Eliza Beard

1 July 1847–1877 (Age 29)
Worcester, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom

The Life Summary of Eliza

When Eliza Beard was born on 1 July 1847, in Worcester, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom, her father, William Beard, was 49 and her mother, Anne Freeman, was 44. She married Meredith R "Riff" Williams on 16 November 1863, in Storey, Nevada, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She immigrated to Utah, United States in 1855 and lived in Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom in 1851. She died in 1877, in Virginia City, Storey, Nevada, United States, at the age of 30, and was buried in Virginia City, Storey, Nevada, United States.

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Meredith R "Riff" Williams
Eliza Beard
Marriage: 16 November 1863
P S Williams
M. W. Williams

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    16 November 1863Storey, Nevada, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (7)

    1854 · The Crimean War
    Age 7
    The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.
    Age 9
    Nevada is the 36th state.
    Age 16
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    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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    Sources (18)

    • Eliza Baird in household of Philip Weston, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Eliza Williams, "Nevada County Marriages, 1862-1993"
    • Eliza Beard in household of William Beard, "England and Wales Census, 1851"

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