Hi Tim - good logic on your work and we are doing the exact same thing as you with our Ruth Bean.Quickly, our William Carter m. Ruthie Bean in 1801 Grainger County TN. (Given the time and place, think Bean Station - William Bean of VA). There are two sons of his of special interest to us - Jesse and George, both gunsmiths.Now please bear with MY logic:
1.William & Ruth were married 1801 Grainger County TN but are PROBABLY the family seen way over in the 1810 Rutherford census (it's the ONLY William Carter in all of TN and the number and ages of the children match to a hand-written list we are fortunate enough to have handed down to us).
AT THE SAME TIME:
2. The cited George Bean, jeweler as well as gunsmith, loses everything in a lawsuit in 1801 Grainger County TN - and according to the Bean literature - relocated to Rutherford!!!!!However, he is not found in the 1810 Rutherford census.
Obviously, I am "suggesting" George as the father for our Ruth.Just took an hour or two to double-check and there is no sign of the Daniel/John/Samuel combination out of Bean Station. Apart from this, are you SURE your Nancy was born in today's NC - or just that western part that we now call East TN???
On the other hand ---------- a Roger Roberson? on RootsWeb has a William Bean / Bain (1745 - 1820 Rutherford Co TN!!!) with sons Daniel (ca. 1762), John (ca. 1773) and an unknown child born ca. 1770 which would allow for Samuel.And then, Marty Restivo on RootsWeb has this Daniel's death in 1838 Benton, Franklin Co IL!!!
At the same time ----- there is a "hole" in his list of children that would allow our Ruth (1780) to be the daughter of this William.Suggest we both contact Roger - and all three of us stay in touch!
PS How do you choose John as the father of your Nancy?Seems to be equal probability for all three???
PPS Given your census sightings and good work, can see how you are disgusted with the RootsWeb postings.So what's new? Keep up the good work.