Elizabeth Perkins HAIRSTON

HAIRSTON.org ID#790, b. 29 February 1836, d. 24 April 1922
Father*Marshall HAIRSTON1,2,3 b. 4 Jul 1802, d. 20 Jan 1882
Mother*Ann Marshall HAIRSTON4 b. 2 Dec 1802, d. 11 Jul 1888
Birth*Elizabeth Perkins HAIRSTON was born on 29 February 1836 in Beaver Creek Plantation, Henry County, Virginia.2,5,6 
She was the daughter of Marshall HAIRSTON and Ann Marshall HAIRSTON.1,2,3,4 
Census 1850Elizabeth Perkins 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 6.1 
Marriage*Elizabeth Perkins HAIRSTON married Major James Thomas Watt HAIRSTON, son of Hardin HAIRSTON and Sarah "Sally" Stovall STAPLES, on 24 June 1873 in Beaver Creek Plantation, Henry Co., Virginia.7,2,8 
Married Name As of 24 June 1873,her married name was HAIRSTON. 
Census 1880Elizabeth Perkins HAIRSTON 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.)9 
Property*Inherited Beaver Creek Plantation from her father Marshall Hairston.10 
Census 1900Elizabeth Perkins HAIRSTON appeared on the 1900 census of Major James Thomas Watt HAIRSTON on 19 June 1900 in Lowndes County, Mississippi; J T W 65, E P 64, Watt H 23.5

Will*Elizabeth Perkins HAIRSTON left a will on 18 April 1921 in Henry County, Virginia.
Obituary*Mrs. Watt Hairston Dies in Henry Co.

News was received here today of the death near Martinsville of Mrs. Elizabeth Perkins Hairston, widow of J. T. Watt Hairston. Mrs. Hairston passed away at about 2 o'clock this morning after she remained for two days in a state of coma. About four weeks ago she sustained what at first was considered a stroke of paralysis, although it was never definitely pronounced as one. Since that time she has been in serious condition, and owing to her advanced age, 86, small hope was entertained of her recovery. Two days ago her condition became quite critical.

Mrs. Hairston died at her home, Beaver Creek, where she was born and where she had spent practically all of her life. She was a daughter of Marshall Hairston and Mrs. Anne Hairston. She was married to J. T. W. Hairston, who died several years ago. Mrs. Hairston outlived seven brothers and sisters, as well as her only two children. Deceased was widely known in Henry County and was held in affectionate regard by all who knew her. She was perhaps one of the largest landowners in this section of Virginia, owning large estates both in Henry and Patrick counties and the city of Danville.

The funeral will be held at the old home place, Beaver Creek, tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock, where interment will also be made.

The Bee, Danville, Virginia, Monday, April 24, 1922, Page 1 (Newspapers.com.) 
Death*She died on 24 April 1922 in Beaver Creek Plantation, Henry County, Virginia, at age 86.6 
Burial*She was buried in Beaver Creek Plantation, Henry County, Virginia. 
Probate*Her estate was probated on 27 April 1922 in Circuit Court, Henry County, Virginia. 

Her Family Notable For Its Wealth and Prominence.

Martinsville, Va., Aprl 27. --- Mrs. Elizabeth P. Hairston's death near Martinsville Monday marks the passing away of the last of her generation in a family which for a hundred years has been notable in the South for its wealth and prominence. She was a daughter of the late Marshall Hairston, who before the war was the owner of the largest body of slaves in the South, and was likewise at his death probably the largest land-owner in the South. To his daughter, Mrs. E. P. Hairston, decended, practically intact, his whole estate, including many plantations and farms in Virginia and Mississippi and embracing many thousands of acres of land. At her death Mrs. Hairston's estate in Henry county included more than twenty thousand acres of land and valuable real estate, business and residence property in Martinsville.

The Danbury Reporter, Danbury, North carolina, Wednesday, May 3, 1922, Page 7. (Newspapers.com.) 
ProbateOn 25 January 1923, a copy of the will of Elizabeth P. Hairston, dated 18 April 1921 and originally filed in Henry County, Virginia, was recorded in the Lowndes County Will Book 4, pages 86-93. Family Search Library Film #5835941, images 78-81.


Major James Thomas Watt HAIRSTON b. 25 Jan 1835, d. 19 Jan 1908
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Sources (www.HAIRSTON.org)

  1. [S1850] 1850 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.
  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 - http://www.lva.virginia.gov
  3. [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.
  4. [S24] Hall, Wm. Kearney 1918-. Descendants of Nicholas Perkins of Virginia. 1957 Ann Arbor, Michigan.
    https://hdl.handle.net/2027/wu.89069618338, Hathi Trust Digital Library.
  5. [S1900] 1900 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.
  6. [S257] Obituary attached to this record.
  7. [S55] Harden Hairston Family Bible, 1750-1908. The Holy Bible containing The Old & New Testaments: Translated Out of the Original Tongues,.....J. Holbrook's Sterotype Copy., Eighth Edition, Brattleborough, (Vt.), 1817, Library of Virginia - http://www.lva.virginia.gov
  8. [S3044] Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.
  9. [S1880] 1880 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.
  10. [S28] Hairston, Peter Wilson - The Stories of Beaver Creek as Gleaned from Family Letters and Records, 2003, Personal Collection - printed book.
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