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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company; Elwood Roberts, Editor.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ABRAHAM S. BEAN, a well-known farmer of Douglass township, was born May 4, 1860, in the township where he now lives. He is the son of John G. and Anna J. (Spear) Bean, who were
born in Providence township, Montgomery county.

John Bean (grandfather), and his wife Elizabeth (Gotwals) Bean, lived in Skippack township, where he was a farmer, and a weaver by trade. He died many years ago, and was buried at the burial ground of the Mennonite meeting house, Skippack. They had nine children: Mary G., Abraham G., Henry, John G. (father); Louis, still living; Susanna, Elizabeth, Katie and Sarah.

Henry Bean (great-grandfather) lived in Skippack township. He built many of the buildings in that township, which are still standing. He was a farmer and is buried in the Mennonite burial ground. The family always belonged to the Mennonite church. The maternal grandfather of Mr. Bean lived at Trappe, where he was a farmer, owning the farm which is now a part of the Pennypacker estate. The Spears are a very old family in the township, but Mrs. Bean is the only surviving member. Mr. Spear married Miss Johnson.

John G. Bean (father) was a farmer in Perkiomen township. By trade he was a wheel-wright, but after following his trade for several years he removed to the farm in Douglass township where his son Abraham now lives. He died there seven years later, in 1891, at the age of seventy-one years, and is buried near his father and grandfather in the burial ground of the Mennonite church at Skippack. His widow is still living with her son, Abraham S. Bean. Mrs. John G. Bean was married (first husband) to Samuel Moyer, and had six children. By her last marriage with John G. Bean she had the following children: Elizabeth B., Anna Catharine, Hannah, Abraham S. and Martin (deceased).

Abraham S. Bean attended school until he was eighteen years of age, and then worked for his father for many years, until he removed to his present home. He married in 1883, Mary daughter of Jessie and Catharine (Alderfer) Whitman, who are still living in Montgomery county. Mr. Whitman is a farmer at Trappe. The children of A. S. and Mary (Whitman) Bean; John (deceased); Flora, Bertha, Mary, Minerva, Annie, Irvin and Clarence (twins), both deceased; Walter, Clarence. All of these children reside with their parents.

Mr. Bean is a Republican in politics. He is a plain, honest farmer, honored and respected by all who know him. He has a good farm and manages it well. The family are members of the Reformed church.

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This family biography is one of more than 1,000 biographies included in the Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania published in 1904 by T. S. Benham & Company and The Lewis Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: Biographical Annals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

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