Source: Mary Rabold had the John B. The middle name Benjamin from Selenda Billington s-billington@@ti.com
John Benjamin Pearson was 10 days old when his daddy left to join the Civil War which would have been March 20, 1862. Benjamin Franklin Pearson would have been 25 years of age and Becky would have been 18 years of age. John Benjamin was known as Ben Pearson as his father was.
She was known as Martha Pearson. Martha Ann Jackson was said to be a cousin of Andrew Jackson. How distant is not known. Ben and Martha Pearson had four children, 3 sons and 1 daughter:; Franklin C. Pearson, December 27, 1985; and James Henderson Pearson, November 12, 1887; Ella Pearson and Emmitt Pearson.
Ben Pearson lived in Francis, Oklahoma in 1925 when his father died. Sometime between 1925 and 1932 he moved to Tulia, Swisher County, Texas. Ben and Martha operated a cafe from a boxcar next door to the blacksmith, just down the street from the Tulia Hotel. Martha Ann Jackson Pearson was an ordained minister in the Church of God.
Ben Pearson died southwest of Tulia, April 27, 1932. The story is told "Granny and Popo were alone somewhere in the country the night he died. Granny walked five miles that night for help."
In the later years of her life Martha lived with Frank and Tellie Pearson, her oldest son, in Tulia, Swisher County, Texas. Her sight was gone and she was almost totally blind. Martha died in 1960.
Marie Russell's recollection of J. Ben was that he was small in stature and Martha Ann was a large woman. She remembers Ben as being the kindest, old fellow.
On back of postcard with picture of Delmer Macy in 1911 was addressed: Mr. J.B. Pearson 328 W. 13th (was probably Francis, Oklahoma), but city was omitted
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