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Jesse Bean

Birthplace: Halifax County, Province of Virginia
Death: Died in Independence County, Arkansas Territory, United States
Place of Burial: *Cenotaph <font size=
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. William Bean and Lydia Bean (Russell)
Husband of Elizabeth Bean
Father of Col. Robert Bean; Mary Sanders; William Beene; Elizabeth Ann Quisenberry; Joab Beene and 5 others
Brother of John Bean; Capt. Robert Bean; George Bean; Edmund Bean; Russell Bean and 4 others
Half brother of Thomas Bean; Agnes Shaw; Issac P. Bean; Mary Storment; John Wiley Bean and 4 others

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About Jesse Bean

On October 7, 1780, the foundation that would forever change the world was established. Fewer than one thousand American Heroes, through skill, luck, and the leadership of cunning strategists, defeated Patrick Ferguson, a brilliant star of the British military might. Captain Jesse Bean, DAR Ancestor Number A0080006, was one of those Heroes.

His participation in the Battle of King's Mountain was documented Dr. Bobby Gilmer Moss in his book, The Patriots at Kings Mountain. Dr. Moss wrote:

  "Jesse Beene, of what is now Tennessee, served as captain of a North Carolina militia unit under the command of Col. Sevier in the battle at Kings Mountain. He moved to Alabama about 1804. Beene was in the Mississippi legislature  and missed being governor of the state by one vote. Draper, p424; Heitman, p.97; (Depriest, William, S8319); Muzzle Blasts, VIII, 3 (October 1946).

William DePriest wrote in S8319, his Application for Revolutionary War Pension:

"Soon after I became a Substitute for three months under Captain Jesse Bean [sic, Jesse Beene]. I do not recollect the name of the person who I was a Substitute for. I was at the Battle of King's Mountain; we was under Col. Sevier [John Sevier]. I do not recollect that any General Officer was there."

Jesse Bean was the son of Patriots. Both have been designated as such by the DAR: ]58613847 William Bean as DAR Ancestor Number A008045 and ]Lydia Russell, DAR Ancestor number A132561.

A contributor to provided the following information:

"Lydia Russell (1726-c1788), daughter of William Russell and Martha Henley, and wife of William Bean. She and her husband were among the first permanent white settlers in what is now the state of Tennessee. Their son Russell was the first white child born in Tennessee. She was captured along with 13 year old Samuel Moore in July 1776 by hostile Cherokee Indians prior to an attack on the Watauga settlement. She was intercepted as she made her way from her home on Boone's Creek to Sycamore Shoals. She was sent to the Overhill Towns and was lead to the stake. But she was saved, it is said, by Nancy Ward, "Beloved Woman" of the Cherokees, who told the Indians that they could use Mrs. Bean's instruction in the making of butter and cheese. So her life was spared and later she returned to her home. .

Nancy Ward's act may have had far reaching effects. When militant Cherokees prepared to attack illegal white communities on the Watauga River, Ward disapproved of intentionally taking civilian lives. She was able to warn several of the Watauga settlements in time for them to defend themselves or flee. Lydia was sentenced to execution and was actually being tied to a stake when Ward exercised her right to spare condemned captives. She took the injured Mrs. Bean into her own home to nurse her back to health. Mrs. Bean, like most "settler women," wove her own cloth. At this time, the Cherokee were wearing a combination of traditional hide (animal skin) clothing and loomed cloth purchased from traders. Cherokee people had rough-woven hemp clothing, but it was not as comfortable as clothing made from linen, cotton, or wool. Mrs. Bean taught Ward how to set up a loom, spin thread or yarn, and weave cloth. This skill would make the Cherokee people less dependent on traders, but it also Europeanized the Cherokee in terms of gender roles. Women came to be expected to do the weaving and house chores; as men became farmers in the changing society, women became "housewives." Another aspect of Cherokee life that changed when Ward saved the life of Mrs. Bean was that of raising animals. Lydia owned dairy cattle, which she took to Ward's house. Ward learned to prepare and use dairy foods, which provided some nourishment even when hunting was bad. However, because of Ward's introduction of dairy farming to the Cherokee, they would begin to amass large herds and farms, which required even more manual labor. This would soon lead the Cherokee into using slave labor. In fact, Ward herself had been "awarded" the black slave of a felled Creek warrior after her victory at the Battle of Taliwa and thus became the first Cherokee slave owner." .

Not surprisingly, Jesse Bean's brothers fought in the Battle of King's Mountain as well:

]William Bean ]Robert Bean ]John Bean

There were three other brothers:

Russell George Edmund

There was also a sister, Sarah, who married John Bowen.John Bowen's uncles, Rees Bowen] and ]Charles Bowen, fought at the Battle of King's Mountain as well: Rees Bowen was killed in the battle. Trish Carden listed ]Henry Bowen, the father of John Bowen and George Bean, the aforementioned brother of Jesse Bean, as having fought at the Battle of King's Mountain, but there is no documentation to substantiate these claims.

Captain Beam married Elizabeth Mitchell and had several children. Those documented by the DAR:

Betsy Bean married William Minor Quesenbury Lydia Bean married William Russell Richard Henderson Bean married Mary Jane Parks Susan Bean married Henry Anderson Quesenbury

While the actual burial site for Jesse Bean remains unknown, there is a Memorial Stone in his honor in the Cantrell Gilliand Memorial Garden. May this memorial serve as an expression of the gratitude we owe him and his family members for risking their lives and braving the unknown to help build a new country: our America.

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Jesse Bean's Timeline

Halifax County, Province of Virginia
Age 23
Washington County, North Carolina, United States
October 12, 1781
Age 25
Age 28
Age 30
Age 32
Age 35
Washington County, Tennessee, United States
March 4, 1794
Age 38
Bean Station, Grainger County, Tennessee, United States
June 3, 1799
Age 43