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Eli M Bearden
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Birth: Jul. 13, 1785
Spartanburg County
South Carolina, USA
Death: 1831
Flat Creek
Bedford County
Tennessee, USA

The following information, although of interest, is not as yet fully trustworthy in regards to the year of Eli Beardens death. "Soon after 1876" greatly conflicts with his official Bedford County recorded year of 1831.


'The Early Settlement of Flat Creek', as written by Charlie Gowan and dictated to him by his uncle, William Floyd, who was 86 years old at the time, says: 'Two old brothers, William and Eli Bearden were among the first families to settle in Flat Creek, Middle Tennessee. The father of William and Eli Bearden was a Revolutionary soldier from South Carolina. After the war he came to Flat Creek to live with his two sons and their families. He died and is buried in the old graveyard on the hill at Flat Creek. Men were sent from Washington, D.C. to place a Revolutionary Marker on his grave, but they went back to Washington and said they could not find the grave.'
'William Bearden, his son, father of Alfred Bearden, Sr., died November 14, 1876 at the age of 90 years, 1 month, and 11 days. Soon after Eli, the other son, died and was buried on the right of his father, John William Bearden, William the other son having been buried on the left of his father. There are three long boxes in graves of stone side by side.'
'On January 23, 1947, Phoebe Shofner Ream, Foster Farrar and I found these three graves in the old, neglected, overgrown graveyard high on the hill at Flat Creek....a quiet, restful, shady place for one to sleep the last sleep.'

1 SALLIE BEARDEN, b. 1805; d. 1840.
2 WILLIS BEARDEN, b. 1810; d. 1892.
3 RICHARD BEARDEN, b. 1812; d. 1831.
4 MANERVA BEARDEN HIX, b. 1812; d. 1895.
5 NIMROD BEARDEN, b. 1815; d. 1881.
6 CHARLOTTE BEARDEN, b. 1815; d. 1885.
7 JOHN T BEARDEN, b. 1822; d. 1850.
8 NATHAN BEARDEN, b. 1822; d. 1850.
9 NANCY BEARDEN, b. 1820.
10 WILLIAM BEARDEN, d. 1843.
11 WYNN BEARDEN, b. 1823; d. 1903.
12 JAMES ALLEN BEARDEN, b. 1825; d. 1907.
d. 1871.

(Frost page 200)

Family links: 
  John W. Bearden (1744 - 1836)
  Nancy Wynn Langston Bearden (1789 - 1859)
  Willis Bearden (1810 - 1892)*
  Manerva Bearden Hix (1812 - 1895)*
  Nimrod Bearden (1813 - 1881)*
  James Allan Bearden (1825 - 1907)*
  Eli M Bearden (1785 - 1831)
  William Bearden (1786 - 1876)*
*Calculated relationship
Old Flat Creek Cemetery
Bedford County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: David Lacy
Record added: Jan 12, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83360882
Eli M Bearden
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Eli M Bearden
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