Martha "Patsy" HAIRSTON ID#400, b. 10 October 1753, d. 3 June 1834
Father*Capt. Robert HAIRSTON1,2 b. b 1724, d. b 2 Jun 1791
Mother*Ruth STOVALL b. a 1731, d. 3 Mar 1808
Court Record*SECT. 4. That fifty acres of land, belonging to the county of Henry, and lying around the courthouse of the said county shall be, and the same are hereby vested in George Waller, George Hairston, John Fontain, David Lanier, Alexander Hunter, Thomas Stovall, John Redd, Joseph Anthony, William Shelton, James Baker, and Joseph Bouldin, gentlemen, trustees, to be by them, or a majority of them, laid off into lots of half an acre each, with convenient streets, and established a town, by the name of Martinsville.
LAWS OF VIRGINIA, OCTOBER 1791--16th OF COMMONWEALTH. Hening page 297.3 
Birth*Martha "Patsy" HAIRSTON was born on 10 October 1753 in Virginia.2,4 
She was the daughter of Capt. Robert HAIRSTON and Ruth STOVALL.1,2 
County Change*1754 - Bedford County formed from Lunenburg County. 
Married Name As of 3 June 1769,her married name was HUNTER. 
Marriage*Martha "Patsy" HAIRSTON married Alexander HUNTER, son of Alexander HUNTER and Elizabeth STEELE, on 3 June 1769 in Bedford County, Virginia, Hugh Hairston (son of Andrew, Martha's uncle), Surety. With the consent of Robert & Ruth Hairston. page 938.5,6,7,8 
County Change*1786 - Franklin County formed from Bedford and Henry Counties. 
WillIn Capt. Robert HAIRSTON's will dated 26 May 1790 in Franklin County, Virginia, Martha "Patsy" HAIRSTON.1,9 was named as an heir; It is interesting to note that Robert lists his sons, granddaughters and all but two daughters as "my beloved". However, he lists daughters Martha Hunter and Jenny Rentfro as "her daughters", indicating his wife Ruth.

Robert's daughter Sarah "Sally" Hairston, died before his will was written.

PDF transcript of Robert's 1790 will attached -->
Death*She died on 3 June 1834 in Henry County, Virginia, at age 80.2,4 
Burial*She was buried in Mary Hunter Cemetery, Henry County, Virginia;

photo courtesy of Jenepher Homer, Find A Grave.4 


Alexander HUNTER b. a 1743, d. a 1804
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  1. [S121] Will of Robert Hairston 26 May 1790, Franklin County, Virginia Will Book #1, pages 70-71. Family History Library Film #007644994, images 69-70. Inventory & Appraisel record February 1793. Will Book #1, pages 85-87, 1786-1812. Family History Library Film #007644994, images 77-78. Family Search, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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  4. [S48] Find A Grave Website with Photo - only listings with photos of grave markers that are contemporary to the deceased individuals death are acceptable for genealogical proof.
  5. [S22] Hairston, Elizabeth Seawell, The Hairstons and the Penns and Their Relations, Roanoke, Virginia 1940,
  6. [S3107] Hinshaw, William Wade, et al., compilers. Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. 6 vols. 1936–1950. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991–1994.,
  7. [S3044] Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.
  8. [S3096] Dennis, Earle S, and Jane E. Smith. Marriage Bonds of Bedford County, Virginia, 1755-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co, 1975. Print., Personal Collection - printed book.
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