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Belle Elizabeth Boston Dean
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Birth: Sep. 3, 1894
Henry County
Missouri, USA
Death: Oct. 23, 1961
Orange County
California, USA

Belle Elizabeth BOSTON Miller Dean is the daughter of Thomas Joseph Boston and Mary Louisa GRIFFITH Stewart Boston Adams. Belle was married to William Ellis Miller and to John Bass Dean.

When Belle was six years old, her family lived in Joplin, Missouri. One rainy day, the children were walking home from school along the railroad tracks carrying their umbrellas. Someone went down there and started taking pot shots at the umbrellas. Belle was shot in the hip (and carried that bullet all the days of her life). Some of the children ran and got her uncle, Wesley Elmer Griffith, who took a horse and wagon to fetch her. Wesley made Belle lie a certain way in the wagon. It hurt Belle so much that she never liked that man after that. (Belle's husband, John Bass Dean, and two of her sons each were shot, too.)

Belle was very young when she married William Ellis Miller in Texas. They had a son, Thomas Joseph "Lloyd" Miller, before William went off to World War I. After the war, William's friends returned and told Belle that William had been killed in the war, so Belle married John Bass Dean, the love of her life. Later, Belle learned that William indeed was not dead, so she divorced him and married John again in Missouri.

There were many people in Belle's household on the 1920 U.S. Census in Missouri including her mother and brother; son, Thomas; daughter, Clara; John and his young sister, Hazel. Then John and Belle had two more sons, John and Jason.

Belle's husband, John, was sent off to prison for robbing banks (that's another interesting story). Belle supported her large family by taking in laundry. (She did laundry for at least one hotel.)

I met Belle in 1947, since she is my grandmother and that is when I was born. By the time I was four years old, we all lived in California.

Grandma Dean had a treadle sewing machine she used to make red and green plaid shirts for her sons out of feed sacks (she had rabbits in cages). She made little dresses for my sister, Donna, and me, Janet. Belle refused to always make Donna's dress first, though. One time she made Donna's dress first, the next time, she made Janet's dress first.

Each morning,Grandma Dean sat Donna on the bench in front of the dresser and braided her hair, then she did the same to Janet and sent them off to school or Sunday School.

There was a crabapple tree in the yard and Belle made crabapple jelly (yum). There was an ice house adjoining the yard where the kids were not allowed to go, but somehow, I remember being there two or three times.

Belle used snuff and carried a small tomato sauce can around to spit in. I always thought that was disgusting, but I was happy to take Grandma's quarter to the store on the corner and bring her another can of snuff. Belle was extremely thin, too. she carried a pillow around to sit on in the house or in the car.

Belle was a wonderful grandmother (although we kids learned to have much respect for that old left hand that could leave a little bottom smarting). I always remember her with gratitude and fondness.
Family links: 
  Mary Louiza Griffith Adams (1861 - 1943)
  John Bass Dean (1898 - 1987)*
  Thomas Joseph Lloyd Miller (1912 - 1967)*
  Clara Belle Dean Pounder (1915 - 2015)*
  John Bass Dean (1920 - 1994)*
  Jason Edward Dean (1923 - 1985)*
  Charles William Stewart (1880 - 1962)*
  Mary Ellen Stewart Stoneking (1882 - 1956)*
  Benjamin Franklin Butler Stewart (1884 - 1967)*
  Elmer Barto Stewart (1886 - 1971)*
  Belle Elizabeth Boston Dean (1894 - 1961)
*Calculated relationship
Memory Garden Memorial Park
Orange County
California, USA
Maintained by: Janet
Originally Created by: Becky
Record added: Sep 24, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7892696
Belle Elizabeth <i>Boston</i> Dean
Added by: Janet
Belle Elizabeth <i>Boston</i> Dean
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Belle Elizabeth <i>Boston</i> Dean
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Forget Me Nots for my Grandmother
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 Added: Jan. 17, 2010

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