Hairston Family History and Genealogy

THE SECOND MIDDLE PASSAGE (A COFFLE OF 1,000 HAIRSTON SLAVES)

Whether fact or family folklore it would have been a very rare and haunting sight to have witnessed 1,000 slaves making a 600 plus mile journey on foot from their plantation in Henry County, Virginia to their new plantation in Lowndes County, Mississippi. The coffle of 1,000 slaves were led by overseers and two slave owners, the brothers Robert Hairston and Harden Hairston in 1837. The Upper South tobacco farmers were answering the alluring call of cotton and expanding their dynasty into the Deep South. The invention of the cotton gin, the 1808 ban on the importation of slaves and the emerging European textile market all increased the demand for the domestic slave trade. This forced migration led to even more hardships for Hairston slaves. The conditions in Mississippi were a lot harsher than the previous conditions in Virginia.

During my research I found proof of Virginian Hairston slave ancestors, who were part of the second middle passage to Lowndes County, Mississippi. (Source: 1870, 1880 and 1900 Lowndes County, Mississippi Census)

July Hairston born abt 1795 in Virginia
Mike Hairston born abt 1805 in Virginia
Ella Hairston born abt 1805 in Virginia
Jordan Hairston born abt 1800 in Virginia and Mary Hairston born abt 1800 in Virginia
Harrison Hairston born abt 1810 in Virginia and Adaline Hairston born abt 1820 in Virginia
Sallie Hairston born abt 1810 in Virginia
Katie Hairston born abt 1810 in Virginia
Richard Hairston born abt 1820 in Virginia and Fannie Hairston born abt 1825 in Virginia
Lettie Hairston born abt 1820 in Virginia
Malinda Hairston born abt 1820 in Virginia
Adelia Ann Hairston born abt 1820 in Virginia
Charles Hairston born abt 1828 in Virginia
Arthur Hairston born abt 1830 in Virginia

 

Research on this page by Alex Hairston

contact - alexhairston@yahoo.com

 

 

 

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