Jane "Jenny" HAIRSTON

HAIRSTON.org ID#988, b. 16 October 1767, d. 28 October 1839
Father*Robert HAIRSTON1 b. b 1724, d. b 2 Jun 1791
Mother*Ruth STOVALL b. a 1731, d. 3 Mar 1808
Birth*Jane "Jenny" HAIRSTON was born on 16 October 1767 in Virginia.2,3 
She was the daughter of Robert HAIRSTON and Ruth STOVALL.1 
Marriage*Jane "Jenny" HAIRSTON married Capt. Joshua RENTFRO, son of Joseph RENTFRO and Mary (surname unknown), on 22 August 1785 in Henry County, Virginia; by Minister William Lovell.3,4 
WillIn Robert HAIRSTON's will dated 26 May 1790 in Franklin County, Virginia, Jane "Jenny" HAIRSTON was named as an heir; Robert's daughter Sarah "Sally" Hairston died before his will was written.1,5
Death Spouse*Her husband, Capt. Joshua Rentfro, died in 1815. 
Census 1820*She appeared on the census of 1820 in Breckinridge County, Kentucky, Jane Renfro, Males: 26-44 1, Females: under 10 1, 10-15 1, 45+ 1, slaves 9.6

County Name*1823 - Meade County from Breckinridge and Hardin. 
MarriageShe witnessed the marriage of Benjamin Allen PEARSON and America Hairston RENTFRO on 26 November 1829 in Meade County, Kentucky; Benjamin A. Pearson obtained a license to marry America H. Rentfro on 23 November 1829.7
Census 1830*Jane "Jenny" HAIRSTON appeared on the census of 1830 in Meade County, Kentucky, Jane Rentfro, Males: 20-29 1, Females: 5-9 1, 15-19 1, 6-69 1, slaves 3.8

Death*She died on 28 October 1839 in Kentucky at age 72.2,9,3 
Burial*She was buried in Parr-Frans Cemetery, Wolf Creek, Meade County, Kentucky;

Photo: Find A Grave by Shirley Brown.2,10,11 
NOTE*The source of the name of "Peter the Immigrant's" wife is from a 1940 letter from Mr. William Boone Douglass to Mrs. W. N. Hairston (Elizabeth Seawell Hairston, author of "The Hairstons and Penns and their Relations", 1940. William Boone Douglass is the great-grandson on Jane "Jenny" Hairston Rentfro. The letter references the bible of Jane "Jenny" Hairston, Robert Hairston's daughter. In the bible she writes that she named her 5th child "Agnes", for her grandmother Hairston. PDF copy of letter attached.3


Capt. Joshua RENTFRO b. 1 Jul 1757, d. 5 Sep 1815
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Sources (www.HAIRSTON.org)

  1. [S121] Will of Robert Hairston 26 May 1790, Franklin County, Virginia Will Book #1, pages 70-71. Family History Search Film #7644994, images 69-70. Inventory & Appraisel record February 1793. Will Book #1, pages 85-87, 1786-1812. Family Search Library Film #7644994, images 77-78. Family Search Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  2. [S133] Parr-Frans Cemetery, Meade County, Kentucky.
  3. [S242] Douglas, William Boone (Great-grandson of Jane "Jenny" Hairston Rentfro and founding member The Institution of American Genealogy) wrote a letter to Mrs. N. H. Hairston (Elizabeth Seawell Hairston, author of "The hairstons and the Penns..."), Washington, D.C., 27 December 1940.
  4. [S67] Dodd, Virginia Anderson, Henry County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds, 1778-1849, Southern Historical Press, Inc., Greenvile, S.C. 1955.
  5. [S3131] Salmon, John S, and Emily J. Salmon. Franklin County, Virginia, 1786-1986: A Bicentennial History. Rocky Mount, Va: Franklin County Bicentennial Commission, 1993. Print., Personal Collection - printed book.
  6. [S1820] 1820 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.
  7. [S3698] Kentucky, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1783-1965 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Kentucky U.S. County Marriages 1783-1965 Original data: Marriage Records. Kentucky Marriages. Madison County Courthouse, Richmond, Kentucky., Ancestry.com.
  8. [S1830] 1830 Federal Census - National Archives and Records Administration - Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org.
  9. [S241] Spraker, Hazel Atterbury, A Genealocical History of The Descendants of George and Mary Boone Who Came to America in 1717, The Tuttle Company, Rutland, Vermont, 1922.
  10. [S3162] Email from Faith Bishoff, 25 Oct 2001 - Faith Bishoff is a 4th great-granddaughter of Jenny Hairston Rentfro.
  11. [S48] Find A Grave Website with Photo - only listings with photos of grave markers that are contemporary to the deceased individuals death are acceptable for genealogical proof.
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