Ruth HAIRSTON ID#1744, b. about 1771
Father*Capt. Robert HAIRSTON1 b. b 1724, d. b 2 Jun 1791
Mother*Ruth STOVALL b. a 1731, d. 3 Mar 1808
Birth*Ruth HAIRSTON was born about 1771. 
She was the daughter of Capt. Robert HAIRSTON and Ruth STOVALL.1 
WillIn Capt. Robert HAIRSTON's will dated 26 May 1790 in Franklin County, Virginia, Ruth HAIRSTON.1,2 was named as an heir; 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?

Robert's daughter Sarah "Sally" Hairston, the mother of Elizabeth and Martha Rowland, died before his will was written.

PDF transcript of Robert's 1790 will attached -->
Marriage*She married William TURNBULL, son of George TURNBALL and Abigail (surname unknown), on 7 November 1792 in Franklin County, Virginia. Date of Surety was 5 November 1792 by William Anderson. Minister Randolph Hall married them.3,4



William TURNBULL b. 1774
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  1. [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.
  2. [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.
  3. [S152] Virginia Marriages 1660-1800, Jordan Dodd, (
  4. [S3077] Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940, database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 13 September 2015), William Turnbull and Ruth Hairston, 07 Nov 1792; citing Franklin County, Virginia, reference p98; FHL microfilm 31,523.
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