Have been "working" on George for a year now - have several sources run together - no real, hard proof, but lots of circumstantial evidence.George's several children seemed to have stayed in TN.Not to say a grandchild didn't wind up going west with uncles and cousins.These Bean were infamous gunsmiths - over a dozen individuals over a few generations.Please visit our website, click on the Carter-Bean Clan and then on Patriot George Bean - be sure to click on the words No Photo to see any and all notes and references we have accumulated on each individual:
From another branch of our family, we have his brother, Jesse, well documented from Grainger Co TN to Franklin Co TN thru MS to Northwest Arkansas.Jesse Jr. is documented as a blacksmith/gun shop owner in 1820 Memphis TN - before he also would up in Mulberry, Crawford County (now Franklin) AR.So far, none of us has gone down to the 1850's so there is no immediate sign of your James.
However ----- just looked it up and Booneville is in Logan County - just one county east of Franklin, isn't it?And them from a PostUm:
"Jimmy L. Bean email@example.com 2003-02-06 19:01:55 Mack Beane or James M. Bean was my grandfather. Sally was his first wife. They are both buried in the Cauthron Cemetery, Logan County, Arkansas. My grandfathers birth year according to tombstone was 1861. He died in 1944. He and Sally had six boys, William L., Claude E., Rupert L., George (Dewey), Paul and possibly a Jathroe. Three of the boys are also buried in Cauthron Cemetery".
Point here is that Sally was born in Jackson County AL - right across the border from Franklin County TN; many of these Bean have been documented in that area - that's what started this series of postings, wasn't it?Once again, no proof, but lots of leads - another blacksmith - from Alabama all the way out to Northwest Arkansas - is too much of a coincidence.There are cousins and brothers to be considered, but I would take a hard look at the descendents of Jesse Jr.
Are you a Claude E. Jr.?Any clues from your end as to the father of James?Do stay in touch, and let us know if you find anything!