Sarah Elizabeth Adair

1868–1954 (Age 85)
Knox, Missouri, United States

The Life of Sarah Elizabeth

When Sarah Elizabeth Adair was born on 12 December 1868, in Knox, Missouri, United States, her father, James Matthew Adair, was 25 and her mother, Elizabeth Robb, was 21. She married Merrit Vest Byers on 19 March 1890, in Montezuma, Poweshiek, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. She lived in Missouri, United States in 1870 and Montezuma, Poweshiek, Iowa, United States in 1880. She died on 26 August 1954, in Osceola, Polk, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Osceola, Polk, Nebraska, United States.

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Sarah Elizabeth Adair
Merrit Vest Byers
Marriage: 19 March 1890
William L Byers
Don Byers
Walter Byers

Spouse & Children

19 March 1890
Montezuma, Poweshiek, Iowa, United States


  • William L Byers


  • Don Byers


  • Walter Byers


Parents & Siblings

  • James Matthew Adair


  • Elizabeth Robb




World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 2

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 16

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 28

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

Scottish (Galloway) and northern Irish: from the Scottish personal name Adair, also spelled EdÊ’ear, a form of Edgar .

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Sarah E Adair in household of James M Adair, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Sarah E Byers in household of Merritt V Byers, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Sarah E Byers in household of Merritt Byers, "United States Census, 1900"

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