Hi Colleen, Good hearing from you.In fact, glad you did as I had comments on past BEAN inquires that I didn't know that I had. I haven't done much on the BEAN's for the past year, but your inputs could have some validity. My JOSHUA BEAN could have been born in China; as I have a brother listed as being born in China. In Fact, it makes sense as why would Joshua's parents live in Dixmont in 1803 (Joshua's birth), move to China about 1812(John's birth) and then move back to Dixmont.Here is what I have: Children of BEAN UNKNOWN 1. JOSHUA b 1803 Dixmont, ME; d 10 Oct 1889; Buried South Etna, ME; m int Etna, ME 12 Dec 1830 Louisa Varney b 1812 Monville, ME; d 1861; dau of Soloman Varney b 1772; d 1842 and Rebecca Unknown b 1781; d 1857. Joshua was a laborer in 1850. 2. JOHN b b 3 Feb 1812 China, ME; d 1885 and buried in Etna, ME Cemetery; m1 20 Feb 1838 Etna, ME Sarah Unknownd 10 May 1852 Etna, ME; m2 19 Apr 1853 Dixmont, ME Charlotte Amod Woodworth b 1818; d 1899 and buried in Etna, ME Cemetery.
Children of JOSHUA BEAN 1. GEORGE b 10 Dec 1833 Etna, ME; d 20 Aug 1875 Dixmont, ME 2. REBECCA V. b 1836 Dixmont, ME; m Parris Ficket 3. SARAH P. 1839 Etna, ME m Pooler 4. ORRISANNA b 1843 Etna, ME; m Parris Fickett 5. FREDERICK AUGUSTUS b 14 Aug 1845 North Dixmont, ME; m Mary Elizabeth Sawyer.
The line I'm pursueing is though Fred Augustus.
My references are North Dixmont Cemetery, Penobscot Co. by Lord (1942); Vital Records of Etna, ME to 1892; Dixmont Census 1850; Maine State Marriage Records (state.me.us)
I would love to resolve this and will revitalize my focus and maybe we could work together. I don't know whether you are in the area, but I will be going to the Bangor area and could spend some time looking beyond what we have. I also have access to the Historical Society and Portland Public Library in Portland. Give me some ideas and avenues to pursue. Also there is some indication that Joshua's parents might have come to the Dixmont, Etna, China area from Gilmanton, NH. There were other familis in the Dixmont area that came from the Gilmanton, Middleton, NH area.
If anyone else wants to weigh in on this, be my guest - can use all the help possible.