Capt. Robert HAIRSTON
HAIRSTON.org ID#28, b. about 1719, d. before 2 June 1791
|Father*||Peter HAIRSTON b. a 1695|
|Mother*||Agnes "Irish Lady of Rank" (surname unknown)|
|Birth*||Capt. Robert HAIRSTON was born about 1719 in Ireland, 1755 Bible indicates Ireland as birth place, but a date of birth is not listed. (This is not proof that Ireland was his birth place, but it is an early mention of Ireland as his birth place.)|
HAIRSTON FAMILY BIBLE 1755-1844 North Carolina State Archives.1
|He was the son of Peter HAIRSTON and Agnes "Irish Lady of Rank" (surname unknown).|
|Immigration*||Capt. Robert HAIRSTON immigrated about 1728 to Donegal, Chester County (now Lancaster), Pennsylvania, with family from Ireland.|
|Travel*||Sometime around 1739, Robert and family moved from Pennsylvania along the Great Wagon Road thru Wood's Gap (now Jarmin Gap) into Goochland County, Virginia.|
|County Change||Albemarle County was formed from part of Goochland County - 1744. All Albemarle Court Order Books between 1748 and 1781 were burned by the British in 1781. Only 1744-1748 survived.2|
|Court Record*||In May of 1747 Robert and Samuel Harston were charged with breach of the peace in Albemarle County. Page 272.3|
|Marriage*||He married Ruth STOVALL, daughter of Captain George STOVALL and Elizabeth (surname unknown), about 1749 in Albemarle County, Virginia.4,5,6,7,8|
|Property||31 October 1749 Albemarle County, Virginia - Robert Hairston has survey of 300 acres on both sides of Beaver Creek; by Thomas Turpin. 31 Oct 1749, page 106.9|
|County Change||Bedford County was formed from part of Lunenberg County - 1754.2|
|Property||John Thompson has a survey for 2,632 acres joining Robert Hairstone, Chas Caffery and Daniel Parrow. 31 October 1754, page 303.9|
|Property*||10 September 1755 Albemarle County, Virginia - Robert Hairston recorded a deed for 300 acres on the branches of Beaver Creek of the Fluvanna River, adjacent to Samuel Hairston for 1 pound 10 shillings.10,11,12,13|
|Military||27 October 1755 Bedford County, Virginia - Robert Hairston, James Talbot and John Day took the oath as Lieutenants of the Bedford County Militia of Virginia. This was during the French and Indian War (1754-1763).14,15|
|Court Record*||21 November 1755 Bedford County, Virginia - Robert Hairston was granted a license to keep an Ordinary at his house for one year. page 126.14|
|Court Record||10 February 1756 Bedford County, Virginia - a deed was recorded in which Samuel Hairston, Robert Hairston and Andrew Hairston were witnesses to a property transfer between John Harvey and Peter Holland. Robert and Samuel signed their names, Andrew made his mark. (Page 76-77, Bedford County, Virginia Deed Book 1, Reel 1, Library of Virginia)|
Note: It appears the two older Hairston brother's, Peter and Andrew, could not write and the younger brother's Robert and Samuel could.16,17
|Residence*||Robert built "Marrowbone", his home, about 1759.18|
|Court Record||28 May 1759, Bedford County, Virginia, Robert Hairston, Gentleman, produced a commisiion to be Coroner of this county and took the usual oaths.14,19|
|Military||28 May 1759, Bedford County, Virginia, Captain Robert Hairston and Major Samuel Hairston of the Bedford County Militia took the usual oaths.14,19|
|Property||28 October 1763 Bedford County, Virginia - a deed is recorded in which Robert Hairston, Ruth Hairston, Jobe Davis, Thomas Reid, Joseph Slayden and Zaccariah Scruggs witnessed a property sale from David Ross to David Claxton for 153 acres on both sides of Gill creek. (page 280, Bedford County Deed Book B-2.)20|
|Property||26 June 1764 Bedford County, Virginia - a deed is recorded in which Robert Hairston transfers 300 acres on Possum Creek to George Stovall Jr. of Amherst County.20|
|Property||Capt. Robert HAIRSTON witnessed the Property of Samuel HAIRSTON on 24 July 1764 in Bedford County, Virginia; Samuel Hairston, Robert Hairston and Ruth hairston witness a deed from Thomas Cooper to George Stovall Jr. of Amherst County for 300 acres on Possum Creek. (page 450, Bedford County Deed Book B-2.)20|
|Property||26 July 1764 Bedford County, Virginia - Robert Hairston records a deed for 300 acres of land from Thomas Cooper on Possum Creek. Witnesses are Samuel Hairston, Andrew hairston and Elizabeth Hairston. (page 397, Bedford County Deed Book B-2.)20|
|Military||25 August 1769 Pittsylvania County, Virginia - Robert Hairstone, Gent., was sworn Capt. in County Militia. 25 August 1769, Judgement Books, page 137.21|
|Military||1770 Pittsylvania County - George Stoval Hairstone was sworn Lieutenant of County Militia under Capt. Robert Hairstone. 23 March 1770, pages 185-186.21|
|Property||Capt. Robert HAIRSTON witnessed the Property of Lt. Col. Peter Hyde SAUNDERS on 9 June 1770; 1770 - Robert Hairston and his sons George and Peter witness a deed between Peter Saunders and Daniel Smith for land in Pittslyvania County, Virginia. All three of the Hairstons signed with their signature.22|
|Property||15 June 1773 Lunenburg County, Virginia - Robert Hairston patents 443 acres on both sides of Pheasants run in Lunenburg County, adjacent to Murray and Williams (their lines) & Irby on 15 Jun 1773.23,24|
|Property||8 November 1773 Pittsylvania County, Virginia - Robert Hairston has 428 acres on Runnet Bagg Creek and Otter Creek that is adjacent to Peters old line surveyed. He obtained a grant for this land on 6 July 1780.23,11,25|
|Newspaper*||Robert Harstone placed an add in the Virginia Gazette, Williamsburg, Virginia on 3 November 1774 concerining a stolen horse; "Taken up, in Pittsylvania, a WHITE MARE about twelve Years old, four feet seven or eight inches high, had a Bell marked HM in a Piece. branded on the near shoulder X, and on the near buttock R. Posted, and appraised to 7L 10s." ROBERT HARSTONE.|
|Newspaper||Robert Harstone placed another add in the Virginia Gazette, Williamsburg, Virginia on 14 April 1775 concerining a second stolen horse; "Taken up, in Pittsylvania, a dark by HORSE four feet three inches and a half high, about eight years old, a large star in his forehead, had on a had a small bell with two patches on it, and branded on the near buttock RG. Posted, and appraised to 3L 15s." ROBERT HARSTONE.|
|Military||1775 Pittsylvania Co. - On 27 Septemeber 1775, the Committee of Pittsylvania County nominated Robert Hairstone as a Captain and George Hairston as a Lieutenant. Deed Book 4, pages 293-294.21|
|County Change*||Henry County was formed from Pittsylvania County - 1777.2|
|Military*||Robert's son George replaced him as Captain and his other son Peter was made an Ensign - 21 Jan 1777, Henry County.26|
|Oath to Virginia*||Capt. Robert HAIRSTON on 13 September 1777, Henry County, Virginia, took Oath Of Allegiance to Commonwealth of Virginia and renounced allegiance to Great Britian.27 |
|Court Record||August 1779 - Robert Hairston was appointed a Justice of the Peace in Henry County. Patrick Henry, Peter Saunders, William Tunstall, Abraham Penn and Robert Woods were also appointed.27|
|Property||Robert Hairston obtaines a grant for 428 acres on Runnet Bagg Creek and Otter Creek that is adjacent to Peters old line for 50 shillings. This land was previously surveyed 8 November 1773.25|
|Tax Rolls||1782 - Robert Hairston was listed on the property tax rolls of Henry County, paying 1 pound 19 shillings.28|
|Elected*||January 1782 Henry County, Virginia - "1781 (os), Jan'y -- Robert Hairston produced a commission from his Excellency Thomas Nelson, Jr., appointing him Sheriff of this county, and took the oath, and George Hairston, Peter Hairston & Samuel Hairston qualified as his under sheriffs." Henry County.27|
|Will||He was mentioned in the will of Samuel HAIRSTON on 9 February 1782 in Campbell County, Virginia.29|
|Property||1 June 1782 Henry County, Virginia Capt. Robert HAIRSTON acquires 774 acres adjoining Meads land on Runnet Bag Creek. 15 shillings sterling.|
Land Office Grants G, 1782-1783, p. 216 (Reel 48).11
|Property||1 June 1782 Henry County, Virginia Capt. Robert HAIRSTON acquired 132 acres adjoining his own lines on Runnet Bag Creek. 15 shillings sterling. Land Office Grants G, 1782-1783, p. 215 (Reel 48).11|
|Property||3 June 1782 Lunenburg County, Virginia - from Robert Hairston to Andrew Mooreman 40 pounds for 443 acres, Pheasant Creek, witness: Samuel Hairston, Peter Hairston, George Hairston. Robert patented this property in 1773.|
|Property||1 September 1782 Henry County, Virginia Capt. Robert HAIRSTON acquired 153 acres adjoining his own lines on Running Bag Creek. 15 shillings sterling. |
Land Office Grants G, 1782-1783, p. 198 (Reel 48.)11
|County Change||Franklin County was formed from Bedford and Henry Counties - 1786.2|
|Elected||1786 Franklin County - "Robert Hairston Esq. and Moses Greer Esq. are Appointed as Commissioners of the Land Tax for this County." Court records of Franklin County, Virginia, page 10.30|
|Tax Rolls*||1788 Franklin County, Virginia tax rolls of 15 April 1788 list Robert and Samuel Hairston, White males 16+ 2, Black males 16+ 14, Black males 12-15 6, Horses 104, Tax 11 pounds 8.31|
|Census 1790||The 1790 Federal Census of Virginia was burned by the British in 1814.|
|Will*||He left a will on 26 May 1790 in Franklin County, Virginia.5,32. It is interesting to note that Robert lists his sons, granddaughters and all but two daughters as "My". However, he lists daughters Martha Hunter and Jenny Rentfro as "her daughters", indicating his wife Ruth. Is it possible they are from another marriage?|
PDF transcript of 1790 will attached -->
|Burial*||The funeral sermon was given by Rev. William Hill on June 2, 1791 "--at the meeting house near Capt. Hairston's, the funeral sermon of old Captain Hairston --" from Sketches of Virginia...page 186|
It is believed that Robert and his wife Ruth are buried under the waters of the Philpott Dam, which was completed in 1952. The headstones of Robert and Ruth's graves were relocated to high ground, but not their remains. There were 19 cemeteries covered by Philpott Lake.6,33
|Death*||He died before 2 June 1791 in Runnett Bag, Franklin County, Virginia.4,33|
|Probate*||His estate was probated on 3 August 1791 in Franklin County, Virginia.5|
|Ruth STOVALL b. a 1731, d. 3 Mar 1808|
Descendant Chart Box
- [S143] Hairston Family, Bible - Robert Hairston 1755-1844. The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments, together with the Apocrypha: Translated Out of the Originial Tongues, and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised.... Philadelphia, Printed and Published by M. Carey, 1817.; State Archives North Carolina 400.1.1.982,.
- [S3417] Doran, Michael, Atlas of Virginia County Boundary Changes, 1634-1895, Iberian Publishing Co., Athens, GA1987., Personal Collection - printed book.
- [S3369] Davis, Bailey Fulton, Abstract of Albemarle County, Virginia, Order Book, 1744-1748. Salt Lake City, Utah : Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 2009, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
- [S22] Hairston, Elizabeth Seawell, The Hairstons and the Penns and Their Relations, Roanoke, Virginia 1940, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
- [S121] Will of Robert Hairston 26 May 1790, Franklin County, Virginia Will Book #1, page 70-71. Inventory & Appraisel record Feb 1793. Will Book No. 1, pages 85-87, 1786-1812 (Reel 18). Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
- [S247] Carl Greenway letters relating to Hairston genealogy dated 1965-1966 to various people - Carl Greenway (1917-1974) was a Hairston relative and family genealogist, more information about Carl Greenway can be found here: https://www.hairston.org/p4445.htm
- [S3047] Meador, George H. - "Dunbar Rowland et al.",, Mississippi Archives and History, Jackson, Mississippi.
- [S3073] Hill, Judith Parks America, A History of Henry County, Virginia : With Biographical Sketches of Its Most Prominent Citizens and Genealogical Histories of Half a Hundred of Its Oldest Families,Press of Bulletin Printing and Publishing Company, Incorporated, 1925 - Henry County, Va.
- [S3094] Grundset, Eric. Land Lying in the County of Albemarle: Albemarle County, Virginia Surveyor's Plat Books, Volumes 1, Part Land 2, and Volume 2, 1744-1853, [and 1892]. Fairfax, Va: E.G. Grundset, 1998. Print., Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
- [S237] Virginia Land Records 1749-1762 , Volume VI: 1749-1762 - Edited by Dennis Hudgins, Virginia Genealogical Society, Richmond VA, 1998.
- [S3084] Virginia Land Office Patents, Archives at the Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia. Microfilm and online.
- [S3122] Hudgins, Denis R. Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants : Volume Five, 1741-1749. Richmond, Va: Virginia Genealogical Society, 1994. Print., Personal Collection - printed book.
- [S3288] Albemarle County Virginia Patents 31, 1751-1756 (v.1, & 2 p.1-751), p. 582, Reel 29, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
- [S3089] Bedford County, Virginia Order Book 1, 1754-1761. Miami Beach, FL: T.L.C. Genealogy, 2000. Print., Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
- [S3298] Bedford County Order Book 1-A, 1754-1761, Reel #39, Page 124, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
- [S3090] Chilton, Ann. Bedford County, Va Deed Book A-1, 1754-1762. Signal Mountain, TN (P.O. Box 400, Signal Mountain 37377: Mountain Press, 1987. Print., Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
- [S3270] Bedford County, Virginia Deed Book 1 1754-1762, Microfilm Reel 1, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
- [S28] Hairston, Peter Wilson - The Stories of Beaver Creek as Gleaned from Family Letters and Records, 2003, Personal Collection - printed book.
- [S3300] Bedford County Order Book 1-B, 1758-1761, Reel #39, Page 108, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
- [S3092] Chilton, Ann. Bedford County, Virginia Deed Book B-2, 1761-1766. Signal Mountain, TN (P.O. Box 400, Signal Mountain 37377: Mountain Press, 1992. Print., Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
- [S3102] White, Elizabeth T. Military Records of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, 1767-1783: Taken from Judgment Books, 1-2-and 4 and Deed Book 4. Danville, Va: VA-NC Piedmont Genealogical Society, 1983. Print., Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
- [S3061] Deed between Peter Saunders and Daniel Smith in Pittslvania, Virginia - 9 June 1770. MSS1H1274b5, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia, unknown repository address.
- [S3124] Hudgins, Dennis R. Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants : Volume Seven, 1762-1776. Richmond, Va: Virginia Genealogical Society, 1999. Print., Personal Collection - printed book.
- [S3286] Lunenburg County Virginia Patents 41, 1772-1773, p. 350, Reel 40, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
- [S3280] Pittsylvania County, Virginia Grants A 1779-1780 (v.1 & 2 p.1-685), p. 601, Reel 42, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
- [S3419] Blunt, Charles P. IV. Complete Index and Abstract of the Henry County Order Books #1 and #2 (1777-1782)., Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
- [S3046] Virginia Historical Society. The Virginia Magazine of History And Biography. Richmond: Virginia Historical Society, June 1902, Volume IX., Hathi Trust Digital Library.
- [S3315] Fothergill, Augusta Bridgland (Middleton). Virginia Tax Payers, 1782-87: Other Than Those Published by the United States Census Bureau. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1971., Personal Collection - printed book.
- [S101] Will of Samuel Hairston - 1782, Campbell County Will Book #1, page 6 and Will Book #6, page 141, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
- [S3078] Wingfield, Marshall. An Old Virginia Court. Memphis, Tennessee, 1948, unknown repository.
- [S278] Early Virginia Tax Rolls.
- [S3131] Salmon, John S, and Emily J. Salmon. Franklin County, Virginia, 1786-1986: A Bicentennial History. Rocky Mount, Va: Franklin County Bicentennial Commission, 1993. Print., Personal Collection - printed book.
- [S3043] Foote, W. Henry. Sketches of Virginia, Historical and Biographical. Philadelphia: William S. Martien. J.B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia,1856. https://hdl.handle.net/2027/ien.35556010436707, Hathi Trust Digital Library.
- [S113] Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications.
- [S142] Hairston Family, Peter Hairston Bible - 1750-1928, The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Translated Out of the Original Greek: and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. Boston, Published by C. Ewer, T. Bedlington, and J. H. A. Frost. 1828., North Carolina, State Archives of North Carolina.
- [S55] Harden Hairston Family Bible, 1750-1908. The Holy Bible containing The Old & New Testaments: Translated Out of the Original Tongues,.....J. Holbrook's Sterotype Copy., Eighth Edition, Brattleborough, (Vt.), 1817, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
- [S145] Pedigo, Virginia G. and Pedigo, Lewis Gravely. History of Patrick and Henry Counties, Virginia - Genealogical Publishing Co., 1933, Personal Collection - printed book.
|Last Edited||25 Mar 2018|