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Atkinson County Historical Markers

Salem Church


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Salem Church
  • Location: .5 east of US 221 on Salem Church Road (County Rd 29), Pearson

Salem Church was built in 1889 on the KINNAIRD-Trail - an Indian pathway later became a stagecoach relay station. Martin S. Corbitt was born here on 5-12-1840 and married cousin, Leonora Wealtha Pafford on 11-26-1867. Their home was south of the cemetery. He donated materials and 2 acres of land for the church and cemetery and 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 Corbitt children and grandchildren. He lived here all but the last 11 years of life. He later moved into the 1st house in Pearson, G. 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 is 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 these dear ancestors.

Parents: 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