James Thomas John Bean Snr
- Born: 15 Apr 1753, North Hayling, Hampshire England
- Christened: 31 May 1799, On board the 'Buffalo' on way to Australia
- Marriage (1): Elizabeth (Betty) Taylor on 6 Feb 1780 in St James, Piccadilly, London England
- Died: 19 Apr 1839, Parramatta, Sydney, NSW Australia at age 86 61
- Buried: Parramatta, Sydney, NSW Australia
James snr arrived on the buffalo on 1799. He was bornin England in 1752 and died at the age of 87 on 19/4/1839 he is burried at Parramatta. He married an Elizabeth someone but she was know as Betty.
On 11/11/1799 James snr was granted 100 acres of land at Toongabbie and another grant of land was given on 26/11/1834 in town number 2 allotment east of York street,west of clarence street and south of market street.
James snr worked on theerection of the Mint Building, Parliament House and the Rum Hospital.
Noted events in his life were:
• source. Win & Steve Sinden & http://www.easystreetretreat.com.au/australianroyalty which notes that he was christened on 15 Apr 1753 at North Hayling, Hampshire England
Note: In the early years of 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 Sydney to assist in the erection of the many buildings needed. Three other carpenters signed the terms of settlement endorsed by JTJ Bean in London on 10 January 1798:
"Terms of Settlement
We whose names are hereunto signed do acknowledge that at our own request we have offered ourselves as settlers to go to New South Wales with our families on the following terms:
- To have a passage found and our families to be victualled by Government during the voyage.
- On arrival in the colony to have a grant of 100 acres of land at Port Jackson, or 50 acres at Norfolk Island.
- To be victualled and clothed from the public stores for the term of 12 months after being put in possession of our respective allotments, and to be allowed the labour of two convicts (maintained by Government) for the same term; after which we and our families are to be of no further expense to the Crown.
- To have the same proportion of stock, seed, grain and agricultural tools as have been furnished to other settlers, together with such other assistance as the Governor may judge proper to afford us.
In witness whereof we have hereunto set out hands on the day above written.
James Thomas John Bean
Having signed the terms of settlement arrangement were put in place 'as directed by the Duke of Portland' to have the Lords Commanders of His Majesty's Treasury to have the Commissioner of the Navy organise accommodation for the four families on the HMS 'Buffalo', which was being readied, together with HMS 'Porpoise' to sail to New South Wales later that year to replace HMS 'Supply'.
Toward the end of 1798 the 'Buffalo' set sail under the command of William Raven. They called at the Cape of Good Hope to take on board 66 head of cattle. They arrived in Port Jackson on 3 May 1799 and landed the cattle, tools and hardware. There were no supplies of bedding or clothing however, which were badly needed at the time.
It is interesting to note that although the ship was called the 'Buffalo' its figurehead was the carved figure of a kangaroo.
James had 12 acres cleared and a further 12 acres were in wheat and maize. He had 1 sheep, 5 goats, 8 hogs and a family of 7 living off stores.
James, with his wife and children struggled to make a living on his grant to the south west of the Government farm at Castle Hill. Reverend Hassall employed him at his old trade, carpentry, and paid him in foodstuffs.
James also joined the Loyal Parramatta Association, a volunteer armed militia, where in exchange for military duty, he obtained provisions to supplement the meagre farm harvest.
In 1803 the Bean and Bradley family had their farmhouses 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, including Rose Bean. The following is an extract from the Sydney Gazette Sat 5 Mar 1803:
'Fugitives on Tuesday, the 15th untimo, Fifteen Labouring 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. Declamb, which they ransacked, and stripped of many articles of plate, wearing apparel, some fire and side arms, provisions, spitiruous and vinous liquers, a quantity of which they drank or wasted in the house. They next proceeded to the farm houses of Bradley and Bean, and 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. robbers raped his 17 year old daughter Elizabeth] Resistance was to no avail, for their rapacity was unbridled. Numerous other delinquencies were perpetrated by this licentious banditti, whose ravages, however, could not long escape the certain dread of justice. Two of the depredators were taken into custody upon the second day after their flight near the , by 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 Declamb; as were also two muskets. On the following day 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 desperados were secured, by a party of Military and Constables, between 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'
'Thirteen of the men captured were cast for death but three only were left for execution. They were sentenced on 19 March 1803, taken to Parramatta by boat and on 23 March were taken to Castle Hill for the hangings. Two of the prisoners were permitted to cast lots for a reprieve. Patrick McDermott won the reprieve and Patrick Gannon was hanged. Francis Simpson was considered the most notorious of the group and was not allowed to take part in casting lots for a reprieve. He was hanged and died 'hardened and unrepentant'.
• Occupation. carpenter
• connection. 607 Lynnette Steward 's connection to me is as follows:
Lynette Coomber (1951) married ? Steward
Her father was William Coomber (1921)
His father was Albert Coomber (1914)
His father was Albert Coomber (1884)
His father was James Coomber (1846) who married Susanah Evans (1849)
Her father was James Evans (1801) who married Sarah Dunn (1811)
Her father was Thomas Dunn (1776) who married Rose Bean (1785)
Her father was James Bean (1753) & he also had James Bean (1788)
He had Lucy Bean (1897) who married Phillip Collett (1819)
They had Arthur Collett (1848) who married Rebecca Sutherland (1858)
Her father was John Sutherland (1829) & he also had Elizabeth Sutherland (1863) who married John Nicol (1844)
They had Helen Nicol (1889) who married George Davies (1894)
He had Colin Davies (1925)
He had me - Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)
• Death Certificate Number: Reg# 762 Or 782 Vol 23, Pg 123 Pre. 1856.
James married Elizabeth (Betty) Taylor on 6 Feb 1780 in St James, Piccadilly, London England. (Elizabeth (Betty) Taylor was born in 1754 in England UK, died on 2 Oct 1818 in Parramatta, Sydney, NSW Australia and was buried on 4 Oct 1818 in Deveonshire St Cemetery, Sydney, NSW Australia But Reinterred @ La Perouse, Sydney, NSW Australia.)