Yes, we did correspond some years ago, and I also think you are exactly correct regarding your information on Eli H. Bean.There has been a lot of mis-information on Eli.
This whole issue of "which Eli is "Eli H."" and which one was killed in the Civil war gets particularly confusing, because at times you don't know if the information you're looking at is correct or not - so I had to check and cross-check information (at times had me second-guessing my second-guess!).The Eli H. Bean m. to Mariah Kinnard information was published in the Clan MacBean book years ago, and as you know, once published, information is difficult to correct.I have found other information published in the Clan MacBean to be incorrect.
Here is what I believe to be true:
A David R. Bean shows up in the 1850 Jackson Co. census (more on him below) as born ca. 1814 with wife Sary b. ca. 1817, both in TN with Children Marium B. b ca. 1835 and Eli H. b. ca. 1837.I believe that the Eli Bean that the Clan MacBean has reported as dying in KY during the Civil War is this Eli H. Bean.
As you know, there is another Eli Bean living in Jackson Co. about this same time.This Eli Bean was born in NC ca. 1826 and marriedMariah Kinnaird b. 1826.They had 9 children (one of which was John Bean who is often confused with g. grandfather John L. Bean).While it wasn't unheard of for a 40 year old man to serve in the CSA, he would have been considered "old" by the standard at that time.Eli H., however, would have been 24 when the Civil War started - another reason I believe that it is the son of David R. Bean that is the David H. Bean that was killed in KY.
Since we appear to be barking up the same family tree (or climbing the same Beanstalk), here is some additional information that you may find of interest.
From another researcher years ago, I received a letter from a researcher in SC.I transcribed this letter some years ago, and in it is the following information:
* The 1820 Jackson Co. census shows an Aaron Bean (age 30-40) as the head of household w/: o 1 male 16-26 o 1 male 16-18 o 3 males under 10 * There are two other Beans listed in this census: o John (16-26) and wife w/ 1 daughter under 10 o William (26-45) w/ wife and no children listed * The Putnam Co. Survey book lists the following: o Aaron Bean: Survey made for 100 acres of land in Jackson Co. TN on 26 April 1825 o James Bean & David R. Bean had entries of land in Jackson Co. adjoining Aaron Bean's survey on the same date "on the waters of Roaring River", and I believe them to be the sons of Aaron.
All that said, I believe that Eli Bean (not Eli H.) and my g. g. grandfather William "Billy" Bean(b. 1822) to possibly be brothers (or at the very least cousins).