Biography of

Joel Early Matthews Beard


Born 14 Dec 1840, Hillsboro, Pocahontas WV
Died 29 Sep 1861 (Civil War)

Hillsboro 8 -- June 2006


Sign located across from Huttonsville Prison on US Rt. 250 at GPS co-ordinates N3841'29.1" W7958'27.4". Sign reads: Old Brick Church - Tygart's Valley Presbyterian Church, organized in 1820. A brick building erected three-fourths mile west at the cemetery was destroyed by Union soldiers in 1862-1863 and the bricks used for building flues at the winter quarters


Historical Sketches of Pocahontas County, WV by William T. Price, 1991
Died in the confederate service. His mother came to church one Saturday morning of a sacramental occasion, to the Brick Church, and the first intimation of her soldier son's death was the fresh grave and the arrival of the body for burial.

The Tygarts Valley Church was organized in 1820. During the year of 1821, the members began building a church on a tract of land one mile south of Huttonsville. The handsome brick structure housed the congregation for a number of years, until it was completely demolished by Union forces during the War Between the States. A monument has been erected in the Brick Church Cemetery marking the site of the church. For twenty years worship services were held in the neighborhood schoolhouses.