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Below is a family biography included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published by Biographical Publishing Co. in 1894.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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THOMAS L. BEAN belongs to that class of agriculturists whose efforts make of Randolph County the garden spot of Illinois. He is a comparatively young man, having been born October 4, 1854, in this county, and has spent his life here. He worked on his father’s farm until 1878, when he established a home of his own on section 25, township 6, range 7, where he has one hundred and sixty acres of fine land, improved with good buildings, fences, orchards, etc. His land is thoroughly tilled, and produces abundant harvests of the various cereals.

The attractive home of our subject is presided over by his capable wife, formerly known as Miss Lizzie Leming. She is a daughter of William and Lizzie (Fleming) Leming, a biography of whom will be found elsewhere in this volume. In her girlhood she received a good education, and was carefully trained in housewifery, so that she was admirably fitted to superintend a home of her own. Her father was killed during the war. Mrs. Bean became the wife of our subject April 10, 1878, and has borne her husband five children: Immanuel, who died in infancy; Everett C., Lizzie M., Clarence A. and Eva Irene. The handsome residence of the family was erected in 1893, and is among the finest in the county, while the large and spacious barn is a model of its kind.

Mr. Bean is a believer in, and a supporter of, the principles of the Republican party. Well informed regarding topics of general interest, enterprising in business, and honorable in his dealings with his fellow-citizens, he is regarded with respect as a worthy citizen and stanch friend. Mr. and Mrs. Bean are valued members of the Presbyterian Church.

The parents of our subject, James and Margaret (Harmon) Bean, were early settlers in this county, having located here in the ‘40s. They are members of the Presbyterian Church, and are honored and prominent residents of township 6, range 7. Their family comprised ten children, Thomas L. being the eldest in order of birth.

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This family biography is one of 679 biographies included in The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois published in 1894.  View the complete description here: The Portrait and Biographical Record of Randolph, Jackson, Perry and Monroe Counties, Illinois

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