John Beard


Biography of

John Beard, Jr.


Father John Beard, Sr.
Mother Unknown
Born 30 Mar 1763 County Derry, Ireland
Died After 1842

John Beard, Jr. was born in County Derry, Ireland and emigrated to the United States with his family in 1771 to Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. For reasons unknown, in 1773 John (at the age of 10) moved to Augusta County, Virginia while his brother Robert remained in Pennsylvania. It is also not known which, if any, other members of his family moved to Augusta County, VA with him at the same time. In his statement that he signed in 1842 in support for Sarah Hatfield Beard's application for Robert's pension, he stated that he moved to Abbeville District, South Carolina in 1789 and later to Madison County, Georgia. He also noted that Robert and Sarah moved close to where he lived in Abbeville District in 1792. He doesn't state whether or not he moved to Elbert County, Georgia when Robert and other members of the family moved there or if he moved on to Madison County, Georgia from Abbeville. 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 John Beard is John's father, whom I will call John Beard Senior. The next mention of John, he is living in the Mill District of Madison County, GA in 1820 and Robert is living in Henry County, GA. 


Children Born
Mary Beard Abt. 1791 Abbeville District, SC
Samuel F. Beard 26 Sep 1801 Abbeville District, SC
? Beard
? Beard

This is John's signature taken from his statement dated 16 November 1842 in support of Sarah Hatfield Beard's application to draw Robert Beard's Revolutionary War Pension.

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