Priscilla Isabella HAIRSTON ID#842, b. about 1748, d. 22 February 1823
Father*Andrew HAIRSTON1,2 b. b 1716, d. b 6 Jun 1782
Mother*Elizabeth (surname unknown) b. a 1720, d. a 1784
Birth*Priscilla Isabella HAIRSTON was born about 1748 in Virginia, based on grave marker dates. 
She was the daughter of Andrew HAIRSTON and Elizabeth (surname unknown).1,2 
WillIn Andrew HAIRSTON's will dated 8 August 1771 in Bedford County, Virginia, Priscilla Isabella HAIRSTON was named as an heir; Andrew Hairston signed his will on 8 August 1771 and mentions his wife Elizabeth, sons; Peter and Hugh, daughters; Teney, Kitteran, Elizabeth, Precila, Ellenar, Margaret and Susana. He appoints his brother Samuel as his executor. However, Andrew Hairston did not die until 1782 and his sons Peter and Hugh had already died.1 
PropertyShe witnessed the Property of Samuel HAIRSTON in 1781 in Campbell County, Virginia; Samuel Hairston to William Hockins (Hawkins) 40 pounds for 300 acres Beaver Creek, Brown and Lynch lines, Coopers mountains west side, witness: John Wily, Bartlet Wily, Precilla Hairston. This deed was filled with the court on 3 June 1782 by William Hawkins, after Samuel Hairston died. It was proved by Bartlett Wiley and Prescilla Hairston 6 November 1782 and by John Hawkins on 6 November 1783. Campbell County Deed Book 1, p. 188-191. 
WillIn Samuel HAIRSTON's will dated 9 February 1782 in Campbell County, Virginia, Priscilla Isabella HAIRSTON was named as an heir.2
ProbateShe was listed as a beneficiary in Andrew HAIRSTON's will on 6 June 1782 in Campbell County, Virginia; Andrew Hairston's will dated 08 Aug 1777 was proved.
It should be noted that Andrew's daughter Elizabeth, sons Peter and Hugh, and his brother Samuel are not mentioned in probate and therefore presumed to be deceased.1
PropertyPriscilla Isabella HAIRSTON is mentioned in the property documents of Andrew HAIRSTON on 4 September 1783; Elizabeth Hairston the administrator of Andrew Hairston's estate, along with the other heirs, sold 400 acres of land to James Shearer on 4 September 1783. The deed was signed by Elizabeth Hairston, Alexander Forbes and wife Jenny, Matthew Amox and wife Catherine, Samuel Amox wife Elanor, Prissialla Hairston, Margaret Hairston and Susanna Hairston. All of the women signed with a mark, usually indicating they could not write. Campbell County Deed Book 2, page 9-10. Family History Library Film #008141162, images 224-225.
PropertyPriscilla Isabella HAIRSTON is mentioned in the property documents of Andrew HAIRSTON on 10 October 1784; Elizabeth Herston, relic and administratrix of Andrew Herston Dec'd, Alexander Forbes and wife Janet, Mathew Amox and wife Catherine, Samuel Amox and wife Elinor, Prisscillah Herston, Margret Herston and Susannah Herston sold to John Wily 400 acres in Campbell County on 10 October 1784. Campbell County Deed Book 2, page 48-50. Family History Library Film #008141162, image 244-245.
Marriage*Priscilla Isabella HAIRSTON married David MOORE on 11 September 1793 in Botetort County, Virginia. The marriage record lists her name as Isabella Harston.3,4,5,6 
Residence*Priscilla Isabella HAIRSTON and David MOORE lived in 1794 in Botetourt County, Virginia
ProbatePriscilla Isabella HAIRSTON was mentioned in the probate of the estate of Andrew HAIRSTON on 11 February 1794 in Campbell County, Virginia; Feb 11, 1794 from David Moore and Prescilla, his wife, Margaret Hairston, and Susannah Hairston, all of Botetourt County, to Joseph Tweedy Jr. of Campbell County, for 110 pounds, one certain tract of land in Campbell County on Falling (River), Staunton River, and bounded by Hall, Johnson, Wilton, Ornsby, Watkins and Jenning's corner, Walton. The said 285 acres was ordered to be sold by the will of Andrew Hairston, father of the above named Precell, Margaret, and Susannah, who, in joint partnership, purchased the 285 acres (more of less). Signed - David Moore, Prescilla Moore, Margaret Hairston, Susannah Hairston. Wit - Robert Tweedy, Ambros Rosser, Robert Williamson. Recorded Jun 5, 1794.
NOTE: Catherine Amyx, the sister of Priscilla, Margaret and Susannah, is also living in Botetourt County, Virginia. Campbell County Deed Book 7, page 431. Family History Library Film #008141162, image 714.
Census 1820Priscilla Isabella HAIRSTON listed in the household of David MOORE in 1820 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia; Males: 45+ 1, Females 45+ 1, Slaves 1.7
Death*Priscilla Isabella HAIRSTON died on 22 February 1823; "A researcher recently found their old cemetery and posted the following on rootsweb: I found the gravestones of two Moores laying loose in a cow pasture near the Climax community. Inscriptions read as follows: David Moore, died 31 Mar. 1831, aged about 90 years and Priscilla Moore, died 22 Feb 1823, aged about 75 years. These stones were on property later owned by the Booker T. Bennett family, whose cemetery is nearby, as well as the old home. They are about 0.5 miles from the main highway down a rough dirt road. This is not my line, but since the stones are some of the oldest I've found, I though they might be interesting to Moore researchers. David Moore did leave a will in Pittsylvania Co., but I haven't found a marriage for them. In his will he named three members of the Norcutt family. I was told that Moore took in the Norcutts and raised them." -

Note: These cemetery death dates agree with the probate records of Samuel Hairston that state "To David Moore and Pricilla his wife late Pricillia Hairston", indicating that Pricilla died before David. 
ProbateShe was listed as a beneficiary in Samuel HAIRSTON's will on 14 July 1828 in Campbell County, Virginia; Written account of disbursement of Samuel Hairston's estate covering years from 1782 to 7 June 1814. It was not filed with the court until 14 July 1828. Campbell County, Virginia, pages 141-146. Note: "My tract of land at Kentucky containing two thousand acres" refers to the Virginia county named Kentucky that was formed from Fincastle county in 1776. Kentucky county was split into Jefferson, Lincoln and Fayette counties in 1780, all in Virginia. In 1788 the process to make these 3 counties into the state of Kentucky started and Kentucky became a state in 1792. Inventory is in Will Book 6, pages 141-146, dated . Family History Library Film 007644404, images 82-85.2


David MOORE b. 27 Dec 1758, d. 31 Mar 1831
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  1. [S122] Will Andrew Hairston dated 8 Aug 1777, was proved in Campbell County Will Book #1, page 4-6, 6 June 1782. Inventory & Apprasial recorded 6 Mar. 1783, Will Book 1, pages 23-24 (Reel 19), Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
  2. [S101] Will & Probate of Samuel Hairston - 1782, Campbell County Will Book #1, page 6, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
  3. [S46] Vic Hairston and Edward J. Bregenzer, The Hairston History, February 12, 1998. Personal Collection - copy.
  4. [S247] Greenway, Carl Forrest - letters relating to Hairston genealogy dated 1965-1966 to various people - Carl Greenway (1917-1974) was a Hairston relative and family genealogist, more information about Carl Greenway can be found here:, Personal Collection - copy.
  5. [S3100] Murray, Nicholas R. Botetourt County, Virginia, 1770-1897. Hammond, La: Nicholas R. Murray, Hunting for Bears, 1986. Print., Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.
  6. [S3127] Worrell, Anne L. Early Marriages, Wills, and Some Revolutionary War Records, Botetourt County, Virginia. Baltimore: Geneal. Pub. Co, 1975. Print., Personal Collection - printed book.
  7. [S1820] 1820 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
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