The Scotch-Irish in Kentucky
There was a slew of Scotch-Irish settlers who migrated from Antrim, Ireland to America during the mid 18th century. One such young man was John Adair who came in 1772 when he was eighteen years of age. Although, tracing the voyages of the Irish is difficult, most emigrants departed the port at Antrim and landed in Pennsylvania where they joined other Irishmen in Bucks or Berks County. The many civil conflicts in the British isles virtually destroyed all ancient records. The family of John Adair temporarily settled in Baltimore before removing to Pennsylvania. He must have been with a group moving together, because shortly thereafter the family was in Sullivan County, North Carolina, removing to Knox County in 1791 and Wayne County, Kentucky in 1804. The boundary North Carolina, Virginia and Kentucky boundary lines changed and Sullivan County, North Carolina became Sullivan County, Tennessee. The records shows that several branches of the Adair families were moving into South Carolina and Georgia as well. They were Scotch-Irish in appearance, with reddish hair and beards.
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