Sunday, August 16, 2009

Tallapoosa County, Alabama

Tallapoosa County, Alabama is located in east central Alabama, close to the Georgia state line. Coosa County borders Tallapoosa on the west and Elmore County, home of the Coosada Braves, on the southwest. Its county seat is Dadeville. The county is rural; the population in 2000 barely exceeded 40,000 souls.

In Tallapoosa, you can find the General C.L. Pearson Family cemetery. To get there, just follow the directions:

Turn off Hwy 280 onto Slaughter’s Crossing Road.
Go .9 mi - turn left,
over RR track, take right at 1.6 ½ miles, R at 2.4
(walk to top of hill, cemetery is on the left.)

Thanks to Barbara Taylor.
Among the markers are the grave stones of James Madison Pearson and Elizabeth A. Pearson, his wife, which read:
17th Oct 1817 Died 11th Nov. 1891 Age 74 yrs. 25 days.

Wife of James M. Pearson and Daughter of James N. & Martha Brown
Born in Morgan Co., Ga. 12th of Nov. 1823 Died 9th Aug. 1861
37 yrs. 8 mos. 27 days
This James Madison is our great great grandfather and his wife, our great great grandmother. Their son was Benjamin Rush Pearson, who in turn, fathered James Madison Pearson.

The General Charles Lafayette Pearson (1854 - 1940) for whom the Pearson family cemetery is named was a brother of Benjamin Rush Pearson. Charles Lafayette is also buried here along with other family members.

Photo is circa 1938, the farm of General C.L. Pearson (From the Alabama Dept. of Archives).



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