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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
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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. 


© 2014 U.S., Federal Census Mortality Schedules Index, 1850-1880 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1999. U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2008.

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

"Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910," index and images, FamilySearch ( : 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.


  1. Diana, have you found any connection between the Hairstons you researching and the Hairston family in Virginia, who owned a plantation near Danville, Virginia? I am related to the Virginia Hairstons.

  2. I haven't tried to connect to the VA Hairstons yet as I am still trying to prove a link to other SC Hairstons. However, both my brother and I have many distant DNA matches to those who descend from VA Hairstons. I am sure that there is a connection.

  3. When you get to Virginia Hairston family, the should be helpful, but you probably all ready know about it.