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John Adair

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: County Antrim, Ulster, Ireland
Death: December 4, 1815 (62)
Anderson District, South Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of unknown Adair and N.N.
Husband of Ga-ho-ga lightfoot; Nancy Adair and Jean Adair
Father of Walter Washington Adair; Samuel Adair; Charlotte Lightfoot Bell; Thomas Benjamin Adair; Edward Adair and 10 others
Brother of Edward Adair, Sr.

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About John Adair

Not a known son of James Adair, Indian trader

A Patriot of the American Revolution for SOUTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor # A029605

According to Emmet Starr, "____ Adair (had sons) John Adair m. Jennie Kilgore (and) Edward Adair m. Elizabeth Martin." [Emmet Starr, "History of the Cherokee Indians and their Legends and Folklore," (Oklahoma City, OK: The Warden Company, 1921), p. 403]



The origins of the Cherokee Adair family are murky. Starr listed no parents for brothers John and Edward Adair, the two men who begin the Cherokee Adair family. Later records said that John was born in Scotland or Ireland. What is known for sure is that John had at least five children by a Cherokee woman named Gahoga or Nannie Foster (some believe her father was a white man named Lightfoot, Foster was her first husband) and ten more by a white woman, Jane Kilgore. He left property to both sets of children in his will, and three of Jane's children married Cherokee.

Gahoga was married only twice: to James Foster and to John Adair.

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The following genealogical summary of the family of James Adair was provided to me from Shawn Potter Aug 2015. Shawn and his wife Lois are the authors of a book to be published sometime in the future entitiled "Chickasaw Wife and Family of James Adair, Author of the History of the American Indians."

"James Adair was born probably in Ireland say about 1714. He immigrated to America before 1735. James married Eleanor of the Chickasaw Nation in about 1744. Eleanor was born in the Chickasaw Nation say about 1726. She was a member of the Panther clan. James died probably in Laurens County, South Carolina, after 25 Feb 1784 and before 12 Feb 1796. Eleanor died probably in Laurens County after 3 Jan 1803.

James and Eleanor were the parents of the following children:

3. John Adair was born in the Chickasaw Nation say about 1754. He married first Ga-Ho-Ga of the Cherokee Nation probably in Laurens County say about 1780. Ga-Ho-Ga was born in the Cherokee Nation say about 1760. Ga-Ho-Ga died perhaps in Laurens County after 7 Feb 1789. John married second Jane Kilgore probably in Laurens County say about 1790. Jane was born probably in Laurens County say about 1773. John died in present-day Oconee County, South Carolina, after 4 Nov 1815 and before 4 Dec 1815. Jane died perhaps in present-day Oconee County after 4 Dec 1815.

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John Adair's Timeline

County Antrim, Ulster, Ireland
January 26, 1781
Age 28
Adairsville, Cherokee Country, Georgia, United States
December 11, 1783
Age 30
Adairsville, Cherokee Nation, Georgia, United States
Age 31
Adairsville, Cherokee Nation, Georgia, United States
February 7, 1789
Age 36
Adairsville, Cherokee Nation, Georgia, United States
Age 50
Bartow, GA, United States
Age 55
South Carolina, United States
Age 55
Cherokee Nation, Georgia, United States