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I am trying to ascertain if my Bean line was once McBain. Certain members of my family claim this as fact; however, I have yet to see a primary source which shows this transition. The earliest proven ancestor in Monroe Co., WV, is William Bean, b. ca 1792, who married Rachel Wiseman. There was a William McBain in Greenbrier County who married a Lettice Trop on April 30, 1798 and who was granted 100 acres on Sinking Creek in 1795. Some suppose that he came from Giles County prior to this (ca 1762 - land grant). Then this McBain disappears from Giles ca 1805 and a William Bean (age 12) appears as an indentured servant in Monroe County in 1804 (as well as his brother, John, the same year, age 13) - and to top al of this off, a William McBean appears in a chancery law suit (vs. Jeconias Cooper) in Monroe County in 1804. The dates all fit; however, members of my family also state that William (the ind. servant) was the son of William McBain and Sarah Bane. I am trying to figure out if there was more than one William McBain in Greenbrier in ca 1790-1800. It seems quite natural that McBain changed to Bain, then Bane, and then Been and Bean. I doubt it ever went the other way around, where a McBain would have dropped the "Mc" part, becoming Bean, and then adding it again later. Are there any descendants out there who are related to WIlliam McBain and Lettice Trop ? Thanks, Vickie