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The Bountiful Bearden’s… A family’s journey in the American South

The Bountiful Bearden’s… A family’s journey in the American South

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Shannon Hollon

Our first Bearden in America was Jacob Bearden b.1660 in England and came as an indentured servant to work the tobacco plantations of Virginia.


In 1744 his son Francis Bearden b.1690 was hung in Williamsburg Va. for the theft of 350lbs of tobacco, he was serving as the constable during this incident after his hanging the family packed up and moved south.

Hanging at Williamsburg Gallows (Google)Hanging at Williamsburg Va. gallows
Source:Google

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Francis grandson Richard Bearden b.1760 served in the Revolutionary war and received a pension as a soldier and wagoner dying in 1861 at 101 in Dawson County Ga.

Richards son William “Pappy” Bearden b.1794 populated the State of Alabama with Bearden’s hence the nickname “Pappy” married 3 times he sired 13 children( we lost count after 13).

Bearden on carSidney Bearden far right with two of his brothers;Raymond & Hubert

3 generations later my grandfather Sidney Bearden(Big Daddy)was born 1918 in Montevallo Alabama the eldest of 6 brothers, raised attending a one room school house, “taking off a year in the 3rd grade to help his daddy make a crop”, graduated from Montevallo high school and worked his way through Business college as a farm hand.After the start of World War II he volunteered for the US Army Air Force and served as a 15th AF nose turret gunner on a B-24 Liberator flying 35 combat bombing missions including the Ploiesti Romania raid(Operation Tidal Wave). After the war he worked as a lead man at Hercules Powder plant in Bessemer for 33 years and served as clerk/treasurer of his local church for over 40 years, and has always been considered an above average fisherman,gardner and squirrel hunter.

pilot BeardenSidney Bearden b. 1918

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About Shannon Hollon

Shannon Hollon lives in McCalla Alabama graduated from McAdory High School and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Served 9 years in the US Navy Seabees with one tour in Afghanistan.Currently employed with US Steel and serving on the board of directors for the West Jefferson County Historical Society. http://wjchs.com/

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25 comments

  1. Anna Mae Horn

    Shelley DeAnna Bearden and Michael Bearden…thought one of you or your family maybe interested 🙂

  2. Patsy Pennington

    I would love to learn more

  3. My gg-grandmother was Elizabeth Jane Bearden (1841-1945). Does anyone have information on her or her parents?

  4. Patricia Ann Bearden

    I, too, have been researching the Beardens..Wm “Pappy” Bearden was my husbands gg-grandfather. Would like to know more if you wish to share. send to [email protected]. Thanks

    1. Bearden Kin
      Sending what I have your way

  5. Shelly Bearden Baucom

    I am researching the Beardens. My connection is at Francis Bearden and goes through his son John Bearden. Would love to share information with anybody on either side.

    1. Bearden Kin
      Send me your email and I will be happy to send you the information I have

      1. Shannon,
        Researching Bearden as we descend from Richard.
        Please share info if you don’t mind sir.
        Thanks very much,
        Scott White

        1. You can reach Shannon through this link. http://wjchs.com/#sthash.CLod7q0W.dpuf He works with West Jefferson Historical Association.

      2. My father was Elmer Aaron Bearden, the son of W. Jackson Bearden.
        I greatful you are willing to share your info.

  6. What might have been Sidney’s relation to Ned Bearden who owned a large dairy farm near Montevallo & was an elder in Central Church of Christ in Birmingham for a number of years?

    1. Don’t recognize Ned… Sidney’s brothers were Raymond,Hubert,Adron,Clay,Lewis,Nolan

  7. Cindy Bennett Beggs

    Richard Bearden was my 5th gr grandfather! I am descended through his son Ancil Or Ancel Bearden and his daughter Sarah Jane Bearden. Thanks for posting!

  8. I’m curious if there is a relation to Arron Bearden 1899 to 1985 Scottsboro alabama my maternal grandfather my mother was Susie Emma line Bearden

  9. John Alan Whitfield

    I am trying to find out if any of this line of Beardens are the come from Richard or Arthur. Both of them married Whitfield’s from Chelesa area and are my relatives. Richard married Margaret Whitfield 1827-1870 and Arthur married Rebecca Whitfield 1821-1853. These two ladies are my great-greatgraddaddy George Washington Whitfield’s sisters.

    1. In reply to your post, my great grandmother was rebecca whitfield. I would love to connect and share information.

  10. Auburn Heath Bearden father Jack Vance Bearden jr.

  11. Jonathan Buford

    Cathy Hill Bearden share this with Matt.

  12. John Spears

    Leave the apostrophe off of “Bearden’s” when the word is plural and not possessive.

  13. Sandy Primm

    I have read this before, but didn’t put it in my tree because I can’t prove it….Richard was mine for sure, we have the early wills…mine came from GA before Alabama…they were in Franklin County, AR before 1888.

  14. Craig Bearden

    Interesting. Have only been able to get to my Great Great Grandfather. Guess where? Dawson County, GA.

  15. My mother is a Bearden from Vincent, Alabama in Shelby County,
    Her dad was John Marion Bearden, gather John McClannahan Bearden, my grandfather had many brothers and sisters all in the area of Vincent, Harpersville, Sterrett in Shelby County. The gggrandfather came from Georgia.

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