Thriller Thursday - The Murder of Nancy (Shaw) Bean by her Husband Richard Bean Jr. of Brentwood, NH Feb 14 1841
Date: Saturday, February 20, 1841 Paper: Haverhill Gazette (Haverhill, MA) Volume: XXI Issue: VIII Page: 2 "An extra from the Exeter News Letter reports the murder of Mrs Bean, aged 60, wife of Richard Bean of Brentwood by her husband, the 14th inst ---RUM
impelled him to do the deed"
A further article published Feb 24 1841 in the New Hampshire Sentinel states:
"On Saturday afternoon, the 14th inst. Mrs Bean, wife of Richard Bean, of Brentwood, went home from a neighbor's, where she had spent a few days, as a nurse, and was to return again after supper. Bean was intoxicated and abusive. A neighbor who happened in there, asked her to go home to his family, as he thought she would not be safe with her husband. She declined going, and said that, after supper, she would go back to take care of the sick woman. The neighbor departed, and left Bean and his wife in the house alone. The next morning, as the same man was passing by Bean's, he saw Mrs Bean lying dead within a few feet of the door. He immediately called one or two of the neighbors, and returned to the scene of blood.--after waiting a while near the house, they saw Bean was within, and called to him. He came to the door, and they asked him who that was? pointing to the body. He said he supposed it was his wife. They inquired how she was killed, and why he had not carried her into the house? He said he did not know anything about it--he had only been to the door for a handful of wood, and had not seen his wife since Thursday. She was carried in, and a coroner sent for, but the only two coroners in the neighborhood were unable to attend.
A physician examined the body. It was much beat about the head; the nose was broken in, and a large wound was under the left eye. It appears that about six rods from the house there must have been a severe struggle. The snow looked somewhat as if a horse had laid down and rolled there. Some articles of Mrs Bean's dress were found there, and at three other places between that and the house. Two large clubs were seen near the door and probably destroyed. She was perhaps killed on the spot where the attack was made upon her, and dragged by her murderer to the spot where she was found--but it is no more probable that, being stunned and mortally wounded, she endeavored to return to the house, and fell and died before reaching it. She was about 60 years of age. Bean has for many years intemperate and abusive; but not withstanding his cruelty, his wife cleaved to him, labored hard for his support, and declined the invitations of her children, (some of whom are respectable and doing well in the world) to take up her abode, and make her home, with them. She believed that her duty was to tod on and suffer with her husband, rather than to secure a comfortable support for herself, by forsaking him. She did toil on and suffer till her sun went down in blood. Exeter News Letter. "
On Sept 18 1841 the State of New Hampshire sentenced him to 30 days solitary, followed by hard labor for the rest of his natural life.
Nancy (Shaw) Bean was murdered by Richard Bean Jr of Brentwood, NH Feb 14 1841 in Brentwood, NH. They had been married on Feb 6 1801 (NHVR) & lived in Brentwood, NH during their life together, parenting several children including at least 4 daughters Hannah, Eliza, Clara & Sophia. Richard & Nancy can be found on several deeds in Rockingham County. One of which is to Obadiah Bean (my 4x great grandfather) 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 having both signed on RC Deed# 203-381. Richard Bean Jr was the son of Richard Bean & Mary Gove whose family will be discussed in further detail in the Surname Saturday blog on Dec 13 2014. Richard Jr's grandfather, Jeremiah Bean, was my 6th great grandfather.
I will be posting further information I gathered from the Criminal Court Case #19732 & his Mitt File soon, but I have just realized there is another domestic violence file#19516 that I need to look at. From 19732, it seems he pled what would be considered "No Contest" today. In it it doesn't seen there was a big trial
UPDATE: In the process of trying to locate a record of his death which seemed certain he died in the New Hampshire State Prison, and was not the Richard Bean who died in Lowell, MA in 1849, I came across another blog that states he was pardoned by Gov Samuel Dinsmoor November 1849. Thanks for the tip Granite Gallows Blogger! It seems Richard likely died shortly thereafter Dec 3 1849 in Gray's Alley, Lowell, MA a 72y 6m 22d of Old Age. I'm currently in search of the pardon record.
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy