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During the years when Knox Glass Company was at its peak, the area around it was known as Pearl City. The Gulf States Creosote Company was another firm contributing to the growth of this community. The name Pearl City gave way to Flowood for the Underwood family, prominent citizens. Mrs. Underwood’s given name was Florence. Combining the first three letters of her name with “wood”, the last syllable of the name Underwood, resulted in the name Flowood.

Pearson, about five miles from Jackson, in the southwestern corner of the city of Pearl, was once a part of the Norrell plantation. More precisely, Pearson was located south of the right angled curve Highway 268 makes as it turns east toward Whitfield. John W. Pearson (1840-1883) acquired land in the area and made it available to the railroad which was being built, with the stiuplation that the village be named Pearson. The community had a depot and daily train service, both passenger and freight, for many years. Rankin Countians from as far away as Florence brought their products, including crossties as well as cotton, to Pearson for shipping by rail. They were forced to camp somewhere along the way, as in the early days the journey from Florence to Pearson, if one was carrying a load, could not be accomplished in one day. The post office at Pearson opened in 1874.
There were several beautiful homes in Pearson, most of which were destroyed by fire. None of them is left today. Pearsosn is also said to have had the first flour mill in the state. Changing times, better roads, and the increasing use of the automobile were some of the factors which contributed to the demise of the once bustling community known as Pearson. Gone are the store, the post office, the depot, the daily train services. Today only the name lingers on, in Pearson Road, Pearson Baptist Church, the Pearson Cemetery and the Pearson voting precincts. Unless one counts the memories in the minds of the area’s older citizens.

Two locations in Rankin County have had this name, one at present-day Fannin, the other where Pelahatchie is today, twelve miles east of Brandon. The name is said to be of Indian origin, but not everyone agrees as to the meaning of the word Pelahatchie. Some say it meant “crooked creek”; others say it meant “so big”. Still others say the word meant “hurricane creek”. The first post office opened in 1851. After the railroad came through, for a time there was a post office named Pelahatchie Depot.
It is believed that the first settlers who came to this area had migrated from Virginia and the Carolinas and settled near the creek. Billy Goforth, a half Indian, is said to have owned extensive acreage in the area that is now Pelahatchie.
One of the first settlers in this region was a man named Seymoure, great-great-grandfather of Mrs. Robert Pennington, present-day citiZen of the town. He built a log house where Mrs. Pennington’s mother was born in 1852.
The location of the town of Pelahatchie is historically significant. In the early 1960′s a marker was placed by the Historical Commission of Mississippi at a spot four miles east of Pelahatchie to designate the boundary between the Choctaw Cessions of 1820 (Doak’s Stand) and 1830 (Dancing Rabbit).

Pete’s Lake, formed in 1902 on land owned by Denkman Lumber Company, was located three miles northeast of Sand Hill. It was said to have been named for a mule named Pete who drowned in a near-by lake.

Pisgah was originally Densontown, the name given to this settlement by the Denson family who settled here and established Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, one of Rankin County’s oldest fellowships. William Denson, considered to be the founder of the church, selected a Biblical name, as did so many of the early churches. The post office at Pisgah opened in 1897 and closed in 1921. Mail was then sent to Leesburg.
Pisgah and Sand Hill are actually the same community. Pisgah is associated with the school, two of the community’s churches and the Lions Club. Sand Hill refers to the post office and general stores. The post office at Sand Hill opened in 1892 and is still in operation.
In 1918 Welcome, Robinson, and Bates schools consolidated with Pisgah school. Later, Goshen Springs, Red Oak, Holly Bush, Rehobeth, and Leesburg came in with Pisgah to make Pisgah a better and larger school.