Welcome to Adair Cemetery.
Adair Cemetery Adair family at the cemetery sign.
Pictured above at the Adair Cemetery: Daniel Adair, Amber Adair, and Darrell Adair. Pictured below is Delbert Adair Jr.
History of this cemetery:
Adair was founded by Wesley Adair and his brother Thomas Jefferson Adair Jr., and Thomas' wife Mary Vance. Wesley and Thomas are the sons of Thomas Jefferson Adair and Rebecca Brown. Wesley was a member of Company C of the Mormon Battalion. Mary Vance is the daughter of Adam Vance and Catherine Penrod.
The Adair family built a home about one fourth of a mile from Show Low Creek. Soon, other families came and settled on the hills and in the valley. It was a beautiful county but had a limited water supply. The settlers cleared the ground and grew corn and sugar cane taller than a man. They also grew wheat, beans, and other vegetables.
Many of the Adairs and other families left the area to move to Show Low and surrounding regions. Aaron Adair lived on the place for some years after that and was told "nobody but a fool would try to make a living there" (Barnes, 1988, p. 9) The settlement was renamed "Fools Hollow" and is now the site of Fools Hollow Lake. All traces of Adair are gone now except for the cemetery.
The cemetery is in Show Low, Arizona 85901. It is located about one mile east of Fools Hollow Lake, at the end of 22nd Avenue and Old Linden Road. Directions to the Adair Cemetery are head North on 22nd Ave off of Old Linden Road in Show Low. Go to the last driveway and turn right. Proceed on that driveway until reaching the cemetery. The cemetery is about 100 meters off of 22nd Avenue.
Etta Colvin, who died of smallpox, was the first person to be buried at Adair Cemetery in February, 1883. The Cemetery was fenced by the Show Low Ward on March 13, 1923. John Lorenzo Willis was Bishop and leader of the project. When the cemetery was fenced, Willard & Emma Whipple, Edson & Rowena Whipple, Daniel & Sarah Mills, Mary Ann McNeil, Mary Stock, Lucinda Reidhead, James Clark Owens, and others, identified the graves, and some information was gathered. In 1954, Fred L. and Emma H. Adams were assigned to gather additional information. (Records of Emma Hansen Adams)
A new chain link fence was put up years later. Emma contacted relatives of the deceased for money, which people were willing to donate. Today there is a monument with a glass case with an alphabetical list of names, birthdates, and deathdates of those buried at Adair Cemetery. It is interesting to note that there are not any individuals with the Adair surname buried at Adair Cemetery. As mentioned earlier, many of them moved to other surrounding areas.
According to the History of the Show Low Stake, Edmund Ellsworth who led the first handcart company of saints across the plains, and his wife Mary Ann Jones lie side by side here. Below is a list of those laid to rest at the Adair Cemetery.
Barnes, Will C. (1988). Arizona Place Names. The University of Arizona Press.
Records of Emma Mylisa Hansen Adams. Adair- 1879 Apache County, Territory of Arizona. A copy of the records are in the possession of Delbert Adair Jr.
Firm As the Mountains: A History of the Show Low Arizona Stake. Published by the Show Low Arizona Stake. Larson Memorial Public Library Pinetop, Arizona.
Show Low, Arizona Home Page
Map of Fools Hollow Lake Recreation Area
Map of where Adair Cemetery is located
Burials at Adair Cemetery: (198 burials)
Ida Adams 1883-1883
Maggie Myrtle Adams 1883-1889
Martha Louise Devey Adams 1859-1993
Ann Lucille Buck 1937-1993
Charles Spencer Burk 1882-1957
Jessie Roselle Burk 1896-1951
Joel Fredrick Burk 1891-1910
Mary Magdeline Mcfate Burk 1860-1918
Milton Alfauren Burk 1852-1920
Carter (an old man)
Etta Jane Colvin 1872-1884
Abner Ellsworth 1857-1936
Alvin Ellsworth 1898-1906
Betsy Ann Merrill Ellsworth 1866-1951
Cecil Lovell Ellsworth 1901-1911
Edmond Lovell Ellsworth 1819-1893
Mary Ann Jones Ellsworth 1836-1925
Merrell Ellsworth 1910-1939
Parley Ellsworth 1902-1905
Willford Ellsworth 1892-1918
Zina Ellsworth 1908-1919
Mary Flake 1906-1906
George Clarence Freestone 1885-1886
Louis Frederick Freestone 1885-1886
Carrie Ellsworth Hall 1890-1971
Maynard Hall 1887-1913
Harvey Fuller Hansen 1893-1894
Julie Sabin Hansen 1888-1888
Olive Adelaide Lexton Hansen 1875-1904
William Hansen 1901-1904
Annie L. Jaeger 1906-1995
Jerome A. Jaeger 1904-1979
Adelaide Atkin Laxton 1833-1915
Israel Pickern Laxton 1868-1936
Margaret Melba Laxton 1917-1918
William Laxton 1817-1890
Carol Jane Lewis 1943-1943
Elbert J. Lewis 1932-1992
Geraldine Ozment Lewis 1932-1981
Jessica Nicole Lewis 1995-1995
James Hibbert McNeil 1885-1886
Olive Lizzie McNeil
William Smith McNeil 1892-1892
Alonzo Clark Merrill 1831-1906
Charles Merrill 1891-1893
Eliza Jane Bird Merrill 1841-1916
William Alonzo Merrill 1887-1954
Ben Mills 1899-1899
Charles Henry Mills 1885-1885
Betta Hareup Morgan
Frank Ludwig Nikolaus Jr. 1893-1910
Frank Ludwig Nikolaus Sr. 1856-1927
Mary Elizabeth Laxton Nikolaus 1870-1916
Christena Luella Oliver 1872-1883
Eliza Jane Oliver 1883-1883
Harrison Oliver 1884-1887
Lucinda Adeline Oliver 1884-1884
William Temple Oliver 1833-1909
Lee Ephraim Penrod 1887-1928
Vilate Whipple Penrod 1868-1891
Kay Power 1949-2005
Tanner Lee Power 1981-1990
Aldean Savage 1894-1906
Alonzo William Savage 1884-1922
Charles Thomas Savage 1864-1932
Elenour Caroline Hall Savage 1873-1912
James Wayne Savage 1939-1993
Lettie Savage 1886-1886
Mary Eliza Savage 1879-1890
Rillie Savage 1859-1900
Mattie Jo Sears 1927-2005
Edward Stock 1822-1906
Mary Kirby Stock 1850-1931
Effie Echo Tenney Whipple 1887-1914
Edson Whipple 1855-1933
Hyrum Hanford Whipple 1871-1949
John Lowell Whipple 1894-1920
Joseph Whipple 1885-1885
Laura Whipple 1855-1897
Lavina Whipple 1886-1888
Lester Whipple 1911-1911
Levi Lisk Whipple 1892-1908
Oliver Whipple 1898-1898
Rowena Whipple 1899-1900
Rowena McFate Whipple 1867-1942
William Whipple 1890-1918
Chloe Wood 1878-1886
Mahala Wood ?-1886
Peter Nathaniel Wood 1885-1886
Rebecca W. Turner Workman 1834-1885
John R. Young 1882-1933
Laura Young 1895-1895
Mary Emily Young 1898-1898
Mary Louise Nikolaus Young 1896-1977
Rosy May Young 1916-1917
Thelda Louise Young 1919-1933
Wiliam Alma Young 1892-1894
William Alma Young 1849-1914
Relationship of some individuals above and myself:
Ida Adams: 2nd cousin 3 times removed. Common ancestors are Thomas Jefferson Adair and Rebecca Brown.
Lee Ephraim Penrod: 1st cousin 3 times removed. Common ancestors are William Lewis Penrod and Polly Ann Young.
John R. Young: 1st cousin 4 times removed. Common ancestors are James Agee Smith and Margaret Love.
Laura Young: 2nd cousin 3 times removed. Common ancestors are James Agee Smith and Margaret Love.
Mary Emily Young: 2nd cousin 3 times removed. Common ancestors are James Agee Smith and Margaret Love.
Rosy May Young: 2nd cousin 3 times removed. Common ancestors are James Agee Smith and Margaret Love.
Thelda Louise Young: 2nd cousin 3 times removed. Common ancestors are James Agee Smith and Margaret Love.
William Alma Young (1892-1894): 2nd cousin 3 times removed. Common ancestors are James Agee Smith and Margaret Love.
William Alma Young (1849-1914): 3rd great grand uncle. Common ancestors are James Agee Smith and Margaret Love.Please feel free to contact Delbert Adair Jr. at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org