December 21, 2014

Bean Family Civil War Veterans – Iowa

Richard R Bean alone

 

Bean Family Civil War Veterans - Iowa

Richard Lemuel Bean

1808-1869

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. “

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Levi Lemuel Bean

1836-1863

7th Iowa Infantry

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Richard Rufus Bean


1838-1928

(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.

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George Willard Bean

1840-1928

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.

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Holton David Bean

1849-1928

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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Here was the greatest and most moving chapter in American history, a blending of meanness and greatness, an ending and a beginning. It came out of what men were, but it did not go as men had planned.
– from “The Coming Fury”

From An Odyssey Of Quotes

© Carol Yates Wilkerson 2011

 

Unearthing Genealogical and Historical Photos

vinita-star

Vinita Star

Don’t ever tell me that you can’t find any genealogical or historical records online. I have been transfixed for the last four hours or more just doing searches on a new site I found named Star |Archives. I was doing some research for my friend who is Cherokee, but who also had ancestors who lived in the western lands of Arkansas and were counted as freemen in a Chickasaw census. What makes it more confusing is that I know very little about this area, and how it all connects to the eventual establishment of the state of Oklahoma.  Sometimes, knowing the history of a location is just as important when it comes to finding people in records.

These Star|Archives are not something familiar to me, as far as being a well-known genealogical resource. If you have heard of them before, please let me know. I think that Cuadra Star is just a business contracted by historical societies and such that oversees collections like this and makes them accessible to the public.

I saw some photos in there of people like Bill Pickett, well-known African American cowboy who liked to wrestle a steer down to the ground by biting it on the lower lip. I kid you not! There is a picture of him doing just that, as well as a photo of him on horseback. Bill worked on the 101 Ranch that is located near Ponca City, Oklahoma.

The photo of Vinita Star above was just something that caught my eye. I like the photo, and it happened to turn up in a search using the words “vinita” and “star”. There are not only photos on the site, but links to the holdings to the Oklahoma Historical Society folders with just textual records in them also. I must warn you, I was having a little trouble with the website and errors, so don’t shoot the messenger if it gives you trouble too. Do try to get into it though if you can. If you are doing Oklahoma records research you might find a goldmine.

Oklahoma Historical Society – Archives, Library Catalog and Newspaper Articles

Bill Pickett


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