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 Ann Catherine <I>Chestnut</I> Adair

Ann Catherine Chestnut Adair

Illinois, USA
Death 27 Mar 1863 (aged 18)
Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA
Burial Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 52176 · View Source
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Ann Catherine was born about 1844. When she was about 6 years old, traveling west with her parents and sister, Sarah Mary about 5 years old & brother , Alfred age three, their parents were murdered by two men that her father had hired as teamsters to take them west.

The three children were spared but the cruel men tied them to a cow and sent it on its way. At this time they were outside Echo Canyon. The confused cow and the frightened children were left to wander, until they were rescued by Samuel Jefferson Adair, widower of (sic) eight children, also on his way to Zion.

Being shocked and amazed when he found them, he released them from the cow, took them in his arms and did his best to comfort the distressed children. He brought them on to the Salt Lake Valley, arriving around September 24, 1852.

When they arrived, the Chestnut children recognized the fine wagon that belonged to their parents. They started to shout, but were quickly silenced when two rough men told Samuel to shut them up or they would be shut up for good. The men were soon gone and the children remained with Samuel as he raised them as his own.

They moved south to Payson and from there they answered the call to go on the Cotton Mission in Utah’s Dixie. They camped for a while at Adair Spring and then helped settle the community of Washington.

Sarah Mary went to live with Bishop and Sister Bingham in Riverdale, Utah. She was living there when at age 15 she met and married Jefferson Slade. By the time her first child was born they had separated.

She later married John Moroni Foy in the Endowment House on Dec 13, 1862. The marriage lasted but two years, no children were born to the couple.

In December 1869, Sarah married Stephen Malan, in the Logan Temple. They became the parents of six children. Three years after the birth of their last child, Sarah Mary passed away at the age of forty-one.

Ann Catherine eventually married George Washington Adair the son of Samuel J. Adair. Their first child, a boy, was named after his father, George Washington Adair Jr. Ann Catherine died while giving birth to their second child, Jemima Ann Adair."

Thanks to Find A Grave contributor Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

1860 United States Federal Census

Name: Ann Adair
Age in 1860: 16
Birth Year: abt 1844
Birthplace: Missouri
Home in 1860: Washington, Washington, Utah Territory
Gender: Female
Post Office: Washington
Value of real estate: View Image
Household Members: Name Age
Geo W Adair 23
Ann Adair 16
Sarah Chesnut 14

Utah Cemetery Inventory

Name: Ann Catherine Adair
Birth Date: 11 Apr 1844
Death Date: 27 Mar 1863
Cemetery: Washington City Cemetery
Source: Wes Craig

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  • Maintained by: Chesnut/Behunin Descendant
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 52176
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ann Catherine Chestnut Adair (11 Apr 1844–27 Mar 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 52176, citing Washington City Cemetery, Washington, Washington County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Chesnut/Behunin Descendant (contributor 47104688) .