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This collection contains genealogical research, documents, and photographs related to the Bearden family, as well as publications related to the town of Solgohachia, Arkansas.

Biographical/Historical Note

Berryman Hicks Bearden was born on March 1, 1825, in Pauline, Spartanburg County, South Carolina. On August 3, 1843, he married Amanda Harriet N. Smith. She was born on February 22, 1823 in South Carolina. The two had 12 children. The 10 whose names are known are Robert L., Elizabeth Jane, Nancy Polina, Cornelia, Gustavous F., Mary Catherine, John William, Emily Frances, George B., and Victoria, (Dora). The Beardens left South Carolina sometime between 1853 and 1859 and moved to Arkansas. They settled in the area now known as Solgohachia, Conway County, Arkansas. At the time, the area was mostly wilderness. The family was instrumental in the settlement of the town, and Bearden was prominent in the community. He was a farmer and preacher and established the Missionary Baptist Church of Lewisburg in 1860 with Elder Wm. M.. Lee. The church had about 15 members. He also served as postmaster. Berryman Bearden died on December 18, 1894, in Solgohachia. Harriet Bearden died in 1897. They are buried in the Friendship Cemetery in Solgohachia.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Bearden family genealogical collection, MS.000951


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Bearden family genealogical collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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