First, sorry for the error that caused a blank posting earlier today.
I have obtained from the National Archives the military records of William Adair, b Aug
1781 Chester Dist, SC, d. Nov 1856 Perry County, IL (he was my great great grandfather).
They show that William ADAIR served from 1 Oct 1814 until 07 Mar 1815 as a private in
"William Chesnut's Co. of Vol Riflemen, Lt. Col. Hugh Means' Reg't South
Carolina Militia. On 31 Oct 1814 he was paid $8 for one month's service, and on 07
Mar 1815 he was paid $33.50 for service through March 1815. On 07 Mar 1815 he was
discharged at a place shown as "lekston," and was paid $3.75 to travel 195 miles
(taking fifteen days) to his place of residence in Chester District, SC. I have no idea
where "Lekston" may have been. The "Card Numbers" (apparently the NARA
file cards) for this file are 38413705, 38413845, 38413988, 38414117, and 38414238.
(Family records say that he fought "under General Jackson," but do not say in
what battles he fought. Nor do NARA records say that.
As for his BLACK HAWK WAR record, Card Number 31326980 shows him as Capt William ADAIR of
Capt Adair's Co., 3 Reg't, 3 Brig, Illinois Mtd Vols. His Date of Enrollment was
26 Jun 1832 for 90 days, and he was "Promoted from the Ranks" the same date. He
was mustered out on 17 Aug 1832, place not stated.
Family records say he was a "Major in the Black Hawk War, 1831-1832;" there are
two obvious discrepancies here. Although he apparently was known for the rest of his life
as "Major Adair," he never attained that rank
I had hoped (in vain, it turns out) that the military records would show who were William