Joseph Adair was born circa 1750 in Chickasaw Nation to James Adair (1714-1796) and Eleanor Adair (1726-1803) and died 5 February 1804 Duncan Creek, Laurens County, South Carolina of unspecified causes. He married Sarah Lowe (1750-1844) 1770 in Laurens County, South Carolina.

Joseph Adair was born in the Chickasaw Nation (upstate Mississippi near the headwaters of the Yazoo River) say about 1750. His father James Adair (1714-1796) was an indian trader famously known for writing a book "History of the American Indians". His mother Eleanor Adair (1726-1803), was a native of the Chickasaw Nation.

Marriage and Family

He married Sarah probably in Laurens County say about 1776. Joseph died perhaps in Duncan Creek, South Carolina, Laurens County after 23 March 1804 (date of land deed listed below).


Offspring of Joseph Adair and Sarah Lowe (1750-1844)
Name Birth Death Joined with
James Adair (1770-1840) 4 August 1770 Laurens County, South Carolina, United States 1840 Pickens County, Alabama, United States Rebecca Unknown Adair (c1775-)
Thomas Adair (1774-1858) 25 October 1775 Laurens County, South Carolina 1858 Mississippi Rebecca Brown (1776-1846)
Joseph Adair (1773-)
Sally Adair (1775-)
Jenny Adair (1777-)
Suffiah Adair (1779-)



Vital Records

1790 US Census

South Carolina 1790 US Federal Census has two entries for Joseph Adair. Both entries show on page 13 of the Laurens County Census. This family is very close match for the second entry, [4-1-4-0-5].

1804 Land Deed

Joseph Adair to Thomas Adair, State of South Carolina: Deed of Forty acres land ...23 March 1804. Know all men by these present that I Joseph Adair of Dunkins Creek in Laurens District in the state aforesaid for said in consideration of the love and good will my eldest son Thomas Adair, of the state aforesaid have given and grant and by these foresaith do ive and grant to the said Thomas Adair all that plantation on track of land containing forty acres near to lift beginning a post oak corresponding ...

See Also

  • Chickasaw Wife and Family of James Adair, Author of the History of the American Indians. - unpublished work by Shawn Potter Aug 2015. Shawn and his wife Lois are the authors of a book to be published sometime in the future entitiled. The book uses extensive historical documentation and modern DNA analysis to assemble his family history.
  • Early Adairs of Laurens County - compiled by Mildred Brownlee.
  • Joseph Adair
  • Adair in Laurens County, South Carolina
  • Adair in South Carolina

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