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Davie County, North Carolina

ASSOCIATED LINK(s): Hairston: Cooleemee Plantation; Cooleemee (Wikipedia)
OWNER: Originally Jesse A. Pearson, sold in 1817 to Peter Hairston, whose descendants remained the owners until Nov. 2015, when it was sold to Spurgeon H. Foster Jr.
BUILT: Current house built in 1855, although Pearson first named his home in 1814 as "Cooleemee Hill Plantation"

Jesse A. Pearson, legislator, planter, and major general of militia in the War of 1812, named his home "Cooleemee Hill" for the name of the Indian village in Alabama where the Creek Indians had surrendered to Andrew Jackson in 1814. 

SLAVE POPULATION: 193 Slaves were listed for Peter W. Hairston in the 1860 Slave Schedule; altogether he was known to have over 300 Slaves

The Hairston Family today consists of black & white branches due to slavery, who remain in close contact with one another and continue to hold reunions to honor their family history in the region. There are a considerable amount of documents concerning the family in the Peter Wilson Hairston Papers, 1773-1986, in the UNC Library Collections, some of which have been digitized and are available online. Volumes online include extensive Slave records of all kinds in Folders 67-77.  See also: Cooleemee Plantation on NCPedia. Key to Hairston Roster of Slaves; The Hairston History

MISCELLANEOUS: Read Articles: Cooleemee Plantation Sold, (Nov. 14, 2015, Davie County Enterprise Record); Cooleemee and the Stay that Almost Was (The Slave Dwelling Project); 1400 Hairstons Honor Kinship Born in Slavery (Sept. 10, 1989, NY Times); Cooleemee Plantation on YouTube

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