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Family of Shaderick PEARSON, Senior (2) & Betsy COX

7. John PEARSON. Born on 7 May 1834 in Anson County, North Carolina. At the age of 66, John died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 8 Sep 1900. Buried in Sep 1900 in Parkers Crossroads Cemetery, Parkers Crossroads, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1850. Resided in 9th District, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1860. Resided in 17th District, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1870.

Autobiography: John Pearson, a prosperous farmer and old resident of the Tenth District of Henderson County, Tennessee, was born in 1834, in Anson County, N.C., a son of Shadrach and Betsy (Cox) Pearson, both natives of North Carolina. The father was born about 1810, was a farmer by occupation. After his marriage, he moved to Henderson County in 1836, locating in the Eighth District, and purchased a plantation containing about 200 acres of land. About 1848, he moved to Carroll County where he resided until his death in 1875. The mother of John died about 1846. Mr. Pearson was twice married afterward, and the father of twenty-four children, eight of whom are now living, the subject of this sketch being the eldest. He was but two years old of age when his parents came to Tennessee, and went with them to Carroll County. In 1858 he married Miss Elizabeth Williams, who was born in Henderson County in 1838. To them one child was born, William Dudley. Mrs. Pearson died in 1864. Soon after his marriage, Mr. Pearson returned to Henderson County and settled on his father's old place. In 1866, he united with Eveline Parker of Carroll County. To this union seven children were born: Sidney A., Lou Emma, wife of John Jones; Kelvin B., Walter C., Priestly, Ethel and L. In 1870 Mr. Pearson bought 200 acres of fine land in the Tenth District, four miles north of Lexington, where he now resides, making altogether about 610 acres. In 1878 he erected a cotton-gin, and in 1886 another one. He gins on an average about 140 bales per year. He is one of the most successful agriculturalists in the entire section, well known and universally liked. He is a staunch Democrat, and is a member of the I.O.O.F. in best standing.

Will: I John Pearson do make and publish this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all other will by me heretofore made.

Item One. I will and direct that all of my funeral expenses and my just debts be paid out of any moneys I may die possessed of or that comes first into the hands of my Executors and my Executors will erect over my grave a neat tombstone.

Item two. I will devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mrs. R.E. Pearson so much and such part of my estate real and personal as she would have had and taken by law in the event that I had died interstate and she is to have and take such titles and only such there to as she would have had and taken had I died interstate.

Item Three. Subject to the payment of debts and funeral expenses cost of monument and the bequeaths and devises to my wife Mrs. R.E. Pearson all as above stated. I will give bequeath and devise my entire estate real and personal property of every kind to my children. Loudie Jones, Lovie Dennison, Ethal Enochs, Walter Pearson, Priest Pearson, Leo Pearson and W.D. Pearson but in the distribution and division of my estate among my said seven children the first six of them above named shall receive and have the sum of Two Hundred and fifty Dollars ($250.00) each more than my last named son W.D. Pearson and the following named children shall and must be charged with the following amounts as advancements which I have heretofore advanced them viz. Loudie Jones with Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00)Lovie Dennison One Hundred and Fifty Dollars($150.00) and each Walter Pearson Leo Pearson and W.D. Pearson each with One Hundred and Twenty Five Dollars ($125.00).

Item Four. On the 1st day of January 1889 my son W.D. Pearson and his wife Emma Pearson conveyed to me by deed of that date a tract of land d of 195 1/2 acres lying in the 8th civil dist of Henderson County Tenn and upon which the said W.D. Pearson now resides which said deed is recorded in the Registrars office of Henderson County Ten in the Record Book No 9 Page 4121413to which reference is here made for the ______ ___ and this said deed while absolute on its face was intended only as a mortgage to secure me a note for money I let him have to assist him in paying for said lands and on the 8th day of October 1893 the said W.D. Pearson renewed said note for the amount them unpaid and as such renewed note executed to me his note of that date for Two hundred Dollars (200.00) payable on or before Dec. 25th 1894 which is still unpaid and owned by and due me and I hold Title to the above tract of land of 195 1/5 acres to secure same. Now I release my said son W.D. Pearson of all interest on said note up to date of my death and will and direct the my executors shall collect on said note the principal therein to be Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00) with interest thereon from the date of my death my Executors will cancel and deliver up to said W.D. Pearson said note and will also transfer and reconvey to him said W.D. Pearson the above tract of land of 195 1/2 acres held by me as above stated as a mortgage to secure said note and upon payment of said note as above stated said Executors are hereby authorized and empowered and directed to execute him a deed to said land.

Item Five. My Executors are hereby fully authorized and empowered and
directed to sell all of my real estate for distribution of the assets of my estate among those entitled to the same under this will, But in selling they will sell subject to the titles rights and estates therein. Herein willed and devised to my beloved wife Mrs. R.E. Pearson under the second item of this will. They will sell said real estate either publicly or privately and upon such terms and in such quantities they think best for those entitled to the proceeds thereof under this will and they are hereby fully empowered and authorized to execute all necessary title bonds, warranty deeds and other instruments essential to pass titles to the purchasers.

Item Six. I hereby nominate and appoint Walter Pearson, James Dennison
and Wiley Enochs as the Executors of my last will and testament. The words now reside inserted and interlined in the ninth line on page two of the will after the words W.D. Pearson and the words which were there inserted and interlined before I signed this instrument of writing.

My Will.
In witness whereof I hereunto subscribe my name to this my last will
and testament.
This 28th day of Dec. 1899 Signed John Pearson (seal)

We the undersigned D.E. Scott and J. N. Howard at the request of the testator John Pearson and in his presence and in the presence of each other herewith subscribe our names as witnesses to the forgoing will and the said John Pearson signed his name to the forgoing instrument in our presence and published and proclaimed it to be his last will and testament.

Witnesses on hand this the 28th day of Dec. 1899
Signed D.E. Scott (seal)
J.N. Howard (seal)

Codicil to my will made Dec. 28th 1899
On the 28th day of December 1899 I made and published my last will and testament and I now make the following changes, alterations and additions to said will viz.

I the distribution of the assets of my estate I will and direct that my son Leo Pearson shall not be held liable for or charged with any advancements whatever and that Priest Pearson my son shall be held liable and charged with the sum of One Hundred and twenty five Dollars ($125.00) as an advancement: I having heretofore advanced him that amount. I also authorize and fully empower my executors and so direct and will that they sell the personally coming into their hands as such executors for the purpose of distribution of the assets of me estate among legatees not including in such sale the personal property my wife Mrs. R.E. Pearson takes under my will. My Executors will sell said personally - publicly or privately on such time or terms as they think best. This codicil is to be and is hereby made a part of the will made by me on Dec. 28th 1899. As foresaid and said will is to remain in full force and effect in all respects except as herein changed
or altered by this codicil.

In witness whereof I hereunto subscribe my name

This January 13th 1900. Signed John Pearson (seal)

We the undersigned D.E. Scott and J.N. Howard at the request of the testator John Pearson and in his presence and in the presence of each other hereunto subscribe our names as witnesses to the foregoing codicil of John Pearson to his will and the said John Pearson signed his name to the foregoing instrument in our presence and published and proclaimed it to be a codicil to his will made by him on the 28th day of December 1899.

Witness our hands this January 13th 1900
Signed D.E. Scott (seal)
J.N. Howard (seal)

Material transcribed by Mary Castle


John first married Neoma Elizabeth WILLIAMS, daughter of Dudley L. WILLIAMS (1805-1851) & Mary ? (1815-1850). Born in 1838 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 26, Neoma Elizabeth died in Henderson County, Tennessee in 1864. Buried in 1864 in Flake Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

They had the following children:
i. James E. Born in Jun 1851. At the age of 12, James E died on 18 Jul 1863. Buried in Jul 1863 in Flake Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

ii. John W. Born in May 1854. John W died on 15 Sep 1854. Buried in Sep 1854 in Flake Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

27 iii. William Dudley (1854-1920)
iv. Mary N.. Born in Mar 1860. At the age of 4, Mary N. died on 17 Aug 1864. Buried in Aug 1864 in Flake Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in 9th District, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1860.


On 7 Jan 1865 when John was 30, he second married Ruth Eveline PARKER, daughter of James C. PARKER (1811-1879) & Elizabeth B. CHAMBLISS (1809-1870), in Carroll County, Tennessee. Born on 1 May 1841 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 66, Ruth Eveline died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 5 Jan 1908. Buried in Jan 1908 in Parkers Crossroads Cemetery, Parkers Crossroads, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in 17th District, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1870.


They had the following children:
i. Sidney A.. Born on 23 Jan 1866. At the age of 26, Sidney A. died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 26 May 1892. Buried in May 1892 in Parkers Crossroads Cemetery, Parkers Crossroads, Henderson County, Tennessee.

ii. Lou Emma. Born on 19 Jul 1867 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 60, Lou Emma died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 7 Oct 1927. Buried in Oct 1927 in Lexington Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in 17th District, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1870. Alias/AKA: "Ludie".


On 13 May 1885 when Lou Emma was 17, she married John A. JONES, son of Henderson Tillman JONES (1830-1889) & Alzada AZBILL (1827-1889). Born on 19 Dec 1859 in Tennessee. At the age of 83, John A. died in Oklahoma on 7 Sep 1943.

28 iii. Melvina Elizabeth (1869-1924)
29 iv. Walter C. (1871-1929)
30 v. Priestly Peter (1874-1954)
31 vi. Ethel E. (1877-1952)
vii. Messil. Born in 1879 in Henderson County, Tennessee. Messil died in Henderson County, Tennessee in 1879. Buried in 1879 in Parkers Crossroads Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

32 viii. Leo Howard (1881-1935)
ix. Infant. Born in 1884. Infant died in 1884. Buried in 1884 in Parkers Crossroads Cemetery, Parkers Crossroads, Henderson County, Tennessee.

x. Maggie E.. Born on 28 Jun 1889 in Henderson County, Tennessee. Maggie E. died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 18 Aug 1889. Buried in Aug 1889 in Parkers Crossroads Cemetery, Parkers Crossroads, Henderson County, Tennessee.

xi. Kelvina B..


8. William Dudley PEARSON. Born in 1839 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 61, William Dudley died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 24 Nov 1900. Buried in 1900 in Flake Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1850. Resided in 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1860.

William Dudley married Susan Frances WILLIAMS, daughter of Dudley L. WILLIAMS (1805-1851) & Mary ? (1815-1850). Born on 15 Sep 1844. At the age of 50, Susan Frances died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 25 Jul 1895.

Susan Williams lived in 8th District, Henderson County, in 1850

They had the following children:
i. Mollie. Born in 1867.

33 ii. Mellie E (1867-1895)
iii. Dudley S.. Born on 30 Jan 1869 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 8, Dudley S. died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 1 Apr 1877. Buried on 1 Apr 1877 in Flake Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

iv. Laura. Born in 1871 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 51, Laura died in Lexington, Henderson County, Tennessee on 2 Nov 1922. Buried in Nov 1922 in Flake Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

34 v. Ella (1874-)
vi. Infant. Born on 8 Feb 1878 in Henderson County, Tennessee. Infant died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 10 Feb 1878. Buried in Feb 1878 in Flake Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.

35 vii. Cornelia (1881-1912)
viii. Infant. Born on 3 Mar 1884 in Henderson County, Tennessee. Infant died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 13 Apr 1884. Buried in Apr 1884 in Flake Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee.


9. Peter PEARSON. Born in 1842 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 59, Peter died in Henderson County, Tennessee in 1901. Buried in 1901 in Marlin Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1850. Resided in Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in 6th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1870. Alias/AKA: "Pete".

On 11 Oct 1866 when Peter was 24, he married Lucinda Eveline MILAM, daughter of J. Wilham MILAM ( 1818-) & Tabitha ? ( 1824-), in Carroll County, Tennessee. Born in 1850 in Tennessee. At the age of 79, Lucinda Eveline died in Tennessee in 1929. Buried in 1929 in Marlin Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1860.

They had the following children:
i. William Thomas. Born on 24 Aug 1867 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 66, William Thomas died in Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee on 14 Oct 1933. Buried in 1933 in Marlin Cemetery, Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee.

Taught school at Juno, Henderson County, Tennessee

On 20 Aug 1899 when William Thomas was 31, he married L.B. OWEN, in Henderson County, Tennessee.

ii. Dudley. Born in 1869 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 1, Dudley died about 1870. Buried in Marlin Cemetery, Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee.

36 iii. John (1871-1927)
iv. John. Born in 1874 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 2, John died in Henderson County, Tennessee in 1876. Buried in 1876 in Marlin Cemetery, Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee. Alias/AKA: "Shade".

v. Ela. Born in 1877 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 81, Ela died in Henderson County, Tennessee in 1958. Buried in 1958 in Marlin Cemetery, Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee.

vi. Effie S.. Born in 1882 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 29, Effie S. died in Henderson County, Tennessee in 1911. Buried in 1911 in Marlin Cemetery, Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee.

vii. Infant. Born on 24 Jun 1886 in Henderson County, Tennessee. Infant died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 24 Jun 1886. Buried in 1886 in Marlin Cemetery, Wildersville, Henderson County, Tennessee.

viii. Frank.

Moved to Kentucky.


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