Biography - Josiah Bean
JOSIAH BEAN, farmer, P. O. Anna, is a native of Union County, Ill., born in December, 1835. His father George Bean, was born in Virginia in 1806, and was there raised and educated; arriving at his majority, he removed to Tennessee, and there married. In 1831, he removed to Union County, Ill., and settled in Jonesboro Precinct. He was a farmer by occupation. He died in the fall of 1856. Elizabeth (Taylor) Bean, subject's mother, was born in Tennessee, in 1807, and died in Union County, Ill., December 25, 1880. She was the mother of eight children, of whom the following are living: Thomas, Josiah, Amanda, wife of Henry Hess, Emma, wife of Marshall Rendleman. Josiah, our subject, was raised on the farm and educated in the subscription schools common in his day. At twenty-three years of age, he left home and engaged in farming on his own account. He commenced life in very limited circumstances, and has succeeded in accumulating good property, and is the owner of about 1,000 acres of good land. In May, 1858, he married Miss Caroline Hileman, a native of the county. They have the following children: George C, Monroe, Nancy, Emma and Carrie. Mr. and Mrs. Bean are members of the United Baptist Church of Anna. Politically, he is a Democrat. He was at one time President of the Union County Agricultural Association for two years.
Extracted 02 Apr 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V, pages 58-59.