Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Beaneses in:
 • Beanes Cemetery
 • Upper Marlboro
 • Prince George's County
 • Maryland
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Dr William Beanes
Birth: Jan. 24, 1749
Death: Oct. 12, 1828

Patriot. He was a Surgeon to the Maryland Marching Militia and was entrusted in the safe keeping of the Maryland State Records during the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. It was feared that Annapolis would be attacked and burned so the records were sent to Upper Marlboro. Annapolis was spared of invasion during both wars but Upper Marlboro was invaded three times but with no destruction. As one unit was leaving the town two drunken stragglers were seen and out of disgust he arrested them without thinking about the safety of the destruction of the town and records. He was arrested and sent to Baltimore. The townspeople enlisted the help of Francis Scott Key and Colonel John Stuart Skinner in gaining his release. Being successful in obtaining that release, the three were heading back to Upper Marlboro when they witnessed the fiery attack on Fort McHenry. That attack inspired the writing of the Star Spangle Banner by Francis Scott Key. Without the arrest of Dr. Beanes and the loyalty the townspeople had towards him Francis Scott Key would never have been in Baltimore and the Star Spangle Banner would have never been written.
 (bio by: C) 
Family links: 
  Sarah Hawkins Hanson Beanes (1750 - 1822)*
*Calculated relationship
Beanes Cemetery
Upper Marlboro
Prince George's County
Maryland, USA
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 06, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 4295
Dr William Beanes
Added by: Ron Williams
Dr William Beanes
Added by: Ron Williams
Dr William Beanes
Added by: Ron Williams
There is 1 more photo not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- Pat Scherzinger
 Added: Jul. 9, 2015
Rest in peace Dr. Beanes. I hope you are friends with Francis Scott Key in Heaven. You are remembered in the state of MD. God Bless you and the United States of America
- Jen Hlavay
 Added: Jan. 31, 2015

- James Snow
 Added: Oct. 12, 2014
There are 24 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (3.3 after 24 votes)

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service