Biography of

James Henry Moffet Beard

 

Born 23 Jan 1837  Beards Mill, Pocahontas, WV
Died 02 May 1889 Pocahontas, WV
Married Nancy Estalene Crouch  25 Jun 1867

 

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.

Moffet inherited a portion of his father's land on his father Josiah Jonas Beard's passing, and shared his father's love of farming.  n 1874, he acquired a 289 acre estate from Rob Rhea on the east side of Locust Creek.

 

Children Born
Richard McNeel Beard 12 Apr 1868
Jacob Warwick Beard 05 Sep 1869
Mary Virginia Beard 19 Aug 1871
*Josiah Paul Beard  20 Aug 1873
George Cameron Beard  03 Oct 1875
Harry Isaac Beard 09 Aug 1877
Samuel Crouch Beard  20 May 1880
Rachel Pearl Beard 09 Nov 1883
Virena Grace Beard   10 Mar 1887

Hillsboro 8 -- June 2006

References

[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.
Nancy Estalene Crouch Death Record 1182
Moffet Beard Census Record 1870
CHRONICLES OF THE Scotch-Irish Settlement IN VIRGINIA EXTRACTED FROM THE ORIGINAL COURT RECORDS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY 1745-1800
ABSTRACTS OF WILLS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA. WILL BOOK NO. V.
ADDITIONAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.
page 142
Page 400.--22d November, 1775. Recorded. John Potter's appraisement by John Kirk, Alex. Kirk, John Beard--"For Sogering money under Capt. Moffett, 6.7.6."
CHRONICLES OF THE Scotch-Irish Settlement IN VIRGINIA EXTRACTED FROM THE ORIGINAL COURT RECORDS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY 1745-1800
WILL BOOK No. X.
ADDITIONAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

page 227
Page 22.--10th February, 1802. John Moffett's will, Sr.--To wife, Jane; son, John; son, William; daughter, Esther Beard, wife of Charles Beard; son, James; daughter, Eleanor Moffett; daughter, Mary Brownlee, widow of John Brownlee; to grandson, Wm. McClenachan, son to daughter Nancy, deceased; granddaughter, Esther McClenachan, daughter to said Nancy; granddaughter, Esther Woods, wife of Michael Woods; son William has but one child and no probability of having more. Executors, sons William, James, John. Proved, 25th November, 1805.
Miscellaneous Original Receipts
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
In 1871, James Henry Moffet Beard along with his brother, Wallace Warwick Beard and James's wife, Nannie Crouch Beard, took exception to the Pastor of the Oak Grove Church and attempted to remove him from his office (the Rev. M. D. Dunlap). The objection had to do with the post-Civil War "Iron-Clad Oath", which was eventually abolished in 1871 as unconstitutional, where M. D. Dunlap took the oath in order to obtain restitution for properties seized during the war.   From the minutes of the Oak Grove meeting, it is believed that their attempt did not succeed and M. D. Dunlap continued in his role as Pastor of the Oak Grove Church.

However, the incident shows the difficult adjustments after the Civil War, and the effects these adjustments had on the religious affairs of the churches at the time.

http://www.state.tn.us/tsla/history/military/pen283.htm

NAME:  Beard,  James Henry
PENSION #:  S7762
UNIT:  1st(Carter's) Cav.

Bear Stories --  Last week a very exciting bear hunt took place near Mr. Moffet Beard's five miles south of Hillsboro.  The 24th being Mr. Beard's birthday he concluded to celebrate it by taking a hunt, and in company with his son Jake and Mr. William Parkins, went to the woods with guns and dogs.  They had been out a short time when the deep baying of "Trailer", a favorite hound, was heard.  Mr. Perkins went to the dog while Mr. Beard and his son remained behind looking for a chain they had lost.   After reaching the dog, Mr. Parkin's attention was directed to a great heap of leaves and snow that seemed to be agitated by something, while cautiously approaching it saw a cub bear raise its head through the leaves.  He took deliberate aim and shot it through the head.  Its death struggles aroused three more that were in the bed -- a large female and two cubs -- which scampered off in different directions while Mr. Parkins re-charged his gun.   Mr. Beard and his son now came up, but as it was getting dark they had to abandon pursuit for that day. The next morning Messrs. Thos. Callison, Henry Perry, and Dick Beard joined in the chase.  After an exciting all-day hunt, the men and dogs run the three bears down late in the evening on "Spice Run", four miles from where they had previously routed. Mr. Jake Beard, who was in advance, shot and killed one of the cubs, while the mother and the other cub quickly disappeared in the gathering darkness without giving and of the chasers a chance for a shot.  The next morning (and the third day) Mr. Charles Beard also joined the chase with his well trained bear dogs, and the party, now numbering seven men and ten dogs, hotly pursued the remaining bears.  The dogs soon struck the trail f the old one, and after a lively chase brought her to bay in a thicket of laurel.   Mr. Jake Beard was the first to get there, and venturing into the laurel was attacked by the angry bear, and would have fared badly if it had not been for Mr. Charles Beard's dogs.  They held her in check until he fired eight shots with a Winchester rifle, four of which struck vital parts and she toppled over dead.  All their efforts to trail the cub proved fruitless, and thus ended one of the biggest and most exciting bear hunts that has ever come under our notice in the county.   The three killed were very large and very fat.
Pocahontas County Items - (Feb 21, 1889) Mr. Moffet Beard, who is suffering from an abscess of the liver, is in a very critical condition.  His physicians may prolong his life for a few days or weeks, but have no hope on his recovery, and the end may be expected at most any time.
Pocahontas County Items - Mr. Moffet Beard, whose illness we have spoken of at different times through your paper, died at his home in Hillsboro on 2nd inst., in the 53rd year of his age.  His death had been expected for some time, and a post mortem examination by Drs W. G. Townsend and Matthew Wallace revealed it to be due to medullary cancer of the liver, of several year's growth.  Thus a worthy and exemplary Christian, a kind and obliging neighbor and friend, an affectionate husband and father has passed the earth away.  May He, whose watchful eye suffers not a sparrow to fall to the ground without his notice, console the bereaved window and children, and reunite them when life's labors are done in a world where parting is no more.
Locust (Pocahontas) Items - Mr. Newton Crouch and wife, of Huttonsville, Randolph County, are the guest of Mr. Moffet Beard.