History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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BANES FAMILY. The BANES/BEANS families of Bucks county are descended from the old Yorkshire family of Baines, the main branch of which have resided at Baines Hall, Knowesthorpe, Yorkshire, for over seven hundred years. According to BURKE the founder of the Yorkshire family came from Scotland and located in Yorkshire in 1182, and they as well as the BAYNE, BANE, and BEAN families, of Scotland, representatives of whom have found their way to America at different periods since 1650, claim descent from DONALBUM, son of DUNCAN, King of Scotland, and brother to Malcomb CANMORE, with whom and his son he several times contended for the throne of Scotia, and has been immortalized by Shakespeare in "Macbeth."

The Yorkshire family of BAINES have been knighted at several different periods and has produced many famous men. Sir Edward BAINES, M. P., the owner and editor of the Leeds Mercury a century ago, and whose descendants still edit the paper, and his distinguished brother, Hon. Mathew BAINES, M. P., were of this family. Among the earliest converts of George FOX in Yorkshire were Joseph and William BAINES, of Stangerthwaite. The former, born in 1633, became a landholder in Bucks county in 1683, and through his daughter Hannah, wife of Daniel JACKSON, to whom he conveyed five hundred acres of land in Buckingham township in 1699, has descendants in Bucks county at this day.

The pioneer ancestor of the family- of the name of Bucks county was Mathew BAINES, of Weyersdale, Lancashire, supposed to have been the son of William BAINES, the convert above mentioned. Mathew BAINES, of Wyersdale, husbandman, was married at Lancaster Monthly of Friends, England, 10 mo. 22, 1672, to Margaret HATTON, daughter of William HATTON, of Bradley, Lancashire, and the records of that meeting show the birth of four of their childr

Mathew BAINES sailed for America with his family, but he and his wife and possibly two of their children died at sea. On the arrival of the vessel in which they sailed at Chester, the two children Eleanor and William were taken in charge by Friends, and the records of the orphans' court held at Chester, 1 mo. 6, 1687, show that Francis LITTLE, probably a fellow passenger, was directed to pay over to John SIMCOCK and Thomas BRASSE, trustees, to William and Ellin BAINES, the sum of twenty-eight shillings in his hands. The date of the court minute being old style, was probably March 6, 1688, as indicated by the following letter of Phineas PEMBERTON written to John WALKER of Lancashire, from which it would seem that Mathew BAINES carried a letter to James HARRISON, of Bucks county, one of PENN"S commissioners, and father-in-law of Phineas PEMBERTON, called by- Logan, the "Father of Bucks County," or that one had been sent to Harrison in his behalf. The letter is as follows:"Pennsillvania, fron ye ffalls of Dellaware, in ye County of Buckes, the 13th day of ye 1st Mo., 1688:My very deare love to Hen: Coward & his wife, I recd. his letter to father, concerneing Mat: BANES but have not time now to write him how: He died att sea & desired father in Law might have the tuition of his children but father died before the children came in: however I went to see after them, they inclined to stay at Chester County where they landed to wch I was willing p'vided Friends would see after them, els if they would not I told ffriends I would. Ye boy is put out to one Joseph STIDMAN who is said to be a very honest man.

Ye girle is withe John SIMCOCKE & hath 40 or 50s. wages per annum. The boy is to be with sd. STIDMAN until he comes to ye age of 20 yeares wch is ye customary way of putting forth orphans in these partes. My deare love to friends att Lancaster Remember me if thou hast opportunity to Judith HUNTER and to old Tho. RAWKINSON if living.""Phinehas PEMBERTON."Elinor BANES, the daughter, married 7 mo. 26, 1694, Thomas DUER, of Bucks county, where are left numerous of their descendants. In the DUER family bible is found the record of the birth of the three eldest children of her brother William BANES.William BANES, probably soon after the termination of his term of service with Joseph STEDMAN, married and located in Southampton township, Bucks county, where a tract of land is marked with his name on an early survey, though no deeds appear of record to or from him. He died prior to May 23, 1729, when letters of administration were granted on his estate. His widow Elizabeth, maiden name unknown, survived him many years, her will dated December 27, 1768, being probated September 16, 1771.

The children of William and Elizabeth BANES were ten in number, and as follows: 1. Joseph Beans, born September 24, 1708, died 1771, married May 7, 1733, Esther Evans, and had children John, James, Mathew, and Seth.2. Mathew BEANS, born December 10, 1709, died in Buckingham township, Bucks county, in April, 1791, married first, May 2, 1734, Margery PAXSON, daughter of Henry, and second, May 18, 1763, Elizabeth, the widow of Edward RICE; had three children by first wife; Jonathan; Ann, wife of Amos WHITE; and David. By the second: Aaron, Elizabeth and Moses.3. James BANES, born about 1711, died July, 1749, was a blacksmith in Southampton, married October 22, 1742, Elizabeth SANDS. Had children: Phebe; Jesse and Elizabeth.4. Timothy BEANS, removed to Solebury in 1738, joined Buckingham Friends' Meeting and married Rebecca PAXSON, sister to his brother Mathew's wife. Removed to Tinicum township in 1755, and in 1783 removed with his family to Fairfax, Virginia.5. Thomas BEANS lived in Southampton township until within a short time his death, in Abington township, Montgomery county, in March, 1792.

He was a large landowner in Southampton, Warminster and Abington. He married April 9, 1739, Jane SANDS, daughter of Richard, and granddaughter of Stephen and Jane (COWGILL) SANDS, and they were the parents of five children: Nathan, born June 3, 1740, died April 5, 1828; Isaac, January 17, 1742; Thomas, born October 3, 1744, see forward; Stephen, born July 8, 1753; and Jane, born December 8, 1758, married Griffith MILES. The family were members of Southampton Baptist Church, where Thomas and Jane were baptized April 15, 1749. Thomas married second November 25, 1.772, Elizabeth HOLLINGSHEAD, who survived him.7. William BEANS removed to Buckingham in 1755, died there May 23, 1811 leaving an only son Joshua, the grandfather of the late Joshua BEANS, Esq., of Doylestown.8. Jacob BEANS, born 1729, died November 13, 1807, in Solebury township. Became a member of Buckingham Meeting in 1745, and married Sarah HARTLEY, by whom he had eight children: Hannah and Rachel, who died young; Joseph; Benjamin; Tamar, married David Newburn: Asenath, married Robert WALKER; Ann, married Benjamin TAYLOR; and Mahlon. Sarah, the mother, died July 29, 1795, and Jacob married, second, Hannah IDEN.9. Elizabeth BANES married November 2, 1749, Richard SANDS, and left numerous descendants.10. Elinor, who died unmarried.Thomas BANES, third son of Thomas and Jane (SANDS) BANES, born in Southampton township, Bucks county, October 3, 1744, died January 23, 1828. He was a member of Captain FOLWELL’S company of Southampton Associators in 1775. He succeeded to the Southampton homestead at the death of his father, and also owned other land in Southampton and Warminster.

His widow Mary died April 7, 1836, at the age of eighty-five years. Their children were: William BANES, born August 4, 1770, died January 1, 1803, married Ann MILES; Samuel P. BANES, married Ann DENNIS and lived and died in Churchville, Southampton; Elijah, see forward; Elizabeth, married Elias YERKES; and Sarah married Thomas B. WORTHINGTON.Elijah BANES, youngest son of Thomas and Mary, born on the old Southampton homestead in 1790, inherited the greater part of it and lived thereon all his life; dying September 10, 1861. He married Ann EVANS, and they -were the parents of nine children: Elizabeth; married William GARWOOD; Margaret C., died in infancy; Jonathan C., died in Moreland in 1897; Isaac D.; Angeline, married Levi ANTRIM; Jane C., not married; Elmira, married John KNOWLES; Gustavus A. B., not married, has visited many of the countries of Europe and all of America; and Dr. Samuel Thompson BANES. Ann BANES the mother; survived her husband and died October 10, 1871.Text taken from p 722-734Davis, William W. H., A. M. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis PublishingCompany, 1905] Volume IIITranscribed June, 2002 by David Burns of as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project,

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