgable about the origins of Adairs in Britain, so I will tell you what I am trying to find.My grandfather and great-grandfather were both judges, and they wrote a family history, starting with my great-grandfather's grandfather, John Adair."Three brothers, James, John, and Edward Adair, came across the sea to America from North Ireland with other friends and landed in Philadelphia about the beginning of the troubles that brought about the great Revolutionary War.They being of conservative cast of mind, had no desire to mix up in the threatening trouble.However, James Adair, being of a literary character had been in America for several years previous to this time--in 1734 or 1735-- and had sailed back to Ireland and on returning to America came over in company with his two brothers, John and Edward Adair."
This is the John Adair of the Pendleton, SC will, married to Gahoga Lightfoot Foster. John and Edward would have been born in the mid 1700's, about 15 years after James first came to America, so they would have been young men circ. 1775.James was, according to what I have seen written, in Cherokee country or unaccounted for in the mid 1700's, leading to the speculation John and Edward were his sons by a Cherokee wife, however that has not been verified. Letters in the Atlantic Chronicle and Gazette in 1791 tell of an Edward Adair being married April 07, 1784, to a Margaret in Philadelphia.She writes of following him to Augusta, Georgia in 1788, of him being a trader in the Indian country, and she had stayed with his sister in Georgia two months.This is the only time I have seen mention of their having a sister, and no name was given for the sister in the newspaper letters.My questions are several:If John and Edward were the sons of James, why did John's grandson, a judge, chief justice, a well respected and traveled man, write that they were his brothers?The judge was born in GA, just a few years before his grandfather's death in SC, but his father was with him through early life.Could they have been cousins?I read in Dr. J. B. Adair's book about a Captain James Adair, settled at Loughanmore, county Antrim, Ireland about 1640, will proven in 1686, who had a son Benjamin Adair, born in 1665, and a grandson Thomas Benjamin, born in 1705.Thomas Benjamin had three sons: Charles, Benjamin, and William Robert.It is stated some of William Robert Adair's descendants went to America.Several of my ggggrandfather John Adair's sons by his second wife had names similar to those in this branch: James, Thomas Benjamin, William Henry, Charles Duncan, Benjamin F. and John Alexander. Where could I find listed who the children of William Robert Adair were?