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Dr William Beanes

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Dr William Beanes

  • Birth 24 Jan 1749 Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
  • Death 12 Oct 1828 Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
  • Burial Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
  • Memorial ID 4295

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.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 6 Jan 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4295
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr William Beanes (24 Jan 1749–12 Oct 1828), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4295, citing Beanes Cemetery, Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .