Biographical Sketch of Rollin K. Adair

(See Adair, Grant, McNair, Halfbreed, Cordery and Duncan)-Rollin K. Adair, whose Cherokee name is Takatoka, of the Blind Savannah Clan, was born March 17, 1855, at Locust Grove in Salina District. Educated in the Cherokee Nation and at Dartmouth College.

He married August 25, 1881, Rachel Landrum, born November 18, 1859. She died December 5, 1919.

They were the parents of: Charles Bertram, born February 15, 1882; Robert McLeod, born July 5, 1884; William David, November 8, 1885; Sue M., born January 17, 1887; Sadie K., born July 6, 1889, and Rachel L., born December 24, 1897.

William Martin, a wealthy merchant of Bristol, England in order to break up a love match, furnished his youngest son, Joseph with a ship named the “Brice” and sent him to Virginia, where Joseph married Susannah Childs, member of a prominent colonial family, and settled near Charlotteville Albermarle county in that state. Their third son Joseph was born in 1840. He became a fur trader and amassed a fortune. He held the following military positions: captain of the Transylvania Militia, elected in 1776 became Major February 17, 1779 and Lieut. col. in 1781. He was elected Brig. Genl. of North Carolina by the Legislature Dec. 15, 1787 and was commissioned Brig. Gen. of the brigade of Virginia Militia by Gov. Henry Lee Dec. 11, 1793. He was the father of Martha called “Patsy” Martin, who married George Washington, the son of John and Gahoka Adair. George Washington and Martha Adair were the parents of Brice Martin Adair who married Sarah McNair. they wee the parents of Rollin K. Adair, Townsite commissioner 1888 and Superintendent of the Male Seminary 1895-99.



Salina District OK,

Starr, Emmett. History of the Cherokee Indians and Their Legends and Folk Lore. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: The Warden Company. 1921

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