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Collection Number: 04477

Collection Title: George Hairston Papers, 1778-1919

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Abstract The collection documents George Hairston and Anne Elizabeth Lash Hairston George (1834-1925), white tobacco farmers of Pittsylvania County, Va., other family members, and people enslaved by them at family plantations in North Carolina, Virginia, and Mississippi. Known plantations include Cooleemee Hill in Davie County, N.C.; Shoe Buckle, Home House, and Old Town in Stokes county, N.C.; Oak Hill, Berry Hill, and Misher Place in Pittsylvania county, Va.; Morgan, Horse Pasture, Leatherwood, and Shawnee in Henry County, Va.; and Columbus in Lowndes County, Miss. Topics include conditions for enslaved people; free Blacks in Philadelphia; plantation management; estate settlements, including Robert Hairston's estate in Mississippi, which he tried to leave to his daughter by an enslaved woman; family and neighborhood life; Virginia politics; civilian and military experiences during the Civil War, including the service of African American soldiers in the Union Army, the North Carolina 9th Brigade, and Hairston Watkins with the 24th Virginia Cavalry Regiment and as a prisoner at Point Lookout, Md.; the farming labor of freed Black people in Henry County and Pittsylvania County, Va., and their social life in Stokes County, N.C.; and postwar finances. Materials include correspondence, deeds and land surveys, accounts, receipts, wills, land rental agreements, clippings, advertising circulars, programs, poems, school grade reports, calling cards, and line drawings.
Creator Hairston, George, 1822-1866.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Language English
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[Identification of item], in the George Hairston Papers #4477, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Special Collections Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
The bulk of the papers were received from Rufus T. Hairston, of Bristol, Va., through his cousin, Peter W. Hairston, of Advance, N.C. An addition, containing mostly papers related to the Watkins family, was received from Louisa H. Breeden of Roanoke, Va., in July 1990.
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Born in Pittsylvania County, Va., in 1822, George Hairston (1822-1866), a white tobacco farmer, was the second child of seven born to Agnes John Peter (Wilson) and Samuel Hairston. In 1823, Samuel Hairston (1784-1880), who in the 1850s was reputed to be one of the wealthiest men in Virginia, built Oak Hill plantation in Pittsylvania County. George spent his early years at Oak Hill and attended the plantation school along with his brother Peter's future wife, Columbia Stuart, and her brother, the future Confederate general, James Ewell Brown (Jeb) Stuart. Both Peter and George attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; George performed poorly and left the University after several incidents.

In 1855, George Hairston married Anne Elizabeth Lash (1834-1925), the daughter of William and Anne Powell Hughes Lash of Bethany, N.C. Between 1855 and George's death in 1866, the couple and their two children, William and Samuel, lived at Berry Hill, the Pittsylvania County plantation of George's grandmother, Ruth Stovall Hairston. In 1875, Anne Elizabeth Lash Hairston (often called Lizzie) married Colonel Forney George, with whom she had one child, Elizabeth Lash George. Widowed again in 1877, Mrs. George returned to Oak Hill to live with her son Samuel. She died in Danville, Va., in 1925.

Louisa Hardyman Hairston was George Hairston's first cousin by his paternal uncle, George Hairston (1784-1863). Louisa married Peter Wilson Watkins (fl. 1846-1865) and had three children: Hairston, Nannie, and Loulie. Hairston Watkins served in the Civil War in the 24th Virginia Cavalry Regiment, and, in 1864, was held prisoner for a time at Point Lookout, Md. His first cousin, Orren W. Barrow, served as a company commander in the 24th Virginia Infantry Regiment.

Enslaved people documented in the collection include Elizabeth, who was a house servant in the 1850s, probably in Lowndes County, Miss., and her daughter by her enslaver Robert Hairston; Frank, a child of 2 months who was sold in August 1840 from the estate of Absalom Powell in Columbus County, N.C., to Richard L. Byrne; Nancy, who in 1858 attended to women enslaved by George Hairston and who herself was enslaved by Mary J. Cabaniss, probably in Pittsylvania County, Va.; and Roda, a girl enslaved by George Hairston in 1858 (location unknown).

Some genealogical research of people enslaved at Hairston family plantations has been done by descendent family members and is available at https://www.hairstonfamilygenealogy.com.

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The collection is arranged into four series: Correspondence, Financial Papers, Other Papers, and Pictures. Materials document George Hairston and Anne Elizabeth Lash Hairston George (1834-1925), white tobacco farmers of Pittsylvania County, Va., other family members, and people enslaved by them at family plantations in North Carolina, Virginia, and Mississippi. Known plantations include Cooleemee Hill in Davie County, N.C.; Shoe Buckle, Home House, and Old Town in Stokes county, N.C.; Oak Hill, Berry Hill, and Misher Place in Pittsylvania County, Va.; Morgan, Horse Pasture, and Shawnee in Henry County, Va.; and Columbus in Lowndes County, Miss.

Correspondence, stretching from 1842 to 1901, consists mostly of family letters to George Hairston and his widow, Anne Elizabeth Lash Hairston (later George), and business letters to their son, Samuel Hairston. Scattered business letters also appear for George Hairston. Letters dated between 1858 and 1865 mostly relate to the Watkins family. Letters describe conditions of slavery; free Blacks in Philadelphia; the settlement of Robert Hairston's estate, which he tried to leave to his daughter by Elizabeth, a woman enslaved by him, probably at Lowndes County, Miss.; the participation of African American soldiers in the Union Army; and the farm labor of freed Black people in Henry County and Pittsylvania County, Va., and their social life in Stokes County, N.C. Other topics include family and neighborhood life; plantation management; estate settlements; internal improvements; politics; travel in New York, Philadelphia, and abroad; and postwar financial arrangements for family members. Civil War civilian and military experiences concern Hairston Watkins, his captivity at Point Lookout, Md.; soldiers in Virginia's 24th Cavalry Regiment; and the North Carolina 9th Brigade.

The financial and legal papers include lists of enslaved people, a will documenting the sale of an enslaved person, and receipts for labor performed by people who were likely freed Black people who had previously been enslaved by George Hairston. There are also deeds and land surveys, accounts, receipts, wills, loan notes, land rental agreements, mostly relating to the plantation and legal affairs of George Hairston. The bulk of the papers belonging to others concern land acquisitions and plantation and household accounts.

Other papers, mostly dating from after the Civil War, include clippings, advertising circulars, programs, poems, school grade reports, calling cards, and miscellaneous items collected by members of the Hairston and Watkins families.

Pictures include two undated portraits of an unidentified man.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1842-1901 and undated.

About 240 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Antebellum correspondence of George Hairston; antebellum, Civil War, and postwar correspondence of the Peter and Louisa Watkins family; and postwar correspondence of Anne Elizabeth (Lizzie) Lash Hairston (the widow of George Hairston who later married Forney George), and son Samuel Hairston. Over two-thirds of the items are family letters, but scattered business letters are also included. Major correspondents are Peter W. Hairston, Orren Wilson Barrow, and Louisa Smith. Topics include family life, plantation affairs, internal improvements, politics, travel, free Blacks, Civil War camp life and prisons, and postwar financial arrangements. Several letters appear between 1852 and 1859 on the settlement of Robert Hairston's estate, which he tried to leave to his daughter by Elizabeth, a woman enslaved by him who worked as a house servant in Lowndes County, Miss.

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About 120 items.

Family and business correspondence, chiefly of George Hairston of Pittsylvania County, Va., plus about 30 letters for Peter and Louisa Watkins of Henry County, Va. Many letters are between George and his brother Peter. He also received letters from his mother, wife, several Wilson, Hairston, and Stuart relatives, and various friends. Business correspondence is chiefly with merchants and lawyers. Letters relating to the Watkinses are from Hairston and Barrow relatives and business associates. The first Watkins item appears in 1851; most are in 1858. Topics include family and plantation affairs, land acquisitions, politics, and the estate of Robert Hairston. There is one letter that describes the public execution of a Black man for murdering another Black man in August 1844.

Peter W. Hairston wrote George frequently between 1846 and 1860. Early letters from White Sulphur Springs, Philadelphia, New York, and Oak Hill, discuss family activities, his travels, and the Mexican War (see 8 April 1847). Of particular interest is a letter from Philadelphia in April 1847, relating the story of Peter's attendance at the dedication of a new Black church in the city at the invitation of a Black barber.

After 1849, Peter wrote most often from his home, Cooleemee Hill, in Davie County, N.C., and from Columbus in Lowndes County, Miss. Between 1850 and 1852, his letters focus on land purchases; crops; affairs at Cooleemee Hill, Shoe Buckle, Old Town, and Home House plantations; and internal improvements. Between 1852 and 1856, he wrote from Columbus about his efforts to challenge and settle the last will and testament of their step-grandfather, Robert Hairston, who left his estate to a girl he fathered by Elizabeth, an enslaved woman who worked as a house servant, probably in Lowndes County, Miss. Letters from Robert A. Hairston in Lowndes County, Miss. (13 April 1852), from lawyer James M. Whittle in Pittsylvania County (17 December 1852), and from Jesse Wootton (14 December 1853) in 1852 and 1853 also discuss the disposition of Robert Hairston's will. Peter's letters after 1858 describe a trip abroad he took with his wife, Fanny.

Letters to George from his mother, Agnes Hairston at Oak Hill, and his wife, Lizzie, discuss family events, illnesses, crops, church affairs, an operation George underwent in Philadelphia in 1859, and Lizzie's deep unhappiness at Berry Hill (see 4 February 1859). Of note is a letter, dated 28 February 1846, in which George's mother revealed her displeasure with Southern girls being educated in the North and discussed how the death of a young son had affected her attitudes toward child rearing.

George received a number of letters from other relatives and friends. Of interest among these is one from his cousin Sammie of Wytheville, in August 1844, that concerns the execution described above. The letter also mentions a phrenologist and a costumed Scottish Highlander playing the bagpipes. Also of note is a letter from his cousin, Robert A. Hairston, a student at the University of North Carolina, in 1848, who wrote concerning his studies and the upcoming commencement. A distant relative, Nicholas P. Scales of Taladega, Ala., wrote in 1854 explaining how they were related and requesting financial assistance from Hairston. A friend, J. O. Leary of Cascade, Va., wrote in July 1859 concerning plantation affairs and his desire to marry a wealthy older woman.

The bulk of the letters of the Watkins family are addressed to Louisa Watkins at Shawnee in Henry County from her husband, Peter; her father, George Hairston (d. 1863); and other relatives. Peter wrote Louisa several times in 1858 from Rome, Ga., and Taladega, Ala., where he seems to have had plantation business, discussing the illness and death of his sister Letitia, the cotton market, money affairs, and his return travel plans. George Hairston wrote Louisa between 1855 and 1858 from Hordsville, mentioning internal improvements, banking, and other issues before the legislature in Richmond (see 29 January 1856) and Lou's taking care of Letitia's children (see 1 December 1858). Lou also received letters from her nieces Lizzie and Joe Hairston, her aunt Ann Hairston, and others concerning family news and housekeeping. Peter Watkins received two letters from his brother T. H. (probably Thomas), discussing tobacco prices and family illnesses. He also received a number of miscellaneous business letters.

Folder 1

Correspondence, 1842, 1844, 1846-1849

Folder 2

Correspondence, 1850-1853

Folder 3

Correspondence, 1854-1855

Folder 4

Correspondence, 1856-1858

Folder 5

Correspondence, 1859-March 1861

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28 items.

About half of the undated letters were received by Louisa H. Watkins from relatives, with the bulk of the remainder addressed to her cousin George Hairston. Scattered items appear for Peter Watkins, Lizzie Hairston, and others. The letters focus on family and neighborhood news, including discussion of illnesses, weddings, visits, deaths, and gardening. A few business letters to George Hairston discuss the operation of his mill and his financial arrangements.

Folder 6

Undated slavery era letters

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About 50 items.

Civil War letters, mostly 1864, exchanged by members and relatives of the Watkins family at Horse Pasture in Henry County, Va. The bulk of the correspondence is addressed to Louisa Watkins from her nephew, Orren Wilson Barrow, a company commander in the 24th Virginia Infantry Regiment, and to her son, Hairston Watkins, while he served in the Virginia Cavalry and was held prisoner at Point Lookout, Md. Private Watkins's mother, father, sister Nannie, cousin Orren, and aunt Louisa R. Smith wrote him often during his stay at Point Lookout. Scattered correspondence appears for Nannie Watkins, Peter Watkins, George Hairston, and a Colonel George Wortham of the North Carolina Brigade's 9th Regiment.

Orren Barrow's letters, written from near Taylorsville and Hanover Junction, Va., and from his regiment's headquarters on the Appomattox and James rivers, are informative and detailed, describing camp life, troop morale, skirmishes, the treatment of Confederate prisoners, and news of family members. He frequently reported on the whereabouts and activities of Hairston Watkins; Wat Barrow (his brother); and John Armstead, a friend who was being held prisoner in Elmira, N.Y. Barrow wrote from near Taylorsville on 22 December 1863 concerning strong abolitionist sentiment in Henry County, and from "the Trenches"on 26 August 1864 concerning engaging Black soldiers in battle and racist sentiments of Confederate soldiers.

A few letters from Hairston Watkins to his family discuss camp life near Richmond, visitors to Point Lookout, and relatives held there, including Hairston Seawell. Letters from home and from his aunt Louisa Smith of Baltimore give mostly family and neighborhood news and often express anxiety over his well-being.

Two additional letters appear from soldiers. One, dated 4 February 1862, is from P. F. Shelton of Co. A, 42nd Regiment, Virginia Volunteers, to his cousin, complaining of how the volunteers fight while members of the militia stay home. The other, dated 29 September 1864, is from Wat W. Barrow at Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond to Louisa Watkins, describing his injuries, expressing his worries about brother Orren, and giving news of Hairston Watkins at Point Lookout.

Letters to Nannie Watkins from her cousins Louly and M. S. Seawell at "The Shelter" appear in 1863 and 1864 and discuss news of fighting near them, their brother Hairston's capture, and the enrollment of Black soldiers by Yankee forces (see 10 February 1864). Also of note is a letter, probably 1863, describing the startling explosion of two powder magazines.

Scattered letters to Peter Watkins and George Hairston discuss mostly the war and business affairs. In February 1865, several items appear for a Colonel George Wortham, including orders and a letter. H. M. Corbet of Rutherfordton, N.C., wrote to the colonel on 7 February about his brother William's death and complaining of the manner in which his body was returned. Orders Wortham received from Colonel William Hardy concern monthly reports and troop movements.

Folder 7

Correspondence, April 1861-1863

Folder 8

Correspondence, 1864

Folder 9

Correspondence, 1865

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About 40 items.

Chiefly correspondence of George Hairston's widow Anne Elizabeth ("Lizzie," "Sister" Lash Hairston and, after she remarried, Mrs. Forney George) with various members of the Lash and Hairston families and with her sons William and Samuel. A few items also appear for Louisa Watkins of Ridgeway, Va.

In the fall of 1876, Elizabeth's father, William A. Lash, wrote of a social competition among the Black men and women at the mill and politics in Stokes County, N.C. (17 September 1876). Letters from Lash at Walnut Cove, N.C., and J. P. Dillard at Leaksville, N.C., in 1877 and 1878 offer their comments on the economic distress of their areas, tobacco crop losses, and the increasing costs of labor. A letter of note is one to Elizabeth from her brother, Powell (Powie) Lash in Walnut Cove, dated 20 April 1870, in which he discussed their brother's nomination to the Senate and his opening a new store. Other letters concern Elizabeth's finances, the settlement of her husband's estate, the education of her sons, and family news. Letters in 1884 appear from Elizabeth, now Mrs. George, at Oak Hill, Va., to Samuel Hairston, who was away at school, giving family and neighborhood news and advising him to use his time wisely. In November 1884, she wrote about Black voting in the area, the murder trial of a George Hairston (relationship unknown), and talk of lynching the latter.

Letters to Louisa Watkins in 1866, 1870, and 1872 are from Susie B. Bockins of Richmond, Orren W. Barrow in Baltimore, aunt Harriet in Martinsville, and others. The letters discuss plans for teaching the Watkins children, news of family and neighborhood illnesses and weddings, and recipes. Of interest is a letter written in February 1866 from Martha A. Zenliniger of Mayo Forge to Louisa, begging her to prevail upon Mr. Watkins to pay a debt owed the Zenlinigers to prevent their financial ruin.

Scattered letters after 1892 are primarily those of Samuel Hairston and discuss his business and land affairs and family. Of interest is an 1896 letter to William Lash from H. R. Semly of Key West, Fla., concerning the free silver movement and Semly's request for advice on what to do with gold-based mortgages and railroad bonds.

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Correspondence, 1866-1869

Folder 11

Correspondence, 1870, 1872, 1876-1878

Folder 12

Correspondence, 1884, 1887, 1889

Folder 13

Correspondence, 1891-1892, 1896, 1901, and undated

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About 210 items.

Arrangement: chronological by individual.

Chiefly financial and legal papers of George Hairston and William Lash, his estate administrator. Materials documenting enslaved people include a bill of sale and lists of enslaved people. There are also papers pertaining to the landholdings and/or finances of Major Peter Hairston (1752-1832); Alfred Smith (active 1833-1862); Peter Wilson Watkins (active 1851-1865); and Samuel Hairston (1865-1933). Included are deeds and land surveys, accounts, receipts, wills, loan notes, and land rental agreements.

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Deeds of Major Peter Hairston, 1779-1827 and undated

8 items.

Deeds for lands owned by Peter Hairston in Surry, Stokes, and Bladen counties, N.C.

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Alfred Smith financial and legal papers, 1833, 1838, 1843, 1847-1848, 1851-1852, 1862

25 items.

Slavery era records include:

  • 11 August 1840: a will that documents that Frank, an enslaved child of about 2 months, was sold from the estate of Absalom Powell by Josiah Powell of Columbus County, N.C., to Richard L. Byrne and witnessed by Alfred Smith.

Other papers are chiefly deeds and surveys for lands owned by Alfred Smith in Columbus County, N.C. Also included are "A List of the Valuation and Division of the Estate of Henry Boswell, Deceas'd," 1796, and a certification of receipt of estate shares signed by Boswell's assignees, dated 1802. Smith purchased land from Cornelius Boswell, executor of Henry Boswell's estate, in 1843.

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George Hairston financial and legal papers, 1844-1865 and undated

41 items.

Slavery era records include:

  • 1852: a tax receipt documenting 22 unnamed enslaved people assessed to George Hairston in Pittsylvania County.
  • 4 March 1858 and undated: receipts requesting payment of services for Nancy, who was enslaved by Mary J. Cabaniss and who attended to women enslaved by George Hairston. Nancy probably lived in Pittsylvania County, Va.
  • Undated: list of 22 enslaved people, with names but no location
  • Undated: list of 46 enslaved people at "Jesse Gileses"; a list of 30 enslaved people at "Sheltons Place"; a list of 18 enslaved people at "S. P. Wilson's place" in Rockingham, N.C.; and a list 39 enslaved people at "Walker's." There is also a list of enslaved people in Patrick County, Va., belonging to the Sauratown estate. Individuals are listed by name and age, and possibly in family groupings.
  • There are also receipts for lawyers fees and the expenses of witnesses in the case of Robert Hairston and George Hairston vs. Ruth Stovall Hairston et al., concerning the disposition of lands in Lowndes County, Miss., which George's step-grandfather, Robert Hairston (1782-1852), had tried to will to a child he had fathered with an enslaved woman.
  • 1 December 1858: promissory note in which Roda, a girl enslaved by George Hairston, was hired out to A. W. Ferguson (location unknown).

The remainder of the receipts are for taxes, tobacco sold, and dry goods, blacksmith services, and hardware items purchased. Other individual items include an 1855 deed for land owned by Hairston in Rockingham County, N.C.; a bill of lading; and a loan note. One receipt, dated 21 July 1865, appears for dry goods purchased by a Mr. Barrow from R. P. Spiers & Co. of Greensboro, N.C. Papers relating to George Hairston's estate appear in Series 2.5.

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Peter Wilson Watkins financial and other papers, 1857-1865

17 items.

Accounts of Peter Wilson Watkins with Sigmund Putzel; James Rangeley Jr.; Redd & Co.; Johnston, Clark & Co.; and John H. Schoolfield, locations unspecified. There are also accounts with Richardson & Co. of Richmond. Accounts are for clothing, dry goods, groceries, stationery, and hardware items. Four Civil War items are a travel pass (1862) and an order of impressment by the Confederacy of a mule belonging to Peter Wilson Watkins, and a furlough and furlough extension granted to Watkins' son, Private Hairston Watkins, of Co. H, 24th Virginia Calvary Regiment, in 1865.

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1861-1873, 1875-1876, 1881, 1887, 1890, 1898, and undated

95 items.

Slavery era records include:

  • 1861-1863: accounting receipt of treatment provided to people enslaved to George Hairston's estate by Doctor George P. Dillard.

Estate papers of George Hairston (1822-1866) were kept by his father-in-law and administrator, William Lash. There are many receipts pertaining to farm labor and blacksmithing (Clem William at Mill Tract and E. Deen) performed at Leatherwood Plantation, Misher Plantation, and Mill Tract, and an undated list of people bearing some of the same names. Some of these laborers were likely freed Black people who previously had been enslaved by George Hairston.

Other materials pertain to Hairston's wife, Anne Elizabeth Lash Hairston (later Mrs. Forney George); to Hairston's minor sons, William and Samuel, for whom Lash was guardian; and to Lash himself. The bulk of the papers are receipts made out to Lash and to Charlie G. Freeman, the estate's agent, for amounts paid to creditors and merchants, for property taxes, as well as the farm labor described above. A handful of receipts also appear for Mrs. Anne E. Hairston with Danville and Richmond dry goods and clothing merchants, grocers, and Dr. James D. Estes. Accounts for George Hairston's estate are with blacksmith E. Dean and Doctor James Estes. "An account of the receipts and disbursements of William A. Lash, Admr. of George Hairston dec'd" appears in August 1868.

Other items of interest are deeds for land purchased by William Lash in Stokes County, N.C., in 1871 and 1890; land rental agreements for the Misher Place Plantation in Pittsylvania County (1871) and Morgan Plantation in Henry County (1873, 1875, and 1881); a deed for land purchased by Mrs. A. E. George for her sons, William and Samuel (1881); and the will of Ruth Stovall Hairston, George's grandmother, dated 7 April 1866.

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Samuel Hairston financial papers, 1886-1919 and undated

25 items.

Accounts, receipts, deeds, and miscellaneous papers of Samuel Hairston (1865-1933), with scattered items of his brother, William L. Hairston, and mother, Mrs. A. E. George. Accounts and receipts are mostly for dry goods and hardware items bought from Danville and Martinsville merchants. Two sheets of accounts appear in 1891 for the estate of Colonel Forney George. Deeds are for land Samuel Hairston owned in Columbus County and for land he sold in Pittsylvania County. Of particular interest is an abstract from tax lists of properties owned by Samuel Hairston (1788-1875) and Robert Hairston (1782-1852) in Pittsylvania County in 1860.

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29 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Clippings, advertising circulars, programs, poems, grade reports, invitations, calling cards, and miscellaneous items collected by members of the Hairston and Watkins families. Most of the items are from the post-Civil War period. Clippings chiefly cover the lives and careers of noted political and military figures, including Jeb Stuart. Advertising circulars are for Richmond dry goods merchants, grocers, and clothiers, and for land dealers in Rockbridge County and Gordonsville, Va. Programs appear for events at Hampden Sidney College, Danville Female College, and the Episcopal High School, Alexandria, Virginia. Two handwritten poems are included: one, titled "Stonewall Jackson's Way," was written in 1864; and the other is undated and untitled. Grade reports are for Hairston and Loulie Watkins in 1859. Also included are a geological description of Luray Cave by Wat Hairston; a line drawing of Peekskill Military Academy; and a 1922 railroad pass for Samuel Hairston, director of the Danville and Western Railway Company.

Folder 22

Papers, 1853, 1858-1859, 1864, 1873-1874, 1890, 1899, 1922, 1950

Folder 23

Papers, undated

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2 items.
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Unidentified portraits of a man, undated

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