About 1849, Phillip and his then wife, Lucy Morgan and their family of at least ten children, were owned as bondsmen by Lemuel Beene on his sizeable plantation northeast of Mantachie, Itawamba County, MS. This plantation was located on the Tombigbee River, not too far from today's historic Natchez Trace. In 1849, Lemuel Beene died in MS while six of his nine children were living in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana near Haynesville. At the probating of the will in November of 1849, eight of Lemuel's nine children equally divided our family members which included children and grandchilden of Phillip and Lucy Morgan Beene. Early 19th century census reports that Phillip's daughter Jane (Bean) lived on the farm of Lemuel's daughter Nancy Beene Morgan. Nancy Beene Morgan was a widow but her younger brother Obediah F. Beene, was living with her to help out on her Louisiana farm.
As was customarily practiced, bondsmen were shuffled between plantations of slave-holding families; such was the case with Calvin and Eliza Beene. Although living on the William Beene's plantation, Calvin and Eliza were inherited by Obediah F. Beene. It is also documented that Phillip's sons, Calvin and Newton (possible grandson) and two daughters, Eliza and Margaret were found on the plantation of William W. Beene, another brother of Nancy and Obediah F. Beene.
? At the time of the 1860 Slave Schedule for Claiborne Parish, LA., Phillip and Lucy M. Beene could be found on the plantation of John E. Burch, a white settler who had family members in Itawamba County, MS.. His plantation was within two miles from one of Lemuel's son, Robert Manuel Beene. While later census information did not record the existence of Phillip and Lucy Morgan and their two other sons, Jackson and Rashia, they would later be found on the plantation of Robert Manuel Beene. According to the marriage records, Robert M. Beene was residing approximately 4 miles southeast of Haynesville in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana area at the time of his marriage in October 1850.
In the first quarter of 1852, siblings Calvin and Eliza Beene were taken back to the Mantachie, Mississippi area by Obediah F. Beene, where he married Nancy A. Walker, whose family lived on the adjoining plantation of the late Lemuel Beene. Nancy's father, John Walker, gave her two bondsmen as a wedding gift, whose names were Alfred Walker and Cassandra, possibly the daughter of Alfred. Within about eighteen months, Eliza and Alfred had the first of six children prior to his death, either during, or shortly after the Civil War. Their children names were as follows: Lizza, Andrew J., Jane, Alfred W., Francis and J. Franklin Beene. Both Calvin and Alfred would later be taken to the Civil War by Obediah F. Beene, where they fought in at least three major battles in Tennessee and Georgia.
In December of 1854, Obediah F. Beene, a widower at this time, returned to Louisiana, where his brother, William W. Beene had died during the earlier part of the year. At the Estate Sale of William W. Beene, Obediah F. purchased Newton and Margaret, yet neither sibling would live their final days together. Newton was taken back to the Mantachie, MS area on the plantation of Russell O. Beene, the oldest brother of Obediah F. Even though Newton was separated from his parents, along with other siblings in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, he was finally reunited with his eldest brother, Wesley who had been living in MS., earlier inherited by Russell O. Beene in 1849. Margaret remained in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, and was found on the 1860 Slave Schedule being owned by Rueben Warren, the brother-in-law of Obediah F. who was also the Administrator of William W. Beene's Succession. Margaret joined at least three of her family members who had been inherited by Martha Jane Beene Warren, a daughter of Lemuel Beene.
Over 500 families of Phillip's descendants had been invited to the 2008 Beene Family Reunion. We were very greatful to have met new family members who had been separated since the days of ancestors' bondage in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Crosby Beene Jr. (2007) This document copy can not be printed or used without expressed permission.