Pearson family history to be discussed at Richmond Hill

EAST BEND — Ancestors and descendants of Justice Richmond Mumford Pearson (1806-1878) will be the topic of the annual Pearson lecture at historic Richmond Hill this Saturday at 10 a.m., at the first picnic shelter on the left, 4641 Law School Road in East Bend.

Pearson was born at the Richmond Hill plantation in Cooleemee, Davie County, where he had illustrious ancestors and relatives. He served as chief justice of the N.C. Supreme Court before, during, and after the Civil War. At Richmond Hill, he operated a famous law school that produced many leaders of government, business, and the law. At Richmond Hill, Pearson served as head of household for two large families and maintained a plantation operated by enslaved labor.

Judi (Spillman) Koontz of Cooleemee will discuss Pearson’s ancestors, which extend to England, and Lewis Brumfield of Yadkinville will discuss Pearson’s descendants, which include the wife of a future governor of North Carolina and Stephen Hobson of Alabama, who became a naval hero during the Spanish-American War.

The Yadkin County Historical Society and historic Richmond Hill will present the program, which is the tenth one in a series. The Historic Richmond Hill Law School Commission maintains the 1858 brick house and opens the house and grounds every third Saturday from April through October.

The Yadkin County Historical Society will present the annual lecture, which is the tenth in a series. The event is free and open to the public. There will not be a society picnic this year, but refreshments will be available. For more information, call the society at 336-679-2702.

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