Biography of

Janett Wallace Beard

Born Abt. 1746 Rockbridge, VA
Died 1819, Greenbrier Co. VA, Buried Wallace Williams Cemetery, Renick, Greenbrier, WV
Married John Beard, 01 Jan 1769, Staunton, VA; b Abt. 1733 Staunton, Augusta, VA; d 1808 Greenbrier Co., VA
Children Born
Samuel Beard  24 Sep 1771
Margaret F Beard Bef. 1774
Jane Beard  06 Aug 1774
Thomas Beard III Jan 1776
Nancy Agnes Beard 28 May 1779
Sarah Sabina Beard  28 May 1779
Katherine Beard   Abt. 1780
Jesse Beard  Abt. 1780
Mary Beard Abt. 1784
William Rynech Beard 08 Jan 1788
Elizabeth Beard Abt. 1789
*Josiah Jonas Beard 23 Dec 1792

Jenett Wallace Beard Headstone - Taken by James Williams 2009

The GPS coordinates for the Wallace Williams cemetery are:

N 37 58.136"
W 080 22.268"
2109 ft elevation

This cemetery is now on private property.


John Beard came to the head of Renicks Valley about 1770 and, though unmarried, built a cabin and cleared ground for cropping.  he later married Jannett Wallace.
Ref: Pauline Beard Cooney - History of the Beard - Bedichk - Craven and Allied Families, 1979. - Janett Wallace was the daughter of Peter and Martha (Woods) Wallace, and a niece of the distinguished statesman James Woods of Virginia.

Last Will and Testament Janett Wallace Beard Original Copy

Will Book Page 506 - 25 April 1818

In the name of God, Amen - I Jennett Beard of Greenbrier County and commonwealth of Virginia being in a low state of health but of heartfelt good and sound mind and memory and calling to mind that is is appointed for all to die, Do make and constitute this my last will and testament in manner and form following (viz).

I commit my soul to God who gave it and my body to be buried ve. And as for my worldly goods, I will and bequeath them as follows - 1. I allow my Negro man George to be sold and the money to be applied as here after directed --

Item I bequeath unto my son William R. Beard my two Horses, Waggon, and farming utensils, and one half of the price of the above named George one bed and bedding and one Bible -

Item I bequeath unto my son Josiah Beard one Bed and bedding -

Item I bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Beard one half of the price of the above named George, four Beds and Beddings one Cupboard one Kettle one new pot Dutch Oven and other five gallon Pots one  Walnut Chest and all of my Cattle, Money and Debts also six new Pewter Plate and all my Cupboard furniture and my Trunk and Looking Glass --

Item I Bequeath unto my Daughter Jane Armstrong one small table and one large Kettle

And lastly I allow my Books to be divided amongst all my Children.  And I appoint my son Samuel Beard Executor of this my last will and testament in writing there of I have here unto set my hand and seal Thurs 25th of April 1818.

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.