Jesse ADAIR B. ABT 1739 D. BEF DEC 1818

Jesse ADAIR B. ABT 1739 D. BEF DEC 1818


Summary

Jesse ADAIR was born ABT 1739. He died BEF DEC 1818.

Parents

MotherFather
Not knownNot known

Children

Children
Amelia Ann ADAIR

Events
EventDatePlaceNoteSource
Born ABT 1739
Married Ann STANTON24Aug1765Belfast, Antrim, Ireland
Died BEF DEC 18181406;
An event 1786 to 18011205;
An event 17851202;
An event 1406;
An event 19Jan17591202;
An event 10Dec1770Plymouth, Devon1202;
An event 19Apr1775Lexington
An event 19Apr1775Lexington, MAS1202;
An event 17Jun1775Bunker Hill
An event 24Jul17751202;
An event 22Nov17751202;

Other information

Beneath this stone are deposited the remains of ANNE ADAIR, Relict of Captain JESSE ADAIR, of the Royal Marines, born1732 died December 28th 1818 Aged 86 years Also of AMELIA, their daughter, and wife of JOHN CLEMENSHAW who died December 5th 1835 Aged 63 years Also JULIA ANNE LAWRENCE(This is just below ground level and is probably JULIA ANNE LAWRENCE CLEMINSHAW who died in October 1838) Battle of Lexington. Capt. Jesse Adair played a prominent part that day. He led the van of the entire column of the expedition because of his reputation of being a hard charger, fearless, and someone who would keep the troops moving. He was quick to act, but sometimes slow to understand. As he led the first troops into Lexington. He could have taken a left towards Concord, his military objective, and leave the well armed Militia formed in the green on his flank, or take a left head-on into the militia. Well he took a left, The Commanding Officer, Col. Smith, ran up to the front and tried to change things, but it was too late, I am sure you know the rest. He also lead the British assault at Bunker Hill. The author than relates this story, p. 282. On the day the British Army left Boston he volunteered once more to command its rear guard. His orders were to slow the American advance by scattering in its path a thick carpet of caltrops, or crow's feet, small iron devices shaped like a child's jack, with needle sharp spines that could cripple a man or horse. Lieutenant Adair behaved in his usual style, brave and brainless as ever. An English officer remembered that " being an Irishman, he began scattering the crow-feet about from the gate towards the enemy, and of course had to walk over them on his return, which detained him so long that he was nearly taken prisoner." Adair was later promoted to Captain, and rose to command Number 45 Company of the Royal Marines, in the Plymouth Division. He served throughout the American war, but was not the sort of officer to flourish in peace. In 1785 Captain Adair was "reduced," and disappeared from the Marine list. The resources cited in this paragraph are General Sir Martin Hunter, Journal (Edinburgh, 1894), 15; Frothingham, Siege of Boston, 310, French, First Year of the American Revolution, 670, A List of the Officers of His Majesty's Marine Forces...(London, 1777) and several appendices up to 1785. (From Paul Revere's Ride)

Reference number

M73.-501

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