Biography of

William Warwick Beard


Born 07 Feb 1880, Little Levels, WV
Died 21 Mar 1966, Clarksburg, WV
Married Minnie Mae Archer, b 15 Jan 1887; d 29 Mar 1959.

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William Warwick Beard, November 1962.


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.

William Warwick Beard, 86, of Lost Creek, formerly of Hillsboro, died Monday March 21, 1966 in a Clarksburg hospital after a long illness.  Born at Beard, February 7, 1880, he was a son of the late Wallace W. and Prudence Hutton Beard.  He was a retired farmer and forestry service worker.

His wife, Mrs. Minnie Mae Beard, preceded him in death.  Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Page Ferree of Lost Creek and one sister, Mrs. Ada Kruger of Oakdale, California, and one grandson, Jeffrey Warwick Ferree.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon in the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church at Hillsboro by the Rev. Harry D. Painter with burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Obituary - Mrs. W. W. Beard - Mrs. Minnie May Beard, aged 72 of Clarksburg, died in the Boraddus Hospital at Philippi on Sunday, march 29, 1959, following an extended illness.   She was born on January 15, 1887 in Kansas.  She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret Loretta Smith Archer.   Surviving are her husband, William Warwick Beard; three daughters; Mrs. Page (Minnie Merle) Ferree of Lost Creek; Mrs. Charles (Vivian) Evans of Salem, Oregon; and Mrs. Frank (Evelyn) Bennett of Fairbanks, Alaska; two sons; W. E. Ody of Bremermton, Washington, and Eugene O. of Oraville, California; two brothers; Oliver Archer of Spokane, Washington and Gilbert Archer of Tacoma, Washington, and ten grandchildren.  Mrs. Beard was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarksburg and the Robinson Bible Class of that church.  Funeral services were held Wednesday April ? at the Davis Funeral home in Clarksburg by Dr. Paul E. Francis.  Interment was made in the Bridgeport Cemetery.
William Warwick Beard - WWII Draft Record