Third Generation

13. William Houston3 Pearson (Richard2, Charles1)(32) was born in BEDFORD, TN circa 1841.(33) Houston died circa 1882 in Shelbyville, BEDFORD, TN.

He married Mary Ann Louisa Moody in Dover, GREENE, GA, circa 1867. Mary was born October 7, 1849 in Dalton, WHITFIELD, GA. Mary was the daughter of Joshua Moody and Elizabeth Frances Brewster (Granny Moody). Mary died May 15, 1932 in Miami, DADE, FL, at 82 years of age.(34) Her body was interred May 17, 1932 in Miami, DADE, FL, Woodlawn Park. Interment No. 4043, Grave 5, Lot 144, Section 9.

Occupation: Housekeeper. At 20 years of age Mary became the mother of Cordelia Cornelia Pearson in Shelbyville, BEDFORD, TN, March 11, 1870. At 22 years of age Mary became the mother of Fannie E. Pearson in MARSHALL, TN, 1872. At 25 years of age Mary became the mother of Julia A. Pearson in MARSHALL, TN, 1875. At 27 years of age Mary became the mother of Addie V. Pearson in MARSHALL, TN, 1877. At 31 years of age Mary became the mother of William T. Pearson in Shelbyville, BEDFORD, TN, October 9, 1880. Mary was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census in Nashville, DAVIDSON, TN.(35) Her funeral was held in Miami, DADE, FL, May 17, 1932.(36)

Obituary from Miami Herald:

Mrs. Mary Louise Pearson 70, of 2926 SW Twenty-fourth terrace, died last night in her residence after an illness of six months. She came here 16 years ago from Nashville, Tenn. She leaves a son William T. Pearson, Kansas City, Mo.; two grandsons, Clyde and Tom Willerford, and three granddaughters, Hesta and Ruth Willerford and Mrs. Alley Fulton, all of Miami. W. L. Philbrick Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

A famous family story tells that Louisa Moody lived on a farm in Dover, GA with her mother, Frances Brewster Moody during the Civil War. As the story goes, General Sherman spared the burning of Granny Moody's farm due to the fact that she was a widow with children. It was there in Dover that she met and married Houston Pearson following the war. Yet there is much confusion with this account as indicated by information reported on Louisa's death certificate.

Ruth Willerford, the granddaughter of Louisa, is the storyteller of the Civil War romance. She was also the informant on her Grandmother's death certificate. On the document she reported that Louisa was married to William T. Pearson, her father was Houston Moody and her mother was Frances Dover. To add even more confusion, her birth place is listed as Dalton, GA. This is an extreme case of misleading information which can often lead the genealogist down the wrong pathway.

Actually, William T. was her son and Houston was her husband. What is not clear, however, is her mother's last name of Dover. Is this the name of a town in GA that Ruth often told about or is it her mother's maiden name? The small town of Dover did exist during the Civil War and was along the line of Sherman's march to Savannah. Dalton is in the northwesten part of the state and was no where near Sherman's march. A search of the Dover area near Greensboro revealed no such Mary Louisa Peason in the 1860 US Census. All we are left with then are questions with no answers. The information about Louisa's Moody line may, therefore, not be very accurate.

At 28 years of age Houston became the father of Cordelia Cornelia Pearson in Shelbyville, BEDFORD, TN, March 11, 1870. Houston was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census in BEDFORD, TN.(37) 1870 BEDFORD, TN CENSUS - SHELBYVILLE DIST. #7, AUG 12, ROLL #1514, p.223

NAME AGE RACE SEX OCCUPATION BIRTH

Pearson , Houston 28 W M Day laborer TN " , Mary 19 W F Keeping House GA " , Dela* 5/12 W F TN *Cordelia Cornelia

At 31 years of age Houston became the father of Fannie E. Pearson in MARSHALL, TN, 1872. At 34 years of age Houston became the father of Julia A. Pearson in MARSHALL, TN, 1875. At 36 years of age Houston became the father of Addie V. Pearson in MARSHALL, TN, 1877. Houston was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census in MARSHALL, TN.(38) 1880 MARSHALL, TN CENSUS - DIST. #5, JUN 7, ROLL #1269, p.359B

NAME AGE RACE SEX OCCUPATION BIRTH F M

Pearson, William H. 38 W M Farmer GA GA ALA " , Mary L. 29 W F Keeping House ALA ALA GA " , Delia Jane 10 W F At School TN TN ALA " , Fannie E 8 W F At School TN GA ALA " , Julia A. 5 W F At home TN GA ALA " , Addie V. 3 W F At home TN GA ALA *Cordelia Cornelia

Occupation: Farmer. At 39 years of age Houston became the father of William T. Pearson in Shelbyville, BEDFORD, TN, October 9, 1880.

William Houston Pearson is the Author's Great Great Grandfather. The 1870 Marshall County TN Census confirms this without a doubt. His connection to his father is based upon circumstancial evidence which, nevertheless, is very strong. It seems that Richard Pearson, his assumed father, lived in Franklin County in 1850. The US Census shows that he had three sons, William H., Charles M. and Richard C. all of whom fought in the Civil War. This Family dissolves during the War and ends up living near each other in Bedford, Marshall, and Lincoln Counties, TN. In addition some of their cousins also moved to this area. Houston, as he was often called, curiously settled near another William H. Pearson, the son of William Sr., on the border between Bedford and Marshall Counties. William Sr., the father of this William H., willed land to Houston's Grandfather, Charles, which was subsequently probated back to William Sr.'s Family by his son, Kindred Pearson. All of these coincidences gives a strong indication that the William Houston Pearson of the 1870 Census must be the same William H. Pearson found in the Franklin County 1850 Census.

Houston enlisted as a private in Co. I, 3rd Regt. Tennessee Infantry of the Union Army on Feb 10, 1862 at Flat Lick, KY. Captured at the Battle of Richmond, KY on Aug 29 - Sep 2, 1862, he was paroled from Camp Wallace on Oct 5, 1862. William was mustered out of the Union Army on Feb 23, 1865 at Nashville, TN where he was reported to have deserted on Sep 17, 1862 at Cumberland Gap, TN. He never received his last $100 of back pay.

Returning from the war with his bride, he settled in Marshall County, TN. There they raised a family of 5 girls and 1 boy. Houston took up farming after the war and was probably still working in that profession when he died at the early age of 42 around 1882.

William Houston Pearson and Mary Ann Louisa Moody had the following children:

child 24 i. Lilly4 Pearson. Occupation: RAILROAD CLERK.

child + 25 ii. Cordelia Cornelia Pearson was born March 11, 1870.

child + 26 iii. Fannie E. Pearson was born 1872.

child 27 iv. Julia A. Pearson was born in MARSHALL, TN 1875.

child 28 v. Addie V. Pearson was born in MARSHALL, TN 1877. She married Charles Alley in Nashville, DAVIDSON, TN, circa 1893.(39)

Occupation: FACTORY WORKER.

child + 29 vi. William T. Pearson was born October 9, 1880.

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