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Hairston Lands Owned Before 1865

The following is a list of Hairston lands owned before 1865 in the same book as the list of Hairston slaves.

The Citation is “The Cooleemee Plantation and Its People” by Peter W. Hairston, History Division, Hunter Publishing Company, Winston-Salem, North  Carolina.  Appendix B, A Partial List of Hairston Lands Owned Before  1865

Cooleemee (including South Yadkin and Riverdale) 4,200 acres, Davie and Davidson Counties, North Carolina.

The Shoals, 300 acres, Davie County.

St. Johns’s Place, 2,500 acres, Rowan County, North Carolina.

Upper Saura Town (including Home Place, Hamburg, Shoebuckle, Old  Town, Buzzard’s Roost and Southern Place) 10,000 acres, Surry (now Stokes) County, North Carolina.

Muddy Creek, Stokes County, North Carolina.

Brown Place, Stokes County, North Carolina.

Dalton’s Place, Stokes County, North Carolina.

Belew’s Creek Plantation, 900 acres, Forsyth County, North Carolina.

Goose Pond, 800 acres, Rockingham County, North Carolina and Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

Gravel Hill, 750 acres, Rockingham County, North Carolina.

Unnamed, 275 acres, Allegheny County, North Carolina.

Runnet Beg, 906 acres,  Franklin County, Virginia.

Beaver Creek, 1,000 acres, (?) Henry County, Virginia.

Hordsville, Henry County, Virginia

Marrow Bone, 1,046 acres, Henry County, Virginia.

Leatherwood, 1,665 acres, Henry County, Virginia.

Chatmoss, Henry  County, Virginia.

Camp Branch, 3,000 acres, Henry County, Virginia.

Burnt Chimneys, Henry County, Virginia.

Mill Tract, 300 acres, Henry County, Virginia.

Reed Creek, Old Baptist Meeting House, 1,097 acres, Henry County, Virginia.

Mint May Tract, Henry County, Virginia.

Prices Tract, Henry County, Virginia.

Trahern Tract, Henry County, Virginia.

Smith River and Blackberry Creek, 565 acres, Henry County, Virginia.

Thomas Falles Place, Henry County, Virginia.

Morgan Tract, 1,000 acres, Henry County, Virginia.

Nicholas Creek, 1,044 acres, Henry County, Virginia.

Smith River Tract, 1,044 acres, Henry County, Virginia.

Irvin on Smith’s River, Henry and Patrick Counties, Virginia.

Berry Hill, 700 acres, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

Oak Hill, 900 acres, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

Royal Oak, Pittsylvania, Virginia.

Brierfield, Pittsylvania, Virginia.

Cobb Town, Pittsylvania (?) County, Virginia.

Michaux Plantation, 1,400 Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

Warlow Place, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

Fry Place, 540 acres, Halifax County, Virginia.

Pepper Place, Lowndes County, Mississippi.

Bend Plantation, Lowndes County, Mississippi.

Old Fort, (?) County, Mississippi.

Robert Hairston Homeplace, 160 acres, Marshall County, Mississippi.

Unnamed (willed to Robert Meek), 16 acres, Marshall County, Mississippi.

Unnamed (willed to Manly and James Hairston), 1,000 acres, De Sota County, Mississippi.

Elk River unnamed (willed  to Manly and James Hairston), 1,000 acres, Tennessee.

Note: Acreages are not from deeds and are often approximate.

 

 

 

Key to Hairston Roster of Slaves

The following is a key to Hairston roster of slaves that I am using to identify slave names in an attempt to trace them to families, census, birth and death records, and to tie them to events and locations.

The citation is “The Cooleemee Plantation and Its People” by Peter W. Hairston, History Division, Hunter Publishing Company, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Appendix A, Roster of Slaves on Hairston Plantations in Alphabetical Order

[A]  1817 Peter Wilson Estate (Berry Hill), Pittsylvania County, Virginia (29)

[B] 1817 Peter Wilson Estate (Oak Hill), Pittsylvania County, Virginia (59)

[C]  1832 Peter Hairston Estate (203)

[D] Post 1832 list Peter Hairston Estate at Cooleemee (14)

[E]  1852 Inventory of Estate of Peter Hairston signed by Ruth S. Hairston and Agnes J.P. W. Hairston for Saura Town, Belew’s Creek, Muddy Creek and Cooleemee.

Davie, Davidson, and Rowan Counties, North Carolina:

[AX]  1850 Taxable list Cooleemee (57)

[AA]  1856 Taxable list Davie County (73)

[AB]  Undated list of Ruth S. Hairston, Davie County (11)

[AC]  1857 Taxable slaves in Davie County (88)

[AD]  1857 List of negroes at Cooleemee Hill (166)

[AE]  1857 Taxable slaves in Davidson County (35)

[AF]  1858 Black poles listed in Davie County (95)

[AG]  1858 Taxable slaves in Davidson County (36)

[AH]  1858 Household lists of negroes at Cooleemee Hill (78)

[AI]  1858 List of negroes South Yadkin (includes the portion of the Cooleemee Plantation lying in Davidson County (73)

[AJ]  1858 List of negroes at Cooleemee Hill Plantation (72)

[AK]  1858 List of children at Cooleemee Hill Plantation (15)

[AL]  List of taxable slaves given in Davie County (100)

[AM]  1859-1960 Taxable slaves in Davidson County (37)

[AN] 1859 List of negroes at South Yadkin (63)

[AO]  1861 List given in by G.G. Mason.  Grief Mason was one of the Cooleemee managers in Davie County (32)

[AP]  1863 List of slaves at The Shoals in Davie County.  The Shoals was acquired in 1859 and was located approximately where Cooleemee Town now is, 12 miles southwest of the Cooleemee Plantation (6).

[AQ]  1863 List of names of negroes and their ages at Cooleemee, Francis Nelson, Manager.

[AR]  1863 List of negroes at Cooleemee #2, Orrender, Manager.

[AS]  1863 List of names and their ages on South Yadkin, John Giles, Manager.

[AT]  1864 Negroes at The Shoals.  (9)

[AU]  April 1864 List of Negroes given in at the Fork.  (This is clearly a tax list.  Fork is a small village near the west end of Cooleemee in Davie County.) (189)

[AV]  1864 List of negroes at St. John’s.  (St. John’s in Rowan County was a plantation bought by Peter W. Hairston in 1857.) (63)

[AW]  1864 List of negroes sent to Riverdale.  (Riverdale was land in Davidson County, just downstream from the Cooleemee Plantation.  It was bought in 1852.) (53)

[AY]  Children born at Cooleemee 1839 Joel Lyon’s list (2)

[AZ]  Children born at Cooleemee 1840 Joel Lyon’s list (8)

[AAA]  Children born at Cooleemee 1842 Joel Lyon’s list (8)

[AAB]  Children born at Cooleemee 1843 Joel Lyon’s list (5)

[AAC]  Children born at Cooleemee 1844 (8)

[AAD]  Children born at Cooleemee 1845 (8)

[AAE]  Children born at Cooleemee 1846 (5)

[AAF]  Children born at Cooleemee 1847 (6)

[AAG]  Children born at Cooleemee 1848 (7)

[AAH]  Children born at Cooleemee 1849 (8)

[AAI]  Children born at Cooleemee 1850 (7)

[AAJ]  Children born at Cooleemee 1851 (18)

[AAK]  Children born at Cooleemee 1852 (2)

[AAL]  Children born at Cooleemee 1853 (14)

[AAM]  Children born at Cooleemee 1854 (9)

[AAN]  Children born at Cooleemee 1855 (9)

[AAO]  Children born at Cooleemee 1856 (10)

[AAP]  Children born at Cooleemee 1857 (15)

[AAQ]  Children born at Cooleemee 1858 (17)

[AAR]  Children born at Cooleemee 1859 (11)

[AAS]  Children born at Cooleemee 1860 (15)

[AAT]  Hands hired to Conrad and Williams to build Cooleemee (15)

Stokes County:

[BAP]  1819 List sent to Claiborne Mills.  (Mr. Mills was the manager at Muddy Creek Plantation.)

[BA]  A list of the people at the Old Town.  [Old Town had reference to the Saura Town Indian Village shown on old maps as “The Upper Saura Town”. (50)

[BB]  1838 Names of Hannah’s children that don’t work (7)

[BC]  1838 Rachel children (3)

[BD]  1838 Nancy Wilson (2)

[BE]  1838 Big Mary children (2)

[BF]  1838 Bank Mary children (1) At Old Town

[BG]  1838 Happy’s child (1)

[BH]  1838 Patience children (3)

[BI]  1838 Big Creasy children (3)

[BJ] 1842 List of negroes at Home House (later called Hamburg) (80)

[BK]  1842 Buzzard’s Roost (25)

[BL] 1842 Old Town (79)

[BM]  1842 Shoe Buckle (60)

[BN]  1842 Belew’s Creek (Belew’s Creek also sometimes Blue’s Creek) (19)

[BO]  1842 Souther’s Place (67)

[BP]  1842 Muddy Creek (28)

[BQ]  1843 List of taxable slaves given in by William Jeffrey’s at Home House (24)

[BR]  1843 List of taxable slaves at Shoe Buckle (27)

[BS]  1843 Taxable slaves at the Town (probably Old Town) (46)

[BT]  1845-1850 birth of negroes.  (Where possible the main list shows name and place of mother and child.) (81)

[BU]  1847 birth of negroes (5)

[BV]  1857 List of negroes at Town Fork.  (Town Fork is a stream running into the Dan River below Saura Town.  The reference here is to the part of the Saura Town Plantation lying south of the stream.) (39)

[BW]  1857 Shoe Buckle negroes (79)

[BX]  1857 Muddy Creek (19)

[BY]  1857 Southern’s Place (Southern’s Place was added to Saura Town by purchase.  It was south of Town Fork.) (57)

[BZ]  1858 List of negroes at Town Fork (42)

[BAA]  1859 Births (22)

[BAB]  1860 Births (14)

[BAC]  1861 Shoe Buckle negroes (54)

[BAD]  1861 Southern’s Place negroes (30)

[BAE]  1861 Old Town negroes (82)

[BAF]  1861 Muddy Creek negroes (23)

[BAG]  1861 Brown Place negroes (Brown Place was part of Saura Town ?) (35)

[BAH]  1861 Hamburg negros (130)

[BAI]  1861 Births (25)

[BAJ]  1862 Births (11)

[BAK]  Blue’s Creek negros (22)

[BAL]  1863 Births (11)

[BAM]  1863 List of negroes and their ages at Town Fork, Mr. Austin, Manager (60)

[BAN]  1864 Births (10)

[BAO]  1865 Births

[BAW]  Children born in 1850 (17)

[BAS]  Children born in 1851 (19)

[BAX]  Children born 1852 (20)

Virginia:

[CA]  1857 (1) Negroes in Patrick County, Virginia (4)    (2) Henry County (105)

[CB]  1858 Negroes at Camp Branch (Plantation in Henry County Belonging to Peter W. Hairston) (108)

[CC]  1858 Negroes in Patrick County, Virginia (5)

[CD]  List of names of negroes and their ages at Camp Branch, Johnston Giles manager (135)

Additional Lists:

[DA]  1825 List of slaves allowed to carry a gun and hunt on his master’s land

Three lists of negroes in Patrick County belonging to Saura Town Estate:

[BAQ]  1855 A list of negroes at Jesse Giles’ manager

[BAR]  1855 List of 30 negroes at Shelton’s Place

[BAT]  1855 “Walker’s negroes.”

[BAU]  1845 List of negroes at Leatherwood at Jo. Jamerson manager

[BAV]  1845 List of George W. Wilson’s

[CE]  1852 Slaves in Henry County, Virginia (part of Peter Hairston Estate Inventory) (164)

[CH)  1852 Slaves in Patrick County, Virginia on the plantation of Samuel P. Wilson (Sam’l P. Wilson was married to Ruth Hairston, daughter of Samuel and Agnes J.P. Wilson Hairston.  He was also one of the executors named in the will of Peter Hairston.) (109)

[CG]  1852 Supplemental to estate inventory of Peter Hairston.  Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  (23)

[CF]  1852 Supplemental of same in Pittsylvania County, Virginia (2)

From Census and Lists of Grantees in North Carolina:

[DB]  1880 Census Fulton Township, Davie County (87)

[DC]  1880 Census Boone Township, Davidson County (24)

[DD]  1880 Census Tyro Township, Davidson County (35)

[DE]  1880 Census Yadkin College Township, Davidson County (8)

[DF]  1870 Census Tyro Township, Davidson County (45)

[DG]  1870 Census Boone Township, Davidson County (60) (None in Yadkin College Township)

[DH]  1870 Census Fulton Township, Davie County (209)

[DI]  1865 to 1900 Grantee Indexes under Hairston.  Davie, Davidson, and Rowan Counties (20)

What follows this key is a slave list of approximately 2,000 slave names in alphabetical order  which I have incorporated into The Hairston Story (although they have not been incorporated very well yet).

 

 

 

 

 

Description of Plantations

The Hairston Plantations were located in five principal areas as follows:

The general area around Martinsville, Henry County, Virginia:

1. Marrowbone Plantation

2. Beaver Creek Plantation

3. Hordsville Plantation

4. Red Plains Plantation

5. Chatmoss Plantation

6. Leatherwood Plantation.  Jo Jamerson, Manager.

7. Burnt Chimneys Plantation

8. Magna Vista Plantation

9. Camp Branch Plantation.  Johnston Giles, Manager.

10. Horse Pasture Plantation

11. Shawnee Plantation

12.  Poverty Plains Plantation

13. Old Home Plantation

14. Column Hill Plantation

15. Locust Grove Plantation

Pittsylvania County, Virginia:

16. Berry Hill Plantation

17. Oak Hill Plantation

18. Royal Oak Plantation

19. Cobb Town Plantation

20. Windsor Plantation

21. Michaux Plantation

Patrick County, Virginia:

22. Old Fort Plantation

Franklin County, Virginia:

23. Long Branch Plantation

The general area around Walnut Cove, Stokes County, North Carolina generally known as Sauratown which consisted of 10,000 acres:

24. Old Town Plantation, had reference to the Saura Indian Village shown on old maps as “The Upper Saura Town.”

25. Hamburg (or Home House) Plantation, northwest of the present house, on the west side of the Dan River.

26. Town Fork Plantation.  Town Fork is a stream running into the Dan River below Saura Town.  The reference here is to the part of the Saura Town Plantation lying south of the stream. Mr. Austin, Manager.

27. Shoe Buckle Plantation

28. Muddy Creek Plantation, below Town Fork in Stokes County.  Claiborne Mills, Manager.

29. Southern Place Plantation.  Southern Place was added to Saura Town by purchase.  It was south of Town Fork.

30. Buzzards Roost Plantation, on the east side of the Dan River, north of Shoe Buckle.

31. Home Place Plantation

32. Browns Place Plantation.  Brown’s place was part of Saura Town.

33. Daltons Place Plantation

34. The Riddles Plantation

35. Bostic Place Plantation

36. Sheltons Place Plantation

Forsyth County, North Carolina:

37. Belews Creek Plantation, the northeast corner of Forsyth County. Also sometimes Blue’s Creek.

Rowan County, North Carolina:

38. St. Johns Plantation, was bought by Peter W. Hairston in 1857.

The general area around Cooleemee, Fulton County, North Carolina:

39. Cooleemee Plantation.  Francis Nelson, Manager.

40. Cooleemee #2 Plantaton.  Mr. Orrender, Manager.

41. Cooleemee Hill Plantation

42. South Yadkin Plantation.  John Giles, Manager.

43. Riverdale Plantation, was land in Davidson County just downstream from the Cooleemee Plantation.  It was bought in 1852.

44. The Shoals Plantation, acquired in 1859 and was located approximately where Cooleemee Town now is, 12 miles southwest of the Cooleemee Plantation.

45. The Fork Plantation, was a small village near the west end of Cooleemee in Davie County.

The general area around Lowndes County, Mississippi:

46. Old Fort Plantation

47. Crawford Plantation

48. Columbus Plantation

49. Pepper Place Plantation

Marshall County, Mississippi:

50. Bend Plantation

Yalo County, Mississippi:

51. Blackflat Plantation

52. Chocktaw Springs Plantation

53. Moores Bluff Plantation

54. Nashville Place Plantation

 

Why I Am Researching the Hairstons

I suppose it should be stated up front that I am of Anglo-Saxon ancestry. I have been interested in family history most of my life, having in my youth listened to my grandfather tell many stories of his life and that of his family. My maternal grandfather was born in Iceland which has a well known collection of records of their inhabitants dating back for a thousand years. My paternal grandfather’s family also has extensive genealogy records, including a book of records compiled by an extended member of the family that traced the family from England and included an almost complete list of family members to the time of writing. I suppose there are 50 to 100 amateur family genealogists working on that line right now. I also have access to many stories and journals of my own ancestors and know something of their history and personalities. All of these things have had a powerful effect on me in turning me to family history. Because of my own experience, I think it of great worth for anyone to learn something of their own family to give them a sense of pride and self worth and connection and sense of place for themselves.
I married into the Hairston family. My wife did not know much of her family history but we began early to find out about it. Early on she expressed the thought that her family would not have a very interesting story like mine. How wrong she was. The story of the Hairstons goes back to the founding of the country. I will leave that story for later posts but there is much to tell. In brief, the Hairstons were a southern slave holding family and at the time of the civil war probably had more slaves and plantations than any family in the United States. We have researched genealogy extensively regarding the white Hairstons. Three or four years ago I left my wife to continue on the white Hairstons and turned my self to researching the black Hairstons. I have made good progress but it is research that could go on endlessly. I have made enough progress to present what I have online. I continue to work on it but I will share my time between that research and the blog to share what I know about the Hairstons as I find it.
The slavery issue is a very sensitive one in this country. My intent is not to discuss the morality (or lack thereof) about it. But to primarily give the genealogy of the slaves of the Hairstons and to blog about the information I have found or understand about the Hairstons. I have been particularly moved by the Slave Narratives compiled by the United States Work Projects Administration, this being a narrative of their own experiences. These were not accounts of the Hairston slaves but presumably their experiences were similar. I will blog about the subjects I find relevant and will try to focus on just the facts and sources to add legitimacy to the project.