Kerry, thank you for your reply and info. Since posting this query I have found Henry's birthdate to be anywhere from 1745 to 1776. The most probable seems to be between 1760 and 1765. Also there is some doubt as to whether Thomas is his father. John Smith Bean (who it appears was decended from King James II by way of his illegitimate daughter Mary Stuart) has been suggested as Henrys father however that has not been proved. From your msg. it would seem your branch of this large and mobile family came by way of New England or even Nova Scota. Other branchs settled all along the eastern seaboard as far south as Jamaca.