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Saturday, April 12, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #15 Jane Hairston married Thomas W. Cook in Tallapoosa, Alabama

According to Volume II The WHITAKER and Related Families by Mary Lee Anderson, Hugh Brown Hairston and Sarah McElhaney had a daughter, Jane. I have currently found only two references to a Jane that possibly tie into this Hairston family. 

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The first, a marriage record, indicates that a Jane Hairston married Thomas W. Cook on December 24, 1846 in Tallapoosa County, Alabama.  The certificate above is one of seven photocopied records documenting this marriage found at Family

The second, was Jane Cook on the 1880 census of Tallapoosa County. Fifty year old Jane Cook, a widow, was living with Henry Stalins, Vincent  Hurston, and a Roberts family (Tim, Amy, and Amanda). I don't know the relationship of this Roberts family. H.C. Stalins might be Henry Stallings, son of Jane's sister Mary, and Vincent is probably Jane's brother.  

Exhaustive on-line searches for Thomas W. Cook and Jane Hairston revealed no additional records. Thanks to this search and my search for #14, Mary Hairston, my Hairston files are in perfect order, but give no additional clues for Jane and her family. 

Additional strategies are needed to find so many of these Alabama Hairstons. A trip to Alabama would be ideal, but until then, more library research is needed. Other considerations might be to borrow Alabama newspaper microfilm through interlibrary loan and join the Genealogical Society of East Alabama. 


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"Alabama, Marriages, 1816-1957," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 08 Apr 2014), Thomas W. Cook and Jane Hairston, 24 Dec 1846; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 1302444 V. 1-3.

Anderson, Mary Lee. Volume II The WHITAKER and Related Families. Date unknown. Print and online

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

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