Isaac N. Bean (deceased) was another of the representative pioneers of Pickaway County, Ohio, and in all the affairs of life he bore himself in an upright manner, and was recognized as a man of true worth. He was born in West Virginia on the 16th of December, 1816, and was a son of Isaac and Rebecca Bean. The father was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was a pensioner. In 1834, he emigrated with his family to the Buckeye State, making the journey with a team, and located in Madison Township, Pickaway County. There he and his wife passed the remainder of their days.


Our subject was about eighteen years of age when he came with his parents to Ohio, and on the 4th of January, 1842, he was married to Miss Dorcas A. Lane, who was born in the Old Dominion, on the 26th of February, 1824. Her parents, Frederick and Dorcas (McCord) Lane, were natives of Virginia, and in the '30s they left their native State and journeyed to Ohio, settling in Scioto Township, Pickaway County, where the mother died a short time after their arrival. Of the seven children born to her parents, Mrs. Bean is one of two now living, the other being Sarah, Mrs. Kirk.


The following children have been born to our subject and wife: Rebecca, wife of Jonathan Hay; and Crissie E., wife of Lewis Shirey. They lost four children. For a few years after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Bean resided in Madison Township, Pickaway Country, but subsequently removed to Harrison Township, this county, where Mr. Bean died on the 15th of July, 1883. Liberal, generous, and high-minded, his life was filled with good deeds, and it can be truly said of him that he never violated a friendship, nor forgot a kind action done him. He was a model American citizen. He served as School Director for some time, and in all the affairs of life he bore himself in an upright manner, and was recognized as a man of true worth. In politics he favored the Republican party and was a stanch advocate of its principles.


On the beautiful farm of two hundred and sixteen acres, which Mr. and Mrs. Bean spent the best years of their lives in improving and perfecting, the latter is now residing, and endeavors to make her life a useful one, and to follow the teachings of the Golden Rule. She is prominently identified
with the Methodist Church, and contributes liberally to all worthy enterprises. Her son-in-law, Lewis Shirey, resides in Franklin County, Hamilton Township, Ohio, and is a wide-awake, enterprising agriculturist. He was born in Augusta County, Va., October 7, 1823, and is a son of Jacob and Susanna Shirey, natives of Pennsylvania, and of Irish, German, and French descent, respectively. In 1825, his parents emigrated to Franklin County, Ohio, and resided in Columbus for a year. His father made the lock and ironwork for the Ohio Canal.


Lewis Shirey was reared in Franklin County, and was educated in the early log-cabin school-house. When fifteen years of age, he began learning the blacksmith trade, and this has continued to be his chosen occupation more or less ever since, altliough he is an active and enterprising farmer. His father had been a blacksmith and mechanic before him. Lewis Shirey was first married to Miss Eliza J. Cryder, who bore him five children, two now living, Maggie, wife of Jonathan Thompson, and William.


Mr. Shirey married his present wife September 14, 1890, and they now reside in Franklin County, Ohio, where Mr. Shirey is classed among the leading and representative citizens. He owns one hundred and sixty-four acres of land, and his wife owns one hundred and eighteen acres in Pickaway and Franklin Counties. He has served as School Director, and when a resident of Groveport, where he resided for many years, he served in the Village Council. He is a Prohibitionist in politics, and is a member of the Methodist Church.

 

From PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF FAYETTE, PICKAWAY AND MADISON COUNTIES, OHIO - Chapman Bros. [Chicago, 1892]