December 9, 1721|
St. Stephens Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia
Washington District, North Carolina
|Known for||being the first permanent settler in Tennessee|
|Title||Commissioner, Washington District, North Carolina|
|Spouse(s)||Lydia Russell (1726-1788)|
Personal life 
William Bean was born December 9, 1721 in St. Stephens Parish, Northumberland County, Virginia. In 1741 he married Lydia Russell (b. September 29, 1726). They were to become the future Tennessee area's first permanent European-American settlers; and were both of English descent.
Frontier settler 
Bean was an associate of Daniel Boone's and a fellow longhunter. In 1769, he built a cabin close to the junction of Boone's Creek and Watauga Creek, near what is today Johnson City, Tennessee. It is said[by whom?] that either Bean visited the site with Boone, or Boone and a friend, Richard Callaway, visited it when exploring as agents for Richard Henderson, a land speculator who later played an important role in the early settlement of Tennessee.
Later that year, the first child of permanent European-American settlers born in Tennessee, Russell Bean, was born there.
Later life 
After its formation in 1776, Bean was named a Commissioner of North Carolina's Washington District.
Further reading 
- Carolyn Sakowski; Touring the East Tennessee Backroads; J.F. Blair, pub.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; 1993; pp. 86–87.