Source: Maureen Pearson Brook http://www.angelfire.com/az/mbrook/pearson.html
He was known as "Ben"
Aug.95 Cleburne County Historical Journal, Vol. 12, pg 87, Households in Cadron Township - National Archives Microfilm Pub, Microcopy No. 653, roll 51, Schedule of Eighth Census of U.S., Cadron Township, Van Buren County, Arkansas P.O. Quitman, Arkansas -Households in Cadron Township - 1860. No. 224 B.D.(F) Pearson, age 23, b. Tenn., Rebecca (wife), age 18, b. Tenn. listed as next house to S.H. and Martha J. Thompson-No. 223) Census 1880 - Van Buren County, Cadron Township, Arkansas. p 620-R100 Pearson, Benjamin F.,43, b. Tenn., Rebecca E., 36, b. Tenn., children all listed as born in Arkansas: John B. 18, Jesse H, 14, William L, 13, Ora, 11, Mary E., 9, Emma, 6, Mort B., 3.
Benjamin Franklin Pearson was born March 17, 1837 in Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee. His father was Jesse Allen Pearson, born 1 Feb 1806 in Brunswick County, Virginia; his mother was Mary Elizabeth Harrison Pearson born 27 Sep 1808 in Brunswick County, Virginia.
Rebecca Elizabeth Susan Thompson was born January 16, 1843 in Indian Territory so tradition has it. Census indicates Benton/Haywood County, Tennessee. Her father was Sidney Henderson Thompson, born about 1821 in Tennessee and her mother was Martha Jane Redman, born 6 Sep 1821.
Rebecca Elizabeth Susan Thompson is said to have been a full-blooded Cherokee Indian. Registration number or education number 49, not sure which. Benjamin Pearson and Rebecca Thompson married on November 3, 1859 and in early 1860 moved to Quitman, Cleburne, Arkansas from Middle Tennessee.
When the Civil War began, tradition is that he and his father went back to Tennessee to fight. His Civil War record is with the Arkansas Infantry. I suppose this Infantry could have fought battles in Tennessee. More research is needed.
A note in family records states their second child John Benjamin was 10 days old when Benjamin Franklin Pearson left to go back to war. J. Ben was born March 10, 1862, so Ben would have left home about March 20, 1862 to report back for duty. Benjamin Franklin Pearson's Civil War record lists him as a Private in Co. B, 31 Arkansas Infantry, (Confederate). Enlisted December 27, 1961 in Quitman, Arkansas by Col. T.H. McCray. A descriptive list on April 3, 1963 gives this description: Age 27 yrs; eyes blue; hair light; complexion fair, height 5 ft. 8 in.; where born - Tennessee; occupation - farmer. A comment on one record states to see also Co. I, 47/Crandalls) Ark. Cav. The records show that he deserted on August 30, 1863. -------------- October 1997 Reference Services Texas State Library and Archives copy of: Application for Mortuary Warrant Pension Application: 26685 Mrs. Mary A. Pearson
War Department, The Adjutant General's Office Washington, Sept. 18, 1925.
Respectfully returned to Comptroller State of Texas Austin, Texas
The records show that B.F. Pearson, Co. B, 31st Ark. Inf., C.S.A., enlisted December 27, 1861, in Vanburen Co., Muster roll July 1 to Aug. 31, 1863, shows him deserted Aug. 30, 1863, a Private. His name is not borne on the sub. Rolls of the co. from Sept. 1, 1863 to Aug. 31, 1864 (latest on file). No later record as of that organization found. Age: 27, eyes: blue, hair: light, complexion: fair. Height:5'8". Born in Tenn.
T.H. McCray, was Colonel of the regiment.
B.F. Pearson, Co. I, 47th (Crandall's) Ark. Cav., C.SA., (for which there are no rolls on file), date of enl. Not show enlisted in Vanburen Co. Ark., Age: 28, eyes: blue, hair: light, complexion: fair. Height:5'8". Born in Tenn., was surrendered May 11, 1865, and paroled at Jacksonport, Ark., June 5, 1865, a Private
No other record found.
McCreary's Regiment., Ark. Troops, C.S.A., has not been identified.
In support of M.A. Dover's application for pension the two following statements were made as verification so B.F. Pearson's Civil War Service.
The State of Arkansas, County of Cleburne KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS: The I, J.M. Lay of Quitman, Arkansas do hereby state upon my oath as follows:
That I personally knew B.F. Pearson who was in the 31st Ark. Inf. During the time of the Civil War. I know that he came home after the fall of Vicksburg and entered the service on the Westside of the Mississippi River in General Prices Division and served until the close of the War: that he surrendered at Jacksonport June 5th 1865, was paroled and came home. The story is told that said B.F. Pearson was West of Mississippi River from August 1863 to August 1864; that he was on duty in Crandals Reg. Ark. Cavalry; Capt. James Johnson Company, Price's Division; that he was then living in White County, Arkansas. I know these facts because I was in the same Regt and was with him at the surrender at Jacksonport, Arkansas. I was then Capt. Of Co. I Crandals Regt. Price's Division and was with Gen. Price on his last raid in Missouri as was B.F. Pearson the above Mentioned.before the war was
J.M. Lay Subscribed and sworn to before me this the 3rd day of March, A.D. 1926, Ben F. Clark, N.P. --------------- Booneville, Arkansas State of Arkansas County of Logan. Affidavit.
I Jesse A. Pearson of Booneville Logan County Arkansas, do solomnly swear that I am within 16 days of being 80 year of age that I served in the confederate army during the civil war that I was a member of the second Arkansas regiment which was a part of General W.L. Cabbells brigade That I had a brother by the name of Ben F. Pearson who served in the 31st Arkansas, Infantry in T.J. McCray's regiment and that said regiment was sent east of the Mississippi River and I don't know what command they were attached to this was in 1862, and I never saw him anymore until 1865, the war being closed my brother and myself went to Jackson port Ark on the 25th day of May as I now remember it and surrendered to the Federal authorities and each received our paroles but I don't know what he did with his and neither do I know I done with mine. I do know that my said brother was in the army and that he didn't desert the same
J.A. Pearson Subscribed and sworn to before me this 7th day of November, 1925.. ---------------
The story is told that before the war was over, he wrote his wife to take all their confederate money and buy mules, horses, and cows, so all their money was in livestock.1 In 1892 Ben and Rebecca Pearson moved from White County Arkansas to Swisher County Texas. By the end of 1890's, Benjamin, Will, Jess, and Mort had filed on land in Swisher County. Benjamin lived to see the time in 1908 that he and his sons had nine sections under one fence.1 Ben Pearson was influential in helping get the town of Tulia organized and is considered to be a pioneer of the county.
Obituary Benjamin Franklin Pearson January 17, 1925
(typed exactly as was written from a hand-written copy) The death angel visited our home taking with him our dear grandfather. But when Our Heavenly Father says "Come unto me ye sick ye lame, ye blind." And we know that no earthly thing can heal our suffering, we gladly welcome his call and follow to where there is no death nor suffering.
Benjamin Franklin Pearson was born March 17, 1837 in Tennessee where he lived until manhood. Then he was married to Miss Rebecca Elizabeth Susan Thompson. To the union were born ten children. Eight of whom are still living.
When the Civil War broke out he enlisted and served until the war closed. He then moved with his family to White County, Arkansas, where he lived until he came to this county (Swisher, Texas) in 1892.
He made his home about fourteen miles northeast of Tulia, where the Clawson and McLean place now is.
His wife died April 6, 1897. He was married again October 20, 1903 to Mrs. M.A. Dover of this county (Swisher).
Later when age began to creep upon him, and his children were all married, he moved to Tulia. Then about two years ago he moved with his wife back to the farm.
He had already suffered two strokes of paralysis, the third came on Saturday, January 10. He died January 17 at the home of his son J.H. Pearson, ten miles northeast of Tulia.
He was at the time of his death 87 years and 10 months old.
Funeral services were held at the First Christian Church. Rev. Alma Johnson spoke comforting words to the bereaved ones and bade us all be prepared to meet him on the other shore. The body was tenderly laid to rest in the Rose Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Pearson is survived by his wife Mrs. M.A. Pearson, two sisters and one brother: Mr. Jess Pearson of Booneville, Arkansas; Mrs. Jane Garner of Wynnewood, Oklahoma; and Mrs. Fannie Coleman, address unknown.
He also leaves eight children, four of whom were at his bedside when the end came. The others were unable to come on account of illness. Those present were J.H. Pearson, B.G. Pearson, W.L. Pearson and Mrs. Amma Parker all of Tulia. Those unable to attend were Mrs. Hettie Gill, Romance, Arkansas; J.B. Pearson, Francis Oklahoma; Mrs. Ora Andrews, Stonewall, Oklahoma; G.N. Pearson, Yuma, Arizona.
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