George Washington Bean

Brief Life History of George Washington

When George Washington Bean was born on 1 April 1831, in Mendon, Adams, Illinois, United States, his father, James Bean, was 27 and his mother, Elizabeth Lewis, was 27. He married Elizabeth Baum on 5 January 1853, in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Provo, Utah, Utah, United States in 1860. He died on 9 December 1897, in Richfield, Sevier, Utah, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in Richfield, Sevier, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

George Washington Bean
Mary Jane Wall
Marriage: 15 December 1856
William James Bean
Mary Geneva Bean
Leo Albert Bean
Nancy Vilate Bean
Eliza Isabel Bean
Chloe Diantha Bean
Melissa Bean
Virginius Bean
Edith Jane Bean
Isaac Wall Bean
Jesse Fuller Bean
Taylor Jay Bean
Cornelia "Nell" Bean

Sources (147)

  • G W Bean, "United States Census, 1860"
  • George W. Bean, "United States Western States Marriage Index"
  • U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.


Historical Boundaries: 1833: Adams, Illinois, United States


Historical Boundaries: 1849: Mexican Cession, United States 1850: Utah, Utah Territory, United States 1896: Utah, Utah, United States

Name Meaning

English: nickname for a pleasant person, from Middle English bēne ‘friendly, amiable’.

English: metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of beans, from Middle English bene ‘bean’ (Old English bēan ‘beans’, a collective singular). The broad bean, Vicia faba, was a staple food in Europe in the Middle Ages. The green bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, came from South America and was not introduced to Europe until the late 16th century. The word bene was commonly used to denote something of little worth, and occasionally it may have been applied as a nickname for someone considered insignificant.

English: possibly a habitational or topographic name. Redmonds, Dictionary of Yorkshire Surnames, cites Adam del Bene of Harrogate (1351) as evidence to suggest that in the Harrogate area, where the Yorkshire name later proliferated, it may have been derived from a place where beans grew.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Elizabeth Lewis: Life Sketch

Written by granddaughter Flora Bean Horne: Elizabeth Lewis Bean was a noble, progressive, intelligent type of woman. It was said of her that her spirituality and understanding were her dominant …

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