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Notes on Over the Mountain

Crabb, Martha, L. Over the Mountain, A Narrative History of the Bean, Selman, and Germany Families, Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, 1990.

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Captain Robert Bean's family were first-wave-frontiers-men who are now famous in the early history of the state of Tennessee. This Scotch-Irish family had been living in Virginia since the beginning of the 1700's, or perhaps as early as the mid-1600's. They had followed that colony's frontier west and south into Augusta, Halifax and Pittsylvania counties. Records show that Isacc Bean, Jesse Bean, Ellis Bean, William Bean, William Bean Jr., and John Bean were living in Virginia by 1740.

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John Bean, a brother of Captain William Bean. This John is reported to have been born in 1735 in Northumberland County, Virginia. In addition, John Bean of Augusta County, Virginia was marked off the delinquent tax roll in that county in 1786 with the notation "gone to the French Broad," a river in the area of Tennessee where settlement first took place. John Bean later owned land on the Nolichunky, a tributary of the French Broad.

Captain Robert Bean lived in Georgia from 1790 to about 1808, but the birthplaces of several of his older children suggest he was living in Tennessee or North Carolina (which then included all of Tennessee) from 1782 until about 1790.

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Documents show Robert and William Bean recorded deeds to their lands on German Creek in Hawkins County in 1778 and 1779. Grainger County was formed from part of Hawkins in 1796. John Bean also received Grant Number731 from North Carolina for a thousand acres on "the north side of the Clinch Mountains, on the south side of the Clinch," the same general location. Part of the land owned near Bean's Station he "entered (preempted) in 1779, and part he secured in trade for land rights on Little Sinking Creek of the Nolichuncky.

Colonel Isaac Shelby of the Watauga Militia gathered a couple hundred men, including Robert Bean, and joined the Patriots operating in northwestern South Carolina, where Cornwallis' Tories were doing the murdering, raping, and pillaging.

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The Battle of Kings Mountain… The victorious army included men whose names are familiar: George, Robert, William, and Captain Jesse Bean…

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John Bean, who may have been a son of William and Lydia or may have been William's brother, moved to the French Broad from Augusta County, Virginia. John Bean helped negotiate the lease and purchase of the Watauga land from the Cherokee, fought with the Patriots during the Revolution, was known as John Bean, Sr. by 1794, and was a captain in the Tennessee militia two years later. During the extremely cold winter of 1796-7, John Bean moved down the Holston River to Bean's Station, where he owned a thousand acres of land. In 1798 "John Bean, Senr." bought 329 acres on Indian Creek in Grainger County and sold it nine years later for the fantastic sum of $6,000.

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