Levi Bean b. 9-3-1753, Exeter, NH*, son of Jeremiah Bean & Abigail Prescott, m. Sept 3 1779* in Kensington, NH (also NHVR) Patience Gove, b. 1-25-1760 (Jan 25 1860* & NHVR in Kensington, NH), Weare, NH, the dau of Obadiah Gove & Mary Dow*. Patience d. Feb 11 1794 in Brentwood, NH*. Doubt is expressed by Bernie Bean about the birthdates of both Levi and Patience, but it seems that is because he hadn't found their marriage record & assumed Obadiah was born in 1773, I'm not sure why. NHVR holds no records for the births of Levi & Patience's children. We know them because they are listed in their grandfather, Jeremiah Bean's will which was written in 1804.
There are several deeds in Rockingham County under "Levi Bean". Ours is the Trader of Brentwood, NH. In these deeds it sometimes mentions "Black Rocks" or "Black Rock Rd". The Black Rocks were in Poplin, now Fremont. His deeds are the following:
Levi Bean Grantee: 1700-1820 (also checked Been &Beane)
Purchase: Feb 2 1784 130-159 from Mark & Abigail Emerson (Jr) of Gilmanton 300 pounds, Levi Bean of Brintwood, parcel lying partly in Hawke & partly in Hampstead, 70 acres, bordered by Jabez Eaton or Easton; Benjamin Sargent; Nathaniel Brown; Isaac Flanders; Highway now stands thru farm; 1/3 part of gristmill southerly side of Hawke "Jones Mill". Sale: Apr 8 1785 141-425 Levi Bean of Brintwood, Trader, to Elisha Bean 300 pounds, land partly in Hawke & partly in Hampstead, 70 acres,
Purchase: Apr 8 1785 137-204 from Elisha Bean of Brintwood to Levi Bean of Brintwood, 100 pounds, Land in Poplin bounded by Elisha Hook; Caleb Burley; Nicholas Gordon; 100 acres
Sale of part of it: Oct 17 1791 164-404 Levi Bean of Brintwood Trader to Jonathan Brown of Poplin, Gentleman, 45 acres in Poplin, Black Rock Road, Elisha Hook's; Sale of the rest of it: Estate Mar 24 1806 179-323 Richard Bean of Brentwood, Trader, Adm of the estate of Levi Bean of Brentwood, now deceased Trader, to Daniel Gordon land in Poplin; 300.00; bounded by Lt Jonathan Brown who purchased the land from sd Levi, Range Highway, Jeremiah Burley, 55 acres of land.
Sale: Etal 1786 121-81 Richard & Levi Bean of Brentwood, traders, recovered judgment against David Norris of Epping,
Purchase: May 27 1786 129-366 from Edmund & Eunice Pilsbury of Brintwood, husbandman, Levi Bean of Brintwood, Trader, land partly in Kingston & partly Brintwood, bounded by Road from Exeter to Black Rocks; Ebenezer Chase; Richard Bean who bought of Joseph Eastman; Jeremiah Bean
Sale: Etal 1787 121-414 Richard & Levi Bean of Brentwood, Traders, re: Noah Robinson
Sale: Etal 1788 160-375 Levi & Richard Bean of Brentwood, Traders to Thomas Gordon of Brentwood, Gentleman, 90 pounds, 18 acres in Brentwood
Sale: Etal 1788 179-320 Levi & Richard Bean of Brentwood, Traders, to Scribner Gordon, 18 acres in Brentwood
Purchase: Jun 13 1789 129-364 from Richard Bean of Brintwood, Trader to Levi Bean of Brintwood, Trader, 3ac & 13 Rods, road Exeter to Black Rocks at the southwest corner of Jeremiah Bean's land that he bought of Tristram Gilman, is the land that the said Levi Bean's house & barn now stands on.
From the above deeds we can ascertain that Levi was alive & living in Brentwood as a Trader as of Oct 17 1791. We can also know that Levi has passed away by 1806, but when?
It is hard to find him on the 1790 Census, but he is there. It just looks like "Eevi Keen". From the deeds, especially 129-364, Jun 13 1789, we can be certain he was mostly likely in Brentwood the entire time on or next to land his father purchased from Tristram (& Elizabeth) Gilman in 1772. (RC Deed# 180-282 included 1/4 part of Copy Hold Saw Mill & 77acres, being part of the 100 acres which was allowed Tristram, Joseph, Josiah & John Gilman, sons of Nicholas Gilman of Durham, deceased, heirs to the estate of Nicholas Gilman of Exeter, Esq, deceased, all of which was quitclaimed to Tristram in 1770. Bordered by Folsom; Light;)
If we look further into the later deeds of my 4x Great Grandfather, Obadiah, we find the following:
Sale: Estate Feb 18 1812 196-418 to Obadiah Bean from Richard Bean of Brentwood, Husbandman, Admin of the estate of Levi Bean late of Brentwood dec'd interstate; 139.00 pd by Obadiah Bean of Brentwood, all the right sd Levi Bean had at the time of his decease in a certain piece of land lying in Brentwood which was set off to Betty Bean for her dower or thirds of the estate of her late husband Levi Bean aforesaid deceased ; also another piece of land in Kingston which the said Levi Bean bought of Eben'r Chase (deed not found), Obediah being the highest bidder on Nov 28 1811 at Asa Woods in Poplin.
RC Deed# 197-110 from Richard Jr to Obadiah for a Nail shop in Brentwood that Richard Jr built "on the land of Betty Hanson which was set off to her by order of court as a dower as Levi Bean's widow on the southside of the road opposite the dwelling house the said Levi lived in in his lifetime."
So, from this nothing indicates this is the same Levi...afterall this Levi married a Betty who had since married a Hanson, likely Betty Collins of Seabrook on Mar 31 1794 by Ezekial Godfrey Justice of the Peace. That marriage is remarkably soon after the death of our Levi's first wife, Patience in Feb of 1794...but could it be?
Adding to the puzzle was.... why does Levi's father's will name the grandchildren of Levi, but not say that Levi is deceased? Why doesn't there seem to be a will for Levi if there are so many land transactions by Richard? So many questions! Nothing was making sense....so off I went to the archives in Concord to see the probate records for myself, and boy am I glad I did!
Turns our Levi Bean died prior to Jan 9 1797 in Brentwood, not sure how, why, or where he was buried, but I am certain he did die then. I can only assume the probate had been missed because it was so much earlier than seemed probable & the wife, Betty/Betsy was confusing the issue. The following is the summary of the files.
First, there is Rockingham County Probate Record for Levi Bean's Administration by his brother Richard Bean (Sr) #6295 in 1797. The very first piece of paper I saw stated: "Brintwood Janury 9th 1797 To the Judge of Probate for the County of Rockingham, This is to inform you I decline administration on the Estate of my late husband Levi Bean deceased and wish my brother Rich'd Bean to Be appointed administrator if he will except. (Signed) Bety Bean".
It's looking good I thought...but given all Levi's children were adults by this time I was not overly hopeful...Next is a statement of administration & bond for Richard Bean, Trader; Loammi Bean, Yeoman, & Thomas Veasey, Yeoman, bond furnished by Samuel Tenney. "Levi Bean late of Brentwood aforesaid Yeoman, deceased" .....Yeoman? Why not Trader?
I scanned the inventory list....well, the land is right...and then I came to the clinchers. Years had passed by, it was now Sep 16 1809, & Richard never completed administrating the estate. Levi Bean of Deerfield, had to prompt the court & Richard along for the administration of his father, Levi Bean of Brentwood's estate. Richard responds Oct 8 1811 with a petition stating there is a balance on the debts & land must be sold; at the bottom of it is written: "We the subscriber's heirs to the said estate request that the above said petition may be granted (Signed) Obadiah Bean & Jeremiah Bean". Then there is another statement signed by them stating they consent to the passing & allowing the written account, which is also detailed. So, it seems this all gives us the proof that was needed to state that our Levi of Brentwood died prior to Jan 9 1797 & had married Betty Collins shortly after the death of Patience.
Children of Levi & Patience were:
1. Obadiah Bean b. a 1780-81 see previous
2. Levi Bean b. a1783 ; Gove book says he married Nancy Griffin & lived in Deerfield, Sanbornton & Concord, NH and died there about 1860. There are also several deeds for him in Rockingham County. Said to have had at least 13 children. Vital records on familyseach were found for the following (order undetermined):
2. Sarah G. m: Bailey m2nd: Asa Fifield
3. Mary m: Moore
4. Harriet m: Waitt m: Blogett
5. Martha m: Tilton
6. Ann m: Lovering
3. Hannah Bean married James Hoyt (of Gilford*)
4. Jeremiah Bean alive as of 1811
5. Ai Bean
6.Amos Bean "Was a promising young man and he was wrecked on a vessel on Cape Ann all on board perishing"*
7. Anna Bean (Not named in Gove book)
8. Stephen Bean b. ca 1780
The above sketch is sourced through Rockingham County Probate Records (Levi 1797, Jeremiah 1808, Levi 1811 - which is within Levi''s 1797 file), Rockingham County Deeds, NH Vital Records, * = The Gove Book (pdf) pg 74-75, 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.
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy