as colonel in the 24th United States infantry and was accidentally with Colonel Crogan in his defense of Fort Harrison.
During this war he married my mother (Margaret L. Adair), who was the fifth daughter of Major-General John Adair, of Mercer county, Kentucky.
He had previously been married to Miss Nancy Bell, by whom he had three children—Musadora, Rufus King and Caroline.
In the second marriage there were born Nancy Bell, Catharine Adair, John Adair, (who died in infancy,) James Patton, J1.
When about eight years old I was sent for a short time to a country school near home, where I learned the alphabet and began to spell and read.
Soon after my father's death my mother returned with her six children to her father's in Mercer county, Kentucky.
My brother John Adair and myself were soon after sent to the house of Charles Buford (who had married my mother's youngest sister) in Scott county, Kentucky, and remained there about a year, attending a country school taught by a Mr. P