When William Wesley Bean was born on 25 October 1872, in Morgan, Alabama, United States, his father, John Frank Bean, was 23 and his mother, Charlsie Parollee Ellis, was 23. He married Minnie Rola Sartor on 23 October 1901, in Morgan, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Albany, Morgan, Alabama, United States for about 10 years and Election Precinct 33, Jefferson, Alabama, United States in 1940. He died on 12 December 1952, in Bessemer, Jefferson, Alabama, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Valhalla Cemetery, Midfield, Jefferson, Alabama, 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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