Monday, March 20, 2017

Mystery Monday

Mystery Monday

Just a few short generations ago, there is a mystery that has yet to be solved. That of my great-great-grandfather, William Bean. (Not to be confused with his son also William.)

The elder William first appears in documents in 1804 at the age of 12 when he is placed in servitude as an indentured servant to one Mr. Ballard. A careful review of this document tells us nothing of why William was placed in indenturement. The event occurred on none other than his 12th birthday to be precise, September 18, 1804.

In February of the same year, a brother, John, was also placed as an indentured servant.

What happened to these young boys (John was 14 at the time of his placement) to put them in such a predicament?

DNA tests can tell us that he probably came from England or Ireland. But the trail literally is cold from that point.

There was a William McBean in the area just 10 years prior. This may have been senior William's father. And a Sarah Bean in the 1805 tax rolls that "owed nothing atoll, owning only her clothing and a spinning wheel". These are presumed to be the parents. But there is no definitive proof.

DNA has not been matched to any other Bean lines. Including Beane, Bane, McBean, MacBean, Bein, Been, and well, you get the general idea. It is as if our family literally dropped out of the sky!

We hope to one day find the missing puzzle piece. At least that is my goal.

Here's to hoping it won't be too much longer! Those of us with a real interest, well, we're not getting any younger!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday's Obituary

Loretta Gayle Beane Hall

"Gayle was born on March 12, 1934 and passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017.

Gayle was a resident of Ripley, West Virginia at the time of her passing.

Gayle was a 1952 graduate of Oceana High School.

She was married to Almon M. Hall.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 2:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Ravenswood with Reverend Ken Peters officiating, Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery.

Friends may visit the family also at the church on Monday, March 13, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Association or First United Methodist Church."

Gayle was my cousin. Her paternal grandfather, was also my paternal grandfather. Due to our age difference I didn't spend very much time with Gayle, although we got together at family reunions and talked about the grandfather I never got to know, but she did. She had some precious memories of him.

Gayle will be deeply missed.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sibling Saturday

Eleanor Bean and Jack Bean-Ashley
Laddy (the dog) and Prince (the horse)
Probably about 1935 +- a year or two at most.

Eleanor and Jack were the children of John Monroe Bean and his second wife Ada L. Burdette Bean.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Funny

Do you ever feel like this?

Just leave me alone! I'm in my genealogy space!

****Did you figure out where I was yesterday? Did you guess the Frankfurt Opera House, Frankfurt, Germany?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Those Places Thursday

Can you tell me where this is?

I once visited here, while living in this country.

If you know where this is, please post it in the comments.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

This is a photo of my hard working Grandmother, Irene Banet Dreher back in the 1940's. Here she is during the middle of the winter pumping water to be used in the house from the well.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday

Tombstone of
William M. Bean (1832-1890)
and his wife
Margaret Smith Perkins Bean (1826-1891)

Each year our family places flowers on the graves of our loved ones in the local cemeteries on Memorial Weekend. the photo above is the tombstone of my great-grandfather, William M. Bean, who I wrote about yesterday. This is his grandson, Walter Beane. Walter is my Dad.

The stone is ornate, and reminds me of a newel post. On one side is the inscription for William, and the other is the inscription for Margaret.

Farther down the hill and to the left lies William's son John Monroe Bean. Closer to the front of the tombstone and slightly to the right is his daughter Alice (ally) and her family. Other family member's are scattered throughout the cemetery. They include children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren.

This is the New Zion Union Church Cemetery at Waiteville, Monroe County, West Virginia.