Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - More From The Bean Cemetery

To date we have discussed three of the known burials in the Bean Family Cemetery, located nar Waiteville in Monroe County, West Virginia. They are: William Bean, his wife Rachel Wisman Bean, and their daughter Nancy Bean.

It is believed that William and Rachel's eldest child, Emily, is also buried in this cemetery, along with her spouse, Thomas J. LONG.

You will recall from our previous posts, that none of the orginal stones to the cemetery have any legible markings remaining, if, indeed, they ever did. So, with each post that I am doing on individuals believed to have been buried here, and the many stones that are here, the stone shown is only representative of the person, and not their exact tombstone.

Emily Bean was born in 1814 along Dropping Lick, near present day Zenith in Monroe County, West Virginia, near the base of Peter's Mountain, to William Bean and Rachel Wiseman, who had been married 20 November of the previous year.

Emily married Thomas J. LONG [1810-1888], also from Monroe County, on o Sep 1833 at the age of 19 years. Thomas was a farmer. And the couple went on to have eleven known children:
William B. [1834-1859...may have been buried here as well]
John Wesley    [1836-1864]
Jarrett Morgan    [1838-1926]
Mary    [1839-abt 1905]
Overton Bergis    [b. 1841]
Rachel    [1843-1924]
Archibald    [b. 1845]
Allen Madison    [1849-1935]
Thomas Washington    [1851-1938]
Elizabeth A.    [1853-1942]
Nancy Ann    [abt 1857 - 1938]

According family records, Emily died 15 Apr 1889 on Dropping Lick, and she and her husband Thomas were buried in the Bean Family Cemetery. There is not a report found in the Monroe County records regarding either her death, or that of Thomas. Her cause of death is unknown. She was about 75 years of age.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Amanuensis Monday... A 1903 Birth Is Registered

From Monroe County Birth Registry
Page 254/ Entry 1660

Surname BEANE
3rd Delivery

Born July 19, 1903

Father: American born in Ohio

Mother American born in Waiteville

Mother: Blanch U. BEANE
Maiden Name: Crosier
Residence: Keenan

Father: John W. Beane [sic]
Occupation: Merchant

Name & Address of Medical Attendant: T. L. Gilchrist, MD
Pickaway, WV

NOTE: This unanamed Female child is none other than V. Pauline Bean, the youngest daughter of Blanche U. CROSIER BEAN and John M. BEANE.

Blanche died shortly following the birth of this child from Tuberculosis.

Memorial Day Tribute To Our Family In Uniform...

Cathy Beane Holcomb
daughter of John M. BEANE Jr. and Mildred Tolley BEANE

Christopher Adwell
Son of Andy L. Adwell and Cynthia Beane

Phillip Beane
Son of James Edward Beannd Fannie Bell

David L. BEANE
Son of Walter M. BEANE and Lois DREHER BEANE

Son of Richard HARRIFF and Blanche Audrey BEANE HARRIFF

Son of John Ward and Mattie Eppinger
Husband of Ada Eleanor BEANE WARD

Edsel Ford BEANE
Son of John M. BEAN and Mary Elizabeth FAUDREE BEAN
Husband of Rose PITZER

Emmette BEANE
Son of John M. BEAN Sr. and Ada BURDETTE BEAN

Jack Ashley
Son of John M. BEAN Sr. and Ada BURDETTE BEAN

Jeffrey S. BEANE
Son of Walter BEANE and Lois DREHER BEANE
Husband of Darla HANSON BEANE

Johnnie L. HENRY
Son of Joseph Wright HENRY and Bettie Louise ROTGE HENRY
Husband of Cynthia BEANE HENRY

Son of Isaac WISEMAN and Elizabeth DAVIS WISEMAN
Husband of Elizabeth BATEMAN WISEMAN

Son of Almon HALL and Loretta Gayle BEANE

Son of John M. BEANE Sr. and Blanche U. CROSIER BEAN
Husband of Lois BROWN BEANE

Daughter of Henry C. DREHER Jr. and Irene C. BANET DREHER
Wife of Walter M. BEANE

Lonnie Lee ROACH
Son of Lonnie Lee ROACH Sr. and Macie POE
Husband of Agnes Jane HOLLAND [Dau of Frank C. HOLLAND and Rita T. BEAN]

Walter M. BEANE
Son of John M. BEAN Sr. and Mary Elizabeth FAUDREE BEANE
Husband of Lois V. DREHER BEANE

Walter M. BEANE
Met and married while in the military.
She... daughter of Henry C. DREHER and Irene C. BANET DREHER
He... the son of John M. Bean Sr. and Mary FAUDREE BEAN

William McHarvey BEANE
Son of John M. BEAN Sr. and Ada BURDETTE BEAN

William M. BEAN
Son of William BEAN and Rachel WISEMAN BEAN
Husband of Margaret Smith PERKINS BEAN

Son of Elmer L. ADWELL and Mary L. JONES ADWELL
Father of Chris, David, Deborah, Micheal and Crystal Adwell [chilren of Cynthia BEANE]

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sentimental Sunday...Henry Dreher

Henry C. Dreher, Jr.
1902 - 1977

Taken about 1935 or so.

This is how I remember Grandpa best, either working the land, or working wood as a carpenter. He was a master carpenter, and made beautiful cabinetry!

A learned man, self-taught, he never stopped studying and learning!!!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Week # 22 Secrets

Week 22. Secrets. Describe something about yourself that won’t be found on any record 100 years from now.

I really had to think about this one for a bit! My life has pretty much been an open book thusfar, so what is something that won't be found in 100 years about me?

About 18-months ago, I went from having a head full of rich, chestnut colored hair, to being totally gray. [Some individuals actually thought it was a dye job gone awry at first!]

Truth is, in 1997, at 38, I was diagnosed with oat-cell cancer in the lungs. While I did not lose all of my hair during treatment, it did turn totally gray almost overnight. And finally to what I have know, almost all white! And yes, I am in my early 50's now, and have pretty much aged into my hair, so that it suits me now. And I wear my gray and white hair as badge of honor. I survived cancer!

Please note... I never smoked in my life. But my Dad and my first husband were both very incosniderate smokers, and I was always bombarded with second-hand smoke. If you MUST smoke, please do so courteously!

But will anyone know in 100 years how early in life I went to this "geritol" hair?

I sincerely doubt it. That is unless I properly archive this weeks assignment!

Only time will tell!

[52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.]

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.. It's Find-A-Grave Time!

Another great assignment from Randy Seaver, over at GeneaMusings:

"Hey genea-searchers, it's SATURDAY NIGHT ... time for more GENEALOGY FUN!!!

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) Go to the Find-a-Grave website (www.findagrave.com) and search for ancestors that you don't know the burial location of. How far back in time did you have to go to find this person? Hint #1 - use your ancestor list to help you. Hint #2 - don't forget to use the last surname for females!

2) If you think that Find-a-Grave will not have your persons of interest, then check another burial index that might help you.

3) Tell us about your search - who did you look for, and who was the first ancestor that you found that you did not have a burial location for previously? Write your own blog post, or make a comment on this post.

Another excellent assignment from Randy! And I really loved this one!

I have long searched for the burial site of my great-great-grandparents, Etiene Banet and his wife Francoise Bidaine Banet. This couple were born and raised in France, and moved to this country when they were middle-aged. It had long been assumed that they were buried at St. Mary of the Knobs located in Floyds Knobs, Floyd County, Indiana. But we never knew for sure.

I found them both immediately, and while there were no pictures of the tombstones, there was a transcription for each of their stones. And they are inscribed in French!

Etienne [Stephen] Banet was born 17 Jan 1795 in Doubs, France. His stone reads:
"Banet Ici repose le corps de Jetienne BANET nee a Arcey cantons de Lisle dt du Douhs, FRANCE ne le 17 Ferrier 1795 decede le 18 Apr 1871 dpouse de Francois BIDAINE agede 76 ans"
Find A Grave Memorial# 59370171

Francoise Bidaine Banet was born 18 Apr 1802, also in Doubs, France. Her tombstone inscription reads as below:
"Bidaine Ici repose corpse de Francois BIDAINE ne a Arcey Canton de Sisle dt. Du Doubs, FRANCE ne le 18 Avril 1802 decede 16 Mars 1877 epouse d. Etionne BANET aged de 75"
Find A Grave Memorial# 59370219

And, just as suspected, the couple were layed to rest at St. Mary of the Knobs Church, Floyds Knobs, Floyd County, Indiana.

St. Mary of the Knobs

Etienne and Francoise were married 01 Oct 1821 in Doubs, France.

They had 12 known children:
Paul Louis    [1822-1869]
Francois    [b.1823]
Francois Emanuel    [1825-1828]
Joseph Alexandre    [1830-1886]
Josephine    [1830-1914]   ***Note: Joseph Alexandre and Josephine were twins]
Isadore    [1832-1901]   ****Isadore was my great-great-grandfather.
Ferre'ol    [1835-1836]  ***Ferre'ol was the last child born before sailing from France. He died at   Floyds Knobs.
Aime Appollinare    [1837-1884]
Adele    [1839-1917]
Joseph Ettiene    [1840-1926]
Catherine    [b. 1842]
Adolph    [1844-1930]

Surname Saturday....Cram

Today let's take a look at the CRAM family of Bavaria. [***Note: not all of this part of the family tree has been verified... but I'm working on it!]


Cynthia Ann BEANE was born in New Albany, Floyd Co., IN. She was the daughter of 2. Walter Maxwell BEANE and 3. Lois Velleda DREHER. She married Johnnie Lee HENRY in Covington, Alleghany Co., VA, son of Joseph Wright HENRY and Betty Louise Rotge. He was born in San Antonio, Bexar Co, TX.



Walter Maxwell BEANE was bornin Waiteville, Monroe County, WV. He was the son of 4. John Monroe BEAN and 5. Mary Elizabeth FAUDREE. He married Lois Velleda DREHER in Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.


Lois Velleda DREHER was born in Georgetown, FLoyd Co., IN. She was the daughter of 6. Henry Condar DREHER Jr. and 7. Irene Caroline BANET.



John Monroe BEAN was born on 15 Dec 1866 in Cincinatti, Ohio. He died on 10 Apr 1954 in

Waiteville, Monroe Co., WV. He was the son of 8. William McHarvey BEAN and 9. Margaret Smith

PERKINS. He married Blanche Uremia CROSIER on 26 Jun 1895 in Monroe County, West Virginia.


Mary Elizabeth FAUDREE was born 03 June 1897in Monroe County, West Virginia. She died 01 Jan 1975 Clifton Forge, Alleghany, Virginia. She was the daughter of Stephen Ledford FAUDREE and Elizabeth CARNEFIX.



Stephen Ledford FAUDREE was born on 08 Jul 1857 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, Virginia.

He died on 16 Jan 1929 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, WV. He was the son of 20. Richard C.

FAUDREE and 21. Mary Margaret WICKLINE. He married Elizabeth CARNEFIX on 17 Dec 1878 in

Monroe County, West Virginia.


Elizabeth CARNEFIX was born 08 Jul 1851 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, WV. She died 22 Jul

1929 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, WV. She was the daughter of 22. George W. CARNEFIX and

23. Mary Susan DAUGHERTY.



Richard C. FAUDREE was born in 1834 in Halifax, VA. He died on 01 Jan 1902 in Sweet Springs,

Monroe County, WV. He was the son of 40. Lewis FAUDREE and 41. Mabelia HALL. He married

Mary Margaret WICKLINE on 28 Oct 1856 in Monroe County, Virginia.


Mary Margaret WICKLINE was born 1831 in Monroe County, Virginia. She was the daughter of 42.

Elijah WICKLINE and 43. Elizabeth Lewis.



Elijah WICKLINE was born in 1799 in Monroe County, Virginia. He died on 27 Jun 1879 in Sweet

Springs, Monroe, West Virginia. He was the son of 84. Jacob W. WICKLINE and 85. Catherine

SPARR. He married Elizabeth Lewis on 08 Jan 1821 in Monroe County, Virginia.

Elizabeth Lewis was born 1795 in Virginia.



Jacob W. WICKLINE was born on 25 May 1750 in Robeson Twp, Berks Co., PA. He died on 26 Dec

1821 in Sweet Springs, Monroe County, VA. He was the son of 168. Johan Georg WICKLINE and

169. Anna Christiana ROTH. He married Catherine SPARR.


Catherine SPARR. She was the daughter of 170. Johan Frederich SPARR and 171. Anna

Margaretha SCHNAEDER.



Johan Frederich SPARR was born on 01 Sep 1725 in Waldenburg, Neckar, Wuttemburg, Germany.

He was the son of 340. Johan George SPARR and 341. Maria Catrina KAUFFMAN. He married Anna

Margaretha SCHNAEDER.


Anna Margaretha SCHNAEDER was born 13 Feb 1729 in Switzerland. She died 08 May 1801 in

Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of 342. Johan Christian SCHNAEDER and 343. Susanna

Margaretha UNKNOWN.



Johan Christian SCHNAEDER was born in 1707 in Switzerland. He died in Feb 1793 in Lancaster,

PA. He was the son of 684. Jacob SCHNAEDER and 685. Elsa KLEIN. He married Susanna

Margaretha UNKNOWN.

Susanna Margaretha UNKNOWN was born 1707 in Switzerland. She died 1767 in Lancaster, PA.



Jacob SCHNAEDER was born on 03 May 1667. He was the son of 1368. Martin SNYDER and 1369.

Sophia GIESS. He married Elsa KLEIN.

Elsa KLEIN was born Germany. She was the daughter of 1370. David KLEIN.


Martin SNYDER was born on 14 Apr 1611 in Bavaria, Germany. He was the son of 2736. Hans

Schneider SNYDER and 2737. Eva Maria MANZE. He married Sophia GIESS.

Sophia GIESS was born 1642 in Bavaria, Germany. She was the daughter of 2738. Martin GIESS.



Hans Schneider SNYDER was born on 11 Dec 1573 in Bavaria, Germany. He was the son of 5472.

Jacob SCHNEIDER and 5473. Barbara HAGAN. He married Eva Maria MANZE.

Eva Maria MANZE. She died 26 Nov 1631 in Bavaria, Germany.


Jacob SCHNEIDER was born on 10 Jan 1539 in Bavaria, Germany. He was the son of 10944.

Johannes SCHNEIDER and 10945. Johanna KANZLAR. He married Barbara HAGAN.

Barbara HAGAN.


Jo. hannes SCHNEIDER was born in 1490 in Bavaria, Germany. He died on 03 Nov 1563 in Bavaria,

Germany. He was the son of 21888. Casper SCHNEIDER and 21889. Carolina CRAM. He married

Johanna KANZLAR.

Jo. hanna KANZLAR. She was the daughter of 21890. Otto KANZLAR and 21891. Unknown.



C.asper SCHNEIDER was born in 1460 in Bavaria, Germany. He was the son of 43776. Unknown

SCHNEIDER and 43777. Atillia KURTZ. He married Carolina CRAM.

C.arolina CRAM was born Bavaria, Germany.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Family Recipe Friday - Mama's Washday Supper

I don't have a picture of this dish, as it's been quite some time since I last made it! But this is one meal that Maamade alot of when I was growing up. And she served it often to my children as well! It was a fast and easy meal to put together on a da when she was in a hurry to get other things done, besides standing over a stove cooking!

Mama's Washday Supper

1 [16-oz] box of elbow macaroni pasta
1 large jar of spaghetti sauce
1 [12-oz] package of hotdogs, cooked and then cut into round pieces about 1/4-inch each


Cook macaroni according to package directions.
Cook hotdogs according to package directions, and then slice into 1/4-inch round rings.
Mix macaroni, hotdogs and spaghetti sauce together.

You may serve this as is, or top with grated Parmesan cheese.

This was a real staple in our house! And Mama sometimes used homemade canned stewed tomatoes instead opf spaghetti sauce! Delicious! And the kiddies loved it!
It can also be served with garlic bread or toast.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday

The home where Jack and Nannie Beane McCormick lived and raised their family.
Located at Waiteville, Monroe County, West Virginia.

Nannie was my grandfather, John Bean, Sr.'s, sister.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - Nannie Bean Married Jack McCormick

Marriage License
West Virginia, County of Monroe, to wit:
To any person licensed to celebrate marriages:
You are hereby authorized to join together in the Holy State of Matrimony
according to the rites and ceremonies of your church or religious denomination and
the laws of the state of West Virginia:
Andrew J. McCormack, and
Nannie Beane
Given under my hand, as Clerk of the County Court of the County of Monroe,
this 14th day of Nov. 1893.
J.C. McClaugherty
Clerk County Court of Monroe County
Clerk's Certificate
Preliminary inquiries and answers thereto,made and ascertained by J.C.
McClaugherty Clerk of the Count Court of Monroe County, West Virginia,
relative to Mr. Andrew J. McCormack of Monroe
County and state of West Va. and Miss Nannie Beane
of Monroe County and State of West Va. to whom the
accompanying marriage license is issued.
The full names of the parties are as follows:
His full name is Andrew Jackson McCormack
Her full name is Nannie Beane
His age is 22 years Her age is 21 years
He was born in Craig County and State of Va.
She was born in Monroe County and State of West Va.
His residence is Monroe County and State of West Va.
Her residence is Monroe County and State of West Va.
The name of the party giving the foregoing information is F.P. Bradley
of Monroe County and State of West Va.
Given under my hand this 14th day of November 189_[sic]
J.C. McClaugherty, Clerk County Court
I F.P. Bradley, a minister of the gospel
do certify that, on the 15th day of November 1893, at the residence of
John M. Beanes [sic], I united in marriage the above-named and described parties under
authority of the foregoing License.
F.P. Bradley

*****NOTE: Nannie Beane was the youngest child of William McHarvey Bean and Margaret Smith Perkins. She was named Nancy Nalinda M. Bean and was born on 20 Jun 1872.
She had lost both of her parents by the time she married Andrew Jackson McCormack [Jack McCormick] in 1893, in the home of her brother, John.

Nannie and Jack went on to have 9 children together.

Nannie died 22 Dec 1945, Jack living until 1948. They are buried beside one another in the New Zion Union Church Cemetery, in Waiteville, Monroe Co., West Virginia.

Nannie's brother, John, was my grandfather.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sentimental Sunday....Great Great Grandmother Benzel

This is a cropped section of the only photograph known to exist of Wilhelmina Lambrecht Benzel.

Born 25 May 1835 in Prussia, Wilhelmina Lambrecht married John Benzel sometime prior to 1861, and the birth of their first child, Amelia.

The couple arived in the United States at he height of the American Civil War, on 23 May 1864 [just two days before her 29th birthday] in New York City on the ship, The Elise & Mathilda, which had sailed from Germany. They arrived with their first two children, Amelia and Matilda. The girls were ages 3 years and 9-months respectively.

John Benzel was a stone mason, and the couple found their way to Bedford, Lawrence County, Indiana, where they settled and went on to have six more children.

Wilhelmina, referred to by family and friends as "Mina" or "Minnie" lived to the age of 88, and died on 07 Mar 1924 in Bedford. She is buried in the Green Hill Cemetery. Her tombstone handcut by her sons.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Surname Saturday....Lambrecht

Generation 1


Cynthia Ann BEANE was born in New Albany, Floyd Co., IN. She was the daughter
of 2. Walter Maxwell BEANE and 3. Lois Velleda DREHER. She married Johnnie Lee HENRY in Covington, Alleghany Co., VA, son of Joseph Wright HENRY and Betty Louise Rotge. He
was born in San Antonio, Bexar Co, TX.

Generation 2
Walter Maxwell BEANE was bornin Waiteville, Monroe County, WV. He was the
son of 4. John Monroe BEAN and 5. Mary Elizabeth FAUDREE. He married Lois Velleda DREHER
in Presidio of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.

Lois Velleda DREHER was in Georgetown, FLoyd Co., IN. She was the daughter
of 6. Henry Condar DREHER Jr. and 7. Irene Caroline BANET.

Generation 3
Henry Condar DREHER Jr. was born on 31 Dec 1902 in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky. He died on

17 May 1977 in Indiana. He was the son of 12. Henry Condar DREHER and 13. Josephine Sophie

Benzel. He married Irene Caroline BANET on 12 Dec 1923 in Indiana.

Irene Caroline BANET was born 24 May 1906 in Indiana. She died 08 Aug 1989 in Gap Mills,

Monroe Co., WV. She was the daughter of 14. Francis Isidore Banet and 15. Adeline Josephine EVE

Generation 4
Henry Condar DREHER was born on 15 Jan 1863 in Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky. He died on 29

Jan 1925 in Louisville, Jefferson Kentucky. He was the son of 24. Gottlieb DREHER and 25. Sarah

HUNSINGER. He married Josephine Sophie Benzel on 11 Aug 1884.
Josephine Sophie Benzel was born 21 Jul 1865 in Indiana. She died 12 Dec 1932 in Louisville,

Jefferson, KY. She was the daughter of 26. John Benzel and 27. Wilhelmina Lambrecht.

Generation 5
John Benzel was born on 11 Jan 1835 in Prussia. He died on 18 Jan 1899 in Bedford, Lawrence,

Indiana. He married Wilhelmina Lambrecht.

Wilhelmina Lambrecht was born 25 May 1835. She died 07 Mar 1924 in Bedford, Lawrence,


This is all I know of my Lambrecht line. We know that she was born in Prussia and arrived with her spouse and two of her children to America, but nothing before her arrival here.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Funeral Card Friday...Memorial Book for Henry C. Dreher Jr.

This shows the front cover of the Memorial Book given to his wife, Irene Banet Dreher, upon the funeral of Henry Condar Dreher Jr.

There is some controversy on Henry's middle name. It is recorded on all legal documents as "Conra". But Grandpa told me on numerous occasios that this was, in fact,an error. That his middle name as "Condar".

He stated that "Conrad" was a Russian Communist name, and his parents never named him Conrad, but instead chose "Condar" for his middle name.

Henry was born 31 December 1902 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky. He died 17 May 1977 in New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana.

He was the greatest man I've ever known, and I miss him terribly.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday

Red Cross cards for Audrey Bean 1931 and 1942.

Born 12 Jun 1912 as Blanche Audrey Bean to John M. Bean, Sr. and Ada Burdette, Audrey married Richard Calvin Harriff in 1934 in Pennsylvania.

Audrey had three children.

She passed from this life 27 Jan 2002. And I miss her dearly.She was my sweet, sweet aunt.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wordless Wednesday...Well, Almost!

Four of the children of John Monroe Bean Sr. and Ada Burdette Bean in 1993
Blanche Audrey Bean Harriff [12 Jun 1912-27 Jan 2002]
William McHarvey Bean [born 14 May 1917 and still going strong!]
Anna Margaret Bean Loper [born 27 Aug 1914 and still growing strong!]
Ada Eleanor Bean Ward [04 Aug 1921 - 14 May 2007]

Interesting to note: Bill and Eleanor married siblings, Lois and Don Ward, making them not only brother and sister, but in-laws as well! And their children "double-first-cousins"!

John Bean Sr. and Ada Burdette Bean had nine children together.

John Monroe Bean Sr. was married three times, outliving his first two wives, and fathered a total of fifteen children. My Dad was among the last three born, and these were to his third wife, Mary Elizabeth Faudree. [His first wife was Blanche Crosier, to whom he had 3 children.]

Of the fifteen children five remain living today.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - More From The Bean Cemetery

Today we are going to examine the third stone in the Bean Cemetery, located on Pott's Creek, near Waiteville, Monroe County, West Virginia.

Let's recap those first two stones, and individuals. To date we have discussed two known burials, William Bean and his wife, Rachel Wiseman Bean.

None of the stones original to the cemetery have legible markings [except for one that has a distinctive Old English style letter "C"]. And so, as we peruse each stone that marks a grave, we will discuss those individuals known, and "thought" to have been buried in the small family cemetery.

As you will recall from previous posts, the cemetery sits across the little one-lane road from the Bean homestead near Waiteville. It sits in what is now a forested area, but was once the edge of the large fields surrounding the homestead, and at the edge of the woods on a small knoll. Today the cemetery is over grown with thick trees and scrub brush. The remnants of the old fence are still visible, if one but takes the time to look for it. Small rocks and stones are all that's left of the markers that once dotted the little hillside where lies the family BEAN.

Today, we will discuss the daughter of William and Rachel, Nancy Bean.

Nancy was the second born of thirteen children to William and Rachel. Born in March of 1815, she was born while the family still lived along Dropping Lick, between present day Zenith and Union, in Monroe County. Here, William once owned a considerable amount of property, along with his in-laws, the Wiseman's.

Little is known about this daughter, except that she never married, and never had children.

We can speculate all we want concerning Nancy, but there is no written record to tell us if she was healthy, intelligent or lovely to behold. Plain, or simple. Wise or short, or tall, or anything!

What we do know is that in 1856, at the age of 41 Nancy contracted a fever. And it was on 11 October that she died. Her death record states only that the cause of death was "fever", and her age was 41 years and 7 months. Her parents listed as "W & R BEEN". Her death was reported by her father.

It is simply presumed that she was buried here, since she lived directly across the road from this cemetery. And she may have, in fact, been the very first burial on this property. Her mother, Rachel, following her in death a scant month later on November 7th, of "paralysis".

To my knowledge, no photograph exists of William, Rachel, or Nancy. And so we must look at those Bean women who live today, and hope we catch a slight glimpse of what perhaps Rachel, and Nancy, may have looked like.

The stone we look at today is chiseled, perhaps by hand, and appears to be square cut. It's base, and what is just below the surface of the ground appears to be much larger than what is above, and is eroded by time and weather. It is not granite, as one first assumes when gazing upon it, but is limestone, which fully explains the weathering.

While the ground here is somewhat elevated, it is quite boggy, and this, too, may help to explain the sinking of the stones here, as well as some of the erosion.

One can only imagine the dear daughter placed lovingly in the grave by her parents, who were in their sixties by this time. The sad little family gathering that must have accompanied her burial. The brothers and sisters, not yet torn apart by the great Civil War which was to come, and rend the family assunder. The tears that must have fallen on that sad, sad day!

While Nancy has been gone more than 160 years, she is not forgotten, although we know so little about her. And we celebrate her life in this post.