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Wives of John BEAN MacBEAN of Exeter

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Wives of John BEAN MacBEAN of Exeter

Kerrie Lynn Robinson White (View posts)
Posted: 4 Aug 2003 4:00AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 9 Aug 2003 5:40PM GMT
Surnames: MacBean, Bean, Lissen, Robinson, Gordon
I tried to send one message in response to your question, but I cannot discern whether it was received and placed. Therefore, I will try again. I have a copy of "The Life and Family of John Bean of Exeter" by Bernie Bean, in which it is noted John Bean, who is buried in the Curch Yard of Congregational Church in Exeter, was married twice. His first wife, Hannah Lissen from Scotland, he married 4-18-1654. If you know anything about a strong bit of MacBean (Robinson also) DNA, you probably will not be surprised to know John Bean did not have to serve his indentureship to its fullest because he fell in love with the sawmill-owner's daughter and married her. After she died during childbirth and some time before 11-15-1660, he married a woman named Margaret, whose maiden name is unknown and who died in 1714. The family generally agrees she probably was an indentured orphan from Scotland. By 1660, she was free, 19 years old, and ripe for the pickin,' as they say. According to Bernie Bean, John Bean sired 12 children, the first three by Hannah and the rest by Margaret. Bernie Bean is adamant in his description of Margaret Bean as the noblest, first, and foremost queen in the house of MacBean and that she held the title gaining much esteem. However, he does mention a family tradition that John Bean originally came to America with a bride of a only few months, who died during the journey and was buried at sea, but he cites the research of a Dr. Ames in 1906, who reported in the "Essex Antiquarian" that year that the story was unfounded. (I have a huge quotation regarding both sides of this story, but it is too long to write here. However, he does indicate, the rumored wife's name was Mary, who bore a daughter named Mary. I would be very happy to make a copy of Bernie Bean's account and send it to you if you like.) Apparently, John MacBean came to this country aboard the "Sarah and John," which carried only POWs (no wives whatsoever), either alone or, as some believe, with two brothers or some friends, one of whom had the last name Gordon. As you may know, astronaut Alan Bean, who walked on the moon in 1969, traveled there with an astronaut also with the last name Gordon. It would be quite interesting and awesome if some connection could be made there.
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Kerrie Lynn Robinson White 4 Aug 2003 10:00AM GMT 
Karen Bean Jocius 24 Apr 2005 8:23PM GMT 
Jan Stypula 24 Apr 2005 8:54PM GMT 
kaari 24 Apr 2005 9:00PM GMT 
Ruth 25 Apr 2005 1:28AM GMT 
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