John Hogan Beene was born in Holmes, Holmes County, Mississippi to John and Sarah Beene. John's father was killed in War. After John's father's death, his mother kept the six children on a farm in Mississippi. John's mother was in a path going across a field to the neighbor's house when a dead limb fell on her head and killed her.
When John Hogan's mother was killed, the six children were divided up among relatives, and John Hogan Beene was given to his great uncle, Jesse Beene. Jesse lived in Itawamba Co, Mississippi near Smithville. Jesse's wife's name was Matilde. There is a census record of Itawamba Co., Miss. for 1850 of Jesse Edward Beene and his wife, Matilda (Stephenson) showing an 8 year old John Beene living with them as well as Matilda's mother , Priscilla Stephenson and Matilda's brother, Thomas Witt Stephenson.
John Hogan fought in the Civil War. He was 17 when he went in. He served from Dec 4, 1861 until May 13, 1865. He was a member of the 11th and 17th Consolidated Regiment, Arkansas Infantry. He was a prisoner of War for nine days, and was paroled at Jackson, Mississippi.
John married Emma Newman and they had 11 children: Mary, Ada, Willie, Charly, Price, Lou, John, Delona, Dora, Jesse, and Bell. They raised their children in Hempstead County, Arkansas.
John Hogan Beene and family came to Texas on the train in 1882 from the farm town of Washington, Hempstead County, Arkansas.
Compiled October 30, 2002 by Angie Collier
Sources: Joanne Cunningham, Census records, Estelee Beane Rankin, and a letter from Lora Mae McNiel.