My GG Grandmother Celestia Ann Bean was the daughter of George W. Bean and Mary A. Rand of Lynn, Ma. George was born about 1814 (1815-acc. newspaper death) in Poplin, NH, the son of Obadiah Bean & Nancy Anne Hoyt (see next week's blog). George moved with his parents & siblings to Lowell, MA sometime between 1820- 1830. He can be found in The 1834 Lowell Directory where it lists “Bean, George, Bar-room, Merrimack St Suffolk square.” This is the same address that his brother John Bean was listed at in the 1833 Lowell Directory, before he removed to Danvers, MA. Mary had also moved to Lowell after the death of her mother taking her younger siblings with her. She can be found in The 1836 Female Directory in Lowell, MA where it lists "Rand, Mary, Mer. bds at 18"
It seems by 1838 George has left for Lynn, MA as he is no longer in the Lowell Directory, but he likely lived in a household under another, I did not find him on the 1840 Census. The 1841 Lynn Directory lists “George W Bean, cor. b. Vine st.”. George married Mary Ann Rand on Feb 20, 1842 in Lynn, MA according to the Lynn Vital Record Book. It is said there aren't any original records in Lynn prior to 1850, and the town clerk’s office insists the book has any information that was on the record [Insert eyes rolling here].
Records consistently indicate Mary A. Bean was born about 1816, in Chester, NH. No record of her birth exists in Chester or anywhere else in NH, however due to extensive research that will be discussed in a future post, I have been able to prove her parents were Joseph Rand & Nancy Rand of Gilmanton & Chester, NH.
In the next seven & a half years George and Mary would have 3 children, & were expecting their 4th in Feb of 1850. Life as a cordwainer must not have suited George as on Oct 31, 1849 he sailed out of Boston with 170 others on the ship "Richmond" in search of gold & riches as a 49er. His destination Benicia, California. This information comes from File #0395. Westchester, Chester Co., Penna. Estate of William Webster. Information from entries in a diary of Thomas D. Day of Jefferson, Maine written on a trip around Cape Horn in 1849 (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cascgsi/shiprichmondaj.htm)
On Nov 2, 1849 the Salem Gazette shows the passengers on the ship Richmond, but instead of George it lists his brother "John H. Bean" who also lived in town. Perhaps Johns intended to purchase the ticket for himself & changed his mind, or perhaps he was helping out George and purchased the ticket for him. It is unknown.
The 1850 Census in Lynn, MA lists George and his family with no mention that he is in California: George W Bean 26 NH Cordmaker [Cordwainer/shoemaker - It definitely says he is 26, but he was not]; Mary A 35 NH; Joseph F 8 MA; George W 6 MA; Celeste A 4 MA; Mary A 7mo MA [John H. Bean, George’s brother, and his family are only a couple pages away from George's family on this census]
The 1851 Lynn Directory which was actually printed at the end of 1850 confirms George is the one in California with listing of "George W. Bean 72 Vine (California)" but sadly, George had passed away just about the time this directory was going to print. The Boston Daily Atlas Tuesday, Feb. 11 1851 Issue 190 Column G Death Notices: in San Francisco, Dec 31st, Jacob D. Clark, of Boston, 25; 29th, John Wheeler of Boston, 23; GEORGE W BEAN of Mass.” Also see the Feb 21 1851 issue of the Barre Gazette: Headline: Later from California. Arrival of the Georgia; Article Type: News/Opinion; Volume: XVII; Issue: 38; Page: ; Location: Barre, Massachusetts Death in San Francisco: "George W. Bean, Mass, 35, dysentery".
I've often wondered how Mary survived raising young kids as a widow without any identifiable occupation, and yet certainly not "pauper". I suspect John, George’s brother must have helped her, but speculate when I say…it’s possible John & George had devised a plan for riches together, and when George died out there, it left John with the guilt and responsibility of George's family. There was never a will or administration in Essex County for George.
Mary can be found over the rest of the decade in these records: The 1854 Lynn Directory lists Mary A. Bean, widow, house foot Vine and the 1855 Mass Census in Lynn shows Mary A. Bean a38; Joseph F. Bean a12; George Bean a11; Charlotte A. Heale a3 [no idea who?]; Celestia A. Bean a8; Mary A. Bean a5. 1858 Lynn Directory Mary A. Bean, widow, foot Vine St.
Over the next decade she can be found in these records:
The 1860 Census in Lynn, MA: Mary A Bean a45 (Head) b: NH; Joseph F Bean a18 b: Ma Laborer; George W Bean a16 b: Ma; Celeste A Bean a13 b: Ma; Mary A Bean a10 b: Ma.
The 1860 Lynn Directory shows Mary A. Bean, widow, house at 97 Commercial.
The 1865 Mass Census we find Mary in Lynn which clearly not only confirms Joseph’s name change to Benjamin, but also connects Mary to her sister Jemima: Mary A Bean a48 wd b: NH; Benj F. Bean a21 Musician b: Ma; Geo W. Bean a19 shoemaker; Celestia Bean a17 b: Ma shoefitter; Mary A. Bean a15 b: Ma; Jemima Currier a39 wd b: NH; Jos M Currier a13 boxmaker b: Ma; Melvin P Currier a11; Ella F. Currier a9.
The 1867 Lynn Directory Mary A. Bean, widow, Neptune, corner south ; Geo W [Jr] is on 3 Essex in Lynn [Benj F.isn't listed].
The 1870 Census Mary is in Haverhill, MA with her daughter Celestia Haseltine, but by the 1880 Census she is back in Lynn, MA: Mary Bean age 64 widow NH NH NH & Alice Bean age 28 daug widow MA NH NH. She remained in Lynn for the remainder of her life and can be found on the 1890 Lynn Directory on 305 Summer St.
Mary died Apr 1, 1893 age 77 in Lynn, Ma of consumption. The record states widow of George W. & daughter of Samuel & Mary, although the latter is incorrect (NEHGS). She is buried in Pinegrove Cemetery, Lynn, MA on Fuchia Path lot 56. Her grave is unmarked but she & Mary Alice are buried between Foote and Severance markers. Essex County probate doesn't have a will or admin for her either. I did not find an obit in the Derry News, GenealogyBank.com, or on the external databases with NEHGS.
Children of George W. Bean Sr & Mary A. Rand were:
1. Joseph F. Bean aka Benjamin F. Bean born about Aug 1843-44. I haven't found a record of his birth. “Joseph” is last noted in 1860, age 18. He doesn't appear to have enlisted, but there are other Jos. F Bean's that did. He seems to have completely disappeared after 1860, but it is that he began to use the name Benjamin Franklin Bean as is documented in his marriage record: Benjamin Franklin Bean son of George W. and Mary A Bean born about 1844 who married (a21) Aug 2, 1865 Emma Maria Williams d of Geo W & Hannah E. Williams in Lynn, he is a musician. Emma was born May 29 1845 in Lynn, MA (NEHGS).
He is not on the name change list for Massachusetts Name Changes between 1780-1892. There is no evidence of another child named Benjamin born to George W. & Mary Bean of Lynn. Just in double checking the 1850 & 1860 census there is no Benj Bean b: 1842-1846 in Massachusetts which supports at that time he was known as Joseph F. Bean. Benj/Joseph doesn't seem to have enlisted in the Civil War, only his Uncle Benj F. Bean of Roxbury. No birth is found on NEHGS under Benjamin either.
The following records can be found for him under "B. Frank" or Benjamin F." :
1863 Lynn Directory Benjamin F. heeler b. 96 Broad
1865 Lynn Directory -he resides with his brother George on Prospect St. heeler
1869 Lynn Directory Benj F. musician, h. 11 Lincoln
1870 Census He is listed under "Rean" in Lynn Ward 3 on Ancestry; Benj F. a26
Musician b: MA; Emma a25 Keeping house b. MA; Walter a1 b. MA
1871 Lynn Directory B. Frank, musician * salesman, 173 Market h. 9 So Common
Nov 19, 1872 Benjamin F. Bean of Lynn, MA applies for patent# 160298 which is
a new type of necktie supporter. (see pdf)
1873 Lynn Directory B. Frank, musician, h. 9 So Common
1875 Lynn Directory B. Frank, musician, h. 14 Blossom
1876 Lynn Directory B. Frank, musician, house rear 18 Green
1878 & 1880 Directories - He has the same address as his mother: B. Frank, musician,
h. 44 Wheeler
1880 Census they are in San Francisco CA he is a musician with son Walter F. b: 1869
1882 Lynn Directory states B. Frank "removed to California".
1889 San Francisco Directory Frank B. Bean 310 Mason, musician, Morosco's Ampitheatre,
1900 Census San Fran. There is a Frank and Emily M. but birth years are all mixed up
1ch/1lv, says he was born Aug 1850; She was born May 1852; married 30yrs, no Walter
listed; He was b. MA. Parents b. NH & NH; she was b: in MA, parents b. MA & MA,
he is a musician.
1900 he was on the registered voters list in Prec 8 of San Fran - doesn't seem to be after
1910 Census they are in LA with son Walter and her mother, 5ch/1lv. He is a professor
1920 Census He and his wife are gone presumably died, but his son Walter is listed
with a wife – no children.
1930 Census I could not find Walter listed. Children of Benjamin & Emma:
i. Alice Maria Bean b: Dec 21, 1865 d: Dec 30, 1865 in Lynn, Ma (NEHGS)
ii. Walter F. Bean was born to Benj & Emma Dec 8, 1868 in Lynn (NEHGS).
1920 Walter is married to Elsie B. ------ in Los Angeles, California and they
are living on Sunset Blvd in LA
iii. May Bean (triplet) b: Sep 10, 1871 in Lynn, Ma d. Sep 12 1871 (NEHGS)
iv. Ida Bean (triplet) b: Sep 10, 1871 in Lynn, Ma d. Sep 12 1871 (NEHGS)
v. Ada Bean (triplet) b: Sep 10, 1871 in Lynn, Ma d. Sep 12 1871 (NEHGS)
2. George W. Bean Jr. was born July 23 1844-5, (stone 1844). I haven't found a birth record. He married Malvina D. Brackett on Jan 29, 1865 in Lynn, Ma. She was born in Maine about Aug 1845 (stone 1843). He died Nov 20 1916 of chronic heart disease (FS). He was 72y 3m 28d & was buried on Nov 22, 1916 according to Pinegrove Cemetery records. She died 1927 (per stone) age 83y 6m 2d per cemetery. She was buried on Mar 4, 1927 according to Pinegrove Cemetery records. Their burial location is on Oxials Path near Paulowina Ave, lot 51 in Pinegrove Cemetery, Lynn, MA (see photo) Hattie B Smith of Lynn (his daughter) was his Admin. docket # 127523 1917 - have not seen original record, just the summary.
George W Bean Jr. can be located after 1860 in the following records:
1863 Lynn Directory - George, shoemaker, b. 28 Almont
1865 Lynn Directory George, shemaker b. at Prosepect - same address as Benj. F. Bean
1867 Lynn Directory pg 36 shows GW Bean (Jr) Shoefinisher house 3 Essex
1869 Lynn Directory GW shoefinisher 6 Willow h. Essex
1870 Census- Lynn, Ma George W Bean Jr is at a boarding house with Albert Staples
– I think it says he was married but no Melvina to be found.
1871 Lynn Directory George W. shoemaker h. 21 Johnson (274 Essex)
1873 Lynn Directory George W. brds. 6 Lloyd
1875 Lynn Directory George W. shoemaker h. 4 Lloyd
1876 Lynn Directory George W. shoemaker h. 349 Boston
1878 Lynn Directory George W. shoemaker h. 349 Boston
1880 Lynn Directory George W. shoemaker h. 77 Lynnfield
1880 Census George W Jr. a35 MA NH NH; Malvina D. a35 ME ME ME;
Florence M a14 ME MA ME; Hattie a4 MA MA ME; Mary C. a2 MA MA ME
1882 Lynn Directory - He is listed but I don't have details at the moment
1890 Directory George W Bean is listed as a shoemaker 143 Lynnfield St,
1900 Census- 143 Lynnfield St Lynn, Ma: Geo W Bean Jr a55 b. July 1845 m 35yrs;
Malvina D. a55 b. Aug 1845 3ch/2liv; Hattie G. dau b. Nov 1875; George Shirley
Duntley Bean grndson b. June 1889 (son of Florence)
1910 Census Geo W. Bean Jr a65 m45y Malvina a65 3ch/2lv
George W. Bean Jr. & Malvina had:
i. Florence M. Bean born in 1865 (per stone), Naples, ME married Joseph Duntley,
son of George S & Ellen Duntley. Florence died Apr 7,1894 of consumption
age 28. She is buried with her parents.
a. George Shirley Duntley born June 5, 1889. Married Lillian Francis
Davis dau of Charles M. Davis & Mabel E. Mills on Feb 20 1909
in Prov RI. He died 1919 (per stone) He is buried with his
grandparents & mother.
b. Florence Duntley born Jan 1 1888 died Jan 8 1888 of Asplexia
ii. Hattie G Bean born Nov 1875. She married Sep 9 1908 Thomas M. Smith son
of Richard P. Smith and Isabella D. McDougal. In Lynn 1910 (Nextdoor to
George & Melvina) & 1920.
iii. Mary C Bean born about 1878 married on Sep 7 1897 Elmer French son of
John C & Matilda French
3. Celestia Ann Bean b: Sept 2, 1846 in Lynn, Ma See previous blog post
4. Mary “Alice” Bean born Feb 28, 1850 on Vine St. in Lynn, Ma - Alice’s birth record Feb 28, 1850 states Mary was born in Chester and Geo was born in Poplin. Alice married Joseph N. Chase son of Joseph R. Chase & Jane M. Hoyt b: a1844 in NH/MA on Jun 12 1869 in Lynn, MA (FS). She died Mar 22 1888 in Lynn, MA of peritonitis, a 34y3m. It states she is married, but they appear to have been separated. She is buried with her mother but unmarked. According to her death record, she was born Dec 24 1853, but this is incorrect. Joseph & Mary Alice did not seem to have children.
1869 Lynn Directory - Joseph, channeller, rear 65 Union
1871 Lynn Directory - Joseph N. channeller, brds 1 Tremont
1873 - no Joseph
1875 - no Joseph
1870 Census- Lynn, Ma: Joseph N. Chase a26 shoemaker born Ma; Alice M. Chase
a20 shoe stitcher born Ma
1876 Lynn Directory Joseph N. Chase, clerk 15 Central ave rooms 53 do
1878 Lynn Directory - Not listed
1880 Census-Lynn, Ma: Mary Bean a64 NH NH NH; Alice Bean a28 dau
MA NH NH
1880 Census - Epping, NH? Joseph N. Chase, b: a1840 in NH (doesn't say for parents)
married, shoemaker, (no wife listed) boarding w/ Mary E. Cass/Carr a46, William E. a18
1885 Lynn Directory - Joseph N. Chase, shoemaker, brds 133 Western Ave
1886 Lynn Directory - not listed
1888 Lynn Directory- not listed
1889 Lynn Directory - not listed
1890 Lynn Directory 2 "Joseph N." Ins agent, boards 6 Putnam place & the other
boards 19 Lander
Veterans Home in Maine: Joseph N. Chase in military Civil war records from
Newburyport, Ma & Lynn, Ma in - states he was single, Enlistment Aug 22, 1862 in
Newburyport, MA, prvt, Co A Reg 8 Disc Aug 7, 1863 to NH; reason for discharge
end of term; disability rheumination & heart disease - contracted June 1, 1863 in
Roanoke, CA, Born Newburyport, Ma hgt 5'4" drk complx; brn eyes; drk hair,
Occ - agent; Res. after discharge Lynn, Ma First admitted June 6, 1896 a54 Date
of death March 5, 1917 Cardiac Hypotrophy and dialation, Buried at Home Cemetery
grave 3511 (Veteran's Home) Sect K Row 6 #1 Charles M. Chase of Lynn, Ma is his
brother rec'd cash from estate 11.05; Next of kin: Mrs John H. Cook – niece, Seth N.
Chase, Jos R. Chase, Symon[?] Billard, all of Lynn, Ma [?]
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