Thanks for your reply Joanne. My inquiry is a long shot. My ancestors were Ann Allison and her son Joseph Beans Allison, botn out of wedlock in Histon, Cambridge, in 1811. I suspect his father may have been a Mr Bean(s)and am exploring that possibility even though I'll probably never prove it. I'm particularly interested in any Beans who may have been living in the area at the time as well as the towns going south into Cambridge itself.