|King William BEAN, born 1812 in Tennessee was a descendant of
William BEAN, born 1730 in Scotland. William's son, William Jr., was born
in 1754 in Ireland. Walter BEAM, born 1779, son of William Jr. went to
Franklin County, Tennessee, where his son, King William BEAN was born and
when he was 13 years old, his father Walter migrated in a covered wagon
caravan about 1825 to Jefferson County, settling as an early pioneer in
As early pioneers were influential in the religious life of the community, religious meetings were conducted by the Methodist at the BEAN home in Casner Township. Walter's wife, Elizabeth (MCGAILLARD) BEAN, must have died sometime after the birth of their youngest child, General Francis Marion, born 1830 in Jefferson County, for Walter remarried in 1838 Katharine KIMBRO here in Jefferson County. Walter and Elizabeth had a child to die in 1833, Gency, age 17 years.
In 1842 Walter and his second wife purchased 13½ acres in the SW SW1/4 of Sec. 31 in Shiloh Township, bordering Casner Township, and sold this same parcel of land on October 30, 1848. This land today is now owned by Wilburn and Ruby PANZIER. After 1848 and sometime before 1850 Walter, Katharine and Gen. F. Marion moved to Gallatin County, Illinois where this family maintained a lively interest in religion with Rev. G. F. M. BEAN, a minister of the Gospel, establishing several churches in the Ridgway area. However, four of Walter's eleven children, King W., Thomas H. Loving Russel, and Asbury (see family) remained in Jefferson County having descendants living here today. John and Peter M. moved to Arkansas but it was unknown where Conner (born 1824), Gulie (born 1806), and Jennie (born 1809) went. Walter, in his mid-sixties when leaving Jefferson County, spent his declining years in Gallatin County and was buried there.
King William as a young pioneer found Jefferson County a land of opportunity
for those with courage and ambition. On
King William and Elizabeth's children were a son, William King (1834-1915) who in 1853 married Clemenza THOMPSON (1834-1915) and had King William, Cynthia, Sally, Ann, Martha, Connie, Conzada, and Catherine. They lived in McClellan Township. Buried at the Black Cemetery. Another son Peter Alexander (1839-1881) also lived in McClellan (see family).
They had two daughters that are known of and it's told never married. Jerusha Elizabeth (born 1836) and Sarah born 1841). It is believed there was a fifth child, Goulia D. (1843) married James S. HOWE. Elizabeth remained a widow and lived near her sons. Our subject died February 21, 1843. Where they are buried is unknown.
Source: Facts and Folks History Of Jefferson County 1978
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