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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #14 Mary Hairston who was last found in Macon County, Alabama.

Mary Hairston, possible daughter of Hugh B. Hairston and Sarah McElhaney, was born in South Carolina in about 1831.

A Mary Herston married Alvis Stallings in Troup County, GA in 1848. A Mary A. Stallings is also found in 1850 on the Macon County, Alabama census record just below Sarah Hurston, who is thought to be her mother, and Robert and Vincent Hurston, her probable brothers. On this 1850 census, nineteen year old Mary A. Stallings is living with her twenty two year old husband, "Elias" Stallings, and their baby, Hughey B. Stallings.  Is there any doubt that Hughey B. is the grandson of Hugh Brown Hairston?

No other record can be found of this Alvis/Elias and Mary Stallings household. Where were they in 1860? Sarah Hairston is also missing from that census.

An Alvis Stallings married a Martha Cogan in nearby Tallapoosa County in 1860 and have no children in their household on the census record for that same year. If this Alvis is the same Alvis/Elias married to Mary, there is definitely a problem with the reported ages as in 1850 he was 22 years old and 25 years old in 1860.

Hughey B. Stallings and Sarah Hairston reappear in 1870 on the Lee County census. Twenty year old H.B. Stalling was living with V. Hairston, 80 year old Sarah Hairston, and two more Stalling children; H.C. and S. F. Stalling born about 1855. Were these last two children twins? H. C. was a male and S. F. was female.

In 1880, Henry Stalins, age 24, was living with a Jane Cook, Vincent  Hurston, and a Roberts family (Tim, Amy, and Amanda) in Tallapoosa.  Could Henry be H. C.? If so, Jane is probably an aunt (more on that later) and Vincent is his uncle. Who is this Roberts family? I assume that Sarah passed away prior to 1880. What happened to Hughey and S.F.? 

There are so many questions in this post. I hope that my year of posting 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, will help me find some of these answers and many more!


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"Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 08 Apr 2014), Alvis Stallings and Martha Cogan, 01 Feb 1860; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 1302445 V. 4-5.

Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp.. Georgia Marriages, 1851-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000.

Year: 1850; Census Place: District 21, Macon, Alabama; Roll: M432_9; Page: 276B; Image: 173.

Year: 1860; Census Place: Western Division, Tallapoosa, Alabama; Roll: M653_25; Page: 295; Image: 297; Family History Library Film: 803025.

Year: 1870; Census Place: Loachapoka, Lee, Alabama; Roll: M593_23; Page: 305A; Image: 184; Family History Library Film: 545522.

Year: 1880; Census Place: Kinderhook, Tallapoosa, Alabama; Roll: 33; Family History Film: 1254033; Page: 419A; Enumeration District: 146; Image: 0445.

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