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William Penn Adair
Birth: Apr. 15, 1830
Georgia, USA
Death: Oct. 21, 1880
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

MEMORIAL IN PLACE: A great leader & diplomat and lawyer in Cherokee history; born in the Cherokee Nation. Asst. Chief of the Cherokee Nation. A Colonel in the Civil War, he was an officer under Genl.Stand Watie's Cherokee Mounted Volunteers regiment command; captured at the Battle of Pea Ridge, he was soon released and continued to fight for the CSA. Married(1)Sarah McNair; parents of Martha Caroline(Lewis); Mary E.(Chief J.Harris); & Namie Adair. Marr(2)Sue McIntosh Drew; parents of Dora Scott Adair. Son of Geo.Washington Adair II & Martha H.Martin. [Location: Block 6 Lot 30; 3 & 4].
Place of Death: Oklahoma


Colonel William Penn Adair, second in command of the Cherokee Mounted Rifles (CSA) under Brigadier General Stand Watie.

Part of delegation to Washington seeking to establish Cherokees and allied tribes connected to the Southern cause, to be allowed to remove from Indian Territory to Texas. Established the Texas Cherokees and Associate Bands in 1871 to pursue the aforementioned cause as well as to seek redress regarding the Treaty of Bowles Village in 1836 between the Cherokee and Twelve Associated Tribes and the Republic of Texas.

The Texas Cherokees and Associate Bands were largely made up initially by former residents of the Mount Tabor Indian Community and the town of Bellview, Texas in Rusk County.

Colonel Adair was the son of George Washington Adair and Martha "Patsy" Martin.

He married Sarah Ann McNair Adair, the daughter of Walter Scott "Red Watt" Adair and Nannie Harris. (Colonel Adair's grand parents were Walter "Black Watt" Adair, different Adair family, and Rachel Thompson.) They were married on May 15, 1804 in the Cherokee Nation (Georgia). From this union two daughters were born, Martha Carolina "Callie" Adair and Mary Elizabeth "Mamie" Adair.

He married Sarah McIntosh Drew in June of 1861 and from that union, one daughter was born, Dora Scott Adair.
Family links: 
  George Washington Adair (1806 - 1862)
  Martha Hammock Martin Adair (1815 - 1875)
  Sue (Susannah) Drew (Adair) Rogers (1844 - 1938)*
  Martha Carolina Adair Lewis (1854 - 1875)*
  Mary Elizabeth Adair Harris (1864 - 1902)*
  William Penn Adair (1830 - 1880)
  Walter Thompson Adair (1838 - 1899)*
  Mary Ellen Adair Thompson (1839 - 1900)*
  Benjamin Franklin Adair (1842 - 1895)*
  Cherokee Cornelia Adair Mayes (1848 - 1926)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: He has a memorial marker standing in the Tahlequah Cemetery in Tahlequah, Cherokee County, Oklahoma.
Note: His grave is located at National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
Tahlequah Cemetery
Cherokee County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: Burial Arlington VA
Created by: Patricia Mechling
Record added: Jan 28, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5178118
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Look well to the East, Most Worshipful Brother! May the GAOTU continue to rule and abide within you.
- Poor Widow's Son
 Added: Nov. 6, 2016
1903 Confederate Veteran's Reunion, Indian's in New Orleans. The above Picture I posted is of. TY for the nice Memorial.
- Dixie Home Georgia
 Added: Nov. 29, 2015
I just discovered that you are my great great uncle. God Bless.
- Bagpiper Hughes
 Added: Oct. 16, 2014
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