Isaac T. (Sr.) & Elizabeth Sparkman Haston Family

Children of Isaac T. and Elizabeth Sparkman Haston

Isaac T. Haston's 1853/1854 Grant #11561 from TN for 215 Acres

Isaac T. Haston's survey says he purchased 215 acres, but when the survey "calls" are followed as stated on the survey, it's clear that he got considerably less acreage than 215.

Can you imagine paying 1 cent-per-acre for land–land with adjacent access to a creek and a perpetual spring?  Land that was not excessively steep and most of which was farmable?  A series of Tennessee Land Acts in the 1820s provided land for one cent per acre.  Why would Tennessee do that?  Vacant land that had not yet been claimed and purchased was of no value to the state and its counties–nobody was paying taxes on it.  And tax revenue needed to be generated to launch a public school system.  Solution: Essentially give away land (one cent per acre) in order to get it on the tax books to provide income to create and support public schools.  215 acres for $2.15, that was a bargain even in the early 1850s.

When Isaac T. Haston was growing up on the farm his grandfather Daniel Haston and father David Haston settled on and developed, there was an irregularly-shaped unclaimed tract to the east of his father’s farm.  No doubt Isaac T. roamed over that neighboring land and probably hunted on it and fished in Cane Creek from it’s banks.  Nearly 50 years after White County had been established and more than a dozen years after Van Buren County had been created out of White County, the tract still had not been officially “entered” by a prospective landowner and had not been legally granted to anyone by the State of Tennessee.  

Therefore, you will never find a “deed” where Isaac T. Haston was the Grantee of a deed for that land.  However, there is a Grant, Tennessee Grant #11561 (which you see below).  The grant was directly from the State of Tennessee.  A deed would have been from another individual landowner, thus he was not “deeded” the land.

Tennessee Grant #11561 to Isaac T. Haston (Sr.) for 215 acres on the waters of Cane Creek of the Caney Fork River in Van Buren County
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.

Isaac T. Haston, Sr.

Elizabeth Sparkman Haston - Wife of Isaac T. Haston

Thomas Carroll Haston Family

Children (and their spouses) of Joel Montgomery Haston

Grandchildren of Montgomery Greeneville and Rachel Wheeler Haston

Isaac T. & Elizabeth Haston Family Gallery

Send me your old photos of descendants of Isaac T. and Elizabeth Sparkman Haston with identifications and I’ll add them to this gallery.
Tandy Powell and Annie Haston Shockley House

The Following Photos Were Found in the Attic of the Tandy Powell and Annie Haston Shockley House

Where Elizabeth “Betty” Haston (daughter of Isaac T. & Elizabeth Sparkman Haston and wife of Joel Montgomery Haston) Had Lived

If you can identify any of the people in these photos, please contact Evelyn Davis Barrow (  Shirley Davis Seegraves ( and Monte Shockley Britton (  

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