Elizabeth <I>Lewis</I> Bean

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Elizabeth Lewis Bean

  • Birth 22 Sep 1803 Lincoln County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 1 Nov 1864 Provo, Utah County, Utah, USA
  • Burial Provo, Utah County, Utah, USA
  • Plot Block 3 Lot 2
  • Memorial ID 7569931

Elizabeth Lewis was born 22 September 1803, in Lincoln County, Missouri, the first child of James Lewis and Sarah McCoy. She and her parents were among the first settlers of the then Missouri Territory, part of the Louisiana Purchase. Her father applied for and eventually received a Land Grant #1637 from the Spanish Government. It was located on the Cuivre River in Lincoln County, Missouri.
She married James Bean, 27 July 1824, in Lincoln County. After the birth of two children they moved to Adams County, Illinois, near the town of Mendon where they bought a farm. Through hard work and frugality they worked their land and built their home and other needed buildings.
Seven children were born to Elizabeth and James, the first two in Lincoln County, Missouri, and the latter five in Adams County, Illinois. Those children were: William, Nancy, Sarah Ann, George Washington, James Addison, Mary Elizabeth and Cornelia.
Many good Christian values were instilled in the minds and hearts of this growing family by these God fearing parents. Elizabeth was quite a talker and scriptorian. Ultimately they were taught by the Mormon missionaries and accepted as true what they heard and studied. They had already had exposure to some members of the church as the Bean home was opened to many of those fleeing the Missouri mob problems. There in their home in Quincy, Illinois, the refugees found safety and peace.
Elizabeth was an only convert to Mormonism from her family. James’ mother, Anna Buckalew Bean, joined in addition to James on his side of the family. As new members they desired to join the body of the church locating in Nauvoo so they purchased a farm north of Nauvoo from John Taylor and Eleanore and a building lot in the city. As soon as their Adams County property was sold they moved to Nauvoo. There they were actively involved in the temple construction, the erection of their own home and other activities that took place there.
With the death of the Prophet Joseph and Hyrum, and the expulsion of the saints from that beautiful place, the Beans disposed of their property again at great sacrifice and went with the Saints to Winter Quarters. Their hearts were further wrenched with sadness at the illness and death of their youngest daughter, Cornelia, at Winter Quarters.
Elizabeth and James with their family became part of the Daniel Miller Company of ox teams moving to the Utah Territory in 1848. Their young son, George Washington Bean, having gone the previous year with his sister, Sarah, and small child, after Sarah’s husband, William Wallace Casper, had joined the Mormon Battalion.
The Daniel Miller Company arrived in the Salt Lake Valley on 4th September 1848. After spending the winter there with their daughter, Sarah and husband, the Bean family accepted a call to go to Provo, Utah County to settle the next year. There they lived in the newly constructed fort, then in a log cabin and eventually in a frame house built by James and their sons.
Elizabeth died on 1 November 1864 and was buried in the Provo City Cemetery. James lived until the 29 June 1882 when he died and was buried by his wife. Their son, George Washington, stated in his autobiography about his mother: “She had been such a sustaining power of wisdom and intelligence to her family and many who sought her counsel, that she will be greatly missed.”
History compiled by Saundra Cox, 2015 from Elizabeth Lewis Bean history by Arlene Bean Meservy and also Autobiography of George Washington Bean.


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  • Maintained by: Saundra Cox
  • Originally Created by: Marigay
  • Added: 12 Jun 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7569931
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Lewis Bean (22 Sep 1803–1 Nov 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7569931, citing Provo City Cemetery, Provo, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Saundra Cox (contributor 47450915) .