Daniel Dean

Type Value
Name Daniel Dean
Born 1766-10-20 Tobermore, Londonderry, Ireland
Gender M
Died 1843-01-24 Caesars Creek, Green County, Ohio
Buried Dean Land Cemetery, Caesars Creek, Green County, Ohio
Type Value
Father George Roger Dean b. (1737, Scotland) d. (1815, Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky)
Mother Mary Campbell b. (1739, Londonderry, Ireland) d. (1825-07-21, Xenia, Green County, Ohio)
Married 1759-00-00, Scotland
Type Value
Family Jannett Steele b. (1769, Augusta, Augusta County, Virginia) d. (1841-11-28, New Jaspar, Green County, Ohio)
Married 1791-00-00, Kentucky
Children 1 Margaret Peggy Dean b. (1799-04-19, Montgomery County, Kentucky) d. (1846-07-10, Green County, Ohio)
2 Daniel Dean b. (1808, Kentucky) d. (1838-05-17, Green County, Ohio)
3 Robert Dean b. (1792-07-29, Montgomery County, Kentucky) d. (1856-05-18, New Jaspar, Green County, Ohio)
4 Joseph Dean b. (1804-12-30, Kentucky) d. (1883-09-12)
5 Mary C. Dean b. (1794-08-19, Kentucky) d. (1857-04-20, Green County, Ohio)
6 Janet S. Dean
7 Elisabeth Dean
8 William Dean
9 James Dean
10 Ann Dean
11 Julia Ann Dean b. (1815-05-08) d. (1844-08-09)



Not unlike many other families, we trace the record of the Deans through trials, vicissitudes and poverty back across the sea to the Province of Ulster, Ireland and to the wilds of the Highlands of Scotland, a country rich in the production of liberty loving men and women. Many such dared to leave their native country, crossed the story Atlantic and cast their lot in the wilds of America, infested by hostile enemies and accompanied by privation and discouragements of almost every description. Only the bold spirits, like Daniel Dean, who had the courage to fight for their rights, as a rule survived the ordeal.

To such we owe the credit of having made America a safe place in which to live. Amid the pioneer work of conquering and surmounting difficulties of seeming impossibilities, Daniel Dean began his career in this country.

The ancestors of the Dean family were strictly of the Coventer faith. Daniel Dean, one with whose history we are familiar and who resided and died not more than a mile from this place, was born in the village of Tubermore in the Province of Ulster, Ireland, October 20, 1766. He immigrated to America in the year 1784 at the age of 18 years. His father, G. R. Dean and his two uncles, James and David, were soldiers in the Revolutionary War. He sent back to Ireland for his mother in the year 1790. He was a weaver by trade, prospering well in his trade. He resided for a time in Pennsylvania, then immigrated to Virginia where he was married to Miss Jannett Steele, a Scotch-Irish girl, of Augusta County, Virginia. The young couple immigrated to Kentucky near Mount Sterling where he was engaged in milling for many years, becoming quite well off in that business. He had a family of eleven children, but falling out with the institution of slavery, he determined to immigrate to Ohio, locating in Greene County in the year 1812 on Caesar’s Creek where he purchased 2,000 acres of land – this farm being a part of the same tract.

The names of his eleven children are as follows: Robert Dean, who was a soldier in the war of 1812 and who married Elizabeth Campbell; Mary C. married James Moore; Jannett S. married Hugh Campbell; Elizabeth married James Campbell; Margaret married John Bickett; William married Catherine Shook and was a soldier in the Mexican War; James married Elizabeth Pendray; Joseph married Hannah Boggs; Anna married Walter Parry; Daniel married Jane Campbell; and Julia married James Hopping. All settled down and lived in Greene County, except two – James and Elizabeth – who immigrated to Indiana and resided near Muncie, that state. Of these eleven children, they averaged eleven children each. They have since grown into a great multitude.

During the Civil War, 36 enlisted in the Union Army, most of them serving three years and over and out of the 36 who enlisted, 35 returned alive. Dean Perry lost a leg at the battle of Perrysville, Ky. Three of the others were slightly wounded, and James Moore died with disease at Wartrall, Tennessee and of the 36, ten are yet alive.

Of this large family of near 500, more than three-fourths are members of the Christian Church, and 90 percent are total abstainers from the use of intoxicating drink.

This reunion is the centennial anniversary of the immigration of the ancestor Daniel Dean and his family from Kentucky to Ohio. They landed in this county in September, 1812, and camped on the banks of a small stream near the site which afterward became the Dean Cemetery. Eating their first breakfast on a large flat rock, about 20 feet in circumference and perhaps two feet in thickness, which served very well for a table. This rock still remains as a relic and a monument to the memory of our ancestors.

The early history of the immigration of Daniel Dean to Ohio is so intimately associated with his brother-in-law Henry Barnes, who also immigrated from Kentucky near the same time, that we thought it would be well to give a part of his history which is so closely connected with Daniel as to make this sketch more interesting when taken together.

Daniel Dean first came to Ohio in 1808 with Henry Barnes, as did Joshua and Caleb, spying out the land. It was upon this visit that Daniel purchased this 2,000 acres of land, but soon became involved in a suit over the title which cost him $1,500 to perfect his title, which he did not succeed in doing for about three years thereafter, which delayed his removal to this County.

Henry Barnes, being an excellent mechanic, and so became a useful associate and friend of Daniel and their mutual friendship was never betrayed by either, but continued a strong support to each other during life. Barnes came to this County in 1808 with Daniel and located in Xenia, which then had only a few houses. He owned about one-fourth of the present site of the City. He built many houses in Xenia assisted by Daniel Dean, Dean furnishing the timber while Barnes did the work. Parts of some of the buildings yet remain that they built. Barnes was a strong man in other respects - he was a man of some education - was a surveyor. He was a man of General Jackson’s type. He was a member of a company of Indian Hunters in Kentucky, and had been engaged in many Indian hunts in Kentucky. On his immigrating to Ohio his military character was soon recognized, and he was placed as Captain over a company of militia at his new home, and this State being full of treacherous Indians one can well see that such a man as Captain Barnes would be considered a very valuable citizen. Barnes continued to reside in Xenia until his death. He was a member of the M. E. Church, and a Christian man. He had seven children. Henry, who was during the Civil War Sheriff of Greene County and also the Treasurer of Greene County two terms; Dean, John, Andrew, Mrs. Hannah Buckles and Mrs. Eliza J. Clemans and Mrs. Elizabeth Davis, all of which families married and had large families – valuable members of society.

To show the determination of the mother, wife of Captain Barnes, there was an emergency which required her presence back in Kentucky. She mounted her horse with her little child less than a year old, and rode back to Kentucky alone, a distance of 150 miles, back to her old home.

When Daniel Dean came to Ohio he brought with him four wagons - two four-horse teams and two two-horse teams. One of these teams belonged to Captain Barnes. On their way to Cincinnati a stray dog came to them, and as they had no dog he was encouraged to remain, which turned out to be a very valuable asset to the family. Many interesting stories were told of the value of this dog and one of Daniel’s horses whose name was Jolly. They gave the name of Range to the dog. A story was told of the dog that after they had passed through Cincinnati, which was a very small village, and took the trail or road toward Greene County, and after they had gone about 15 miles, night came on and they were compelled to camp in the wood. Much fear was entertained of the Indians. At about midnight Range began to raise the alarm of the approach of an enemy. There were four men who had guns. All arose and remained up until daylight. It was supposed that the dog had in fact discovered Indians approaching attempting to steal their horses. After the arrival of the family, and for two or three days thereafter, Range was heard baying something a few hundred yards from camp not far from what is now the family cemetery. James and William took their rifles and went to see what Range had found. On reaching the point, they saw Range baying a bear. It was up on its hind feet challenging Range to a fisticuff which Range declined to accept and while in this posture, William shot him and this bear meat was relished by the family much to the credit of Range.

Another story is told of Captain Barnes and Daniel. A month or so after reaching Ohio they started out to find some friends who settled near the present site of Clifton, both riding horseback; Daniel riding Jolly a noble horse, and the dog Range following after them. On finding this settlement they were cordially received, and their company being genial and entertaining they were induced to remain with them a little too long. On starting home they had not gone far when a cloud came up and they were enveloped in darkness, and soon became bewildered and lost. Not knowing what direction to take, they finally decided to let Jolly have the reins, trusting to his instinct to take them to the camp, Range still following behind. As soon as Jolly was given the reins, he turned about and Captain Barnes objected saying he knew Jolly was going in the wrong direction. But Daniel insisted that Jolly’s judgment had been good on other occasions and he could trust him. Jolly set out in a fast walk. It began to storm and thunder furiously. After they had gone quite a distance at about midnight they missed Range, and after a while they heard him barking. He did not like a storm, and during such times he would come to the door of the camp and bark until he was admitted. As soon as Jolly heard the dog bark he started out in a lope and soon reached camp. Grandma, fearing that they were lost, would not let Range in so that he would continue to bark and thereby assist the lost men to find the camp. Jolly went direct to camp and did not betray the trust placed in him.

Daniel Dean was a member of the Associate Presbyterian Church from early life. His wife Mrs. Jannett Dean was a member of the first Missionary Society organized in Greene County. Daniel Dean was an ardent abolitionist; he hated the institution of slavery and enjoyed the distinction of being the first member of that church who was ever arraigned before the session of the church for denouncing his minister for praying for the institution of slavery in which he gained a signal victory, and that same church still exists and prospers and is to be congratulated on being the first church in Greene County to hold a temperance meeting, all members attending, which resulted in a resolution that all members of that church thereafter refrain from the use of intoxicating liquor except in sheep washing and harvest time. This is amusing now, but the great benefit to the temperance cause as a result of that meeting cannot be estimated.

Daniel Dean died in 1842 at the age of 77 years. He was a man of worth, a respected citizen of his community and an upright Christian gentleman. His remains rest in the Dean Cemetery, by the side of his wife Jannett. A suitable monument marks the spot. He was a very liberal man in his dealings with his neighbors, exacting but what was right and just. In his will, which is on record in the Probate Court of this county, he requested that no suit should ever be brought against any person indebted to his estate, and this was fully carried out by his executors, John Bickett and Walter Parry, his two sons-in-law.

Daniel Dean came to Philadelphia in 1784, several years after his father and mother. Daniel and Janetta (Steele) Dean had 11 known children. Settled in Xenia, Green County, OH in 1812.

Looking for info on DANIEL DEAN b 20 Oct 1766 in Tubermore, Londonderry, Ireland. He was the son of GEORGE ROGER and MARY (CAMPBELL) DEAN. GEORGE was b ca 1737 and married MARY in Scotland. MARY was born 1739 in Scotland. GEORGE came to US just before Rev War. DANIEL came to Philadelphia in 1784. He married in 1791 in KY, JANETTA STEELE. JANETTA was born 1768 in Augusta Co., VA. Both are buried in Dean Cemetary, Xenia, Green Co. OH. They had 11 known children. Any help is greatly appreciated. Vickie



Dr. Willis Warren Dean has been actively engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery at Sioux City since June, 1899, and enjoys an enviable reputation as one of the skilled and successful representatives of the profession in northwestern Iowa. His birth occurred on the 3d of October, 1872, his parents being Lewis Henry and Phanetta (Haines) Dean, the former born in Greene county, Ohio, March 5, 1838. They were married at Cedarville, Ohio, on the 5th of November, 1861, and became the parents of nine children, namely: Lura M., Florence A., Lida G.; Irene and Corinee, twins; Willis Warren; Joseph C.; Clara E.; and Frank A. The Deans pride themselves upon their Saxon descent. “Dene of Dene in the forest of Dene” and “Dene of Deneland” are family designations centuries old. Two of the first settlers of Taunton, Massachusetts, were John and Walter Deane, from near Taunton or Taunton Deane, Somersetshire, England, a stronghold of the Deanes. Before their arrival, however, Stephen Deane had reached these shores, a passenger on the Fortune, in 1621. The American family of colonial days always spelled the name with the final “e.”

Daniel Dean, great-grandfather of Dr. Willis W. Dean, was born in the village of Tubermore in the province of Ulster, Ireland, October 20, 1766. He emigrated to America, landing in Philadelphia in the year 1784, at the age of eighteen years. His father, George R. Dean, and his two uncles, James and David, were soldiers in the Revolutionary war. Daniel Dean was a weaver by trade. He resided for a time in Pennsylvania, then immigrated to Virginia, where he met and was married to Miss Janett Steele, a Scotch-Irish girl of Augusta county, Virginia. The young couple immigrated to Kentucky and located near Mount Sterling, where Daniel Dean was engaged in the milling business for many years. Falling out with the institution of slavery, he determined to immigrate to Ohio, locating in Greene county in 1812 on Caesar Creek, New Jasper township, where he purchased two thousand acres of land. His death occurred in Greene county, Ohio, January 24, 1842.

Joseph Dean, one of the eleven children of Daniel and Janett (Steele) Dean and the paternal grandfather of Dr. Willis W. Dean, was born December 31, 1804, and passed away September 14, 1883. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Hannah Boggs, was born February 25, 1809, and died March 7, 1888. Their children were eleven in number, as follows: Washington Dean, who was born August 10, 1827, and died November 19, 1852; Julia Anne (Dean)Struthers, who was born April 27, 1829, and died October 11, 1865; Daniel Milton Dean, who was born May 19, 1831, and died December 1, 1912; Louisa Dean, who was born October 16, 1833, and died August 4, 1836; Willis Dean, who was born November 10, 1835, and died June 30, 1838; Lewis Henry Dean (father of Dr. Willis W. Dean), who was born March 5, 1838, and died February 14, 1917; Anna Lavina (Dean)Oldham, who was born February 16, 1840, and died December 24, 1923; Joseph Newton Dean, who was born August 22, 1842, and died January 18, 1913; Eliza Jane (Dean) Rensick, who was born August 9, 1844, and did April 28, 1881; Mary Campbell (Dean) Wright, who was born August 9, 1847, and is also deceased; and Samuel Steele Dean, who was born April 17, 1850, and died January 11, 1925.

Willis Warren Dean, whose name introduces this review, acquired his early education in a country school in Pawnee county, Nebraska, and subsequently pursued a course of study in the Pawnee City Academy at Pawnee City, Nebraska. Following his graduation from the latter institution he taught school near Summerfield, Kansas, for one year. Having determined upon the practice of medicine as a life work, he matriculated in the medical department of the University of Nebraska in the fall of 1892 and was graduated there from in June, 1895, with the degree of M. D. His initial experience in the field of his chosen profession was gained at Stromsburg, Nebraska, where he remained until the fall of 1898 and where he was surgeon for the St. Joseph & Grand Island and the Union Pacific railways.

While located at Stromsburg, Nebraska, he as instrumental in organizing and was one of the incorprators of the Nebraska Mutual Life Insurance Company, having its head office at that place. Disposing of his interests there in the fall of 1898, Dr. Dean went to Chicago and registered with the postgraduate school, doing laboratory work under Klebs in addition to taking the general postgraduate course. Since June, 1899, or for a period of nearly twenty-eight years, he has been engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery at Sioux City, Iowa. He has devoted his attention principally to general surgery but has also built up a gratifying patronage as a general medical practitioner, being widely recognized as a physician and surgeon of pronounced skill and broad professional knowledge. During his residence in Sioux City, Dr. Dean has been a continuous and active member of the Woodbury County Medical Society, the Iowa State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He was one of the early members of the Sioux Valley Medical Society, embracing a membership of northwestern Iowa, northeastern Nebraska, eastern South Dakota and southern Minnesota. For many years he has been the chief medical examiner for the Pennsylvania Mutual Life Insurance Company, covering the Sioux City territory. Dr. Dean has made extensive investments in farm lands, improving and operating various tracts in the states of South Dakota, Nebraska and Washington, and is also interested in Sioux City property.

In politics Dr. Dean styles himself a western democrat. He cast his first ballot for William Jennings Bryan for congress in the first Nebraska district as candidate for reelection. He has been a candidate on the Woodbury county ticket for coroner, leading his name to complete the ticket but not making an active campaign. He served as Sioux City police surgeon from 1900 until 1906, has been surgeon for various corporations and has occupied the presidency of the United States Pension Board at Sioux City from 1914 to the present time. Dr. Dean has been active in various public enterprises, at one time being a member of the house committee of the Chamber of Commerce, a stockholder in the Interstate Fair Association, a director in the Fairway Manufacturing Company, etc. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the First Presbyterian church, while fraternally he is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. His name is also on the membership rolls of the Riverside Boat Club, the Commercial Club and the Cosmopolitan Luncheon Club.

The Dean Family Farm, listed since 1994 as a historic site on the National Register of Historic Places, has its origins with the immigration of Daniel Dean, a native of Tobermore, County Londonderry, Ireland, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1784 when he was aged 18, according to Dean family histories. Daniel was a son of George Roger Dean, who fought in the Colonial line, and Mary Campbell who was reared with her sister by the Duke of Argyl at Inveraray Scotland, the clan Campbells’ ancestral home.[citation needed] The National Register and an Ohio Historic Inventory, dated 11 October 1974, list the historic site at 199 N. Ballard Road, Xenia, as having five buildings dating from the 1820s on 157 acres (0.6 km2) along Caesar’s Creek in Greene County, Ohio. Daniel Dean, born Oct. 20, 1766 in Ireland was a son of George Roger Dean, whom DAR archival records list as a Pennsylvania sergeant and militiaman in the 1770s, along with his elder brothers James and David Dean. A weaver by trade, Daniel Dean lived briefly in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia before meeting and marrying Jannet “Jenny” Steele (1768-Nov. 18, 1841), a Scots-Irish girl of Steele’s Tavern in Augusta County, Virginia. The couple relocated near Mount Sterling, Kentucky, where Dean built a mill, a house for the couple and another for his sister and mother, both named Mary, whom he brought from Ireland to Kentucky via Wilmington, North Carolina, in 1790. Daniel and Jannet had the first of their 11 children while in Kentucky. But when Ohio became a free state in 1803, Dean, an ardent abolitionist, scouted out the new lands north of the Ohio River with his brother-in-law, Henry Barnes, a skilled builder whose son later would become Greene County’s wartime sheriff and treasurer. Dean, shortly thereafter, bought 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) on Caesar’s Creek near the settlement of Xenia, but he spent several years litigating to perfect his title. Once his title was secure, Dean joined Barnes and their families in relocating via Fort Washington (later Cincinnati) to Greene County in September 1812. They first dined using as a table a huge, flat rock – then began a lucrative business in which Dean harvested and milled timber for lumber used by Barnes to build homes in and near Xenia, Ohio. Dean’s son, Joseph (1804-83), wed Hannah Boggs (1809-88)and, according to Dean Family records, Joseph built the first substantial two-story home on the family farm in 1823, a house that still stands. Daniel Dean, descended from Covenanter Presbyterians, was a church stalwart. At least 36 of his 111 progeny enlisted and served honorably in the Union Army during the Civil War, according to records read at an 1880 Dean family picnic and reported in The Xenia Gazette of Friday, Aug. 20, 1880.[citation needed] The elder Dean, who died Jan. 24, 1843, at age 77, is buried alongside his wife, Jannet, in the Dean Family Cemetery in New Jasper Twp., Ohio. The cemetery and farm, privately owned, were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. An historic Ballard Road covered bridge stands just off Route 35 nearby and spans a fork of Caesar’s Creek. Greene County (Ohio) Public Library archives feature maps, from 1855, 1874 and 1896, depicting the original Dean Family Farm acreage divided among Daniel’s heirs — Joseph, William,, John, Levi, D. S. Dean and others. Lands lie along the Jamestown Turnpike, now Ohio State Highway 35.

The historic Dean Family Cemetery, near Cedarville and Jamestown in Greene County, Ohio, was begun along a fork of Caesar’s Creek, shortly after the family of Daniel Dean, a Scots-Irish immigrant, had relocated his family there from Mount Sterling, Kentucky, in September 1812. Dean and a partner, Henry Barnes, had enjoyed a lucrative milling business in Kentucky since 1790, but both were Covenanter Presbyterians. As such, they became increasingly appalled at the recent influx of former Deep South plantation owners, who brought with them into frontier Kentucky their “peculiar custom” of human slavery. Then two men bought land in Ohio in 1803, when it was made a Free State; but sadly, a land swindle was under way, so it took eight years for the men to perfect their title to 2,000 acres they had puchased, east of what’s now Xenia, Ohio. Using three wagons pulled by teams of oxen, the men in 1812, began moving north, across the Ohio River and past Fort Washington (Cincinnati) northeast into Ohio’s wilderness. Along with Daniel, a native of Tobermore, Ulster, Ireland, was his wife, Jennet “Jenny” Steele Dean, fornerly of the pioneer Steeles of Augusta County, Virginia. Once the Deans and Barneses arrived where now stands the Dean Cemetery, they found a boulder, some 20 feet in circumference, which made them an ideal ‘table’ on which to spread the first full meal they enjoyed on their new land. Generations of Deans, beginning with Daniel, Jennet and their progeny, since have been interred in the cemetery, surrounded now by a sturdy stone fence. Brave Daniel, at age 19, had made the treacherous Atlantic crossing alone to try and learn the fate of his father, Sgt. George Roger Dean, who with two brothers had disappeared after having fought in Pennsylvania’s Colonial Line during the American Revolution. Young Daniel, after arriving penniless in Phliadelphia, wandered across Pennsylvania, Maryland and much of Virginia seeking his father whom he finally located on a homestead in Montgomery County, Kentucky. Roger Dean, having long since assumed that his Irish family had perished, had settled down in the bluegrass with a woman named Rebecca. Family legend says the woman, a local postmistress, had stealthily intercepted letters from Roger’s first wife, Mary Campbell, who had written him faithfully from the Old Country. Once Daniel learned Roger’s whereabouts, he hurriedly set about to bring his mother and younger sister, also a Mary, from Ulster to the port of Wilmington, North Carolina. When the women reached that port in 1790, the mother and daughter were in peril of being sold into indentured servitude to work off the cost of their ocean fare. Daniel, after running and riding through miles of Kentucky and Carolina wilderness, finally arrived breathless in Wilmington, just in time to rescue his mother and sister from their chagrin. Returning west, Daniel in 1791 wed Jennet Steele who was daughter of an American Patriot who lived near Steele’s Tavern. First, Daniel had to agree with Jenny’s father that he would build her a separate house of her own in Kentucky so she would never be dominated by the newly-arrived Campbells. Daniel did, indeed, build her a secod house; but both Mary Campbells became faithful live-in housekeepers for the younger Deans. The elder Mary never challenged the second family that her husband, Roger Dean, had begun with Rebecca. After 1813, generations of Deans, includng the 11 children of patriarch Daniel and Jennet, would live and thrive on lands around the fine stone home that son Joseph Dean and his wife Hannah Boggs Dean built there in 1823. That historic fam home, with wings long since added, still stands as part of the Dean Family Farm national historic site, not far from the Dean Cemetery off U.S. Highway 35 near Ballard Road.