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Ann "Nancy" Bean Howard
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Birth: Dec. 18, 1791
Beantown (Charles County)
Charles County
Maryland, USA
Death: Sep. 12, 1836
District Of Columbia, USA

Ann (Haney, Nancy) came from a family whose history is less clear than that of the Howards, but which apparently was also well-to-do. The family name is variously and indiscriminately spelled Bean, Beans, Beane, Beanes, Bayne, and Baynes. The name appears in Maryland as early as 1634, the year of the first settlement. Her line of the family was started by Christopher Beans, a Scotsman, who settled in Calvert County in 1671. It was his great grandson, Dr. William Beanes, who was the physician who had gotten himself arrested by the British after they had burned Washington and whom Francis Scott Key had gone to rescue. Dr. William Beanes, a resident of Prince George's County, has been called 'the incidental cause' of the Star Spangled Banner.
The Beans were active on the side of the colonies in the Revolutionary War. The "DAR Patriot Index" lists George Bean (1723-1797), a John Bean (most probably Ann's father who, with her mother, died when Ann was an infant), and an Alexander Bean (relationship not known), all from Maryland. Heitman lists a Colemore Bean (probably her uncle). A William Beaner (sic) sold land in Prince George's County in 1792 to the new capital city. George Bean bought land in Washington in 1805. Colmore Bean manumitted two slaves and was an ensign in the Militia of the District of Columbia in 1812, taking his oath before Joseph Cassin, both of who were in the same Masonic Naval Lodge No.4. The name Bean is common in Washington directories.
The parents and ancestry of Ann (Haney, Nancy) Bean were a mystery until Spring 2000 when WEHIII contacted Bill Bean, genealogist of Clan McBean of North America and found an Ann Bean who was the daughter of recently deceased parents, the father of whom was named John. John Eager Bacon recognized that there was a connection between Ann and J. Richard Bean (b. about 1700; d. about 1776) who owned property in both Prince George's County and Charles County. John Bean was Ann's father and J. Richard Bean was her grandfather.
In a letter dated 29 March 1970 to "Cousin Ruby" (Ruby Eliot Howard), Polly Kelleher (Lilly Howard Pollard, daughter of Addie Pigman) who had done extensive genealogy on the Howard family in the 1970s wrote: "She is named as Haney at Christ Church where she married William Thomas. She is Ann in the Howard bible, which Dorothy (Hebert) Pigman has. She is Nancy in the will of William Thomas." She also says later in the letter: "The will of William Thomas Howard was witnessed by Clement T. Coote and Benjamin Beane. A George Beane was also an appraiser of the estate. " WEHIII Note: Ann was probably reared by her uncle, George and his wife, Ann, at "the Ridge" in Washington , DC with her new family and stepbrothers treating her as their sister. The relationship to Coote remained a mystery until it was recognized that not only was he was a fellow Mason of William Thomas Howard, but he headed all the Masons in Washington DC. Ann (Haney, Nancy) had a brother, Benjamin, but he died 15 May 1820, before William Thomas Howard signed his will in 1832.
Haney Bean Howard was moved in Oct 1852 to Range 52, Site 3.
Note by WEHIII: Ann (Haney, Nancy) Bean's son, William Edwin Howard and her daughter Mary Ann Howard were married to Hannah Elizabeth McCauley (15 Nov 1838) and Samuel Bacon, Jr, (9 Oct 1838) respectively, within about three weeks of each other at Christ Church by Rev. Bean who was a nephew of Ann (Haney, Nancy) Bean. This Rev. Henry Henson Bean. Jr. also married Peter F. Bacon and Elizabeth C. Clark on 25 Jan 1838.
Ann Bean is not listed in the household of her husband in the 1820 DC census (?).
1834: A Mrs. Thomas Howard, lived at NW corner of 3rd St. east and N South. 
 
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 Parents:
  John Bean (1730 - 1789)
 
 Spouse:
  Thomas William Howard (1779 - 1832)*
 
 Children:
  George Thomas Howard (1814 - 1866)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Congressional Cemetery
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Range 52, Site 3
 
Created by: Bill Howard
Record added: Sep 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76776506
Ann Nancy <i>Bean</i> Howard
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