David W. Alverson was born in New England about 1804-1806. He came to Crawford County Arkansas in 1836. He and his wife Mary lived out their lives here after having 12 children. David W. Alverson died in Crawford County Arkansas in 1867 and his wife Mary lived until 1898. I have not been able to determine the burial location for either of them. Two of their sons were Civil War Soldiers and fought for the Confederate Cause. They enlisted in Company G. 22nd Arkansas Regiment in June of 1892 under the command of James P. King.
Following the war, both soldiers married Simmons girls, daughters of William and Elvira Simmons. William R. Alverson married Rebecca Ann Simmons and had 3 children before his death in about 1877 and Joseph Alverson married her sister, Frances Elizabeth Simmons and this couple had 12 children, 9 of which lived to adulthood.
I was raised in a foster home in Prairie Grove Arkansas but even as a small child, I wanted to be near my family. Finally in 1998, I began an earnest search for the family that has become so dear to me.
Not long into my research, I discovered that my great grandfather Joseph Alverson was a Civil War Soldier and learned that if I could prove this, the US Government would provide a Military Monument for his grave site.
I began to locate all the documentation needed and submitted it and in about 4 months, the stone was delivered to my door! Imagine my excitement as I opened the package and touched the monument for the first time! It was then and there that I decided it was only fitting and proper that I find as many of Joseph's descendants to share this great information with! I at least wanted to find at one descendant from each of his 9 children so my search began! It was not easy and many was the time I would get a phone slammed down in my ear and my telephone bill looked like the national debt for months while I tried desperatly to find my family and to gather as many as I could to have a reunion that I had dreamed of all my life!
Within 6 months, I had located a descendant of each child like I had hoped to and plans were underway to have our first famiy reunion of the Descendants of Joseph Alverson! I was shocked to find that the relatives that I found had no more knowledge than I did but were eager to do anything in their power to assist me!
I contacted the Sons of Confederate Veterans and asked them to do a "Stone-Setting" Ceremony for Joseph and asked some friends to dress in costume of the era and perform the "Eulogy" and with the 217 family members that turned out for the occassion, Joseph was given and an honor like nothing I have ever attended!
Yes! I finally had a real family and I loved everyone of them at first sight! The ceremony will be long remembered by all in attendance but it was not over. We traveled a short distance to the homestead site where the chimney and fireplace are all that remain of the place that Joseph, his wife and family once called home. Then, it was on to Lake Lou Emma Park for a lot of good food, visiting and entertainment provided by The Alverson Southern Gospel Group featuring Royce Alverson and his sister, Carla. They graciously invited several family members "on stage" and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely!
The day that I had dreamed of since a small child too quickly came to a close, but there will be more........we've all agreed, there will be MANY more!......