I was doing more research on the Dean family in surrounding counties and ran across his obit. In this obit it states that he was an orphan and born in Mercer County, KY. I have seen several links where his father is stated as a son to James Dean (b:1768 VA/d:1830 KY)and Keisha (Bunnell) Dean (b:1770 VA/d:Sept.1847 IN). Just wondering if anyone had connection to this family and if they had a DNA test done?I didn't see one @ Deans in FTDNA. This is the obit:
Seldom does gloom so universally fall upon a community as that occasioned by the sad and unexpected death of my old friend, Harrison Dean, who died at his residence in the Little Hickman neighborhood on Thursday morning, March 30, 1893, aged 82 years. The deceased was born in Mercer county, Ky, in the year 1812, and was married to Miss Nancy Owens in 1835. She, if I am not mistaken, was the daughter of Fleming Owens, of Jessamine county. For the last 50 years of his life he has resided in Jessamine county, and for the most part, in the Little Hickman neighborhood, and at his death, fully commanded the respect and confidence of those in the midst of whom he lived. Death, under ordinary circumstances, is a shock which excites mournful feelings, and thrills every fiber of our being; it admonishes us of mortality, severs ties of association, and leaves an aching void in our midst; but the death of an aged, good man, endeared to a community in all its interests, is a loss which words cannot adequately express. Many are the friends who knew, honored and loved this old-time christian gentleman. The laws of kindness were ever upon his lips, and his hand ever open for the relief of the needy. Few men I have ever known who bore so pure and unblemished a character for faithfulness, kindness, charity and strict honesty in every relation of life; none have died more lamented. May the odor of his virtues long continue with us. He was for more than fifty years a member of the Christian church at Little Hickman, and died in that faith. Pure and undefiled religion was the law of his life. He died of pneumonia, after a brief illness of eight days. His long life of fifty-odd years among the people of Jessamine was an open volume, a recital of which excites the admiration and respect of all who enjoyed the pleasure of his acquaintance. From a poor orphan boy, he started his life without a cent, working his way, mastering and overriding all opposition, and before the meridian of life had dawned he had become the owner of one of the best farms in Little Hickman neighborhood. On that fine farm and home he died on Thursday last (March 30), when his spirit, as we may well conclude, was received by his divine Master into that state of perfection of holiness and fruition of God for which he had so often and so ardently longed, and was welcomed by the glorious assembly in the upper world as one peculiarly fitted to join them in their blessed employ and enjoyment. Mr Dean leaves the following children to mourn his death; Merrell, Harvey, William, Alexander, Morris, Clinton and Melvin Lowry; also, one daughter, Mrs John Carter. All his children are married and reside in the Little Hickman neighborhood. “Like the sturdy oak of the forest, none towered higher in energy or industry.” S.M.D.