I cannot believe all the eagerness I received from Cousin Pat Hairston and my other cousins such as Otis Jenkins to see what I was going to post. I don’t want to get everyone too excited. Before I feel comfortable about posting, I need to be methodical in how I present this information referencing Pat’s immediate ancestor, Shober Hairston. I am presenting what I had provided to Pat already, but this is my way of documenting my research.
Most genealogists have a system they follow when they are doing research for online records. This is one of the initial ways one might go about getting any information that one is searching for. I try to exhaust my online searches looking through databases, doing a google search and looking through finding aids and indexes available through online archives. I attempt to get familiar with the people that I am researching. Once I think I have exhausted my search, then I will see where I can order documents, and/or eventually visit the archives/libraries/courthouses, etc., of the place where one would find the records needed that were not found online.
Pat had posted that she wanted to know what happened to her grandmother Mary Hairston, who had been the mother of Shober and first wife of Charles Hairston. It was told to me that Mary left her home pregnant with one of the younger children leaving Shober with his father and other siblings.
So the branch was broken….Now where oh where did Mary Hairston go, and where are Shober’s younger siblings that left with Mary? Did they grow up and have family of their own? Where are their descendants? So these are the questions we are asking.
Since Pat provided information on her father, I will start with what is known.
I did a search on FamilySearch and found that the marriage certificate of Shober Hairston was located online at the West Virginia Archives & History Genealogy Corner. This is a wonderful site as the documents are free and these documents are rarely found on Ancestry or Family Search. The document is attached below:
This marriage License Application gave key information that is necessary to move forward.
Application for Marriage Licence, Shober Hairston & Efelda Johnson, http://www.wvculture.org
Application For Marriage Licence
TO THE CLERK OF THE COUNTY COURT OF RALEIGH COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA:
Pursuant to the provisions of Sec. 6, Article 1, Chapter 48, Official Code of West Virginia, as amended by Chapter 24 of the Acts of the Legislature of West Virginia, Regular session 1937, the undersigned hereby makes application for a marriage license, ….he being one of the parties of the contemplated marriage, and makes the following statement in support thereof:
THE FULL NAMES OF THE PARTIES TO BE MARRIED ARE
SHOBER HAIRSTON and EFELDA SLAUGHTER JOHNSON
They both were colored and were not related.
Shober’s parents are Charles and Mary Lou Hairston
Efelda’s parents are John and Ella Slaughter
He was 32 and she was 28
Shober was born February 24, 1918 and Efelda was born October 19th, 1921
He was born at Martinsville, VA and She was born at Red Star, West Virginia
Shober and Efelda’s place of residency at the time were Raleigh, West Virginia.
The applicants were duly sworn, says that the statements herein are true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.
The document was taken, subscribed and sworn to before Harry Anderson (clerk, county court, Raleigh County) and Dolly McQuade, The deputy clerk on the 18th day of March 1950.
Shober Hairston and Efelda Slaughter Johnson were joined together IN THE HOLY STATE OF MATRIMONY by the Elder S. P. Claytor, a minister of the Gospel in Beckley, West Virginia.
So now that I have the names of Shober’s parent’s (which were also provided to me by Pat), I can begin looking at Census Records, and possibly death certificates, as it was told to me that Charles Hairston had died in a Coal Mine explosion.
Next posting will be of the Death Certificate and any news reports pertaining to Charles Hairston’s death. We will also analyze the documents to see if there are any clues that could lead to new information. Then we will begin searching, abstracting and analyzing the Census records of the Shober Hairston’s Family Line.
I have been building a family tree, and will eventually show the Pedigree and Family Groupings.