William Adair

County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Death 11 Jun 1812 (aged 92–93)
Mercer County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky, USA
Memorial ID 166085318 · View Source
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Came to the Pennsylvania colonies about 1730 with his family at age 11.
The WAXHAW Penn. Colony in about 1750 settled on lands in the (later named) Chester Co, SC and adjoining counties. The ADAIR Colony also had lands in Laurens County, SC adjoining the WAXHAW on the west, with the two colonies closely related, established about the same time and composed of Scotch Irish settlers. These later intermarried with family and others from County Antrim, Ireland who came later in about 1768-1772, settling in SC, straight from Ireland.

William Adair married in 1754, secured land on Fishing Creek in Chester County, S.C., cleared land for a farm; built a house, locating it near the water, as did the other Pioneer settlers for the better protection against the Indians.

William was too old for service in the Revolutionary War, but he had 3 sons to serve and a foster son (Edward Lacey who he and wife had raised as their own.
Some battles of the pending war were fought on Fishing Creek in Adair's neighborhood: Hauck's party stopped at Adair's on their way to Williamson's. After having taken the silver buckles from Mrs. Adair's shoes, the rings from her fingers, and the handkerchief from her neck, they took her husband out and put a rope around his neck and were about to hang him because his sons were out with the rebels, when some of the tories pleaded on his behalf that the old man was not so much to blame, it was the mother who had encouraged her sons, and urged them to their rebellious course. The officer then drew Mrs. Adair apart; and remarking that he had understood that her sons were fine young men, and that her influence over them was such that she could persuade them to anything she pleased, promised if she would swing them over to the King's service, he would obtain for each of them a commission in the British army.
The matron replied her sons had minds of their own, thought and acted for themselves.
The call made by the Whigs before daylight next morning, July 12, has been noticed. After they were gone, Mr and Mrs Adair left the house quietly, leaving the two officers in bed, who quartered themselves upon them, for they knew in a short time there would be warm work at their neighbors. They had scarcely reached the shelter of a thicket when they heard the first gun fire, and for more than an hour remained in agitating suspense, At length, venturing in sight of the road, they saw the red coats and Tories flying, and soon afterwards the gallant McClure in pursuit, no longer in fear they returned to the house. When they went to the battle ground, Mrs Adair helped dress the wounds of Captain Anderson, who had insisted that she send sons to him, and reminded him of the order.
The sons removed their aged parents to Virginia in the latter part of the War, and then went back to their camps.
In the middle of the year 1788 William and Mary sold their home and moved to Mercer Co, KY living with their son John Adair at his estate called White Hall, and were buried there.
See Elizabeth Ellet's 'The Women of the American Revolution' Vol 111, pgs 270-273
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