Donna correctly cited the four sons, but did not indicate who the parents were - Capt. William and Lydia Russell.PS He was the only Captain in the Revolution - the sons were later Captains of Militia in Tennessee.
This is the inscription on a marker erected by the Nancy Ward chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Chattanooga, TN, 1929, honoring Bean Station. Originally the marker was located on a corner of the lot of the Old Colonial Inn. The marker was moved to park area in 1942 above the water line of the Cherokee Lake, near the site where the Tennessee DAR hopes to restore the Bean Tavern. "Bean Station, Grainger Co., TN was one of the first settlements in TN. . . . William Bean and Daniel Boone camped there about 1775. It was permanently settled by William II, Robert, George and Jesse Bean, who were granted over 3000 acres of land along German Creek for Revolutionary service. A fort was erected in 1787 as protection from Indians . . . The Bean House, located 70 feet south of this marker, formed one corner of the fort and was built over a spring to insure water for the defenders in case of siege. Here was the intersection of Daniel Boone's Trail and the great warpath of the Cherokee, later a crossing of the Baltimore to Nashville stage road and the Kentucky to Carolina turnpike. . . ."
In other words ............. William II settled in (today's) Washington County ..... and SONS William, Robert, Jesse and George are documented at Bean Station.This explains why youngest son Russell gets the house and mill after his mother Lydia.i.e. the DAR plaque should cite WIlliam the third, not the second.