Biography of

William Thomas Beard

 

Born 29 Jan 1826
Died 09 Aug 1905, Beards Mill on Locust Creek, Pocahontas, WV
Married Mary McGillian McNeel; b 09 Oct 1831 Millpoint, WV; d 27 Dec 1928 Millpoint, WV
 

William Thomas Beard  - a Confederate soldier 1861-1865.  Mary Gillian Beard passed her whole life in the Little Levels of Pocahontas County WV, She saw the County develop & change, watched her generation, all of the lovely, gay & brave drop, one by one silently pass away until she stood alone, but she had the good faculty of entering in to the lives of the young & in this way triumphed over time & when she was called it was with a sense of personal bereavement.  She lived through the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War & World War I.  They say she was beautiful, wise, witty and gracious, her interest in the last was as intense and vital as in the first.

 

Children Born
Charles Edgar Beard 23 Nov 1850, Mill Point, Pocahontas, WV
Matthew Lee Beard, Sr. 26 May 1853, Mill Point, Pocahontas WV
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References

Death Record : Mary Gillian McNeel Beard

Mary Gillian McNeel - born 9 Oct 1831 - died 17 Dec 1928.. Married William Thomas Beard - born 29 Jan 1826 - died 8 Aug 1905.  Note: He - a Confederate soldier 1861-1865.  His parents were Josiah Beard & Rachel Cameron Poage.  She - passed her whole life in the Little Levels of Pocahontas County WV, She saw the County develop & change, watched her generation, all of the lovely, gay & brave drop, one by one silently pass away until she stood alone, but she had the good faculty of entering in to the lives of the young & in this way triumphed over time & when she was called it was with a sense of personal bereavement.  She lived through the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War & World War I.  They say she was beautiful, wise, witty and gracious, her interest in the last was as intense and vital as in the first.

(The text below was entered from a very poor copy of an historical sketch published regarding Mary Gilliand McNeel, wife of William Thomas Beard, about 1926).

Mrs. Mary McNeel Beard was born October 9, 1831, and died December 27th, 1928, aged ninety-seven years.  Thus passed one of the most remarkable women of the two Virginias.  It is not too much to say that she was well entitled to the distinction of being the grand old lady of West Virginia.   It was a cynic who said that the whole history of mankind is described in few words : He was born, he suffered, he died. But that is not the of this life that we are here reviewing for I cannot think of her but as the worthy recipient of ninety-seven beautiful years.

A woman mixed of such time emends

That were all ??? and religious dead

She make them newly being what she was

Even down to old age in the last year of her life she was charming mentally alert, and look and user commanding interest n the health of the nation, state and county in which she had been born.  The preventing marriage of the man depend on the mental and moral influence of good genes and this is one of the ???

Her ??? the favored commentaries of West Augusta, known as that Level of Pocahontas.  Think of the period that was around the date of her birth and of the years after there were as many as fourteen veterans of Renick and West living in the woods.  Sixteen years old when Mar? Poage, he ????  She lived through the Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish American War and the World War, and her interest in the last was as intense and as vital as the first.  She saw the county develop and change and she gave it all attention, all of ??? creep one by one seventy and she stood in the ... that gentle company she willing .. faculty of entering into the .. young and the way she triumphed over time and when she was called, it was with a sense of bereavement that each will neighbor heard ...  She was a beautiful wise and gracious woman.  her people were the pioneers of this great blue grass valley.  One of her forebears was John McNeel who settled in the levels in 1765. John M. McNeel was alone in the wilderness when he found one day Charles and Edward in ??son hunting. The three then made up that community and shortly before John McNeel ?? who was born in Wales.  It was Martha McNeel who kept the lonely situation when John McNeel fought in the battle of Point Pleasant.  Her child died and she made a coffin with her own hands and buried the baby.  John McNeel had a son, Isaac McNeel whose father Hugh McKeever (Melvor) was killed in the Indian Wars.  Their son was Richard McNeel.  Another line was from Andrew Edminston of the Col. William Edminston of Kings Mountain breed.  Andrew Edminston married Mary Gilliand or as it is spelled now Gillialan of the family of James Gilliland, the Revolutionary soldier.  One of their sons was Judge Matthew Edminston, once a member of the Supreme Court of Appeals.  A daughter, Lydia, married Richard McNeel and their daughter was Mary McNeel, the subject of this sketch.  Mary McNeel grew to womanhood in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and in surroundings similarly desirable.  It was a neighborhood stood for its refinement and culture.    ??? September 1861, Gen. R. E. Lee came near to being a guest of the Beard family.  Only he slept under a tree in the front pasture and would not eat any food other than that cooked by his own ...  As a matter of fact if Lee had known what he missed in the way of hospitality and entertainment he would have regretted this caution.  I knew her well and I count it as a great privilege to be numbered on the list of her friends.   Up until a short time before her death I would receive interesting messages from her and she was a counselor of note.  There is a voice from the to sweeter than song; this is a remembrance of the dead we keep, .. from the charms of the .. we would not exchange.. a pleasure of the ... in revelry.   Visit her, gentle Sleep, with wings of healing, and may this storm be but a mountain-birth.