THE BEARD FAMILY
The Beard Family came to America from Ireland. John, Samuel, and William Beard lived near the Statesville Road, fourteen miles north of Charlotte, NC. William was married before he emigrated but his wife died before he reached America. He married again in South Carolina. Mr. and Mrs. Beard raised one daughter, who married Milton Osborne, an excellent farmer.
The oldest son, John Beard, married Camellia McRaven. They lived at the old homestead and raised a large family. The girls married well and the rest moved west.
William married Frances Brown. They had two sons in the Confederate Army. Their son Joseph gave his life for the cause. J. C. Beard was not seriously hurt. Robert Beard lived on the east side of Statesville Road and married Polly Knox. They had everything in abundance and were excellent farmers. They also gave a son to the Confederate Army. This was a time when a Patriot would give his all to defend his home.
James Francis Marion Beard escaped as few battles as any man in the Army. He never complained and was ready for duty always, and frequently stood picket duty every other night toward the close of the war. He married Catherine Katilda Alexander, daughter of Ezekiel Alexander. They have a happy family and are ranked with our best people. Samuel married Sabrina Hale in Tennessee and spent but a few years in North Carolina. James married a Miss Humphreys. He worked a tanyard for many years and moved to Marion. Richard lived on the east side of Statesville Road, led a peaceful life and was highly esteemed in all the relations of life. He also married a Miss Humphreys of Tennessee. They raised a nice family, who are among our best citizens. They were Associate Reformed Presbyterians.
James Francis Marion Beard, son of Robert and Polly Knox Beard, was under Stonewall Jackson (Chapter 220 C.S.A. U.D.C Chapter). He and his wife, Catherine Katilda Alexander had eleven children: Mary, Laura, Carrie, Ella Mae, Kaziah, Emma, Lucy Jane, Octa, Neil Moffat, Leon and Marion Alexander Beard who died as and infant. All the family married with the exception of Emma and Kaziah (Kizzie) who were Practical nurses and they lived at the old home place where all the children were born, located on the Beaties Ford Road about two miles from Cowan's Dam, which is Lake Norman Dam today.
Lucy Jane Beard married Albert Derr Gibson in 1899 and they had eight children. Edna, Louis, Kenneth, who died in infancy, Mildred, and Doris. All the children married. Edna, Mildred, Mason and Doris are still living today. J.F.M. Beard and wife are buried in Gilead A. R. P. church cemetery, as well as most of their family, except a few at Hopewell and Bethel Presbyterian church graveyards. Edna married Reece Fidler. They had six children. Louis was married twice; his first wife was named Cleo; his second wife was Reba Cannon. She had two boys by a former marriage. Louis and Reba had no children. Katherine Inez married George Anderson. She was a registered nurse. They had no children. Mason married Otis Cashion. They had one son. Doris married Clegg Brown and they had two boys and five girls. Mildred Gibson Married John Tally Turner and is a registered nurse, graduating from H. L. Long's hospital in 1935, lives on 64 East about four miles from Statesville. No children and still doing private duty in 1980.
- Mildred G. Turner
Gleanings from several sources by W. A. MACAULAY, JR
Mrs. Brice Fidler (deceased) indicates in her history: John (????-1795) and Eleanor (????-1794) Beard had a large family in Ireland, six sons and two daughters, Three of their sons, perhaps the oldest, John, Samuel, and William, left the rest of the family for the new world about 1770.
I rather think it must have been closer to 1790 or even 1800--for on one hand Mrs. Fidler speaks of William being born in 1756 (from other records I have 1766) and on the other hand Mrs. Turner speaks of William already married before leaving Ireland--evidently his wife died en route. Mrs. Fidler indicates that the three sons left behind their parents; two sisters, Anne (????-1797) and Elizabeth (????-1798); and three brothers, Frank (????-1796), Daniel (????-1798), and Robert (????-1805). With the exception of Robert, the whole family died--not counting the three who immigrated--within four or five years. Perhaps there was an epidemic(?) and this was the occasion in part for the three leaving Ireland(?).
"We" are from William, who (according to Mrs. Turner's article) settled some fourteen miles north of Charlotte, along with John and Samuel (am not sure what happened to the latter two and their descendants). Question: Would "fourteen miles north of Charlotte" be pretty close to old McRaven place on present NC 115 where Stumptown Rd. dead-ends? William Beard (1766-1844) and Nancy Lewis Broom (Mrs. Fidler has it "Nancy Broom Lewis") (1781-1844) married about 1803. Mrs. Peggy Beard Murdock tells me that both are buried at the Gilead Cemetery. Nancy was from S.C. Mrs. Turner speaks of William marrying in S.C. My guess is that he brought his bride back to N.C. without living in S.C.--raising a large family "fourteen miles north of Charlotte."
Mrs. Turner's article is basically a brief survey of William's children plus a more detailed listing of his son, Robert's offspring, particularly through J.F.M. Beard. I have noted William's children i order of birth, including three she does not mention. See if you can see how Stumptown, Gilead, and Cornelius relate respectively to John, J.F.M.B., and Richard.
THE BEARD FAMILY
|John ???? - 1795||
|Eleanor ???? - 1794|
|William 1756 or 66 - 1844||
|Anna B. "Nancy" Lewis 1781 - 1870|
Married 1804 in S.C.
|Burred at Gilead ARP Church|
|William L. 1809 - 1873||
|Frances Brown 1812 - ????|
|John Calvin||and||Martha E. Brown|
|September 11, 1835||February 3, 1844|
|May 4, 1918||May 31, 1914|
|Married November 21, 1866|
|Buried at Huntersville ARP Church|
Ireland ..... John ????-1795 and Eleanor (????-1794) 6 sons and three daughters. Three sons, Frank (????-1797), Daniel (????-1798) and Robert (????-1805) and two daughters, Anne (????-1797) and Elizabeth (????-1798) did not immigrate. Three sons, John (????- ), Samuel (???- ) and William (1756-1844) and one daughter, Catherene (????- ) came to America. Only one son, William is recorded to have married.
William (1756 - 1844) married Anna Broom "Nancy" Lewis (1781-1870) around 1805. They had nine known children.
|Ann K. - Milton Osborne||John - Camellia McRaven||William - Frances Brown|
|1805 - ????||1807-1886||1809-1873|
|Robert - Polly Knox||Samuel - Sabrina Hale||Eleanor|
|1811 - 1891||1814 - ????||1816 - ????|
|Frances Elizabeth||James - Hannah Humphreys||Richard - Annie Humphreys|
|1819 - ????||1822 - ????||1825 - ????|
|Known Great Grandchildren|
|of John and Eleanor|
|Elizabeth M.||J. M.||John C.|
|Pamela Bernice||Elizabeth A.||Joseph H.|
|James Francis Marion||Annabella|
* These were children of the second wife, Jane G. and it is not known if they are of John or the first husband.
James and Martha Beard
J. Lee and Josephine Beard
around 1984. I will update where possible.
to be continued...