THE ADAIRS OF LOUGHANMORE James Adair of Kinhilt (or Dunagore / DONEGORE ) d.1686 (will dated 9 Mar 1685, proved 20 July 1686), m.1stly c1640 Annabella, dau of Alexander Blair of Loughanmore, Dunadry, Parish of Grange of Nilteen, county Antrim, Ireland m2ndly dau. of Chalmers.
Who would have been the father of John Adair, Snr (below) and grandfather of John Adair, Jnr, b. DONEGORE 1754 ? Thankyou.
John Adair, Sr. Born 1732 Antrim County, Ireland Died February 24, 1827 probably Knoxville, Knox County, Kentucky Married Eleanor (Ellen) Crawford
From: "Adair History and Genealogy," by Dr. James Barnett Adair. publ. Los Angeles 1924: John Adair was a friend and associate of Col. Isaac Shelby and Col. Sevier when they were organizing their expedition against the British forces under Col. Furgusson at King's Mountain. At this period Cols. Shelby and Sevier were in need of funds with which to equip their troops, but there were no funds available. They tried to borrow money on their own accounts, but that attempt proved futile. They then turned to the Land Agent, as he had nearly all the money in the county, for a loan of the public money in his hands. The Land Agent was John Adair, Sr. His reply:; "I have no authority in law to make that disposition of this money. It belongs to the impoverished treasury of North Carolina, and I dare not appropriate a cent of it to any purpose; but if our country is overrun by the British, our liberties are gone. Let the money go too. Take it. If the enemy by its use is driven from the country, I can trust that country to justify and vindicate my conduct, so take it." Indeed the money was taken, $12,735.00, with a promise from both men to see it refunded or the act of Entry Taker legalized, which North Carolina shows it was. They arrived at the Battle of King's Mountain in time to participate in the battle, an American victory.
John Adair, Jr. Born 1754 DONEGORE, Antrim, Ireland Died Aft. 1838 possibly in Wayne County, Kentucky Married Mary O'Donnell 1773 after her death he married Elizabeth (Burgess) McKnight 1791
He came to America with his father when he was around 17 - 18 years old. He lived in Sullivan County, North Carolina when he entered the service of the U. S. as a Volunteer Private Soldier.