Zora Belle Roberts

14 April 1874–about 1953 (Age 78)
Mount Hope, Lawrence, Alabama, United States

The Life of Zora Belle

When Zora Belle Roberts was born on 14 April 1874, in Mount Hope, Lawrence, Alabama, United States, her father, William A. Roberts, was 39 and her mother, Mary Josephine Farris, was 33. She married Thomas Oscar Hairston on 31 July 1892, in Logan, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Santa Paula, Ventura, California, United States in 1910 and Pomona, Los Angeles, California, United States for about 20 years. She died about 1953, in California, United States, at the age of 79.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Oscar Hairston
Zora Belle Roberts
Marriage: 31 July 1892
Thomas Ray Hairston
Chester Opal Hairston
Gladys Hairston
Pansy Hairston
Paul Buford Hairston
Ina Fern Hairston

Spouse and Children

31 July 1892
Logan, Arkansas, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings




    John Willis Roberts


    William Binom Roberts


    James Lucian Roberts



+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1875 · Alabama Constitution is Ratified

Age 1

A constitutional convention was held on November 16, 1875, to redeem the state from the Reconstructionist Constitution which had been adopted in 1868. The constitution reduced the size of government and services provided, lowered taxes and the political constraint on African-Americans. Segregated schools were also established.
1891 · Angel Island Serves as Quarantine Station

Age 17

Angel Island served as a quarantine station for those diagnosed with bubonic plague beginning in 1891. A quarantine station was built on the island which was funded by the federal government at the cost of $98,000. The disease spread to port cities around the world, including the San Francisco Bay Area, during the third bubonic plague pandemic, which lasted through 1909.
1895 · Alabama State Flag is Adopted

Age 21

Alabama adopted its state flag on February 16, 1895. Act 383 of the Alabama state legislature states, “The flag of the State of Alabama shall be a crimson cross of St. Andrew on a field of white.”

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from the personal name Robert . This surname is very frequent in Wales and west central England. It is also occasionally borne by Jews, presumably as an Americanized form of a like-sounding Jewish surname.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Joyce Belle Hariston in household of Thomas Hariston, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Zvora Hairston in household of Thomas Hairston, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Zora Hariston in household of Thomas Hariston, "United States Census, 1940"

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