Is that this William Adair (and brother James)?I think James the son of this James is the OTHER Adair who ran a ferry across the New River - in Giles County at Lurich, starting around 1850 -sometimes shows up as the Hobbs and Adair Ferry).My James Addair's ferry was upstream, where Radford is now, and earlier (1790s).William the son of James (not my James, the other one) ran the Red Sulphur Springs resort.
"Transcribed From Leo Adair Manuscript
THE FAMILY OF ADAIR TAKEN FROM THE FILES OF MISS WILLIE ADAIR, DAUGHTER OF ROBERT WALLACE ADAIR AT CASHMERE, WV NOVEMBER 1939
The family of Adair, originally from Scotland, has been steeled for many generations at Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland. (For lineage, see Burke's Peerage & Buronetege, Heatherton Parks, Sir Robert Shafto Adair, Bart.
In as much as Galloway was the cradle of the Adair Family for 250 years in the time of King Charles I, the branch of the family transferred to Ballymena, County Antrim, Ireland.
The progenitor of the Adairs followed William the Conqueror to England in 1066, a descendant moved from the southwest of Scotland to Antrim, Ireland. From there William, a Presbyterian minister, who had been educator at Glasgow College (Finis had April 3 1787) came to Philadelphia, PA as an Irish patriot and obnoxious to the British Government, he had to flee his native country hidden in a barrel.
Rev. William Adair was being chased by the King's soldiers in the County of Down, Ireland and his horse became bogged in the mire and he abandoned his horse and on foot went to a house near his home. He found an old woman working in her garden and asked to be hidden. She told him to go to the attic, and immediately thereafter, the soldiers and asked for Parson Adair. Her reply: "faith and I am Parson Adair's keeper" and being questioned further made similar replies until the officer in charge ordered his men to leave, saying the old fool did not a man. After dark, Parson Adair left his hiding place and went into a field near his home and was hidden in the top of a large thorn bush where he remained until a passage could be obtained for him to come to America. Immediately after he left his hiding place in the attic, the soldiers returned and made a thorough search of the house. While he was in the thorn bush, his brother worked in the field near the bush and talked with him and brought him food and drink.
After being at sea many weeks, the compass on the boast went out of commission and the boat was off its' course and a member of the crew knowing that Parson Adair was aboard and that he was a mariner and could fix the compass. The captain was prevailed upon to grant him immunity if he would fix the compass. He did, and the boat was put back on its' course and the voyage completed. Arriving at Philadelphia, PA, he was sent to the Presbyterian Board as a missionary to the counties of Monroe, Greenbrier, and Pochahontas, VA (now WV).
Both he and his wife, Ellen, often prayed that the death angel would call for them at the same time. Their petition was granted and they were buried at New Lebanon in 1848. (Either he or his wife had died and the body was at the grave when a runner came advising that the other was dead, and the burial was held up and the grave prepared for the other and they were buried in the same grave.
James Adair, brother of Rev. William Adair, of the Parish of Cumber, County Down, Ireland with his wife, who was Mary Wallace, and whose mother was Nora McDonald, followed his brother William to the USA September 3, 1817, and landed at Norfolk, VA October 31, 1817 and traveled to Greenbriar County where they spent the rest of their days and with Rev. William and his wife were buried in New Lebanon Church Yard.
To James and Mary were born the following children:
Jean b August 9,1800
Mary b July 10, 1802
William b July 20, 1804 d January 31, 1887
James b June 4, 1807 d August 30, 1868
Robert b June 4, 1809 d May 2, 1888" (end of quote)
Another confusing issue:there is a stream called "Adair's Run" very near here - just downstream from where the East River comes into the New River - and it had that name too early to have been named for these Adairs (it's mentioned in a 1790 deed).
In 1777 James Adair assigns 400 acres to Nathaniel Christian on East River below 5 Mile Fork about 3 computed miles above the mouth (by right of settlement of James Adair).I'm pretty sure this is close to "Adairs Run."The Christians are intermarried with the Augusta/Rockbridge Adairs, but is this one of them?
In 1784 James Addair recorded a land survey 100 acres Mo. Of East River (New River)(Montgomery County then).
In 1785 (by right of settlement) James Adair 100 acres on New River at the mouth of East River.Delivered to John Toney who lives on the land.
Probably also this is this James Odear from Lord Dunmore's War "James Odear - Letter from Michael Woods at Rich Creek to Col. William Preston "there is in that Bounds from Rich Creek Mountain to where the County line strikes the river thirty men … Also is a few men that lives in a string on the other side of the River that ever will be unconvenient to any other place to Muster at for they would not have above 7 or 8 Miles to a Muster here... and the names of these is: ... James Odear...Also I must acquaint you that most of these men is bad off for arms and ammunition and I believe cannot get them.(lists other names)"
Rich Creek comes into New River across from Lurich (where the Adair/Hobbs Ferry was).From Rich Creek downstream to Lurich, then to the mouth of the East River, and to Adairs Run is probably not more than four miles (hard to tell as the river is very twisty).
To make it worse, there are Shumates living here (near the mouth of East River), and they are married into these Adairs.Don't know how they're related to the Shumates who married Cornelius Adair's children in Augusta County, but I have no doubt they're tangled in there.
So that's the Rev. William Adair of barrel fame family, the Cornelius Adair family, and my James Addair (I think) all mixed up in the same small area, and I can't figure out how they're related.