Bean Family Civil War Veterans - Iowa
Richard Lemuel Bean
From the Nashua, Iowa Library:
He served in Company C, in the 6th Iowa Cavalry
“I do not know the year he moved to Nashua from St. Lawrence County, New York, but it was very probably right after the birth of his son Holton who was born in St. Lawrence County in 1849. He did not move directly to Nashua, but lived several years in Lansing, Michigan where two children were born.
They were in Nashua when the Civil War broke out and he was determined to enlist with four of his sons: Henry, Levi, George, and Holton. He also wanted to enlist but the Board would not take him on account of his age. His wife told him if he did enlist, not to come back to her. He did anyway, by going to another county; cut off his beard, dyed his hair with walnut stain, and made it. He was discharged a year later with an injury to his hips in battle.
He returned to Nashua and built a home on some land he owned 2 miles north of town, and lived there for the rest of his life. He owned and operated a saw mill before the war, but with his injured hips he could no longer do the work.
Before coming to Iowa he was a [I suspect he was a “sawyer” and [someone misread the writing on the census record--C] lawyer in Vermont and New York State. “
Levi Lemuel Bean
7th Iowa Infantry
Richard Rufus Bean
(GG-Grandfather of James A. Wilkerson)
Richard Bean was a Private in the Union Army, Co. G, 27th Iowa Infantry. He mustered in October 3, 1862 (maybe at Dubuque, IA). It says on the Company Muster-in Roll that he was 24 years old and that his occupation was as a farmer. He enlisted August 15, 1862 in Nashua, Iowa for a period of 3 years. the enlistment person was A. L. Rupe. It also says he had black hair and eyes and his complexion was dark. He was five foot, five and a half inches tall. On that date he was to be paid the sum of $25, and the premium paid was $2.00.
The battles in which he fought were: Battle of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, April 9, 1864; and Old Oaks, Louisiana, May 18, 1864; Ditch Bayou, Arkansas, June 6, 1864; Tupelo and Old Town Creek, Mississippi, July 15 and 16, 1864; Nashville, Tennessee, December 15 and 16, 1864; and the Siege and Capture of Blakely, Alabama, April 2 through 9, 1865.
June 1863 he went to the regimental hospital (Gayoso USA General Hospital) in Memphis, TN because he was sick. On August 24, 1863 he left at Memphis, Tennessee because he was sick. During the months of September and October 1863 he was employed as a guard at the hospital until he returned to duty. He rejoined his Company from the hospital December 10, 1863.
Richard’s muster-out date was August 8, 1865. At that time, he had last been paid to February 28, 1865. He mustered-out in Clinton, Iowa. At that time they paid him a bounty of $25 and he was due $75.
In 1896 Richard R. Bean applied for a pension from the government for his service in the Civil War.
George Willard Bean
Union Army, Co. G, 27th Iowa Infantry
George W. Bean was in the 27th Iowa Infantry, Company G, along with his brother Richard R. Bean.
Holton David Bean
7th Iowa Infantry, Company B
Holton Bean was in the 7th Iowa Infantry, Company B in the Civil War. His brother Levi L Bean was also in this unit.
Aged Anita man Hangs Self Sunday. Holten D. Bean father of Leslie Bean takes life early Sunday Morning at L. D. Bean residence. 5 or 6 years resident of Anita. Committed suicide early Sunday morning by hanging himself farm home of son Leslie Bean with whom made home. Despondency cause of death. W. L. Edwards who has room at Bean home arose Sunday morning about 7:00 a.m. and going barn to get car, saw in semi-darkness in 1 of stalls what appeared figure of man hanging from 1 of rafters. Had used piece of uninsulated telephone wire as he hung toes touched ground. Had made home Anita since wife died. Funeral Bean home. Interment cemetery Casey. (Vindicator, Casey, Ia., Oct. 25, 1928)
Obituary Holten David Bean born Yorktown, Canada Nov. 27, 1849 and died home son L. E. Bean Anita Oct. 21 age 78 and 10 m. 24d. Married Mary Jane Morrison 1876 and 2 daughters and 1 son. Mrs. Bean died Mar. 1923. Left Mrs. Dora Highland of Vancouver, Washington, Mrs. Georgia Witherspoon of Danville, Ill. and Leslie Bean of Anita, 9 grandchildren. Funeral Anita. Interment Oakwood. (Vindicator, Casey, Ia., Oct. 25, 1928)
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