This website contains the genealogy of the slaves of the Hairston plantations. It is a work in progress. It is the product of years of effort. It is meant to be the starting point for the descendants of those slaves to find their own family links and connections. I believe the links herein are 60% to 70% correct. In many cases there are “guess”es listed which are my attempt to make a connection where no direct source has yet been found and which may very well end up on another link.
I have used various methods to further my search for links. One is to put a code between the given name and the surname such as 10 d26 42of93. This could be interpreted by looking at the birth location and by searching in the 1910 census (of ancestry.com), district 26, page 42 of 93. When I am convinced the census links are accurate I will come back later and add the census source in the sources location.
Another code inserted between the given name and the surname are letters such as AH, BAE, and BAU. This may be interpreted as AH 1858 Household lists of negros at Cooleemee Hill(Plantation), BAE 1861 Shoe Buckle negros, BAU 1845 list of negros at Leatherwood at Jo. Jamerson. This comes from Appendix A, Roster of Slaves on Hairston Plantations in Alphabetical Order. When I figure out how to put text on the website I will add in the key that interprets all of the code.
Many of the plantations shown here are empty of names. That is because for Virginia in particular, I do not yet have a key to break down the various names into their resident plantations as is done for North Carolina plantations. Thus, most of the names are in the Martinsville location.
When I begin adding text I plan on adding citations from the 1937 Slave Narratives which are not the narratives of the black Hairstons, but I presume may be considered representative of the experience.
The work is immense and seemingly impossible and yet working on it a little at a time and progress is made. Please do not expect too much in answering emails as there is only one of me.