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1780
January 9

Birth of Joseph Haston:  Joseph Haston was born in the midst of the Revolutionary War era.  His older brother David (born May 6, 1777) claimed to have been born in VA.  His father, Daniel, was living in Powell's Fort Valley on the Massanutten Mountain in Shenandoah County, Virginia at the time, so we assume that is where Joseph was born.
Source for date of birth:  Family Bible, that was said to have been in the possession of Joe Walker of TN
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Note:  "According to a family bible in the possession of Joe Walker of Tennessee Joseph Haston, who was born Jan. 9, 1780, married Sarah Ann Creely, who was born Nov. 7, 1785, and they had a son named James Alford Haston who was born Nov. 25, 1809."  Dave R. Haston of Sparta, TN sent this info to Howard H. Hasting of San Antonio, TX in a September 4, 1978 letter.  (info also cited on page 38 of a document created by Howard H. Hasting of San Antonio, TX around 1980)  A typed copy of this information, from the files of Dave Rhea Haston, says that it was "Copied from the Bible of Joe Walker by Earl Madewell in possession of Lemon Graham."
1798
April
Joseph Accused of Cutting Cows' Tails:  David and Joseph were tried for cutting the tails off of two horned cows belonging to Nathaniel Hays, whose fence was apparently insufficient to contain the cows.  David Hasting, Daniel Hasting and John Miller put up a total of $100 in bond money for David and Joseph.  Moses Roddy, Mary Ann Roddy, Eleanor Roddy, Wm. Haslet, Sr., Wm. Haslet, Jr., and Richard Cahell (spelling ?) are called to witness for the State and against David.  Daniel, David's father, made some kind of plea to the court.  David was found guilty and fined $5.00.  Joseph was acquitted.
Source:  State vs David Haston & Joseph Haston; Knox County, TN County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions; Docket # 796/65 (1798).
1800
January
Beginnings of Samuel Cowan vs Joseph Hastings "Timothy Lot" Case:  The legal dispute between Samuel Cowan and Joseph Hastings appears to have started at this time.  It was settled on April 15, 1801.
Source:  Samuel Cowan vs Joseph Haston; Knox County, TN Court Case File: Docket # 138511235, (1800).  Vol. 3 Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, 1800-1802, # 1235, 1385 (original pages 100-102).
1801
April 15
Joseph in Court vs Samuel CowanCourt records seem to indicate that this case had been in process since January of 1800.  Daniel, apparently, had leased land from John and Jane Woods, through their agent, James Charles.  Joseph Haston broke down a fence which allowed Daniel's swine to trample down a field ("timothy lot").  Samuel Cowan took Joseph to court, claiming that it was his field that was trampled, and he sued for $1000.  Joseph said that he was just doing what Daniel told him to do. This case clearly indicates that Daniel's home was on leased land and that Joseph was living with him.  The location of the field was "south of the Holston, opposite Knoxville."  William Charter,  James Cunningham, and Sheriff Robert Houston were called upon to witness in behalf of Joseph. George Richards was a witness for Samuel Cowan.   Daniel Heastings, Joseph Haston, and David Haston put up the bond of $2000.  Joseph and David signed in their own handwriting.  Daniel signed with a mark ("x").   Joseph was found not guilty.  
Source:  Samuel Cowan vs Joseph Haston; Knox County, TN Court Case File: Docket # 138511235, (1800).  Vol. 3 Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions, 1800-1802, # 1235, 1385 (original pages 100-102).  Also,
pages 76-78 of Records of Knox County, TN Minute Book, No. 3, 1800-1802 (WPA transcriptions).
1802
October 15
Witnessed a document regarding a summons of Phillip Roddey (Philip Roddy) to court:  Phillip Roddey was summoned to court in Knox County, TN.  Robert McClain and Moses Roddy were his securities.  Joseph Haston's name is mentioned as the only one who witnessed the security agreement.
Source: Docket 1648/1389 for Knox County, TN county court.  The original documents for this docket are available in the Knox County, TN Archives.  The docket includes several documents, but Joseph Haston's name appears only on one of them.
1802
November 7
Sold James Roddy estate land in Guilford County, NC:  Dennis Towmey (of Guilford County, NC) and Joseph Haston (of Knoxville, TN) sold 100 acres on the waters of Deep River in Guilford County, NC to Samuel Millikan (or Millican) and John Redock (or Ruddock) of Randolph County, NC.  These men were executors of John Henderson, deceased.  Joseph was acting as an attorney for Danl. Haston in the estate of James Roddy, deceased.  Patrick Healey and Wm. Lain were witnesses.  In May 1803 the transaction was acknowledged in court.
Source: Guilford County, NC deed #3543, November 7, 1802.  Abstract on page 87 of Guilford County, NC Deed Books 7, 8, & 9.  Page 37 of deed book 8 appears to be the location of the original document. 
1802
November 15
Power of attorney document for him recorded in Guilford County, NC county court:  Apparently, Joseph Haston appeared in Guilford County, NC on or just previous to this date.  He produced, to the Guilford County, NC county court, a power of attorney document giving him authority to carry out some action for his father ("Dannel Hastons") in the estate settlement of James Roddey, of "Nox County" in Tennessee.  More information on the James Roddey estate settlement.
Source: Page 227 of Guilford County, NC county court minutes, volume III (November 15, 1802).  Microfilm: P. Neg. C.046.30001

About 1806

Joseph Married Sarah Ann Criely / Creely:  The exact date of Joseph's marriage to Sarah is unknown.  Neither do we know the place where they were wed.  Given the general date of their marriage, they could have been married in Knox County, in White County, or somewhere in between.  Sarah was born on November 07, 1785 or 1788.  Her place of birth is also unknown.  Read more information about the Creeley family.
Source:  Source unknown
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Notes:  (1)  One source says that Sarah was born November 7, 1788 in Germany.  
(2)  According to a page from Dave Rhea Haston's files, Sarah was born 11-7-1788 and was "Sarah Creely King Haston."  We have no source to indicate where the "King" part of her name came from.  This information (probably recorded by Dave R. or Estelle Haston in the 1970s) was said to have been "copied from the Bible of Joe Walker by Earl Madewell in possession of Lemon Graham."  This Joe H. Walker married Joseph & Sarah Haston's granddaughter, Nancy Jane Haston (daughter of James Alford/Alfred Haston) on May 9, 1861.
1806
July 22
Name Appears on Petition for Formation of White County, TN:  The signature of "Dannel Hasstont" (the last letter appears to be a "t" but it isn't clear) appears six signatures down from "Joseph Haston" (and eight signatures below "Isam Bradley") on the petition to form a new county from Jackson County, TN.  Joseph's signature was number 79 on the list.  On the same page appear signatures by other men who were known to live near the Hastons, such as John Scoggin, John White, John Mitchell, Jacob Mitchell, and David Mitchell.  The petition was presented to the TN state legislature (in Knoxville, then the capital of TN) on August 11, 1806 by Elijah Chissom (Chisum) and Sampson William.  

Note:  For the most part, the signatures on this White County formation petition seem to be authentic.  Except for about five signatures at the bottom of this page, most of them seem to be distinct (i.e. written by different people) and not just written by a single clerk.  For example, the Isam Bradley signature matches his signature on David Haston's 1800 marriage document.  However, Joseph Haston's name seems to be more fancy than his signature on the 1800 Knox County, TN "timothy field" court records.  Thus, there is some reasonable doubt as to whether or not the "Joseph Haston" signature was written by Joseph's own hand.  It does not seem to match other signatures that we have seen that were supposedly written by him and it appears to have been written by the same person  who wrote Jacob Mitchell's signature.  Perhaps, Jacob Mitchell signed the White County petition for Joseph, since Joseph had already earlier settled in the area that was to become White County, but was on a temporary journey and it was known that he would return to become a White County citizen.  Perhaps Joseph was on a trip back to Knox County, or that area, which might account for the birth of James Alfred Haston in Roane County, TN.

Source for White County, TN petition signature:  Legislative Petition # 5-1-1806, Petition for the Formation of White County from Jackson County, TN. Available from the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

About 1807 Possible Return Trip to Knox County Area:  The fact that someone other than Joseph (perhaps Jacob Mitchell) signed Joseph's signature on the July 22, 1806 petition to form White County and the apparent birth of Joseph's first son near Rockwood of Roane County, TN on November 25, 1807 seem to suggest that he and Sarah may have made a temporary return trip to the Knox County area in about 1807.

Note: One person (Elizabeth Jane Stipe Hasting) who claims to have seen Daniel Haston's wife, said that "Daniel paid her transportation to this county."  Perhaps she was transported from Knox County to White County by Joseph at this time (?).

1807
November 25

Birth of James Alfred Haston:  According to the 1922 Civil War questionnaire for John Taylor Haston, son of James Alfred Haston, his father (James Alfred / Alford Haston) was born in Roane County, TN "near Rockwood."  Since Rockwood, in Roane County, TN, is west of Knoxville and on the way toward White County from Knox County, some Haston researchers have suggested that this birth probably occurred as Joseph and Sarah were traveling from Knox County on their original journey White County, TN.  However, since Joseph Haston was apparently in White County by or before July 22, 1806 (because his name appears, at that time, on the petition to form White County, TN), that would make the Roane County place of birth for James Alfred Haston questionable, unless Joseph made a return trip to Knox County after he made his entry claim for land in White County.  There is some reasonable doubt as to whether or not Joseph's signature on the July 22, 1806 petition was written by his own hand.  It is possible, therefore, that someone signed for him, since he was on a temporary return trip to the Knox County area...perhaps to (1) escort his mother to White County and (2) to lead his older brother, David, to the new Haston home place in White County.  Joseph's grand daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Jane Stipe Hasting, commented that "Daniel paid her [his wife's] transportation to this county."  David did not arrive in White County, from Knox County, until some time between November 11, 1806 and February 10, 1808

He (James Alfred)  married Livinia Fidella King on January 9, 1832.  A census record indicates that James Alfred was a carpenter and a sawmill operator.  Livinia died in 1867.  James Alfred died on January 1 or 11, 1880 in Van Buren County, TN.  Both James Alfred and Livinia are buried in the Town Cemetery in Spencer (Van Buren County), TN.  
See their family picture of about 1858.
 
Sources:  Haston Ridge web site (original source unknown); some of this information from an untitled source in Wayne Haston's files
; place of birth for James Alfred Haston from 1922 Civil War Questionnaire from John Taylor Haston, available from the TN State Library and Archives.

See Howard H. Hasting, Sr.'s material on this site for more information on this son of Joseph and Sarah Haston.

1808

Birth of William B. Haston:  This son was born in White County, TN.  It is believed that he died in infancy.  No specific date for his birth is known.  Question:  Is this a case of mistaken identity?  David Haston had a son by the name of "Willie B. Haston" who was born in 1806.  Apparently (from a family picture of about 1858), James A. Haston had a son named Wiley B. Haston.  Was this the Wiley B. Haston who died at the Battle of Perryville, KY in the Civil War?
Source: Haston Ridge web site

1808
September 20

Purchased Land in White County, TN:  Joseph purchased 50 acres of land in the 3rd  District on the Big Spring Branch, adjacent to Isham Bradley's 50 acres, as per grant # 550.  It seems that Thomas Dillon originally acquired the land from the Board of Land Commissioners for West TN, by virtue of Certificate # 63, dated July 21, 1807.  
Source:  Grant # 550 on page 64 of Volume B of Deeds of White County, TN; Grant # 550 on page 239 of TN G District, Book A and page 64 of the TN MTN District, Book 4 (1808).  

1809
February 15

Witnessed Isham Bradley Land Transaction:  Joseph Hastin, David Hastin, Jacob Mitchell, and John Miles (Miles? or Miller? see below) were witnesses for a sale of 50 acres that Isham Bradley made to Charles Mitchell for $400.  The land was on the Big Spring Branch.  Isham Bradley earlier acquired the land from the state of TN through Grant # 529.  David Haston purchased this same tract of land from Charles Mitchell for $610 on January 16, 1812.
Source:  Page 69 of Volume B of Deeds, White County, TN.

1809
February 15

Joseph Sold Land to David Haston:  On the same day that brothers Joseph and David Haston witnessed the Isham Bradley to Charles Mitchell transaction (above) they made a land deal between themselves.  For the price of $200, Joseph Hastin sold to David Hastin his interest in the 50 acres of land (Grant # 550) that he purchased a few months earlier.  The land was adjacent to that of Isham Bradley and Jacob Mitchell.  Isham Bradley, Charles Mitchell, and John Miller (John Miles? see above) witnessed the deal.
Source:  Page 107-109 of Volume B, Deeds of White County, TN, 1809-1810
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Note:  Joseph only held this property for about five months.  Perhaps, for some reason, he bought if for David and never fully owned it himself.  It appears that David made the move to White County a bit later than Joseph (and Daniel) and, thus, David perhaps made arrangements with Joseph to purchase land there for him and hold it until he arrived.  Daniel and Joseph signed the July 22, 1806 for the formation of White County, but David's (the most civic oriented member of the family) name does not appear on that list.  David was still in Knox County selling his land until 1806-1807.
1811 The First White County, TN Census (List of Taxable Inhabitants):  David Hastin and Joseph Hastin appeared in the list for Captain Isaac Pruett's Company of Militia as taken and returned by Joseph Smith, Esq. on January 1, 1812.  Daniel's name does not appear on this list.  Perhaps Daniel was too old to be considered a "taxable inhabitant" on the militia census.  One transcribed source (Pioneers of White County, TN by W.J.H. Phillips; TN 976.89 White PHI) says that these names are David Holland and Joseph Hastin, but the original document clearly reads "David Hastin" and "Joseph Hastin."
Source:  Property and Poll Tax, 1811-1815 / 1821-1825; in the White County Court Clerk's office in Sparta, TN.  (not transcriptions, but copies of original books)
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Question:  Is this Captain Isaac Pruett the same man who witnessed David Haston's sale of Knox County land just a few years earlier?  (see the September 11, 1806 entry for David's timeline) 
1811 White County, TN Tax List:  Joseph Hastin appeared on this list of taxable property and polls, in the bounds of Captain Isaac Pruett's militia company.  He owned no land.  His total tax bill for the year was .50, which included .12 1/2 for "State Tax" and .37 1/2 for "County Tax."  He was charged for one "white poll," but was not charged for any "black polls" (owned no slaves), nor "steed horses," nor "retail stores," nor "town lots."
Source:  Property and Poll Tax, 1811-1815 / 1821-1825; in the White County Court Clerk's office in Sparta, TN.  (not transcriptions, but copies of original books)
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Note:  One transcribed source (Pioneers of White County, TN by W.J.H. Phillips (TN 976.89 White PHI); found in the White County, TN public library) spells the name "Daniel Hartin" and has Joseph's name as "Joseph Hastin" and David's as "David Hartin."  In the original source, they surname spellings seem to be consistent as "Hastin."

Note:  From the White County, TN tax lists we learn that none of the early White County Hastons (Daniel, David, Joseph, & Isaac) ever owned slaves, although their neighbors sometimes did.

1811 or 1812

Birth of Isaac N. Haston:  This son was born in White County, TN.  He was 38 years old at the time of  the 1850 census.  Isaac married Emmaline King, who was born in NC.  Isaac and Emmaline had seven children.  He was a farmer, according to the 1850 census.  Apparently, he died between the 1850 and 1860 censuses.  See the July 13, 1835 entry on this timeline for more information about a later court action by Isaac, in which he took his mother to court to force her to probate his father's will.  
Sources:  Haston Ridge web site (original source unknown); some of this information from untitled sources in Wayne Haston's files

See Howard H. Hasting, Sr.'s material on this site for more information on this son of Joseph and Sarah Haston.

Note:  William E. Shockley, an African-American, wrote a letter to his sister sometime in the 1950s or so which claims that his grandmother, Dicie Cummings-Shockley, was the daughter of an "Isaac Haston" and that she was raised in his house as a "Haston" daughter.  The details in that letter point to this Isaac N. Haston, son of Joseph Haston, as the man who was most likely to have been Dicie's father, assuming that the story was true.

1812
December 24
Birth of Joseph Claiborne Haston (Hastain)This son was born in White County, TN.  (One source says that he was born in 1823 and another says November 10, 1821.)  He married Martha Ann Denny/Denney on July 3, 1845.  She was born in 1830 in TN.  They had two children, Nancy and William, both of whom were born in TN.  Later, he married his first cousin, Emily J. Hastings Leek (daughter of Isaac Hastings), on October 29, 1854 in Greene County, MO.  They had children named Robert, Isaac, John, Lucinda, Emily, and Dave (probably born in CA).  Joseph Claiborne Hastain died on June 24, 1890 in the Rincon Valley of Lake County, CA.
Source:  Haston Ridge web site (original source unknown);  some of this information from an untitled source in Wayne Haston's files; some from Donna Van Dusen.

See Howard H. Hasting, Sr.'s material on this site for more information on this son of Joseph and Sarah Haston.

1812 White County, TN Tax List:  Daniel Hastin, David Hastin, and Joseph Hastin appeared on this "taxable property and polls" list in the bounds of Captain Isaac Pruett's Company of Militia.  The listing was taken by Joseph Smith, Esq.  Joseph Hastin's total tax was .25 (.12 1/2 for state tax and for county tax).  It seems that the county tax rate dropped sharply from the previous year.  Again, he was charged for one white poll.  Joseph still owned no land.
Source:  Property and Poll Tax, 1811-1815 / 1821-1825; in the White County Court Clerk's office in Sparta, TN.  (not transcriptions, but copies of original books)
Online reference:  White County, TN 1812 Tax List (microfilm roll 123, book 1812)
1813 White County, TN Tax List:  Daniel Hastin, David Hastin, and Joseph Hastin appeared on this "taxable property and polls" list in the bounds of Captain Isaac Pruett's Company of Militia.  The listing was taken by Nicholas Gillentine, Esq.  Joseph's total tax was .50.  Three additional taxes (county purposes tax, court house tax, & poor tax) were added this year.   Joseph still owned no land.  Again, he was only charged for one white poll.
Source:  Property and Poll Tax, 1811-1815 / 1821-1825; in the White County Court Clerk's office in Sparta, TN.  (not transcriptions, but copies of original books)
1814 White County, TN Tax List:  Daniel Hastin, David Hastin, and Joseph Hastin appeared on this "taxable property and polls" list in the bounds of Captain Isaac Pruett's Company of Militia.  The listing was taken by Nicholas Gillentine, Esq.  Joseph's total tax was .25.  The three additional taxes (county purposes tax, court house tax, & poor tax) that were added in the previous year no longer existed.   Joseph still owned no land.  Again, he was charged only for one white poll.
Source:  Property and Poll Tax, 1811-1815 / 1821-1825; in the White County Court Clerk's office in Sparta, TN.  (not transcriptions, but copies of original books)
1815
December 26
Birth of Malindia W. Haston:  This daughter was born in White County, TN.  She married William P. Howard on September 5, 1839 in White County, TN.  She died on January 23, 1892 and is buried at Shepherd Cemetery in Yell County, Arkansas.  Two or three of her sons are buried there also.
Source:  Wanda Karnes

See Howard H. Hasting, Sr.'s material on this site for more information on this daughter of Joseph and Sarah Haston.

1815 White County, TN Tax List:  Daniel Hastin, David Hastin, Joseph Hastin, and Isaac Hastin appeared on this "taxable property and polls" list in the bounds of Captain William Denny's Company.  The listing was taken by N. Gillentine, Esq.  Joseph's total tax was .25.  The poor tax returned this year, but he didn't have to pay it (probably because he was not a land owner).   Joseph still owned no land.  Again, he was charged for one white poll.
Source:  Property and Poll Tax, 1811-1815 / 1821-1825; in the White County Court Clerk's office in Sparta, TN.  (not transcriptions, but copies of original books)
1816 White County, TN Tax List:  Daniel Hastin, David Hastin, Joseph Hastin, and Isaac Hastin appeared on this "taxable property and polls" list in the bounds of Captain William Denny's Company of Militia.  The listing was taken by Nicholas Gillentine, Esq.  Joseph's total tax was .25.  He still owned no land.  Again, he was charged for one white poll.
Source:  Property and Poll Tax, 1816-1818; in the White County Court Clerk's office in Sparta, TN.  (not transcriptions, but copies of original books)
1816
October 12
Summoned to Jury Duty:  Joseph Hastin was summoned to attend the next term of court for the purpose of jury duty.  Isaac Scoggin, and others, were also in the group.
Source:  Original page 420 of WPA transcriptions of White County Court Minutes, 1814-1817.
1817
January 20
Served on a Jury:  Joseph Hastin served as a member of a jury in this January term of White County Court of Common Pleas.
Source:  Page 440 of the 1814-1817 Minute Book of the Court of Common Pleas of White County, TN.
1817 White County, TN Tax List:  Daniel Hasting, David Hasting, Joseph Hasting, and Isaac Hasting appeared on this "taxable property and polls" list in Captain Jesse Scoggon's Company of Militia.  The listing was taken by William Denny, Esq.  Joseph's total tax was .69 1/4.  A bridge tax was assessed this year.  He now owned 20 acres of land on the Caney Fork.  Again, he was charged for one white poll.
Source:  Property and Poll Tax, 1816-1818; in the White County Court Clerk's office in Sparta, TN.  (not transcriptions, but copies of original books)
1818 White County, TN Tax List:  David Haston, Joseph Haston, and Isaac Haston appeared on this "taxable property and polls" list in Captain Scoggon's Company.  The listing was taken by William Denny, Esq.  Daniel Haston was not mentioned, but Isaac appears on the list with 150 acres.  Joseph's total tax was .47 1/2.  A court house tax was assessed this year.  Joseph's 20 acres was said to have been on Cane Creek.  He was charged with one white poll.
Source:  Property and Poll Tax, 1816-1818; in the White County Court Clerk's office in Sparta, TN.  (not transcriptions, but copies of original books)
1820 Federal Census:  Joseph Hasting's household, according to this census, consisted of two males under the age of 10 and one male from 10 to 16 years of age.  Joseph was in the 26 to 45 age category.  There were three small girls (under 10), one girl aged 10 to 16, one female (presumably Sara, his wife) in the 26-45 category, and a female over 45.  He owned no slaves.  This census raises some questions about Joseph's and Sarah's family, when the census is compared to genealogical records.  James Alfred would have been the 10-16 years old male; Isaac N. and Joseph Claiborne would have been the two boys under age 10.  Malindia, at age 4 or 5 would have been one of the girls under 10.  But, who were the other two small girls under ten years of age?  Who was the female aged from 10 to 16?  Who was the older female, who was over 45 years old?  Perhaps this was Joseph's mother-in-law, since a woman of this age bracket (presumably Daniel's wife and Joseph's mother or step mother) was living with Daniel Haston at the time of this census.
Source:  1820 Federal Census for White County, TN

1821

Birth of John C. Haston:  This son was born in White County, TN.  He was married  to Aranetta (Netty / Nettie / Ninetta) Howard on May 8, 1847 in Van Buren County, TN by David Haston, J.P..  She was born about 1832.  They had three children: Helen Hastings (born 1849), Franklin L. Hastings (born October 22, 1854) and Sarah Almeda Hastings (born August 19, 1855).  John C. Hastings / Haston died between their last child Sarah Almeda in 1855 and 1857 when Aranetta remarried a William Phillips in Lawrence County, Arkansas.
Source:  Haston Ridge web site (original source unknown); some of this information from an untitled source in Wayne Haston's files

Note:  Was this the "John Haston" who was in jail twenty years later (April 5, 1841)?  "For reasons appearing to the Court it is ordered that John Haston who is before the Court in custody of the Sheriff be confined in the Common Jail of White County until tomorrow morning 10 O'clock for contempt offered this worshipful Court."
Source:  Original page 438 of the WPA abstracts of the Minutes of White County, Tennessee Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1835-1841.

See Howard H. Hasting, Sr.'s material on this site for more information on this son of Joseph and Sarah Haston.

1821
January
Appeared on a list of debtors:  Joseph Hasting appeared on an inventory of debts owed to a deceased Lawson Nourse, who was one of the earliest physicians in Sparta, TN.  He was on the "Good Debt" section of the list for a $2.00 debt.  There are approximately 800 names on the list.
Source:  Page 230 or 260 of Inventory and Wills, 1810-1828; White County, TN (original book in the White County County Court Clerk Office in Sparta, TN)
1821 White County, TN Tax List:  Daniel Hasting, David Hasting, Joseph Hasting, and Isaac Hasting appeared on this "taxable property and polls" list in Captain Scoggon's "old" Company.  The listing was taken by Nicholas Gillentine, Esq.  Joseph's total tax was 1.71 3/4.  In addition to state, county, and poor taxes, a juror tax and a bridge & jail tax were assessed.  Joseph's 20 acres were said to have been on Big Spring.  As usual, he was charged for one white poll.
Source:  Property and Poll Tax, 1811-1815 / 1821-1825; in the White County Court Clerk's office in Sparta, TN.  (not transcriptions, but copies of original books)
1822
January 22
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December 19
Joseph Purchased Items from Isham Bradley:  Joseph paid Isham Bradley $300 for various pieces of property, including two horses, three feather beds, furniture, etc.  Isaac Brown and Jesse Brewer witnessed the transaction.
Source:  Page 167, December 19, 1822 entry in Volume G, Deeds of White County, TN;  Also, page 322, January 22, 1822 entry (pages 360-361 in the original court minutes book) of the WPA transcription book, White County, TN Minute Book 6, 1820-1823. 
Note:  Probably the transaction was approved in the quarterly court session in January, but was not recorded in the office of deeds until December.
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Question:  Why would Isham Bradley sell his personal goods at this time?  It is true that he moved to Monroe County, TN in this decade.  However, he witnessed the creation of Joseph Haston's will in July of 1827 (see below).  Presumably, he was still in White County, TN at that time.
1822 White County, TN Tax List:  David Hasting, Joseph Hasting, and Isaac Hasting appeared on this "taxable property and polls" list in Captain Parker's Company.  The listing was taken by N. Gillentine, Esq.  As on the 1818 tax list, Daniel does not appear, but Isaac appears with the 150 acres on Big Spring.  Joseph's total tax for this year was 1.45.  His 20 acres of land was mentioned as being in Shockley's Cove.  As usual, he was charged for one white poll.
Source:  Property and Poll Tax, 1811-1815 / 1821-1825; in the White County Court Clerk's office in Sparta, TN.  (not transcriptions, but copies of original books)
1823 White County, TN Tax List:  Daniel Hastin, David Hastin, Joseph Hastin, and Isaac Hastin appeared on this "taxable property and polls" list in Captain Parker's Company.  The listing was taken by D. Hasting, Esq.  Daniel's name reappears on this tax roll, but only has 50 acres situated on Cane Creek, as compared to the 150 acres he owned since 1808.  Joseph's total tax was 1.61 3/4.  Now Joseph has 70 acres (listed as being on Cane Creek), instead of 20 acres.  He was charged tax for one white poll.  
Source:  Property and Poll Tax, 1811-1815 / 1821-1825; in the White County Court Clerk's office in Sparta, TN.  (not transcriptions, but copies of original books)
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Note:  Apparently, Joseph inherited 50 acres of land from Daniel at this time.  It appears that Isaac may also have inherited land from Daniel, which he sold to Rodum Doyle.  Perhaps Isaac sold his part of the land because he was planning to move away from White County, which he did soon after this time.  David probably inherited the 50 acre home place from Daniel when he died.  In the 1827 tax list, David's 100 acres has expanded to 150 acres.  We know that David's youngest son, William Carroll Haston, Sr., ended up owning the Daniel Haston home place.  If Jesse Haston was the son of Daniel, why did he receive no land?  The fact that he had already moved to Missouri might be a reason.
1824 White County, TN Tax List:  Joseph Haston, Daniel Haston, and David Haston appeared on this "list of taxable property and polls" in Captain Arthur Parker's company.  The listing was taken and returned by David Haston, Esq.  Joseph owned 70 acres at this time.  His land was located "on the big spring by D" (D = "ditto" for Caney Fork, in line above).  His total tax was 1.43 3/4.  Joseph was charged poll tax for one white poll.
Source:  Original p
age 138 of 1824 Property and Poll Tax, White County, TN.
1824
April 19
Summoned to Jury Duty for Next Session of Court:  Joseph Hastin, along with John Gillentine, Isaac Brown and others, was ordered to attend the next session of court as jurors.  
Source:  Original page 35 of Part 1 of the WPA transcriptions of White County, Tennessee (County Court) Minute Book, 1824-1827.
1824
July 19
Appointed as a Constable:  Joseph Hasting was "this day appointed a constable for the full space and term of two years from the date hereof, and thereupon took the oath to support the constitution of the United States, the State of Tennessee and the oath of office, together with the several oaths prescribed by law, and together with David Hasting and Arthur Parker entered into and acknowledge bond in the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds, conditioned as the law requires."  
Source:  Page 175 of the 1824-1827 Minute Book of the Court of Common Pleas of White County, TN;  Also, original page 43 of Part 1 of the WPA transcriptions of White County, Tennessee (County Court) Minute Book, 1824-1827.
Note:  This appointment was made just about five years prior to Joseph's death.  One would think that Joseph must have been in apparent good health at this time, in order to be appointed as constable.
1824
July 20
Reported for Jury Duty:  Joseph Hastings, John Gillentine, Isaac Brown, and other men were appointed to a jury for this session of the county court.
Source:  Original page 48 of Part 1 of the WPA transcriptions of White County, Tennessee (County Court) Minute Book, 1824-1827.
1824
July 24
Summoned to Appear in Next Circuit Court Session as Constable:  Constables Nathaniel Evans and Joseph Hasting were ordered to appear "for the next Circuit Court for White County."  Among the men called for jury duty were Spence Mitchell, Simon Doyle, and Isaac Plumlee.
Source:  Original page 66 of Part 1 of the WPA transcriptions of White County, Tennessee (County Court) Minute Book, 1824-1827.
1825 White County, TN Tax List:  Daniel Hasting, David Hasting, and Joseph Hasting appeared on this "taxable property and polls" list in Captain Parker's Company.  The listing was probably taken by David Hasting, Esq. (although his name does not appear on the list).  Joseph Haston owned 70 acres at this time.  Beginning with this year, land was divided into "school lands" and "other lands."  Probably the "school land" was taxable (or at a higher rate) and the other land was not (or at a lower rate).  All of his land was in the "other lands" category.  His total tax was 1.21 1/4.  As usual, he charged for one white poll.
Source:  Property and Poll Tax, 1811-1815 / 1821-1825; in the White County Court Clerk's office in Sparta, TN.  (not transcriptions, but copies of original books)
1825
January 17
Ordered to Serve as Constable for Next Court Session.  Nathanel [sic] Evans and Joseph Hastons were ordered to report for court duty, as constables, for the next meeting of the County Court.
Source:  Original page 131 of Part 1 of the WPA transcriptions of White County, Tennessee (County Court) Minute Book, 1824-1827.
1825
April 12
Constable Duty in Court Session:  Nathaniel Evans and Joseph Hasting reported for duty as Constables in this court session.
Source:  Original page 173 of Part 1 of the WPA transcriptions of White County, Tennessee (County Court) Minute Book, 1824-1827.
1826
January 1
White County, TN Census:  Daniel Hastin, David Hastin, and Joseph Hastin appeared on a "list containing the names and number of free male inhabitants of the age of twenty years and upwards resident citizens in Capt. Parkers company on the 1st day of January 1826 taken by David Hasting, Esq."  This list was not a typical tax list with property info, etc. given.  It was more of a census, similar to the taken taken in 1811.
Source:  Copied from the original document in the White County Court Clerk office in Sparta, TN (not a transcription)
1826 White County, TN Tax List:  Daniel Hastin, Senr., David Hastin, and Joseph Hastin appeared on this "taxable property and polls" list in Captain Parker's Company.  The listing was taken by David Hasting, Esq.  Joseph Hastin owned 70 acres at this time, in the "other lands" category.  Joseph's total tax was 1.53 1/8.  As usual, he was charged poll tax for one white poll.
Source:  Original page 24 in Property and Poll Tax, 1826-1829 for White County, TN.
1826
January 26
Granted 66 AcresJoseph acquired 66 acres of land on the south side of the Caney Fork for the price of one cent per acre (as allowed by the November 22, 1823 Act of the General Assembly of TN, which was probably one of the General Assembly's acts that permitted people to secure vacant or unappropriated lands).  This tract adjoined land owned by David Hastin, Sampson Mooney, James Brown, Shockley, and Denny.
Sources:  Page 809 of Middle TN Land Grants, Book 9 (TSLA Roll 108) and Middle TN Certificate of Survey #7968 (for Joseph Hastin of White Co, TN).  Also, summary on page 132 of Van Buren County Register of Deeds Entry Takers Book, Volume A (July 1836-August 1849), on TSLA microfilm Roll # 45.

1826
July 10

Reappointed as Constable:  "This day the Court proceeded to the appointment of a Constable in Captain Parkers Company and to that office do appoint Joseph Hasting for the next two years ensuing who thereupon took the oath prescribed by law and together with William Denny and David Hasting entered into an acknowledged bond in the sum of one thousand dollars conditioned as the law requires."
Source:  Original page 368 of Part 2 [numbers continue from Part 1] of the WPA transcriptions of White County, Tennessee (County Court) Minute Book, 1824-1827.
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Note:  Apparently, Joseph did a good job during his 1824-1826 term.  There has been some speculation that Joseph was a sickly man, especially in the years leading up to his death that occurred prior to 1830.  This speculation is partially based upon the fact that he wrote his will in July of 1827 (see below).  However, it is unlikely that he would have been fit to have been appointed as a Constable in 1826 if he was sickly at the time.  The work of a Constable would have required a strong man.  Perhaps, an ailment developed between July of 1826 and July of 1827.

1827

Birth of Sarah Jane Haston:  This daughter was born in White County, TN.  She was living with her mother at the time of the 1850 census.  She married Jonathan Blankenship.  Her date of death and other information are unknown.
Source: Haston Ridge web site (original source unknown)

See Howard H. Hasting, Sr.'s material on this site for more information on this daughter of Joseph and Sarah Haston.

1827
July 23

Joseph Created His Will:  In his will, Joseph bequeathed all of his property to Sarah, "for the use of the family and the raising of my small children."  The will was witnessed by William Denny, John S. Parker, and Isham Bradley.  
Source:  Page 92, of White County, TN Inventories and Wills;  Also, page 152 of the WPA transcription White County, TN Inventories & Old Wills, 1831-1840
1827 White County, TN Tax ListDavid Hastin and Joseph Hastin appeared on a list of "taxable property and polls in Capt. Stukleys Co. for 1827.  Returned by David Haston, Esq."  Joseph possessed 169 acres at this time (compare that with his 70 acres on previous tax lists).  Some of his land (69 acres) was categorized as "other lands" and the rest of it (100 acres) was categorized as "school lands".  His total tax for the year was 1.95 1/2.  He was again charged for one white poll.
Source: 
Copied from the original document in the White County Court Clerk office in Sparta, TN (not a transcription)
1828 White County, TN Tax ListDavid Hasting and Joseph Hasting appeared on a list of "taxable property and polls in Capt. Stukleys Co. for 1828."  The list was taken by Wm Denny, Esq.  Joseph possessed 100 acres at this time, situated on the Caney Fork (compare that with his 169 acres on the 1827 tax list).  Some of his land (69 acres) was categorized as "other lands" and the rest of it (31 acres) was categorized as "school lands".  His total tax for the year was .68 2/4.  He was again charged for one white poll.
Source: 
Copied from the original document in the White County Court Clerk office in Sparta, TN (not a transcription)
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Note:  A "Blount Hasting" also appeared on this 1828 list in the same militia company as David Hasting and Joseph Hasting and situated on the Caney Fork.  His name appears sandwiched right between the names of David and Joseph.  This man was a "white poll" but owned no land.  His total tax was .62 1/2.  Who was he?  Was he a new resident in White County (perhaps a relative who have moved to be near them) or was he a young member of one of the Haston families who had just turned 21 years of age?  Was he the Willie B. Haston (son of David) who was born on June 11, 1806?  See a reference to "Blunt Haston" in the 1851 VB County court minutes.
1829 White County, TN Tax List:  Although there is a generally complete tax list for this year, there seems to be no existing record (in the original book or the microfilm copy of that record) for the militia area where David and Joseph Haston lived.  Perhaps it was not reported, but more likely it was lost at some point prior to the microfilming of the records.

Before 1830

Death of Joseph Haston:  Joseph, one source indicates, died in 1834.  However, information given in later entries on this timeline seem to suggest that he died prior to the 1830 Federal Census.  He is buried in the Big Fork Cemetery in the Cummingsville community of Van Buren County, TN.
Source:  Unknown (source of the date of Joseph's death)

1830

Federal Census:  The 1830 Federal Census for White County, TN places Sarah Ann Hasting (age 40-50) as the head of the household.  There was, at the time of the census, one male between 5-10 years old, one male between 10-15 years old, one male 15-20 years old, and one male 20-30 years of age.  Also, there was one female under age 5, one female between 5-10 years of age, two females between 10-15 years of age, and one female between 20-30 years old.  
Source:  Supposedly, the 1830 Federal Census (we have not seen the actual census)
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Note:  One source (untitled document from Wayne Haston's files) surmised that "It appears that Joseph died between the 1820 and the 1830 census, leaving his wife, Sarah Ann, as the head of his family, that by 1840 the two older sons, James A. and Isaac had married so that Sarah Ann and the unmarried daughters depended upon Samuel who was listed as the head of the family, and that by 1850 all the children had married and moved away, except the two younger daughters, Sarah Jane and A(z)manda."  
Question:  Who was Samuel?  One source (page 37 of a document created by Howard H. Hasting of San Antonio, TX in the 1960s) indicates that Samuel was, as per a Federal Census, born between 1815 and 1820.  Was he a son of Joseph and Sarah?  If so, why is he omitted from some major family genealogies?

1831

Birth of Amanda Haston:  This daughter was born in White County, TN.  She was living with her mother at the time of the 1850 census, and later married William Leonard Dale on March 13 (or 14), 1858 in White County.  Her date of death is unknown.
Source: Haston Ridge web site (original source unknown)

See Howard H. Hasting, Sr.'s material on this site for more information on this daughter of Joseph and Sarah Haston.

1832 White County, TN Tax List:  These names appear on a "Tax Property and Polls List" in Captain Parker's Company for 1832:  William B. Hastin, Sally (nickname for Sarah) Hastin, Alfred Hastin, and David Hastin.  The list was returned by David Hastings, Esquire.  Sally Hastin owned 30 acres of "school land" and 69 acres of "other land."  She was assessed 55 3/4 for taxes.  Sally (Sarah) was not charged for any poll tax, which would be expected because of her gender.
Source:  1832 White County, TN Tax List (no readable page number).

1832
April 18

Sarah Had Unclaimed Mail:  Sarah Haston was on a list of people who had mail at the Sparta (White County), TN post office that had not been claimed, as of April 1, 1832.  James A. Hastin (James Alfred Haston, son of Joseph?) and Daniel M C Hesting also appeared on the list (as did Jesse Lincoln, who was the cousin of Abraham Lincoln).
Source:  Wednesday, April 18, 1832 edition of Sparta Record and Law Journal of Sparta (White County), TN.
1833 White Co Tax List:  These names appear on a "Tax Property and Polls List" in Captain Simmon's Company for 1833:  Isaac Hasting, Alfred Hasting, Sally [Sarah] Hasting, William? Hasting," __?__ Hasting, Isham B. Hasting, Thomas C. Hasting, & David Hasting.  Sally (Sarah) was taxed for 30 acres of school land and 69 acres of "other" land.  Her property tax was $ .618.  Note: A ? indicates that the print is faded at that point and the names are unclear.
Source:  P
age 45 of 1833 White County, TN tax list. 
1834 White County, TN Tax List:  These names appear on a "Taxable Property and Poll" list for Captain Simmons' company, which was returned by Jesse Scoggins, Esquire:  James A. Haston, William B. Haston, Isham B. Haston, Thomas C. Haston, David Haston, Sally Haston, and Isaac Haston.  Sally (Sarah) Haston owned 30 acres of school land and 69 acres of "other" land.  She was taxed .99 1/2.
Source:  1834 White County, TN tax list.
1835 White County, TN Tax List:  These names appear on a "Taxable Property and Polls" list in Captain Shockley's Company for 1835, which was returned by D. Hasting, Esq.:  William B. Hasting, Isham B. Hasting, James A. Hasting, Sarah Hasting, Isaac Hasting, and David Hasting.  Sarah owned 30 acres of school land and 69 acres of "other" land.  She was taxed .62.   
Source:  1835 White County, TN Tax listAlso, Tennessee Cousins by Worth S. Ray.

1835
July 13

Joseph's Son Isaac Filed Suit Against His Mother:  Isaac Hasting, one of the heirs at law of Joseph Haston, filed a motion in an action against Sarah Hasting (his mother), widow of Joseph Hasting, praying for an order against Sarah to require her to probate the will of Joseph.  The motion was granted.  
Source:  Original page 4 of the WPA transcriptions White County, TN Court Minutes & Court of Common Pleas and Quarter Session, 1835-1841;  Also,  Minute Book 1835-1841, White County, TN (in County Court Clerk's office in Sparta, TN)
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Note:  Apparently when Joseph died, Sarah was in no hurry to probate his will.  Isaac forced the execution of the will.  The irony of the matter is that Joseph's will gave everything to Sarah and nothing to the children directly.  (see below)

1835
October 12

Joseph's Will Executed"This day was produced in open court he within writing purposing to be the last will and testament of Joseph Haston Deceased, late of the County of White, and the due execution and publication thereof proven in open court by the oaths of William Denny and John S. Parker two of the Subscribing witnesses thereto for the purposes and things therein mentioned and that the said Joseph Haston was at the date of the execution and publication thereof of sound and disposing mind and memory and that Said will is the last will and testament of the Said Joseph Haston deceased which is ordered to be recorded. Given at office 12th October A. D. 1835.  Recorded and examined 26 October 1835, Test- Jacob A. Lane Clerk of White County Court.  (1835 October Sessions, White County, TN)
Sources:  Page 92, of White County, TN Inventories and Wills.  
Also, original page 26 of the WPA abstracts of the Minutes of White County, Tennessee Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, 1835-1841.
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Note:  Isham Bradley, apparently, was still in White County in July of 1827, when Joseph's will was created but was not available (probably because he moved to Monroe County, TN) at the time of the execution of the will in October of 1835.
1836 White County, TN Tax List:  At this time, White County reorganized into "Districts."  The old militia system of civil organization was dropped.  The area where the early Hastons settled was assigned to District 15.  These names appear on the 1836 tax list for District 15:  David Haston, James A. Haston, Isaac Haston, Willie B. Haston, Isham B. Haston, David M.C. Haston.  Sarah (or Sally) Haston's name was not on the list.

Source:  1836 White County, TN tax list.

1837
September 14

Joseph's Land ConveyedSarah Ann ("Sary") joined with her children, James A. Haston, Isaac Haston, and Malinda Haston, in a deed of conveyance of lands (20 acres) "on the waters of the big Spring of Cane Creek of the mane cainenafork" to Charles P. Shockley for $459.00.  This land was adjacent to David Haston's 50 acres and a 50 acres tract owned by John Kirklen.  It also touched as a corner of Jacob Stipes & John Kirklen.  Sary, Isaac, and Malinda signed with their marks.  Apparently, James A. Haston signed his name.  David Haston witnessed the transaction.  This 1837 deed was not registered until March 17, 1860 - just a few days before David Haston died.

Question:  When plotted out, the first set of bounds for this tract come back to the beginning and then plot out another sub-tract.  Is the 20 acres measurement (stated toward the end of the deed) only for the second part of the tract or for the entire tract?
Source:  Deed Records of Van Buren County, TN, Book B, pages 605-606, TSLA microfilm reel # 26.

On this same day of September 14, 1837, Sery Haston, James A. Haston, Isaac Haston, and Malinda Haston conveyed sixty six acres and one hundred and twenty poles to Charles P. Shockley and Wm. Denney for $150.00.  Note that the 20 acres in the previous deed brought $459, as compared to $150 for this much larger tract of 66+ acres.  That probably says something about the quality of land in this larger tract.  This land was "situated on the waters of the main caine fork granted to Joseph Haston.  Sary, Isaac, and Malinda signed with their marks.  Apparently, James A. Haston signed his name.  David Haston witnessed the transaction.  This 1837 deed was not registered until March 17, 1860 - just a few days before David Haston died.
Source:  Deed Records of Van Buren County, TN, Book B, pages 606-608,
TSLA microfilm reel # 26.

1837

White County, TN Tax List:  Sarah Haston does not appear on the 1837 White County, TN tax list.
Source:  1837 White County, TN tax list.

1838

White County, TN Tax List:  Sarah Haston does not appear on the 1838 White County, TN tax list.
Source:  1838 White County, TN tax list.
1839 White County, TN Tax List:  These names appear in District 15 of the 1839 White County tax list:  Sarah Haston, Isham B. Haston, David Haston, Thomas C. Haston, David M.C. Haston, Willie B. Haston, and Isaac Haston.  Sarah Haston owned 9 acres of land, which was valued at $100, and was taxed 5. for that land. 
Source:  1839 White County, TN tax list

1840

Federal Census:  Sary [sic] Hastin was, in the 50-60 years of age category.  There was one male 15-20 years old, one male 20-30 years old, one female 10-15 years old, one female 15-20 years old, and one female 20-30 years old in the household in 1840.  
Source:  Supposedly, the 1840 Federal Census (we have not seen the actual census)
1840 Van Buren County Tax:  Sarah (Sally) Haston lived in District 3 of Van Buren County, TN and owned 9 acres at the time of this tax record, as well as in years of 1841-1844, 1846-1852, and 10 acres during the years of 1853-1855.  For some reason, there is no indication that she owned land in 1845, but that may have been some kind of error in the tax records.
Source:  Page 40 of Van Buren County, TN Poll Tax Records, 1840-1862 (available from Van Buren County Historical Society).

1850

Federal Census:  Census record # 104 for Van Buren County, TN recorded Sarah Haston, age 65, as the head of the household.  She was born in TN and was a midwife by occupation.  She owned $50 in personal property.  A 23 year old female, Sarah J., and a 19 year old, Amanda, lived in the household at the time of this census.
Source:  1850 Federal Census for Van Buren County, TN
1855
November 6
Sarah Executed a Land Deed:  Sarah executed a deed for nine acres more or less of land in Van Buren County, TN to John Stewart for $100.  James A. Haston & Alzira Haston witnessed the deed.  Sarah signed with her mark.  This is the last record that is known for Sarah Ann Criely / Creely Haston, as a living person.  She does not appear as a land holder in the 1856 and subsequent tax records for Van Buren County, TN.
Source:  Deed of Records of Van Buren County, TN, Book B, page 496 - TSLA microfilm reel # 26.
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Note:  John Steward sold these nine acres to William Moore for $100 on February 13, 1856.  William Moore was a leader in the Big Fork Baptist Church and lived very near the church.
Source:  Page ?395-396 of Van Buren County, TN Deed Book B, TSLA microfilm reel #26.
1858
February 10
Reference to Sarah Haston Line:  A deed ("for the use of a poor house") granted from John Gillentine to Joseph Cummings, Chairman of the Van Buren County Court, mentions an adjacent line of Sarah Hastion.  Was this Sarah Haston, the wife of deceased Joseph Haston (son of Daniel Haston)?  If it was, this does not necessarily indicate that Sarah Haston was living at that time.  However, the interesting thing about this deed is its location "in Civil District No. 7th on Cumberland Mountain."  The land that Sarah Haston inherited from Joseph Haston was in the 3rd District of Van Buren County.  Does this indicate that Sarah Haston purchased land in the 7th District and moved there late in her life?  We have no other record of her having owned land in the 7th District.  She does not appear as a land holder in the 1856 and subsequent tax records for Van Buren County, TN.  Was it called "Sarah Haston's line" because she was living on property that was owned by someone else?  For a similar reference also see the Van Buren County circuit court records for January 1857.
Source:  Page 484 of Van Buren County, TN Deed Book B, TSLA microfilm reel # 26.
1860
November
Death of Sarah Ann Criely/Creely Haston:  According to the U.S. Federal Mortality Schedules Index, Sarah Haston of Van Buren County, TN died of croup in November of 1860.  No occupation was listed and her age is given as 08MO (whatever that means?!).
Source:  U.S. Federal Mortality Schedules Index, ID# MRT197_140842.  See Ancestry.com for this index database and to locate her mortality record.  This information was
compiled and digitized by Ronald V. Jackson from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.