James William Bean was born c1800 in England, probably in Leeds Yorkshire. He married Mary Ann Moxon.
He was a bookseller in 1832 when his son William Moxon Bean was born.
His son William emigrated to Melbourne in the colony of Victoria probably before 1855, and married Mary Wood in Fitzroy Melbourne on 24 April 1855. James William Bean was described as a stationer on his son's 1855 marriage certificate.