Pearson Family

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Pearson Family


In 1865, the Pearson family made a claim for a piece of property left to them by their former slave owner. Ever since then the Pearsons have fought several legal battles to keep it.


Graham Most

Collection Items

Jack & Lizzie Pearson
This is the confirmed resting place of John "Jack Pearson". However, the resting place of his wife "Lizzie" is still being contested due to conflicting census records. It would seem at one point Jack was married to a woman named Alcinda. Also in…

Edgewater Courtcase
In the early 1990's there was a court case enacted to stop the renovation of the property on which the Pearson family cemetery stands. The reason that this is important is that the renovations are also apparently the reason for why there are a few…

Edgewater Petition
During the Edgewater court case, several descendants of those buried in the Pearson Family cemetery signed this petition. The significance of this document is it reveals actual living descendants of the Little Zion Baptist Community.

Frank Coffer Pearson
This is a newspaper clipping of Frank Coffer Pearson's obituary. Frank Coffer Pearson was apparently a descendant of Charles T. Pearson who was the eldest of the Pearson brothers to inherit Francis Coffer's Estate.

Pearson Court Case
In 1908 the Halley family sued the Pearson family over possession of the property upon which the cemetery now stands. This particular ad actually is meant to alert the defendants of the impending lawsuit, and to call them to court.

Charles T. Pearson Grave
The Grave of Charles T. Pearson and his wife Sarah. Charles was the eldest of the four children who claimed to be fathered by Francis Coffer. Charles appeared in open court and testified that Francis Coffer had been his father. This opened the door…

Francis Coffer Wright?
This headstone could by the headstone of Francis Coffer Wright, because the date of death are about the same. However, there is no name printed on the headstone. However, what can truly be gleaned from looking at this stone is that the amount of…
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