Adair and Holland Families War Service Honor Roll


Little River Regiment

29 May 1780

Huck's Defeat/Williamson's Plantation
12 July 1780

Battle at Kettle Creek
14 February 1779

King's Mountain
7 October 1780

17 January 1781

Siege of Ninety-Six
22 May-19 June 1781

Adairs and Hollands

At age 70, JOSEPH ADAIR, SR.
was a soldier in the Revolutionary Army; Commissary of Col. D. Casey's Regiment. Commissary's Pay Bill of Joseph Adair, Sr., commencing the 20th of August, 1781 and ending March 1782 is on record and was certified on January 6, 1786.

The following information is from the book
"Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution"
by Bobby Moss:
He served under Col. Edward Lacey (see below) and was at Huck's Defeat. Huck's Defeat is also known as the Battle of Williamson's Plantation.

Edward Lacey (1742-1813), At the age of 13, during the French and Indian War, he ran away from home to join Braddock's Expedition against the French in Canada. Three years later joined the exodus of Pennsylvanians to Carolina. He was taken in by William Adair, father of a future governor of Kentucky, who gave him an excellent education. Edward Lacey's father and his family followed him to South Carolina, settling in Chester Co. Edward Lacey and his father, Edward Lacey Sr. soon found themselves on opposite sides, politically, when the Revolutionary War began.  In 1775,  he organized a company of volunteers and was commissioned captain, 1776, under Williamston in the Cherokee expedition; in 1780 he was commissioned colonel and was in the battles of Rocky Mount, Hanging Rock, Waters Ford and Fishing Creek. He was born in Cumberland County, Pa.; died in Livingston County, Ky.  Edward Lacey was a foster son of William Adair. He is the Captain mentioned in the story of Huck's defeat.

Three of his foster-brothers also fought:

JAMES ADAIR Private, Col. Edward Lacey Regiment, SC Troops died 1835 Chester Co, SC

WILLIAM ADAIR, JR From: DAR Lineage Books: William Adair was too old to serve, but his sons James, William and John served as soldiers, as did his foster son, Edward Lacey.

(1757-1840) of South Carolina was a soldier during the American Revolution, after which he migrated to Kentucky.
From: The Encyclopedia of American Family Names by H. Amanda Robb & Andrew Chesler, 1995

From the Pension Rolls:

aged 76, and a resident of Tuscaloosa County; private, S.C. Militia; enrolled on July 2, 1833, under act of Congress of June 7, 1832, payment to date from March 4, 1831; annual allowance, $80; sums received to date of publication of list, $240.
Revolutionary Pension Roll, in Vol. xiv, Sen. Doc. 514, 23rd Cong., 1st sess., 1833-34.

aged 68, and a resident of Sumter County; private, S.C. State Troops; enrolled on April 17, 1834, under act. of Congress of June 7, 1832. payment to date from March 4, 1831, annual allowance, $80.
Revolutionary Pension Roll, in Vol. xiv, Sen. Doc. 514, 23rd Cong., 1st sess., 1833-34.

aged 71, and a resident of Limestone County; private, S.C. Militia; enrolled on June 13, 1833, under act of Congress of June 7, 1832, payment to date from March 4, 1831; annual allowance, $76.66.; sums received to date of publication of list $229.98.
Revolutionary Pension Roll, in Vol. xiv, Sen. Doc. 514, 23rd Cong., lst sess., 1833-34.
He resided in Limestone County; June 1, 1840, aged 78. Census of Pensioners, 1841. p. 148.

DAR, Grave Abstracts, Miscellaneous

Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots: Volume 2
Family cemetery, Laurens Co SC 70
ROSTER OF SOUTH CAROLINA PATRIOTS IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION by Bobby Gilmer Moss (pg. 456 HOLLAND, Thomas (S32327) b: 17 Dec. 1763, Md. While residing in Ninety Six District, he enlisted and served at various times from the winter of 1777-78 in the militia. He served under Capts. Thomas Weems, Joseph Pickes, William Strain & Colo. Pickens & Anderson & was in the battle @ Kettle Creek & the siege of Ninety Six. (Moved to Ala.) A.A. 3792; - 0499.

Revolutionary Soldier buried in Holland family graveyard within a stone's throw of the home he built in 1835, and some 9 miles from Scottsboro.
Mrs. Emma C. Swindel, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
See also General D.A.R. Report, 1927-28, page 109.

Roster of the North Carolina Continental Line, Sharp's Company, 10th regiment of the Salisbury District Militia     contributed by Ed Mammen  


During the Revolution and afterwards, South Carolina kept its' own records, muster rolls, and so forth, and paid its' own soldiers for military service, and its' citizens for supplies for the military and distressed civil population. These records were never in the hands of the general government at Washington DC, but were retained in Columbia, SC. All requests for information on war records for any soldier of the American Revolution in South Carolina should be sent to the South Carolina Archives Department in Columbia.

During the hottest part of the Revolutionary War about 1780, the Tories burned the courthouse in Laurens, SC; also the private residences of many of the Adairs and Hollands; and thus destroyed the priceless records up to that date.

The following served in the Revolutionary War and their names are inscribed on a marble tablet placed by the DARs on the front inside wall of Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church:

Joseph Adair, Sr.
Joseph Adair, Jr.
James Adair, Sr.
John Copeland
Thomas Holland
Thomas McCrary
Joseph Ramage

To see a photograph of this plaque, visit the 
Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church



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