Peter HAIRSTON ID#862, b. between 1771 and 1774, d. about 1836
Father*William HAIRSTON1,2 b. a 1744, d. a Apr 1808
Mother*Ann S. (surname unknown) b. a 1746
Birth*Peter HAIRSTON was born between 1771 and 1774 in Ninety-Six District, South Carolina. Birth date based on 1800 and 1830 census date ranges. Also, his son Peter in the 1880 census states his father and mother where born in South Carolina.3,4,5 
He was the son of William HAIRSTON and Ann S. (surname unknown).1,2 
County Name*1785 - Abbeville County from Ninety-Six District. 
Marriage*Peter HAIRSTON married Mattie Martha BAKER about 1794.2 
Census 1800*Peter HAIRSTON appeared on the census of 1800 in Abbeville County, South Carolina, Males: under 10 1, 26-44 1, Females; under 10 1, 16-25 1.
(Note: census says Peter Hairston Junior -- I feel this is a census taker mistake, since Peter Hairston Jr., son of Peter Hairston, is only about 1 year old in 1800.)3

WillIn William HAIRSTON's will dated 18 March 1808 in Abbeville County, South Carolina, Peter HAIRSTON was named as an heir; People mentioned: children Peter, James, John, William, Thomas, Jane Brown and Agness Martin. Executors are James Lomax Sr. and John Brannan. FHL #4752968, image 211.1
Census 1810*He appeared on the census of 1810 in Abbeville, Abbeville County, South Carolina, Peter Herston - Males: under 10 3, 10-15 1, 26-44 1, Females under 10 1, 26-44 1. Peter would have been born between 1766-1784;

Year: 1810; Census Place: Abbeville, Abbeville, South Carolina; Roll: 60; Page: 96; Image: 00054; Family History Library Film: 0181419.6
Relocated*He relocated to Gwinnett County, Georgia, about 1818.7,8 
Census 1820*He appeared on the census of 7 August 1820 in Gwinnett County, Georgia, Males <10 2, 10-15 2, 16-25 1, 45+ 1, Females <10 2, 10-15 1, 26-45 1, Slaves 1 - Peter Hairston and his son William are listed next to each other on the census form.9

County Name1822 - DeKalb County formed from part of Gwinnett County. 
Residence*He lived in 1822; Was living on Boboshelah Plantation, Lilburn, Georgia in 1822.7 
Property*Pete Hairstone acquired lot #194 of the 22th District in Muscogee County in the 1821 Georgia Land Lottery. 
Census 1830*He appeared on the census of 1830 in Gwinnett County, Georgia, Males; 5-9 1, 10-14 2, 50-59 1, Females; 10-14 1, 50-59 1, slaves 2.4

Death*He died about 1836 in Lilburn, Gwinnett County, Georgia. 
Newspaper*A notice of Executors' Sale appeared in the Athens Southern Banner newspaper on 21 January 1836, page 6. "Will be sold, at the late residence of Peter Hairston, deceased, in Gwinnett county, on Thursday the 25th of february next, all the personal property of said deceased......WM. Hairston, L. P. Hairston, Ex'rs.". 
NOTEThe Gwinnett County, Georgia Courthouse burned in 1871 and all will records were lost.

Some of the dates listed in records are obviously incorrect, they indicate Mattie Martha Baker Hairston had children in her 40s and 50s, which was very unlikely in the 1800s. 


Mattie Martha BAKER b. a 1776

Sources (

  1. [S232] Will of William Hairston - 18 March 1808, Abbeville District, South Carolina, Will Book 1, Page 360.…, South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
  2. [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:, Personal Collection - copy.
  3. [S1800] 1800 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  4. [S1830] 1830 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  5. [S1880] 1880 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  6. [S1810] 1810 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
  7. [S43] Joyce W. Letah and Leah Stevens, The Descendants of Andrew Hairston, 14 June 1996 - this is typewritten scrapbook with little or no sources and some newspaper clippings., Personal Collection - copy.
  8. [S3412] Stewart, William C., 1907-. Gone to Georgia: Jackson And Gwinnett Counties And Their Neighbors In the Western Migration. Washington: National Genealogical Society, 1965., unknown repository.
  9. [S1820] 1820 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - and
Last Edited9 Mar 2024