Thanks very much Sylvia – all very much appreciated. You’ll probably have seen from a
couple of my other posts that there were two Richard Bean’s – father was the Bazaar
Sergeant and son was the Apothecary so your assumptions were very much correct.
Sadly still no progress on finding his date of birth which will have been either 1877 or
1888, possibly in Wetherby, Yorks.
Nick Lahey-Bean FRICS
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From: Sylvia Murphy [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 20 December 2015 21:27
To: Nick Lahey-Bean <nick(a)abacusrealestate.biz>; INDIA(a)rootsweb.com
Subject: Re: [INDIA] Richard Bean c 1788 - 1850
I very much concur with Tim about the strange reference to "Assistant
Apothecary" - this certainly does not fit with either a career in HM 53rd regt or as
a Bazaar Sergeant for the EIC. (However, I have not checked these records)
I do not believe that there are any records among those you seek, which would include
RIchard Bean's date of birth, though it is possible that in due course you may be able
to get back to a parish.
Anyway, in your shoes I would turn my research towards his transition from HM Army to the
EIC. His role as Bazaar Sergeant should, I think, place him on the unattached list for
the Bengal Army and you will be able to trace him through the muster rolls. To do this,
you will either need to visit the BL, or order up the relevant LDS microfilms, or employ a
researcher to do the work. Eventually you will find when he transferred from HM 53rd to,
probably, an EIC Regiment, and which one.
The above course of events commonly happened when a soldier married or had children by a
locally born girl in India and wanted to stay in the country when his regiment returned
home (or went elsewhere). This may also have been 'forced' if the regiment would
not allow the soldier's new family to travel on the strength.
Oh, regarding his earlier career with HM 53rd, the muster rolls for this will be at Kew,
information is likely to be very scanty. (But you may know this already as you know that
he attested in Carlisle in 1804).