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Salem Church

Marker ID:  
Location: 0.5 east of US 221 on Salem Church Road (County Rd 29), Pearson, GA
County: Atkinson
Coordinates: N 31° 11.786    W 082° 54.549
  31.19643333    -82.90915
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
Salem Church Marker
Photo by David Seibert


Salem Church was built in 1889 on the KINNAIRD-Trail - and Indian pathway later became a stagecoach relay station. Martin S. Corbett was born here on 5-12-1840 and married cousin, Leonora Wealtha Pafford on 11-26-1867. Their home was style of the cemetery. He donated materials and 2 acres of land for the church and cemetery in it was built by him, Waver Roberts and other family members. The pews and benches were built by sons: WM. Manning and Martin Rayburn. It was used as a church and school -- teachers were the other Corbett children and grandchildren. He lived here all but the last eleven years of life. He later moved into the first house in Pearson, GA. and became its 1st Mayor.

Their 11 children
Catherine Imogene b. 09-14-1868 m. Waver Roberts
Mary Ann Miranda b. 03-04-1870 m C.C. Bridges
Newton Rowan b. 10-20-1871 d. 09-05-1872
William Manning b. 10-10-1873 m. Mattie Corbett
Henry Madison b. 11-06-1875 d. 11-03-1875
Martin Rayburn b. 11-06-1876 never married
Frances Lenora b. 07-12-1879 m. 1st Joe Brown Williams
    2nd Bryant Washington Douglas Jr.
Martha Ann Elizabeth b. 07-12-1881 m. 1st Arch Bennett
    2nd Henry White 3rd James Kirby
Wealtha Alvina b. 11-23-1884 m. Needham E. Harrell
Rebecca Virginia b. 02-07-1887 m .1st Marvin Corbitt
    2nd Charlie Firlong
Levis Jane b. 02-07-1887 m. 1st Timothy Bennett
   2nd Rev. M. L. Gilbert

Leonora Wealtha b. 8-26-1847 d. 5-5-1896 is the first person buried in the cemetery
Mr. Corbitt 2nd marriage took place on 05-01-1899 to Minnie Frazier Faircloth, to this union were born

Duvon Clough b. 07-04-1901 m. Roberta Day
Frazier Solon b. 10-22=1904 m. Gladys Swan
William J b. 10-10-1906 m. Beatrice F. Coile

Mr. Corbitt died on 07-01-1913 and was buried with full Masonic Rites in the cemetery beside his 1st wife Leonora. Minnie F. Corbitt b. 5-9-1865/d. Sept. 1955 and was buried in Tampa, Fla. beside their son, W. J. Corbitt. Many family members are buried here in the cemetery. Services are held the last Sunday in September each year when the Corbitt descendants "come back home" and pay tribute to the memory of their dear ancestors.

Martin S. Corbitt: Newsome & Polly Smith Corbitt
Leonora W. Pafford Corbitt: Hon. Senator Rowan Pafford & Amanda Miranda Guthrie Vickery
Minnie Frazier Faircloth: James & Elizabeth Avriett Faircloth

Salem Church
Salem Church
Photo by David Seibert