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Notes on Lemuel Daniel Beene 

Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing, 1890. [Chapter 21, Hempstead County, Page 391] [Online Format: Southern Arkansas Biographical and Historical Memoirs]. View page HERE.

William O. Beene. 0f the many substantial agriculturalists of Wallaceburg township, none are more worthy of prominent mention than he whose name heads this sketch, for ever since first coming to this county he has been actively interested in every move to promote the welfare of the community at large. He has been quite successful too, and as a reward for his labors has a fine farm of 160 acres of land, all well improved, and a half interest in a steam cotton gin grist and saw mill combined. The principal products of his farm are cotton and corn. Mr. Beene is a Mississippian by birth, and opened his eyes to the light of this world on April 7, 1855. His father, Lemuel D Beene, was born in Alabama in 1826, and was married in Mississippi, in 1849, to Miss Lucy E Harris, a native of Tennessee, born in 1830, and they became parents of eleven children - nine sons and two daughters - five of whom survive, the subject of this sketch being the eldest. Those living are William O, Jacob A, Henry L, Edward C, and Mary M (wife of ET Wells, a farmer and merchant, doing business at Wallaceburg, this county).
The mother belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The father was born and reared on a farm, and having acquired a liking for that occupation adopted it as his calling in which he has continued with great success all his life. He is a member of the Masonic Fraternity. Mr. Beene, the subject of this sketch, came to Arkansas with his parents in 1855, and in 1876 he was married in this county to Miss. Emma T. Williamson, a native of Hempstead county, born on December 9, 1852, who died in 1882 after having given birth to three children, but two of whom are living now: Lizzie and Charles E. She belonged to the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Beene remained a widower until March 1, 1886, when he married Miss Laura E Dunn, daughter of Carlton M. and Emma (Merither) Dunn, born in Greene County, Alabama on December 26, 1860, and they are now the proud parents of one child -a son - Robert W. Mr. Beene believes in the doctrines expounded by the Christian Church, and Mrs. Beene, though formerly connected with the Baptists, now belongs to the Christian Church.

Itawamba County, Mississippi Census 1850
337 339
Sarah Beene 60 F 1140 NC
Lemuel D 24 M Farmer Ala
Sarah N 20 F Ala
Mary A 18 F Ala
Mary E 10 F MS

Hempstead County, Arkansas Census 1860 
Township: Red Land Township Page: 747
Database: AR 1860 Federal Census Index
413 413 
Daniel Bean 35 M Farmer 480/350 Ala
Elizabeth 30 F NC
William 8 M Miss
John 6 M Miss
Jefferson 5 M Miss
Jacob 3 M Texas
James 1 M Ark

Hempstead County, Arkansas Census 1880
Redland Township E.D 118 Ancestry Image #8
Image is very faint and hard to read June 1880
66 65 
Beene, Lemuel W M 65 Farmer born in MS Father in TN Mother in ?
Lucy W F 60 Wife born in MS Father in MS Mother in ?
Jacob W M 20 Son Farmer born in TX
Mary W F 18 Daughter
Sallie W F 16 Daughter
Henry W M 14 Son
Thomas W M 11 Son
Edward W M 8 Son
Johnson, Henry B M 18 Servant
Davis, Philip B M 18 Farm Labor

66 66 Bean, William W M 27? Farmer
Emma W F 27? Wife
Elizabeth W F 3 Daughter
Wolis? W M 1 Son
McGill, Jefferson B M ?? Labor
McGill, Wilmaz B M ?? Labor

Taken from Hempstead County Cemeteries - Book 4: MAXWELL CEMETERY- Wallaceburg Township

The Maxwell Family Cemetery was begun in the 1850's on the plantation of Benjamin Franklin Maxwell. It is located one mile west of Blevins, 100 yards off Hwy 371 on County Road 261. It is on the farm of James Maxwell Walker, great-grandson of Benjamin F Maxwell

Listed is Lemuel D BEENE and Lucy Harris BEENE. No further information is given.


Beene, Lemuel D Land Office: Washington Sequence #: Document Number: 10694 Total Acres: 322 Misc. Doc. Nr.: Signature: Yes Canceled Document: No Issue Date: July 02, 1860 Mineral Rights Reserved: No Metes and Bounds: No Survey Date: Statutory Reference: 3 Stat. 566 Multiple Warantee Names: No Act or Treaty: April 24, 1820 Multiple Patentee Names: No Entry Classification: Sale-Cash Entries Legal Land Description: # Aliquot Parts Block # Base Line Fractional Section Township Range Section # 1 WNE 5TH PM No 10S 26W 3 2 ENW 5TH PM No 10S 26W 3 3 ESW 5TH PM No 10S 26W 3 4 WSE 5TH PM No 10S 26W 3