Surname: McNair

Biographical Sketch of Nicholas B. McNair

(See Sanders, Cordery and McNair) -Nicholas B. McNair, born May 1, 1859, educated in the schools of the Cherokee Nation. Married in December 1877, Rachel, daughter of Thomas and Nannie (Sonicooie) Sanders, born in 1849. They were the parents of: Oscar, born October 22, 1878; Clement, born January 28, 1830 and Etta McNair, born August 12, 1882. Mrs. Rachel McNair died December 22, 1884. He married December 25, 1894, Martha, daughter of William McDonald and Nancy Jones, born March 12, 1866 in Union County, Georgia. They are the parents of: Nannie, born August 28, 1895; William Gunter, born July 15, 1897; Benjamin Franklin, born September 9, 1899; James Porter, born December 30, 1901 and Philip Pinckney, born October 23, 1905. Mr. McNair belongs to, the Wolf Clan, is a farmer and a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows fraternities. David McNair, of Scotch decent, born is 1744, married Delilah Amelia, daughter of “Rich” Joseph and Elizabeth Vann, born 1795. He died August 15, 1836 and she died November 30, 1838. Their son, Nicholas Byers McNair, married Mary, the daughter of John and Sarah (Cordery) Rogers. John Rogers, of English and Scotch descent, was born in 1779 in Burke County, Georgia. He was called “Nolichucky Jack” to differentiate him from another intermarried citizen of the Nation at that period, the other one was called “Hell Fire Jack” Rogers. Nicholas...

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Biography of James Claiborn McNair

JAMES CLAIBORN McNAIR. The subject of this sketch is an intelligent and enterprising gentleman, who from boyhood has been interested in agricultural pursuits. He is a thorough master of his business, has spent many years of his life in developing the country, and is now in comfortable circumstances. He was born in Knox County, Tennessee, August 24, 1822, a son of Col. Jack and Mary Ann (Sherertz) McNair, who were born in Sullivan County, Tennessee, in July, 1784 and February 5, 1803, respectively, and were married in Knox County, July 12, 1821. They removed to the Cherokee Nation, now Bradley County, Tennessee, and in 1851 to Union County, Illinois, where the father died in October, 1852. His widow and children then removed to Pleasant Hill, Missouri. and in this State the mother still resides at the advanced age of ninety-one years, her home being with her son James. The father was a well-to-do farmer, liberal and generous in the use of his means, and was proverbially kind-hearted and liberal in his views. He was captain of a company during the War of 1812 and some of the Indian wars, afterward he was colonel of militia, and during the war with the Creek Indians acted in the perilous capacity of a spy. His father, James McNair, was one of the pioneers of east Tennessee, in which State he died; he...

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McNair, John David

John David McNair, 66, died May 19, 2005, after a lengthy illness. He was born March 20, 1939, at Baker City, to John and Edith M. McNair. He joined the U.S. Navy during his senior year at St. Francis Academy. He was commissioned from the ranks, served on three ships and with the 1st Marine Division, but spent most of his time in California, where he retired at age 37. While finishing college, he met and married Farrar A. Bresee. They moved to the wilderness in southern Illinois, designed and built an earth-sheltered house, and enjoyed a life full of art, music and books. Always an avid reader, especially of history, he compiled and published a family genealogy from his ancestors’ days in Maryland, Ohio and Illinois, and westward to Oregon with sojourns in Iowa and Colorado. To the delight of his wife, he could recite a love poem on bended knee and then sing a bawdy sea chantey while dancing a very dignified jig. Life was interesting and fun to Lt. McNair and it ended too soon. His many friends will miss his dry wit and keen insight. Survivors include his wife of 25 years; three brothers, Mark G. of The Dalles, William N. of Portland, and Charles H. of Baker City; three married daughters; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents;...

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Biographies of the Cherokee Indians

Whatever may be their origins in antiquity, the Cherokees are generally thought to be a Southeastern tribe, with roots in Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee, among other states, though many Cherokees are identified today with Oklahoma, to which they had been forcibly removed by treaty in the 1830s, or with the lands of the Eastern Band of Cherokees in western North Carolina. The largest of the so-called Five Civilized Tribes, which also included Choctaws, Chickasaws, Creeks, and Seminoles, the Cherokees were the first tribe to have a written language, and by 1820 they had even adopted a form of...

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