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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #22 Robert Hairston of Alabama

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According to Mary Lee Anderson's The WHITAKERS and Related Families, Robert Hairston is one of five boys born to Hugh Brown Hairston and Sarah McElhaney.  If my math is correct, Robert was born about 1827 and U. S. census records indicate that he was born in Georgia or South Carolina.

It is difficult to pinpoint a Robert as this Robert Hairston without him being with family. There a number of Robert Houstons, Hustons, Hurstons, Herstons, Hairstones, Hirstons, and Hairstons living in the south. 

Robert Hirston {Hairston} was first found in a 1847 list of taxpayers in Hinds County, Mississippi along with John L., V., and Alexander M. Hirston.  John L. and V. are thought to be his brothers.

In 1850, 23 year old Robert is in Macon County, Alabama with 53 year old Sarah (probably his mother) and 26 year old Vinceant Hurston {Vinson Hairston}. 

In 1860 Robert Huston was living in Macon County along with Vincton Huston {Vinson Hairston} and W. W. Hudson. Robert was listed as the head of the family and as a land owner. 

Robert is not found after 1860. Did he serve in the Civil War? Did he remain in Alabama? Did he marry? All of these questions require much more research. Land and probate records for Macon were searched several years ago. They might need a second look. Other county records, both Macon and surrounding counties, are on my research list. 


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

"Mississippi, State Archives, Various Records, 1820-1951," images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 Dec 2013), Hinds > County tax rolls 1831-1848, Box 3655 > image 286 of 319.

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

Year: 1860; Census Place: Northern Division, Macon, Alabama; Roll: M653_14; Page: 842; Image: 361; Family History Library Film: 803014.

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