Of all the funeral cards, that circulate out there, I wonder how many ever find their way back to the families of origin. A simple funeral card is the summation of a life lived.
Enjoy the discovery process.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Monday Madness - A. G. Adair

Albert Gibson Adair, my great-grandfather's oldest brother, was known for his madness.
His great grandson, Mr. Larry Don Adair and I met innocently enough at Harwell Elementary school, where I was teaching.  Officer Adair, a Lubbock policeman, had visited the school to present a drug prevention seminar to the students.  First, I spotted his badge, and then noticed he markedly resembled my cousin, Jim Adair.  "Mr. Adair, your surname is the same as my grandmother's maiden name."  One conversation led to another, as we realized we were distantly related.  He agreed to bring his genealogy material the following week and we would compare our records.
The following week arrived; I had my few pages of information and much to my surprise, in walks Officer Adair carrying an arm load of Adair Family History.  A humbling event was to unfold.
As we began to sort through the material and make the family connection—he stated his great-grandfather, A. G. Adair, was insane.  He died in an insane asylum in San Antonio.  It is rumored that he became enraged and took an axe to one of his brothers.  At that moment, I paused took a deep breath and said ... "It was my great-grandfather, Doctor Sharp Adair, that A. G. Adair struck in the head with an axe."  We have photographs of D.S. Adair with the axe indention clearly visible on his head.  To this day, I wonder how my great grandfather survived such an injury.
The Texas Death Certificate was obtained from FamilySearch.org Pilot Program.  Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers out there.

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