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Adair County, Kentucky

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  • Joseph Elbert Nunn (1851 - 1938)
    Joseph Elbert Nunn, Panhandle educator and businessman, son of John Martin and Alice (Breeding) Nunn, was born September 23, 1851, in Adair County, Kentucky. At age seven the family moved to La Grange,...
  • Henry Green (c.1785 - 1850)
    On 21 May 1812, Henry Green married Mary "Polly" Biggs in Adair County KY. From the Revolutionary War pension papers of John Biggs, Henry Green signed an affidavit that he was John's son-in-law, and l...
  • Pfc Leonard Waymon McGaha (1923 - 2018)
    Veteran - Leonard W McGaha, PFC US Army, World War II - Bronze Star ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Leonard Waymon McGaha (1923-2018) was the husband of Elsie Ray Rayburn (1...
  • Diana A Field (1835 - 1850)
    Biography== Diana A Field was born in 1835 in Kentucky, USA. Her parents were John Field Captain and Mary Elizabeth O'Bannon . Died, young, never married. She died on August 22, 1850, in Covington, Ken...
  • Robert Oliver Field (c.1828 - 1842)
    Biography== Robert Field was born in 1828 in Adair, Kentucky, USA. His parents were John Field Captain and Mary Elizabeth O'Bannon . He died on October 20, 1842, in Adair County, Kentucky, USA. Age 14,...

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Adair County was formed on December 11, 1801, from sections of Green County. Columbia was chosen as the county seat the following year and the first courthouse was built in 1806.

The county was named in honor of John Adair, a veteran of the Revolutionary War and Northwest Indian War. Later he commanded Kentucky troops in the Battle of New Orleans. He served as the eighth Governor of Kentucky. This was the 44th of Kentucky's 120 counties to be organized.

After the American Civil War, a gang of five men, believed to include Frank and Jesse James from Missouri, robbed the Bank of Columbia of $600 on April 29, 1872. They killed the cashier, R.A.C. Martin, in the course of the robbery.

The courthouse on the Columbia town square, completed in 1884, replaced the original 1806 courthouse.

Adair County has one of the few surviving American Chestnut trees in the United States.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Counties and Towns

  • Breeding
  • Columbia (County Seat)
  • Glens Fork
  • Gradyville
  • Knifley
  • Neatsville
  • Pellyton
  • Sparksville



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