Robert HAIRSTON ID#3962, b. between 1776 and 1780, d. 22 August 1841
Father*Peter HAIRSTON1 b. b 1755
Mother*Mary YELDELL1
Birth*Robert HAIRSTON was born between 1776 and 1780 in South Carolina.2,3 
He was the son of Peter HAIRSTON and Mary YELDELL.1 
WillRobert HAIRSTON was mentioned in the will of Robert YELDELL on 21 June 1789 in Abbeville, South Carolina; mentions grandson Robert Hairston and son-in-law Peter Hairston. Children James (deceased), Jean, Sarah White, Mary Hairston, Robert, Anthony, Phebe. Grandchildren Robert Yeldell, Robert Hairston. - FSL #4752827 image 25.1,4
Marriage*Robert HAIRSTON married Margaret SMELTZER (SMELSER), daughter of George SMELTZER (SMELSER) and Mary (surname unknown), about 1804. 
County Name1807 - Bedford from Rutherford County. 
PropertyRobert Hairston has 300 acres surveyed in Bedford County on 15 August 1808. The land is on both sides of Gregg Creek.5
County Name*1809 - Lincoln from Bedford County. 
Census 1810* 1810 Federal Census for Tennessee was lost.6 
Court Record*27 Feb 1812 - "Robert Hairston records his stock mark a swallow fork in the left ear and underbit in the right." - Family History Library Film #004769035, Image 354. 
Property1813 Lincoln County, Tennessee - Micajah McElroy and Daniel Summer sold to Robert Hairston "a negro boy named Bob aged about 13 years old." This transaction was recorded 16 Aug 1821, page 154.7 
Census 1820*Robert HAIRSTON appeared on the census of 7 August 1820 in Lincoln, Tennessee, Males 1-9 1, 10-15 1, 26-44 1, Females 1-9 1, 10-15 1, 25-44 1, slaves 1. - census page 21. Robert is listed next to William Meek from South Carolina.3

Property1821 Lincoln County - Eli, Agatha, Willian and Polly Garrett sold to Robert Hairston "negro girl named Delila age about 8 years". 7 March 1821.7 
Property1823 Lincoln County - Robert purchased a 12 year old negro girl named Caroline on 2 June 1823 from William McElroy. Lincoln County Deed. Reg. 18 March 1826 Book C, page 347.7 
Property1826 Lincoln County - Robert purchased a 14 year old negro boy named Amos from Robert Dickson on 3 April 1826. Reg. 22 May 1826, Lincoln County, Tennessee Deed Book G, page 395.7 
Property1827 Lincoln County - listed as note holder Lincoln Co. Deed Book H, page 375.7 
Property1827 Lincoln County - Robert purchased 1,025 acres in Lincoln Co. from Thomas J. and Charles J. Polk of Sumpter District, South Carolina. Lincoln Co. Deed Book H, page 389.7 
Census 1830*He appeared on the census of 1830 in Lincoln, Tennessee, Males 15-19 1, 20-29 1, 50-59 1, Females: 10-14 1, 40-49 1, slaves 6.2
Property1830 Lincoln County - Purchased an additonal 50 acres of land from Thomas J. and Chales J. Polk. Lincoln County Deed Book H, page 591.7 
Property*1836 Lincoln County - listed on tax list for Lincoln Co., Tenneessee. 
ProbateHe was listed as a beneficiary in George SMELTZER (SMELSER)'s will on 19 July 1836; Margaret Smelser Hairston and husband Robert Hairston of Lincoln County, Tennessee sell land inherited from George Smelser to Wilson L. Overall. St. Charles County, Missouri Book K, pages 326-327. 
Census 1841 Miss*Robert HAIRSTON appeared on the Mississippi Census of 1841 in Marshall, Mississippi; Robert Hairston Males 2, Females 2.8

Will*He left a will on 12 August 1841 in Marshall, Mississippi. A copy of the will was also filed in the Lincoln County Will Books, Page 204 - Tennessee Wills and Probate Records. Family History Library Film #007642927, Image #383.9
Death*He died on 22 August 1841 in Marshall, Mississippi.10 
Probate*His estate was probated on 25 October 1841 in Marshall, Mississippi, it was also filed in Lincoln County, Tennessee, Will Book 1, page 204.11 
ProbateGuardian Settlement Records of Lincoln County Court: Feb. 23, 1843 Manly Hairston for Robert Hairston, grandson of Robert Hairston deceased, $556.63 . Received from Manly by James Hairston for child Robert mentioned in Robert Hairston dec'd will of 1841. p 175.9
In his will dated 12 August 1841, Robert Hairston (c1776-1841), mentions "my nephew Robert Hairston five hundred dollars in cash". However, his known brothers Samuel and Peter do not have any known sons named Robert. Robert's father, Peter Hairston and wife Mary Yeldell listed 4 males under 16 in the 1790 census. So far, I have only found one son listed born before the 1790 census, leaving the possibility of 3 additional sons. Peter and Mary Hairston may have had another son that named his son Robert.

There is a Tennessee Early Land Registration to an Oliver Hairston dated 6 April 1786, (Grant #3008, It is for 640 acres which indicates it was for a private in the revolutionary war from North Carolina.9 


Margaret SMELTZER (SMELSER) b. a 1785, d. 16 Nov 1862

Sources (

  1. [S3227] Will of Robert Yeldell Sr. - 1789, Abbeville District, South Carolina; Recorded 15 Jan 1790, Will Book 1, Page 20. FSL #4752827 image 25., South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
  2. [S1830] 1830 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  3. [S1820] 1820 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  4. [S3718] Weaver, Oliver C. Jr., Yeldell and Hartsfield Families and Weaver Family, 1993, Family Search Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  5. [S292] Tennessee. Division of Archives, Land Office, and Museum. Early Tennessee/North Carolina Land Records, 1783–1927, Record Group 50. Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tenn.
  6. [S1810] 1810 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  7. [S3057] Land Deed Genealogy of Lincoln County Tennessee, 1818 - 1828 Volume 2 compiles by Helen C. & Timothy R. Marsh, Southern Historical Press, Inc., Greenville, South Carolina - 1996.
  8. [S1841] 1841 Mississippi Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  9. [S3251] Tennessee Wills & Probate Records 1779-2008,
  10. [S3176] Lincoln County Tennessee Bible Records, Volume 4, compiled by Mabel Abbott Tucker and Jane Warren Waller, Lincoln County Tennessee Pioneers. Family History Library Film #007831066., Family Search Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  11. [S3056] Index to Tennessee Wills & Administrations, 1779 - 1861, by Byron & Barbara Sistler, Nashville, TN 1990.
  12. [S46] Vic Hairston and Edward J. Bregenzer, The Hairston History, February 12, 1998. Personal Collection - copy.
Last Edited12 Jun 2024