Ann Marshall HAIRSTON ID#410, b. 2 December 1802, d. 11 July 1888
Father*Col. Samuel HAIRSTON b. 25 Sep 1755, d. 17 Dec 1834
Mother*Judith Sparrell SAUNDERS b. 25 Jan 1769, d. 23 Nov 1809
Birth*Ann Marshall HAIRSTON was born on 2 December 1802 in Virginia.1,2 
She was the daughter of Col. Samuel HAIRSTON and Judith Sparrell SAUNDERS
Marriage*Ann Marshall HAIRSTON married Marshall HAIRSTON, son of Gen. George Stovall HAIRSTON and Elizabeth PERKINS, on 12 March 1829 in Franklin County, Virginia. By Rev. Pedigo. A marriage annoucement was published in the Lynchburg Virginian on 26 October 1835. Surety was Samuel Hairston, Jr. on 9 March 1829. Franklin County Virginia Marriage Register page 40. Family Search Library Film #007578970, image 77.3,1,2,4,5,6
Census 1850Ann Marshall HAIRSTON appeared on the 1850 census of Marshall HAIRSTON on 24 August 1850 in Henry County, Virginia; Marshall 48, Ann 47, Virginia Nelson 25 (not Hairston), Elizabeth P 14, Ann M 12, Ruth 12, John 10, Bethenia H 6.3 
Anecdote*Tuesday Evening Mh 29th 1853

My Dear Daughters:
Our compliment of letters came safe to hand saturday evening and I assure you I was very thankful to hear you were all well. The Salem mail did not get even as far as Ridgeway week before last but was stopt by high water not very far from Salem It is some misunderstanding on your parts concerning the news of the death, in Miss Penns letter Sarah Shelton is now in perfect health and none of the Penn family, either in Henry or Patrick, have died since you left home I suppose it must be some of their relations in some other State and you all have misunderstood it_ Last Saturday morning I was siting at the nursery window fixing Julias work-and (feeling rather low spirited as I was entirely alone) and saw a very gentlemanly looking old man walking up the front walk with your Brother_ I met them in the chamber, the old Gentleman says, I suppose this is Mrs Hairston, I of course answered in the affirmative he then said don't you know me. I observed his face looked familiar_ but I could not call to mind his name. he then said look again-did not appear to wish to tell his name. I gave him a second earnest look, in the face and observed is it possible that it is Mr Brown he answered yes and then we had a very cordial shake of the hands. I cannot say that he has altered much for the length of time since we last met but his appearance, was so unlooked for it has been thirty years since I saw him and I had not herd he was in this Country_ he lives in Indiana. has traveld a great deal and is a very close very entertaining company You all have often herd me speak of my old friend Mr D. Brown of Lynchburg - he made many inquiries about you three and seemed to regret he had not seen all my children - wanted to know of me if I had your likeness brought the likeness of his daughters_ I think he said he had three sons and three daughters and had been convenient to the best of schools the whole time he had been raising his family_ says he lives in a very pleasant town Laport he was so very entertaining that I felt rather more at a loss for company after he left than any visitor I've had and regret very much you all missed seeing him_ upon the whole I think him one of the best men I ever met with. he appears to be the verry same good man that he was when I first knew him. he was one of your Grandfathers greatest favorites - and almost the only merchant he traded, with for many years. Not very long after he got in your aunt Ruth, Kiniah, and Flora came and while I was giving out supper your aunt Laetitia, cousins Ruth Judith, Susan and Samuella came-so I thought of the expression we often hear in Mississippi-it never rains, but it pours. we all went together sunday to hear Dr Wade preach and did not expect a first rate sermon as it was the first after his second marriage but in that we were very agreeably disappointed for I never herd him preach better-your Father said it was the best sermon he ever herd from him-preached from the first Peter 2.24- The crowd all returned with me - except Mrs Redd and Daughters - Mr Brown left us early monday morning - your aunt and family a few hours afterwards - I accompanied her as far as Martinsville, to assist her shoping - returned by Capt Dilliards to enquire after them. did not get off my horse in the evening after dinner went over to Mr Jones's. himself and Mother both quite sick _ but the latter did not forget to make very motherly enquiries after all three of you - I cannot think the old lady can live long. I got home a little before sunset_found Sam and his Henrietta here - who remained untill tuesday evening-I have never seen a stranger I was more pleased with-she is perfectly at home amongst us all and claims kin as familiarly as if she had been raised amongst us. I think it a very suitable match-an equal swap, my old friend Mr Brown use to say, was necessary to make marriage happy - that is for the disposition family and fortune to be about the same her raising seems to have been very much like the most of Sams relations with whom she will associate- she will feel quite as easy and happy amongst them-she remarked here. she never had been amongst friendlier people in her life. they all had been so kind to her she had not felt amongst strangers at all_ but all the while felt herself in the midst of her own relations. Said Sam had told her so much of you all that she missed you when here like she had been acquainted with you She gave us some very sweet music on the Piano - she says Sallie Lou and Susan Jane can play very well, and do not hesitate at all to play for company_ Henrietta has written to Petersburg to one of her acquaintances who she says is accomplished and well qualified to make a first rate Teacher- to come to your cousin Georges to teach. Mrs Wade was at church sunday. I had a short conversation with her-think her very pleasant-not all too formal I intend visiting her as soon as convenient. I am in hopes all of our newcomers will make first rate neighbors. My love to Ann Dilliard and say- her Mother sister Jane, Betty Dilliard and her brother Maj John L Dilliard were at church - no complaint amongst any of her relations - Dr Baldwin has moved to
Martinsville in Mrs Meades house, near the methodist church the one Mr Perkins left just before you left home. his wife expects to commence school next monday in the methodist church. Mrs Dilliard intends sending Sallie Hughs and talks of taking two boarders- I received letters from your aunt Malinda and Susan saturday - the latter has been having chills for some time and looks badly so they write - Elisabeth Jones has a little Boy. six weeks old called Richard Hardaway. after a brother of Dr Jones who died in Mississippi_ All the neighbors enquired (page torn) you every time I see them and never fail to send their (page torn) Mrs Cheser sent to enquire after you all today. Patsie (page torn) must tell you howdy - It is wa1m. windy and very (page torn) time-vegetation springing up rapidly. Jack has (page torn)four or five hens out- with five strong healthy look(page tom)ens- has onl) lost one and that very wealJ) looking (page torn) never strong like the ballance - A very fine fish, s(page torn) yesterday from Capt Dilliards in Miss Ann Marshall (page torn) large enough for three good messes. Mr Fountain (page torn) home yesterday have not herd from there today, but will send over tomorrow as soon as his goods arrive I shall be too busy to be lonesome I hope. Everybody who comes here remarks they never saw so many violets - I discover you all are punctual in writing and it seems to be owing to some accident when I miss a letter this is such fine dry weather hope no accident will prevent a letter this week How were you pleased with the ceremonies at Easter? Do you know when the examination begins? I enclosed some stamps last week but can send some more this week as I have a fresh supply_ Ann Marshall has had six pair of stockings finished since she left home I think little Jud will make out to finish one pair as she has the leg of the last one more than half done I feel a little like visiting while you are all away I do not think I will get over to your uncle Roberts I shall send before long My kindest love to all your cousins. Did Victoria go to the Yadkin with her mother? How were you pleased with Bennet, Ann Marshall. If Bettie is done with Garnette, you will find some excellent notions in that - indeed all three of the books I left with you are good- you can change with each other as you read through one and by that means all of you read each book_ I expect Mr Fontains will get you very pretty Bibles and prayer books_ My grateful respects to your Teachers and let me hear from you regularly - Your Father and Brother are both out - All three of my dear children accept of the most affectionate love, and kindest feelings of a devoted Mother. Your aunt Malindas Ruth expects to graduate next July.

( addressed to:
Misses Ann Marshall & Ruth S. Hairston
Salem, N Carolina Via Greensboro includes three cent stamp.) 
WillIn Marshall HAIRSTON's will dated 28 May 1873, Ann Marshall HAIRSTON was named as an heir; Mentions: wife Ann, Daughters - Ruth S. Wilson (wife of Robert A. Wilson), Elizabeth P. Hairston, Ann M. Hairston, Sister Ruth (wife of Peter Hairston dec'd), Brothers - Robert Hairston dec'd, John A. Hairston dec'd, Nephew - George hairston (son of Peter and Ruth Hairston), Also Mentioned - Mrs. Lucinda Redd Oreston, Canellius King, William P. Terry, Peter W. Hairston, David Mead Randolph, James M. Phittle, George Eggleston dec'd, Benjamin Harrison, Witnesses - W.W. Smith, J. P. Warren, J. Powell, J.A. Early. Two codicils were added in April of 1877. 
Census 1880She appeared on the 1880 census of Marshall HAIRSTON on 15 June 1880 in Martinsville, Henry County, Virginia; Marshal 77, Ann 77, Ann 40, James T Hairston 45 (married, son in law), Elizabeth 44 (married), Watt 3 (grand son.)7 
Death*Ann Marshall HAIRSTON died on 11 July 1888 at age 85.2 
Burial*She was buried in Beaver Creek Plantation, Henry, Virginia.8 


Marshall HAIRSTON b. 4 Jul 1802, d. 20 Jan 1882
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  1. [S28] Hairston, Peter Wilson - The Stories of Beaver Creek as Gleaned from Family Letters and Records, 2003, Personal Collection - printed book.
  2. [S249] George Hairston Family Bible - 1750-1916, Peter Hairston Bible - 1750-1928, The New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Translated Out of the Original Greek: and with the Former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. Cooperstown, (N.Y.) Sterotyped, Printed and Published by H. & E. Phinney, 1829., Library of Virginia -
  3. [S1850] 1850 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  4. [S3500] Bible - Marshall Hairston 1750, owned by Mrs. Anne Covington of "Beavercreek" transcribed by Mrs. Lillian Schwertz and printed in "Local History & Genealogical Society" Volume VII, March 1961, Number 1. (NOTE: There are several errors in this transcription.), Family Search Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  5. [S3077] Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940, database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 13 September 2015), William Turnbull and Ruth Hairston, 07 Nov 1792; citing Franklin County, Virginia, reference p98; FHL microfilm 31,523.
  6. [S24] Hall, Wm. Kearney 1918-. Descendants of Nicholas Perkins of Virginia. 1957 Ann Arbor, Michigan., Hathi Trust Digital Library.
  7. [S1880] 1880 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  8. [S15] Beaver Creek Plantation Cemetery, Henry County, Virginia.
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