McNair Family Legacy

The McNair Family

Nora Green was born into slavery near Midway, Bullock County, Alabama on May 10, 1856. Her mother Phyllis, was a black Indian and had been given as infant, to Judge Green of North Carolina to educate. Phyllis had been taught to cook, sew, play the harp, etc. This girl child gave birth to Nora and Henry, fathered by the young master. Phyllis was born in Raleigh, N. C. and died at Midway, Alabama at age 94. She is buried at Midway.

In 1871, Nora met Arch McNair when she had gone to visit an aunt in Midway. They planned to marry but the Green family did not approve, so they ran away. Arch had belonged to a McNair family. One night Archie came by whistling "Happy Time in Georgetown". Nora climbed a high fence and they went to Georgetown, Georgia where they were married.

Archibald and Nora McNair came to Coffee Springs about 1884 and joined the Pleasant Valley Church. Archibald McNair had a Homestead Certificate #12819 signed by Grover Cleveland date November 21, 1894, consisting of 160 acres. In 1904, they bought lots and built in Coffee Springs.

Archie McNair b. June 27, 1885 d December 22, 1950 and Nora Green McNair who died June 13, 1950 are both buried at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Coffee Springs, Alabama. Born to this couple were 13 children:

Children of Archibald (1855-1950) and Nora (1856-1950)

Name

Born

Died

1

Oscar McNair,

August 26, 1872

August 25, 1957

2

Mary McNair, Henderson

August 13, 1873

July 6, 1906

3

Alexander Doc McNair

August 23, 1877

1910

4

Richard McNair

November 16, 1878

May 10, 1905

5

Dow McNair

September 16, 1879

December 28, 1957

6

Horace McNair

July 2, 1882

1957

7

Isabella McNair, Donnell

May 8, 1884

January 1, 1978

8

Charles McNair

March 31, 1886

March 17, 1970

9

Velma McNair, Tyrus

February 12, 1888

October 16, 1914

10

Alice McNair, Knox

January 6, 1889

July 1, 1975

11

Lester McNair

February 12, 1891

May 12, 1930

12

Michel McNair, Clark

December 1, 1893

April 4, 1960

13

ILa McNair, Matthews

October 6, 1897

May 23, 1983

Reference
Author: Farris, Rochelle T., 1907-
Title: Coffee Springs, Alabama : a history / compiled and edited by Rochelle T. Farris and Lavina [i.e. Lavinia]
Jordan Helms.
Published: Montgomery, Ala. : Herff Jones Yearbook Publications, c1982.
LC Call No.:  F334.C58F37 1982
Pages: 106-7