Ruth STOVALL ID#29, b. about 1731, d. 3 March 1808
Father*Captain George STOVALL1,2,3 b. a 1695, d. a 18 Apr 1786
Mother*Elizabeth (surname unknown)4
Birth*Ruth STOVALL was born about 1731.2 
She was the daughter of Captain George STOVALL and Elizabeth (surname unknown).1,2,3,4 
Marriage*Ruth STOVALL married Robert HAIRSTON, son of Peter HAIRSTON "The Immigrant" and Agnes (surname unknown), about 1749 in Albemarle County, Virginia.5,6,7,2,3 
Married Name As of about 1749,her married name was HAIRSTON. 
County Name*Bedford County formed from Lunenberg County - 1754. 
DeedRuth STOVALL witnessed the Property of Robert HAIRSTON on 28 October 1763 in 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 Clarkson for 153 acres on both sides of Gill creek. - Bedford County Deed Book 2, page 280. FSL #7846222 image 254.8
PropertyRuth STOVALL witnessed the Property of Samuel HAIRSTON on 13 June 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. Bedford County Deed Book B, pages 450-451. FSL 7846222-366.8
Deed*On 26 July 1768, Robert Hairston and his wife Ruth sell the 100 acre plantation they were living on to John Hylton for 150 pounds. The property was on Beaver Creek in Bedford County and was patented on the 10th day of September in 1755. It had been surveyed for Robert on 31 October 1749, when the land was in Albemarle County. - Bedford County, VA Deed Books Vol. 3, pages 197-198. FSL #8151902 image 192.
WillIn Robert HAIRSTON's will dated 26 May 1790 in Franklin County, Virginia, Ruth STOVALL was named as an heir; Robert's daughter Sarah "Sally" Hairston died before his will was written.6,9
Tax Rolls*1799 Franklin County - White males 16+ 0, Black males 16+ 8, Black males 12-15 0, Horses 6, Tax $4.24.10 
Death*She died on 3 March 1808 in near Beaver Creek, Henry County, Virginia.11,5,12,13

Burial*Peter Hairston (1752-1832) wrote that his mother Ruth was buried side by side with his father. It is believed that Robert and his wife Ruth are buried under the waters of the Philpott Dam, Franklin County, which was completed in 1952. The headstones of Robert and Ruth's garves were supposedly relocated to high ground, but not their remains. There were 19 cemeteries covered by Philpott Lake.7,13 


Robert HAIRSTON b. b 1724, d. b 2 Jun 1791
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  2. [S3047] Meador, George H. - Dunbar Rowland et al. : Adams, Alexander, Beard, Brewer, Bryan, Burton, Clark, Cooper, Hairston, Hampton, Hatcher, Lewis, Moorman, Norman, Smith, Stovall, Reynolds, Taylor and Wade : Mississippi census of 1850, Rolen, Roland, Rolland and Rowland. Call #929.2/R883m, Mississippi Department of Archives & History, Jackson, Mississippi.
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  4. [S3168] Letter from William Boone Douglas, Law office Stocklager, Heard & Douglas, Washington, D. C. to Mrs N H Hairston, Roanoke, Virginia, 27 Dec 1940.
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