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Where is the Bean Ford, on the Osage Fork of the Gasconade
Posted by: Jan Fenter (ID *****7098) Date: June 04, 2009 at 12:52:27
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I've been trying to pinpoint where my James and Ruth (ANDERSON) CAMPBELL lived. I have information that says Bean Ford on the Osage Fork of the Gasconade.

James and Ruth married someplace in Missouri 31 Dec 1819. James had a brother named Moses CAMPBELL. One of James & Ruth CAMPBELL's sons, James Anderson CAMPBELL, "drowned in the Osage Fork of the Gasconade River at the age of eleven years." [Information on James Anderson CAMPBELL is from book: "Kansas Pioneers" (1976) by Topeka Genealogical Society, Topeka, Kansas, page 282-283, #282, "The Campbells."]

Looking at the dates when Missouri counties were created, and from what counties they were created, and family information, I've found my family listed in the counties of Crawford, Pulaski, Wright and Laclede. I'm hoping someone can help me find "Bean Ford", or at least get me within a mile or two. This is probably near another place, referenced in my research, "Farris' mill" near Lebanon.

Below, I have listed two reference books that gave some information regarding the location of my CAMPBELLs in Missouri. I'd appreciate assistance with the location of "Bean Ford" on the Osage Fork of the Gasconade.

Book: "History of Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps and Dent Counties, Missouri" The Goodspeed Publishing Co., Chicago, 1889. (Book on microfilm, on loan from LDS library in Salt Lake City, film #0599833, viewed April 1999.)
Excerpts:
Page 20-21: "Laclede County's early history . . . when Lebanon was located and became a town prospectively, it soon had a post-office . . . .First Settlers.--Jesse Ballew is believed to have been the first white settler who erected his log cabin in the bounds of Laclede County. In the spring of 1820 he settled on the east side of the Gasconade River, where the Indian trail crossed that stream. Henry Anderson in the same year settled on the opposite side of the Gasconade from Ballew, and William Montgomery a few miles below. . . . Prior to 1830 Aaron Span settled near Henry Anderson's, and James Campbell at the Bean Ford, on the Osage Fork.

Book: "Annals of Methodism in Missouri, Containing an outline of the ministerial life of more than One Thousand Preachers, and Sketches of More Than Three Hundred," by W. S. Woodard, 1893, E. W. Stephens, Publisher and Binder (covering a period of 1806-1884; of the Southwest Missouri Conference), Chapter IV, Section 2, pages 121-125. Book on loan from Central Methodist College Library, Fayette, Missouri:
Excerpts:
" In the fall of 1828 my father and mother, mother's parents, John and Bethia Hillhouse, and my uncle, Josiah M. Hillhouse moved from Lawrence county, Tennessee, and on the 19th of November pitched their tent on the Osage Fork of Gasconade river, about fifteen miles east of where Lebanon now stands, just above where Farris' mill was afterwards built.....Just across the river from our cabin, in calling distance lived Jacob Anderson and his young wife, whose maiden name was Duff, and his two sisters, Levisa and Polly, and a younger brother, Jesse J. Anderson, not yet grown. . . . Just up the river a mile or two lived James Campbell and his wife, Ruth. She was an Anderson. . . .I only remember that he [James]. . . kept a blacksmith shop and acted as deputy sheriff.....The society consisted of Jacob Anderson and Peggy, his wife, Josiah M. Hillhouse and Peggy, his wife, James Campbell and Ruth, his wife, and his brother, Moses Campbell . . ."

The 1830 census, Pulaski County, Missouri, shows my James CAMPBELL. Listed along the side of the page was "District and County of Crawford." Number written at top left "172," line 2.

James died in Pulaski County sometime in the spring of 1836. [Reference regarding his death: PULASKI CO MO LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION: 1833-1852.] His wife and children moved to Kansas about 1856. James was born about 1796, probably in South Carolina, but I've also found a reference stating he was born in North Carolina. His wife, Ruth, was born 1803 in North Carolina, probably in Haywood County.

Would you please help me find the location of Bean Ford on the Osage Fork of the Gasconade?


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