Thomas Beard Jr.

Brief Life History of Thomas

When Thomas Beard Jr. was born on 14 December 1836, in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Thomas Beard, was 22 and his mother, Ellen Elizabeth Clark, was 22. He married Mary Ann Openshaw on 5 June 1859, in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Yeardsley cum Whaley, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom in 1851 and Fernilee, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom in 1861. He died on 23 December 1917, in Coalville, Summit, Utah, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Coalville Cemetery, Coalville, Summit, Utah, United States.

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Thomas Beard Jr.
Mahaleth Abiah Tanner
Marriage: 27 June 1884
John Tanner Beard
Lydia Jane Beard
Annie Lily Beard
George Thomas Beard
Stephen T Beard
Susan Ellen Beard
Aaron Beard
Mary Ann Elizebeth Beard
Edward Chauncey Beard

Sources (66)

  • Unknown, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Thomas Beard, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Thomas Beard, "Utah, County Marriages, 1887-1937"

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Historical Boundaries: 1859: Summit, Utah Territory, United States 1896: Summit, Utah, United States

Name Meaning


nickname for a bearded man (from Middle English berd, Old English beard). To be clean-shaven was the norm in non-Jewish communities in northwestern Europe from the 12th to the 16th century, the crucial period for surname formation. There is a placename and other evidence to show that this word was used as a byname in the Old English period, when beards were the norm; in this period the byname would have referred to a large or noticeable beard. In North America, this surname has absorbed cognates and equivalents in other languages, in particular German Barth 1.

habitational name from a place called Beard in Derbyshire (now represented by Beard Hall and Beardwood Farms in New Mills parish), which derives its name by dissimilation from Old English brerd ‘rim, bank’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Life Sketch of Thomas Beard Jr.

LIFE SKETCH OF THOMAS BEARD Son of Thomas and Ellen Elizabeth Clark Beard written by himself in 1909 When I was a boy about 15 years old, I knew a man called Timothy Beard. He played the fiddle and …

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