Thank you, Shirley.Answers to few of your questions:
Eckenrodes Soldiers of Virginia, Augusta County) : James Houston was in French and Indian Wars, was listed as an armourer in Captain Blagg's Company, under command of Col. Byrd (Byrd / Bird / Baird m. Adair ?) and was discharged 1761 or 1764 (for which service he was granted land in Virginia.
Was Col. Bryd of America or was he with an English or Irish Company or Regiment ?
Col. Byrd was of the vast Byrd family of Virginia (founded Richmond, etc.)He is sometimes referred to as "Byrd of Westover."He was in command of one of the two Virginia regiments during the French and Indian War - colonial regiments.I think George Washington was in command of the other, at least for awhile.A lot of the French and Indian War veterans who applied for land later stated they served under Col. Byrd.
Was Sarah Adair (Keys) rel of Robert Adair who was appointed Constable of Staunton in 1761 ? (Were the constables members of the military ?)
Constables were appointed county officials who served warrants, transported prisoners, etc.My James Addair was appointed a constable in Montgomery Co. in 1788, and his son Thomas was appointed constable in 1790.Apparently they were not paid a salary, but were paid for their duties - I ran across a mention in court orders of James being paid for transporting a prisoner to Bedford County.All the men in the county were additionally members of the militia, and were "called up" at various times.
Was Sarah Adair’s father William Adair who d. in Virginia (who left a library of books).
Yes, that appears to be the same Sarah Adair Keys - she's mentioned specifically in his will "daughter Sarah Keys."No sons mentioned.
Didn't you figure out some time ago that William was likely from Scotland, and was part of a group brought to settle in New York that didn't work out?
Now I have to go ponder this Houston/Wilson/Adair web...