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Please let me know if you have any documentation relating to the parents of the following individuals.
  • Peter Hairston Peter "The Immigrant", born about 1695 in Ireland or Scotland. What was the name of his wife and when did she die? How many children did they have? Who was his father? Was he the same Peter Hairston that signed the land lease in Ireland in 1726? When did he die and where?
  • Irish Lady of Rank What was her name? There is no definitive documentation stating her name was Agnes. What is a "Irish Lady of Rank"? Was she from a wealthy family in Ireland? Was she related to Sir Robert Adair, the owner of the land a Peter Hairston rented in 1726? Or, did someone just add this title to her to make her sound more interesting to children?
  • (Daughter) Hairston Phillips Peter "The Immigrant" had a daughter that married a Mr. Phillips and had two children named Samuel and Jane. Jane later married a Mr. Jackson sometime between 1782 and 1803. She is listed in the 1828 probate of Samuel Hairston's will. Who were Mr. Phillips and Mr. Jackson? What happened to Samuel Phillips? There is a Richard Phillips listed in the Bedford County Order Books in 1754 living near Samuel Hairston.
  • Elizabeth, the wife of Andrew Hairston She married Andrew HAIRSTON, son of Peter HAIRSTON and Agnes "Irish Lady of Rank", about 1743. In his will he states "... my loving wife Elizabeth..."
    I have not seen any original documents listing Elizabeth's maiden name. They were likely married in Virginia about 1743 as they are both listed in court records in 1744. 1744 Goochland County, Virginia - Elizabeth Hearstone and Andrew Hearstone are listed in seperate entries, each receiving 357 pounds of tobacco in Goochland County Court Order Books in 1744, page 531. If she is his wife, why is she listed seperately. Normally only the "head of household" paid taxes. Just a thought, but could this Elizabeth be his mother the "Irish Lady of Rank" or the sister who later married a Mr. Phillips.
  • Nancey Hairston She appears in the 1800 Federal Census of Newberry District, South Carolina and she is between 26 and 44 years old. This is all the information I have on her.
  • Samuel Hairston Who is Samuel's father? Samuel was born about 1797 in South Carolina.
  • William B. Hairston Who is William B. Hairston. He appears in the 1850 Federal Census of Shelby County, TN with is wife Harriet and 4 children.

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NOTES:

This is an ongoing project compiling many, many years of research by Victor Hairston, the late Edward J. Bregenzer and myself, Robert E. Hairston, Jr.  When looking at the Reference page you will see that there was a tremendous amount of research by other people that we relied upon.  Victor and Ed concentrated their research on the descendants of Peter's sons Andrew and Peter.  My research is on Peter’s son Robert and records prior to 1750 in Scotland, Ireland and America. 

It takes a lot of time to input records on the website HAIRSTON.org and there are thousands of records that need to be added.

Records of living people and most people born after 1940 are not listed for privacy reasons.  Keep in mind, the 1940 Federal Census has been released and information for people born before 1940 is available on the internet, living or dead.  Be careful when you use your mother’s maiden name or other family information as a password for a financial institution or website.

REFERENCES - SOURCES (partial)

Repositories (Libraries, archives, courthouses, etc. - many with searchable online records)

Library of Virginia - Online Catalog - Archives & Manuscripts (there is a wealth of information in the microfilm records in the Richmond Library)

Library of Virginia - Virginia Memory - Chancery Records Index

Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Special Collections Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

Hathi Trust Digital Library (great source for searching printed books, you can use this website to search a book for a specfic word such as "Hairston" and quite often you will find a search word not found in the books index)

Google Books (great source for searching printed books, you can use this website to search a book for a specfic word such as "Hairston" and quite often you will find a search word not found in the books index)

U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of land Management, General Land Office Records

Bassett Historical Center Bassett, Virginia

Dumfries and Galloway Family History Society Dumfries, Scotland

Scotlands People ($ membership)

PRONI - Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Ancestry.com ($ membership, be careful of member family trees that are often full of errors and sometimes made by students as school projects)

FamilySearch.org (free, great source for census and other government records)

Find A Grave (free, good site for looking up cemetery markers, however, people are allowed to make virtual cemetery listings for individuals without graves or grave markers, also the relatives that are listed are sometimes incorrect and incomplete.  Lisitngs with photos of the grave markers are very helpful.)

 

Printed Publications (partial listing of the many sources used creating this website)

Carl Greenway Letters, 1965-1966, Bassett Historical Library, Bassett, Virginia.

Early, Ruth Hairstron, Campbell Chronicles and Family Sketches, J. P. Bell Company, Lynchburg, Virginia, 1927.

Edgar, Robert, An Introduction the the History of Dumfries, J. Maxwell & Sons, Dumfries, Scotland, 1915.

Ellis, Rebecca Hairston, Dr P. C. Hairston, 1971.

Hairston, Elizabeth Seawell, The Hairstons and the Penns and Their Relations, Roanoke, VA 1940.

Hairston, Peter W., J. E. B. Stuart's Letters to His Hairston Kin, 1850-1855, edited and reprinted from the Historical Review, Volume LI, Number 3, Summer 1974.

Hairston, Peter W., The Cooleemee Plantation and Its People, Lexington, NC, Davidson Community College, 1986.

Hall, Wm. K., Descendants of Nicholas Perkins of Virginia,  Edwards Brothers, Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1957.

Leyburn, James G., The Scotch-Irish; A Social History, The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1962

Mayhill, Thomas R., Lancaster County Pennsylvania Deed Abstracts & Revolutionary War Oaths of Allegiance, The Bookmark, Knightstown, IN, 1979.

Woods, Re. Edgar, Albemarle County in Virginia, The Michie Company, Charlottsville, VA, 1901.

Hairston, Peter W., The Stories of Beaver Creek, 2003.

Hairston, Peter W., The Stories of Berry Hill,  2005.

Hairston, Victor Edmund & Bregenzer, Ed., The Hairston History, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1998.

Hairston, Nicholas E. Jr., Grave Markers Hairston Cemetery, Lowndes County, Mississippi.