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Rev Edgar Beard

Rev Edgar Beard

Connecticut, USA
Death 4 Mar 1873 (aged 42)
Centreville, St. Joseph County, Michigan, USA
Burial Centreville, St. Joseph County, Michigan, USA
Plot Section 2, Row 6, Stone 9
Memorial ID 100125774 · View Source
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Edgar Beard was born in Connecticut on Oct 29, 1830. Six years later the family moved to Pompey, Onondaga County, New York where he grew into adulthood. At the age of twenty he came to Michigan.

About 1853 Edgar was converted at the great revival in Grand Rapids and was authorized to preach by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1854. That year he also entered the seminary in Albion, MI and studied there several terms.

He began his work as a junior minister in the Boston Circuit with Brother Thomas Clark in the fall of 1857. A year later he was admitted on a trial basis to the Michigan Conference and was appointed to the extreme border of the church's frontier work which was called the "Pentwater Mission".

Edgar was appointed to several circuits and towns in Michigan beginning in 1860 when he was ordained as deacon in Battle Creek by Bishop Ames. His appointment was to the Manistee Mission followed by the North Point Mission in 1861. Then in the fall of that year he rode the New Buffalo Circuit. In 1862 he was ordained as elder in Grand Rapids by Bishop Scott and was moved to other circuits including the Berrien Circuit in 1862 and the Cassopolis Circuit in 1864. He began ministering in towns at Lawton in 1866 and then in Keeler in 1868. In 1870 he was charged to minister at Burr Oak. His last appointment came September 1872 to the congregation at Centreville.

On May 26, 1859 Edgar married a Canadian born woman named Marilla (Minnie) Williams who was about six years younger than he. They had three children all born in Michigan: Edgar Marcus born in 1860, Charles born in 1863, and Minnie M. born in 1867. Sadly little Charlie died on August 18, 1863 in Berrien Springs.

Edgar died from spinal fever at home in the parsonage in Centreville, St. Joseph County, Michigan on March 4, 1873. He was considered an earnest but kind and loving man who went about his work cheerfully, hopefully, and faithfully.

Most of the information above is taken from the Minutes of the Michigan Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church published by George H. Blair's Steam Printing House in Jackson, Mich. 1873, pages 70 -72. The section about Edgar Beard was written by L. M. Edmonds. Other information was complied from census records as well as birth and death records.


DIED MAR. 4, 1873,
AE. 43 Y'S & 4 MO.




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