Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Golden Wedding Celebration

  Golden Wedding Celebration
Sulphur Springs, KY

December 29. 1902

Chloe Ann Elizabeth & Noble Bean

Uncle Noble and Aunt Bet Bean, of Sulphur Springs, Ky., celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding Tuesday of last week. Uncle Noble is now 72 years old and his wife is 70.  They were married on the night of December the 23rd, 1852, and to them have been born ten children, all of whom are living but one.

The children thinking it a nice time to return a bit of gratitude to the aged couple, a dinner was prepared secretly for the old couple, consisting of all the goodies an appetite could ask for, and everything else was done to make the old folks know that they had raised a family who were glad to honor them on an occasion like this. 

About  9 o’clock the children began to arrive, with baskets and boxes of good things.  The table was set in Uncle Noble’s store at this place.  As the door flew open and the old gray-headed couple stood facing 28 of their beloved children and grandchildren and a nicely set table, they could not speak, but a tear from their shrunken eyes told the story. 

It was a scene long to be remembered , and after a benediction on the children from the gray-headed old man, and a hearty grasp by each hand, they began to assemble around the table, father at one end, and mother at the other end, children on either side.   

A blessing was asked by the father and then they began to partake of the delicacies before them.  A couple of hours were spent pleasantly together in the store and all enjoyed the occasion highly.

1902 Hartford Herald,
Dec. 31, 1902, Page 3, Col. 5


Front row, L to R:   Brenton Bean, Isabelle Thomas, Corinne Thomas, Mabel Thomas, Noble Bean, Foster Thomas, Chloe A.E. Bean, Crow Thomas, Bell Bean, Ruth Bean, Esther Thomas, Caleb Bean. Second row:   John Henry Thomas, Martha Thomas, Myrtie Thomas, Judelle Bean, Timothy Bean, Dresden Bean, J.W. Thomas. Third row:   Cook Bean, Charlie Bean, Lizzie Bean, Dewey Bean, Redford Bean


Noble Bean was born in the spring on May 7, 1830 in Sulphur Springs, Ohio County, Kentucky.  He was the son of Leonard Bean (1787-1841) and Sarah Ann Boswell (1789-1868).  When he was twenty-two, Noble married Chloe Ann Elizabeth Acton (1833-1910), the daughter of Bartemus Acton and Sarah Ann “Sallie” Robey from Charles Co., Maryland.  The young couple became the parents of ten children:

1)  Henry Franklin Bean md Mary E. Tabor – Nov 1, 1877
2)  William Timothy Bean md Ida Bell Bean – Sep 22, 1880
3)  Sarah Esther Bean md James William “Buck” Thomas – Dec 18, 1879
4)  Caleb Wemmes Bean md Margaret Mary Peach – May 20, 1911
5)  Jane Evaline Bean md Mr. Cole - ?
6)  Martha Temperance Bean md John Henry Thomas – Oct 6, 1887
7)  Gabriel Brinton Bean md Cora Bertha Magan - ?
8)  Redford Keener Bean md Ida Emma Hines – Sep 30, 1896
9)  Tilden Carter Bean md Elizabeth E. Bean – Dec 26, 1900
10)  Dresden Palmer Bean md Ruth Jane Hunt – Dec 24, 1901

         According to the biographical sketch of this family in Westerfield's book:

"Mr. Bean is a successful farmer, owning 425 acres of fair land in a good state of cultivation .  He is a member of the Masonic fraternity; in religion is a Methodist, and in politics, a Democrat.  He always resided on the old homestead farm near Sulphur Springs, Ohio County.

Item:  The Hartford Herald, September 15, 1915, Page 2:

Mr. Noble Bean Dead

“Mr. Noble Bean, one of Ohio County’s oldest and most highly respected citizens, died at his residence at Sulphur Springs, this county, last Friday.  He had been in bad health quite a while of ailments incident to old age.  He joined the Methodist church at age 21 years and lived a faithful member until death.  His birth occurred on May 7, 1930, making him considerably over 85 years of age, when death claimed him.

Mr. Bean was married to Miss Elizabeth Acton, December 23, 1852.  To this union, there were ten children born, nine of whom are still living.

Funeral services were held by the pastor of the deceased, Rev. Vanhoy, assisted by Rev. T. J. Acton, at Mount Vernon church.   Interment occurred in the cemetery nearby.  Mr. Bean leaves many relatives and friends to mourn the departure of a good man.”
Item:  The Hartford Herald, September 15, 1915, Page 2, under column for Dundee:

“Mr. Noble Bean died at Sulphur Springs last Thursday night and was buried Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Mt. Vernon church.  He joined the M.E. church over 50 years ago and was always a faithful and hard worker for his church, ever ready to help the needy, the poor, or anyone who needed assistance.  His wife preceded him a few years ago.  He leaves 9 children, 19 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.  He had been afflicted for about 10 years and was ready to go.

Mount Vernon Cemetery, Sulphur Springs, Ohio County, Kentucky

                                            "In Memoriam”

“Chloe Ann Elizabeth (Acton) Bean was born April 3, 1833, died May 30, 1910, aged 77 years, 1 month and 27 days.  She was married to Noble Bean, December 23, 1852, and to them were born 10 children, all but one of whom survive her.  The husband has lost a true and devoted wife, the children a kind and loving mother, whose life was spent for their pleasure.  She was an invalid for several years, and for the last two years was confined to her bed.  All that could be done to restore her to health was in vain.  Often she would call her husband and children to read the Bible and sing her a song.  She left us assurance that she was ready and willing to go.

Seems but a dream, but 'tis true, mother is gone.  Now we look with true faith to meet her in the sweet bye-and-bye.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 SON"
Item from The Hartford Herald, June 1, 1910, Page 1:

“Mrs. Noble Bean, who has been ill and bedfast many months, died at
 her home at Sulphur Spring, Sunday.  Her husband, who has also been
 ill a long while, is the brother of Rev. G. J. Bean, of Hartford.”

Inscription: C.A.E.; Wife of Noble Bean; Born Apr. 3, 1833; Died May 20, 1910;

“We shall meet again, Sweet mother, in a brighter time than this; Where the anguish of this world of ours, is lost in deathless bliss.”

Mount Vernon Cemetery - Sulphur Springs, Ohio County, Kentucky, USA

Submitted by Janice Cox Brown

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