A Family Mystery

Somewhere in the back of my mind I hear the sweet sound and the lilting lyrics of Judy Collins’ Secret Gardens, Great grandfather’s house is still there,  but it isn’t the same. I drive by and strangers live there. They are kind and invite me in. I go from room to room as we talk. … More A Family Mystery

Family Reunions

The last family get together was in 1960 around a picnic table in Chapel Hill, North Carolina at Granny and Daddy Matt’s house. Or, was it in Simpsonville, South Carolina at the Campbells’ home? Who can remember? Who can put a name to all those unfamiliar faces? Who is the center of the photo with … More Family Reunions

James Madison Pearson

James Madison Pearson – my grandfather’s name, but also the name of my great great grandfather, who hailed from Jasper County, Georgia where not much happens and Cotton was King. The elder James Madison Pearson was the son of William Head Pearson, and he, the son of Enoch Pearson, then John Pearson, then Enoch Pearson, … More James Madison Pearson