THE BEAN FAMILY IN ENGLAND
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
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:
332 bulls and oxen
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
DESCENDANTS of THOMAS BEAN
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)
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.
No further information
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
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.
My E-Mail Address is (cst98137@Bigpond.net.au)
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)
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).
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).
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).
No further information
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).
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).
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
No further information
Edward J. DUNN. Born,
(15/10/1815) Sydney, NSW. Died, (1916) Wagga Wagga, Married Ann
(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).
Richard Dunn. Born,
(31/5/1818) Sydney, NSW. Died, (2/1/1859) Married, Sarah
St Phillips, Sydney, NSW. There is no record of any family.
No further information
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