George Washington Bean autobiography

George Washington Bean autobiography

Dates: approximately 1881-1895

The collection includes approximately 75 holograph pages. Originals and transcription. Also includes two folders, one which is the original, handwritten, personal autobiography of Bean, the second is a transcription of the original writing. Dated approximately 1881-1895.

  • Extent: 1 oversize box (0.2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Bean, George Washington, 1831-1897
  • Call Number: MSS 7076
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from George Washington Bean autobiography must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7076; George Washington Bean autobiography; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7076, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Materials were donated by David Babbel, great grandson of George Washington Bean, in 2009.
Acquisition Information
Donated; David Babbel; 2009.
Other Finding Aids
Also see Biographical sketches of the children of George Washington Bean, MSS 965
Subject Terms
Social Life and Customs; Home and Family; Mormon pioneers--Utah; Bean, George Washington, 1831-1897
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor; and John M. Murphy, curator; 2014.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Bean (George Washington) autobiography
Finding Aid Author
Margaret Weddle
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-04-15 10:34:17 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

George Washington Bean was born April 1, 1831, at Mendon, Illinois, the son of James and Elizabeth Lewis Bean. His family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint in 1841. As a sixteen year old pioneer, he entered Salt Lake Valley in 1847. He moved to Provo, Utah, in 1849. He married Elizabeth Baum (d. 1916), daughter of Jacob and Agnes Harris Baum, in 1853. They had ten children. He married Emily Haws (1836-1908), daughter of John and Martha Master Haws, in 1856. They had seven children. He married Mary Jane Wall (1841-1891), daughter of William Madison and Nancy Haws Wall, in 1856. They had thirteen children. The family moved to Richfield, Utah, in 1879. He was a missonary to the Indians and a stake patriarch. One of the first teachers in Provo; first United States Deputy Marshall in Utah; clerk or secretary of most civic movements; Probate Judge for many years in Utah County and later in Sevier County; legislator; Assessor and Collector at several different times; Collector of Internal Revenue; guide and interpreter with topographical engineers; and explorer with government engineers.

Bean died on December 9, 1897, in Richfield, Utah.

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