John Hopson Jean was born in Pulaski County, Georgia in 1819 to John and Alcy Jean.
He served on the Grand Jury of the Heard County Superior Court, April Term of 1846. Sometime in late 1846 or early 1847, John moved his family from Heard County, Georgia to DeSoto County, Mississippi.
It is believed that his younger brother, Darius Thomas Jean, traveled with the family to Mississippi, as Darius enlisted in Col. Pat Anderson's Company C, 1st Battalion, Mississippi Rifles at Hernando, DeSoto County, Mississippi on October 30, 1847. Another younger brother, Littleton R. Jean, is enumerated with John and his family in the 1850 DeSoto County census.
The Board of Police Records 1858-1868 shows that:
Appointed A. Dean overseer of Oxford Road from corner of Buford’s field to the forks of the road. Hands: H. M. Thompson, J. H. Jean, J. Dean, A. Stevens, A. Powers, J. H. Still.
Appointed Leaders of Patrol, District 2: J. H. Jean, W. O. Wallace, George L. Scott, Walker Wright, William Lewers, T. J. Downs.
In 1863 J. H. Jean paid personal property tax on 1 watch, 1 sword, and 1 slave. John is listed in the DeSoto County Privilege License 1870-1871 as paying a $50 fee for an Auctioneer license.
After John's death in 1872 at the age of 53, Tate County, Mississippi was formed on April 15, 1873 out of DeSoto, Marshall and Tunica Counties. John's property became a part of Tate County.
It is obvious from the following that little is known about what became of John and Elizabeth's children. His Will shows an apparent rift with his oldest son, Jacob Thompson Jean.
I would like to thank Virgil and Betty Lou Foust Smyth for sharing information on Joseph Edward Jean's family of which Betty is a part.
1. JOHN HOPSON2 JEAN (JOHN1) was born 1819 in Georgia, and died September 1872 in DeSoto County, Mississippi. He married ELIZABETH ANN UNKNOWN. She was born 1822 in Virginia.
Children of JOHN JEAN and ELIZABETH UNKNOWN are:
2. i. MARY JANE3 JEAN, b. 1845, Heard County, Georgia.
ii. CAROLYN MATILDA JEAN, b. 1847, Mississippi; m. B. B. JACKSON, December 29, 1873, Tate County, Mississippi, Book 1, page 72.
3. iii. JACOB THOMPSON JEAN, b. October 04, 1849, DeSoto County, Mississippi; d. February 26, 1909, Randolph County, Alabama.
iv. JENNETTA ANN JEAN, b. 1852, Mississippi.
v. JEFFERSON DAVIS JEAN, b. 1856, Mississippi.
vi. J. N. JEAN, b. 1858, Mississippi; d. before 1871.
4. vii. JOSEPH EDWARD JEAN, b. 1864, Mississippi; m. LAURA R. HART October 21, 1881 in Washington County, Arkansas.
2. MARY JANE3 JEAN (JOHN HOPSON2, JOHN1) was born 1845 in Heard County, Georgia. She married JOHN E. WALLACE November 15, 1865 in DeSoto County, Mississippi. He died before 1880 in Mississippi.
Children of MARY JEAN and JOHN WALLACE are:
i. EDMON4 WALLACE, b. 1868.
ii. SIDNEY WALLACE, b. 1870.
iii. MINNIE WALLACE, b. 1872.
5. iv. MARK BRADY WALLACE, b. January 10,1876.
3. JACOB THOMPSON3 JEAN (JOHN HOPSON2, JOHN1) was born October 4, 1849 in DeSoto County, Mississippi, and died February 26, 1909 in Randolph County, Alabama. He married (1) MARILA C. UNKNOWN. She was born August 19, 1847 and died April 16, 1876. He married (2) SARAH M. FRANCES BURROWS, daughter of LEROY and ROSEAN BURROWS, on March 11, 1877 in Washington County, Arkansas. She was born February 20, 1863 and died January 20, 1887. He married (3) Mrs. CYNTHA COLMAN on March 1, 1887 in Washington County, Arkansas. He married (4) EXONIE EVELINE FOSTER December 9, 1888, daughter of CHARLES FOSTER and CERENE PHILPOTT; b. February 26, 1854 in Alabama; d. January 28, 1931, Randolph County, Alabama.
Children of JACOB JEAN and FRANCIS BURROWS are:
i. MARY J.4 JEAN, b. February 1, 1878 and d. February 12, 1878 in Washington County, Arkansas.
ii. BECKY JEAN, b. 1879 in Washington County, Arkansas.
6. iii. JOHN F. JEAN, b. June 1883 in Washington County, Arkansas; d. June 14, 1958 in Troup County, Georgia
iv. ROY JEAN, b. May 1885 in Washington County, Arkansas
Children of JACOB JEAN and ONIE FOSTER are:
v. EVA ANNIE PEARL4 JEAN, b. September 18, 1889 in Randolph County, Alabama.
vi. CHARLES THOMPSON JEAN, b. December 18, 1893; d. January 3, 1894 in Randolph County, Alabama.
7. vii. MAUD M. JEAN, b. June 14, 1896 in Randolph County, Alabama.
4. JOSEPH EDWARD3 JEAN (JOHN HOPSON2, JOHN1) was born July 1863 in Mississippi, and died between 1910 and 1915 in Dyer, Crawford County, Arkansas. He married LAURA ROSA HART October 21, 1881 in Summit Home, Washington County, Arkansas. She was born in 1864, and died January 3, 1915 in Dyer, Crawford County, Arkansas.
Children of JOSEPH JEAN and LAURA HART are:
|Al and Mary lived in a little two room house that was the "home place" their whole married life. They raised a small garden, kept chickens, were kind to people and lived simple, happy lives, not requiring a lot to be content. He was a farmer, lay minister, and worked at Camp Chaffee during WW II as a cook.|
i. ALBERT NEVEL4 JEAN, b. February 3, 1884 in Mississippi; d. January 22, 1956, Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas; m. MARY DAVIS October 31,1906. She was born about 1887 in Arkansas. They had no children.
8. ii. PARIS LEE JEAN, b. March 13, 1886 in Mississippi; d. December 27, 1970, Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas.
9. iii. VIRGIL AUBREY JEAN, b. March 27, 1888 in Mississippi; d. May 6, 1971 in Wagoner, Wagoner County, Oklahoma.
10. iv. JOE C. JEAN, b. September 1889 in Mississippi.
Earl didn't know how to read or write. Dick, as he was known, was a rambler. He would be around for a while, then pack his clothes and it might be months or years before he was heard from again. One day, he would just show up. He was a story teller. No one knew how much was truth and how much was fiction, but everyone thought most of it was fiction.
v. FLOYD JEAN, b. about 1892
vi. EARL LAMAR JEAN, b. October 15, 1892 in Arkansas; d. July 8, 1973 in Wagoner, Wagoner County, Oklahoma; m. MERLE GLASS. They had no children.
vii. CEOLA B. JEAN, b. February 1896 in Arkansas; m. SULA TOMLINSON April 1, 1918; b. 1901.
viii. MINNIE JEAN, b. 1900
ix. FLORENCE JEAN, b. 1903 in Arkansas; m. BRICE RICHARDSON.
x. FRANCIS JEAN, b. 1904
11. xi. ROY JEAN, b. March 15, 1906 in Arkansas; d. July 6, 1971 in Ballwin, St. Louis County, Missouri.
12. xii. LENA MAE JEAN, b. March 15, 1909 in Arkansas; d. October 1982 in Atlanta, Cowley County, Kansas.
5. MARK BRADY4 WALLACE (MARY JANE3, JOHN HOPSON2, JOHN1) was born January 10, 1876 in Tate County, Mississippi. He married PEARL E. UNKNOWN November 1899 in Tate County, Mississippi. She was born about 1880 in Mississippi.
Children of MARK WALLACE and PEARL UNKNOWN are:
i. MARK BRADY WALLACE, JR., b. May 25,1901 in Mississippi; d. July 1969 in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee.
ii. EDWARD C. WALLACE, b. August 6, 1904 in Mississippi; d. October 13, 1967 in Mississippi; m. KATE UNKNOWN about 1928.
6. JOHN F.4 JEAN (JACOB THOMPSON3, JOHN HOPSON2, JOHN1) was born in June 1883 in Washington County, Arkansas. He died June 14, 1958 in Troup County, Georgia. He married SUSIE MCKEE about 1915 in Randolph County, Alabama. She was born July 23, 1898 in Alabama and died January 8, 1990 in Troup County, Georgia.
Children of JOHN JEAN and SUSIE MCKEE are:
i. MARVIN H.5 JEAN, b. July 6,1920 in Alabama; d. November 18, 2000 in Decatur, DeKalb County, Georgia.
ii. HORACE JEAN, b. March 21, 1923 in Alabama; d. August 21, 1994 in Cordova, Walker County, Alabama.
iii. JOHN LEE JEAN, b. February 10, 1927 in Troup County, Georgia; d. May 8, 1985 in Thomaston, Upson County, Georgia.
7. MAUD M.4 JEAN (JACOB THOMPSON3, JOHN HOPSON2, JOHN1) was born June 14, 1896 in Randolph County, Alabama, and died August 8, 1952. She married LORENZO CLYDE HARMON. He died March 31, 1949 in Montgomery County, Alabama.
Child of MAUD JEAN and LORENZO HARMON is:
i. FERN HAZEL5 HARMON, b. May, 19, 1920.
8. PARIS LEE4 JEAN (JOSEPH EDWARD3, JOHN HOPSON2, JOHN1) was born March 13, 1886 in Mississippi and died December 27, 1970 in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas. He married LENA DAVIS July 10, 1910 in Dyer, Crawford County, Arkansas. She was born 1888.
Children of PARIS JEAN and LENA DAVIS are:
i. GOLDIE MAE5 JEAN, b. July 3, 1911; d. May 14, 1973; m. ORVILLE ERMINE COULTER, July 21, 1929.
ii. HENRY W. JEAN, b. 1915
iii. MARY LEE JEAN, b. 1918
iv. LETHA MAE JEAN
9. VIRGIL AUBREY4 JEAN (JOSEPH EDWARD3, JOHN HOPSON2, JOHN1) was born March 27, 1888 in Mississippi, and died May 6, 1971 in Wagoner, Wagoner County, Oklahoma. He married SARAH ELIZABETH WILSON. She was born July 19, 1889 in Arkansas, and died November 30, 1980 in Wagoner, Wagoner County, Oklahoma.
Children on VIRGIL JEAN and SARAH WILSON are:
i. IRVIN E.5 JEAN, b. May 7, 1909 in Arkansas; d. August 1972 in Wagoner, Wagoner County, Oklahoma; m. OLLIE E. UNKNOWN, b. June 10, 1910, d. December 31, 1992.
ii. GEORGIA ALICE JEAN, b. February 20, 1912 in Oklahoma; d. October 15, 1979; m. FLOYD P. BOATRIGHT.
10. JOE C.4 JEAN (JOSEPH EDWARD3, JOHN HOPSON2, JOHN1) was born September 1889 in Mississippi. He married ETHEL GANN July 19, 1914 in Dyer, Crawford County, Arkansas. She was born in 1899.
Child of JOE JEAN and ETHEL GANN are:
Roy was orphaned at the age of 8. He enlisted in the Navy in 1921 when he was 15, probably to have a place to sleep and food to eat. He retired from the Navy as an Aviation Machinist Mate Chief.
Roy visited Dyer, Arkansas at the same time as his sister, Lena and her husband. He stopped on his way out of town to talk to an old friend who was working in the yard. He said "Oh, I wish I could stay here forever. It is so peaceful." Then, he just went down. An ambulance was called, but by the time it arrived, he was gone.
Lena was orphaned by age 6 and passed around to brothers who were much older. She was mistreated by her brother's wife. Finally, a kind neighbor lady, Mrs. Cottrell, took her in and raised her.
Lena was living in Wagoner, Oklahoma when she and John Foust met. They moved to Arkansas City, Kansas, where they eventually bought a little house that had enough land around it to have a garden, orchard, a barn, chicken house, and a Jersey cow, which provided for their growing family.
In August 1945, Lena was expecting twins. The cow got out of the pen and she started after it. The neighbor's children were always digging holes in their yard. While chasing the cow, Lena stepped in a hole and fell, breaking her arm and going into premature labor. Johnny died shortly after birth and Wanda died the next day. The twins were buried head to foot in separate caskets in the same grave. While Lena was recovering, the announcement was made that WW II was over. She sat up on the side of the bed and said "Thank the Lord."
i. ELOISE5 JEAN, b. 1918.
ii. VIOLA JEAN, b. 1921.
iii. OLEAN JEAN, b. 1924.
iv. T. D. JEAN, b. September 1925.
11. ROY4 JEAN (JOSEPH EDWARD3, JOHN HOPSON2, JOHN1) was born March 15,1906, and died July 6, 1971. He married VIOLET M. UNKNOWN.
Child of ROY JEAN and VIOLET UNKNOWN is:
i. DORIS5 JEAN, b. 1938
12. LENA MAE4 JEAN (JOSEPH EDWARD3, JOHN HOPSON2, JOHN1) was born March 15, 1909, and died October 1982 in Atlanta, Cowley County, Kansas. She married JOHN HENRY FOUST, son of WILLIAM FOUST and AMANDA GADBERRY. He was born February 14,1908, and died October 23, 1988 in Atlanta, Cowley County, Kansas.
Children of LENA JEAN and JOHN FOUST are:
i. MARY FRANCIS FOUST, b. December 3, 1933
ii. BETTY LOU FOUST, b. August 17, 1935
iii. JOHN HENRY FOUST, b. August 6, 1945; d. August 6,1945
iv. WANDA SUE FOUST, b. August 6,1945; d. August 7, 1945
v. ROY THOMAS FOUST, b. March 13, 1947