Questions Regarding David
Haston's Affiliation with Union Church
Did David Haston affiliate with this church until or near his
death, or did he change churches at some point earlier than that?
We do know
that he sold
Spencer town lots to the Spencer Christian Church (Church of
Christ), but we do not have any information to indicate that he
affiliated with that congregation otherwise.
David Haston was
not a trustee of the Spencer Church of Christ, when it was
legally organized on
June 4, 1859. Even if he was a communicant
of that church, it is not surprising that he wasn't on the list of
church officers at this time. He was probably a very feeble
man at this time, since it was only a few months prior to his
Haston was one of the original trustees of the Spencer Church
from an 1898 biographical sketch of David Haston's son, William
Carroll Haston, Sr., only mentions his parents
affiliation as Cumberland Presbyterians. There is no
hint that David Haston associated with any other religious group
in White or Van Buren County, TN. This Union Presbyterian
Church was the only Cumberland Presbyterian Church, that we know
of, that was located any where near the early White County
interesting that the Union Presbyterian Church minutes up to 1858
were missing, when C.T. Haston wrote this entry. That was
just a couple of years before
David Haston died. Would that suggest that David Haston
was, possibly, the keeper of the church minutes until just before
his death...at which time the minutes became misplaced?
Thomas (C.T.) Haston was the oldest son of William Carroll Haston,
Sr. (who was the youngest son of David Haston). C.T. was
eleven years old when David Haston died. He grew up very
near his grandfather, so he would have known him well.
Carroll Haston inherited or purchased the David Haston home place,
which was the original home place of Daniel Haston. William
Carroll's family (including C.T.) was probably reared on, or very
near, the David (& Daniel) Haston home place.
David Haston had been the possessor of the pre-1858 church
minutes, C.T. Haston would have had easy access to his
grandfather's personal belongings, since C.T.'s father, William
Carroll, Sr. owned the house where David had lived.
In 1832, founding
elder of this Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Robert
Gamble, along with William Denney and Abijah Crain / Crane, were
responsible for a
"meeting house" in the Cane Creek area south
of the Caney Fork River, very near where David Haston lived.
This was south of and across the Caney Fork from the Union
Cumberland Presbyterian Church. At this point (July 2004),
we have no idea as to what the affiliation of the congregation
(or congregations) was/were that met in in the meeting house
near Cane Creek, south of the Caney Fork. It is noteworthy
that David Haston's name was not mentioned among the leaders of
Source: Page 256-257 of White Co, TN Deed Book L,
microfilm #63. Page 258 from the same aforementioned
source. Even though these records appear in the context of
1839 deeds, the original transaction was dated December 24,
If David Haston was the first clerk of Union Cumberland
Presbyterian Church and faithfully affiliated with this
congregation until or near the time of his death in 1860, why, at
some point, would he not have become an Elder in the Church?
Or if he did become an Elder at some point, why did his grandson
(C.T. Haston) not know of it?