History of Bucks
County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
MRS. J. WARREN PAXSON
MRS. J. WARREN PAXSON, of Solebury township, is descended from the well know BEANS family of Bucks county, being a great-granddaughter of Nathan BEANS, who at one time was the owner of a clock that is now in possession of Mrs. Phillips. It was made for him by Seneca LUKENS, of Horsham, Pennsylvania, in 1787.
Stephen BEANS, son of Nathan Beans, was born March 8, 1776, in Warminster township, Bucks county, but after attaining his majority removed to Northampton township, where he was engaged in farming for many years. He however, returned to Warminster township and located in Johnsville, where he died on the 20th of August, 1866. He married Nancy RAMSEY, and their son was Robert BEANS, who was born in Northampton township, March 28, 1818. In early manhood he learned the wheelwright trade and opened a shop in New Hope about 1840. In 1842 he removed to Richboro, where he remained for a year or two and then established his home at Johnsville, where he owned and conducted an extensive machine shop which became one of the leading industrial concerns of the locality, furnishing employment to twenty or more men. He was an accomplished mechanic, and patented a mowing machine. He was very active in business life, a man of keen discernment and unfaltering enterprise as well as unblemished integrity, and through the capable management of his affairs acquired a handsome competency. He always voted with the Republican party, giving stalwart support to the cause, and was a recognized leader in its local councils, and, in fact, his influence extended to political circles in the state. He was at one time a candidate for state senator, and although his district was strongly Democratic he was defeated by a very small vote, running far ahead of his ticket. He served for a number of years as justice of the peace, and was one of the highly esteemed and influential men of his locality. He married Miss Ann CARVER, who was born in Northampton township, December 9, 1818, a daughter of Robert and Mary (SMITH) CARVER. Her father was a prominent farmer of Northampton township, and was a son of Joel and Ann (SMITH) CARVER. Robert and Ann (CARVER) BEANS became the parents of five children, of whom four are living: Mrs. Carrie R. B. PAXSON; Annie E., the wife of Frank A. PHILLIPS, assistant cashier of the Lambertville National Bank of Lambertville, New Jersey; Mary C., wife of Watson K. REEDER, of New Hope, Bucks county; and Alice, wife of Milton WOOD.
Mrs. PAXSON spent her girlhood days in her parentsí home, and her early education, acquired in the common schools, was supplemented by study in the State normal school at Millersville, from which institution she was graduated with the class of 1875. In 1863 she began teaching, and followed that profession with splendid success in the district schools for twelve years. In 1879 she gave her hand in marriage to J. Warren PAXSON, a son of Abraham and Evelina (WALTON) PAXSON. His father was born July 17, 1802, in Solebury township, where his entire life was passed. He was in ill health for a long time, and died when comparatively a young man.
J. Warren PAXSON was born in Solebury township on the farm where he now resides, his natal day being June 25, 1845. He was here reared, and the common schools afforded him his educational privileges. In 1863 he enlisted for three months service in the Union army, and returned to his home at the end of that time in very poor health, so that for three years he was under the doctorís care, and for a long time little hope was entertained for his recovery. After regaining his health he worked on the farm of his father until 1876, when he and a brother purchased the old homestead, which they farmed together until 1879. In that year Harvey PAXSON assumed the management of the home place, and J. Warren PAXSON removed to his late home, where he and his wife thereafter resided. For several years he was engaged in the undertaking business. He was a cabinet-maker and carpenter by trade, and followed these pursuits occasionally. Mr. PAXSON was a Republican in his political views, and belonged to the Friendsí meeting. Both Mr. and Mrs. PAXSON represent old families of Bucks county, and have enjoyed the high regard of a large circle of friends. J. Warren PAXSON died suddenly of heart trouble on June 27, 1905.
Test taken from page 349-350 of:
Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III
Transcribed March 2002 by Joan Lollis of IN. as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html
Published March 2002 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb pages at www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/