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Col George Hairston
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Birth: Sep. 20, 1750
Bedford County
Virginia, USA
Death: Mar. 5, 1825
Henry County
Virginia, USA

George Hairston was a man of great firmness of character combined with elegance of manner & appearance. In 1776 he built his grand home, Beaver Creek, near Martinsville in Henry county, Virginia on a King's Grant of over 30,000 acres which he purchased from Col. Abraham Penn.

He was born at the family seat of Marrowbone, built by his father Robert Hairston who was the progenitor of the Henry county branch of this family. Robert was born in Ulster, N. Ireland & took the oath of allegiance in 1776, having served as the first High Sheriff of Henry county. The mother of Col. Hairston was Ruth Stovall Hairston, daughter of George & Elizabeth Stovall.

He took as his bride Elizabeth Perkins Letcher, 1 January 1781. They had 12 children. Prior to this he had served well in the Revolution. He was the captain of a company of Col. Abram Penn that, in March of 1781, hurried from Beaver Creek to the assistance of Gen. Nathaniel Greene at Guilford Court House near Greensboro, NC. Although the fierce battle of 15 March was a victory for the British under Gen. Cornwallis, their losses were so heavy the result was a strategic victory for the Americans. The British march northward was halted & the battle proved to be the high water mark of British military operations in the southern colonies.

On 2 August 1780, Hairston's friend Capt. Letcher, went home on furlough to see his wife who was ill. As he entered his home he was shot dead in the presence of his wife & daughter by a band of Tories who had been in wait. Hairston heard of this, immediately gathered his men, caught the Tories & convicted them before a drumhead court martial. To this day the spot in Patrick county is called Drumhead.

Hairston married the widow Letcher & raised the infant daughter as his own. The child married & had a daughter who married Archibald Stuart. The son of this couple was Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart.

After the war Hairston gathered great wealth quite rapidly. He served as a brigadier general in the War of 1812, commanding the 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Virginia and the 85th North Carolina (a colonel in NC) regiments. He saw much service & was in the engagement that repulsed Gen. Robert Ross who burned Washington DC & was killed at Bladenburg.
Following this he served as sheriff of Henry county, and was later elected to the legislature. He died a peaceful death at his beloved Beaver Creek.

Family links: 
  Elizabeth Perkins Letcher Hairston (1759 - 1819)*
  George R. Hairston (1784 - 1863)*
  Harden Hairston (1786 - 1862)*
  Peter Hairston (1796 - 1810)*
  Marshall Hairston (1802 - 1882)*
  Ruth Stovall Hairston (1804 - 1838)*
*Calculated relationship
Hairston Family Cemetery-Beaver Creek Plantation
Henry County
Virginia, USA
Maintained by: Anna Jaech
Originally Created by: SleepingDog
Record added: Feb 17, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17965969
Col George Hairston
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Col George Hairston
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- Vonnie L Cantrell
 Added: Jan. 18, 2015
Captain Hairston took his troops to fight at Guilford Court House, 15 March 1781
 Added: Feb. 25, 2014
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