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John Beard
Birth: Nov. 21, 1794
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Sep. 23, 1854
Carroll County
Indiana, USA


John married Sophia MORE on November 20, 1818, in Campbell County, Kentucky. The bondsman for the marriage was Samuel W. MORRISON.

In 1830, John, Sophia, and their first five children (John M., Sarah, Permelia, Mary Jane, and Rachel) were in Harrison Township, Darke County, Ohio.

In 1835, John brought his wife and children from Darke County, Ohio, to Carroll County, Indiana. He farmed land in Pyrmont, Indiana. A portion of his corn crop was distilled into corn whiskey and transported down the Wild Cat Creek for sale.

John and his wife had nine children: John M., Sarah, Permilla, Mary Jane, Rachel, William, Eli, Jermima, and Alexander.


DNA research shows that John Beard shared a common male-line ancestor with a man who was in Maury Co., Tennessee, in 1814. The connection between the two men is not known. However, the Y-DNA is absolute proof that they shared a common straight-line male-to-male ancestor.

The Y-DNA match is with Martin Beard who married Lydya COX in Maury County, Tennessee, on February 24, 1814. Martin was in Maury Co., TN, for the 1820 census. His age grouping shows he was born between 1776 and 1794. His wife/widow was found on the 1850 census in Graves Co., Kentucky. She was born about 1791.

Information is available at, in the BAIRD, BARD & BEARD FamilyTreeDNA Y Project (1st project), and in the BAIRD FamilyTreeDNA Y Project (2nd project).

Descendants from two sons of John have been tested -- one descendant from John's son John, and one descendant from John's son Alexander.

The DNA in Kit Number 345857 is from a son of John Beard's son John's great-grandson Robert Jesse Beard (1920-2010).

The DNA in Kit Number 12428 is from the son of John Beard's son Alexander's great-grandson Raymond Pearce Beard (1920-2005).

The DNA in Kit Number 200188 is from Martin Beard's three-greats-grandson, Adrian L. Beard. Adrian died only days before a match was found for his DNA. Adrian was known to descend from John G. Beard (1820-1874), a son of Martin Beard of Tennessee.

This is the Y-DNA sequence:
DYS393 is 12.
DYS390 is 23.
DYS19 is 14.
DYS391 is 10.
DYS385 is 15-17.
DYS426 is 11.
DYS388 is 12.
DYS439 is 11.
DYS389i is 13.
DYS392 is 15.
DYS389ii is 28.

haplogroup: L-M20 (was: L) Subgroup 001.

The connection between John d. 1854 (Carroll Co., IN) and Martin m. 1814 (Maury Co., TN) is not known, but the DNA proves the connection beyond doubt. Both men absolutely shared a straight-line male-to-male ancestor. However, since it is only a 12-marker match, there is no way to determine how distant that shared ancestor was. 
Family links: 
  Sophia More Beard (1801 - 1877)*
  John M. Beard (1823 - 1904)*
  Sarah Beard Nice (1825 - 1912)*
  Mary Jane Beard Mooney (1827 - 1868)*
  Rachel Beard St. John (1829 - 1854)*
  Eli Beard (1835 - 1925)*
  Jemima Beard Bates (1838 - 1903)*
  Alexander Beard (1840 - 1928)*
  Alexander Beard (1840 - 1928)*
*Calculated relationship
In memory of
SEPT. 23, 1854
Aged 59 yrs, 10 mo
& 2 dys.
These are they which came out of great
tribulations and have washed their robes
and made them white in the blood
of the Lamb. Rev 7, Ch 14.
Note: In 1997, stone was in one piece, lying on the ground. In October 2008, stone was broken.
Beard Cemetery
Carroll County
Indiana, USA
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Record added: May 30, 2006
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