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Saturday, August 30, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #33 Ezekiel P. Hairston

The solid lines indicate that the connection to the family is documented while
the dotted lines indicate that direct evidence has not yet been found to
make the connection. Click on the family tree to see a larger image.



No Story Too Small
Some of you know that by writing about and researching my Hairston family and my "possible" Hairston ancestors, that I am trying to connect Hugh Brown Hairston to John L. Hairston, my great-great-grandfather.  In turn, I hope to find a proven connection to Hugh Brown Hairston and his said to be parents, John Hairston and Ann Robertson. I have learned quite a lot these 33 weeks. 

Researching these "possible distantly related ancestors" has helped me determine where to look for more documentation and has given me an opportunity to collaborate with others researching this Hairston family. 

Ezekiel P. Hairston, another said to be son of John Hairston and Ann Robertson, is #33 of my 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge. Ezekiel, sometimes seen as Peter, was born about 1794 in South Carolina. 

Ezekiel P. Hairston married Jane Barnett on November 19, 1819 in Montgomery County, Alabama. He appeared on the 1830 census record of Montgomery County and purchased two parcels of land in that county then next year. One parcel was purchased with Ann Hairston. Ezekiel P. Hairston was in Austin, Texas by 1850 and paying Burnet County taxes in 1852.  It was said that Hairston Creek, in that county, was named for Ezekiel Hairston. He and his family lived in the nearby Hairston Creek community. 

Children of Ezekiel and Jane were listed in The Hairston History as Martha Ann, Jerushua, Mary Jane, Sarah Jane, Elizabeth Ann, Lucinda, and Mayacha Pinson. 

Ezekiel and his wife, Jane, died in March of 1870 in Burnet County, Texas. They are said to be buried in unmarked graves on their land at Hairston Creek. 

Diana

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Ancestry.com. U.S., Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index, 1850-1880 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.

Ancestry.com. U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.

Dodd, Jordan R., comp. Early American Marriages: Alabama, 1800 to 1920.

"Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-13685-12703-16?cc=1827575 : accessed 24 Aug 2014), Burnet county > 1852 > image 2 of 3; citing State Archives, Austin.


Hairston, Victor , and Edward Bregenzer. The Hairston History.  1998. Print.

Year: 1830; Census Place: Montgomery, Alabama; Series: M19; Roll: 2; Page: 212; Family History Library Film: 0002329.

Year: 1850; Census Place: Austin, Travis, Texas; Roll: M432_915; Page: 158A; Image: 299.

Year: 1860; Census Place:  , Burnet, Texas; Roll: M653_1289; Page: 161; Image: 330; Family History Library Film: 805289.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #32 Hezekiah Hairston

The solid lines indicate that the connection to the family is documented while
the dotted lines indicate that direct evidence has not yet been found to
make the connection. Click on the family tree to see a larger image.

Hezekiah Hairston is another Hairston who is though to be a son of John Hairston and Ann Robertson and a possible brother to Hugh Brown Hairston. He is said to have been born around 1800. 
Hezekiah Hairston witnessed an 1818 deed record in which a John Hairston sold land to a Daniel Hairston or Houston {maybe David Hairston} in Jasper County, Georgia. 

The Hairston History gives Hezekial Hairston a marriage date to Susan Westmoreland of about 1825 and their children are listed as Joseph S., John B., Robert S., Narciss, and Welborn Dickson. Information about Susan and the children were reported to have come from a Westmoreland family bible. Where is this bible? 

In 1830, a Hezekial Hairston was living in Montgomery County, Alabama. His household consisted of two white males under the age of five, one female under the age of five, one male between the age of 20 and 29 and one female between the age of 20 and 29. On the same page is Ezekiel Hairston, another possible son of John Hairston and Ann Robertson. On the next page of the 1830 census, Ann Robertson Hairston and another possible son, David Hairston. 

In 1831, a Hezekiah Hairston of Montgomery County, Alabama purchased land at the General Land Office in Cahaba, Alabama.  

The Hairston History gives Hezekiah a death date of 1840; however, there is no known source for this date. 

Hezekiah B. Hairston, son of David Hairston, is often confused with Hezekiah Hairston. Hezekiah B. Hairston was a private in the Alabama Volunteers during the Florida Indian Wars and received land in Arkansas that he appeared to pass onto his brother, William L. Hairston in 1858. Hezekiah B. Hairston lived in Arkansas from at least 1850 until his death. 



Diana

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Sources
Ancestry.com. Arkansas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1819-1870 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.

Deed of Sale from John Hairston {spelled Hairston, Houston, and Hutchenson) to Daniel {possibly David} Hairston, 7 July, 1818. (filed 31 Dec. 1818), Jasper County, Georgia. 

Hairston, Victor , and Edward Bregenzer. The Hairston History.  1998. Print.


United States. Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records. Automated Records Project; Federal Land Patents, State Volumes. http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/. Springfield, Virginia: Bureau of Land Management, Eastern States, 2007.

Year: 1830; Census Place:  , Montgomery, Alabama; Series: M19; Roll: 2; Page: 212; Family History Library Film: 0002329.

Year: 1850; Census Place: Pennington, Bradley, Arkansas; Roll: M432_25; Page: 107B; Image: 217.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday's Photo: What are the chances?



This photo fell out of my childhood album when I was looking for an old family vacation photo. On the back was written "Wanda and Arnette." From age 12 to age 14, I worked as a volunteer each summer at the Good Neighborhood Kindergarten near my home. I played with the students and helped with clean-up and art projects. This photo, taken at Good Neighborhood Kindergarten, was dated 1968. What are the chances that this is my friend, Wanda C.? 

Wanda C. and I work in the same building. We met about 10 years ago when, I transferred to my current job. She corrects and submits my travel reports, helps me with orders for classroom materials, and is better than a GPS when I need to find a school or neighborhood. When you hear Wanda's voice on the phone, you usually know that you forgot to sign something or your numbers just didn't add up.


Wanda C. and I grew up in the same part of the city. So what are the chances of our meeting in 1968? Apparently the chances were good because, after scanning the photo at 1200dpi, although a little fuzzy, I could see that it was definitely a young photo of Wanda C.  

Diana

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday's Photo: Happy Birthday!






Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband. You are still as much fun as you were 35+ years ago. 

Diana

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52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #31 Robert Hairston Married Sarah Lang

The solid lines indicate that the connection to the family is documented while
the dotted lines indicate that direct evidence has not yet been found to
make the connection. Click on the family tree to see a larger image.


No Story Too Small
I am a little behind in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge. This is post #31 and by Wednesday, I hope to be caught up with post #33. 

Since my last post about John Hairston of Alabama (NOT my great-great-grandfather), three distant relatives mentioned Robert Hairston and Sarah Lang in their email. So, as usual, I had to know more. 

The Hairston History and many Public Trees at Ancestry.com state that John and Ann Robertson are the parents of Hugh Brown Hairston, Robert Hairston and several others. However, no sources were given to verify this information. 

So, I don't know if Robert Hairston and Hugh Brown Hairston were brothers or even the sons of John Hairston and Ann Robertson, but my DNA matches indicate that they were probably related in some way. Note, on my family tree, dotted lines indicate that no direct evidence has been found to make the connection. 

In a 1981 publication of the Texas State Genealogical Society, Maxine Alcorn submitted a transcription of Robert Hairston's family Bible which gives a record of Robert Hairston, his wives, and his children.  Click on this link to The Portal to Texas History to see the two page transcription. 


The will of Ann Robertson Hairston, as found in The Hairston History, gives everything to Sarah Ann Hairston, a granddaughter. According to Robert Hairston's Bible, he had a child named Sarah Ann.  So, what do we know about Sarah Ann? Can this Sarah Ann can be definitively linked to Ann Robertson Hairston?  

Diana

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Sources 

Ancestry.com. Public Member Trees [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2006.

Hairston, Victor , and Edward Bregenzer. The Hairston History.  1998. Print.

Texas State Genealogical Society. Stirpes, Volume 21, Number 3, September 1981, Christine Knox Wood, editor, Journal/Magazine/Newsletter, September 1981; digital images, (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29528/ : accessed August 15, 2014), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Genealogical Society, Tyler, Texas.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday's Photo: Rockaway Beach

Doris wrote " Rockaway - July 2, 1949 me, Jeannette, Marie, Lil, Rita"


Last week, I posted a photograph of my mother at what I thought was Jones Beach and she corrected me saying that it was Rockaway Beach. Her parents lived in Queens at the time and Rockaway Beach is a neighborhood on the south shore of Long Island in the borough of Queens.  


This Friday's Photo, also at Rockaway Beach, is one that once belonged to my mother-in-law, Doris Staubach Quinn. Doris is at the top left, looking so very glamorous at the beach. At the time, Doris lived in Manhattan with her mother and was working in an office. It is thought that these are co-workers as some of these women have been found in other photos from office events or parties. 

Diana

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: # 30 NOT MY John L. Hairston

The solid lines indicate that the connection to the family is documented while
the dotted lines indicate that direct evidence has not yet been found to
make the connection. Click on the family tree to see a larger image.


John is a common name in the Hairston family.  My great-great-grandfather, John Lewis Hairston, born about 1812 in South Carolina, is easily confused with a few other John Hairstons of the same generation.
No Story Too Small

My focus today is John Hairston who was born March 22, 1811 in South Carolina. He is frequently confused with my great-great-grandfather, John L. Hairston, and some part of his life often shows up in John L.’s online family trees.  Ed Bregenzer, one of the compilers of The Hairston History, contacted me in February of 2000 as he thought that I was a descendant of this John Hairston (#30).  

I am referring to this John Hairston as (#30) as this is the 30th week of my 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge and this will help distinguish him from my great-great-grandfather who I will refer to as John L. 

Three similarities found in the table below show why these two John Hairstons are so easily confused.


According to The Hairston History, this John Hairston (#30) is the son of Robert Hairston and Sarah Lang.  If this is correct, he may be the nephew of Hugh Brown Hairston as both Hugh and Robert are thought to be sons of John Hairston and Anne Mary Robertson.  And, if he is the nephew of Hugh Brown Hairston, then he may very well be the first cousin of my great-great-grandfather, John L. Hairston.

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John Hairston (#30 with no known middle initial) married Syrene Thompson on October 5, 1835 in Montgomery County, Alabama.  By the 1840s, he was serving as a Justice of the Peace in Macon County, Alabama. 

In 1850 and 1860, John Hairston (#30) was living in Macon County, Alabama with his wife Syrene and children. As Justice of the Peace, he took a statement from Sarah McElhaney Hairston (probable mother of my John L. Hairston) for a pension request in the year 1854.  

In 1870 and 1880, John Hairston (#30) and his wife were living in Lowndes County, Alabama with or near several of their children.  John died on September 18, 1890 and is buried at the Myrtlewood Cemetery in Fort Deposit, Lowndes County with his wife Syrene and some of their children. His will and probate records can be found at FamilySearch. 


It should now be obvious that the John Hairston (#30) of Macon and Lowndes Counties in Alabama and my great-great-grandfather, John L. Hairston, are not one in the same. However, until this year, I believed that this John Hairston (#30) also had a
middle initial of “L.”  Only in online family trees do you see this “L.” On all court, census, and other records found, his name is simply “John Hairston.”

If you have a John Hairston in your family tree at Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, or some other site, check your tree to determine if you have combined facts from more than one John Hairston. It is easy to do.  If #30 is YOUR John Hairston, please contact me. I have more to share. 



Diana

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Sources:

"Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FQ8G-P92 : accessed 02 Aug 2014), John Hearston and Syrene Thompson, 05 Oct 1835; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 1492030.


"Alabama, Probate Records, 1809-1985," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-25316-19407-71?cc=1925446&wc=M6DJ-MM3:220031401,220031402 : accessed 02 Aug 2014), Lowndes > Administration records 1870-1892 vol A > image 42 of 333.

"Alabama, Probate Records, 1809-1985," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-25316-18186-63?cc=1925446&wc=M6DJ-MM3:220031401,220031402 : accessed 02 Aug 2014), Lowndes > Administration records 1870-1892 vol A > image 306 of 333.

"Alabama, Probate Records, 1809-1985," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-25313-10602-69?cc=1925446&wc=M6DV-TN5:220031401,220226501 : accessed 02 Aug 2014), Lowndes > Minutes 1870-1938 vol A-B > image 217 of 463.


"Alabama, Probate Records, 1809-1985," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-25313-8034-39?cc=1925446&wc=M6DK-D66:220031401,220386501 : accessed 02 Aug 2014), Lowndes > Wills 1830-1936 > image 394 of 428.

Ancestry.com. Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Ancestry.com. Alabama, Select Marriages, 1816-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, 2014.

Ancestry.com. Public Member Trees [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2006.

Compiled Military Service Record, Phillip R. Hairston, Pvt., Co. G, 21 Alabama Infantry; Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Alabama; Record Group 109: Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1762 – 1984; National Archives, Washington, D.C.; digital images, Phillip R. Hairston's file, Fold3.com (http://www.fold3.com : accessed 28 July 2014)

Compiled Military Service Record, Richard L. Hairston, Pvt., Co. G, 12 Alabama Infantry; Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Alabama; Record Group 109: Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1762 – 1984; National Archives, Washington, D.C.; digital images, Richard L. Hairston's file, Fold3.com (http://www.fold3.com : accessed 28 July 2014)

"Find A Grave: Myrtlewood Cemetery." Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials.. Web. 2 Aug. 2014. <http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GSln=Black&GSiman=1&GScid=24840&CRid=24840&pt=Myrtlewood%20Cemetery&>.

"Find A Grave: Pilgrims Rest Cemetery." Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials. Web. 2 Aug. 2014. <http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GSln=hairston&GSiman=1&GScid=25406&CRid=25406&pt=Pilgrims%20Rest%20Cemetery&>.

Hairston, Victor , and Edward Bregenzer. The Hairston History.  1998. Print.

McElheney, William., no. R. 6697; Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, microfilm publication M804 (Washington, D.C. National Archives and Records Service, 1974); digital images, Fold3 (http://www.Fold3.com : accessed 20 July 2014).

"Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951," images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-21745-68357-35?cc=1919687&wc=MMYG-KNQ:n1410068766 : accessed 24 Dec 2013), Hinds > County tax rolls 1831-1848, Box 3655 > image 286 of 319.

"Texas Items." Galveston Tri-Weekly News.  13 Apr. 1870, 97 ed.: 1. GenealogyBank.com.


Year: 1850; Census Place: Hinds, Mississippi; Roll: M432_372; Page: 165A; Image: 336.

Year: 1850; Census Place: District 21, Macon, Alabama; Roll: M432_9; Page: 241A; Image: 101.

Year: 1860; Census Place: Hinds, Mississippi; Roll: M653_582; Page: 674; Image: 206; Family History Library Film: 803582. 


Year: 1860; Census Place: Southern Division, Macon, Alabama; Roll: M653_14; Page: 786; Image: 305; Family History Library Film: 803014.


Year: 1870; Census Place: Calhoun, Lowndes, Alabama; Roll: M593_25; Page: 437A; Image: 497; Family History Library Film: 545524.

Year: 1880; Census Place: Falls, Texas; Roll: 1302; Family History Film: 1255302; Page: 190B; Enumeration District: 038.

Year: 1880; Census Place: Fort Deposit, Lowndes, Alabama; Roll: 20; Family History Film: 1254020; Page: 117A; Enumeration District: 106; Image: 0536.


Year: 1880; Census Place: Parkers and Brenton, Escambia, Alabama; Roll: 12; Family History Film: 1254012; Page: 191B; Enumeration District: 076.

Year: 1900; Census Place: Fort Deposit, Lowndes, Alabama; Roll: 26; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0077; FHL microfilm: 1240026.


Year: 1900; Census Place: Sandy Ridge, Lowndes, Alabama; Roll: 27; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0080; FHL microfilm: 1240027.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday's Photo: At the Beach


Just a quick summertime post!! This is a photo of my mother in 1935. I assume that this is Jones Beach on Long Island and I will correct this if I am wrong. She has such a happy face. 

Diana

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