Family Stories

Family Stories

John Hogan Beene-(Paul's 3rd great grandfather)-John's father was killed in War. After John's father's death, his mother was in a path going across a field to the neighbor's house when a dead limb fell on her head and killed her. This left the 6 children, including John Hogan, to be raised by relatives.

Lydia Russell Beene-(Paul's 8th great grandmother)-Lydia Russell Beene was captured as she rode horseback toward Ft Lee at Watauga and was taken to the Cherokee Camp on Nolichucky River. She was told that she would be killed. Mrs. Bean was tied to a stake at the top of a large mound on the Little Tennessee River. The fire had been lighted around her when the "Beloved Woman", Nancy Ward, arrived on the scene. Revolted at the thought that a Cherokee should torture a squaw, she hastened to the rescue, scattered the burning brands and cut the bonds which fastened the prisoner. She took Mrs. Bean to her own house where she was treated kindly. Lydia Bean in her gratitude instructed Nancy Ward and the other Cherokee women in the art of making butter and cheese. Due to Mrs. Bean's training, Nancy Ward became the first owner of a herd of cattle. The Indians had previously regarded with disapproval the white man's buffalo. (From John P. Brown's "Old Frontiers") The Lydia Russell Bean, Knoxville Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was organized in April 18, 1959, named in honor of Lydia Russell Bean, a heroine of the American Revolution. When captured in 1776 by the Indians, she led her captors to believe the garrison was well defended, thus preventing an attack. Source: "William Bean, Pioneer of Tennessee, and His Descendents", by Jamie Ault Gray.

Aaron Bible-(Paul's 3rd great grand uncle)-Aaron Bible was the first tanner in Cocke county, TN. He made all kinds of leather goods. Aaron lived to be 92 years old. He was said to be a small man but a solid mass of muscles. He made his own coffin out of Black Walnut, but lived longer than he thought he would, so he stored walnuts in the coffin until he died. He is buried at the Clark Cemetery. He fixed his own tomb rock with just what he wanted on it before he died.

Seth Bible-(Paul's 2nd great grand uncle)-Seth moved to Greene county, TN after killing John Davis at Del Rio, TN. Estil Bible, Ezra's youngest son, wrote the following: "I will write what my Father told me about 'Judge' Randolph, who was the foremost Lawyer of his time. The one particular case which my father talked to me so much about was the State of Tennessee vs. Seth Bible, for murder. This killing came about by a quarrel between Seth, who was father's nephew, and John Davis who married Frances Bible, who was a first cousin to Seth; and also, a niece of my father. Frances was Aaron Bible's daughter. I do not know what the quarrel was about, but the quarrel became so bitter that each man feared for his life at the hands of the other.
One evening the two men met on a narrow mountain trail, John had a gun on his shoulder and Seth got the idea into his head that John intended to shoot him in the back after they had passed each other. Seth got his knife ready and just as they passed, he whirled and stabbed John in the back; the blade reached his heart and killed him. 'Judge' Randolph was employed to defend Seth, and instead of using his law books, he brought his Holy Bible to court and by reading a few verses from the Old Testament; and much pleading, convinced the Jury that it was a plain case of self defense and cleared Seth of the murder charge."
Source from: "The Recollections of Estil B. Bible"

Thomas Pye Clark-(Paul's 4th great grandfather)-He didn't like the surname "Pye" so he changed his last name to his wife's surname "Clark" in 1821 in Davidson County, Tennessee.

James Daniel- (Angie's 2nd great grandfather)-His first wife, Fannie Pugh, was wealthy and her family did not like James, because he was not well off. After having 3 children with Fannie, James went out to cut wood and kept walking never to return (this would be either 1873 or 1874). On the 1880 census Fannie is alone with 3 children and listed as widowed. James married again to someone else and had more children (Johnnie, Stella and Etta).

Johnny Benjamin Daniel-(Angie's great grandfather)-J B, his wife Sallie, their 5 boys and 1 girl lived in Pavo, Thomas Co., GA. In 1918 work was scarce there, so JB went to LaGrange, Troup Co., GA and found work there; leaving behind his wife and children. While in LaGrange he got pneumonia and died. Sallie received a telegram from George that JB would be arriving on the train on such and such a day. It must have been a day or two after he died on Nov. 29. George didn't tell her that JB would be arriving in a box. Sallie didn't know JB had died until she went down to the train to meet him. Surprise!!(From Pat Daniel Druce)

Jesse Daniell-(Angie's 4th great grand uncle)-Met an untimely death when he was killed and scalped by indians near Kemp's Fort, Washington County, Georgia (1788). Source: "Historical collections of Georgia" by George White, New York: Pudney & Russell, 1854, c1853, 723 pgs, page 677.

William Peter Fry-(Paul's 2nd great grand uncle)-Wrote the book Council Creek Calling. The book consist of apprx. 133 pages. The first 77 pages are of poems written by W. P. Fry. Many of the poems mention places and people. There are also several old photographs.

John Gunter (Paul's 4nd great grand uncle)-The first white person to settle in the area south of Jackson County, Alabama, now known as Marshall County, was John Gunter, and it was for him that the present Guntersville is named. John married a Cherokee Indian. His family lived in both Gunterville, Alabama and 8 miles from Gunterville at Gunter's Landing on Cherokee Nation East.

Daniel Riley "Dee" Harkey (Paul's 1st cousin 4 times removed)- He was a farmer, a law officer and author. He resided in Eddy County, New Mexico most of his adult life. His parents were killed by indians and he was raised by his older siblings. He wrote the book "Mean as Hell"

Israel Mathias Harkey-(Paul's 4th great grand uncle)-The Odd Fellows Cemetery in San Saba, Texas was located where the football stadium now stands. Most of the people buried there were relocated to the San Saba City Cemetery, Harkeyville Cemetery, or other cemetery. At least one person's remains... the story goes...is still under the football field...Israel Mathias Harkey. In an article titled Team spirits linger at field with buried past by Jon McConal of the Fort Worth Star Telegram, he speaks of how the football team of San Saba, Texas play over the grave of Israel M. Harkey. There is a gravestone at the city cemetery of San Saba beside his wife Catherine but Israel's remains remain under the football field.

Julius Obenhaus-(Angie's great great grandfather)-Julius was a private in the Confederate Army in June 1861. Before long, he received word that his wife and children were ill with typhoid fever. He requested a furlough so that could go home. His wife and two children died, leaving only one son, William (Billie), three years old. Julius was so depressed that he took Billie, deserted the Army, and went to Lucerne, Indiana.

William O'Daniell I-(Angie's 6th great grandfather)-Our O'DANIEL family were neighbors and associates of some of the most important families in the founding of the American Republic.
"Among the prominent features in the physiognomy of Eastern Virginia are the great rivers which run from the blue mountains and pour their streams into the bosom of the "Mother of Waters," as the Indians called the Chesapeake Bay. Along these rivers, which were then the only roads, the first settlers penetrated the wilderness. This explains the seeming anomaly, that the first Parishes and counties often included both sides of broad rivers, it being easier to go to Court and to Church by water, than through forests by what were called in those days "bridle paths." Hence Parishes were often sixty or more miles long and of little breadth. from
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Betty Phears- (wife of Paul's great great grand uncle)-Phears, Texas. Phears is a rural community in Lee county three miles northwest of Lexington and three miles west of US Hwy 77. The settlement was named for Betty Phears, who donoted one acre of land for a school in 1898.

Sylvestor Proffitt- (Paul's 7th great grandfather)-Sylvestor had an interesting entrance to the new world. He was captured in the Jacobite rebellion at Preston, Lancashire, England on 14 November 1715 and was deported from Liverpool 14 Jan 1716 aboard the Elizabeth and Ann, captained by Edward Trafford and condemned to be transported to the Colony in Virginia, after having been carried to London for trial. http://immigrantships.net/v2/1700v2/elizabeth&ann17160114.html

Christian Schoppa-(Angie's great great grandfather)-Christian died in an automobile accident. The injuries were sustained Monday, August 13th, while he was attempting to get into an automobile. The car gave a sudden lunge and he was struck by the heavy sedan door resulting in internal injuries and a broken right hip. The accident occurred near his home at a gate when he and two of his children were returning with some watermelons. He was brought to a Vernon hospital Thursday, August 16th for medical aid, but nothing could be done. He died at 7:30 Thursday evening.

Marie Graf Schur-(Angie's great grand aunt)-Immigrated with her family to Texas in 1882. 5 years later she married Gottfried Schur who immigrated to Texas at 11 years old with his mother Christiana .� Both families were seeking religious freedom.

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