Capt. George Butler Pearson Alston (1836 – 1886) Born at Yorkville on Oct. 24, 1836. Died at Rock Hill on Jan. 27, 1886. Buried in Laurelwood Cemetery, Rock Hill. He was at the time of his death the principal of the Rock Hill Academy, which position he filled for nine years. He was principal of the Fort Mill Academy for several years before the Civil War. He was educated under his father‘s instruction. During the War he was captain of Co. B, 6th
South Carolina Regiment of Volunteers. He was badly wounded during the War and was never able to recover completely from his injuries.
He was married on Jan. 4, 1866, to Alice M. Davis, second daughter of John and Amanda Ruth Davis of Charleston, S. C. She was a cousin of Henry Timrod, the famous South Carolina poet. She died at Rock Hill on Oct. 23, 1925. Both Captain and Mrs. Alston were active workers in the Methodist Church at Rock Hill (now called St. John‘s Church). Captain Alston was superintendent of the Sunday School at the time of his death. Their residence in Rock Hill was a large, two-story frame house fronting on Hampton Street (between Main and Black) and on the eastern side thereof.
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