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PFC Russell Hamilton Adair
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Birth: Jul. 24, 1894
Death: unknown

He was the baby of his family, but Russell assumed responsibility with ease.

Russell was a son of Robert and Ella R. Storkey Adair. He was brother of Silas "Si" Adair, one my grandpa's favorite uncles. Uncle Si seems to have named his own son Russell after this brother of his.

The Russell remembered here seems to have married a lady whose maiden name was Sippel in 1923. The 1930 census shows him living with his wife Almeta and father in law Lawrence in Philadelphia. (His mother in law, presumably deceased by 1930, had been Louise.). The 1940 census where the couple living at 3549 Marvine in Philadelphia and also reflects no children.

It's intriguing Russell's middle name is "Hamilton" - this is my grandfather's middle name, one supposedly shared by generations before him as a middle name in the Storkey family (though I can document its use only back to my great grandfather). No one alive today knows its origin. Russ' mom was not a Storkey but her Storkey stepdad used the middle name, and her brother did as well - certainly she knew why she chose this name for her son.

In any case, not much is known to me about Russ, though I have found a bit of info about him. He worked for a time as a draftsman for the city of Philadelphia, as his name appears in city payout records. He shows up as a city draftsman on a census too. At one point, he supported several of his unmarried siblings after their parents died in 1916, shown on the 1920 census.

Russ served in World War I and was cited for gallantry in action. He played baseball for his Company E in the 315th Infantry where he also did engineering work and took up some military studies. His draft registration data: Adair, Russell Hamilton, 21 Jul 1894, White, Roxborough PA, Philadelphia PA, District # 14.

Between his service and care of his siblings, he must have been quite a decent gent. The 1930 census does not show him with any children though by that time he and his wife would have been married about 7 years, so it had been unknown to me if they ever had any until I found a death certificate for a child of his, Janet. No record of his death has yet been found. He does not seem to be on the SSDI nor in the state death certificates 1906-1963, though his like-named nephew is.

It is possible that he may have lived at least until about 1951, when a random article was found in the Trenton Evening Times that mentioned his name (with the confirming middle initial of "H") and address and a small amount of money. I could not find the reason why the many names were listed, but it seems to have been an effort to locate people to make payments to them. Based on that, Russ seems to have made it at least that long, though it is possible he was dead and thus unfindable. Bottom line - we can't be sure. That address listed for him was 7718 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia. Roxborough, bingo, right neighborhood. 7616 Ridge was his family's address on the 1900 census.

His wife seems to have lived a long life; the Social Security death index has ADAIR, ALMETA born 29 Dec 1893, died Jan 1983, age 89, last residence in 19152 in Philadelphia, PA. That zip code is for the Rhawnhurst section of Philadelphia's northeast. No obituary for her can be found in Daily News or Inquirer archives. 
Family links: 
  Robert Adair (1853 - 1916)
  Ella R Lehman Adair (1856 - 1916)
  Janet Adair (1926 - 1926)*
  Nellie M Adair Dotterer (1876 - 1945)*
  Clara Adair (1878 - 1953)*
  Charles W Adair (1881 - 1882)*
  Silas Graffe Adair (1883 - 1927)*
  Bessie S Adair (1888 - 1895)*
  Mary Alice Adair Hanna (1890 - 1954)*
  Russell Hamilton Adair (1894 - ____)
*Calculated relationship
Gulph United Church of Christ Cemetery
West Conshohocken
Montgomery County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: sr/ks
Record added: Sep 12, 2011
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PFC Russell Hamilton Adair
Added by: sr/ks
PFC Russell Hamilton Adair
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PFC Russell Hamilton Adair
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