Biography of

Wallace Warwick Beard

 

Born 13 Dec 1838, Beards Mill, Pocahontas, WV
Died 08 Jul 1926, Hillsboro, Pocahontas, WV
Married (1) Prudence D. Hutton, 26 Sep 1867, Randolph, WV
Married (2) no children Hannah Virginia Gilliland, 11 Apr 1882

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.

Children Born
John A. Beard Abt 1869
Hugh Hutton Beard 20 May 1870, Little Levels, WV
Annie Cameron Beard Abt. 1874
Ada R. Beard 22 Jan 1876, Mill Point, WV
William Warwick Beard 07 Feb 1880, Little Levels, WV

Hillsboro 8 -- June 2006

 

Wallace W Beard at age 84 (1922)

References

Obituary - Wallace Warwick Beard, the seventh child born to Josiah and Rachel Poage Beard, was born on December 13, 1838 and departed this life after a brief illness caused by a fall, July 8, 1920, having reached the venerable age of 87 years, six months, and twenty-five days.  Upon the outbreak of the Civil War Mr. Beard joined the Confederate forces and served throughout the war. Returning from the war he took up the life of a farmer and stock raiser, first in Greenbrier River at what is Beard Station and afterward at his ...
[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.
Obituary - Pocahontas Times, June 18, 1925 Mrs. Wallace W. Beard passed away after much suffering and a protracted period of ill health.  Before her marriage Mrs. Beard was Miss Virginia Gillian and was born near Frankford, Greenbrier County April 24, 1849.  On April 11, 1882, she was married to Wallace W. Beard and afterwards made her home near Hillsboro.  She early gave her heart to the lord and united with the Presbyterian Church at Frankford.  She transferred her membership to Oak Grove church on her removal to Hillsboro, and was a consistent and interested member until her death.  She was a faithful wife and a steadfast and loyal friend. For many years she had been a semi-invalid and unable to attend the services of the sanctuary, but she was always concerned about the welfare of the church.

The funeral was conducted by her pastor Rev. J.C. Johnson in the home of her last days and a large number of sympathetic friends and relatives.  At her own request the body was taken to Frankford and laid by the side of her father and mother.  For her "death is swallowed up in victory".  She leaves a husband feeble with the weight of years to mourn her irreparable loss.

Death Record  Mrs. Hannah Virginia Beard 
Death Record  Wallace Warwick Beard
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.