Sunday, April 22, 2012

Cornelia Wadsworth Adair

Cornelia Wadsworth Adair was born on April 6, 1837 in Philadelphia. She was the second of six children born to General James Samuel and Mary Craig Wadsworth. She spent her childhood near Geneseo, New York. In 1857, she married Montgomery Ritchie and they had two sons. Ritchie died in 1864. Cornelia moved her sons two Paris and her oldest son died there. She met John Adair in New York City in 1867. They married in 1869 and moved back and forth between America and Adair estates in England and Ireland. The Adairs formed their partnership with Goodnight in 1877 and lived "sporadically" on the ranch in Armstrong County, Texas. When John died, Cornelia took over the partnership. She spent most of her time in Ireland but she also had a home in Clarendon and made many generous contributions in the area. She died on September 22, 1921 and was buried with John in Ireland.

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