Volume 9 , Number 11 , Spring 1988


John Woods - Jemima (Largent) Bean

By Teckin Keithicy


John Woods was the second husband of Jemima (Largent) Bean. She had one daughter, Evana, by Bean. Evana married Russell Walker.

John Woods was born in Tennessee, moved to Pulaski County, Missouri, and then to Carroll County, Arkansas, around 1870, according to Dritta McElyea, a descendant of King and Melvina Stewart. John and Jemma Woods had twelve children; (1) Tom who married a Matilda (2) John; (3) Susan who married David Foster; (4) Mattie who married 1-a McBride 2- 3-Henry Stewart; (5) a child whose name I don’t know; (6) Pose who married Tilda______; (7) Mary Lucinda "Polly" who married Jacob Stewart; (8) Sarah who married King Stewart; (9) James Richard who married Elizabeth Amelia Porter; (10) Margaret who married Dr. Billy Brown; (11) Melvina "Nellie" who married King Stewart, after her sister Sarah Woods Stewart died; and (12) Howie.

John and Jemima are buried in the Williams Cemetery near th~ place where they lived. No names or dates are given, but the graves are in a concrete enclosure. Williams Cemetery is close to the Missouri-Arkansas border and can be reached by taking Hwy. 221 to the first crossroad (about 3/

4 mile) and turning left and following the road to the cemetery. The crossroad is about nine miles north of Berryville, Arkansas, and there is a large signthere designating the turn to the cemetery. The cemetery is very well-kept. Many other members of the Woods family are buried there, including "Polly’ and Jacob Stewart, Sarah, Melvina and King Stewart.

John, Jemima and most of their children lived in this area. John and Jemima farmed. Their ninth child, James and his wife, Elizabeth, moved to Aurora, Missouri, where they are buried in Maple Grove Cemetery. Their tenth child, Margaret and her husband, Dr. Billy Brown, moved to Colorado and are buried there.

I have been unable to research the Largent family because I cannot find the names of Jemima’s parents. The courthouse at Berryville partially burned several times during the Civil War and oyiiy scant records remain. The Pulaski County, Missouri, Courthouse also burned around 1903 and with it, records I could have used.

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