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The family of Alfred Bearden recently erected a roadside marker to commemorate the life of this Lincoln County pioneer.
Alfred Bearden moved to this part of Tennessee from South Carolina in the 1820s. He and his wife, Margaret, raised their family of 11 children at what is today 910 Ardmore Highway and are buried in the family cemetery at that location.
Alfred Bearden, the grandson of Revolutionary War Veteran John Bearden, Sr., was a renowned gunsmith, Past Master of Andrew Jackson Lodge #68 F.&A.M. and was a well-respected member of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County community.
Buried in the cemetery with Alfred and Margaret are four of their children, including Captain N.M. Bearden of the 8th Tennessee Reg’t, C.S.A., who died due to wounds received at the Battle of Stones River on Dec. 31, 1862.
The Fleitz family from Kentucky completed the restoration of the Alfred Bearden Family Cemetery last summer, which was culminated by a dedication ceremony on July 30, 2011. Over 100 family and guests attended the ceremony.