James Robert HAIRSTON

HAIRSTON.org ID#866, b. 2 March 1766, d. about December 1833
Father*William HAIRSTON1 b. a 1744, d. a Apr 1808
Mother*Ann S. (surname unknown)
Birth*James Robert HAIRSTON was born on 2 March 1766 in Granville County, South Carolina.2 
He was the son of William HAIRSTON and Ann S. (surname unknown).1 

James filed a Revolutionary Pension application dated 27 March 1833, as follows;

"On this day 23 March 1833 - Personally appeared in open court. His Honor Josiah J. Evans, one of the judges of court of common please now sitting, James Hairston, a resident of Laurens District and said state afore said, age nearly 68 years being born in Ninety Six District, South Carolina as well as he remembers from seeing the family records, about the 2 March 1766 and being first duly sworn, according to Law do thee an oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress passed June 7th 1832.
He entered the service of the United States as a volunteer in the fall of 1781 as part of an attachment to guard Wagons sent to haul corn to Colonel Andrew Pickens Block House under the command of Captain John Calhoun. This term of service continued for 10 days.
Near the end of the year 1781 he served 12 days, as near as he remembers, under Lieutenant Arthur Grayson [?]. He is confident the last arm of service could not have been less than 12 days and he was engaged at this time also in protecting a number of Wagons in hauling corn at the aforesaid Block House.
In the commencement of the year 1782 he served a tour under the command of Captain John Wilson. His term of service continued a period of two months during which he was Housed [?] at the aforesaid Block House situated at Colonel Reid's Mills on Long Cane Creek to prevent the Tories and British from destroying the Mills, which were of much importance to the Country. About the First of March he was detached with a company of men under the command of Captain Jno Williams against the Indians and Tories, the former in company with the latter, having committed some degradation in the Whig settlement. This expedition against the Indians and Tories continued eight or nine days.
Near the end of April or the first of May 1782 he was engaged under the command of Captain Theophilies Norwood [Captain William Genguer ?] for seven or eight days in an almost unremitted pursuit of William Cunningham who had committed about this time some outrages amongst the inhabitants of Ninety Six District.
In July 1782 he served a term of three months under the command of Captain John Ervin - Colonel Pickens in command. During this period of his service - he was engaged in pursing the British who were retreating from the interior of South Carolina towards Charleston. He is perfectly confident that he served at least six months. He left the service in Oct. 1782.
The whole of his service was within the limits of the State of South Carolina - except one expedition against the Indians, afore mentioned under the command of Captain Jno Wilson Williams ?J. He did not serve in Company - with any Continental regiment or companies.
He does not know of any documentary evidence that would be of any service to him.
He knows of no person except Samuel Matthews who can testify as to his service and make affidavit that he served a tour of 3 months with applicant in 1782 under the command of Captain Jno. Ervin."
PDF copies attached here.2
County Change*Abbeville County formed from Ninety-Six District - 1785. 
Marriage*James Robert HAIRSTON married Jane (surname unknown) about 1788.3 
Census 1800*James Robert HAIRSTON appeared on the census of 1800 in Abbeville County, South Carolina, Males <10 3, 26-44 1, Females <10 1, 10-15 2, 26-44 1.4
WillIn William HAIRSTON's will dated 18 March 1808 in Abbeville County, South Carolina, James Robert HAIRSTON was named as an heir; PDF transcript of will attached.1
Census 1810*He appeared on the census of 1810 in Abbeville County, South Carolina, Male <10 2, 10-15 3, 26-44 1, Females 16-25 3, 45+ 2, Slaves 1. Living near Brown Hirston.5

Census 1820*He appeared on the census of 1820 in Abbeville County, South Carolina, Males <10 1, 10-15 1, 16-18 1, 16-25 2, 45+ 1, Females 16-25 1, 26-44 1, 45+ 1, Total 8.6
Will*He left a will on 5 July 1827 in Abbeville District, South Carolina, John J. Kellar, an executor, is the husband of Cynthia Lomax, the daughter of George Lomax, a witness.
PDF copy of original will and transcript are attached here.3,7
Residence*He lived about 1828 in Laurens County, South Carolina.8,2 
Census 1830*He appeared on the census of 1830 in Laurens County, South Carolina, Males: 15-20 1, 60-70 1, Females: 15-20 1, 60-70 1.9
Death*He died about December 1833 in South Carolina.2,7 
Probate*His estate was probated on 2 January 1834 in Abbeville County, South Carolina; "Will dated July 5, 1827 in Abbeville Dist. Proved Jan. 2, 1834. Exrs: Wife, Janes Hairston, Jno. Keller. Wit: G. Lomax, B. Johnson, S. Williams, Inv. made Jan. 24, 1835 by W.B. Arnold, Jesse C. Beasley, B. Johnson." (Box 48, Pack 1107)
John B. Hairston signed a "Power of Attorney" to authorize an attorney to obtain the pension.3,7 


Jane (surname unknown) b. a 1763

Sources (www.HAIRSTON.org)

  1. [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.
  2. [S57] U. S. Revolutionary War Pension Application, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Ancestry.com.
  3. [S263] Will of James Robert Hairston - July 5, 1827, Abbeville County, South Carolina Will Book No. 1, Page 406, South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
  4. [S1800] 1800 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration.
  5. [S1810] 1810 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration.
  6. [S1820] 1820 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration.
  7. [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
    , unknown author, (n.pub.).
  8. [S247] Carl Greenway 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: https://www.hairston.org/p4445.htm
  9. [S1830] 1830 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration.
Last Edited10 Jun 2018