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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume 8B – Battle – Perrin – Kniffin, 1886.
JOHN W. BEAN, a native of Frederick County, Va., as a born [sic][ near Winchester, September 8, 1823. His father, Eli Bean, was born on what is known as Strodes Creek, near Winchester, Clark County, Ky., in November, 1794. He was a farmer by occupation, and moved to Frederick County, Va., about 1822, where he was married to Miss Sarah Hall, daughter of Bennett Hall, a native of Virginia, of Welsh descent. She bore him five sons and four daughters, the subject of this sketch being the oldest. He returned to Clark County, Ky., in the fall of 1825 and settled on what is now known as the Edwin P. Bean farm, near Winchester, where he lived until his death, which occurred in 1864. He enlisted in the war of 1812, under command of Captain Cunningham, of Clark County. He was an ardent advocate of the principles of the Whig party; was a magistrate for many years, and also served one term as sheriff of Clark County. John Bean, grandfather of John W., was a native of Virginia, born near Hagarstown, and of English extraction; he came to Kentucky in 1788 and settled at a point in Clark County known as Strodes Creek, where he lived in the house built by General Pendleton, which was the first brick structure built in Clark County, and still stands. The early life of John W. Bean was devoted to the farm, and a limited education obtained in the common schools of his community. He lived with his father until his twenty-seventh year, when he engaged in farming for himself below Winchester, where he remained for twenty-two years. He removed to his present location in the spring of 1874, where he owns 432 acres of fine blue grass land on the Mount Sterling and Winchester turnpike one-half mile from Winchester. October 30, 1851, he married Eliza M. Redman, a native of Clark County, daughter of John W. and Lucinda (Ramsey) Redman, natives of Clark County. Five children were born to their union, viz: Eldrid, James R., John E., Chester and Leila. Politically Mr. Bean is a Democrat. He was deputy sheriff under his father in 1847-48, and has been President of the Clark County National Bank for fifteen years, the oldest and largest banking institution in Clark County. The bank has a capital stock of $150,000, a net surplus of $90,000, and the deposits vary from $125,000 to $250,000. Mr. Bean is also a stockholder in the Winchester and Mount Sterling and Coleville Turnpike, and has been a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church for twenty-five years.