Major Peter HAIRSTON ID#399, b. 24 February 1752, d. 1 December 1832
Father*Capt. Robert HAIRSTON1,2 b. b 1724, d. b 2 Jun 1791
Mother*Ruth STOVALL b. a 1731, d. 3 Mar 1808
Birth*Major Peter HAIRSTON was born on 24 February 1752 in Virginia.3,4,5,6

He was the son of Capt. Robert HAIRSTON and Ruth STOVALL.1,2 
PropertyMajor Peter HAIRSTON witnessed the Property of Lt. Col. Peter Hyde SAUNDERS on 9 June 1770; 1770 - Robert Hairston and his sons George and Peter witness a deed between Peter Saunders and Daniel Smith for land in Pittslyvania County, Virginia. All three of the Hairstons signed with their signature.7 
MilitaryCapt. Peter Herston's Company from Henry County went against the Indians on Holston River in Eastern Tennessee in 1777.8 
MilitaryCapt. Peter Hairston "....April last, declares he entered service in Henry Co., Va., in the spring of 1777 or 1778 under Capt. Peter Harston and Lieut. William Ferguson. They marched through Botetourt and Washington counties to join other companies under Col. (Evan) Shelby and Col. Christy on the western side of Allegany Mountains. The then went to French Broad in Tennessee where the companies divided in pursuit of the Cherokee Indians. His company marched to the Indian towns called Choto, Chilhowee and Tuckatucky. On their return they met the other troops at Long Island of the Holstun and remained there until Christy's Treaty with the Cherokees was signed."9

MilitaryPeter Hairston was appointed an Ensign in Henry County on 21 Jan 1777.10 
MilitaryCapt. Peter Harston fought in the Illinois Campaign led by George Rogers Clark and captured several British posts in what is now the states of Illinois and Indiana.11 
PropertyMajor Peter HAIRSTON witnessed the Property of George ROWLAND on 25 May 1780 in Henry County, Virginia; 1780 Henry County - George Rowland purchases 300 acres on the north side of Marrowbone Creek for 2,000 pounds from Thomas and Mary Hamilton (Hambleton) on 25 May 1780. Witnessed by John Barksdill, P. Hairston (399), Samuel Hairston (401) and Michael Rowland (1010). 
Military*July 1780 Henry County, Virginia, - Appointed Captain in Henry County, Virginia Militia.8 
Tax Rolls*1782 - Peter Hairston was listed on the property tax rolls of Henry County, paying 1 pound 18 shillings.12 
Marriage*Major Peter HAIRSTON married Alcey (Elsie) PERKINS, daughter of Peter PERKINS and Agnes WILSON, in 1782.3,4 
Elected*"1782, Jan'y -- Robert Hairston produced a commission from his Excellency Thomas Nelson, Jr., appointing him Sheriff of this county, and took the oath, and George Hairston, Peter Hairston & Samuel Hairston qualified as his under sheriffs." Stokes County.13 
WillIn Samuel HAIRSTON's will dated 9 February 1782 in Campbell County, Virginia, Major Peter HAIRSTON was named as an heir.2
Residence*He and Alcey (Elsie) PERKINS lived in 1786 in Sauratown, Stokes County, North Carolina.14 
WillIn Capt. Robert HAIRSTON's will dated 26 May 1790 in Franklin County, Virginia, Major Peter HAIRSTON.1,15 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 -->
Census 1790*He appeared on the census of 2 August 1790 in Stokes County, North Carolina, Males <16 1, 16+ 3, Females 3 , slaves 58.16
Census 1800*He appeared on the census of 4 August 1800 in Salisbury, Stokes County, North Carolina, Males 26-44 1, Females 10-15 1 , 26-44 1, slaves 103.5
Census 1810*He appeared on the census of 6 August 1810 in Sauratown District, Stokes County, North Carolina, Males 45+ 1, Females 45+ 1, slaves 130.17
WillIn Peter PERKINS's will dated 26 January 1813 in Williamson Co., Tennessee, Major Peter HAIRSTON was named as an heir; heirs; son, Nicholas Perkins,"Hendley Stones Children had by my daughter Betsy", grand daughters Agnes Stone, Polly Stone, Ruth Stone (appears Betsy was deceased) - brother Hardin, mentions Peter Hairston of Stokes, NC., "my four favorite Negroes ____ Bob, Esthir, Charles + Hannah shall at my death be free", Executors are "Son Nicholas Perkins and my Nephew Nicholas Scales", Witnesses were; Anne P. Scales, Thomas H. P. Scales and John Bostick.18 
Census 1820*He appeared on the census of 7 August 1820 in Stokes County, North Carolina, Males 45+ 1 (Peter), Slaves 174.19
Census 1830*He appeared on the census of 1 June 1830 in Stokes County, North Carolina, Males 70-79 1 (Peter), Slaves 293.20

SARSAR Patriot Index Edition III, SAR - Revolutionary War Graves Register, Clovis H. Brakebill, compiler, 672pp. SAR. 1993.21 
Will*He left a will on 20 February 1832 in Stokes County, North Carolina, Will Vol 1-3, pages 241-242.22
Death*He died on 1 December 1832 at age 80.6 
Burial*He was buried in Hairston Cemetery, Stokes County, North Carolina;

Photo: Find A Grave by Carolyn Crabtree.6 


Alcey (Elsie) PERKINS b. 1766, d. 1814
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  2. [S101] Will of Samuel Hairston - 1782, Campbell County Will Book #1, page 6 and Will Book #6, page 141, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
  3. [S22] Hairston, Elizabeth Seawell, The Hairstons and the Penns and Their Relations, Roanoke, Virginia 1940,
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  8. [S149] McAllister, J T. Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War: Mcallister's Data. Hot Springs, Va: McAllister Pub. Co, 1913. Print., Hathi Trust Digital Library.
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