John Beard

Brief Life History of John

When John Beard was born on 23 April 1841, in Dukinfield, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Thomas Beard, was 26 and his mother, Ellen Elizabeth Clark, was 26. He married Mary Vernon on 11 January 1869, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He immigrated to Utah, United States in 1862 and lived in Yeardsley cum Whaley, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom in 1851 and Whaley, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom in 1861. He died on 2 October 1876, in Coalville, Summit, Utah, United States, at the age of 35, and was buried in Coalville Cemetery, Coalville, Summit, Utah, United States.

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John Beard
Mary Vernon
Marriage: 11 January 1869
John Francis Beard
Ellen Elizabeth Beard
James Beard
George William Beard

Sources (11)

  • John Beard in household of Thomas Beard, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • Birth Certificate for John Beard (1841-1876)
  • John Beard, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)


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1854 · Creation of the Republican Party

A debate continues over the location of the creation of the Republican Party. Some sources claim the party was formed in Ripon, Wisconsin, on February 28, 1854. Others claim the first meeting of the Republican Party took place in Jackson, Michigan, on July 6, 1854, where the Republican Party was officially organized. Over 1,000 people were present and candidates were selected for the party, thus making it the first Republican convention.

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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