New England Genealogist: Surname Saturday Jeremiah "Jeremy" Bean and Abigail Prescott of Brentwood, NH
The following sketches are largely taken from The Life & Family of John Bean of Exeter and his Cousins by Bernie Bean, 1970 and The Proceedings of John Bean (1660) Association at its (4th) Annual Reunion at Portland, ME August 31 1899 & the genealogy compiled within it by Josiah Drummond. The dates are exactly as they appear in Bernie Bean’s The Life & Family book, unless otherwise specified, I have not seen the original vital records & am unclear what calendar the dates were recorded under, therefore I do not want to assume January was the first month of the year. The probate notes are from the file I have seen myself.
Jeremiah Bean b. 1720, Exeter, NH, died between Jan 24 1808-Feb 3 1808, Brentwood, NH, married Jun 15 1749, Hampton Falls, NH, Abigail Prescott, b. _____, d. after Jan 24 1808, possibly the dau of Benjamin & Elizabeth (Coffin) Prescott.
Jeremy is said to have been born in the Bean home in Exeter, NH which is said to have been located where the old jail used to be. The house was later used as a counting house by The Old Exeter Mfg. Co. In 1760 Jeremy moved to his farm in the southwest corner of Brentwood & there lived until he died. In 1794, a mill which had been part of The Gilman Estate, plus 5 acres of land lying on the other side of the river, was deeded by Jeremy to his son Richard. It was located at what was known as “Coppy Hole”. Jeremy bought one quarter interest in this mill (Known as Copy Hold Saw Mill), plus 721/2 acres, in 1772 from Tristram Gilman Esq. Estate, who d. in 1741. He paid 116 pounds, 5 shillings for it.
Having seen the original Rockingham County Probate file # 7887 for Jeremiah Bean of Brentwood at the NH State Archives, it is described as the following. It specifically mentions his "beloved wife Abigail", his sons Richard, Jeremie and Asa, his dau, Molly (wife of Joel Bean), Ruth (wife of Benjamin Page), and Gr. Ch. Obadiah, Levi, Hannah (wife of James Hoit), Jeremiah, Ai, and Stephen, "children of my son Levi Bean,” and Gr. Ch. Jonathan, Nabby “wife of Jonathan Bachelder,” Benjamin and Lydia, "children of my son Benjamin Bean, deceased". Jeremiah Bean, son, Executor, to maintain Abigail during her natural life, date Jan 24 1808. Jeremiah Bean of Hawke was bonded as Executor Feb 3 1808. (I will transcribe the file at a later date, but in the meantime if you would like photos of the documents, email me.)
All previous records of the births of his children have been somewhat mixed up and even Josiah Drummond admitted in a letter and his speech at the 1896 Bean Reunion that his records were not satisfactory. Though even now they are not complete, we have made progress since in determining the correct order of birth of this family. Because Jeremy bought the farm in southwest Brentwood in 1772, some have thought he lived in Exeter until then, however he did move from Exeter in 1760 for his son Benjamin was born in Brentwood; at what farm or location we do not know. The last two children listed are not in the proper order of birth. They died in infancy or childhood and no dates are available. One old family record shows them born in Brentwood but this is doubtful. They had 9 children. From “The Book of Dow” and “The Hoyt Family” we have dates for the birth of both Levi and his wife, Patience. Both dates are obviously in error but we quote them here with no question mark. Jeremy was a Quaker.
The informant of this section in the Proceedings of John Bean book is a Mr. Blaisdell - there is a lot of information about where they lived. He states this Jeremy was brought up & raised in Exeter then moved to southern part of Brentwood about 1760. This Jeremiah was evidently called "third" even though he was not actually a III, but within the whole scope of the family he was. The other Jeremiah in Brentwood, son of James, lived in the northern part of Brentwood about 4 miles from where this Jeremiah lived.
Children of Jeremiah Bean & Abigail Prescott: pg 149 see for more
1. Richard Bean b: 7-25-1750, Exeter & Brentwood, Trader, alive in 1804 m: Mary Gove b. Dec 19 1754 (Book of Dow) daughter of Obadiah Gove & May Dow on Apr 17 1776Book of Dow & Gove Family). He died ????? She died in Brentwood, NH July 5 1839 (Gove Family pg 74)
Children of Richard Bean & Mary Gove (10 children per Book of Dow):
i. Richard Bean Jr. m: Nancy (Shaw) on Feb 6 1801 (NHVR) They lived in Brentwood
and can be found on several deeds in Rockingham County. One of which is to Obadiah
Bean Jun 15 1811 #197-110 in which Richard Jr sells him a place he had built to make
nails. Both "Richard Bean Jr of Brentwood" & Nancy his wife, can be found signed on
RC Deed# 203-381. Nancy was murdered by Richard Jr Feb 14 1841 in Brentwood,
NH See this blog
Richard & Nancy had at least 4 daughters:
a. Hannah M. Bean b. 1807 in Brentwood, NH m: Jeremiah Richards d. Oct 17
1906 in Boston, Massachusetts
b. Clara A. Bean b. 1809 in Brentwood, NH m: John D. Snell & d. Aug 25
1895 in Boston, Massachusetts.
c. Sophia F. Bean b. 1818 in Brentwood, NH m: Joel M. Thurston d. Apr 20
1904 in Lowell, Massachusetts
d. Eliza S. Bean m. Davis died in Amesbury, MA
ii. Mary Bean m: Mark Prescott
iii. Betsy Bean m: Jonathan Smith
iv. Ruth Bean m. -----Roe
v. Ira Bean died suddenly of heart disease
vi. Hannah Bean m: Gideon Davis of Warren
vii. Lois Bean m: John Blaisdell of Gilford
viii. Enos Bean m. ------ Dudley
ix. Eunice Bean m: Joseph Young and removed to Salem, MA
x. Levi Bean never married, d. a 1839-40?
xi. Sophia Bean m: ---Fogg of Enfield
2. Levi Bean b: 9-3-1753 d: 1804-1806 m: Patience Gove daughter of Obadiah Gove & May Dow (Gove Family pg 74) See previous
3. Jeremiah "Jeramie" Bean b: 2-13-1754, Exeter alive 1808
4. Asa Bean b: ?, Exeter alive in 1808
5. Molly/Mary Bean b: 11-3-1756, Exeter m Joel Bean She is married by 1808
6. Benjamin Bean b. 1760, Brentwood d: before 1808. Children:
i. Jonathan Bean
ii. Nabby Bean m: Jonathan Bachelder
iii. Benjamin Bean
iv. Lydia Bean
7. Ruth Bean b: 11-12-1767, Brentwood (1769) Lived in Gilford m: Benjamin Page son of Moses & Judith (French) Page born Feb 2, 1763; he died June 6, 1836, and she Feb 3, 1859 a91,2m,21d. Children:
i. Ruth Page b Nov 12, 1794
ii. Benjamin Page b; Sept 26, 1798
8. James Bean b: ? d: young, Brentwood
9. Betsey Bean b: ? d: young, Brentwood
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