The following sketches are mostly 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 record & am unclear what calendar the dates were recorded under, therefore I do not want to assume January was the first month of the year.
John MacBean & Margaret
John Bean was born John MacBean bef 1634 in Strathdearn, Inverness-Shire, Scotland. Bernie Bean states that the authority of this place is Ida Mable Williams King author of 1935 Bean Genealogy, descendants of Samuel (5) of Glover, VT. His age, according to Bernie Bean (via Josiah Drummond) confirms there is an existing affidavit from 1694 in which John states he was “sixty years of age or more”. John MacBean is said to be the son of Donald MacBean, grandson of Aaron MacBean, (likely pronounced McBayne) b. 1570, Inverness Shire, Scotland). They were proud members of the Clan MacBean which had lived in that part of Scotland since the late 1200’s when the Clan migrated from the east of Scotland. I don’t know about you but I suddenly have an urge to watch Braveheart….but I digress. It is said Donald & Aaron were farmers, leather makers and builders, but this tradition seems to have been an assumption based on John’s chosen professions in America.
John m. (1) Hannah Lissen, on 4-18-1654 in Exeter. She was born in Scotland about 1635, the daughter of Nicholas and Alice Lissen. She died in 1659 in Exeter after the childbirth of her third child.
John m. (2) Margaret ___? before 11-15-1660 in Exeter, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire. She was born about 1640 in Scotland. She died 1714 in Exeter. She was the mother of his last 9 children.
He died between 1-24-1718 & 2-8-1718 at Exeter, NH and he along with Margaret and his first wife Hannah are buried in the Congregational Church Grave yard in Exeter, known as the Old Meetinghouse. A marker was placed over the graves in 1972. They were members of the congregation tho John remain Presbyterian till the day of his death. There was no Presbyterian church in Exeter, and there is none even now, so they went to the Congregational Church.
John was one of 272 Scottish Prisoners of War from the Battle of Worcester, labeled “ruffians” & “troublemakers” who were exiled from Scotland & arrived in Boston on February 24-1652 aboard the “The Sarah and John”. They were intended to be sold as indentured workers to pay for the cost of their transportation unless they could pay. John Bean, along with most others it seems, could not afford to pay for his passage & was in fact sold to the highest bidder. No doubt resentful about his deportation by England after they won the Scottish rule, John did not take the Oath of Allegiance to England until 1677, after King Charles & Oliver Cromwell were dead. . It seems it was on this ship that the “Mac” on many names was left off by the clerk. John kept it that way.
Of these 272 men on the ship, it seems John Bean was friends with Henry Magoon & Alexander Gordon. Having arrived in this land with no kin, it seems they formed a bond that made them family for the rest of their lives. Bernie Bean found evidence that places John Bean working in the mills of Exeter for his future father-in-law Nathaniel Lissen. He states that the lists of Stackpole it states 7 of the 272 prisoners were sold to work in the saw mills on the Exeter & Oyster Rivers. Nathaniel Lissen owned those mills. The six other men who served Lissen were: John Barber, Alexander Gordon, John Sinclair, John Hudson, John Thompson and Walter Jackson. Henry Magoon is said to have served his indenture-ship in southern Maine.
Nathaniel & Alice Lissen (who were not my ancestors) were both born in Scotland came to America in 1637 with their three daughters Elizabeth, Mary & Hannah. John of course married Hannah, Elizabeth married Henry Magoon & Mary married Alexander Gordon.
John is said to have been a most ambitious man. He became part owner of the mills with his father-in-law. He farmed & was a tanner, manufacturing moccasins for Indians & boots for the settlers, and he was a real estate speculator & developer. It is said he was the first to buy land from the Natives north of Lake Winnepesaukee, but this cannot be proven. Prior to his death John did become a land owners of about 20 farms.
Bernie Bean seems to have done a thorough job proving various traditions & misinterpretations of records. One should definitely refer to his work if there is any doubt about information that has been retold or found elsewhere.
Children by Hannah Lissen:
1. Mary Bean b. 6-8-1655 (Jun 18 1655 HoE 66), Exeter married 6-25-1674 Joel Judkins. They
were gr gr grandparents of Daniel Webster [dau. Hannah m. Ebenezer Webster]
2. Henry Bean b.1657; d. 3-5-1662 (Mar 5 1662 HoE 66), Exeter , NH
3. Hannah Bean b.1659 Exeter, NH; d.7-18-1692, Kingston NH m: Abraham Whittacre.
Hannah had 5 children, all of whom were massacred by Indians on their farm in Kingston)
Children by Margaret:
4. John Bean b.8-15-1661 (Aug 15 1661 HoE 4); d. 5-18-1666, Exeter
5. Daniel Bean b.3-23-1663 (Mar 23 1662-3 HoE 4); m. 1684? Mary Fifield
6. Samuel Bean b.5-23-1665 (Mar 23 1665-6 HoE 4); m. Mary Severance
7. John Bean b.10-13-1668 (Oct 13 1668 HoE 4); m.1700? Sarah Wadleigh
8. Margaret Bean b.10-17-1670 (Oct 27 1670 HoE 4); m. William Taylor
9. James Bean b.12-17-1672 (Dec 17 1672 HoE 4)
10. Jeremiah "Jeremy" Bean b.4-20-1675 (Apr 20 1675 HoE 4); m. Ruth Johnson see previous
11. Elizabeth Bean b.9-24-1678 (Sept 24 1678 HoE 4); m. John Sinclair
12. Catherine Bean b.1680; m. Richard Dolloff
Hannah Lissen had two sisters, Elizabeth who m. Henry Magoon and Mary who m: Alexander Gordon. Abraham Whitacre was the son of Abraham and Elizabeth (Simonds) Whitacre. Elizabeth Simonds was the dau of William.
More notes on John Bean
First appears in town records according to HoE on Jan 21 1660-1 granted 10 acres w/ "Nicholas Listen" Oct 10 1664 30 acres HoE; Apr 3 1671 6acres; Feb 3 1698 100 acres;
Burial: Church Yard of the Congregational Church, Exeter, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire
Christening: Fallis, Dayiot Parish, Scotland
Bet. 1680 - 1690, He signed the famous New Hampshire petition .
1671, He was one of a committee chosen to run the lines between Exeter and adjoining towns.
November 30, 1677, Took the oath of allegiance.
January 24, 1717/18, John d. between 1-24-1718 and 2-8-1718
Elected: 1680, Pound Keeper of Exeter, NH
Military service: February 24, 1651/52, Scotish Prisoner of War; Battle of Worcester
Abt. 1660, Grantee of Land in town of Exeter, NH
July 22, 1664, Conveyed to him on this date a house lot of twenty acres, and ther lots in Exeter containing ten, five and twenty-six acres by John Fed, of Exeter, NH
Bet. 1664 - 1708, Other Land Grants made to him; 10-10-1664, 4-1-1671, and 2-21-1708.
According to the Genealogical & Family History of the State of Maine compiled by George Thomas Little, A. M. , Litt. D. page 439
"Margaret Bean joined Hampton Church in 1671, and good wife Bean was among those who were dismissed from that church in 1698, "in order to their being incorporated unto a church state in Exeter." Margaret Bean was one of those who organized the church in Exeter, September 2, 1698; she was a member in 1705, which was the last mention of her. She died before 1718."
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy