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Re: Bean Family
Posted by: Doug Rader (ID *****7023) Date: February 03, 2008 at 20:16:33
In Reply to: Re: Bean Family by katherine chester of 598

Hi, Katherine!

As I have said before, I don't know anything about these lines, except for the descendancy of the Palmers derived through Catherine Palmer's son Joseph M. Palmer, my great, great grandfather. The various Bean lines seem especially confusing.

Here's what the records in the NC Archives show:

1) August 1846 -- Catharine/Katherine Palmer had given birth to a baby boy (Joseph, my ancestor); a bastardy bond posted at the time listed Joseph Smith, "a married man" as the father. The bond was co-signed by "A. Connelly."

2) January 1847 -- Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions and minutes: Isaac A. Palmer (about 5 years old) was bound as an apprentice to Catherine Palmer for 16 years.

3) the 1850 census of Caldwell County shows Catherine Palmer (age 27) living with her children Isaac (age 6) and Joseph (age 4), right next door to John Bean (miller, age 54) and his wife Margaret (age 54).

4) October 1855 -- Catherine Palmer posts an additional bastardy bond, herself, co-signed by John Bean and James Adams.

5) the 1860 census of Caldwell County shows John Bean (now listed as 60) living with Catherine Palmer (now listed as age 41), and both illiterate, John as a farmer, with children Isaac (17), Joseph (14), John (10), Mahala (8), George (6) and Rufus (4).

6) John Bean Sr. died prior to 5 February 1862; his estate papers were administered by R.R. Wakefiled and R.B. Bogle. His estate sale was held 6 March 1862. Buyers included Isaac Palmer, Joseph Palmer, and George Palmer.

7) Joseph M. Palmer and Isaac A. Palmer fought in Co. A of the 22nd NC regiment. Both enlisted in April 1861 (Isaac was listed as age 17; Joseph as age 15.) Isaac was wounded three times (at Fredericksburg, Drewrys Bluff and the Wilderness) before being captured in 1865, and then paroled. Joseph was captured at Jerico Mills VA in 1864, was "galvanized" as a Yankee from Pt. Lookout MD, and fought Indians in the Dakota Territory until returning to Caldwell County in 1866. Isaac married Mary Ann Sudderth on 24 Feb 1864; Joseph married Melinda (Cook) Hartley, widow of Levi Hartley on 5 September 1866. In the 1870 census, the brothers are living side-by-side with their new families, Joseph's including the youngest two Hartley girls, Carolina and Sarah.

8) the 1870 census of Caldwell County shows Catherine Palmer (now listed as at age 50) as the head of household, living with John (age 19), Harvey (age 14; where's George?), Rufus (age 12) attending school, Abigail (age 17) attending school, and Culbert (age 10 months).

9) the 1880 census of Caldwell County shows Katie Palmer at age 62 as head of household, living with John (age 24) and grandson Culbertson (aged 12). Harvey Palmer is married to Jane, and living nearby with his children Luelin, Rufus and Clarissa.

So . . . there is abundant ground for confusion here, but it sure looks like some John Bean, married to a Margaret, and living next door to Catherine Palmer in 1850, became involved with her, so that they were living together and siring children by 1860. The connection is accentuated by the purchase at his death sale in 1862 of goods by her children.

I have no idea if this John and Margaret Bean are yours or not, or what the exact story was.



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