William Riley HAIRSTON

HAIRSTON.org ID#1802, b. 22 December 1825, d. 17 September 1862
Father*Judge William M. HAIRSTON1 b. 6 Jun 1801, d. 26 Dec 1879
Mother*Lavinia Forbush TOWERS1 b. 6 Oct 1801, d. a 1841
Birth*William Riley HAIRSTON was born on 22 December 1825 in Dekalb, Georgia.1 
He was the son of Judge William M. HAIRSTON and Lavinia Forbush TOWERS.1 
Marriage*William Riley HAIRSTON married Adelline Frances COLLIER about 1846.2 
Census 1850*William Riley HAIRSTON appeared on the census of 1850 in Beat 6, Randolph, Alabama.2

Marriage*He married Martha J. (surname unknown) about 1858.3 
Census 1860*William Riley HAIRSTON appeared on the census of 1860 in Northern Division, Randolph, Alabama. There are two 1860 census listings in Rockdale, Randolph, Alabama, one for Riley Hurston and one for W R Harston. Both have a wives named Martha and children with the same ages. The same census taker recorded them on different days at different locations. Both are shown below.
W R Harston 35 born in Georgia, Martha J 25 born in Georgia, S. A. 14, Nancy 12, Parthena A 10, Brizilla 4, and S M 2;

Riley Hurston 35 born in Georgia, Martha 20 born in Georgia, Sarah 14, Nancy 13, Ferry 10, Clementine 4, Nancy 2.3

Military*William was a farmer when he enlisted on 26 July 1861.4

MilitaryHe fought in the Battle of Malvern Hill in Virginia on 1 July 1862.4 
MilitaryFouth in the Battle of South Mountain in maryland on 14 September 1862.4 
Death*He died on 17 September 1862 in Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam), Maryland, at age 36. He was with Company K, 13th Alabama Regiment.1,4 

Family 1

Adelline Frances COLLIER b. a 1826

Family 2

Martha J. (surname unknown) b. a 1835

Sources (www.HAIRSTON.org)

  1. [S41] Jane Yasui, letter. 3 June 2009, from to Robert Hairston.
  2. [S1850] 1850 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration.
  3. [S1860] 1860 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration.
  4. [S3337] Civil War Soldiers. Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama., Ancestry.com.
Last Edited22 Aug 2017