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Fifth Generation (Continued)

Family of Kiziah ADAMS (21) & Thomas G. HARDIN

50. Henrietta E. HARDIN. Born in 1870 in Tennessee. At the age of 88, Henrietta E. died in 1958. Buried in 1958 in Beech River Cemetery, Lexington, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in Old District 17, District 1, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1910.

Henrietta E. married Joseph P. WATSON, son of John Wilkerson Marshall WATSON (1842-1878) & Rebecca J. PARKER (1844-1876). Born on 18 Feb 1869 in Tennessee. At the age of 36, Joseph P. died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 12 Jan 1906. Buried in Jan 1906 in Beech River Cemetery, Lexington, Henderson County, Tennessee. Alias/AKA: "Joe".

Obituary: Joe W. Watson died at the home of J.H. Cason last Friday. Deceased had made his home in Lake County for several years and was on a visit to relatives and friends when he was stricken with pneumonia. He leaves a wife and four children who were with him when he was stricken. Joe Watson was reared until the age of 22 by the late John Pearson four miles north of Lexington, and he grew up as a brother to the Pearson children near his own age. His death came to them as a family loss, a cousin in fact but a brother by adoption. He was married to Miss Henrietta, a daughter of Thomas G. Hardin. His life as a man of family was happy and reasonably prosperous. Joe Watson was in the prime of manhood at the age of thirty-six.

They had the following children:
i. Excell. Born in 1892 in Tennessee. Resided in District 17, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1910.

Excell married George W. GOFF, son of Edmon GOFF (1857-) & ? ?. Born in 1886 in Tennessee. Resided in Old District 17, District 1, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1910.

ii. Ray. Born in 1894 in Tennessee. Resided in Old District 17, District 1, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1910.

iii. John Thompson. Born on 4 Oct 1896 in Lexington, Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 33, John Thompson died in St. Louis, Missouri on 18 Dec 1929. Buried in Dec 1929 in Beech River Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in Old District 17, District 1, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1910.

Obituary: Dead in St. Louis; Remains Brought Here; Many hearts were saddened here and elsewhere in the county by the unwelcome intelligence of the death on December 18th of John Thompson Watson, aged 33 years, in a hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, where he had gone from his home in Sapula, Oklahoma. He had lived there for some years while employed as fireman on the Frisco Railway. A son of Mrs. Henrietta Watson and the late Joe P. Watson, he was born near Lexington, October 4th, 1896, and he is survived by his good mother, one brother, Ray Watson and one sister, Mrs. G.W. (Excell) Goff. His father died January 12th, 1906, and a brother, Lois, died some years earlier. He publicly avowed his faith in Christ and was baptized into the fellowship of the First Baptist Church, Lexington, on June 30th, 1916, remaining a member until the end. Obedient, dutiful son, affectionate, the same painstaking diligence that characterized him in every walk of life. Amiable, cheerful and attractive, he easily made lasting friends. The sympathies of this editor are deeply felt and hereby extended to the sorrowing relatives, who are admonished to rest in the hope of a happy reunion with their departed loved one in a better world, whither he has assuredly gone. The body was brought here last Thursday by rail and taken to the residence of his uncle, Leo H. Pearson, where Rev. Fleetwood Ball, his pastor, held funeral services Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock in the presence of a large crowd despite the intensely cold day. The interment was followed in Beech River Cemetery, north of town.

iv. Loyes. Born in 1902 in Tennessee. At the age of 11, Loyes died in Henderson County, Tennessee in Feb 1913. Buried in Feb 1913 in Beech River Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in Old District 17, District 1, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1910.

Obituary: Accidental Death: Eleven Year Old Boy Killed in Most Unexpected Manner: On Thursday of last week, at about 10 o'clock in the morning, at the Beech River schoolhouse, two miles north of Lexington, Loyes, the eleven-year-old son of Mrs. Henrietta Watson, was killed by the lever or revolving beam of a primitive "flying jenny" falling on his breast and crushing him so severely that he died in about thirty minutes. Unknown to the teacher, Mr. V.N. Blankenship, Loyes Watson and one or more little lads were constructing the flying jenny and for the turning pole or beam they were using a sycamore pole, which is a wood of unusual weight. By some means, the pole fell across the breast of the Watson boy, crushing the life out of him as it were, for life was extinct in about thirty minutes. The sorrowing mother is the daughter of T.G. Hardin and the widow of Joe Watson, who was reared by the late John Pearson near Lexington, married here and moved to Lake County. Several years ago he came back here on a summer visit and died. The remains of the unfortunate boy were interred at Beech River on Friday at 3:30 o'clock, Rev.C.R. Brewer officiating. The funeral was attended by a large crowd of sympathizing relatives and friends.


51. Estelle HARDIN. Born in 1881. At the age of 70, Estelle died in 1951. Buried in 1951 in Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Henderson County, Tennessee.

On 10 May 1910 when Estelle was 29, she married Leo Howard PEARSON Senior, son of John PEARSON (1834-1900) & Ruth Eveline PARKER (1841-1908). Born in 1881 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 54, Leo Howard died in Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee on 15 Aug 1935. Buried in Aug 1935 in Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Henderson County, Tennessee.

Obituary: Leo H. Pearson, the son of the late John and Mrs. Evelyn Pearson, was born at the old Pearson home five miles north of Lexington and died in a Jackson hospital August 15, 1935, at the age of 54 years. On May 10th, 1910, he was happily married to Miss Estell Hardin and of the children born to the union, two survive, Ruth who married Lawton Scott, and Leo, Jr. Mr. Pearson had been in business in Lexington and has for several years been handicapped by being seriously crippled, but in spite of that his energy has been inexhaustible. His illness was comparatively short, as he was attacked only the Sunday before his death by what seemed to be acute rheumatism, which developed rapidly. He was carried to a Jackson hospital Monday, where he was had a stroke from which he never rallied. In addition to his wife and two children, he is survived by one brother, Priest, a Henderson County farmer, and Ethel, widow of the late Wiley Enochs, who lives in Jackson. The funeral services were held in the Huntingdon Street home with Rev. A.F. Haynes and Rev. Fleetwood Ball participating and paying tribute to the life and character of the deceased. We have known the Pearson family for more than fifty years, many of them intimately, for many of them have staunch friends of The Progress and its force, hence it is natural that we should feel a deep sympathy for the surviving family in his loss by premature death. R.R. Pafford in charge.

They had the following children:
120 i. Ruth L. (1912-2004)
ii. Leo H.. Born on 22 Jul 1915.

On 23 Mar 1940 when Leo H. was 24, he married Grace WADE.


52. Myrtle HARDIN. Born in 1884 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 89, Myrtle died in 1973. Buried in 1973 in Beech River Cemetery, Lexington, Henderson County, Tennessee.

Myrtle married Elam Sanders GIBSON, son of James Henry GIBSON (1853-1927) & Rachel WOODS (1851-1937). Born in 1888. At the age of 62, Elam Sanders died in 1950. Buried in 1950 in Beech River Cemetery, Lexington, Henderson County, Tennessee.

They had the following children:
121 i. James Hardin (1908-1945)
122 ii. John Elam (1911-2004)

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