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The BEAN  (BEANE) family can be traced back at least to the late 1600’s on Hayling  Island in Essex England.  The Island is situated in the south of England, close by Portsmouth,  one of England's major naval stations.

Thomas BEANE is the earliest identified member of this particular family tree. nothing more is known of Thomas, other than he had a son , Thomas BEAN born on 18th August 1711 at Portsea  St Mary.  This son Thomas married Elizabeth PITT at South Hayling on 12 May 1734 and during the following 23 years they had 13 children,  all with their births or baptisms recorded on Hayling.

James Thomas John BEAN was the eleventh child in this large family and was born/baptized on Sunday 15th April 1753.  As his mother Elizabeth died on Sunday 31 August 1760 and his father probably died in the first half of 1762, James Thomas John was an orphan at the age of nine years of age.
Thomas  who had been a  blacksmith, signed his will on 8th October 1761 & was dead by 21st June 1762 when his Executor was sworn before Thomas BALGUY, His will left everything to his eldest son Thomas and states that the eldest child Elizabeth had already received her share of his estate before his death.

One month after the swearing of the will, and presumably receiving his inheritance, the son Thomas married Mary JACOBS on Hayling.
Several of James Thomas John BEAN’S older brothers and sisters were married by the time of their parents’ deaths or shortly thereafter.  There is no record  of  where the younger  children went following their father’s death although, William and Joseph
were on Hayling in 1780  when they were married.

The first member of this BEAN family to arrive in Australia was James Thomas John BEAN and his wife and children.  J.T.J  BEAN,  who starts this descendants list was the son of Thomas BEAN and  Elizabeth  PITT.

Although no link has been found , it is interesting to note that a Thomas BEAN was a  member of Captain Cook’s crew on his third journey (12-7-1776 to (4-10-1780)  to the Pacific Ocean  and that he brought back to England a spear that was thrown into the boat when Captain Cook was killed by natives in the Hawaiian Islands. The spear now bears the note  “Thrown into the boat when Captain Cook was murdered,
brought to England by Thomas BEAN, whose wife was nurse to Thomas GREEN and gave it to her Master”

The first records of James Thomas John BEAN after his parents’ deaths, are his marriage to Elizabeth (Betsy) TAYLOR,  at St. James Church of England, London on Sunday 6th February 1780 and then the births of each of the six children, also in London. it therefore appears that James Thomas was sailing  in  London  and  working as a carpenter  from  at  least 1780 to Wednesday.  10th January 1798 when he signed the  “Terms of Settlement”  and probably until the family’s subsequent departure for New South Wales in late 1798 on board  HMS

J.T.J. BEAN and Family Emigrate to Australia

In  the  early  years  of  the settlement of  Sydney  there  was a  shortage  of tradesmen.  In 1797 - 98 action was taken to encourage a number of carpenters and their families to emigrate to New South Wales to assist in the erection of the  many  buildings  needed.   Three  other  carpenters  signed  the  terms  of  Settlement endorsed by  J T J. BEAN in London on 10 January 1798. in the document they acknowledge that  “at their own request they offered themselves as settlers to go to New South Wales with their families”. In return they were

Having signed the Terms of Settlement, arrangements were then put in hand “as directed by the Duke of Portland” to have the Lords Commanders of His Majesty’s Treasury to have the commissioners of the Navy organize accommodation for the four families on HMS Buffalo which was being readied, together with HMS Porpoise to sail to New South Wales later that year to replace HMS Supply.
Towards the end of 1798 the Buffalo set sail under the command of William Raven.  They called at the Cape of Good Hope on the  way to take on 66 head of  cattle for the new colony.  They arrived in Port Jackson on 3rd May 1799 and landed the cattle, tools  and hardware. However there were no supplies of bedding, or clothing, which were badly needed at the time.  It is interesting to note that although the ship was called the Buffalo, its figurehead was the carved figure of a Kangaroo.

    The BEAN Family in Australia

At the time of the BEAN family’s arrival in New South Wales in 1799 there were less than 5,000 people in the colony, of which some 700 were convicts. By the time of Governor Hunter’s departure late in 1800 the following was the state of the livestock and ground in cultivation:

         60 horses
                                   143 mares
                         332 bulls and oxen
        712 cows
           4,017 hogs
                       2.031 male sheep
                          4.093 female sheep
                   727 male goats
                          1.455 female goats
                                    4,665 3/4 acres of wheat
                              2,930 acres of maize
                           82 acres of barley.

1799 was not a good year for the colony. About two months before arrival, of  the BEANS there had been bush fires. A month after their arrival. on the evening of  4th of June,  which  had  been  observed as  the King’s  birthday, storms enveloped the Sydney area for three days.  Gale force winds blew from the south and were accompanied by heavy falls of rain. A number of government buildings  were severely damaged, including the tower of the new mill at Sydney. In  the the middle of June a second and more violent gale, once again blowing from the south,  caused even more damage to buildings in Sydney and  Parramatta.
The south  side of the church tower in Sydney  was totally destroyed, although the clock was saved, and the new Government House nearing completion at Parramatta suffered material damage.  A man attempting to cross a gully between Sydney and Parramatta was carried away and drowned.  The ravages of the two storms was so great that building in the colony was set back nearly twelve months. In addition to these
natural disasters the colony was faced with hostile aborigines and lack of  “morality, honesty  and  industry”  in  the  majority  of   colonists.   On July 26th 1799 the Hillsborough arrived in Sydney with Typhus aboard, Ninety five of the 300 convicts had died during the journey to  Sydney and a further six died after they landed. fortunately, Typhus did not spread throughout the already struggling  colony.  This must have been a depressing introduction to their new home for James and his family.
It is not known where the family lived between their arrival in May, and  November when James was granted the promised 100 acres of land in the district of Toongabbie.  The grant at Castle Hill is now known as Gilmore College, Excelsior Avenue (western side). Two adjacent blocks of 100 acres each were granted to Thomas BRADLEY and John ANSON who had also arrived on the Buffalo.  Samuel James, who later married Ann BEAN was granted an  80 acre adjoining block in January 1818.

In 1803 the BEAN and BRADLEY families had their farm houses invaded by escaped convicts,  They discharged a pistol in the face of Mrs Bradley’s servant man,  causing ghastly disfigurement, and raped some of the women.  The following is an extract from the Sydney Gazette, of Saturday 5th March 1803, detailing the story:
On Tuesday the 15th ultimo,  Fifteen Laboring Men fled from the Agricultural Settlement at Castle Hill,  after having committed many acts of violence and atrocity. They at first forcibly entered the dwelling-house of M. Declambe, which they ransacked, and stripped of many articles of plate, wearing apparel, some fire and side arms,  provisions, spirituous and vinous liquors, a quantity of which they drank or wasted in the house.  They next proceeded to the farm house of  BRADLEY and BEAN, at Baulkham Hills. Mrs BRADLEY’s servant man they wantonly  and inhumanly discharged  a pistol at, the contents of which have so shattered his face as to render him a ghastly spectacle,  in all probability, during the remainder of his life. In Mrs BEAN’s house they gave aloose to sensuality, equally brutal and unmanly.
Resistance was to no avail, for their rapacity was unbridled.  Numerous other delinquencies were perpetuated by this licentious banditti, whose ravages, however, could not long escape the certain tread of justice.

Two of the despredators were taken into custody upon the second day after their flight near the Hawkesbury road,  by Mr Jamison, junior,  assisted by  A.Thomson, Chief Constable at Hawkesbury,  and a party of the Military,  who had been despatched in pursuit of them.
Upon these men were found several articles of property that had been taken from the dwelling-house of Mr. Declambe;  as were also two  muskets.  On the day following they underwent an Examination before a Magistrate,  by whom they were fully committed,  and sent to Sydney under an escort.
On the 23rd ultimo, eleven more of the desperadoes were secured, by a party of the military and constables, between the Hawkesbury and  the Mountains.  Information had been given of their haunts by a body of natives, shortly after they had broke into the house of a settler, where they had stopped to grind a quantity of wheat at a steel mill,  having previously secured the family, and afterwards stripped the house of all such
provisions as they could conveniently carry off, together with two stands of arms. They were also taken  before a Magistrate, fully committed, and brought to Sydney under a sufficient guard.
Justice to the prisoners at large in the colony requires that we should here observe that this banditti is entirely composed of Irish prisoners, brought by the " Hercules and Atlas.”
Another article in the same Gazette indicates that the colony was suffering a drought during the beginning of 1803 which had badly affected crops and vegetable gardens.
In July 1811 James Thomas John BEAN, unable to successfully provide a suitable existence from farming his property  had to revert back to his trade as a carpenter and was placed in charge of the building of ‘The Rum Hospital’ in Sydney between 1811 and 1818.  part of the then ‘Rum Hospital still stands to day as the Mint Museum and the front section of the New South Wales Parliament House in Macquarie Street.
Towards the end of his life, James Thomas John BEAN obtained, in 1834 a large and valuable land grant, bounded by Market, York and Clarence Streets, Sydney. The area occupied in 1988 by the National Mutual Building.

One of James Thomas John’s Daughters  Rose Ellen Maria BEAN was a victim of the convict outrage in 1803, In 1804 Rose Ellen Married Thomas DUNN, a former Convict who later became Chief constable of Police in Sydney, NSW.

James Thomas John  (senior)  was the proprietor. of  ‘The Square and Compass ‘ in George St. in 1830. and the ‘Union Inn’ at Appin, NSW.

James Thomas John (junior) had the ‘Frankfield Inn’ at Gunning, NSW.

                                                         Information Provided by Robert MOTE


The Beginning

Thomas BEAN. Born, (Unknown) England. Died, (Unknown) Married (Unknown)
There is record of only 1 child.

Thomas. Born, (18/8/1711) Portsea, St Mary, England. Died, (1762)

See Below.


Thomas BEAN, Born,  (18/8/1711), Portsea, St Mary,  England;  Died (1762), Hayling,  England.
Married, Elizabeth PITT . (20/5/ 1734), South Hayling,  England. Died, (Unknown). There were Thirteen

Elizabeth, Born (1/12/1734). Hayling, England; (M) ,Joseph TILBURY (20/7/ 1758) Died (unknown).
Ann, Born (28/6/ 1736) Hayling England; (M) ,John STAIRS  (3/4/ 1755) Hayling England.
(2nd M) David FERRIT (30/7/ 1759) Hayling England.
Thomas, Born (4/3/ 1738) Hayling England; (M) Mary JACOBS (22/7/1762) Hayling England.
John, Born (26/9/ 1740) Hayling England.
Martha, Born (24/10/1742 Hayling England; (M) Thomas CUTLER,
Sarah, Born (25/12/ 1743) Hayling England.
William,  Born (8/3/1746) Hayling England; (M) Susanah MISSAM (21/7/ 1785) Hayling England.
(2nd M) Francis NEWMAN (6/7/ 1789) Hayling England.
Richard, Born (3/4/ 1748).  Hayling,  England.
James, Born (15/4/1750) Hayling England.
Mary E.  Born (3/2/1752) Hayling England.
James Thomas John,  Born (15/4/1753). North Hayling, Hampshire, England. (M) Elizabeth TAYLOR
(6/2/ 1780) Died (19/4/1839). Parramatta NSW. Australia.) .........See below
Joseph  Born (9/6/1754) Hayling England; (M) Hannah GARRETT (12/2/1783) Hayling England.
(2nd M) Ann CHAMBERS (21/7/1795) Hayling England.
Stephen,  Born (21/12/1757 Hayling England.

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James Thomas  John BEAN , Born, (15/4/1753). North Hayling, Hampshire, England.  Died, (19/4/1839).
Parramatta, NSW. Aust. Married Elizabeth (Betsy) TAYLOR,  (6/2/1799), London England. There were
six children .

Elizabeth. Born, (31/12/1782), London England. Died, (20/9/1878), Parramatta NSW.
James. Born, (5/5/1784), London,England. Died, abt. (1799), London England.
Rose Ellen Maria. Born, (22/1/1786). London England. Died, (5/11/1831). Sydney NSW......See below
James Thomas John. Born, (20/4/1788). London, England. Died, (20/5/1859). Yass NSW.
Ann. Born, (21/11/1790). London, England. Died, (11/3/1854). Baulkham Hills NSW.
William. Born, (8/9/1792). London, England. Died, (24/10/1834). Sydney NSW.

No further information

    A Little History

Thomas DUNN was born in the year 1776 in Ireland UK.  He was a carpenter by trade, Thomas was convicted on 28/10/1796 in "Middlesex" at the age of 20 years  for stealing 1,352, halfpennies, and 216 Farthings, about (2 pounds 12 shillings & 5 pence Sterling). His sentence 7 years deportation.  He arrived in Australia in 1799 aboard the Convict Ship "Hillsborough" Thomas  made good after serving his sentence, and later became Chief Constable of Police in Sydney NSW.  He married Rose Ellen Maria BEAN on the 10/10/1804 at Parramatta NSW. Aust. There were nine children, (Elizabeth), (Ann), (John), (Margaret), (Sarah), (Thomas), (Edward),  (Richard) & (Rosetta Ellen Maria)
Rosetta Ellen Maria Married, Frederick STENNETT on 27/4/1843 in Sydney, NSW. Thomas Died 6/4/1832 in Sydney NSW. age  56 years. he was buried at St James Parramatta. NSW.
Thomas was one of the lucky ones to survive the voyage to Australia aboard the " Hillsborough" of the 300 convicts that sailed from England only 200 survived the journey and 6 of those died on arrival in NSW. Typhoid Fever claimed most of them, mainly due to the filthy conditions they were forced to endure during the voyage, together with a shortage of food. It is hinted that the Captain of the  "Hillsborough" a (Captain Hingston) withheld food from the convicts on board, and only the ones that could pay were well fed.

Nothing is known of Thomas DUNN or his ancestors  prior to 1776
I would be most pleased to hear from anyone, who even thinks they may know something.
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Rose Ellen Maria BEAN. Born, (22/1/1786) Died, (5/11/1831). Arrived in Australia aboard the sailing ship "Buffalo"in (1799), a free citizen. (Married) Thomas DUNN. There were nine  children.

Elizabeth , Born,  (29/7/1804) Died (1885).
Ann Born. (11/7/1806) , Died ,(1867).
John. Born. (0/0/1808), Died (Unknown)
Margaret Born, ( 5/10/1809), Died, (14/4/1840).
Sarah Born, (30/12/1811) Died, (17/3/1885).
Thomas Born,  (31/8/1813) Died,  (24/3/1867).
Edward John.  Born,  (15/11/1815)  Died, (1916).
Richard Born,  (31/5/1818) Died,  ( 2/1/1859).
Rosetta Ellen Maria,  Born,  (7/5/1821) Died,  (2/1/1899)

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Elizabeth DUNN  Born (29/7/1804) Sydney NSW. . Died (1885) Sydney NSW.  Married William PAWLEY (8/1/1822) Sydney, NSW.. There were twelve Children.

William Thomas, Born, 1824) Died (1879).
George , Born, (1826) Died, (1861).
Eliza, Born, (1828) Died, (1828).
Henry, Born, (1829) Died, (1904).
Rowland J. Born, (1832) Died, (Unknown).
Alfred E. Born, (1834) Died, (1841).
David S. Born, (1836) Died, (1873).
Sidney R. Born, (1838) Died, (1839).
Louisa  E. Born, (1840) Died, (Unknown).
Matha R. Born ,(1842) Died, (1880).
Austin J. Born, (1844) Died, ( Unknown).
Walter C. Born, (1846) Died, (Unknown).

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Ann DUNN Born,(11/7/1806), Sydney NSW.  Died, (1867) ,Married, Samuel BUTLER (7/1/1823 St Johns Parramatta NSW. There were seven children.

Ann. Born,  (1822) Died, (1822).
Samuel J. Born, (1824) Died, (1871).
Lucy. Born, (1827) Died, (1827).
James. Born, (1828) Died, (1910).
Elizabeth. Born, (1831) Died, (Unknown).
Lucy A. Born, (1833) Died, (1907).
Eliza W. Born, (1836) Died, (Unknown).

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John  DUNN , Born. (0/0/1808), Sydney, NSW. Died (Unknown) Married, (0/0/1882) Jane NEAL. Born (Unknown) Died (Unknown). There were two Children.

Cathrine Born, (0/0/1828). Died (Unknown).
John J. Born, (0/0/1831). Died (Unknown).

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Margaret DUNN, Born,  (5/10/1809) ,Parramatta, NSW.  Died, (14/4/1840) Married, Walter BUTLER
(16/5/1825) Sydney, NSW. There were two children.

Frances G. Born, (1829) Died, (1901).
Thomas L. Born, (1831) Died, (Unknown).

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Sarah DUNN Born, (30/12/1811), Sydney, NSW.  Died, (17/3/1885) Sydney, NSW.  Married James EVANS (23/1/1826 Sydney NSW. Aust. There were nine children.

James T, Born, (1827) Died, (1893).
Charles W. Born, (1828) Died, (1881)..
Maria. Born, (1831) Died, (1890).
Edward. Born, (1833 Died, (Unknown).
Elizabeth J. Born, (1836) Died, (1845).
Richard W. Born, (1837) Died, (1839).
George. Born, (1843) Died, (Unknown).
Sarah Born, (1845) Died, (1845).
Sarah M. Born, (1846) Died, (Unknown).

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Thomas DUNN  Born, (31/8/1813) Sydney, NSW.  Died, (24/3/1867), Sydney, NSW.  Married Matilda COBCROFT  (17/6/1834), Scots Church, Wilberforce,  NSW.   There were four children.

Eliza A. Born, (1835) Died, (1837).
Rose S. Born, (1837) Died, (Unknown).
Rose S. Born, (1839) Died, (1912).
Thomas J. Born, (1839) Died, (1922)........ See Below

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Edward J. DUNN.  Born, (15/10/1815) Sydney, NSW.  Died, (1916) Wagga Wagga, Married Ann HARPER
(23/11/1836). St Andrews, Sydney, NSW. There were six children.

Emily J. Born, (25/9/1851) Died, (1933).
Edward J. Born, (1840) Died, (1998).
Richard A. Born, (1842) Died, (1923).
Frederick T. Born, (1844) Died. (1926).
Henry J. Born, (1846) Died, (1924).
Albert G. Born, (1849) Died, (Unknown).

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Richard Dunn. Born,  (31/5/1818) Sydney, NSW.  Died, (2/1/1859)  Married, Sarah HOWE. (21/9/1842)
St Phillips, Sydney, NSW.  There is no record of any family.

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Rose Ellen Maria DUNN.. Born, (7/5/1821) Sydney, NSW. Died, (2/1/1899) Quaama, NSW. married  (27/4/1843), Frederick STENNETT,  Born, (1818) Boston Lincolnshire England Died (14/5/1912) There is no prior information on Frederick. There were eleven children.

Frederick Thomas. Born,  (13/2/1844). Sydney, NSW. Died, (1927). Bellingen, NSW.
Alfred G. Born, (23/2/1846 ), Sydney, NSW. Died, (1820). Granville, NSW.
Emily E. Born, (6/2/1848). Mudgee, NSW. Died, Woodlands, Cabargo, NSW.
Louisa A. Born, (26/2/1850). Paddington, NSW. Died, Hornsby, NSW.
Matilda, Born, (21/8/1852 ). Paddington, NSW. Died, Paddington, NSW.
Rose Alice. Born, (21/8/1852). Paddington, NSW. Died, Campbelltown, NSW.
Clara Lydia. Born, (1/5/1854). Paddington, NSW. Died, Paddington, NSW.
Arthur Charles. Born, (10/2/1856). (Unknown). Died, (1938), Hornsby, NSW.
Edwin Felix. Born, (7/5/1858). Wollongong, NSW. Died, (Southgate, NSW.
Herbert Roland. Born, (16/1/1861). Wollongong, NSW. Died, Bankstown, NSW.
Sidney T. Born, (16/1/1861). Wollongong, NSW. Died, Burwood, NSW.

There is more information available on the descendants of Thomas Bean, too extensive to list here.
For more information on the Descendants of Frederick & Rose Ellen, see STENNETT History