William Beard

1 January 1798–12 February 1862 (Age 64)
Powick, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of William

When William Beard was born on 1 January 1798, in Powick, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom, his father, William Beard, was 25 and his mother, Alice Hales Powell, was 22. He married Anne Freeman on 12 October 1824, in Whitbourne, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom in 1851 and Salt Lake, Utah, United States in 1860. He died on 12 February 1862, in Millcreek, Salt Lake, Utah, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Utah, United States.

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William Beard
Anne Freeman
Marriage: 12 October 1824
Mary Ann Beard
Mark Beard
Matilda Beard
William Beard
Emma Beard
John Beard
George Beard
Eliza Beard

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  • Marriage
    12 October 1824Whitbourne, Herefordshire, England, United Kingdom
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    World Events (8)

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.
    Age 2
    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.
    1801 · The Act of Union
    Age 3
    The Act of Union was a legislative agreement which united England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland under the name of the United Kingdom on January 1, 1801.
    Age 17
    The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

    Name Meaning

    English: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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    Story of William Beard's life and family

    This account was given to me by Carolyn Ostler, daughter-in-law of James D. Ostler. WILLIAM BEARD William Beard was born at Powick, Worcestershire, England, on the 1 Jan 1798. The son of William Bea …

    Sources (45)

    • William Beard in entry for William Beard, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
    • William Beard, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
    • 1854 - William Beard, "England Marriages, 1538–1973 "

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