William W. Beard

 

Biography of

William Watson Beard

 

Father Samuel F. Beard
Mother Elizabeth "Betsy" McEver
Born 23 Aug 1835 Madison County, GA
Died 15 March 1884 Madison County, GA
Married Elmira Elizabeth Fortson 3 Feb 1859

On 17 June 1862 William joined the Confederate Army and fought during the Civil War with Company D, 16th Regiment GA Infantry, fighting mostly in the Virginia area. His medical record shows that he was in the hospital from the 12th of Dec 1862 until the 28th of Dec 1862 when he was wounded seriously in the head. Bill never recovered from his head wound. On 12 April 1863 Bill was again admitted to the hospital with chronic dysentery.

Bill's next record shows him as Absent With Out Leave since 1 Sept 1864. It turns out that Bill was sent home on Medical Furlough. When he got better, he and W.H. Bond (who was in Bill's unit and also on furlough) started back to Virginia and made it as far as Augusta, GA when they learned of the end of the War. There are two documents showing a W.W. Beard of the 16th Regiment GA Infantry, as being captured and paroled on 8 May 1865 in Athens, GA. One shows W.W. Beard and the other shows B.W. Beard. Both documents are in his file.

Bill died at the age of 49 due to spinal meningitis.

Children Born
1st Set of Twins Died at Birth 1858 Madison County, GA
2nd Set of Twins Died at Birth 1859 Madison County, GA
Triplets Died at Birth 1860 Madison County, GA
John William (Billy) Beard 16 Sep 1861 Madison County, GA
Sareptha E. Beard 3 Nov 1864 Madison County, GA
Charles Asbury Beard 30 Oct 1867 Madison County, GA
Samantha Jane "Manty" Beard 27 May 1868 Madison County, GA
Savannah Antoinette Beard 16 Sep 1870 Madison County, GA
Samuel Easton Beard 17 Mar 1873 Madison County, GA
Savilla Hepsibeth "Hep" Beard 1 Dec 1875 Madison County, GA
Henry N. Beard 1 Sep 1877 Madison County, GA
Susan Sebrena "Suzie" Beard 1879 Madison County, GA
Thomas Benjamin Franklin Beard 20 Feb 1881 Madison County, GA
William W. Beard

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