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Lewis Bean Archaeology Site, York, Maine


In 1997 and 1998 Archaeological Research Consultants, Inc., of Ellsworth, Maine, carried out phase one and phase 2 excavations at the Lewis Bean Site in York, Maine, prior to construction of a new Shop N Save Supermarket. Excavations directed by Emerson Baker of Salem State College revealed the  remains of a house built before 1695 and taken down in 1757. 
Bean site

Probate Inventories for the Bean Family
    Lewis Bean Sr. probate, 1677
    Lewis Bean Jr. probate, 1721
    John Bean, probate, 1740
    Jeremiah Bean probate, 1757
    Original Manuscript of Lewis Bean Jr.'s 1721 inventory

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Probate Inventories for the Bean Family

In 1669 the Town of York granted a fifteen acre parcel of land to Lewis Bean, who had probably recently arrived in town. The family would continue to own the property until 1813. Probate inventories survive for the first four of Beans: Lewis, his son Lewis Jr., grandson John, and great-grandson Jeremiah Bean. Although the location of Lewis Sr.'s house is unknown, his son and grandson occupied the same house - the one that was the focus or excavation. It was built before 1695, and taken down by 1757.


Lewis Bean Sr. probate inventory, 1677

Lewis Bean Jr. Emigrated to York from England, or perhaps Scotland. He first appears in the records in 1668. He was killed in an Indian attack while he was tending his fields, on April 7, 1677, one of the last raids of King Philip's War.

York County, Maine, Registry of Deeds, Volume V, folio 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                           : 26: June 1677

 

 

 

An Inventory of the Estate of Lewis Bean Deceased, taken and apprised by us

whose names are here underwritten/

              

     s

d

Impres.  45 Acres of Land 20₤ foure Cows 12₤

32

0

0

It 3 Heffers of three year ould 50s a peece

7

10

0

It too yeareling Heffers 30s, one yeareling steare 15s

2

5

0

It Too Calfes 10s, one horse 40s one ould sow 20s

3

10

0

It 5 shoats 25s 2 yarne potts 12s 2 pewter dishes 3s

2

0

0

It one Trammel 2s, 50 lb of Cotton wool at 30s

1

12

0

It 7 Gallons of Rumme 15s, one barrell of Molosses 20s

1

15

0

It 2 axes & a pitch forke 6s, a Prcell of ould yarne 12s

0

18

0

It one broad Cloath Coate 30s

1

10

0

It 7 yds of searge too peyre of stockings, 1 peyr of shooes

1

11

0

It one hat 6s, one Ladle & Skimmer 6s, a smoothing Iron 12d

0

10

0

It Table lining 26s, 2 peyre of sheetes & 2 peyre pillow bears 20s

 

6

0

It Necke Cloathes foure shillings a gould Ring 8s

0

12

0

It one Chest & too hows at 7s

0

7

0

   severall debts due to the Estate if recoverable

4

0

0

 

62

6

0

 

 

 

 

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Lewis Bean Jr. probate, 1721

Born on April 28, 1671, Lewis Jr. was probably the oldest son of the family. He survived the 1692 Candlemas Raid, that saw other family members either killed or taken captive. It was probably soon after the raid that Lewis built the family home that was the focus of archaeological excavations in 1997 and 1998. A captain of the militia, justice of the peace, and coroner for York County, Lewis rose to become one of the leading citizens of York,  before his death at age 50 in 1721.

 

 

 

York County, Maine Probate Records Volume III, folio 75

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

York October 2, 1721

 

 

 

An inventory of ye Estate of Lewis Bean Esqr. Late of Said York Deceased.

 

Both Real & personal Taken and Apprised by us ye Subscribers by order

 

of ye Judge of Probate & of the County of York

 

 

 

 

             ₤

     s

d

Impres. His Wareing Cloths

20

0

0

His Dwelling House & Barn

190

0

0

His orchard & about two Hundred Acres of Land

 

 

 

belonging to ye homestead upon ye North East Side of ye

 

 

 

Highway at ₤650

650

0

0

To ten acres upon ye Lower Side of said way

40

0

0

Seventy Acres at a place in sd York called Scituate

 

 

 

plains with ye meadow etc.

117

0

0

To ten acres of Meadow upon ye Northwest side

 

 

 

of Agamenticus Hills

5

0

0

Ten acres of Meadow upon ye SE side of Sd Hills

8

0

0

Ten or Eleven acres of Meadow at ye head of a

 

 

 

Lott of meadow formerly given by ye Town of York

 

 

 

to Jonathan Sayward Deceased

20

0

0

Fifteen acres of land bought that formerly was granted

 

 

 

to Dedivah Hull

30

0

0

One feather bed bedding & furniture

14

0

0

Three Do. with furniture

20

0

0

One Dozen old chairs

1

4

0

Pewter 36s/ three old polls 30s/ two trammels 10s/

3

16

0

One Oval Table 25s/ a Trunck 10s

1

15

0

One Chest of Glassware 10s/ frying pan 11s/

1

1

0

Three small guns

5

0

0

Oxens Tacklin 45s/ old iron 10s/

2

15

0

Three Oxen

15

0

0

2 calves ₤7:00:00/ to 8 cows at 65s ₤26

33

0

0

2 young heifers ₤5/ to 4 at 2 years ₤6

11

0

0

36 sheep ₤14:04/ To 5 Swine young and old ₤2

16

4

0

For his part of ye mill at Scituate

20

0

0

Some old ironwork of a mill

3

0

0

By money John Saywards hands

20

0

0

By money Nathll Donnells hands

4

0

0

1175

15

0

per us, Abram. Preble, Samuel Came, Jeremiah Moulton, Junr.

 

 

 

York, October 3, 1721

 

 

 

 

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Original Manuscript of 1721 inventory


 

 

 


 
John Bean, probate, 1740

Born July 18, 1700, John Bean was the fourth child of Lewis Jr. and Mary Bean.  When his father's estate was divided in 1721, his part of the estate included the family homestead.  John would die May 17, 1740.

 

 

 

York County, Maine Probate Records Volume V folio 215

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Persuant to a warrant to us Directed from ye Honorable John Wheelwright Esq

Judge of ye Probate We the Subscribers have made a perfect Inventory &

 

Apprisement of all & Singular that was shown us ye Goods Chattles Rights

& Credits of Mr. John Bane late of York in yt sd County of York Deceased

 

and is as follows

 

 

 

 

             ₤

     s

d

To the Homestead of both sides of the sd Way containing about

 

 

 

fifty acres of Land, with ye Dwelling House & Barn

720

0

0

To 6 Shares of the Common Lands in York

7

10

0

To one Horse  ₤10 - Three Cows  ₤30 - 2 Heiffers  ₤11

51

0

0

To 1 Calf 50s  fourteen Sheep  ₤16

18

10

0

To wearing apparrell & Books

19

13

6

To the best Bed bedstead Furniture & c

19

11

0

To two other Beds bedstead Furniture & c

22

12

0

To 33 Iron Chains & Clevis

3

16

0

To 1 pr of old Hand Irons 35s a fire Shovel & tongs 17s

2

12

0

To 1 Iron Trammel 13s  1 pr. Pott Hooks 3s

0

16

0

To 1 Small Iron Kittle 10s  1 Iron Pot 20s  1 Old Do. 5s

1

15

0

To 1 Warming Pan 22s  1 Frying Pan 12s 1 old Fork 1s

1

15

6

To 1 Narrow old Ax 8s  1 old Hoe 1/6 1 Box Iron & 2 Heaters 30s

1

19

6

To six black Chains 30s  I case of 11 bottles 40s

3

10

0

To 1 old Table 6s  a pr. Shares 4s  1 wooden salt morter  4/6

0

14

6

To 1 old Candlestick 1/6  a Small Punch Bole 2/6

0

4

0

To 1 Drinking Glass 2s  2 small Craices & other small Glasses 6s

0

8

0

To 5 old knives & 3 forks 4s  4 Earthen Pans 6s

0

10

0

To 2 Earthen Pots 3s  1 wooden Piggen 2/6

0

5

6

To 9 wooden Plates 2/3  2 wooden Dishes 3/

0

5

3

To 1 wooden Platter & a wooden Spoon  1/9

0

1

9

To 8 old Pewter Spoons 5/6  a small Basket 1/6

0

7

0

To 4 Glass Bottles 4s  a Pewter Dial  1s

0

5

0

To 1 Old Spinning Wheel & Iron Spindle &c. 10s  1 old Churn  3s

0

13

0

To 1 Linin Wheel 20s  1 old sive 1/6

1

1

6

To 2 old Hogsheads 10s   2 Powder Horns  2s

0

12

0

To 1 small Box  1/6  1 Dozn.  Pewter Plates 40s

2

1

6

To 6 old Plates 10s  1 Pewter Bason 10s  7 Pewter Platters ₤4:12

5

12

0

893

19

6

York January 14th 1740              

 

 

 

John Sayward, Saml. Simpson, John Bradbury

 

 

 


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Jeremiah Bean probate, 1757

Jeremiah Bean was born about 1737, the only surviving son born to John and Mary Bean. His mother died about 1745, leaving Jeremiah and his sisters as orphans.  The Bean homestesd was probably abandoned at this time, with the children going to live with relatives or court appointed guardians. Thus, Jeremiah's 1757 probate shows only the remains of apparently abandoned homestead.  After Jeremiah's death, his property was purchased at auction by his uncle Jonathan Bean  (the brother of his father, John).

 

 

 

York County, Maine Probate Records Volume IX folio 208-9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A true & perfect Inventory of all & Singular the Goods Chattels Rights &

 

Credits of Jeremiah Bane late of York Deceased taken & apprized

 

 

by us the Subscribers by Virtue of a Warrant from ye Judge of Probate

 

 

in the County of York as was Shown unto us by Mr. James Hubbard one of

the administrators on sd Estate on ye 17th Day of March Anno Domini 1757

as follows vizt.

 

 

 

 

            ₤

     s

d

To his Right in his Fathers Homestead joining to ye Country

 

 

 

Road at ye lower End containing 7 Acres & 60 poles in ye whole @

 

 

₤6:8 per Acre

47

4

0

To his Right or Share in Six Shares in ye Comons in sd. Town

 

 

 

which is one quarter part of his Fathers Share in No. 7 in ye

 

 

 

first division and one quarter part of sd. Share in No. 5 in ye

 

 

 

Second Division in ye Stated Comons so calld and also one

 

 

 

quarter part of his Fathers Share in No. 5 in ye 3 Range of ye

 

 

 

Outer Commons all

3

12

0

To an old Barn Standing on ye homestead valued at

4

8

9

Total

55

4

9

 

 

 

 

Apprized pr. Us Joseph Kingsbury, John Frost

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An additional Inventory of the Estate of Jeremiah Bane lately of

 

 

 

York Decd taken by order of ye Court of Probate as was Shown

 

 

 

to us by Mr. James Hubbard one of Administrators of Sd Estate

 

 

 

 

            ₤

     s

d

To Joyners Tools in ye Hands of Simon Emery vald. At         

 

13

4

To his Wearing Apparel left at sd Emerys

4

2

8

To a promisory Note of ₤7:10 lawful money

7

10

0

12

6

0

Apprised per us Joseph Kingsbury, John Frost, May 26, 1757

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

York County, Maine Probate Records Volume IX folio 253-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Account of Abel Moulton as Guardian for Jera. Bane

 

 

 

(a Minor & Son of John Bane late of York Decd.) of Charges and

 

 

 

disbursements for him Vizt.

 

 

 

To Expenses

22

12

4

Balance due to Abel Moulton

3

10

0

 

 

 

 

By the Income of his Share in his Decd. Fathers Place for 7 Years

9

6

8

By an old House

3

4

0

By the Income of his Share in ye Place above for 8 years

3

6

8

By Mr. Bradbury

0

8

0

By 625 Bricks 10s   By a Further allowance of 20/4

1

10

4

By a further Allowance on Acct. of a Receipt on Record

1

6

8

19

2

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

York County, Maine Probate Records Volume IX folio 259

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

York Febry 13, 1758. James Hubbard one of ye Adminstr to the

 

 

 

Estateof Jeremiah Bane late of York in Said County Deceased

 

 

 

Intestate hereby renders an Acct of what they have recd of Said

 

 

 

Estate besides what was before accoutned for Vizt.

 

 

 

Recd for ye Real Estate Sold by Order of Court                                                                                                                                           

47

4

0

Recd on Acct of his Wages

8

10

4

The amount of the Est. Inventory is

12

6

0

68

0

4

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 Lewis Bean Jr. inventory, 1721.


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