Biography of

Elizabeth B Beard Gillian


Born 10 Apr 1821. WV
Died 1903
Married John Campbell Gillian, 02 Oct 1845, Greenbrier, WV; b 1820; d 21 Jul 1864, Greenbrier, WV


Children Born
William Michael Gillian 1848, Greenbrier, WV
Nathan R Gillian 1846







Marriage Bond of John Gillilan and Elizabeth Beard, 1 October 1840

Transcribed from notarized copies of the original bonds by Kate Maynard, 2007.

The record for this marriage consists of two documents, the bond and the request for a license. Through the course of reading some histories of these families I have encountered some speculation that "Byrd" and "Beard" are simply spelling variations for the same surname. I cannot confirm whether or not this is true nor whether it might be true in this specific case, where both names are found. The families of Kincaid (also found as Kinkade) and Beard are plentiful in the SE Ohio counties of Jackson and Scioto, to where a number of Gilliland families of Greenbrier eventually established their homes and farms.

I am fairly certain the signature on the second document is that of Abraham McNEEL Beard but because writing on the reverse of the paper bled through, the signature is difficult to read.

Notice the major changes which were made to the marriage bond forms by 1845.

First Document:

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, that we John Gillilan and William W Byrd. are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Dollars, to which payment well and truly to be made, to our said Commonwealth, we bind ourselves, our heirs &c, jointly and severally and firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals, and dated this 6th day of June 1845. The condition of the above obligation is such, that whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound John Gillilan & Elizabeth Beard of Greenbrier County: If therefore, there shall be no lawful cause to obstruct the said Marriage, then the above Obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

Signed, sealed and acknowledged

in presence of  John Mathews  CGC

                                                                          John Gillilan

                                             Wm P Byrd

Second Document:

1845. Oct 1

       [Illegible] John Mathis this is to authorize you to issue license for John Gillilan & my daughter Betsey & this shall be your receipt for the same

                                                                                                 W.W. Beard

John Beard

Abraham [McNeel] Beard