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Below is a family biography included in The History of Madison County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Prof. W. C. Adair, of Huntsville College, was born in 1860, on February 12, in Searcy County, Ark., and is a son of J. K. and Martha (McTyer) Adair. The father was born in South Carolina in 1828, and was married in Alabama. He then resided in Florida for some time, but afterward returned to Alabama, and in 1858 to Searcy County, Ark. Two years later he went to Fulton County, Ark., and eighteen years later to Washington County, where he located in Fayetteville for the purpose of giving his children educational advantages. He has been a successful farm, and now lives on White River, six miles from Fayetteville. The mother was born in North Carolina about 1827, and when young moved to Alabama. She died in Fayetteville in 1880. Prof. Adair spent his youth upon a farm, his early education being received at Philadelphia, Ark., and Ash Flat, Ark. In 1877 he entered the State University at Fayetteville, and after three years attendance began to teach school. He has since taught at Goshen, Farmington, Viney Grove and Huntsville, and other places. He took charge of the school here in January, 1888, and it is already beginning to show the effects of his good teaching. He was married in 1884 to Miss Henrietta Belle Sanders, of Washington County, which union has been blessed with one child, Eula C. Both the Professor and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Prof. Adair owns a farm in Washington County, but devotes his chief attention to his profession, desiring to raise the educational standard in this part of the country. Politically he is a Democrat.

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This family biography is one of 99 biographies included in The History of Madison County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Madison County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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