Capt William "Billy" Bean
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||Capt William "Billy" Bean
||9 DEC 1721
||St. Stephens Parish Northumberland County, Virginia
||Northumberland County, Virginia or Greensboro, Guilford, NCto Lydia Russell
||1776 - 1780
||Captain in the Watauga Riflemen
||7 October 1780
||North Carolina, USABattle of Kings Mountain
||his wife, Lydia, was captured by hostile Cherokee Indians
||6 JAN 1782
||Washington County, Tennessee
||German Creek, Washington (now Grainger) County, Tennessee
William and Lydia lived in the western portion of Halifax County, Virginia where William and others were ordered to lay out a road from William's house to the courthouse. In 1766 the area in which they lived became Pittsylvania County. In 1768 and 1769 they sold their land in Pittsylvania County and moved into the wilderness of the Great Smokey Mountains in what would later become eastern Tennessee. William Bean moved his family into the new country of Tennessee early in the year 1769. He built a cabin on a point between Boone's Creek and Watauga river, just above the mouth of the creek. Ramsey says Bean had camped here while hunting with Daniel Boone and was familiar with the country. In 1769, the year that Boone first went to Kentucky, the first permanent settlers came to the banks of the Watauga, the settlement being merely an enlargement of the Virginia settlement, which had for a short time existed on the head-waters of the Holston, especially near Wolf Hills, (now Abingdon).
- 1767: First List of Tithables, Pittsylvania County, VA
- 1768: Tennessee the Volunteer State Vol. 1 - Biographies of professional individuals residing in Tennessee from 1769-1923, Page50.
- 1769: The Overmountain Men, Pat Aldeman, The Overmountain Press, 1970,Page 13
- 1769: Tennessee The Volunteer State Vol 1 - Biographies of professional individuals residing in Tennessee from 1769-1923, Page 63
- 1776: Tennessee The Volunteer State Vol 1 - Biographies of professional individuals residing in Tennessee from 1769-1923. Page166, 247
- 1776: DAR Patriot Index - Centennial Edition, Part 1, 1990
- 1782: Last Will & Testament of William Bean, Jonesboro, Tennessee Courthouse, Vol. 1, page 4
His wife, Lydia, was captured along with 13 year old Samuel Moore in July 1776 by hostile Cherokee Indians. Rescued by Nancy Ward, "Beloved Woman" of the Cherokees. N2
- ↑ #58613847 , in Find A Grave.
- Acklen, Jeanette. Tennessee Records: Tombstone Inscriptions and Manuscripts, pg. 188.
1.1 Acklen, Jeanette. Tennessee Records: Tombstone Inscriptions and Manuscripts, pg. 188.
Captain William Bean, Jr., was born in Virginia about 1745; died in Grainger County, 1799. Court records of that county prove time of death. He was Captain under Col. John Sevier.
Capt. William Bean Sr., born about 1720; died in Washington County in 1782, his will being probated in that year. Russell, the first white child born in the state, is mentioned in his will. William Bean built the first cabin; he was a member of the Committee of Safety and a member of the Watauga Association.
- ↑ Last Will and Testament of William Bean, Jonesboro, Tennessee
Courthouse, Vol. I, page 4. Will proven in court May 2, 1782. The
land and mill where William Bean and Lydia lived was willed to Russell
at the death of Lydia. The mill was not built until 1780. (Court
Records of Washington Co. Tenn. February Term, 1780 "ordered Wm.
Bean build a mill on Boones Creek"). This land was recorded in
Washington County, Tennessee, Deeds Vol. 4, pg. 222, a grant from
North Carolina #931 to William Bean 400 acres on north side of
Boone's Creek, adj. Henry Long's and William Bean, Jr.'s line,
crossing Boone Creek to a post oak in William Stone's line. Deeded to
Russell Bean November 17, 1790. according to Washington Co. Tenn.
Tax List 17990-91, Russell Bean was shown owning 400 acres. Russell
Bean was only 13 years old when his father died, hence the estate was
not settled until 1790. Russell was now 21 years of age, and his
mother was dead.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Website: Bean Geneology, Bean Notables and Anecdotes
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