Samuel HAIRSTON

HAIRSTON.org ID#34, b. about 1718, d. about April 1782
Father*Peter HAIRSTON b. a 1695
Mother*Agnes "Irish Lady of Rank" (surname unknown)
Elected1766 Bedford County, Virginia Samuel HAIRSTON was elected High Sheriff of Bedford County between 1766 and served until 1768.1 
Birth*He was born about 1718 in Ireland
He was the son of Peter HAIRSTON and Agnes "Irish Lady of Rank" (surname unknown)
Immigration*Samuel HAIRSTON immigrated about 1728 to Donegal, Chester County (now Lancaster), Pennsylvania, with family from Ireland. 
Travel*Sometime around 1739, Samuel and family moved from Pennsylvania along the Great Wagon Road thru Wood's Gap (now Jarmin Gap) into Goochland County, Virginia. 
Court Record*December 1743 Goochland County, Virginia - Robinson vs Hearstone - In the Action of trespass on the Case betweeen James Robinson Plaintiff and Samuel Hearstone Defendant. The Defendant failing to appear on the motion of the Plaintiff it ordered that an Alias Capias do issue against the Defendant returnable to the next Court. Goochland County Court Order Book, page 330.2,3,4
Court RecordJanuary 1744 Goochland County, Virginia - a deed is recorded between William Mayo and Samuel Hearston for 400 acres. "William Mayo acknowledges a Deed [blank section] from himself to Samuel Hearston to be his Act and Deed which is Ordered to be recorded. Present. William Mayo, Gent." Goochland County Court Order Book 5, January 1744, page 337.
Note: William Mayo died and his will was presented to the court in Novemeber 1744. page 508.2
Property*17 January 1744 Goochland County, Virginia a deed is frecorded between Maj. William Mayo and Samuel Hairston for 400 acres of land on the branches of Rockfish River near the Blue Mountains. The deed was witnessed by George Carrington, Samuel Cobbs, and Clement Read.
"The Rockfish River is formed in Nelson County, Virginia by the confluence of its North and South Forks, both of which rise in the Blue Ridge Mountains near the Blue Ridge Parkway. It flows generally southeastwardly through northern Nelson County; in its lower course the river is used to define the boundary between Nelson and Albemarle Counties. It enters the James River from the northwest on the common boundary of the two counties, about 8 mi (13 km) southwest of Scotville."
Nelson County is now in Kentucky and Albemarle was formed from Goochland.5,6
Court RecordMarch 1744 Goochland County, Virgina - Robinson vs. Hearstone. "The Action of Trespass on the case between James Robinson Plt. & Samuel Hearstone Deft. is dismist no Prosecution."
Goochland County Court Order Book 5, page 380.2 
County Change*1744 - Albemarle County was formed from Goochland County. 
Property1 March 1746 Albemarle County, Virginia Samuel HAIRSTON has survey of 32 acres between branches Rockfish river near Blew Mountains (now Blue Ridge Mountains) adjacent to Samuel Hairstone and J. Hendrick; by William Cabell. page 34.7 
Property31 October 1749 Albemarle County, Virginia Samuel HAIRSTON has survey of 310 acres on both sides of Beaver Creek by Thomas Turpin. page 106.7 
Property1 June 1750 Albemarle County, Virginia Samuel HAIRSTON acquired 32 acres between the branches of Rockfish River near the Blue Mountain for 5 shillings.8,9
Court Record*August 1752 Lunenburg County, Virginia - "Thos Yuille & Co merchants Britain agst Saml Hairstone & Jas Johnson defendants in debt; dismissed." 212.10 
County Change1754 - part of Albemarle County was added to Bedford County. 
Property10 September 1755 Albemarle County, Virginia Samuel HAIRSTON acquired 310 acres, on both sides of the Beaver Creek a branch of the Fluvanna at a fine place for a Mill. Samuel paid 35 shillings for the land. Source: Land Office Patents No. 31, 1751-1756 (v.1 & 2 p.1-751), p. 681 (Reel 29). Library of Virginia.11,12,13
Military17 September 1755, Bedford County, Virginia. Samuel Hairston, Captain took the usual oaths for the Bedford County Virginia Militia. Reel #39, Page 115.14,15 
Court RecordCapt. Robert HAIRSTON; 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.)16,17
Property22 March 1756 Bedford County, Virginia - a deed is recorded between Henry Smith and James McRannels that was witnessed by Samuel Hairston, A. Campbell and N. Patterson. (Page 72, Bedford County Ded Book 1.)16 
Elected*Between 1758 and 1761 Samuel Hairston represented Bedford County in the House of Burgesses in Williamsburg, Virginia. During this time George Washington, Benjamin Harrison, George Mason, George Wythe, Francis Lightfoot Lee and Richard Henry Lee were also representatives with Samuel Hairston. Benjamin Harrison, Francis Lightfoot Lee, Richard Henry Lee and George Wythe later signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadeplhia and George Washington became the first President of the United States.18,19,20 
Military* In May 1759 in Bedford County, Virginia, Samuel Harston, Major and Robert Hairston, Captain took the usual oaths for the Militia of Bedford County. Reel #39, Book 1-B, Page 108.15,14 
Property27 August 1759 Bedford County, Virginia - a deed is recorded between Charles Lynch and John Candler that is witnessed by Samuel Hairston, Thomas Cooper and Stephen Goggins. (Page 236, Bedford County Deed book 1.)16 
Property25 August 1760 Bedford County, Virginia - a deed is recorded between Matthew Ornsby of Ameila County and John Fitzpatrick of Amelia County that is witnessed by Samuel Hairston, John Wimbish, Geprge Rust and William Rutherford. (Page 295, Bedford County Deed Book 1.)16 
Property14 February 1761 Bedford County, Virginia Samuel HAIRSTON acquired 390 acres on both sides of Barr Creek, adjacent to Thomas Read, page 800, 2 pounds.21 
Property27 April 1761 Bedford County, Virginia - a deed is recorded in which Samuel Hairston transfers 390 acres on both sides of Bear Creek to William Snodgrass for 30 pounds. (Page 423, Bedford County Ded Book 1.)16 
Property24 July 1764 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.)22 
PropertyHe witnessed the Property of Capt. Robert HAIRSTON on 26 July 1764 in 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.)22 
Property26 July 1764 Bedford County, Virginia - Samuel Hairston, Andrew Hairston, and Elizabeth Hairston witness a deed from Thomas Cooper to Robert Hairston for the sale of Negroes. (page 462, Bedford County Deed Book B-2.)22 
Property26 February 1765 Bedford County, Virginia - Samuel Hairston, Andrew Poor and John McKinny witness a deed from William Page and wife Elizabeth to Jesse Tate. (page 510, Bedford County Deed Book B-2.)22 
Property26 March 1765 Bedford County, Virginia - Samuel Hairston, Mary Caffery and Rachel Caffery witness a sale from James Warren of Amherst County to Charles Caffery of a Negro man named Will.22 
Court Record3 April 1767 Bedford County, Virginia Samuel Hairstone, John Phelps, Robert Ewing, Charles Talbot, William Mead, Richard Stith, Joseph Rentfro and Jeremaih Early were Justices of the Peace in Bedford County, Virginia.23 
Court Record8 November 1770 Bedford County, Virginia - Samuel Hairstone, John Phelps, Robert Ewing, Charles Talbot, William Mead, Richard Stith, Joseph Rentfro, Jeremaih Early and others were Justices of the Peace in Bedford County, Virginia.23 
WillIn Andrew HAIRSTON's will dated 8 August 1771 in Bedford County, Virginia, Samuel HAIRSTON was named as executor.24,25
Property31 March 1772 Bedford County, Virginia - Samuel Hairston had 300 acres surveyed on branches of Beaver Creek on the west side of Coopers Mountain, on a point of rocks on the south end of said mountain, on the east side of said mountain, beginning at Brown's and Lynch's dividing corner.21,26 
Property31 March 1772 Bedford County, Virginia Samuel HAIRSTON acquires 300 acres by survey 31 Mar 1772 in Bedford County on branches of Beaver Creek on west side of Coopers Mountain, on a point of rocks on the south end of said Mountain, on the east side of said Mountain, beginning at Brown's and Lynch's dividing corner; 1 Sep 1780, p.282. A.C. of 30 Shillings Sterling. Patent was signed by Thomas Jefferson.21
Court Record28 February 1774 Bedford County, Virginia - Samuel Hairstone, John Phelps, Robert Ewing, Charles Talbot, William Mead, Richard Stith, Joseph Rentfro and Jeremaih Early were Justices of the Peace in Bedford County, Virginia.23 
Property25 August 1775 Bedford County, Virginia - John McCluny Ass'ee of Samuel Hairston, 235 acs. By Survey 25 Aug 1775 in Bedford Co. on head brs. Of Beaver Cr., Crossing the Meadows Ground; adj. Hylton, Clement, Hughes Lines, Daugherty & Edmeston; 1 Sep 1780, p.759. A.C. of 25 Shill. Sterl.21 
Oath to Virginia*He on 30 August 1777, in Henry County, Virginia, took Oath Of Allegiance to Commonwealth of Virginia and renounced allegiance to Great Britain.27 
Property31 March 1779 Bedford County, Virginia - John McCluny Ass'ee of Samuel Hairston, 285 acs. By Survey 31 Mar 1779 in Bedford Co. on brs. of Beaver and flat Creeks, at the Edge of a Meadow, crossing the Meadow Br., crossing New London Road; adj. Edmeston, Hairston, Gilliam, Steerman, Goggin & Edmiston; 1 Sep 1780, p.742. A.C. of 30 Shill. Sterl.21 
WillHe left a will on 14 June 1779; 1779 - Samuel was a witnesses to the will of his nephew Peter Hairston (son of Andrew) on 14 June 1779. Peter who at 34 was probably heading off to fight in the American Revolution.28 
Property6 July 1780 Bedford County, Virginia - Samuel Hairston obtains 249 acres on both sides of Beaver Creek adjacent his own line at a heap of stones. Files patent on 6 Jul 1780, p.594. A.C. of 25 Shillings sterling. From a previous surveyed dated 18 December 1754. Source: Land Office Grants A, 1779-1780 (v.1 & 2 p.1-685), p. 594 (Reel 42). Library of Virginia.21,12,29
Property1 September 1780 Bedford County, Virginia - acquires 300 acres by survey 31 Mar 1772 in Bedford County on branches of Beaver Creek on west side of Coopers Mountain, on a point of rocks on the south end of said Mountain, on the east side of said Mountain, beginning at Brown's and Lynch's dividing corner. Purchased for 30 shillings.26
Property1 September 1780 Lunenburg County, Virginia - Samuel Hairston obtaines a grant for 287 acres on the branches of Seneca Creek ajoining Ornsby, Murry and Nelson's lines for 30 shillings. Previously surveyed 20 November 1752.30
Property1 September 1780 Bedford County, Virginia, Samuel HAIRSTON Samuel Hairston obtains 550 acres on the east side of Beaver Creek, near Long Mountain thence across the spurs and Valleys of the mountain, crossing a branch and the main road, on the creek at the old Mill Place, adjacent his old & new patent lines. Survey of land was performed on 7 November 1777.21,12,31
Property1 September 1780 Bedford County, Virginia - Samuel Hairston acquires 265 acres on both sides of the north fork of Seneca Creek for 30 shillings. From survey of 25 June 1774, fomerly surveyed for Thomas Lonor who is absconded.12,32
Property1781 Bedford County, Virginia - Samuel Hairston to William Hockins (Hawkins) 40 pounds for 300 acres Beaver Creek, Brown and Lynch lines, Coopers mountains west side, witness: John Wily, Bartlet Wily, Precilla Hairston. 
County Change1782 - Campbell County formed from Bedford County. 
Will*He left a will on 9 February 1782 in Campbell County, Virginia. 1782 Campbell County - Samuel Hairston signed a will dated 9 February 1782.33
Death*He died about April 1782 in Campbell County, Virginia, Reverend John Holt presided at funeral..33 
Probate*Samuel's will was filed with the Campbell County Court on 5 April 1782, Will Book 6, page 107.33 
ProbateInventory and disbursement of Samuel Hairston's estate, Campbell County, Virginia, 14 July 1828.33 
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Sources (www.HAIRSTON.org)

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