I saw one of your postings dated 1 Oct. 2002 on Genforum.I may have some information on the Bean's your looking for.
You mentioned that Ruth Bean Kimball had an aunt Mary Fletcher Bean.I have recorded Mary Fletcher Bean b. abt 1846 from West Point, Clay Co. MS as being married to a Brett Randolph Shaeffer who was born abt 1842. They had four children that I know of, 1. George Bean Shaeffer who married Amanda Lucy Huckaby 3 Jun 1896 in Lamar CO., TX, 2. Frank Cross Shaeffer b. 7 Jan 1880 d. 9 Nov 1967 who married a Mabel Robinson Rock b. 1885 d, 1935, 3. Mary Shaeffer b. 2 Oct. 1889, and 4. Brett Randolph Shaeffer Jr. b. 17 July 1887.
I have where Mary Fletcher Bean had a sister Lillian "Lillie" Fisher Bean b. 7 Mar 1864 in TX, d. 21 Apr. 1948 who married a Edgar L. (or Edward) Kimball b. 25 Nov. 1864, d. 31 Oct. 1943.They were married 1 Jan 1888 in Lamar Co., TXThey are both buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Paris, Lamar Co., TX.
I only know of two children that Edgar and Lillian had, a George Millan Kimball b. 10 Feb. 1898 and a Edward Hawkins Kimball b. 21 Nov. 1898. It is possible that there could have been a Ruth Bean Kimball as well but it is unlikely that all three children were born in the same year of 1898.
I do not know more on the Kimball line.
Mary Fletcher Bean was the daughter of Milton Gordon Bean b. 25 Mar 1816 in Northumberlain Co., VA, d. 15 Mar. 1898 in Lamar Co., TX and Margaret Elizabeth Cross b. 10 Feb 1823 in Charleston, Charleston Co., SC, d. 28 Feb 1909 in Paris, Lamar CO., TX.They are both buried at the Odd Fellows Cem. in Paris, Lamar Co., TX.There is a lot out there on the Cross family that I have not yet recorded. This couple had eight children that I know of, 1. Milton Guy Bean who married a Durella Snodgrass, 2. Lillian Fisher Bean who married Edgar (Edward) L. Kimball, 3. Francis Bean b. abt 1843 in West Point, Clay Co., MS, 4. Mary Fletcher Bean who married Brett Randolph Shaeffer, 5. Allie Ann Bean b. abt 1848 in West Point, MS, 6. Margaret Elizabeth Bean b. abt 1851 in TX, 7. Emma V. Bean b. abt 1853 in TX, 8, John C. Bean who married a Hattie Bullitt.
If this sounds like your family, let me know.I would like to add some additional information to this family if you have some good stuff to share