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Archelaus Wheeler I, Was in Green County when Adair County was formed in  1801.

In 1792 he is said to have moved to Green County on a delinquent tax list by Sherff of Madsom County KY. (The Kentucky Researcher, Volume 3, March 1965, page 5.)
Adair County was formed from Green County, Kentucky in 1801. Archelaus is found on Census records in that county from 1800-1830. Per Roy W. Wheeler Jr.

ARCHELAUS WHEELER I  was born about 1750 in Buckingham Co., VA, and died 1831 in Adair County, KY.  He married MILDRED LYLE 1775 in Bedford Co., VA.  She was born after 1750 in VA, and died about 1845 in Adair County, KY.
See: Pioneer Sketches of Archelaus Wheeler I, for more about this family.
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Nathaniel Wilson, settled in Adair County before December 04, 1848

NATHANIEL WILSON was born about 1773 in Henry Co., VA, son of MOSES WILSON and ELIZABETH BAILEY He died before December 04, 1848 in Adair Co., KY.  He married SUSANNAH STEPHENS May 19, 1793 in Henry County, VA., daughter of WILLIAM STEPHENS and SUSANNAH FOX.  She was born about. 1773 in Henry Co., VA., and died 1851 in Adair Co., KY.
See: Pioneer Sketches of Nathaniel Wilson, for more about this family.
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William Boaz Moss
One of the early settlers in Adair County was William Boaz Moss, my 3rd great grandfather.  He was a son of David C. Moss, whose family settled in Mercer County and then moved westward.  The following information is taken from “Methodist History of Adair County Kentucky 1782-1969”, by Vista Royse Allison: Contributed by Gerald Moss
See: Pioneer Sketches of William Boaz Moss, for more about this family.


George Breeding moved to Adair Co., Kentucky about 1802
George served in the war against the Indians in the Northwest Territory. He moved to Kentucky, near Maysville, about 1786. About 1788 he moved to Lincoln Co., Kentucky and then about 1802 he moved to Adair Co., Kentucky. He left a large estate of 840 acres when he died, after previously haven given his son James 450 acres.
George BREEDING, a native of Virginia, was born in 1772, and when fourteen years of age was brought to Kentucky where Maysville now stands.  When about sixteen years of age he was brought to Lincoln County, and 1802 came to Adair County, where a farm was bought and deeded to George BREEDING, where the little village of BREEDING's now stands.  Here George remained during the rest of his life, engaged in agricultural pursuits and left an estate of about $7,000 in land and slave mostly.  He was married three times; first to Miss Margaret Cloyd, a daughter of James and Jane (Lapsley) Cloyd, of Lincoln County.
Contributed by Roberta J Dooley
See: George Breeding for more about this family.



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