HAIRSTON.org ID#849, b. about 1744, d. about April 1808
Father*SOUTH CAROLINA FAMILIES (surname unknown)
Birth*William HAIRSTON was born about 1744, It appears from the 1800 census that William and his wife were over 45 years old and therefore born before 1755. In 1778 he was on a jury and should have been over 21, therefore born before 1757..1,2 
He was the son of SOUTH CAROLINA FAMILIES (surname unknown)
Marriage*William HAIRSTON married Ann S. (surname unknown) about 1765.3 
County Name*1769 - Ninety-Six District from Granville County. The old Granville County lasted from 1708 up to 1768. No county records were kept from 1708 to 1768, they were kept at the parish level. There was another Granville County formed from 1785 to 1795. 
PropertyThe South Carolina Council Journals, dated February 5, 1772, show that William Hairston had two platts to be certified, 100 acres in Granville County originally surveyed for John Smith and 100 acres in Berkley County originally surveyed for John (or James) Lindley.4 
Property*William Hairston obtained a Royal Land Grant for 100 acres located in Granville County on 6 January 1773. Series S213019, Vol. 28, Page 162 NOTE: Granville County was replaced by the Ninety-Six District in 1769. Therefore, William Hairston probably occupied this land before 1769. In 1755 South Carolina raised the "headright" from 50 acres to 100 acres of land for the head of household and 50 acres for each additional person in the household. Therefore, it appears that William Hairston moved into South Carolina as a single man. From 1719 to 1785, deeds were recorded in Charleston, not in the county, parish or district were the land was. However, many land owners did not record their deeds for many years after they obtained their land and may have recorded the deed after 1785 in their county.5
Survey*Survey South Carolina - Pursuant to an order by John Bremar Esq. DS Gen. dated the 6th day of January 1775. I have admeasured and laid out unto William Hairston a plantation or tract of land containing Eight Nine Acres the rest not to be found situate and lying on the water of Savanah River on a Branch known by the name of park's branch bound on the E & SE by Agnes Gordon and Widow Sharps land and on the W and NW by Joseph McKinley and lands not known to me and on the SW by John Buckhamons Land and hath such shape form and marks as the above plat presents. Certfied the 7 day of April 1775 By William Heard DS. South Carolina Department of Archives and History Series S213184, Vol. 15, page 248.5,6

PropertyWilliam Hairston obtained a Royal Land Grant #347, 28th July 1775, for "a plantation or tract of land containing 89 acres situate on the water of Savannah River on Park's branch bounding East & South East on Agnes Gordon, and the widow Sharp and West and North West on Joseph McKinley, and land the owner name unknown, South West on John Buchanan."

A Memorial for this land was filed on 14 Nov 1775 --- Memorials Volume 2, page 451. - Family History Library Film #008196054, image 594.--- Land Grant v37, page 347 - Family History Library Film #007856740, Image 795.
Military*William Harristane - he signed as William Hairston - Revoluntionary War- served under Col. Anderson from 1777 to 1783. A.A.3226; O663 - page 400

William Hairston is recognized as a Patriot by the DAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.)7,8 
Court Record1778 - 1779 - William Hairston and his brother John Hairston are on "A List of Petit-Jurymen and Jury Men in Civil Causes" for the Ninety-Six District. Miscellaneous Act No. 1123 - The Determination of Jury Lists for District Ninety-Six, page 85.2 
Court Record*William Hairston is listed on "A List of Petit-Jurymen and Jury Men in Civil Causes" in Long Cane and Places Adjacent, Ninety-Six District, South Carolina - 1778-1779.2 
Probate*His estate was probated on 7 October 1782 in Abbeville County, South Carolina; On October 7, 1782, William Hairston provides a citation on the Estate of Thomas Hairston, late of 96 District, deceased, Intestate, as next of kin. Robert Maxwell and John McCord were securities. Recorded on page 50, of Book B. Abbeville County, South Carolina.9,10 
ProbateWilliam HAIRSTON was the administrator of Thomas HAIRSTON's estate on 20 November 1782 in Abbeville County, South Carolina; "Est. admnt. Nov. 20, 1782 by Wm. Hairston, Jno. McCord, Robt. Maxwell bound to Jno. Ewing Calhoun Ord. 96 Dist. sum 14,000 lbs. Wm. Hairston next kin. Inv. made Dec. 10, 1782 by Jno. Irwing, Jno. Calhoun, Saml. McMurtey." (BOX 46, PACK 1044.)11 
County Name1785 - Abbeville County formed from Ninety-Six District. 
PropertyWilliam Hairstane as a Citizen - 308 acres of land situate above the line on NE fork of Twenty Six Mile Creek bounding SE on James Cannons land, all the other sides on land said out & vacant land when surveyed by Thomas Lofton D.S. on 10th of September 1785 - platt thereof recorded this 15th of November 1785. (land is now in Abbeville County).5

PropertyWilliam HAIRSTON was an adjacent landowner of John HAIRSTON on 5 June 1789 in Ninety-Six District, South Carolina; John Hairston acquires 405 acres in the Ninety-Six District adjacent to Peter Hairston and William Hairston.

Census 1790*William HAIRSTON appeared on the census of 1790 in Abbeville County, South Carolina, Males: under 16 3, 16+ 2, Females: 3
Abbeville, South Carolina; Series: M637; Roll: 11; Page: 464; Image: 277; Family History Library Film: 0568151.12
Court RecordOn 26 March 1795 in Abbeville he helped make an inventory of the William Adams estate along with Peter Hairston, Simeon Williams, Capt. John Irwin and Reuben Shotwell. William Hairston appraised the estate of Mary Cain as noted on her will recorded 27 March 1798 in the Abbeville Courthouse.11 
Census 1800*He appeared on the census of 1800 in Abbeville County, South Carolina, Males 16-25 2, 45+ 1, Females 10-15 1, 45+ 1. (appears that that William, Thomas and Agnes still living with parents.)1
Will*He left a will on 18 March 1808 in Abbeville County, South Carolina, People mentioned: children Peter, James, John, William, Thomas, Jane Brown and Agness Martin. Executors are James Lomax Sr. and John Brannan.3
Death*He died about April 1808 in Abbeville County, South Carolina.11 
Probate*His estate was probated on 9 April 1808 in Abbeville County, South Carolina.11 
ProbateA list of personal property sold of William Hairston, dated 4 May 1808, was given to court. It listed the items sold, buyer's name and sale price. Inventory was made by John Hairston, Archibald Douglas and William Bell. Buyers listed in probate included: his William's wife Ann, John Hairston, Peter Hairston Jr., William Hairston, Jr., Hugh B. Hairston, James Lomax and James Robert Hairston. Also Benjamin Adams, Henry ? , William Russel, Aaron Snodin, Foster Leachman, Joseph Doneny, Amos Spiller, John Russel, Nancy Pane, John Walls, William Young, John Walls, William Turnblen and Charles Walls. Sale was signed by James Lomax Jr, clerk.
NOTE*GENEALOGY NOTE: Who were his parents and where was he born? William Hairston named James Lomax executor in his will. James Lomax was born in Rockingham, NC about 1755 and moved to Abbeville, South Carolina about 1779. I have found several documents that spell William's surname as HARRISTANE. 


Ann S. (surname unknown) b. a 1746

Sources (www.HAIRSTON.org)

  1. [S1800] 1800 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.
  2. [S3180] The Jury Lists of South Carolina 1778-1779, Compliled by Ge Lee Corley Hendrix and Morn McKoy Lindsay, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1980, Ancestry.com.
  3. [S232] Will of William Hairston - 18 March 1808, Abbeville District, South Carolina, Will Book 1, Page 360. http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/…, South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
  4. [S3754] Holcomb, Brent, Petitions For Land From The South Carolina Council Journals Volume VII: 1771-1774, Columbia, South Carolina, SCMAR, Library of Virginia - http://www.lva.virginia.gov
  5. [S3066] South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, SC.
  6. [S3756] Holcomb, Brent H., South Carolinas Royal Grants Volume Five: Grant Books 32 Through 37 1735-1776, Columbia, South Carolina, SCMAR, Library of Virginia - http://www.lva.virginia.gov
  7. [S233] Moss, Bobby Gilmer, Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution. Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Ancestry.com.
  8. [S3583] South Carolina. Treasury, Wylma Anne Wates, A. S. (Alexander Samuel) Salley, and South Carolina. Archives Dept. Stub Entries to Indents Issued In Payment of Claims Against South Carolina Growing Out of the Revolution. Columbia: Printed for the Historical Commission of South Carolina by the State Co., 1910. https://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044098469828, Hathi Trust Digital Library.
  9. [S3596] Loden, Thelma, Abbeville County South Carolina Judge of Probate - Fragment, Minutes of the county court, A & B, 1776-1783. WPA Statewide Historical Project #165-33-7172, University of South Carolina, 1937, Family Search Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  10. [S3744] Holcomb, Brent, Ninety Six District, South Carolina, Journal of the Court of Ordinary, Inventory Book, Will Book 1781-1786, Southern Historical Press, Easley, S. C., Library of Virginia - http://www.lva.virginia.gov
  11. [S61] Young, Willie Pauline. Abstracts of Old Ninety-six And Abbeville District Wills And Bonds, As On File In the Abbeville, South Carolina, Courthouse. Abbeville, S.C., 1950 - https://hdl.handle.net/2027/uva.x000162661 Hathi Trust Digital Library.
  12. [S1790] 1790 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.
  13. [S3413] Greenway, Carl Forrest - letter to Mrs C L Thompson, 4 Jan 1966 - Carl Greenway (1917-1974) was a Hairston relative and family genealogist, more information about Carl Greenway can be found here: https://www.hairston.org/p4445.htm, Personal Collection - copy.
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