James Madison Bean

Male13 September 1818–9 January 1899

Brief Life History of James Madison

When James Madison Bean was born on 13 September 1818, in Pennsylvania, United States, his father, James Hugh Bean, was 48 and his mother, Mary Irwin, was 40. He married Caroline Frances Woods on 15 January 1846, in Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons. He lived in Salem Township, Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States in 1850 and Hempfield Township, Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States for about 20 years. He died on 9 January 1899, at the age of 80, and was buried in Greenville, Mercer, Pennsylvania, United States.

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James Madison Bean
Caroline Frances Woods
Marriage: 15 January 1846
Irwin Alexander Bean
Milton J. Bean
Abner Lysander Bean
Oliver W Bean
Norman J Bean

Sources (12)

  • James M Bean, "United States Census, 1850"
  • J Madison Bean, "Pennsylvania, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Births and Baptisms, 1520-1999"
  • James Madison Bean, "Find A Grave Index"

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  • Marriage
    15 January 1846Iowa, United States
  • Children (5)

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    World Events (7)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 1

    With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

    1820 · Making States Equal

    Age 2

    The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.


    Age 28

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    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.

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

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