Bean Station

Bean Station in Grainger County Tennessee has deep roots in post-revolutionary America. Captian William Bean along with Daniel Boone scouted and hunted in the area as early as the 1760s. Both explorers are legendary frontiersmen who discovered a way through the Cumberland Gap in the spring of 1769.

At the end of the Revolutionary War, William Bean was granted 3000 acres of land for his outstanding service. He decided on a piece of land in what is now Grainger County Tennessee.

It is possible that William Bean had seen the area that he had chosen before while hunting and surveying land with his buddy Daniel Boone.


William Bean and his wife Lydia Russell are said to be the first permanent Caucasian settlers in Tennessee.

Located below Clinch Mountain, Bean Station became a place of safety from the chaos of the frontier.

A shrewd businessman William Bean built Bean Station at a significant crossroads. Outside of the fort, William built the Bean Tavern which was the largest tavern between Washington D. C. and New Orleans. Travelers coming from far and wide stopped there on their journeys. It was a busy hub for the surrounding settlements in East Tennessee.

Interesting Note: Abraham Lincoln’s mother was a waitress at the Bean Station Tavern for a time.

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I hold a particular interest in Bean Station as I am a descendant of William Bean and Lydia Russell who are my sixth great-grandparents.




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Death Certificate: George W. Jackson




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George W. Jackson, born 28 July 1850 in Tennessee, was the son of William R. Jackson and Mahala Cooper. He was the 7th of ten siblings.

According to his death certificate, George was seventy years old at this time of his death on 16 January 1921.

He was a mechanic who was widowed. His residence was in Coalfield which is near the center of Tennessee.

The informant for George’s death certificate was Wiley Jackson also of Coalfield Tennessee.

Cause of death is hard to read. The secondary contributor to George’s death is Nephritis which is an inflammation of the kidneys and can lead to kidney failure.

Interesting to note, the undertaker was an L.G. Jackson.


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Tennessee Marriage Record



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Tennessee has surprisingly good resources for genealogy researchers. These include extensive marriage records. On Family Search (a free LDS site) has over a million records in their Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950 database. In this database, there are images you can view and save to your computer.

Looking at an image of the original document is valuable. You may find transcribing errors or pick up a tidbit of information that can help you in your research.

This database is invaluable for anyone researching their Tennessean roots.

The marriage record above belongs to Steven Kitsmiller Lowe and his bride, Pearl Myers. Their marriage took place on 23 June 1907 in Carter County, Tennessee.

Steven Kitsmiller Lowe was born 10 February 1881 in Carter County, Tennessee. He was the son of George J. Lowe and Jemima Jane Colbaugh.

Pearl Myers Lowe was born 20 August 1889 in Tennessee. I have not researched Pearl’s family, and I do not have much background information for her.

Steven and Pearl had two daughters, Edith (b. 1908) and Ethel (b. 1910) both born in Carter County, Tennessee

Around 1912, They family pulled up stacks and moved across the country to Southern California, Kings County. Making their home around the small town of Lemoore where they stayed for the rest of their lives.

If you are researching your family tree in Tennessee, take a look at the Family Search Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950 database. It is free and provides helpful information.


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Photograph of the Week


Jemima J. Colbaugh Lowe

Jemima was a small woman with a stout pioneering heart. She was the daughter of Henry J. Colbaugh and Levica Nave. Jemima was born 2 February 1847 in Northeastern Tennessee, where she lived out¬†her whole life. On New Year’s Eve 1865, just after the Civil War had ended,¬†eighteen year old Jemima married a dashing young 13th Tennessee Calvary man, George J. Lowe. The petite woman birthed ten children and lived to tell the tale. This picture was taken in Carter County Tennessee in the early 1900s, making Jemima’s age about sixty.

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J.R. Lowe