Facts and Events
Corneluis Adair was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
- Page 435.--15th April, 1810. Cornelius Adair's will--To sons, William and John, now living in Pennsylvania; to sons, Francis and James; to wife, Elizabeth; to all children, viz: John, James, William, Benjamin, Francis, Polly (wife to Peyton Shumate). Executors, son William and friend Robert Stuart. Teste: Richard Holt, Robt. Hunter, Daniel Swisher. Proved, 29th January, 1811, and 20th February, 1811, Robert Stuart refuses, and 24th February, 1812, administration heretofore granted Andrew Hunter is repealed, and administration granted to William Adair.
- Will: In the name of God Amen. I Cornelias Adair of the Co of Augusta and State of Virginia, though sick and weak in body yet of sound mind and disposing memory and calling to mind the mortality of the body and that it is appointed to me to die so make and ordain this my last will & testament in manner and form following (vig).
- First I give & devise unto my sons William & John ADAIR (now residents of the State of Pennsylvania) provided they come forward to receive it the space of two years from and after the date of this my last will & Testament, One hundred acres to be equally divided between them and to be land off beging [sic] at a black oak corner to John SWISHERs land and Peyton SHUMATEs land and uning [uniting? sic] with SHUMATEs line, and with the line of the saw mill tract along the road its several corner to Jane BLACKs line and with her line a sufficient distance, and thence a strait course to the beginning to them and their heirs forever I also give to the said William and John one ninety of my saw mill including eleven acres of land belonging thereto, to be also equally divided between them, to them and their heirs forever subject to the same provision with the above hundred acres. And in case they do not come forward in the said space of two years as above mentioned, to receive the same unless prevented by unavoidable circumstances, then I give the same with all of its appurtanances unto my two son Francis & James to be equally divided between them to them and their heirs forever;
- Secondly I give unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Adair the other ninety of the said saw mill with the land belonging thereto together with all the rest of my land and lands except a tract of 195 acres, cald the mountain tract (which I purchased of Henry DAVISON) which said tract I desire may be sold by my Executors hereafter named for the purpose of paying and discharging my debts, for and during her natural life and after her death I give the same to be equally divided between my two sons Francis & James. I also give to my said wife for & during her natural life all my stock of horses, cattle, hogs and sheep and all my household and kitchen furnature & plantation utensils, and after her death I desire the same to be sold and the money arising from this sale to be equally divided between all of my children (viz) John, James, William, Benjamin, Francis & Polly - the wife of Peyton SHUMATE. I also give to my said wife one negro woman named Sally & her youngest daughter Sylvia to her & her heirs forever.
- Thirdly I give & bequeath unto my son John ADAIR one negro girl named Bryan to him & his heirs forever.
- Forthly I give & bequeath unto my son James ADAIR one negro boy Farrow to him & his heirs forever.
- Fifthly I give & bequeath unto my son William ADAIR one negro girl named Rachel to him & his heirs forever.
- Sixthly I give & bequeath unto my son Francis ADAIR one negro Boy named George to him and his heirs forever.
- Seventhly It is my will and desire that all the rest of my estate be it of what kind soever it may shall be sold by my Extr and the proceeds thereof to be equally divided among between all my children above named which I give to them and their heirs forever.
- Eightly I lastly I nominate & appoint my son William ADAIR, and my friend Robert my executors to execute this my last will & testament Given from under my hand and seal this fifteenth day of April one thousand eight hundred and two.
- (Signed) Cornelius ADAIR (his mark)
- Signed, sealed & acknowledged in presenese of us: Richd HOLT, Robert HUNTER, Daniel SWISHER.
- At a Court continued and held for Augusta County January the 29th 1811 This last will and testament of Cornelius ADAIR deceased was proved by the oaths of Robert HUNTER and Daniel SWISHER two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. Chesley KINNEY, Clark.
- And at a Court continued and held for the said County July the 26th 1811 Robert STUART one of the executors named in the said will appeared in Court and refused to take upon himself the burthen of the executor thereof. Teste.
- The Court held for August County February the 24th 1812 William ADAIR one of the Executors named in the last will and testament of Cornelius ADAIR deceased appeared in Court and on his motion the administration which was granted Andrew HUNTER on the Estate of the said Cornelius ADAIR deceased is refunded and certificate is granted him for attaining a probate thereof in due form. Whereupon the said William ADAIR entered into bond together with Daniel HENDERSON his security in the penalty of $1,000 Conditioned as the law directs. Teste Chesley KINNEY CC
- p. 435. Will 15 Apr 1810: To sons, William and John, now living in Pennsylvania; to sons, Francis and James; to wife, Elizabeth; to all children, viz: John, James, William, Benjamin, Francis, Polly (wife to Peyton Shumate) (Patton Shoemate, however spelt). Executors: son William, friend Robert Stuart. tools that belong to me.
Records of Cornelius Adair in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- 1775 - Cornelius O Dare, driving pack horses. [Source: "Soldiers & Public Service in Dunmore's War, 1775"]
- Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1793--February 4, Saml. McCullock and Cornelius Odear, surety. Saml. McCullock and Elizabeth Varner, daughter of Henry Varner (consent). Teste: John Copenhaver, Andrew Wallace.
- Vol. 2 - Marriage Bond in Augusta County - 1800--April 22, John McKensey and Cornelius O'dair, surety. John McKensey and Mary Crane, of age.
- Vol. 1 - JUNE AND SEPTEMBER, 1800. - Andrew Hunter road petition.--From Cornelius Adairs to Joseph Burks, passing Andrew Hunter's Mill. List of petitioners.
- Vol. 2 - Coalter vs. Stuart--O. S. 368; N. S. 133--Patent, 1st December, 1773, to John Fry, Adam Stephens, Andrew Lewis, Peter Hog, John Savage, Thomas Bullett, _____ Wright, and John David Wilper, under proclamation, 19th February, 1754, 21,941 acres in Botetourt, at mouth Poketallico, where it falls into Great Kenawha. Robert Stuart answers, 21st June, 1814. His father, Thomas Stuart, bought from William Beverley three tracts in Beverley Manor; also had a patent, 12th May, 1770, for 248 acres just outside the manor line and adjoining the three lots, all which are now held by Robert as devisee of his father, Thomas Stuart; and this suit concerns the deed by William Beverley to Thomas Stuart, March, 1749, and part of the land under the patent. The Beverley Manor line was run for Rev. Mr. Waddel. Cornelius Adair had at least two sons, William and James. Edward Hall the father of Major Hall. Suit involves the Spring Hill tract and Beverley Manor lines. One of the corners of Beverley Manor line was on the Stuart land; it ran between Waddle and Adair. William Davis deposes his father lived in Augusta in 1750 and continued there until 1803, when he died.
- Vol. 1 - Cornelius Adair deposes on the premises, 19th December, 1801: About 30 years ago he was shown the stumps, &c., by father of the complainant, Robert, who told him they were the corner of Patton's land (now Swisher's).