John Dean

1815–14 August 1882 (Age 67)

The Life of John

John Dean was born in 1815, in Sweden as the son of John Dean and Fredericka W. Swanberg. He married Helen Mary Haskell on 25 December 1855, in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons. He lived in Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States in 1880 and Quincy, Branch, Michigan Territory, United States in 1882. He died on 14 August 1882, in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 67.

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Family Time Line

John Dean
Helen Mary Haskell
Marriage: 25 December 1855
John H Dean
Charles Swanberg Dean
William Henry Dean
Frank Oscar Dean

Spouse and Children


    Helen Mary Haskell


25 December 1855
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States


    John H Dean


    Charles Swanberg Dean


    William Henry Dean



Parents and Siblings

    John Dean


    Fredericka W. Swanberg




World Events (8)

1828 · Michigan Capitol Building Constructed

Age 13

The first capitol building for Michigan was built in Detroit in 1828 and served the territory until it became a state in 1847. The old building was turned into a high school until it was demolished in 1893 after a fire engulfed the building. Today the land serves as a park for the community with a monument in remembrance of the first capitol building of Michigan.

Age 17

Göta Canal opened.
1833 · The Detroit Arsenal

Age 18

The Detroit Arsenal, also known as the Dearborn Arsenal, was built on the Rouge River to serve as a supply depot for the U.S. Army. It was built on the banks of the river so that if there was an explosion within its walls, there would be minimal casualties.

Name Meaning

1 English: topographic name from Middle English dene ‘valley’ (Old English denu), or a habitational name from any of several places in various parts of England named Dean, Deane, or Deen from this word. In Scotland this is a habitational name from Den in Aberdeenshire or Dean in Ayrshire.2 English: occupational name for the servant of a dean or nickname for someone thought to resemble a dean. A dean was an ecclesiastical official who was the head of a chapter of canons in a cathedral. The Middle English word deen is a borrowing of Old French d(e)ien, from Latin decanus (originally a leader of ten men, from decem ‘ten’), and thus is a cognate of Deacon .3 Irish: variant of Deane .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Dean, "United States Census, 1860"
  • John Dean, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John Dean, "United States Census, 1870"

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