|Birth: ||Oct. 11, 1838|
|Death: ||May 11, 1924|
Israel, an Afro-American, was born in Louisville, KY during the time of slavery. His headstone says he was born on Oct. 11, 1838, however, his death certificate says Oct. 11, 1840. His mother is listed as Sharlet Pope, his father an unknown Beard, both born in Kentucky.
In 1865 Israel enlisted in the Union Army in Louisville, KY. He served as a private in Co. H of the US Colored Troops, 125th Infantry.
Israel married Fannie Ford in 1869. Her parents are unknown.
The 1870 and 1880 US Censuses show Israel and Fannie living in Shelby Co., KY with Israel working on a farm. The censuses for 1900 and 1910 show Israel and his family living in Louisville, Ky. In the 1920 census Israel, now a widower, is living as a boarder still in Louisville.
Israel and Fannie had two known children. They were Robert Edward Beard (1872-1929) and Mary E. Beard (1880-1958). Robert was married to Ida Loving (1869-1919). Mary was married to Wayman Sherrill (1871-1926). The death certificates for both children and their spouses record that they were buried in the Louisville Cemetery.
Isreal died at age 83. At the time of his death he was living at 441 S. 21st Street in Louisville with his daughter Mary.
Fannie Ford Beard (1848 - 1918)*
Robert Edward Beard (1872 - 1929)*
Mary E. Beard Sherrill (1880 - 1958)*
Created by: Wayne & Diane King
Record added: Aug 23, 2013
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