When Isabelle Maxwell Bowman Allen Bean was born on 15 November 1822, in Bethel, Oxford, Maine, United States, her father, Justus Bean, was 32 and her mother, Sally Rummery, was 25. She married Sylvanus Mason on 15 December 1849. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. She lived in Maine, United States in 1870. She died on 26 February 1910, in Bethel, Oxford, Maine, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Bethel, Oxford, Maine, United States.
English: nickname for a pleasant person, from Middle English bēne ‘friendly, amiable’.
English: metonymic occupational name for a grower or seller of beans, from Middle English bene ‘bean’ (Old English bēan ‘beans’, a collective singular). The broad bean, Vicia faba, was a staple food in Europe in the Middle Ages. The green bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, came from South America and was not introduced to Europe until the late 16th century. The word bene was commonly used to denote something of little worth, and occasionally it may have been applied as a nickname for someone considered insignificant.
English: possibly a habitational or topographic name. Redmonds, Dictionary of Yorkshire Surnames, cites Adam del Bene of Harrogate (1351) as evidence to suggest that in the Harrogate area, where the Yorkshire name later proliferated, it may have been derived from a place where beans grew.
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