James Bane

Chapter 2G:  Mordecai and Alexander Bane (Bean), Brothers


NEW FOR 2010

1752 Augusta County, Virginia Survey abstract for James Bean

James Bean Sr. and Jr. in the American Revolution


NEW FOR 2012


Alexander Bane’s 1713 Wedding to Jane Moore

Greater Detailing for Mordecai and Alexander Bane (Bean       


Contents of This Chapter:


(Part 1). Mordecai Bane (born 1680’s to 1747) and family

(Part 2). Alexander Bane ( born ~1688 to 1740+) and family

(Part 3). Who is John Bean of 1702/04 Chester County, Pennsylvania?              


(Part I). Mordecai Bane (~1680’s to 1747) + Naomi Medley (Smedley) + Mary Teague

Mordecai Bane

 Born ~1683 or 1688 England or Inverness Shire, Scotland.   Also reported: 1683 Annan or Annandale, south of Edinburgh, Scotland.^   Proof lacking.

 1st married to Naomi Medley on 29 December 1705 at St. Paul’s Church, Chester County, Pennsylvania

 2nd married to Mary Teague on 8 June 1731, reported at Christ Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  

      Died 1747 at Goshen, Chester County, Pennsylvania

      Immigrated to America: before 1705

      Parents reported to be James Bane (~1650) of Scotland and __


Naomi Medley or Smedley (the surname is questioned to be Smedley, as there is a strong present of Smedleys in the Chester County records.  No Medleys appear in county records near the years of concern. 

      Born ca1683, location not determined

      Died before 1730 at Chester County, Pennsylvania

      Parents unknown


Mary Teague

      Born ca1687

      Died: Last known record as a widow in 1748

      Parents unknown


        2nd Edition: Morphew-Murphy Story, J.R. Murphy, previous update 8 October 2010; this update 29 April 2012.    Much of the Bane material would not be possible without the assistance of David C. Cope – Thank you David.


(I). Spelling of Surname


          Both Bean and Bane spellings appear to be used interchangeably for many years.


(II). James or John Bane of Scotland, Reported to be the Father


Confusion exists on Bane origins.  James Bane is commonly reported as the earliest known Bane.  He was born in Scotland ca1650, possibly at Kirkliston in the Lothian region.  He is reported to have died 1731 Scotland, but this not for sure.   Johnson states that there was a James Bane who immigrated to New Castle County, Delaware in 1688.*    A different record suggests his parents to be John Bane and Elizabeth Clark.  See Part 3 for a John Bean in 1702/1704 Chester County, Pennsylvania.

* A History of Middle New River Settlements by David E. Johnson, 1906, page 379 


Wife’s name is even more problematic.  One listing suggests his wife’s name is unknown.  Another listing states her to be Helen Thompson, who was born ~1661 in Lothian; another suggests Jean Chambers who was born ~1661 in Lothian.  Both are questionable since descendants never named a daughter either Helen or Jean. 


Two Brothers Who Came to America


There are two currently known (presumed) brothers who came to America: Mordecai and Alexander Bane (Bean).  Both will be detailed here.  Please note that Quaker dates prior to 1753 may mark their 1st month as their first meeting of the year.  This could be January, February, or March and is why the month will be numbered in some entries.                         


Date and Events for Mordecai Bane (Bean)


1705 December 29 - Chester County: Mordecai Bane married to Naomi Medley on 29 December 1705 at St. Paul’s Church, Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Archives, by Pa. Secretary of Commonwealth, Pa State Library, 1878.


1709 June 11 - Chester County, Pennsylvania:  Phillip Yarnall of Edgmont, yeoman, and Noel Watkins late of Edgmont, deceased, to Mordecai Bean of Goshen, yeoman, for the sum of 33 pounds did sell but did not convey a tract in Goshen bounded by Limestone Road and by land of Thomas Paschall, containing 100 acres.  Phillip Yarnall, administrator of Noel Watkins, deceased, now conveys to Bean the land where he now dwells.  Signed by Phillip Yarnall.  Delivered in the presence of David Register and John Simcock.  Recorded 13 June 1709. (Bryant 1 - C3:91)

Source notice: “Abstracts of Chester County Land Records” by Carol Bryant, Volume One 1997/1998 from Colonial Roots DCD #107 "Early Records of Chester County, Pennsylvania 1700's-1800.”  This and other sources will be abbreviated after first identifying them.   For instance, the above Bryant (volume) 1 – (Chester County Deed Book C3:91) becomes (Bryant 1 – C3:91) with the county identified at the beginning of the paragraph.


1715 - 1740:  Mordecai Bane (Bean, Bain) has tax records in Goshen Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. from 1715 – 1740, although there could be confusion with his son Mordecai, Jr. in the last years.  Tax records beyond 1740 were not checked.


1716 (27 March) Chester County:  Richard Thomas of the Great Valley, yeoman, son and heir of Richard Ap Thomas (who purchased 5000 acres in the province) and Grace his wife, deeded to Mordecai Bean of Goshen, yeoman.  Whereas the commissioners of William Penn by deed dated 12 July 1703 granted and confirmed to Richard Thomas 2 tracts of land, (part of his said father's purchase) which one tract in Goshen bounded by land lately laid out to Nathaniel Puckley, land late of Thomas Lloyd, deceased, land of John Croxton and land of Evan Jones and Company, containing 1065 acres, recorded in Philadelphia, Book A., vol. 2 page 55.  Now Richard Thomas and Grace his wife for 80 pounds grant to Mordecai Bean a tract of land lying in Goshen bounded by land of Alexander Bean, Thomas Evans and Thomas Haynes, containing 200 acres, part of the 1065 acres.  Signed: Richard Thomas and Grace Thomas.  Delivered in the presence of John Earl, Adam Baker and Henry Atherton.  Recorded 7 August 1748. (Bryant 1 - G7:309)


1730 (11m 7d): Mordecai Bane shows up on the Goshen Quaker marriage record of his daughter Mary Bane to James Burk on 11/7th month/1730 with his children, but not his wife.  She probably was not alive at this date.   


1731 June 8 – Philadelphia County, Pa:  Mordecai married Mary Teague at Christ Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

History of Chester County, Pennsylvania, by John Smith Futhey and Gilbert Cope 1881. 


1734 July 3 – Chester County, Pa:  Mordecai Bean registers a 200 acre land warrant in Chester County; which may be the same as the previous 200 acres above.  No details.

Pennsylvania Land Warrants Register online at Pa. State Archives.


1734 (Fall): He and his second wife, Mary, witness the Goshen MM Quaker marriage of Mordecai Bane Jr.   


1745 Philadelphia County:  The will of Mordecai Bane was written 12th day/6th month/1745 and proven 12/8th month/1747 - Bane, Mordecai of Chester County, Pennsylvania, Yeoman.  Exec and wife: Mary and son Nathan.   Children: Mordecai, Nathan, James, Joseph, Samuel, Isaac, Sarah, Hannah, Rachel, Barbara, Jane, and Mary (Burk).  Entered 27 August 1747.


1748 July 20 - Chester County: Mary Bean (Bane) of Goshen, widow and surviving executrix of the will of Mordecai Bean deeded to Hugh McGlone of the City of Philadelphia, blacksmith.  Whereas Richard Thomas (son and heir of Richard Ap Thomas) and Grace his wife by deed dated 27 March 1716 granted to Mordecai Bean a tract of land in Goshen containing 200 acres.  Mordecai Bean made his will dated 12 August 1745 and (after several bequests and legacies) devised that the executors pay all legacies within 2 years of the death and sell all lands, and appointed his living wife Mary Bean and his son Nathan Bean as executors.  He soon after died.  Nathan Bean has since died.  Whereas Mary Bean for 400.5 pounds, 80 pounds paid now, granted to Hugh McGlone a tenement in Goshen, being part of the 200 acres bounded by land of Joseph Mattack, Alexander Bean and Thomas Evans, containing 170 acres.  Signed: Mary Bane.  Delivered in the presence of John Dixon and John Reily.  Recorded 18 August 1748. (Bryant 3 - G7:311)


1748 July 21 - Chester County:  Release - Mary Bane for 10 shillings releases all dower and third right to the 170 acres to Hugh McGlone.  Signed: Mary Bane.  Delivered in the presence of C. Brockden and Arthur Foster.  Recorded 18 April (Aug) 1748.   (Bryant 3 - G7:313)


1748 November 18 - Chester County: Hugh McGlone of the City of Philadelphia, blacksmith deeded to John Dixon of the same, peruke maker.  Whereas Hugh McGlone is seized in a tract containing 170 acres and did by a deed of mortgage dated 22 July last past grant to William Coleman and James Pemberton of the City of Philadelphia, merchants and executors of the will of Samuel Powell, Jr. late of Philadelphia, merchants, deceased, the 170 acres to secure the payment of 100 pounds recorded in Chester Book G, vol. 7, page 313.  Whereas John Dixon, Mary Bane of the City of Philadelphia, widow of Mordecai Bane, deceased, and Hugh McGlone are bound to William Plunsted, Register General for the probate of wills and granting letters of Administration for the province, the penal sum of 1600 pounds conditioned that Mary Bane, executrix aforesaid, her certain attorney, well and truly administer upon the goods, chattels, rights and credits of the deceased to him belonging and being....   ...the probate and administration make and exhibit to the Register Generals Office of Philadelphia a true and prefect inventory and accurate appraisement of the estate of the deceased on 18 February next.  Now Hugh McGlone for 5 shillings grants to John Dixon a tract in Goshen bounded by the land of Joseph Mattack, Alexander Bane and Thomas Evans, containing 170 acres.  John Dixon shall with all convenient speed sell said land and pay said mortgage monies and other monies to pay, satisfy and discharge the debts and legacies of Mordecai Bane.  Signed: Hugh McGlone.  Delivered in the presence of Robert Levers and Arthur Forster.  Recorded 10 July 1749. ++ (Bryant 3 - G7:470)


Children of Mordecai Bane (Bean) + Naomi Medley (Smedley)

Birth Dates Need Greater Precision


Children of Mordecai Bane (Bean) are Mordecai, Nathan, James, Joseph, Samuel, Isaac, Sara, Hannah, Rachel, Barbara, Jane, and Mary Bane Burk.   These children have only estimated birth dates.  Isaac Bane, Samuel Bane, Rachel Bane, Barbara Bane, Jane Bane and Joseph Bane do not show up in the Goshen Quaker records.


1.  Mordecai Bane Jr., born ~ 1707 and married Mary Cullen in 11/7th month/1734 at the Goshen Quaker Meeting House.  Witnesses to the marriage included in sequence Hannah Bane, James Bane, Mary Bane, Sarah Bane, Nathan Bane, and Mordecai Bane, and earlier on the list Alexander Bane.  There are tax records for a Mordecai Bane in Whiteland Township, Chester County, Pa. in 1734 and 1735.  


2. Nathan Bane, (born ~ 1708 and died by 1748) was said to marry on 27 December 1735 to Mary Cock (Cox, Cook, born 3 August 1711).   Goshen Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania tax records list a Nathan Bean from 1734 – 1747, with tax records not being checked after this date.   On 24 August 1748, Mary Bean became administrix for Nathan Bean.  

Pennsylvania Wills 1682 – 1834 by Colonial Roots, DCD209 


Nathan and Mary Bane have the following children:


(a) Amy Bane, (born __ and died 1 October 1799) married 7th day 12th month 1758 to Nathan Cope (son of John Cope and Charity Jefferis) in 1758 at Goshen, Chester County, Pa.   “Nathan Coope” had requested a certificate in order to marry with Eamy Bane, member of Goshen Monthly Meeting, 19th day 10th month, 1758.


Children Nathan Cope + Amy Bane were:


(i) Sarah Cope (15th day 9th month 1759) at East Bradford, Chester, County, Pa. and died 10 July 1853

(ii) Hannah Cope (9th day 1st month 1762)

(iii) Amey Cope (2nd day 12th month 1763 to 16 May 1846)

(iv) Benjamin Cope (16th day 9th month 1765 to 15 December 1845)

(v) Abigal Cope (6th day 9 month 1767 to 22 March 1823)

(vi) Nathan Cope (22nd day 7th month 1770 to 7 December 1772)

(vii) Deborah Cope (6th day 10th month 1772 to 20 September 1778).  (viii) Charity Cope (23rd day 9th month 1774 to 10 January 1778)

(ix) Edith Cope (11th day 2nd month 1777 to 23 March 1834)

(x) Rebecca Cope (9th day 10th month 1781 to 24 January 1846)

(xi) Ezra Cope (25th day 11th month 1783 to ? Ohio)

Children’s names and dates from David Cope e-mail 4 January 2002; also found in “Early Church Records of Chester County, Volume 1: Quaker Records of Bradford Monthly Meeting,” by Martha Reamy, 1994 on “Early Records of Chester County, Pennsylvania 1700’s to 1800,” by Colonial Roots, DCD 107.   Also, Early Church Records of Chester County, Volume 2 by Charlotte Meldrum and Martha Reamy, 1997, which include Uwchland MM and Goshen MM. as found on Colonial Roots, DCD 107.  


Continued - Children of Nathan and Mary Bane:


(b) Sarah Bane, daughter of Nathan and Mary Bane, married Thomas Hoopes April 28, 1763.


(c) James Bane,” son of Nathan Bane, late of Goshen,” married Ruth Wall, “late of Newberry Township, New York” on 25 April 1765 at the Goshen Quaker Meeting House.  This marriage was witnessed by Alexander Bane, Hannah Bane, Abigail Bane, Deborrah Bane, and others.


(d) John Bane

(e) Abigail Bane


(f) Elizabeth Bane married at Goshen to Daniel Hoopes (son of Nathan Hoopes of East Bradford).  Children are: (i) Mary Hoopes (13 September 1763), (ii) Nathan Hoopes (6 May 1765), (iii) Eli Hoopes (12 December 1766), (iv) William Hoopes (30 September 1768), (v) George Hoopes (6 September 1770), (vi) James Hoopes (1 October 1772), (vii) Joseph Hoopes (5 February 1775-14 March 1775) (Children’s names and dates from David Cope e-mail 4 January 2002)


(g) Deborah Bane, daughter of Nathan Bane and Mary his wife, married Samuel Rea, son of John Rea and Sidney his wife at the Uwchlan Monthly Meeting.  (from Reamy, Volume 2)

* Early Church Records of Chester County, Pennsylvania, Volume, Volume 2, by Charlotte Meldum and Martha Reamy, 1997, pages 79-80.


3. James Bane (Bean) “I” was born ~1716 and married Rebecca McDonald.^^^ 


James Bane + Rebecca McDonald and James Burk + Mary Bane seem to follow similar paths between 1742 and 1760 into Augusta County, Virginia.   Both the spelling of Bean and Bane are found.   

^^^ "Settlers from Delaware River Come to Roanoke and New River," by Patricia Givens Johnson, 1995, page 91.


Virginia Records for James Bane (Bean) “I”

Early years have similar path as James Burk


1742 August - Augusta County, Virginia:  "James Bean" (Bane) is a soldier in Captain George Robinson’s Company in Augusta County, Virginia to fight Indians.  His name on the muster list is next to James Burk (from hand-written original muster list).

1746 November 19 - Augusta County:  He is on a list of people to build a road from the ridge dividing the waters of New River from the waters of South Branch of the Roanoak to end in a road leading over the Blue Ridge.  The name listed next “James Bean” is James Burk.

1751 November 28 -  Augusta County:  James Patten sold to James Bean, 190 acres by patent, on a branch of Peter’s Creek.   Peter's Creek empties into the Roanoke River within the present day city limits of Roanoke, Virginia.   

1752:  Petition of inhabitants from Forks of Roanoke to James Neiley’s:  Majority have to travel 25 to 30 miles to work on ye road from Reed Creek to Warwick.   Petition requests road to be laid off into precincts.  Includes...James Bane

1752 December 20 -  Augusta County: Surveyed for James Bean 95 acres of land in Augusta County, joining land wherein he lives...post of Zackry Lewis....   Surveyor's diagram shows Erwin Patterson's land on his south side.  (Augusta County Surveyor's Record Book #1, page 62)

1753 May 18 - Augusta County:   James Burk deeded 117 acres to James Bane, part of a tract patented to Burk, 20th September 1748, on Goose Creek, Augusta County, Virginia.

1753 November 24 - Augusta County:  Road ordered with William Bryan, overseer, from William Carravan’s plantation to William Bryans on Roan Oak (River).  Workers included – James Bane.

1758 Augusta County:  Military beef and flour provisions were purchased by John Buchanans and Lieut. Joseph McDowel’s company, Augusta County, Virginia.  James Bean sold them 150 pounds of flour for 15 shillings.

1760 July 1 – Cumberland County, North Carolina and Augusta County, Virginia:  James Birk and Lucretia (now) of Cumberland County, North Carolina deeded for 40 pounds to Thomas Walker of Albemarle 100 acres on Goose Creek, William Campbell's line.  Teste: William Ingles, James Bane, Jno Hawkins.  Delivered: Thomas Madison 11 March 1763.

1764 May 16 - Augusta County:  James Bane (Bean) and Rebecca deeded to Thomas Walker, gentleman, for 250 pounds, two tracts: (a) 190 acres on Peter’s Creek, conveyed by James Patton, gentleman, to Bean, 28th November 1751; (b) 117 acres on Goose Creek, a branch of Roanoke, part of 400 acres conveyed by James Burk to Bean, 18 May 1753, delivered: Col. Andrew Lewis, August 1766.

1764 September 5:  William Preston surveyed for James Bane 420 acres on Peter's Creek, line of Griffith and charged 4 pounds, 3 shillings, 4 pence.  

1768 February 2:  Jacob Lorton (x) and Lydia (x) sold to James Bane, for 100 pounds, 560 acres by deed from James Patton, 2 February 1754, on Toms Creek, a pine by the beaver dams; corner Jacob Harmon’s land; corner to the Price’s land.   Tom's creek begins north of and flows west of today's Blacksburg, Montgomery County, and empties into New River. 

1771 Botetourt or Fincastle County, Virginia (former Augusta County): Tithables for Lower District of New River: William Ingles - 3, James Been - 3, John Heaven - 1, Thomas Heaven - 1, Howard Heaven -1, Jacob Shull -2.

1773 Botetourt or Fincastle County:  Tithables for New River to Sinking Creek:  James Been - 1, Howard Heavins - 1, John Heavens - 1, William Ingles -2, John Lucass - 1

1774 Lord Dunmore War: Captain Joseph Cloyd for 24 days: Privates included Jacob Shull (reported to have married Mary Burk, daughter of Joseph Burk and granddaughter of James Burk, Sr.), and James Bean.^

1777 December 2 – Montgomery County, Virginia, established 1776/7:  Letter of William Preston at Smithfield to Col. William Fleming: Discussed was the late success of the American arms; death of Cornstalk; refusal of Captain (Thomas) Burk and his company to take oath of allegiance.    “Price, Bane, Shull and the Heavins are the ring-leaders of the Tories.”  + (2ZZ43)

1779 March - Montgomery County:  At "Clover Bottom on Blue Stone, Indians attacked the James Bane and Mitchell Clay families.  Two men were killed." ^^

1780 July 20: Letter of William Preston to Michael Price, John and Howard Heavin, James Bane, Jacob Shull, John Will, __ Harless, and Joseph Poopickhoover (Poppecaughfer).   Preston refers to the popular feeling against the Tories and proposed they have a conference at his house the following Saturday.  Appended is a memorandum by Preston concerning Tory outrages and threats against his life. + (5QQ41)

1780 July 26:  James Bane, Sr. and James Bane, Jr. of Montgomery County give bond to Thomas Jefferson, Governor of Virginia, for the good behavior of James Bane, Jr. Loyalist.  Witnessed by Robert Hunter and others.  +(5QQ45)

1780 August - Montgomery and Botetourt Counties:  Proceedings of a court for the following persons tried for misbehavior and treason against the state:  (included) Colonel William Ingles, Jacob Shull, Jr., John Heavin and his sons - James and William, Samuel Pepper, James Bane, Sr., James Bane Jr.   + (5QQ73-79)

1781 or 1782:  List of Patriot Captain John Taylor's Company of Montgomery County, Virginia Militia in the American Revolution: (forced draft were) "James Been, James Been, Jr."  ***

1782 Montgomery County, Virginia Tax List: (includes) James Bean – 2 polls, James Bean, Jr. – 1 poll.  **

1789 May 15 - Montgomery County Tax List: James Bean with 8 horses

1789 November 5 - Montgomery County: Will of James Bane gives estate to wife Rebeckah, his daughters Catherine Keen, Mary McDonald, Sarah Smith, and son James Bane.  Witnesses were William McMullen, Joseph McDonald, __, and Dryan McDonale.  Court administration date was not determined.

1790 February 6 - Montgomery County: Appraisement bill of James Bean, Senior, deceased was dated 6 February 1790 and entered into court records 7 April 1790.  This inventory and appraisement of the estate of James Bain, Senior, deceased was delivered to court and ordered to be recorded.  Appraisers were W. Dill, John Stirvant, John Champ.   Included was 7 horses, 8 cattle, 5 hogs, and 8 sheep.  Note on inventory.  Goods and chattles willed to John Godsbyes children; Sarah Godby - one mare, George Godby one mare, and James Godby a filly.  

^" Lord Dunmore;s Little War of 1774," by Warren Skidmore and Donna Kaminsky, 2002, page 165.

*** " Montgomery County's (Virginia) Revolutionary Heritage," by Roby Allizer Roberts, Cambia, Virginia as found on Family Tree Maker's "Virginia in the Revolution and War of 1812, Military Records," on CD by genealogy.com.

** "Virginia Tax Payers 1782-1787," by Augusta B. Fothergill and John Mark Naugle, 1940/1999

+ "The Preston and Virginia Papers of the Draper Collection of Manuscripts (1915)," by the Historical Society of Wisconsin.

^ "Settlers from Delaware River Come to Roanoke and New River," by Patrica Givens Johnson, 1995, page 91

^^ Irish Burks of Colonial Virginia and New River by Patricia Givens Johnson, 1992, page 232.

^^^ A History of Middle New River Settlements, by David E. Johnston 1906, pages 378 – 380.


Children of James Bane (Bean) “II” and Rebecca McDonald


(i) Catherine Bane, who married __ Keen, possibly Michael Keen who is on the 1782 Montgomery County tax list

(ii) James Bane, Jr. (or “II”) lived on Tom's Creek in Montgomery County, Virginia about the time his father died; with one parcel near the foot of Brush Mountain.   Johnson^^^  states James Bane “II” married about 1776 to Bettie Haven, daughter of John Haven of Plum Creek, Montgomery County, Virginia and had 12 children including: (a) Mary Bane, (b) Howard Bane, (c) Colonel James Bane, (d) Annie Bane, (e) Rebecca Bane, (f) John Bane, (g) Jesse Bane, (h) Joseph Bane, (i) Elizabeth Bane, (j) William Haven Bane

(iii) Naomi Bane, who married John Godby on 10 December 1785 at Montgomery County,

          (iv) Sarah Bane, who married __ Smith,

          (v) Mary Bane

          (vi) Edward Bane. (Will from David Cope, e-mail 19 January 2002.)


Children of Mordecai Bane and Naomi Medley - continued


4.   Sarah Bane, born ~1718

5.   Hannah Bane, born ~ 1720

6.   Joseph Bane (ca1710 to ~1800 Virginia) married on 29 May 1741 to Parthenia Ellis and had 5 sons and one daughter.

Charles E. Roseberry – Betty Jean Keister Family of Montgomery and Pulaski Counties, Virginia, by Greg Roseberry, 2002


7.   Samuel Bane (ca1712 to __) married on 22 October 1742 to Elizabeth Sands.

Charles E. Roseberry – Betty Jean Keister Family of Montgomery and Pulaski Counties, Virginia, by Greg Roseberry, 2002


8.   Isaac Bane.  James Burk was appointed administrator of the estate of his brother-in-law, Isaac Bane, deceased, on 18 March 1746 in Augusta County, Virginia.  James Burk was "his greatest creditor."   James Campbell, Ephraim Voss, James Nealy, and Ervin Patterson, or any three of them, were selected to appraise the estate.


9.   Barbara Bane

10. Jane Bane

11. Mary Bane (born ca1710) married James Burk.  The following are Goshen, Chester County, Pennsylvania Quaker records of her marriage which state:



Quaker Marriage of Mary Bain to James Burk

Goshen Meeting House, Chester County, Pennsylvania


20th day/5th month/1730: “According to our last meetings order, James Burk and Mary Bane, the daughter of Mordecai Bane, declared their intentions of marriage before this meeting which is granted for their first appearance.”   From minutes of monthly meeting held at Goshen.


17th day/6th month/1730:  “James Burk and Mary Bane appeared at this meeting and declared that they continue their intentions of marriage with each other, it being the second time and nothing appearing to obstruct their proceeding.  They are left to their liberty to accomplish their said intentions according to good order.  Catherine Hains and Jane Bane are appointed to attend their marriages and so that good order to be kept and make report thereof to our next monthly meeting.”


11th day/7th month/1730:  “Whereas James Burke of Goshen in the County of Chester in the Province of Pennsylvania __ and Mary Bane, the daughter of Mordecai Bane of Goshen aforesaid __ having declared their intention of marriage with each other before two monthly meetings of the peoples __ Quaker held at Goshen __ according to the good order __ among them and having consent of parents and relations concerned their said proposal of marriage was permitted by the said Meetings now thsfo? and to certify all whom it may concern that for the full accomplishing of their said intentions this 11th day of the seventh month in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty they the said James Burk and Mary Bane approved at a public meeting of the said people not together at their public meeting house at Goshen aforesaid and the said James Burke taking the said Mary Bane by the hand did in a solemn name openly declare that he took her and said Mary Bane to be his wife promising with the Lord’s assistance to be unto her a faithful and loving husband until death should separate them and then and there in the said assembly the said Mary Bane did in like manner declare that she took the said James Burk to be her husband promising with the assistance of God to be unto him a faithful and loving wife until death should separate them and moreover the said James Burk and Mary – she according to the custom of marriage assuming the name of her husband as a further confirmation thereof did then and there to __ for their hands and __ names are under written being present at the solemnization of the __ marriage and subscription of witnesses thereunto have also to __ __ set our hands the Day and Year above written:


Thomas Evans            Hannah Evans            James Burk

Aaron James               Elizabeth Evans         Mary Burk

Alexander Bane          Given Williams          * * * * * * *

Robert __                    Mary James                Mordecai Bane

David Davies              E__ Golding               Nathan Bane

__ __                           Elizabeth James          James Bane

Thomas Smedley        Mary __                      Sarah Bane

Thomas Evans            Martha Townsend       Mordecai Bane Jr.

Joseph Townsend       Susanna Parks             Sarah Price

Isaac __                        Rebecca Jones             Hannah James

Thomas Price              Jane __                         Catherine __

Mordecai James         Ruth Jones                   Margaret Aldridge

Richard Jones             Deborah Taylor           Elizabeth Brownard

Joseph Maslach          Mary Woodward        Jane Bane

William Beaunion      Alice Taylor

Isaac __                       Ann James

John __                        Hannah Aldridge       


14/7th month/1730:  “Friends appointed to attend the marriage of James Burk and Mary Bane.  They brought their certificate to be recorded.”



Comment on the Wedding record:  There seems to be no Burkes at the wedding – why?   The older children of Mordecai Bane (born ~1683 Scotland) are listed at the marriage – Nathan, James, Sarah, and Mordecai Jr.  Mary Medley is noticeably absent and may be dead.  One lone dissident voice says her surname should be Smedley.  Take a look at the witness list, but this entry may not be relevant.  There are no Medleys anywhere in the Goshen Quaker records.  Also note that the Quakers do not give Mary Bane’s name as Mary Jane Bane, as indicated by others.


Children of Mordecai Bane and Mary Teague:


1.  Rachel Bane, who married Hugh McGlone on 16 May 1748.   Children: Barbara and Jane.

2 and 3 – daughters of Mordecai Bane and Mary Teague, whose names are ??



(Part 2). Alexander Bane (~1688 to >1740) + Jane Moore

Alexander Bane

Born ~1688 Scotland

Died beyond 1740

Married 4th month, 5th day, 1713 at Merion Meeting House, Lower Merion Township, Philadelphia County (now Montgomery County) to Jane Moore, daughter of John Moore of Blockley.


Jane Moore



Parents: John Moore


Google Books reports the following exists: “Alexander Bane of Chester County, Pennsylvania and His Descendants,” by Ronald D. McAvoy, 1992.  This appears to be out of print and has not been seen.           


1713 Quaker Marriage Record of Alexander Bane + Jane Moore


Whereas Alexander Bane of the Township of Goshen in the County of Chester, Yeoman and Jane Moore, daughter of John Moore of the Township of Blockley in the County Philadelphia Blacksmith? having declared their intentions of marriage with each other - before several monthly meetings of the People called Quakers in the Wels? (Welsh?) Tract whom proceeding therein after a deliberate consideration thereof and having consent of Parents and Relations considered nothing appearing to obstruct  __ approval of by the sayd meetings.  Now those and to certified all whom it may concern that for the full accomplishing of their said intention, this 5th day of the fourth month anno Domis 1713, they the sayd Alexander Bane and Jane More appeared in a Publick meeting of the Sayd People at Merion and the sayd Alexander Bane taking the sayd Jane Moore by the hand did in solemn manner openly declare that he took her to be his wife promising with God’s Assistance to be unto her a faithfull and loving husband until death should separate them and then and there in the sayd assembly the sayd Jane Moore did in like manner declare that she took the sayd Alexander Bane to be her husband promising to be unto him a loving and faithfully wife until death should separate them, and moreover the sayd Alexander Bane and Jane Moore (by according to the custom of marriage assuming the name of her Husband) as a further confirmation thereof did then and there to those presents _ their hands.  And here and now are under written being among others present at the solomization of their sayd marriage and subscription in manner aforesayd as witnessed them unto have also to those presents our hands the day and year above written.


(Column one names) Cato Jones, Jno Roberts, Walter Harbor, William Edward, Isaac Warner, Ellis David, George Asbridge, Math. Roberts, Da__ Jones, Robt Jones, Tho. Jones, Aboll Thomas, Lee Enid of ?,      


(Column two names) Jonan. Cockshaw, David Price, Lewis Fountoy?, Jno Roberts, Robt Roger, Edi William, Robert Roberts, Mows Roberts, Griff. Jones, Da_ Davis, John Jones, Evan Jones, Owen Roger, Wm Musgrave


(Column three female names) Mary Jones, Jane Edwards, Elvia David, Ellen Jones, Hannah Price, Cath. Jones, Sydney Roberts, Elvia Jones, Elisa Jones, Marg Jones Jun. E or C__ Powell, Sarah Spunley, Elvia Evans, Rachell Roberts, Marg William


(Column four names): Alexander Bane, Jane Bane, John Moore, Jane Moore, Mary __, Marg Nicke?, Mary Moore, James U Moore, Rich Moore, Row Moore, Mary Cuetan?, Jno Moore, Jun., Mag? Cuetan?


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Alexander and Jane Bane were active in the Goshen Quaker settlement at Chester County, Pennsylvania.    Alexander and his brother Mordecai Bane lived on adjacent lands and both are listed living in Goshen Township for many years, with Alexander 1715 – 1740.    


Dates and Events for Alexander Bane (Bean)


1711 March 30 and 1711 November 28 - Chester County:  Lease and Release of Richard Thomas of Blockley in County of Philadelphia, yeoman deeded to Alexander Beans of Marion in County of Philadelphia, yeoman.   Whereas the original patent granted to Richard Thomas the father dated 12 July 1703 in Goshen bounded by land of late Thomas Lloyd, John Croxton, Evan Jones and Company and Nathaniel Puckle containing 1665 acres recorded Philadelphia, Patent Book A. Vol. 2, page 226, on 14 July 1703.  Now for 5.10 pounds, Richard Thomas the son grants a tract lying in Goshen bounded by land late of Evan Jones, Alexander Beans, Richard Thomas, John Haines, and Thomas Bowater containing 200 acres.  Signed by Richard Thomas.  Delivered in the presence of Daniel Humphrey and John Cadwalder, Jacob Taylor and Isaac Taylor.  Recorded 29 November 1711.    (Bryant 1 - C3:208)


1711/ 7th month/ 13th day – Radnor Monthly Meeting: Alexander Bane (is issued a) certificate (for removal) to Chester Monthly Meeting.

Quaker Records: Radnor Monthly Meeting, by James E. Hazard, Volume 7, 2010.


1713/ 3rd month/ 14th day – Radnor Monthly Meeting: Alexander Bane produced a certificate from Springfield Monthly Meeting to marry Jane Moor.

Quaker Records: Radnor Monthly Meeting, by James E. Hazard, Volume 7, 2010.  


1713/ 4th month/ 5th day) - Philadelphia County: Alexander Bane married Jane Moore at the Lower Merion Meeting House.   Radnor Monthly Meeting confirms this


1726 April 2 - Chester County: Estate of David William to be administered by Alexander Bane. (Bryant 1 - A 439)


1730: Both appear at the Quaker marriage of James Burk to Mary Bane, daughter of Mordecai Bane. 


1732 May 12 - Chester County: "Alex Bane" is a witness to the will of Joseph Collins. Wills of Chester County 1713 – 1748 by Joseph Martin, from Early Records of Chester County, Pennsylvana1700’s to 1800 by Colonial Roots, DCD 107.  (A 439)


1734:  Alexander witnessed the Quaker marriage of Mordecai Bane Jr. to Mary Cullen at Goshen.  His wife Jane was not a witness this time


1748 July 22 – Chester County: Hugh McGlone of City of Philadelphia, blacksmith deeded to William Coleman and James Pemberton a tract in Goshen bounded by land of Joseph Mattacck, Alexander Bane and Thomas Evans.  (Bryant 3 – G7:313)


1748 October 5 - Chester County: Alexander Bane was a witness to the will of Henry Collins of Goshen.  This could be his son Alexander Bane, Jr.  (Martin - Chester County Wills C 388). 


Children of Alexander Bane and Jane Moore, per Goshen Quaker Records and information from David C. Cope via Gilbert Cope books.

Early Church Records of Chester County, Volume 2 by Charlotte Meldrum and Martha Reamy, 1997, which include Uwchland MM and Goshen MM. as found on Colonial Roots, DCD 107. 


          1.  Jane Bane was born 29th day/5th month/1714 and died 4th day/3rd month/1777.*    Jane married on 8 September 1734 at Goshen MM to Jonas Chamberlain (__ to 8d 9mo 1771), an emigrant who settled in Sadsbury, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.    Jonas Chamberlain + Jane Bane had 9 children as reported by Gilbert Cope including (a) Joshua Chamberlain, (b) Hannah Chamberlain, c) Jane Chamberlain, (d) Mary Chamberlain, (e) Jonas Chamberlain, (f) Joseph Chamberlain,  (g) William Chamberlain, and two more reported.  


2.  Mary Bane was born 26th day/9th month/1715.*   Quaker records definitely state this Mary is the daughter of Alexander Bane.    From David Cope: The following may or may not be our Mary:  “Mary Beans  married on 1 January 1745 Old Swede Church, New Castle County, Delaware to Elias King.   King could be same person in New Castle County, Delaware.


3.  William Bane was born 19th day/8th month/ 1717* and married on 1 February 1747 at Old Swede Church, New Castle County, Delaware to Margaret Evans.    

David C. Cope, email courtesy 15 April 2012.  


Nothingham Township, Chester County, has tax records for William Bane in 1739, 1740 and in 1747, he is listed for E. Nothingham Township.   Chester County Will of Thomas Evans of Goshen (20 June 1765/25 March 1766) gave to daughter Margaret, wife of William Bane, clock and case and 50 pounds money.   Goshen Quakers record the following children.* 


(i) Alexander Bane (18th day/3rd month /1747 to 7th month 1765)

(ii) Thomas Bane (11th day/5th month/1749 and buried 29/6th/1769?)

(iii) Elizabeth Bane (1st day/5th month/1751) married Jonathan Hoopes, son of Nathan and Margaret Hoopes of East Bradford.

(iv) William Bane (3rd day/4th month/1753)

(vi) Jesse Bane (19th day/3rd month/1755)

(vii) Nathan Bane (11th day/5th month/1757 and 20/4th/1759)

(viii) Abner Bane (1st dau/8th month/1761)

(ix) Jane Bane (15th day/12th month/1763)

(x). Jonathan Bane has a separate entry stating son Jonathan died 4th month of 1765, but source not identified.

(xi) James Bane (8th day/8th month/1766).


Continued: Children of Alexander and Jane Bane:


4.  Catharine Bane was born 5th day/8th month/1719.*   Married to __ Elliot in 1738 at Goshen Meeting House (courtesy of Rosalie Elmore e-mail 1/2003)


5.  Alexander Bane (Jr.) was born 17th day/9th month/1721.*


6.  Daniel Bane was born 5th day/11th month/1723*    He married 12 June 1747 at Old Swede Church – Delaware to Mary Meredith.  Gilbert Cope bio (pg 655) shows  children (a) David Meredith Bane/Bean (died 1754 Whiteland) who married Sarah Rush, daughter of William Rush, and (b) Mary Bane  


* Early Church Records of Chester County, Pennsylvania, Volume, Volume 2, by Charlotte Meldum and Martha Reamy, 1997, page 79-80.  This includes Goshen Monthly Meeting and Uwchland Monthly Meeint


 (Part Three). Who is John Bean of 1702/1704 Chester County?


          A single entry has been found for a John Bean.  So far, nothing else is known about him.  This entry is a Pennsylvania land patent in Chester County, dated 4 April 1704 for 508 acres registered to John Bean.  Warrantee was dated first to John Richard on 2 August 1684 and then to John Bean on 6 April 1702. ^^     This writer questions if this land was in old Philadelphia County (today's Montgomery County) and more information might be found there.


          Tracking the original Richard(s) is probably no help, but a 1705 Chester County deed stated John Richard(s) of Lantrysaint, Glamorgan County, Wales, a tailor, had 200 acres surveyed in Merion on 1 August 1684.  Upper and Lower Merion are nearby in today's Montgomery County.  This deed further stated Richard(s) had "no issue" and had a Chester County brother by the name of Lewis Richards. ** (B2:9)

^^ Patent Index 1684-1781, A2, page 664 - found online at Pennsylvania State Archives Land Records under warrantees

++  Abstracted Chester County Land Records by Carol Bryant from Colonial Roots DCD #107 " Early Records of Chester County, Pennsylvania 1700's-1800.