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Volume A - August 1840 - January 1850

Year of 1840

Session

Page

Name

Summary

August


1

Isham B. Haston

Summoned to jury duty for this session of circuit court, as of August 27, 1840.

December


7


David Haston
(David Martin?)

Juryman for a case involving Nathan F. Trogden v. John Stipe, during the December session.  He was not appointed as a regular member of the jury at the outset of this session, but appears on the jury for this case, and this case only in the December 1840 session.

Year of 1841

Session

Page

Name

Summary

April

14


Wiley B. Haston

Summoned, elected, & empanelled as a juryman for the April 1841 session of the circuit court, as of April 26, 1841.  It appears that he and others were dismissed from duty because the judge failed to arrive.

August

25

Wiley B. Haston
Isham B. Haston

Summoned to the August 1841 session of circuit court as potential jurymen.

Wiley B. Haston

Elected and empanelled to serve on the August session of circuit court as a  juryman, as of August 23, 1841.

27

Isham B. Haston

Juryman for the case of Spencer Holder v. James Hunter.

Thomas C. Haston

Witness in the above case of Spencer Holder v. James Hunter.

32

Thomas C. Haston
Isham B. Haston

Jurymen in the case of State v. James Allen & Barnabas Haley. (counterfeiting).


38

Wiley B. Haston

Juryman on case of L.A. Kincannon v. Martha McElroy and Andrew McElroy.

December

53

Arthur Mitchell

Reference to Arthur Mitchell's lands.  He married Malinda Haston, daughter of David & Peggy Haston.  Arthur Mitchell was a son of Spence Mitchell, one of the founders of the (Old) Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Year of 1842

Session

Page

Name

Summary

April

59-60

Isham B. Haston
David Haston

Acting as a Justice of the Peace, Isham B. Haston came to court for the case of Anthony A.W. Dibrell v. Vardry Camp and others (to condemn land).  Isham had issued the summons to the acting parties in this case, Vardry Camp, Solomon Reese, and Terry Gillentine.  Isham B. Haston tried the case, at his home, on February 26 earlier this same year and found Vardry Camp guilty of owing a debt to Dibrell.  David Haston seems to have witnessed this trial.  This circuit court case involved condemning some of Camp's land in order that it could be sold for payment of the debt.

66

Isham B. Haston
Thomas C. Haston
Wiley B. Haston

These brothers (all sons of David & Peggy Haston) were defendants in a case brought against them by the Bank of Tennessee.  The case seems to have been dismissed.

August

70

Isham B. Haston

Summoned and elected to serve as a juryman in the August session of circuit court.

77

Pleasant Haston

The State brought a case against Pleasant Haston for gaming.  It appears that he was ordered to bring Felix A. Badger (who was also indicted for gaming in the following case) with him.  Pleasant Haston was ordered to pay $250 to the State of Tennessee.  It seems that Pleasant Haston was made accountable to the sheriff of Putnam County, TN.  Who was this Pleasant Haston and where did he fit into the overall Haston family?  Contact us if you have information on him.

80

Isham B. Haston

Case: Jesse W. Turley - use of Isham B. Haston v. Thomas Sutherland & Burden Wheeler.  This case has something to do with debt, but the description is too brief to know much about the case.

81

James A. Haston
David Haston

Jurymen on the case of James Wright v. John R. Clark.

December

84

James A. Haston

Summoned and elected to serve as a juryman in the December session of the circuit court.

89

Isaac Haston

The Grand Jury returned a bill of indictment against Isaac Haston for gaming.

90

Isham B. Haston

This was a continuation of the case (Jesse W. Turley to the use of Isham B. Haston v. Thomas Sutherland & Burden) that was introduced in the August session. It appears that the plaintiffs dismissed the case and paid for the court cost.

100-101

Isham B. Haston

Acting as Justice of the Peace, Isham B. Haston came into court in the case of Leftwich Carrick vs. Solomon Reese. He had served the circuit court summons to Solomon Reese and, as a Justice of the Peace, had tried the case at his house in February of this year.

Year of 1843

Session

Page

Name

Summary

April

106

David Haston
Willie B. Haston

Summoned and elected to the jury of the April 1843 session of the circuit court, as of April 24, 1843.

113

Isaac Haston

State v. Isaac Haston - Presentment for gaming (gambling).  Isaac said that he was not guilty.  The jury (which did not include any Hastons) asserted that Isaac Haston was guilty and that he should pay a fine and remain in the custody of the sheriff until the fine and court costs were paid.  However, the Attorney General and the Court declared that Isaac Haston was insolvent and discharged him without security for the fine and the court costs.
Question: Which Isaac Haston was this?  Isaac, the son of Daniel Haston, had already moved to Missouri.  David Haston's son, Isaac T. Haston, was only about 16 years old at this time.  Joseph Haston's son, Isaac Haston, would have been in his early 30s, which would make him a possible culprit in this case.

114

James W. Haston

Juryman on the case of State v. Samuel Davis (petit larceny). Davis was found guilty and sent to the state penitentiary for one year.

August

122

James A. Haston

Summoned but not elected to the jury for this August 1843 session of the circuit court.

129

James W. Haston
Thomas C. Haston

Juryman on the case of Benjamin F. Budgeman v. Thomas M. Fleming and Thomas Moore (debt).

132

James A. Haston

Juryman in the case of John B. Rodgers' Lessee v. Robert A. Campbell, James P. Thompson, and Richard Nelson (in Eject.). 

David Haston

The Grand Jury returned this indictment to court:  The State of Tennessee against David Haston for an assault and battery on the body of John T. Shockley, a true bill.

132-133

Isaac Haston

Page 132: The Grand Jury returned this indictment to court: The State of Tennessee against Isaac Haston for an assault and battery on the body of Elias McGlothlin, not a true bill.  Page 133: Because this indictment was "not a true bill" the prosecution (Elias McGlothlin) was ordered to pay the court costs.

December

135

Arthur Mitchell

Summoned and elected to the jury of the December 1843 session of the circuit court, as of December 25, 1843. Arthur Mitchell was David & Peggy Haston's son-in-law.

139

David Haston

State v. David Haston (assault & battery on John T. Shockley). The indictment for this case was brought to court in the August 1843 session. David Haston pleaded "not guilty." The jury (Arthur Mitchell and other close relatives to David Haston were not on this jury) found him guilty. He was fined $5.00 and court costs and was placed under the custody of the sheriff until he paid the fine and court costs.

139

Thomas C. Haston

Juryman on the case of State v. David Moore (assault and battery on the body of John T. Shockley).  David Moore was found "not guilty."

140

David Haston

State v. David Haston (assault & battery on John T. Shockley). William Shockley, Jr. came into court and made himself security for David Haston's fine and court costs (see page 139 entry).

142

James A. Haston
Lucretia Haston
Lavina Haston

James A. Haston was the prosecutor in the case of State v. Elizabeth Steakley, wife of Charles Steakley (murder of her infant child, Arrina). Lucretia and Lavina Haston were witnesses for the State in this case. Lavina was probably the wife of James A. Haston and Lucretia was possibly their daughter. See the note at the end of the next entry. Elizabeth Steakley pleaded "not guilty." There is a very vivid description of this murder on pages 141-142. See the very interesting continuation of the case in April 1844 (page 167).

143

Sarah Haston

Sarah Haston was also mentioned as a witness for the State in the State v. Elizabeth Steakley murder case. James A. & Lavina Haston had a daughter by the name of Sarah. The mother of James A. Haston was also named Sarah (wife of the deceased Joseph Haston). Note: The birth dates that we have in our files for Lucretia (1847) and Sarah (1854), the daughters of James A. Haston which would mean the witness was probably Joseph's widow, Sarah.

150

Thomas C. Haston
Willie B. Haston

The President and Directors of the Bank of Tennessee v. Thomas C. Haston and Willie B. Haston. It appears that the attorney general was not able to prosecute this case successfully and the plaintiff was directed to pay all court costs.

153

James A. Haston

He was security for John L. Grissom in the case of State v. John L. Grissom. This case was scheduled to be tried in the April 1844 session.

153

James A. Haston
Arthur Mitchell
James W. Haston
Willie B. Haston
David Haston

Jurymen in the case of James Brown v. James Sparkman and John Sparkman. David Haston was withdrawn from the jury, but no reason is given.

154

Thomas C. Haston

The President and Directors of the Bank of Tennessee v. Thomas C. Haston. The plaintiff moved for a new trial. See entry for page 150. The court "being of the opinion that a new trial ought not be granted in this cause refused to grant the same."

Year of 1844

Session

Page

Name

Summary

April

158

David Haston
James A. Haston
Willie B. Haston

These men were summoned to jury duty on the Grand Jury of the April 1844 session of the circuit court, on April 22, 1844. David Haston and James A. Haston were elected to and empanelled on that Grand Jury. 

161

Willie B. Haston

Juryman on the case of James Brown v. James Sparkman and John Sparkman.

162

Isaac Haston

The Grand Jury returned a presentment against Isaac Haston for assault and battery.  There were numerous members of the Daniel Haston family by the name of Isaac.  The son of Joseph Haston (Isaac) was in his early 30s at this time and would be the most likely candidate, for reasons of age.  See the 1843 entry for page 113.

164

James A. Haston
David Haston

Jurymen in the case of State v. Thomas Stipe, John L. Grissom, and William Lawson (presentment for gaming).

166

Isaac Haston
James A. Haston

State v. Isaac Haston (assault and battery), Thomas Stipe was the prosecutor. James A. Haston (older brother of Isaac Haston, if this Isaac was the son of Joseph Haston) was a security for Isaac Haston in this case. The case was scheduled for trial in the August 1844 session.  Note: The following case on the docket was State v. John T. Parker (assault and battery). The prosecutor was also Thomas Stipe.

167

James A. Haston

Continuation of State v. Elizabeth Steakley (murder).  Elizabeth Steakley had escaped from the Van Buren County jail, so the witnesses for the State (which would have included Lavina, Lucretia, & Sarah Haston) were dismissed, but the case was to remain on the docket.  James A. Haston is again mentioned as the prosecutor for the State in this case.  Note: This case seems to disappear from the circuit court records until December of 1859.  (15 years later!)

167

James A. Haston
David Haston

Jurymen in the trial of Lorenzo Dilleron (spelling?) v. Joseph Lane (debt).

168

James A. Haston
David Haston

Jurymen in the trial of William Overton v. John Sparkman and James Sparkman (appeal). 

August

179

Isaac Haston
James A. Haston

Continuation of State v. Isaac Haston and John G. Parker (assault and battery), prosecutor Thomas Stipe. James A. Haston was a security for Isaac Haston. The trial was scheduled for the December 1844 session of circuit court.

191

James A. Haston

Juryman in the case of A.C. Wheeler to the use of Daniel Southerland v. Burden Wheeler and Barnabas Thomas.

195

Arthur Mitchell
James A. Haston

Jurymen on the case of State v. David Keener (assault and battery), Micajah Johnson the prosecutor.

December

198

David McHaston

David McHaston was summoned to attend this December 1844 session of circuit court as a constable.

200

Isaac Haston

Continuation of State v. Isaac Haston and John G. Parker (assault & battery), Thomas Stipe the prosecutor. John G. Parker made an appeal that he and Isaac Haston be tried separately and the court agreed to do so.

201

Isaac Haston

State v. Isaac Haston (assault & battery), Thomas Stype the prosecutor. Continuation of the case above, but now Isaac was tried separately from John G. Parker. Isaac pleaded "not guilty." The jury found Isaac Haston guilty and fined him $10.00 and ordered him to pay court costs. In the case to follow (page 202) the jury found John G. Parker to be "not guilty."

Year of 1845

Session

Page

Name

Summary

April

223

Thomas C. Haston
Arthur Mitchell

Summoned and elected to the jury for the April 1845 session of circuit court, as of April 28, 1845.

231

David Haston

Juryman on the case of State v. Hiram Tacket (rape of a minor girl), Mary Davis the prosecutor.  The case was postponed until the next morning so that the jury could arrive at a verdict.  See page 242 entry below.  Note: The Grand Jury returned an indictment for this case in April 1844 (see middle of page 162 in the April 1844 circuit court minutes).  The eight-year-old girl was Elizabeth Davis. 

234

Arthur Mitchell

Juryman on case of State v. John Stype (assault & battery). 

239

James A. Haston

Juryman on case of State v. John Pain and Nancy Smith (lewdness).

Arthur Mitchell
Thomas C. Haston

Jurymen on case of State v. Joel Douglass and James Crews (presentment for gaming).

242

David Haston

Continuation of State v. Hiram Tacket (rape of minor girl), Mary Davis the prosecutor.  The jury had not come to a verdict so they were sequestered for another day to do so.

244

Arthur Mitchell
Thomas C. Haston

Jurymen on the case Black Mercer v. Joseph Law (debt). 

James A. Haston

James A. Haston was mentioned here as being the jailor of Van Buren County.

245

James A. Haston

James A. Haston was mentioned here as being the jailor of Van Buren County.

Willie B. Haston
Thomas C. Haston

The President and Directors of the Bank of Tennessee v. Willie Steekly, Willie B. Haston, & Thomas C. Haston (debt). The attorney for the plaintiff withdrew the prosecution of this case.

246

David Haston

Continuation of State v. Hiram Tacket (rape of minor girl), Mary Davis the prosecutor. Again, the jury could not arrive at a verdict. The jury was dismissed and the case was rescheduled for the next session of circuit court. The defendant was kept in jail for safe keeping.

August

247

David Haston

Summoned to the jury for this August 1845 session of circuit court.  He was not elected to the main jury for this session.  His role was probably to continue the case of State v. Hiram Tacket.  See entry for page 249 below.


David McHaston

Summoned to attend this August 1845 session of circuit court as a constable.

249

(David Haston)

Continuation of State v. Hiram Tackett (rape of minor girl), Mary Davis the prosecutor. This case was postponed until the next term of the circuit court and the defendant was returned to jail. David Haston's name is not mentioned, but this was the case for which he had been serving as a juryman.

250

David Haston

Juryman on the case State v. John Wallis and James Smith (presentment for open and notorious lewdness).

252

David Haston

Juryman on the case State v. David Meadows (assault & battery), Nancy Law the prosecutor.

254

David Haston

Juryman on the case The President and Directors of the Bank of Tennessee v. James Sparkman, John Sparkman, Andrew J. McElroy, and Joel Douglass (debt).

256
261-265
268-269

(David Haston)

David Haston's name is not mentioned here, but there was an interesting development in the State v. Hiram Tacket case, on which case David Haston served as a juryman. Apparently, William Overton was now being accused of committing perjury in that case during the April 1855 term of the circuit court. Eventually (page 269), his case was passed on to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

265-266

James W. Haston

Juryman in case State v. William Overton (perjury). See the above entry.

266

James A. Haston

Mentioned as jailor.

267

James A. Haston

Mentioned as jailor of Van Buren County.

December

276-280

(David Haston)

David Haston's name is not mentioned here, but there are some further developments in the rape case of State v. Hiram Tacket for which David Haston had been a juryman.  See earlier entries for 1844 & 1845. The Grand Jury returned a bill of indictment, which seems to have repeated the earlier indictment.  Perhaps this was the beginning of a re-trial.  On page 278 William Thomason, not Mary Davis as in previous court sessions, was indicated to be the prosecutor.  The prosecution of this case was scheduled to continue in the next circuit court term of April 1846.

280

James A. Haston

Mentioned here as jailor.

Year of 1846

Session

Page

Name

Summary

April

282

Arthur Mitchell
Willie B. Haston
James A. Haston

Summoned to circuit court jury duty for this April 1846 term, as of April 27, 1846. James A. Haston and Arthur Mitchell were selected and empanelled.

David McHaston

Summoned to attend this circuit court term as a constable.

284

(David Haston)

More information on the State v. Hiram Tackett rape case. Hiram Tackett pleaded "not guilty." David Haston was on the original jury for this case but there were no mention of jurors in this part of the court minutes.

288

David Mac Haston

Jurors for this case were placed under David Mac Haston's (constable) direction overnight.

292

David Haston
Isaac Haston

The Grand Jury returned a bill of indictment against Elias Cole, David Haston, and Isaac Haston for an affray. It was endorsed as a true bill.

293

(David Haston)

More information on the State v. Hiram Tackett rape case. There was now a new jury in this case and David Haston was no longer a part of the jury. His name is not mentioned here. See earlier entries for this case.


David Mac Haston

The jury on the above rape case was sequestered under the oversight of David Mac Haston, a constable.

297

Arthur Mitchell
James A. Haston

Jurymen on the case of State v. John Walling (forgery). For some reason, the name of the case has been crossed out.

298

David Haston
Isaac Haston

State v. Elias Cole, David Haston, and Isaac Haston (affray), Thomas Stipe the prosecutor.  Isaac Haston pleaded guilty and was fined $2.50 and court costs.  William Hodges was security for Isaac's fine and costs.  No mention is made of David Haston's response or court action related to him.

299

Arthur Mitchell

The Grand Jurors cited Terry Gillentine to court for allegedly forging a $125 promissory note to Robert Gamble to be paid on or before December 25, 1834.  The note was dated December 21, 1833.  Arthur Mitchell's forged seal was attached to the note and it was he (Arthur Mitchell) who was in someway the intended recipient of this fraudulent deed.  Apparently the alleged forgery occurred on March 1, 1840.  In the August 1846 term of the circuit court (page 313), Terry Gillentine was declared by the court to not be guilty.

301

James A. Haston
Arthur Mitchell

Although it seems strange that this would have been the case, it appears that Arthur Mitchell and James A. Haston were on the Grand Jury that returned the Terry Gillentine forgery case (see above entry) as a true bill.

301-302

(David Haston)

Continuation of the Hiram Tackett rape case. Although David Haston was not on the jury for this new case against Hiram Tackett, he had been on the original jury that failed to return a verdict. At this time, the jury declared the defendant to be "not guilty" as was charged in the first count but said that he was guilty as charged in the second and third counts. Hiram Tackett was sentenced to ten years of imprisonment in the Tennessee state penitentiary. Tackett was also barred from ever giving testimony in any court in Tennessee or from holding a public office in Tennessee.

August

308

David Haston

State v. Elias Cole and David Haston (affray), Thomas Stipe the prosecutor. An order was issued to the sheriff of White County to arrest Elias Cole and return him to the next session of the circuit court for Van Buren County. David Haston was not mentioned, other than in the title of the case.

309

(David Haston)

Continuation of the Hiram Tackett rape case.  It appeared that the Hiram Tackett rape case was settled during the April term of the circuit court, but here the Attorney General declares that he can no further prosecute the case and that the defendant should be released and that the State pay the court costs.  David Haston, member of the original case against Hiram Tackett, and other jurors were not mentioned here.

309-312

James A. Haston

As the jailor, James A. Haston produced the bill for keeping Hiram Tackett in jail for 256 days @ 35 1/2 cents per day, a total of $96.00, plus some other jail costs which brought the grand total for jail expenses to $104.00. There were also miscellaneous court costs that are recorded on these pages.

312

David Haston

State v. David Haston and Elias Cole (affray), Thomas Stipe the prosecutor. David Haston pleaded "not guilty." The jury declared David Haston to be "guilty" as charged and fined him $2.50 and court costs. William F. Carter was security for David Haston's fine and court costs.  Note: David Haston, assuming this was the son of Daniel Haston, would have been about 69 years old at this time.

315

Isaac Haston

The Grand Jury returned a presentment for a case by the State v. Isaac Haston and John Brock for an affray, which was endorsed as a true bill.


Carroll Haston

The Grand Jury returned a bill of indictment against Carroll Haston for interrupting public worship, but it was endorsed as "not a true bill."  Note: Was this William Carroll Haston, youngest son of David & Peggy Haston? If so, he would have been 17 years old at this time. We wonder which meeting house this would have been?

316

James A. Haston

As the jailor, he produced a bill for State v. John Walling.

December

319

David McHaston

David McHaston was summoned to attend this December 1846 term of circuit court as a constable. On the very bottom of this page he is "sworn to attend the Grand Jury."

320

Isaac Haston

State v. Isaac Haston and John Brock (affray). Isaac pleaded guilty and was fined five dollars and that he would share in the court costs with John Brock.

323

Isaac Haston

State v. Isaac Haston and John Brock (affray). James A. Haston and Jabez G. Mitchell came into court as security for the payment of Isaac's fine and court costs.

329

Montgomery G. Haston

State v. Montgomery G. Haston and James Steakley (warrant). The court dismissed this case.  Note: This is the first mention in these circuit court records of Montgomery G. Haston, who would have been in his early 20s at this time.

Year of 1847

Session

Page

Name

Summary

April

334

Willie B. Haston

Summoned to and empanelled on the Grand Jury for this April 1847 term of the circuit court, as of April 26, 1847.

335

Montgomery G. Haston

He was security for William C. Bowman in the amount of $125 in the case of State v. William C. Bowman (assault), Hiram Walling the prosecutor.

339

James A. Haston

As the jailor, he produced a bill for State v. Nathaniel Moore.

343

James A. Haston

Juryman in the case John B. Rodgers lessee v. Indemond? Lane, B.L. Ridley, Robert A. Campbell, James P. Hampson?, and Richard Nelson (ejectment). 

344

James A. Haston

The Grand Jury presented a bill of indictment against George W. Christian for an assault and battery upon James A. Haston, which was endorsed as a true bill.

346

Willie B. Haston
Arthur Mitchell

Jurymen on the case of William Grissom v. John E. Clark and W.B. Cummings (appeal). 

349

Willie B. Haston
Arthur Mitchell

Jurymen on case William Grissom v. John E. Clark and W.B. Cummings (appeal).

August

352

James W. Haston
James A. Haston

Summoned to jury duty for this August 1847 term of circuit court, as of August 23, 1847. James A. Haston was elected to and empanelled on the Grand Jury.

353

James W. Haston

Juryman on the case State v. William C. Bowman (assault & battery), Hiram Walling the prosecutor.

355

James A. Haston

State v. George W. Christian (for wearing a Bowie knife concealed under his clothes). James A. Haston was the jailor for Van Buren County. He was the prosecutor in this case.

359

James W. Haston

Juryman in case Adrian Bryant v. Gillentine Holder.

December

362

Thomas C. Haston
Arthur Mitchell

Summoned to jury duty for the December 1847 term of the circuit court which began on December 27, 1847. Thomas C. Haston was elected to and empanelled on the Grand Jury for that term.

Year of 1848

Session

Page

Name

Summary

April

375

James W. Haston

Juryman on case of Zechariah Hodges v. Smith Vader. 

September

384

W.B. Haston

Summoned and elected to serve on the Grand Jury for this September 1848 session of circuit court, beginning September 25.

387

James A. Haston

Juryman on the case State v. Zela (Zealy) Seals (unlawful retailing).


391

James A. Haston

Some reference to James A. Haston as a Justice of the Peace.

Year of 1849

Session

Page

Name

Summary

January

397

James A. Haston

State v. Preston Dulany and James A. Haston (corruption in office).  On the affidavit of James A. Haston the defendants to have separate trials.  In the following trial, on this same page 397, Preston Dulany was found guilty.

398

James A. Haston

State v. James A. Haston (misdemeanor in office).  Joel Douglass was security for James A. Haston, in the amount of $250, which amount James A. Haston also had to provide for his security.  At this time, no action was taken on this case.

401-402

James A. Haston

In the case of Samuel Parker, administrator of A.K. Parker, v. __?__ Carter, James A. Haston had apparently handled this case as a Justice of the Peace at a lower level.  Some fees were due to James A. Haston for his services. 

May

408

James A. Haston
David Haston

State v. James A. Haston (misdemeanor in office). David Haston and William Johnson came to court as securities for James A. Haston. The trial was scheduled for the September 1840 term of the circuit court.

409

James A. Haston

James A. Haston is mentioned as a Justice of the Peace in the case of John Sparkman v. Thomas Massey (motion to condemn land).

410-411

James A. Haston

Juryman in case State v. Martha Davis (lewdness).

412

Montgomery G.
Haston

Juryman in case of State v. George Harrison an Joel Douglass (unlawful gaming).

414

James A. Haston

Juryman in case of State v. John Walling (retailing to a slave).

September

421-422

W.B. Haston
Isaac T. Haston

Summoned and elected to the Grand Jury for this September 1849 term of the circuit court, beginning September 26.

421

Thomas C. Haston

Summoned as constable to serve this term of circuit court.

422-423

James A. Haston

State v. Preston Dulany & James A. Haston (misdemeanor in office). The Attorney General decided not to prosecute this case any further.

Year of 1850 – January Only

Session

Page

Name

Summary

January

436

Joseph C. Haston
James A. Haston

Summoned to jury duty for this January 1850 term of circuit court, beginning January 20. Joseph C. Haston was empanelled on the Grand Jury.  Note: Joseph C. Haston was probably Joseph Claiborne Haston, son of Joseph Haston. If he was born in 1812, why does he not appear on earlier circuit court records? This appears to be his first appearance in any capacity in the circuit court. He would soon move to Missouri and later to California.

437

James A. Haston

James A. Haston "for reasons satisfactory to the court...excused from serving upon the jury."

Volume B - May 1850 - December 1859

Year of (May-August-December) 1850

Session

Page

Name

Summary

May

1

James A. Haston

Summoned to jury duty for this May 1850 term, beginning May 27, but not chosen to serve on the Grand Jury.

2

James A. Haston

Juryman on case of State v. Henry Moulder (unlawful retailing).

3

James A. Haston

Juryman on case of State v. John Barg [Bring?] (trading with a slave).

5

James A. Haston

Juryman on case of State v. Thomas Stipes & Vass Lawson (lewdness).

8

James Haston (Hooten?)

Juryman on case of State v. John Pain and Nancy Smith (notorious lewdness).

August

16

W.B. Haston

Summoned to jury duty for this August 1850 term, beginning August 26, and was elected to the Grand Jury.

22

David Haston
M.G. Haston

David and M.G. Haston, along with several other men, appeared in court and indebted themselves to the court as security for Thomas Stipe and Vass Lawson, in the case State v. Thomas Stipe and Vass Lawson (lewdness).

December

29

William C. Haston

Summoned to jury duty for this December 1850 term, beginning December 23, but was not elected to the Grand Jury.

Year of 1851

Session

Page

Name

Summary

April

40

James A. Haston
M.G. Haston

James A. and M.G. Haston were summoned to jury duty for this April 1851 term, beginning April 28.  Both men were elected to the Grand Jury.

41

James A. Haston
M.G. Haston

Jurymen on case State v. Benjamin Smith (presentment as overseer of road).

August

47

David Haston

Summoned to jury duty for this August 1851 term, beginning August 25, and was elected to the Grand Jury.

December


No references to members of the Haston family in this term of the circuit court.

Year of 1852

Session

Page

Name

Summary

April

84

Willie B. Haston

Added to the jury for the case State v. Augustus A. Mitchell (malicious shooting).

August

86

William C. Haston
James A. Haston

Summoned to jury duty for this August 1852 term, beginning August 23. Both men were elected to the Grand Jury.

97

James W. Haston

Case of Thomas Shockley v. James W. Haston (motion to condemn land). James W. Haston lived on 50 acres of land lying in the 3rd District of Van Buren County on the bench of Cumberland Mountain. James W.'s land was condemned as a part of a process to repay a debt to Thomas Shockley.
Note: The spelling of James W. Haston's surname in the case title seems to be "Heastand" (or "Hestand"). However, it is spelled "Hestan" and "Haston" in other places in the minutes. Did the court clerk think or know that the Haston family was of German-speaking (Swiss) descent and that the name was originally Hiestand?

December

99

William C. Haston

Summoned to jury duty for this December 1852 term of circuit court, beginning December 27, and elected to the Grand Jury.

Year of 1853

Session

Page

Name

Summary

April

109

Isaac T. Haston

As a constable, Isaac T. Haston was sworn to attend the Grand Jury for this term of circuit court.

112

Wiley B. Haston

Juryman on the case State v. William J. Lee (indictment for larceny).

August

129

Montgomery G.
Haston

State v. Christopher C. Steakley (assault and battery). "Whereupon came Montgomery G. Haston into open court and confessed judgment jointly with said defendant for said fine and costs." Montgomery G. Haston and Christopher C. Steakley jointly were fined $7.50 and court costs.  Note: Sometime not long after this M.G. Haston seems to have moved to Georgia for a few years.

December

141

Isaac T. Haston

As a constable, Isaac reports on land owned by Joseph Simmons (defendant in William H. Sugart v. Benjamin Smith and Joseph Simmons, motion to condemn lands).  The land included 125 acres and was adjacent, on the west, to land which he (Isaac T. Haston) owned.  This land was in the 4th Van Buren County district on Cane Creek and was adjoined to land owned by Robert Gamble on the east.

Year of 1854

Session

Page

Name

Summary

April

143

James A. Haston

SumSummoned to jury duty for this April 1854 term of circuit court, beginning April 24, and was elected to the Grand Jury.

147

James A. Haston

Juryman on case of State v. Peter Carter (presentment for unlawful retailing).

August


No references to members of the Haston family in this term of court.

December


No references to members of the Haston family in this term of court.

Year of 1855

Session

Page

Name

Summary

April


No references to members of the Haston family in this term of court.

August

192

William C. Haston

Summoned to jury duty for this August 1855 circuit court term, beginning August 27, and elected to the Grand Jury.

December


No references to members of the Haston family in this term of court.

Year of 1856

Session

Page

Name

Summary

April

214

Isaac T. Haston

Summoned to jury duty for this April 1856 circuit court term, beginning April 28, and elected to the Grand Jury.

224

Isaac T. Haston

Juryman on the case of Nathan F. Trogden v. John Boyd and John Mitchell (debt appeal).

228

William C. Haston

William C. Haston was ordered to appear in this session of court.  He had been elected as constable, but apparently there was something about his bond for that office that was not "agreeable to law."  Isaac T. Haston and William B. Cummings were securities for that bond.

229

William C. Haston
Isaac T. Haston

As a follow-up to the entry on page 228, William C. Haston's bond for the office of constable the 3rd district of Van Buren County was effected officially and legally here.  William C. Haston had been elected to this office on March 1.

September

243

Isaac T. Haston

Juryman on case of Carter Drake v. David F. Wood (trespass appeal).

Year of 1857

Session

Page

Name

Summary

January

253

William C. Haston

Grass and Dinges v. G.W. Carter (motion to condemn land).  W.C. Haston, as constable, located a tract of land for the circuit court containing 300 acres that belonged to the defendant in this case.  It was located in District 7 of Van Buren County, on the Cumberland Mountain.  This land was to be sold to satisfy the plaintiff's debt and court costs.

254

Sarah Haston

Sarah Haston's land was referenced in a search for land owned by William Howard in the case of William H. Hatfield v. William Howard and Seth Wright (motion to condemn land).  This land was in the 7th civil district of Van Buren County.  William Howard's land bounded Sarah Haston's land on the north east and Josiah Hodges' land on the south.

May

269

William C. Haston

Juryman on the case of State v. James Gates (indictment for an affray).

271

James A. Haston
William C. Haston

As a constable, William C. Haston located a tract of land for the circuit court belonging to Alexander Harris (who was involved someway in the case of Samuel Shockley Administrator v. Joseph Hodges and John J. McBride, motion to condemn land).  This land was in the 3rd district and bordered land belonging to James A. Haston on the south.

September

279

William C. Haston

Sworn in as the constable for this September 1857 term of circuit court to attend the Grand Jury.

285

W.C. Haston

Paid .75 by the State of Tennessee for one day of some kind of official service related to the case of State v. Cynthia Phillips (indictment for lewdness).

Year of 1858

Session

Page

Name

Summary

January

292

William C. Haston

Sworn, as a constable, to attend the Grand Jury during this January 1858 circuit court term.

294

W.B. Haston

Juryman in the case of State v. Drury Lawson (presentment for unlawful retailing).
Note: This is the first time that a W.B. Haston has appeared in these circuit court records in nearly five years.  No one by that name was active for much of this same period in the county court minutes.  We must keep in mind that it is easy to confuse W.B. Haston, oldest son of David Haston with W.B. Haston, son of James A. Haston.  David's son was born in 1806.  James A.'s son was born in 1836.  The latter W.B. Haston was killed at the battle of Perryville, KY during the Civil War.  David Haston's son moved west sometime in the 1850s and appeared in Arkansas in 1860. We do not know for sure which W.B. Haston is mentioned here.  It is possible (perhaps likely) that Van Buren County references to W.B. Haston in the early 1850s were referring to David's son, the older W.B. Haston, and that Van Buren County references in the late 1850s were referring to the younger W.B. Haston, James A. Haston's son.  James A.'s son would not have been 21 years old until 1857.  This would explain the gap in references to W.B. Haston during the mid-1850s.  But, see the August 1858 entry for evidence that may contradict this theory.

295

Willie B. Haston
James Haston (Hooten?)

Jurymen in the case of State v. Thomas Pain (presentment for a nuisance).   Presumably, this Willie B. Haston is the same person as mentioned on the previous page.

298

W.C. Haston

As constable, W.C. Haston executed some action related to the case of William McCormac v. W.J. Laudermilk (motion to condemn land).

299

W.C. Haston

As constable, W.C. Haston located some land for the circuit court belonging to W.J. Laudermilk that was condemned to satisfy a debt to William McCormack.

W.B. Haston

Juryman in the case of James Dillon v. James Charles (trespass).

301

C. Haston
James A. Haston

Both men were paid .50 for some service related to the case of James Jones v. G.W. Sutherland (motion to condemn land).

306

W.B. Haston

Juryman on the case of James Martin v. Jonathan Simmons (debt appeal).

307

W.B. Haston

Juryman of case of G.W. Sutherland v. Hiram R. Walling (trespass).

311

W.B. Haston

Juryman in the case of Mary M. Witt and John Witt v. Squire Johnson (trespass).

May

312

Isaac T. Haston

Summoned to jury duty for this May 1858 term of circuit court, beginning May 24, but not elected to the Grand Jury.


William C. Haston

As a constable, sworn to attend the Grand Jury for this term.

313

Isaac T. Haston

Isaac T. Haston was discharged from further attendance at this term of circuit court.  No reason is given here, but perhaps the reason is indicated two entries below (on page 320).

320

Isaac P. (or T.) Haston

John Stewart (Stuart) v. Isaac P. Haston. No details given for this case, other than Fines E. Plumley committed himself as security for the defendant.


Isaac T. Haston

Isaac T. Haston v. Alfred Yeats (Yates).  Both parties agree to some kind of postponement of this case.  John Stewart's name is mentioned for reason that is unclear in the minutes.  Apparently the names of the plaintiff and the defendant are incorrectly reversed here.  See the August entry for page 336.

August

323

William C. Haston

William C. Haston was security (in the amount of $250) for the defendant in the case of State v. Stephen Grard (presentment for an assault and battery). The defendant was obligated to be in circuit court in the December term.


Willie B. Haston

Willie B. Haston v. James Rankin (debt). The defendant (Rankin) did not come to court, but defaulted. He was, thus, obligated to pay $652.00 (the debt he owed) to Willie B. Haston, as well as $112.23 interest, plus court costs.  Note: Given the large amount of the debt owed him, this would likely have been the older Willie B. Haston (son of David Haston). If that was the case, then it appears that he was still in Van Buren County at this time. See the note in the January 1858 entry for W.B. Haston.

324

Willie B. Haston

Juryman in the case of State v. Esther Slatten and Malissa Bryan (presentment for keeping a disorderly house)

334

W.C. Haston

As constable, W.C. Haston was involved in two kinds of action in the case of William Wallace v. John Brock and James Rankin (motion to condemn land). The second action involving a search to find land owned by the defendants.

335

W.C. Haston

As constable, W.C. Haston located land owned by John Brock as directed by the circuit court in the case of Jo. G. Mitchell v. John Brock (motion to condemn land.)

336

Isaac T. Haston

John Stewart and Alfred Yates v. Isaac T. Haston (ejectment). The jury heard the testimony in this case but was permitted to meet the next day to consider it further.
Note: Ejection = Steps taken to remove someone, who does not have a contractual basis to be there, from the real property. In some cases, it was a matter of disputed ownership of real property. In other cases it involved the removal of a tenant who had not paid rent or lease fees.

338

Isaac T. Haston

John Stewart and Alfred Yates v. Isaac T. Haston (ejectment). The jury ruled in favor of the defendant (Isaac T. Haston) and against Alfred Yates. However, the jury ruled in favor of John Stewart (one of the plaintiffs) and against Isaac T. Haston. Isaac was found guilty of trespassing and ejectment.

339

Isaac T. Haston

Isaac T. Haston v. Alfred Yates (trespass).  The court ruled against Isaac T. Haston in this case and ordered him to pay all court costs as well as fees to the justice of the peace, who had tried this case at a lower level.


Isaac T. Haston

John Stewart and Alfred Yates v. Isaac T. Haston (ejectment). "In this case James C. Jones the plaintiff witness proved nothing ordered by the court that it shall not be taxed against the defendant." (only comment in the minutes for this entry)

December

341

Isaac Haston

Summoned to jury duty for this December 1858 term of circuit court, beginning December 20, but not elected to the Grand Jury.

343

Isaac Haston

Isaac Haston (we do not know which Isaac Haston this was) was a juryman on the case of State v. Isaac Hillis (assault and battery).

347

Isaac Haston

Juryman in the case of State v. Jesse Brock (not keeping road in repair as overseer).

353-354

William C. Haston

As constable, William C. Haston had carried out some official duties in the case of E.R. White v. H.H. Earles (motion to condemn land).

355-356

William C. Haston

As constable, William C. Haston had carried out some official duties in the case of Wilie Brogden v. H.H. Earles (motion to condemn land).

357

William C. Haston

As constable, William C. Haston had carried out some official duties in the case of Newel Crain v. Hasey Earles & James Euten (motion to condemn land).

361

Montgomery G. Haston

He was a security for the defendant in the case of State v. Jesse Brock (presentment for not keeping road in repair as overseer).

363

Isaac T. Haston

Juryman in the case of Samuel Morgan, R.H. Gardner, C.J. Cheney, R.C. Gardner, & St Clair Morgan v. William Worthington & James R. Hillis (debt).

368

Isaac T. Haston

David F. Wood v. Isaac T. Haston (appeal). Case continued until the next term of the circuit court.

373

James M. Haston

Juryman on the case of Lucinda Smallman v. Peyton Hansbrough (debt appeal).
Note: Who was James M. Haston? Some Haston family records indicate that Willie B. Haston (the oldest son of David Haston) had a son by that name and that he was born in 1832 and died in the Civil War in May 1864.

Year of 1859

Session

Page

Name

Summary

April

375

James A. Haston

Juryman on the case of State v. Oliver Hillis (assault and battery).

380

James A. Haston

Juryman on the case of Morgan & Company v. James K. Hillis and William Worthington (debt).

382

James A. Haston

Juryman on the case of Jonathan Seamons v. James Templeton (trespass appeal).

383

James Haston

Juryman on the case of Isham Richards v. Micajah Simmons (debt appeal).

384

Montgomery Haston

The Grand Jury brought into court as a true bill a presentment against Montgomery Haston for profane swearing.  See pages 393-394.

387

Isaac Haston

David F. Wood v. Isaac T. Haston (trespass).  The plaintiff declared that he did not want to prosecute any further.  Thus, the defendant was released by the court but was ordered to pay court costs and a fee to the justice of the peace who originally tried this case.

388

James A. Haston

Juryman on the case of John Johnson v. Sylas (Silas) Ballard (trespass appeal).

389

James A. Haston

Juryman on the case of Jonathan Seamons v. James Sparkman (appeal).

August

393

William C. Haston

Sworn, as constable, to attend the Grand Jury for this term of circuit court.

393-394

Montgomery Haston

State v. Montgomery Haston (presentment for profane swearing).  He pleaded guilty and was fined $5.00, plus court costs.  Carter Drake (name of William Grissom, Jr. is written but crossed out) was his security for these costs.

404-414

State v. Jesse Adkins

This case has nothing to do with the Haston family, but it is unusual and interesting. Apparently, Jesse Adkins was accused of burning down Fancher's Mill in White County, TN. Thomas H. Fancher was the prosecutor. The case began in White County, went to the State Supreme Court in Nashville at some point, but for some reason parts of it took place in Spencer (Van Buren County). For that reason, minutes from earlier parts of the case are inserted (almost parenthetically) here in the circuit court minutes for Van Buren County, TN. The Van Buren part of the trial begins on page 423 of this volume of circuit court minutes and continues through page 435, with more on pages 439-440.

422

James M. Haston

Juryman on the case of James Sparkman v. Johnathan (Jonathan) Simmons.

December

423

M.G. Haston
James A. Haston

Summoned to jury duty for this December 1859 term of circuit court, beginning December 19, and James A. Haston was elected to the Grand Jury.

440

M.G. Haston

Juryman on the case of Terry Gillentine v. Jonathan Simmons (debt appeal).

445

State v. Elizabeth Steakley

This case began in December of 1843, but the defendant escaped jail.  Elizabeth Steakley had been accused of brutally murdering her infant daughter.  James A. Haston was the prosecutor of the case and several of his family members were witnesses.  No mention is made here of what happened to Elizabeth Steakley and any continuation of the 1843-1844 case, but the Van Buren County jailor (John Stewart) sought to secure the payment of court costs for this case from the State of Tennessee.  This issue (including whether or not the defendant escaped from jail and who the jailor was at that time) was to be continued in the next term of the circuit court.  See page 38 of the August 1860 circuit court minutes.