Biography of the Dean Family
Owego, Tioga County, NY Biographies





DEAN. - From Den or Dene has arisen the surname Deane. A Den was the Saxon appellation for a depression or narrow valley below the level of the surrounding country. There are many such depressions in County Devon and Somerset. The name is preserved in Taunton Dean, etc., and the Deanes of that valley showed their pride in that fertile locality by the saying, "Where should I be born else than in Taunton Dean?" The Deanes had lived for centuries in and near Taunton, Somersetshire, England; from which place John and Walter Deane, brothers, emigrated to Taunton, Mass., in 1637. They were made freemen of Plymouth colony in 1638. Walter was prominent in town affairs and a representative to the general court. He was a tanner, and tanning has been carried on by members of the family for many generations. Walter Deane, (1) born in Chard, near Taunton, England, between 1615 and 1620, married Eleanor, daughter of Richard Strong, of Taunton, England. Their third son, Benjamin Deane (2), married 1680-82, January 6, Sarah, daughter of Samuel and Jane (Gilbert) Williams, of Taunton, Mass. Their second son, Benjamin Deane (3), born July 31, 1699, at Taunton, married Zipporah Deane, a greatgranddaughter of John Deane the emigrant. Their second son, Isaac Dean (4), born about 1735, at. Taunton, Mass., married Rachel Staples. In the revolutionary archives in Boston this Isaac Dean appears as corporal and sergeant with service done his country in 1775-1778 and 1779. In this generation the "e"is dropped from the name, though the Deanes of Taunton yet retain the original spelling. Isaac Dean (5), second son of Isaac and Rachel Dean, born 1781, February 12, in Taunton, Mass., moved to Berkshire county and there married Roby, daughter of Simeon and Esther (Mason) Martin, 1804, May 28. Isaac Dean afterward made Adams, Berkshire county, Mass., his home, and there carried on the traditional business of tanning. Among his children were twins, Horatio Nelson Dean (6) and Alanson Porter Dean (6). born 1812, February 19. Horatio continued his father's business in Adams, and Alanson had a tannery for many years in Cheshire, Mass., from which place he came to Owego, and September 15, 1862, purchased from Elihu Parmenter the property since known as "Dean's Tannery." Alanson P. Dean (6), married Caroliüe M. Wood, 1835, May 7. Their children born in Cheshire were; Ellen (Mrs. Stephen Crandall); Morton, of Pittsfield, Mass.; Burdette, now of Buffalo, N. Y.; Elnora. (Mrs. George A. King), of Owego; Sumner, of Owego; Lydia (Mrs. John Carison), of Owego; and Caroline Dean, now living with her mother in Owego. Alanson P. Dean died in Owego July 28, 1888, and was buried in. Cheshire. H. Nelson Dean was married October 6, 1835, in Adams, to Mary, daughter of Samuel and Mercy (Slocum) Bowen. He died in Owego August 8, 1872. Their children (7th gen.) were; Mary Celestia; Ransom Bowen Dean, died in Adams May 2, 1889, and was buried in Owego; Isaac Nelson Dean, now a resident of Clark, Dak.; Anna M., who lives in Owego with her mother, Mrs. Mary Dean; and Samuel Sayles (died young). Mary Celestia Dean, November 16, 1858, married Thomas S. Arnold, esq., of Herkimer, N. Y., son of Nathan Arnold, of Fairfield, N. Y., and had a daughter, Etta M. Arnold. Thomas S. Arnold was in the 121st New York infantry in thecivil war, serving as first lieutenant, adjutant and captain. He was wounded at the battle of Fredericksburg and died May 19, 1863, at Potomac creek hospital. December 28, 1880, his widow married Hon. Charles A. Clark, of Owego. H. Nelson Dean and son Ransom B. Dean, on October 29, 1869, purchased the Owego tannery property of Alanson P. Dean, and soon moved his family from Adams to Owego, leaving Ransom B. Dean in charge of the business in Massachusetts. The H. N. Dean & Son tannery property now belongs to E. M. Arnold, and the business is carried on in her name.

From:
OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A MEMORIAL HISOTRY OF TIOGA COUNTY
NEW YORK
EDITED BY: LEROY W. KINGMAN
W. A. FERGUSSON & CO. ELMIRA, N. Y., 189?


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