McHenry Bean

De Witt, DeWitt County, Illinois, USA
Death 26 Jul 1902 (aged 23)
Birkbeck, DeWitt County, Illinois, USA
Burial DeWitt County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 24512480 View Source

The Martha Bean that you have listed at Griffith Cemetery (DeWitt County, Illinois) should be McHenry Bean. Here is his obituary.

Judy Simpson

Clinton Register
DeWitt County, Illinois
Friday, August 1, 1902


Saturday evening about 6:30 McHenry BEAN, son of Celia BEAN, shot himself with a 22-caliber rifle at his home about two miles east of Birkbeck. He was working for John TUGGLE on the farm and had been there on Saturday. He went to his mother's before noon and nothing unusual was noticed in his actions. His brother, James BEAN, asked him to go to DeWitt with him, but he refused, saying he was going hunting. During the afternoon he took the rifle and left the house three times, the last time soon after 6 o'clock. Soon after he left, a shot was heard. The family heard the shot and found him unconscious about 100 yards from the house. The bullet entered his head. Coroner JONES was notified about 7 o'clock and went to the Bean home, arriving there about two hours before the young man died, as he lived until about 11 o'clock. The following jury was selected and the inquest held: Chas. CARDIFF, L. R. AGEE, A. J. DAVIS, G. W. DAVENPORT, Robert SAMUELS, and T. F. BERRY.

The evidence showed that the young man was found lying in a pasture with the rifle at his side. Also that the fact that he had the smallpox last spring which left his face badly pitted seemed to discourage him, and he, at times, was melancholy and seemed to think his friends did not like him as much as they did. He left a note which expressed this feeling and that there was nothing in life for him. He requested that his relatives should not grieve over his death and stated where he desired to be buried.

Deceased was born near DeWitt, a son of James and Celia BEAN, and was 23 years, 8 months and 12 days old. His father died when he was one year old. He was regarded as one of the best young men in his neighborhood and his untimely death brought sorrow to all who knew him. He was unmarried and lived with his mother when not working for others. While Sheriff SHUE lived on the farm, he worked three years for him, and Mr. Shue speaks highly of him, as do all others who knew him. His mother, two sisters, Mrs. NALLY, of Harp township, and Mrs. D. REICHELDERFER, near Kenney, and two brothers, James and Newton, both near DeWitt, survive him.

Funeral services were held at the residence Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. R. THRASHER. Burial in the Griffith cemetery.


thank you Judy for all your help,,,, you do great service to Dewitt County and her people. You are very much appreciated.


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