Captain William Bean IV (1728 - ?)
A trans-Appalachian pioneer, "intrepid man and no mere settler," enigmatic figure of the eastern frontier, bold-spirited leader, a man of means and substance, William Bean IV was born December 9, 1728, in St. Stephens Parish (Cherry Point), Virginia to William Bean III and Margaret Hatton.
He married Lydia Russell, daughter of Col. William Russell and Martha Henley. They had ten children: Robert, William V, George, Jesse, Russell (first white child born in Boones Creek (Flourville) area, John, Edmund, Jane, Prudence, and Sarah.
William was a large landowner, trader, longhunter, surveyor, farmer, miller, gunsmith, blacksmith, military officer, colonizer, and held civic positions and positions in government.
He sold his land in Virginia on the north side of the Dan River, near present-day Danville, in 1768 to four men in the area. In the years spanning 1768 to 1769, William, his pregnant wife, and their children ventured into the unknown wilderness that later became the Watauga Settlement. The Bean family put down roots in this frontier landscape and in doing so; are credited as being the first permanent white settlers in Tennessee.
William and his family built a mill, and then later a stockade that was used as a small fort. This area where the Bean family settled is now called Flourville, Boones Creek area and was the foundation and start of the state of Tennessee
The picture shown here is Bean descendant Sarah Emmeline (Bean) Armitage (1902) holding Opal Mae Florence Armitage.