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As I researched this Hairston family, I wondered how much contact they had with family spread throughout Texas.
I loved the fact that I found Mollie Hairston White visiting her brother, Peter "Perry" M. Hairston. However, found that it was sad that the visit was the first in almost 25 years.
Peter was the youngest child of Samuel B. Hairston and Matilda Glasgow, born August 21, 1870 in Alabama. In 1912, Mollie had not seen her 41 year old brother since he was in his late teens.
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I did not find Peter again until 1910 in Vernon, Texas where he was a laborer doing odd jobs. His family consisted of his wife Lila and two daughters, Ella and Anna.
The newspaper article above indicates that Peter was living in Spur in 1912, but by 1916, he was living and working as a laborer in Fort Worth. In 1918, Peter was found in Dallas where he would spend the next 10 years living with his family. Peter sometimes worked as a cemetery caretaker and Lila as a seamstress. Two more daughters were born in the 1920s - Vivian LaVerne and Evelyn Irene.
By 1928, Peter and his family were living in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas and all found records indicate that Peter and his wife remained in that city.
In 1940, the household consisted of Peter and Lila, three of four daughters, and three grandchildren. Ella Hairston Fox was living in the home with her daughter, Lila Geraldine, and Annie Hairston Kline was living in the home with her daughters, Janice Ann and Carolyn Joy. Fifteen year old Evelyn was living in the home, but sister, Vivian LaVerne was not found. Sometime around 1940, Vivian married Fred Arthur Thetford.
Peter died at age 82 on January 22, 1953. He is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery along with Lila who died in 1969.
Ancestry.com. Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.
Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
White, Frank E., editor. The Crosbyton Review. (Crosbyton, Tex.), Vol. 4, No. 15, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 18, 1912, Newspaper, April 18, 1912; (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth242278/ : accessed December 13, 2014), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Crosby County Public Library, Crosbyton, Texas.
Year: 1880; Census Place: Bloomingdale, Chambers, Alabama; Roll: 5; Family History Film: 1254005; Page: 240D; Enumeration District: 178
Year: 1910; Census Place: Vernon, Wilbarger, Texas; Roll: T624_1597; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0237; FHL microfilm: 1375610
Year: 1920; Census Place: Dallas Precinct 19, Dallas, Texas; Roll: T625_1792; Page: 25A; Enumeration District: 36; Image: 535
Year: 1930; Census Place: Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas; Roll: 2392; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 0003; Image: 170.0; FHL microfilm: 2342126
Year: 1940; Census Place: Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas; Roll: T627_4184; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 257-6