Biography of

Samuel Beard

 

Born 24 Sep 1771    Botetourt Co. VA
Died 05 Jun 1850
Married Margaret Walkup   12 May 1795
 

Samuel was a farmer, and twice served as high sheriff of Greenbrier county making the senior magistrate occupy that office. He married Margaret Walkup, a native of Lexington, VA. She lived to a great age, and Samuel himself attained he age of 80 years, dying in 1848. They reared a family of six children.

Note : There is some reference that Beard, West Virginia, was named for Samuel Beard and not Josiah Jonas Beard, as is generally cited.

 

Children Born
Christopher Beard 01 Apr 1798
Joseph Beard 10 Sep 1810
John Beard 1796
Andrew Beard  21 Sep 1806
Margaret Beard  20 Apr 1803

The Commonwealth of Virginia - Appointment of Samuel Beard (and others) as Justice of the Peace.  Now hangs in Greenbrier County Courthouse.  Courtesy James Williams 2009.

 

Appointment of Samuel Beard to Major of the 1st Battalion of the 79th Regiment.    Now hangs in Greenbrier County Courthouse.  Courtesy James Williams 2009.

 

References

Will Book No. 2 Pages 442-443, Journal of the Greenbrier Historical Society
Testor Samuel Beard/Greenbrier County
Witnesses : B.F.Renick/J.H.Steel/J.H.Brown
Devisees :(son) John (grandsons) Samuel Beard, Robert Beard, Christopher Beard, Samuel B. McClintic, John I. Beard (wife) Margaret Beard (daughter of Christopher Walker Sr.), (son) Joseph Beard (grandson) Samuel Christopher Beard, John Abraham Beard (son) Andrew Beard (daughter) Margaret Beard (son) Christopher Beard.
To my two grandsons, Samuel B. McClintic, son of Moses McClintic and John I. Beard, son of Joseph Beard, about 485 acres of land, and their heirs forever. Has 1050 acres of mountain land, which is to be sold.
From W.VA Heritage Encylopedia:
He (Samuel), a farmer, twice served as high sheriff of Greenbrier county making the senior magistrate occupy that office. He married Margaret Walkup, a native of Lexington, VA. She lived to a great age, and Samuel himself attained he age of 80 years, dying in 1848. They reared a family of six children. Their son Christopher Beard was born in April 1, 1798 in Greenbrier County, and through life followed agricultural pursuits. He was of a quiet thrifty nature and took no very active interest in public matters beyond performing his duty as a citizen. He died in August 2, 1840 after a brief illness. His widow survived until 1888, dying at the age of 82 years. She was a daughter of Abraham McNeel, and his wife, who was a Bridger.
The Pocahontas Times - Nov 1962

Among the very early pioneers of Greenbrier County was John Beard and his wife, Jennett Wallace.  John was a captain in the Revolutionary War and two of his sons served as officers in the War of 1812.  There were eleven children born to this union.  In John's will dated May 11, 1808 he left to his youngest son Josiah Beard the Locust Creek Plantation and Mills.  Josiah Beard was born in 1792, and when he became of age he located on the land left to him by his father.   He married Rachel Cameron Poage, and they, in turn were the parents of eleven children.  One of these children was Wallace Warwick Beard, the father of William Warwick Beard, who unveiled the portrait of his grandfather in the courthouse at Marlinton on November 14.  In March, 1821, the Virginia legislature passed a resolution to form a new county which was given the name of Pocahontas.  Josiah Beard was appointed as the first county clerk, with Thomas Beard, his brother, as one of the bondsmen.   The first court was held on March 5, 1822, at the residence of John Bradshaw in Huntersville, Virginia, now West Virginia.

Many years ago Mrs. Don (Wilma Beard) Harper, of Elkins, was asked if she had, or could locate, a picture of Josiah Beard to be used for the purpose it is being used.  About a year ago she obtained a daguerreotype of Josiah Beard from his grandson from which she had it copied and painted in oil by her husbands niece, Arlene Bailey Davis.  As her father, Josiah Osborne Beard, was a grand-nephew of Josiah Beard, the Clerk, and he was named for him, it was with pride and pleasure that she shred the honor seeing Josiah Beard's grandson, William Warwick Beard, unveil the painting, commemorating for Pocahontas County one of the historical events associated with the formation of the county.  Brown B. Beard, serving for a number of years as a member of this court, is also the son of Josiah Osborne Beard.  Both are direct descendents of Major Samuel Beard of Greenbrier County, mentioned above.

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James Morrow Will Abstract:

James Morrow - Greenbrier County
To--Mary, wife; James and Samuel, sons; James Spencer, grandsons, Agnes Craegg and Jane Mymer, daughters. Gave wife land on which he lived and at her death land to be equally divided between the two sons. Witnesses: Thos. Beard, Sam'l Beard and Robert Stephons.
Dated Nov. 6, 1797, probated January Court, 1790 (surely this date must be a typo)
Source: :Greenbrier Wills 1780-1865" by Pauline Haga

Larry G. Shuck's book of Greenbrier Deeds & Wills shows the names as Mary Morrow, James Morrow, Samuel
Morrow, Agness Craigg, Jane Wymer. Shows Exec. as James Hanna, Security; Robt Stephens, John Miles. Shows prob as Jan. 1798.