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Adairs of Scottish and Cherokee Indian Origin


Transcribed to Electronic form by Jo White
Published in The Oklahoma Genealogical Society Quarterly
Volume 9, Number 2, 1964

Compiled by Georgia Ora (McCullogh) Brown (Mrs. Victor).

1.     Robert Adair m Arabella Campbell; parents of

2.     Niegello Adair who m _____; parents of

3.     William Adair who m _____Vans; parents of

4.     Alexander Adair who m Euphemia Stewart; parents of

5.     Ninian (sic) Adair who m Katherine Agnew; parents of

6.     William Adair who m Helen Kennedy; parents of

7.     Niniam (sic) Adair who m Elizabeth Gordon; parents of

8.     William Adair who married Miss _____Houston; parents of

9.     Reverend John Adair (Presbyterian) who m Miss Cathcart; parents of

10. Reverend Patrick Adair (Presbyterian) who m Jean Adair (his first cousin). Reverend Patrick Adair was b 1625, d late in 1694. His wife, Jean (Adair) Adair d 1675. They were parents of

11. Alexander Adair who m _____; parents of

12. Thomas Adair b 1680, who m _____; parents of

13. James Adair b 1709 in Scotland. This James 13 Adair b 1709 became an Indian trader and author and was in the Cherokee Nation as early as 1735. He was an Indian agent under King George III. He married on 18 October 1744 Ann Mccarty (sic) of Fairfield, Connecticut. He died in Robeson Co., N.C. between 1784-1790; his plantation manor was called Fairfields. They were parents of

14. John Adair b 1756 who went into the Indian country quite young and married Gahoga Foster in 1779 in Georgia. She was a full blood Cherokee. They had five children who lived until they were grown. The fifth child was John who died unmarried in his early twenties. Their second son was

15. Walter Adair (called Black Watt) b 1783, who was one-half Cherokee. He married Rachel Thompson, "a white woman of an excellent North Carolina family." The were parents of

16. George Washington Adair b 1806 in Georgia. He married Martha (Patsy) Martin b 1815 in Georgia and were parents of

17. Rachel Jane Adair b 1845 in Oklahoma (Indian Territory), paternal grandmother of the contributor. Rachel Jane Adair b 1845 married on 1 July 1868 a man named Milton Howard McCullough from Ireland, who was born in 1840; They were parents of

18. John Washington McCullough b 1869, who married Florida T. Williams; They were parents of

19. Georgia Ora McCullough, who married Victor Brown. They were parents of

20. Napanee Jane Adair Brown, who married E.L. Coffman.

George Washington 16 Adair, born 1806, and wife Martha (Patsy) Martin, born 1815, migrated from Georgia to Oklahoma. They arrived in April, 1837, and settled one half mile southeast of Salina. They built their home in 1837. It faced north and was built of hewn logs set in mortar. Spaces were left for windows and a breezeway. This two-story house, later weather-boarded, had a gabled roof and originally 7 or 8 rooms. During the War Between the States, the rooms extending south from the west end were partly burned, were then torn away, and were never replaced. A smaller room called "the little room: extended from the east room. Huge fireplaces were in each room. The old house stood 111 years.

George Washington 16 Adair died in April, 1862, and his wife died in January, 1875. They were buried in the family cemetery across the road from the house where they lived. (The "Adair Story" appeared in the Chronicles of Oklahoma, May, 1951, Oklahoma Historical Society publication) The old cemetery where 20 Adairs were buried—all the old family—has been relocated to make Way for the Markham Dam. George Washington Adair and wife Martha (Patsy) Martin brought 15 slaves, including small children, when they came to Oklahoma. Five of the slaves or the slaves’ children were buried in the family cemetery some distance from the Adairs. Reinterrment (sic) from the Adair family Cemetery is in the "Martin-Mayes" Cemetery.

Walter Adair 15 (Black Watt) aided in the War of 1812 and has been recognized as a "patriot."

George Washington 16 Adair aided the Confederacy in the War Between the States.

Georgia Ora McCullough Brown (19) is experienced in (examining?) the Indian records. She was at one time employed as a Secretary in the Probate Attorney’s Office, U.S. Indian Service, at Chickasha (Oklahoma) and is herself an "enrolled" Cherokee (3/64 degree), as is her paternal grandmother, Rachel Jane (Adair) McCullough. Mrs. Brown cites The History of the Cherokees by Starr as an interesting reference and credits Mrs. Grant Foreman, historian, widow of the late eminent historian, Dr. Grant Foreman, with much assistance in her research.



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