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Edgar is an English Patronymic name from the Old English given name Eagdar, composed of the elements ead=prosperity, fortune+gar=spear. Variations are Eagar, Eagger, Egar, Egarr, Eger, Edger, "ADGER", Adgar,Agar, Ager, Adair, Odgar, and Ogier.

This site is dedicated to my late husband, JOHN HAMPTON ADGER JR.. He was the last male of his branch of the tree. He was a proud example of his ancestors, a truly honorable man. His three daughters are keeping his name alive by hyphenating their last names and his two grandsons names are, Jacob Hampton Adger Ramsey and Daniel Barton Adger Ramsey. He and I lived and loved and danced together for 43 years.

The first Adger ancestor known at this time (2000) is James Adger. He was born in 1742 in County Antrim, Ireland and died in Dunean, County Antrim, Ireland, Province Ulster. James Adger was a linen manufacturer and had his mill and bleaching green in Dunean. He is buried in the Old Episcopal Church Yard in Dunean and the tombstone bears this inscription:
"Here Lies The Body of
Who Died March 25th, 1783
Aged 41 Years."
To quote Ellison Moultrie Adger(1875-1945) "My Great Grandfather's brother, James Adger ll,(1777-1858) said the Adger family were of French decent and Huguenot Refugees who went to Ireland and Scotland from France after the Edict of Nantes was set aside. He claimed that our ancestors fought at the battle of London-Derry in 1689." Quoting from John Bailey Adger's(1810-1899)book, "My Life and Times", "My father, James ll, once said to my sister, Jane Ann, who was ambitious of an honorable ancestry said, "Your ancestors fought at Derry till they were lousy, and that is honor enough for you."
I was recently sent a photograph, which I will enter for you all to see, of a piece of linen from James Adger's linen mill and the name is spelled Adgar. It was sent to me by Adger Smyth who is developing a site on and has some wonderful information on it.
So we have France, Ireland and Scotland but no one as yet has been able to connect the first James Adger (Adgar) to his family's origination before Ireland. My thoughts on this is that we are all looking in the wrong place. Since James 1's wife, Margaret Crawford came from Randalston, Ireland, maybe we should be looking in that area. My hope is that one of us searching for this information will find it and share their information.
The Adger's seem to have gravitated to the southern part of America after immigrating and in particular South Carolina and Louisiana. They were large land owners and had slaves working on the plantations. When the slaves were given their freedom, many took the name of Adger. This may be a very helpful site to those seeking their "Roots", I hope so.
The early American Adger Ancestors were very diversified in their interest. They were large land owners, Phoshphate mine owners, shipping and railway line developers and builders. The Adger Wharf still stands in Charleston, South Carolina. They,or branches of their tree, fought in The American Revolution and The Civil War. They were ministers and missionaries, both foreign and nationally. They built churches and schools and dynasties. They wrote books and poetry. They served their state and national governments. One signed The Declaration of Independance. In short: They helped to build the America we all enjoy today.
Updated July 12, 2002


Lucie Barton Adger
6032 Westridge Lane #211
Fort Worth, Texas 76116
United States

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  • 6 a. Ellison Moultrie Adger (20 KB)
    Ellison Moultrie Adger son of William Ellison Adger and Mary Moultrie Adger, Born:1875 at "Chicora", Married Elizabeth "Bess" Hayden: 1905, Died: 1945, Buried: Shreveport, Louisiana.
  • 1. Susannah McCrorey (13 KB)
    Born in Ireland:1769, Emigrated to South Carolina:1789, Married William Adger, son of James Adger l and Margaret Crawford. Died:1862, Buried: Mt Olivet Cemetery, Winnsboro, South Carolina
  • 8a. John Hampton Adger, Junior (28 KB)
    Johnny is the son of John Hampton Adger, Sr. and Gen Zellers Adger, Born:1932 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Died:2000 in Fort Worth, Texas, interment:Fairview Cemetery, Gainesville, Texas.
  • 6 b. Elizabeth "Bess" Hayden (21 KB)
    Bess Hayden Born:1879 in Nebraska, Married Ellison Moultrie Adger: 1905, Died: 1947, Buried: Shreveport, Louisiana.
  • 2a. John Adger (20 KB)
    John Adger, son of James Adger l and Susannah McCrorey. Born in South Carolina:1808, Married Margaret Grey Ellison:1835,Died:1866, Buried in Cottage Grove Cemetery, Bossier Parrish, Louisiana.
  • 8 b, Lucie Anne Barton (10 KB)
    Lucie A. Barton Born: 1935, Married: John Hampton Adger, Jr. 1957,
  • 6b 1.Kent Kane Hayden (21 KB)
    Kent Kane Hayden, father of Elizabeth Hayden Adger, Born: 1879 in Baltimore, Maryland, Married Minnie Emma Hampton: 1878, Died: 1899, Buried: Omaha Nebraska.
  • 2 b. Margaret Grey Ellison (26 KB)
    Margaret Grey Ellison, daughter of William Ellison and Mary Harrison, Born: 1817, married John Adger: 1835, Died: 1866, Buried: Cottage Grove Cemetery, Bossier Parish, Louisiana
  • 6b 2.Minnie Emma Hampton (13 KB)
    Minnie Emma Hampton, mother of Bess Hayden, Born:1860 in Cattlesburg,Kentucky, Married Kent Kane Hayden:1878, Died: 1901 in Shreveport, Louisiana, Buried: Shreveport, Louisiana.
  • 3. Ma Jane Adger and William Glassell , Sr. (28 KB)
    Ma Jane Born:1807, Charleston,South Carolina, Died: 1909 at Chicora, Bossier Parrish, Louisiana. Ma Jane was featured with Ripley's Believe it or not for serving the Adger Family for five generations and lived for 102 years. She must have been with William Adger and Susannah McCrorey at their home, "Albion", in South Carolina moving with John Adger and Margaret Grey Ellison to "Chicora".
  • 6b 3. Levi Hampton (24 KB)
    Levi Hampton, father of Minnie Hampton, mother of Bess Hayden Adger, Born: Virginia, Married Elizabeth Henderson, Died in Civil War 1864.
  • 4 . "Chicora" (174 KB)
    Chicora was built in Bossier Parish, Louisiana by John Adger and son William Ellison Adger as a duplicate of John's plantation in South Carolina, "Albion", burned by Sherman on his march to the sea.
  • 6b 4, Elizabeth Henderson (22 KB)
    Elizabeth Henderson, mother of Minnie Emma Hampton, mother of Bess Hayden Adger Born: Pennsylvania, Married Levi Hampton.
  • 5 a. William Ellison Adger (28 KB)
    William Ellison Adger, son of John Adger and Margaret Grey Ellison, Born:1837, Married Mary Moultrie Gamble 1860, Died: 1877, Buried: Cottage Grove Cemetery Bossier Parish, Louisiana.
  • 6b 5. Mary Ellen Yates (19 KB)
    Mary Ellen was Kent Kane Hayden's Mother, He was Elizabeth "Bess" Hayden Adger's Father. Born:1834 Baltimore, Maryland, Died:1885, Omaha,Douglas County, Nebraska, Buried:Yates Plot Omaha, Nebraska.
  • 5 b. Mary Moultrie Gamble (21 KB)
    Mary Moultrie Gamble, daughter of James F. Gamble and Jane Richmond, Born: 1839, Married Wm. Ellison Adger 1860, Died: 1885, Buried: Cottage Grove Cemetery, Bossier Parish, Louisiana.
  • 6b 6. Bernard Lafayette Hayden (28 KB)
    Bernard Hayden was Kent Kane Hayden's Father, Kent Kane was Elizabeth "Bess" Hayden Adger's Father. Born 1829 St. Mary's County, Maryland, Married Mary Ellen Yates:1855 Leonardstown, St. Mary's County, Maryland, Died: after 1861, Buried: St. Mary's County, Maryland.
  • 5b 1. James F. Gamble (29 KB)
    James F. Gamble, father of Mary Moultrie Gamble Adger, Born:1807 in South Carolina, Married Jane Richmond:1837 in S.C., Died 1857 in S.C.
  • 7 a, John Hampton Adger, Senior (21 KB)
    John Hampton Adger,Sr. son of Ellison Moultrie Adger and Bess Hayden, Born: 1908, Married: Mary Genevieve Zellers 1930, Died: 1988, Buried: Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Adger Plot, Fort Worth, Texas.
  • 5b 2.Jane Richmond (29 KB)
    Jane Richmond, mother of Mary Moultrie Gamble Adger, Born:1816, Died:1864.
  • 7 b. Mary Genevieve "Gen" Zellers (29 KB)
    Gen married John Hampton Adger, Sr. in 1930,Died:1997, Buried: Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Adger Plot, Fort Worth, Texas.

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