Col. Peter HAIRSTON Jr. ID#802, b. 20 June 1835, d. 13 March 1914
Father*Peter HAIRSTON1 b. 10 May 1799, d. 10 Nov 1839
Mother*Ruth Stovall HAIRSTON b. 6 Sep 1804, d. 20 Sep 1838
Birth*Col. Peter HAIRSTON Jr. was born on 20 June 1835 in Henry County, Virginia;

The 1900 Federal Census shows date of birth June 1847 and age 63, however, the year 1900 minus 63 is 1837.2,3,1,4,5 
He was the son of Peter HAIRSTON and Ruth Stovall HAIRSTON.1 
College*Col. Peter HAIRSTON Jr.was admitted to the United States Military Acedemy, West Point, NY in 1854.6 
Marriage*He married Lucy J. JONES, daughter of William A. JONES and Caroline H., on 20 April 1858;

PropertyCol. Peter HAIRSTON Jr. witnessed the Property of Hardin HAIRSTON and Nicholas Edward HAIRSTON on 10 January 1859 in Lowndes County, Mississippi; Hardin Hairston and his son Nicholas Edward Hairston purchased 245 acres in Lowndes County from the children of Peter and Ruth S. Hairston - Samuel Hairston and wife Henretta, George Hairston Jr. and wife Martha R., Peter Hairston Jr. and wife Lucy J., and John S. Reamy and wife Elizabeth. - Lowndes County Deed Vol. 31, pages 326-327. FSL #8567104 image 179.
Census 1860*Col. Peter HAIRSTON Jr. appeared on the census of 6 September 1860 in Ridgeway, Henry County, Virginia, Peter 25 and L J 18.7

Military*Peter Hairston, Jr. was commissioned by the Governor of Virginia as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 24th Regiment of the Virginia Infantry. The 24th was commanded by Col. Jubal A. Early who staes in his biography "I reached Manassas and reported to General Beauregard on the 19th of June. I found my regiment (the 24th Virginia) under Lieutenant Colonel Peter Hairston...". Lt. Col. Peter Hairston, Jr. was with the 24th Virginia Volunteer Regiment from the first battle of Manassas in July 1861 until the end of the following year in 1862.8,9

MilitaryList of casualities of the 24th Infantry Regiment near Manassas, Virginia on 30 August, 1862, included Lieutenant Colonel Peter Hairston as wounded.8 
ProbateHe was the administrator of George HAIRSTON's estate on 11 December 1865 in Henry County, Virginia; His brothers Samuel and Peter are administrators, along with Peter W. Watkins. - Henry County Will Book 7, page 119. FSL #7645136 image 524. 
Census 1870*Col. Peter HAIRSTON Jr. appeared on the census of 2 August 1870 in Martinsville, Henry County, Virginia, Peter 35, Lucy J 25, C H 2.2

Elected*Peter Hairston, Jr. was elected to the Virginia Senate representing Franklin and Henry counties for the December 1, 1875 - March 29, 1876 and the December 6, 1876 - April 4, 1877 sessions.10 
ElectedPeter Hairston, Jr. was elected to the Virginia Senate representing Franklin and Henry counties for the December 5, 1877 - March 14, 1878 and the December 4, 1878 - April 2, 1879 sessions.10 
Census 1880*He appeared on the census of 3 June 1880 in Martinsville, Henry County, Virginia, Peter 44, Lucy J. 36, Samuel (brother) 51, Marshall (nephew) 18, Caroline (adopted Daughter) 12.11

SAR*Admitted to "The Virginia Society of SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION", National Number 1768.3 
Census 1900*He appeared on the census of 23 June 1900 in Martinsville, Henry County, Virginia.

Census 1910*He appeared on the census of 14 May 1910 in Martinsville, Henry County, Virginia, Peter Hairston 74, Caroline H. Ranson (adopted daughter) 41 born in Virginia, Marris H. Ranson (adopted grandson) 10 born in Tenn., Marshall Hairston (nephew) 14.12

Death*He died on 13 March 1914 in Martinsville, Henry County, Virginia, at age 78.5 
Burial*He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Martinsville, Henry County, Virginia, 14 March 1914.5 
ObituaryDeath of Col. Peter Hairstone.

ROANOKE. Va.. March 14. --- Col. Peter Hairstone. who resigned from West Point to become a Confederate soldier, died yesterday at Martinsville. He was seventy nine years old. Coli Hairstone commanded the 24th Virginia Regiment and was wounded six times in battle. - Evening Star, Washington, D.C., March 14, 1914, page 11. (Library of Congress.)13 

Colonel Peter Hairston, one of the most widest known and prominent citizens of Henry county, died on Friday morning at his home near Martinsville following an illness with pneumonia at age 79 years. The deceased was eductaed at the United States Military Academy and the University of Virginia. He entered the war as a lieutenant and rose to the rank of colonel. He was severely wounded at Williamsburg, but refused to remain away from his command, continuing his military service until the close of the bloody drama. He was an uncle of Major Robert Hairston, of Reidsville. Major and Mrs. Hairston attended the funeral and burial Saturday.

Col. Hairston held many positions of honor and influence and was prominently interested in the public affairs of the county, and as a leading spirit of the Stuart-Hairston Camp, always took an active part in movements pertaining to the Lost Cause.

Col. Hairston was at one time a valuable member of the Board of Visitors to the Virginia Military Institute for which duties his West Point training fitted him so well and for some years he served his county as a member of the State Legislature and in other prominent positions. In his quiet home life, befitting a Virginia planter, he was most hospitable and genial and always the ideal host.

Years ago he married Miss Lou Jones, of Appomattox county, Virginia who preceded him to the grave by ten years and without children. His wife was a sister of Mr. Robert Hairston's mother. His adopted daughter, Mrs. T. A. Rauson, resided with him.

The funeral services and interment took place Saturday morning from the home of the deceased.

The Reidsville Review, Tuesday, March 17, 1914, page 1.


Lucy J. JONES b. 11 Sep 1843, d. 7 Jun 1902
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  12. [S1910] 1910 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
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