Unfortunately I did not see the "Report of the Deputy Keeper of the Records" at PRONI, but will see if I can order it on interlibrary loan. In response to an earlier message, when I visited Ballymena in late spring, I asked at the Museum if there were records of the old graveyard (possible burial of Sir Robert Adair's wives there)the answer was yes that they had the only copy but it had been lost!Too bad. I did not solve the mystery of Jesse Adair's parents but follows is a chronology of some information about the Stanton/Adair link (some already posted in this genforum:
1713 August 7.Samuel Stanton and Martha Adair per lycence per Consy per Mr. Nix(Parish of St. Bride, Dublin.Marriages for the year 1731.[Parish Register Society of Dublin.Marriage Entries from the Parishes of St. Andrew, St. Anne, St. Audeon, & St. Brides (Dublin) 1632-1800 edited by Chart, D.A. 1913]
[following from Belfast Parish (St. Anne's) Registers of baptisms, marriages and burials):
1761 29 December.Mr. Samuel Stanton buried in the Church yard. 1765 24 August. Jesse Adair and Ann Stanton of the Parish of Belfast were married by licence by the Rev. Wm. Tisdall. 1768 23 September.Adair Samuel; Jesse Adair and Anne Stanton.Revd Wm. Tisdall(Baptism) 1769 26 August.Adair Samuel buried in the other church yard. 1770 8 April.Adair Mccauley Cathe; Jesse Adair & Anne Stanton.Revd Wm. Tisdall [the e in Cathe was an underlined or two dot superscript] 1771 21 September Macaulay Cathe (no parents or Revd listed with this entry) 1772 6 DecemberAdair Anne;Jesse Adair (Lieut.) & Anne StantonRevd. Wm. Tisdall
The 1770 and 1771 entry raises some questions: If their first born was named after Anne's father which seems clear, was the 2nd born a girl named after someone (mother, grandmother or custodian of Jesse?
I could find no further record of Adair Mccauley Cathe up to about 1775. Could this record be entered in error?Revd Wm Tisdall was born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College. According to a Belfast Cathedral record, he was the Vicar there from 1706-1736. The Cathedral is impressive and in April this year, a stainless steel spire (fabricated in Switzerland)called the "Spire of Hope" replaced the original spire. It extends about 60 -70 feet above the cathedral roof. To me, it does not fit the rest of the cathedral architecture).I know that there was at least one marriage between an Adair and MacCaulay but it doesn't seem to fit an estimated birth date of Jesse (1731/32). Any thoughts?