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 County, 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 Mariah H. "Martha" Langford on 12 November 1854 in Troup County, Georgia. By William D. Harrington, M.S. and recorded 9 Oct 1855. Troup County, Georgia Marriages 1828-1908, page 76. Family History Library Film #005190893, image 112.3
Census 1860*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;

There is also another marriage of William R. Hairston to a Julia Holloway dated 4 August 1857 in the Troup County records.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 
MilitaryFought in the Battle of South Mountain in Maryland on 14 September 1862.4 
Death*William Riley HAIRSTON died on 17 September 1862 in Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam), Maryland, at age 36. He was with Company K, 13th Alabama Regiment.1,4 
NOTE*Marriage record dated 4 August 1857 between William R. Hairston and Julia Holloway in Troup County, Georgia. Family History Library Film #005190893, image 221.

Family 1

Adelline Frances COLLIER b. a 1826

Family 2

Mariah H. "Martha" Langford b. a 1835

Sources (www.HAIRSTON.org)

  1. [S41] Letter from Jane Yasui to Robert Hairston, 3 June 2009.
  2. [S1850] 1850 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.
  3. [S1860] 1860 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.
  4. [S3337] Civil War Soldiers. Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama., Ancestry.com.
Last Edited28 Dec 2021