34 - David Haston, White County, Tennessee Pioneer, Part 1

Isaac T. Haston Family Home - Grandson of Daniel Via. David
Home of Isaac T. Haston, David Haston's next-to-the-youngest son. Across the road from the original Daniel & David Haston farms in Cummingsville, TN.

The "David Haston" Bible Record

Any family with an existing copy of a family Bible record from the early 1800s is fortunate, especially if it is as complete and apparently accurate as the “David Haston Bible Record.”  Whether or not this record was in David Haston’s Bible is unknown.  But whoever put this record together was very familiar with David and Peggy’s family and was not far removed time-wise from that generation.  The inclusion of birth-only dates and the absence of death dates probably tells us something about the time of the creation of the original list.  If this is not a page from David and Peggy’s Bible, it may be a record copied from their Bible.  William Carroll purchased his father’s lands and lived on the old farm where Daniel and his father settled, lived, and died.  Perhaps he inherited his parents’ Bible too.  I think William Carroll’s brother, Isaac T. Haston (see photo at top), may have possessed it at some point, based on some of the additional entries that follow the ones seen above.

Mary F. Mitchell worked in the White County, TN Courthouse and was (officially or unofficially) the county historian.

When David Haston and Peggy Roddy Haston arrived in White County (probably in the late fall of 1806), they came with their three children who had been born in Knox County–Malinda, Mary/Polly, and Wiley B. {William Blount). Over the next 22 1/2 or so years they added ten children to their family. And perhaps there were other infants that did not survive long enough to be named.

September 1, 1801 – Malinda Haston: Married Arthur Mitchell, son of Spencer and Rachel Roberts Mitchell, in about 1820.
January 22, 1804 – Mary “Polly” Haston: Had an illegitimate child in 1824 and refused to name the father. Married William “Black Bill” Lewis in about 1827.
June 11, 1806 – Willie B. Haston: Probably named for Willie Blount, whom David probably knew in Knoxville. Willie Blount later became Governor of Tennessee. Willie B. Haston lived on Cane Creek, near where Highway 30 crosses the creek. Later, moved to Texas.
December 25, 1808 – Daniel MC (McComisky) Haston: The McComisky name came from Peggy Roddy’s grandfather, Daniel McComisky of Baltimore County, MD. Married Anna Green, daughter of John and Rachel Mackey Green. Moved to MO in 1834. Married Martha Jane Wade after Anna died.
March 14, 1811 – Isham Bradley Haston: Named for Isham Bradley, the bondsman for David and Peggy’s marriage. Married Rebecca Steakley in 1834. He was one of the early Justices of the Peace in Van Buren County but moved to MO in the early-to-mid 1840s.
February 8, 1813 – Thomas C. Haston: Married someone named “Margaret” and moved to MO. Margaret died and he married Fanny Brown, about a year before he died in about 1853.
May 9, 1815 – David M.C. (Macklin or Machlin) Haston: Perhaps named for William Maclin IV, the first Secretary of State and Adjutant-General for Tennessee, under Governor John Sevier. David Haston would probably have known William Maclin IV, from his time in Knoxville (then the capital of Tennessee). David MC Haston married Permeely Creely. They moved to MO in about mid-1851.
September 20, 1817 – Loucinda L. Haston: Was either married to a Mr. Moore whose first name is unknown, or had one or two illegitimate children by him. Later, married Abraham Greenville Trogden in about 1849.
October 25, 1819 – Margrete “Peggy” Haston: Nothing more is known of her.  However, her brother William Carroll does mention her in his biographical sketch (see below).
August 24, 1821 – James W. Haston: Married Jane Shockley in 1841. He was a blacksmith and died in Van Buren County in 1858.
June 28, 1823 – Nancy Jane Haston: Married McGregor Earles in 1843. After his death, she married Jessie Carroll. They moved to Arkansas, where she died in 1891.
March 28, 1827 – Isaac T. Haston: Married Elizabeth Sparkman in 1846. Was very active in civic leadership in Van Buren County. Died in 1878 and buried in the Haston Cemetery in Cummingsville. See the photo of Isaac T. Haston house, below.
March 2, 1829 – William Carroll Haston: Married Jane Denney, daughter of William Denney, Sr. W.C. Haston was a prominent civic leader in Van Buren County–Sheriff during the Civil War, Justice of the Peace, Chairman of the County Court, etc. Died in 1902 and buried in the family cemetery behind the original Daniel Haston place in Cummingsville. See his photo and the William Carroll Haston family cemetery below.
Only three of David and Peggy’s sons remained in Tennessee: James W. who died fairly early and Isaac T. and William Carroll. Most Hastons who grew up in White or Van Buren County are descendants of the one of these three – OR, Montgomery Greenville Haston who was a grandson of David and Peggy – very probably that illegitimate son born in 1824 of Mary “Polly” Haston – but more about that in a later article.
David and Peggy reared three other children, probably (or possibly) grandchildren – all of which eventually took the “Haston” name:
August 26, 1836 – Katherine Moore Haston
December 10, 1838 – Richmond T. Jones Haston
June 17, 1841 – Edward Cyrus Moore Haston

David Haston - Founding Church Clerk of Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church

One of the Oldest Churches in White County, TN - Officially Organized in 1811 or So - BUT Began to Congregate Several Years Earlier

The church was organized about A.D. 1811 by Rev. William Barnett. Spence Mitchell, Robert Gamble and Jesse Scoggin were the first elders and David Haston its first clerk.  There were about sixteen members all of whom are now fallen asleep.  Source: September 1, 1883 Church Minutes

From the biographical sketch of William Carroll Haston, David and Peggy’s youngest son:

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