John Adair was born 8 January 1833 in Pickens County, Alabama to Samuel Jefferson Adair (1806-1889) and Jemima Catherina Mangum (1809-1848) and died June 1899 Barclay, Lincoln County, Nevada of unspecified causes. He married Eliza Jane Richey (1837-1908) 1855 in Payson, Utah County, Utah.

Eliza Jane Richey (1837-1908) married her cousin, John Milton Adair (1833-1899). Both are granchildren of Thomas Adair (1774-1858) and Rebecca Brown (1776-1846).

Their parents grew were born in Pickens Co, Alabama, and in 1831 the families moved to Noxubee, MS where they saw the missionaries of the Mormon Church. By 1845 they moved to Nauvoo Illinois. In by 1848 had migrated out to Utah with some of the earlier Mormon Pioneer Companies.

Benjamin Gardner 1852 Pioneer Company

1861 Wagon train in Echo Canyon

Benjamin Gardner led a pioneer company of 185 individuals that consisted primarily of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who were seeking refuge from religion persecution. Departed from Kanesville, Iowa on 2-10 June 1852 and reached the Salt Lake Valley on 24-27 Sept 1852. The Adair Family was part of this group, including 3-4 children adopted in Iowa.

Dixie Cottom Mission (1857)


In 1857, a group of about 38 southerner families were called by Brigham Young (1801-1877) on to settle the Virgin River area of Southwest Utah and to crow cotton, to decrease the saints reliance on expensive product from back east. Other pioneer families joined them in 1861 but this ambitious endeavor came to an end after the close of the Civil War and cotton prices collapsed.

They married in 1855 in Payson Utah and followed their parents to settle Washington County, Utah as part of the LDS Dixie Cotton Mission.

About 1875 they moved to Lincoln County, Nevada where their last child, Cordelia was born.

Barclay (aka: Clover Valley) is a ghosttown in Lincoln County, Nevada, just across the state line from Washington County, Utah. Originally a Mormon settlement in the 19th century, it has few residents and appears on several ghost town lists. Main sites in the town include an old Mormon cemetery, and an abandoned Post Office, the latter being one of the few remaining buildings in the town. Both John and Eliza are buried in the Old Mormon Cemetery in Barclay. Several of their children married some of the Hamblin children that helped to found that community.


Offspring of John Adair and Eliza Jane Richey (1837-1908)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Mammy Adair (1827-1921)
Emily Jane Adair (1856-1861)
John Milton Adair (1858-1926)
Elizabeth Malinda Adair (1860-)
Eliza Ann Adair (1860-1926)
Margaret Jemima Adair (1864-1958)
David William Adair (1867-1934)
Hannah Melissa Adair (1870-1890)
Charlotte Lucinda Adair (1873-1936)
Cordelia C Adair (1876-1882)


#g1: Offspring of Samuel Jefferson Adair (1806-1889) and Jemima Catherina Mangum (1809-1848)
Name Birth Death Joined with
William Jefferson Adair (1830-1846) 27 August 1830 Pickens County, Alabama 31 October 1846 Mt. Pisgah, Union County, Iowa
John Milton Adair (1833-1899) 8 January 1833 Pickens County, Alabama June 1899 Barclay, Lincoln County, Nevada Eliza Jane Richey (1837-1908)
Rebecca Frances Adair (1835-1836) 8 July 1835 Pickens County, Alabama 25 May 1836 Pickens County, Alabama
Permelia Jane Adair (1837-1883) 27 June 1837 Fulton, Clarke County, Alabama 16 December 1883 Dry Fork, Uintah County, Utah Territory John R Holden (1828-)
Charles Decatur Searle (1836-1909)
George Washington Adair (1837-1909) 27 June 1837 Pickens County, Alabama 9 September 1909 Bloomfield, San Juan County, New Mexico Ann Catherine Chestnut (1844-1863)
Emily Prescinda Tyler (1847-1917)
Samuel Newton Adair (1839-1924) 11 December 1839 Itawamba County, Mississippi 16 May 1924 Luna, Catron County, New Mexico Helen Genette Brown (1845-1933)
Joseph Jasper Adair (1842-1846) 23 January 1842 Itawamba County, Mississippi 8 September 1846 Mt. Pisgah, Union County, Iowa
Rufus Columbus Buleson Adair (1844-1847) 9 February 1844 Itawamba County, Mississippi 2 August 1847 Winter Quarters, Douglas County, Nebraska
Jemima Catherine Adair (1846-1926) 6 April 1846 Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, United States 15 April 1926 Murray, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States Frederick Dickensen Rugg (1843-1918)
Ezra Taft Benson Adair (1848-1848) 25 April 1848 Mt Pisgah, Union County, Iowa 26 April 1848 Mt. Pisgah, Union County, Iowa
#g2: Offspring of Samuel Jefferson Adair (1806-1889) and Nancy Fountain White (1811-1880)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Joshua Turner Adair (1849-1938)

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