Adair Project 2017 – Ancestor #8
By Don Taylor
Allen William Adair was a sharecropper in Paulding County Georgia. The oldest son of a sharecropper he lived a simple life, farming other people’s land, raising children, and being ever close to the church and finally being buried in the church cemetery.
Allen William Adair (1881-1963)
Allen William Adair was born 22 July 1881 in Paulding County, Georgia, the first of eight children of Robert Hutcheson and Mary Jane (Parsons) Adair. Again, birth records are confusing and conflicting so a table will help explain why I settled on 22 July 1881 as his birth date.
|1900 Census||July 1881||Accurate|
|1910 Census||Age 28 (1881-82)||Accurate|
|1918 WWI Draft Registration||Age 40 22 July 1878||3 years added reduced his likelihood of being drafted.|
|1930 Census||Age 50 (1879-80)||1 year closer to actual.|
|1961 SS Claim Index||22 July 1881||Accurate|
|1963 Marker||1879||Same as 1930|
The record that I have that is closest to his birth is the 1900 census. His Social Security Claim is consistent with that date. I believe that his marker and other records are incorrect.
His name changed over the years. Early census records indicate his name was William Allen Adair. Later, he used Allen William Adair. In later he may have used Alan William Adair as Alan is the name used on his grave marker. He may have possibly used Bill Adair, also.” I have settled on Allen William Adair as my preferred name to use for him.
|1900 Census||William A Adair|
|1910 Census||Allen Adair|
|1918 WWI Draft Regis||Allen William Adair|
|1930 Census||Allen Adair|
|1961 Social Security Claim||Allen W. Adair|
|1963 Georgia Death Index||Allen W. Adair|
|1963 Cemetery Marker||Alan Adair|
|Internet Photo||Bill Adair|
The 1880s were extremely difficult times in Paulding County.
In June of 1883, his brother Joseph C. was born and the local news reported a jump in deaths due to consumption (TB) and typhoid fever in Paulding County.
In 1885, his sister Minnie was born.
In 1887, Measles were again reported in Dallas and meningitis was raging in some parts of Paulding County. I believe another sibling was born during 1887 who died the same year. With so many tragedies occurring the family moved from Paulding County, Georgia to Alabama.
In Alabama, four more children were born, Foster in May 1889, Maggie in Apr 1892, Celie in May 1894, and Pearl in April 1897.
By the 1900 Census, the family had moved back to Georgia and settled in the Weddington District 941, Humphrey, Paulding County, Georgia. His is listed as William A. Adair in the 1900 Census. He was living with his parents and six siblings. He is identified as being able to read but not write; He is working as a farm laborer.
On 18 April 1904, Allen married Elle E. Mitchell in a ceremony performed by B. H. Owen, a Justice of the Peace in Paulding County.
The 1910 Census finds the young family consisting of Allen, Ella, and son Floyd Adair living in Humphrey, Paulding County. Allen is a share-cropper. Ella had had a second child that had died by then.
In 1918, Allen registered for the draft; he was married and had three living children (one had died).
Search as I might, I have not found Allen in the 1920 Census.
The 1930 Census finds the couple living along Villa Ricca Road in Dallas, Paulding County, Georgia. Allen is still a farmer, renting his farm, and cannot read nor write. Their seventeen-year-old son, Elmer, is living with them as is their son, Paul E, and their daughter, Mary L.
Allen’s wife, Ella E. (Mitchell) Adair died in 1936.
I have not found Allen in the 1940 Census.
Allen’s son Elmer Dewey Adair died in 1940.
Allen’s son Floyd M Adair died in 1943.
In 1961 Alan filed for a Life Claim with the Social Security Administration.
His son, Paul E. Adair succeeded him. Two of his other children may have succeeded him as well. Mary Lee, and Lola Adair may have been alive at the time of his death. I have not been able to find their status yet.
List of Grandparents
- Grand Parent: Elmer Dewey Adair
- 1st Great: Allen William Adair
- 2nd Great: Robert Hutcheson Adair
- 3rd Great: William Adair
————- Disclaimer ————-