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Office of A. A. Hurst
Probate Judge
Cleburne Co.
Edwardsville, Ala
September 20, 1900

Exerpts from a letter addressed to B(Ben).F. Hurst, Esq
Corydon, Ind.

     “ I am in receipt of the copy of the Republican giving an account of the Hurst reunion near Mt. Meridian. I desire to thank you for the courtesy.   I shall be delighted to have a copy of your genealogy. No doubt you and I might trace our origin from the same ancestor.”
     “My grandfather Wm. Hurst came from Virginia to Georgia about 1815 settling in Columbia County, where he married Nancy Scruggs. He was a soldier in the Indian War.”
     “He removed to Butts Co. Ga. about 1818 and thence to Benton County, Ala. In 1836 and died in 1852 in Talladega Co., Ala.”
     “His brother John came to Georgia about the same time going farther south.”
     “ Two other brothers went westward from Virginia settling in Tenn. or Kentucky. Their names were Thomas and George. I have met a few of their descendents.”

     “My father Robert Augustus Hurst was born in Butts Co., Ga. in 1819, came with his parents to Ala. In 1836, and married a daughter of Rev. Samuel Moore who emigrated from Anderson District, S.C. about 1837. My father and mother live here with me. He is 81 years old and she is 75. Father walked from his home this a.m. to my office, 3/4 mile to get the paper you sent me. He seems very much interested in the information gleaned from the account of your reunion. I am the only child now living of my fathers family of 7 boys and 2 girls. I was 50 years old last March and have 5 sons and 5 daughters.”
     I will be glad to hear from you as to whether I have given you any names in your list, for I have long desired to learn something of my remote ancestors.”

Sincerely yours,
A. A. Hurst

Office of}
A. A. Hurst
Probate Judge
 Cleburne Co.

Exerpts from  a letter addressed to B. F. Hurst
Corydon, Ind.
    “My dear sir: Replying to your favor of the 13th  will say that my father and mother have both forgotten the given name of father’s grandfather. He never came south – was dead before grandfather moved to Ga.”
     “Father knows of the existence of only six children of his grandfather, George, Thomas, John and Wm.., his father. My information is that Thomas is the ancestor of the Tenn. Hursts and George is the ancestor of the Kentucky branch.”
     “John went to South Ga. and from there to east Ala. And built the first store at the present town of Fredonia – was a Methodist Minister and was a member of the Committee that drafted the Book of Dicipline for the Congregational Methodists at the South.”
    “ The Convention was held in the State of Miss. Sometime in the fifties or probably earlier. His progeny is pretty numerous, but I have never met one of them.”
     “…My grandfather’s children were: Wm. Washington, Billington Saunders, George Giles, Robert Augustus (my father), Hezikiah Edwin, John Henry, Elijah Robertson, James Franklin, Mary Elizabeth and David Spivey, all of whom raised families but few of them are known by me.”
     “Our name bears the distinction of having a legal definition in the law dictionaries and is correctly spelled in three ways viz: Hirst, Hurst and Hearst and signifies a cultivated grove or vinyard.”
     “ My father’s children were: Wm., Nancy Caroline, Charles Hampton, John Calhoun, Alpheus Augustus(myself), Samuel Jason, Annie and Simeon C. All died in infancy except brother Hamp who lost his life at Vicksburg, Miss. In the late war and sister Nancy C. who died at the age of 45 ….”
     “ Until recent years, I believed they were not a numerous people, but now I find that they have multiplied, till the name (Hurst) is familiar in many states. Not many of them seem to be politicians, though occasionally you will find a Hurst in official life. A cousin of mine Dr. James A. Hurst is now a member of the State Senate of Ala. His father was a lawyer.”
     “You may not be able to connect me with your family tree, but I feel sure we sprang from the same sire. It is a rule with all my people to claim kinship with any man who calls himself Hurst or Hearst, though Maj. Hurst of Miss. used to first find out whether the fellow had pluck enough to fight before he would own up to the relationship.”

     “Hoping to hear from you soon, I remain yours sincerely,
  A. A. Hurst”

*John Hurst (b. ca. 1700 England, settled in Va. ca. 1720, had son Robert and perhaps others)

*Robert Hurst  (born Shenandoah Valley, Va.)(served in the American Revolution, six known children: George, Thomas, John and William)

*Proven ancestry:
William Hurst (b. 1787- d. 1852)
Robert Augustus Hurst (b. 1819- d. 1901)
Alpheus Augustus Hurst (b. 1850-d. 1931)
 
(*James Franklin Hurst,lawyer son of William Hurst provided info on ancestry above from a “Biographical Memoranda”.)