John Beard


Biography of

John Beard, Sr.


Father Unknown Beard
Mother Unknown
Born About 1730 County Derry, Ireland
Died After 1820
Married Unknown

John Beard, was born in County Derry, Ireland and emigrated to the United States with his family in 1771 to Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. In the 1815 Elbert County Tax Rolls, there is a John Beard and 16 family members living in the same house. I believe that this was John Beard, Sr. and family.  


Children Born
Mary Beard Abt. 1791 Abbeville District, SC
John Beard, Jr. 30 Mar 1763 County Derry, Ireland
Robert Beard
? Beard

Points of Interest

Farmers from Ulster Become Frontiersmen

old map of Ireland
The Scots-Irish who immigrated to Virginia came
from the northern region (teal blue area) of Ireland.

The Scots-Irish were Scots who had settled in Northern Ireland — Ulster — after 1600. Most of them were Presbyterian farmers who had lived under oppressive English rule. They started migrating to Virginia in 1715.

During the 1740 famine in Ulster, many of them sailed to the port of Philadelphia, traveled down the Great Wagon Road and settled in the mid-to-southern counties of the Shenandoah Valley — basically leap-frogging established German settlers in the northern counties.

The Scots-Irish soon became the dominant culture of the Appalachians from Pennsylvania to Georgia, not only because of their numbers, but because of their independent spirits, adventurous personalities and restless natures. They became the frontiersmen and cowboys of the Big Valley and the Wild West! And later, many Scots-Irish worked in the coal mines and on the railroads, producing the energy and mode of transportation that made this nation great.

The Great Philidelphia Wagon Road
The Philidelphia Wagon Road