Biography of

John Jordan Beard

 

Born 21 Apr 1835
Died 09 Jul 1897
Married Minerva Ann Edmiston; b 12 Feb 1845, Pocahontas, WV; d 02 Nov 1929, Kansas, USA

Lieutenant J.J. Beard was a gallant Confederate officer. He was severely wounded and greatly disabled by wounds received in battle in he lower valley. he served two terms as clerk of both the circuits and county courts of Pocahontas. His death occurred in 1898.

When the Levels Cavalry under Captain Andrew G. McNeel, 1861, were disbanded, many of its members joined the Bath Cavalry under Captain Archie Richards.  April 25, 1862, this company formed into two companies "F" and "G", and was known as the Bath Squadron, attached to the 11th Virginia Cavalry.  Dr. A.G. McChesney was Captain of Company F.  A C. L. Gatewood, 1st Sergeant, and Edwin S. Beard, 2nd Sergeant.   The following persons from Pocahontas County were members of this company:  Moffett Beard, W. W. Beard, John G. Beard, John J. Beard, James Burnside, James Callison, Clark Cochran, George B. Cochran, Andrew Edmiston, Richard Edmiston, Matthew Edmiston, John L. Kennison, Davis Kennison, D.B. McElwee, B. D. McElwee, John McCarty, A.G. McNeel, G. H. Moffet.

Children Born
Harry Lee Beard 07 Sep 1869, Springs Creek, Greenbrier, WV
J. Fred Beard 20 Jun 1871
Mollie Beard 01 Sep 1867, Pocahontas, WV
 

References

Lieut. John Jordan Beard - It becomes our mournful duty to record the death of a widely known and much esteemed citizen, John Jordan Beard, Huntersville, West Virginia.  This even occurred rather unexpectedly, Monday 11 am April 11th, 1898.

Leiut. Beard was the only son of the late Joseph Beard and Mrs. Mattie Beard near Hillsboro.  He was born in Greenbrier County, April 21st, 1835 and was married to Minerva, daughter of James Edmiston, Esq. September 1866.  At the time of his death he was within ten days of his being 63 years of age.  By this event his attached family is bereaved of a kind tender husband and a very affectionate and indulgent father.  The community at large honors his memory as that of a good man whose influence has been for intelligence and good morals.    In the War between the States he served in the Bath Squadron, and made a record as a gallant and distinguished soldier.  late in the war he received a frightful wound that came near ending his life at the time.  he survived to the surprise of every person familiar with its nature.  For more than thirty years this wound has been a great ?? affliction, and it is believed hurried the termination of his useful life.  He has been a resident of Huntersville about 21 years.  During this time he served the county two times as clerk of both courts.  Early in his life he professed piety, and maintenance a Christian charge as such in the pale of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He was loyal and faithful to his communication and ???  He is survived by his wife and two sons, Harry and Fred Beard.    Being as Lieut. Beard was a person of ardent social and ?? as a matter of course ?? for him to think of the sundering of sweet home ties, yet in his sincere way he ??? his loved ones that they should not grieve too much about him, for all was and would be well with him.  A month or so since we had a blessed interchange of views concerning the 23rd Psalm.  IN this Psalm, it appears that nothing but he shadow would touch those following the Lord our Shepherd when it comes to passing through the Valley.  Having been a soldier and familiar with ?? in the presence of the Almighty, that as such a ?? down at a prepared ?? one of the last things ?? battle would be ??.

[Price Sketches of Pocahontas County, pp 584] When the Levels Cavalry under Captain Andrew G. McNeel, 1861, were disbanded, many of its members joined the Bath Cavalry under Captain Archie Richards.  April 25, 1862, this company formed into two companies "F" and "G", and was known as the Bath Squadron, attached to the 11th Virginia Cavalry.  Dr. A.G. McChesney was Captain of Company F.  A C. L. Gatewood, 1st Sergeant, and Edwin S. Beard, 2nd Sergeant.   The following persons from Pocahontas County were members of this company:  Moffett Beard, W. W. Beard, John G. Beard, John J. Beard, James Burnside, James Callison, Clark Cochran, George B. Cochran, Andrew Edmiston, Richard Edmiston, Matthew Edmiston, John L. Kennison, Davis Kennison, D.B. McElwee, B. D. McElwee, John McCarty, A.G. McNeel, G. H. Moffet.
Historical Sketches of Pocahontas County, WV by William T. Price, 1991
Lieutenant J.J. Beard was a gallant Confederate officer. He was severely wounded and greatly disabled by wounds received in battle in he lower valley. he served two terms as clerk of both the circuits and county courts of Pocahontas. His death occurred in 1898.
Road Record 1886 : At a (meeting?) held for the County of Pocahontas at the Court House thereof on Jan 2, 1886. Ordained that Moffet Beard to make a change in the road? from Hillsboro to Beard's Mill on Locust Creek at a point in the lands of said Moffet Beard not far from the lands of Isaac McNeel, so as to avoid a steep place of the road. But said change is not to be made at any expense of the County, and the new road must be of the same width as the old. A Copy ?? John J. Beard, Clerk