Biography of

Matthew Lee Beard, Sr.

 

Born 26 May 1853, Mill Point, Pocahontas, WV
Died 12 May 1938, Hillsboro, Pocahontas, WV
Married Emma Caroline Clark, 18 Nov 1885
 

Lee Beard, as he was known to his family and friends, was a quiet, kindly man. He owned large acreage of lands and ran a progressive farming business. He was devoted to his family, friends, community, and church. He was especially interested in education for all children and played a major role in building Hillsboro High School.

 

Children Born
Mary Edgar Beard 16 Nov 1886
William Sherman Beard 30 Jan 1890
Joel Penick Beard 15 Mar 1892
Henry Washington Beard 08 Jul 1895
Eva Margaret Beard 15 Dec 1898
Earl Bright Beard 18 Nov 1901
Leeta Emma Beard 04 Mar 1904
Matthew Lee Beard, Jr. 26 May 1906

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Obituary - Matthew Lee Beard, aged 85 years, died Thursday May 12, 1938 after a long illness.  On Saturday afternoon his body was buried in the family graveyard on the plantation west of Hillsboro.  The funeral was conducted from the home by his pastor, Rev. R. Knight, of the Oak Grove Presbyterian church.  Thus is chronicled the passing of one of our most prominent citizens and one of the best men Pocahontas County ever produced.  he was a son of the late William T. and Mary McNeel Beard.  His brother, Edgar, died many years since.  he married Miss Emma Clark, who preceded him January 1, 1919. Their surviving sons are Henry, Assessor of Pocahontas County, and Joel; their daughters, Mrs. J. C. Johnson, Mrs. Eric Clutter, and Miss Leeta (Beard).  A son, M. L. Jr. died about 16 months ago; another son, Earl met death by drowning in the Blue Hole, near Hillsboro, on January 4, 1924 and their oldest son, Sherman, died when a student in Hampden Sydney College in 1911.  In his veins coursed the blood of such pioneer first families as Beard, McNeel, Edminston, Poage, Wallace and Warwick, and it can be truly said his life fulfilled the high traditions of such fine ancestry.  Mr. Beard was the largest individual land owner and the heaviest taxpayer of this county.   A lasting memorial to his broad vision and public spirit is the Hillsboro High School.  Its establishment in no small part was due to his efforts and influence as member and president of the Levels District Board of Education.  To the last year of his life he took an active and intelligent interest in public affairs.  Only last summer he took a prominent place in the state convention of farmers at Jackson Mill.  In religion, Mr. Beard was a member of the church of his fathers, the Presbyterian.   He took an active part in the work of The Kingdom, and supported liberally all its causes.  As a Ruling Elder he was prominent in the affairs of the congregation and in the courts of his church.   While a man of big affairs, taking the place of leader in civil, business, and religious life of the county, I would remember my gentle kinsman is the man of the kindly understanding heart, who met the great of the earth on equal footing, yet deferred to the feelings of a child; whom wealth did not make proud, nor honors spoil, nor personal sorrow and bereavement bitter.
Lee Beard (1853-1938) son of William T. Beard (1826-1903) and Mary A. McNeel Beard (1851-1919) married Emma C. Clark (1863-1919) daughter of Sherman Clark and Mary Frances Hill Clark. They were the parents of eight children (1) Mary Edgar (1886-1965) married a Presbyterian Minister who was pastor of the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church. They had four children (a) Jacob Lee Johnson, graduate of Hampden Sydney College AB, Unix of VA, AM now retired Supt. Of Schools, Winchester VA. He married Jean Upsher. They are the parents of two children. Jean Kern, a teacher and Jackson Lee US Naval Academy graduate who married Rebecca: (b) Mary Emma (1918-1978) a US Government worker for many years (c) Anna Margaret (1921) graduated from Longworth College, retired CIA employee, married Lloyd Langford. They have two sons, Robert Elliot and Frederick Coart, both students; (c) Frederick Allen (1927-1949) (2) William Sherman Allen (1890-1911) graduated from GMS and died his senior year at Hamden Sydney College (3) Joel Penick (1892-1966) married Mamie Cackley (1888_ who lives at Hillsboro. They had two daughters (a) Mary Frances (1917) married John Stulting. They have two children, Richard and Ann; (b) Virginia Lee (1921) married Hubert Callison (4) Henry Washington (1895-1951) a well known citizen of Hillsboro, married Lucy McLaughlin. They had two sons: (1) William Sherman, AF pilot in WWII and progressive farmer; married Mary Alice Young. They had three children: Kathryn married James Bloguh, both graduates of WVU. They have 2 children, Matthew and Mark; Ellen Lynn, graduate of Ohio State Univ in Veterinary Medicine, lives in Danville, VA. William Sherman Jr. attended WVU and lives on the family farm: (b) Robert Lee (1926) married Lois Knight (1927). Both attended WVU. They have three children, Nancy married William Ingram, one-son Robert. A Suzanne married Stephen Cox. One daughter Stacy; Mathew Lee (1935) married Gloria Sage, both graduates of Marshall College, one daughter Emily. (5) Eva Margaret (1898-1977) married Eric Clutter (1902-1971). They had three daughters (a) Dorothy (1925) marries Charles Callison. They had two daughters, Carol married Larry Evans, one son. Paul Joseph; Cynthia a graduate of Penn State University (b) Margaret Ann (1931) married James Reynolds and lives in Sarasota, FL (c) Linda (1937) married Thomas Walker. They have two children, Kathryn and Thomas Wayne Jr. both in college. (6) Earl Bright (1900-1924) died by drowning (7) Leeta Emma (1904) married Arden G. Killingsworth (1893-1972) a son of William Jefferson Killingsworth. She is a retired Home Economics teacher. He graduated from Marshall College, was a contractor, coach, and teacher at Marlinton High School. (8) Matthew Lee, Jr (1906-1936) married Elizabeth Clark. One daughter, Betty Leith married Clarence N. Dorman. Jr. They have three children; Donna, Debra and Clarence Neal III.

Lee Beard, as he was known to his family and friends, was a quite, kindly man. He owned large acreage of lands and ran a progressive farming business. He was devoted to his family, friends, community, and church. He was especially interested in education for all children and played a major role in building Hillsboro High School.
Death Record : Matthew Lee Beard