Monday, January 29, 2007

Letters from Benjamin Rush Pearson

After receiving a package in the mail from the Virginia Military Institute this week. I have been very busy scanning the documents I have received on Benjamin R Pearson and his brother William Fletcher Pearson. You can view the documents below. If any one else has any more information on him or any photos they would like to share please let me know. I will try and post W F Pearson's info shortly.


Friday, January 12, 2007

Benjamin Rush Pearson

Today, January 12th, would be Madison Pearson’s birthday. While researching the family tree a couple of nights ago, I was taken to the Virginia Military Institutes website. I was fortunate enough to stumble upon a photo of the VMI graduating class of 1871 . I had known that our great grandfather Benjamin Rush Pearson had attended VMI along with his Brother William. In this photo I found William Fletcher Pearson who was readily identifiable and Benjamin R Pearson who was listed as being in the grouping but I could not be certain of which of the many photos was him. I e-mailedthe VMI archives department and they readily identified him.

From Benjamin R Pe...

Born in 1849 Benjamin Rush Pearson was a prominent doctor in Montgomery. He graduated from Virginia Military Institute in the summer of 1871. This was the year after General Robert E Lee passed away in Lexington VA. There is a
picture I am working on getting of the graduating class of 1871 in Robert E Lee's funeral procession.

Married to Sara Coleman Ferrell They had three children. Elizabeth Ann, Coleman Ferrell, and James Madison Pearson.

Benjamin Rush Pearson died March 1906 from tuberculosis and is now buried in Montgomery AL.