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Help with Ransom L Deen of Georgia and Conecuh Co,AL?
Posted by: Sharon Lee (ID *****1305) Date: July 25, 2005 at 11:42:32
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Because my ancestor Richard Deens/Dean b/1760 NC of Washington, Laurens, Houston, and Muscogee Co, GA had a son Ransom L. about whom we know nothing, I have looked very closely at the Ransom L Deen in Conecuh Co, AL.

Ransom L. Deans (this spelling) appears with Edmond Dean (also the spelling) on the 1816 Census of Monroe Co, AL (formed in 1815 and included all or part of every present-day county in AL except Washington and Madison. R. L. Deens appears on the 1819 Tax Rolls (for which he is Tax Assessor) with Edmond Deens, Drury Deens, and Jeramiah Deens. All were apparently single. A family line on World Connect lists Drury, Edmond, and Jeramiah as brothers, sons of Jeremiah, b. 1738 Halifax Co, NC, son of James b. 1694 Chowan Co, NC. (I'm curious if maybe there is a generation skipped here, for these guys would have been born when Jeremiah was in his forties right up until within a couple of years of his death; perhaps a second marriage?) At any rate, I believe that R. L. Deens may have been their cousin, descended from James Deans through either Thomas b. 1735 or Richard b. 1739.

My Richard Deen was born abt. 1760, and Ransoms's brothers and sisters range from b. 1780-1794. Richard died in 1840 in Muscogee Co, GA. His son Ransom L appeared between 1842 and 1844 when the will was settled, not to be heard from again in any legal documents.

In the 1820 State Census for Conecuh County, Alabama, the following are listed for Names of Heads of Households: DEAN, Drury, DEAN, Drury, DEAN, Edmund, DEAN, Jeremiah, DEAN, Mark, DEAN, Penelopi, and DEENS, R.L.

R.L. Deens appears again in the 1830 census in Conecuh (p. 36-37) with Drury and Thomas. In 1830 Ransom L. Deens has in his household 2 male children 5-10 yrs., one 10-15, one 15-20, one 20-30, and one 30-40. He has two females 5-10 and one 30-40. There appears to be 1 male slave under 10 yrs, and 3 female slaves listed 36-55, yet the total looks to be 12. I am reading from the PDF photo copy of original.

R.L. Deen was NOT on the 1850 Conecuh Co, AL census, although a 16-yr old R.L. Deen is listed with Sarah Ann Deen age 40, Myla Sarah, age 20, Sophronia, age 13, and Susan, age 12. All were born in AL. These are the only persons with the spelling Deen. All of the other Dean listings (spelled Dean) apparently connect directly with Drury Dean, age 66, b. NC, and his children and grandchildren (except for Garrison Dean, age 43 b. GA (according to another line on worldconnect m to Isabella Piggotte ? b. 1810 SC).

My thoughts: apparently, Ransom L Deen died before the 1850 census. Some folks list Sarah Hawthorn as his wife but they give him the middle name of Ransom Lafayette Deen. I question this name simply because Gen. Lafayette did not tour Georgia and Alabama until 1825 (was in VA in 1824). In 1826 Conecuh Co passed an ordinance to provide money for the expense of the reception it held for Lafayette. After Lafayette's visit, Lafayette became a very popular name for children. I think that the Ransom L, age 16 on the 1850 census would be the most likely person to have the Lafayette middle name.

Our Ransom L Deenís brother Elijah b. 1794 in GA named a son Lunsford Ransom Dean b. 1826 in GA. This L.R. Dean served in the Georgia State Line troups out of Harris Co, GA, and apparently was killed in 1864, for he never returned home. His widow Mary McIntosh Austin Dean was in the 1870 Chattahoochee Co, GA, census, but eventually remarried and went to Texas. She died in 1889 in Sabine County, Texas. Lunsford Ransom Dean did not name a son Lunsford Ransom, but his brother Jeptha Clinton Dean b. 1820 named one of his sons Lunsford R. Dean b. 1856 AL. Lunsford Ransom Deanís brother James Jefferson b. 1836 named one of his sons William Lunsford Dean b. after 1857.

A Dean cousin has a listing for a Ransom L. Dean/Deen - b. ca 1838 Ala., enl 1861 Tarrant Co Gano's Mtd - Rifleman, 20th Brig., TM. I donít know who this Ransom L Dean is and havenít looked up this company to see with what county it was associated, but most of the Deans were in cavalry divisions.

This is the sum of my research thus far on Ransom L Deen.

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