Francis Beard is a NSDAR/NSSAR recognized Patriot of the Revolutionary War. His ancestor number is: A 210784.
Francis Beard (Frans Baard) was born about 1745. His father was of Scottish descent, and his mother was of Dutch descent. He married Christina Kerssenaer in Schenectady, New York, in about 1769 after having purchased their farm from the Patroon in 1768. He served in the 3rd Regiment, Albany County Militia under Col. Philip P. Schuyler in the Revolutionary War. He died after 1790.
Records of a family under the surnames "Baard" are as follows: Baard, Frans and Christina Kersenaar (Dorst). This information comes from the book, GENEALOGIES OF THE DESCENDANTS OF THE FIRST SETTLERS OF SCHENECTADY, by Jonathan Pearson, Albany, NY, 1874, Pg. 5. The aforementioned book entry continues with the Baptismal records of the children of Francis Beard (Frans Baard) and Christina Kersenaar as follows:
1) Helena Beard (Baard),
bp. January 6, 1770
2) Maria Magdalena Beard (Baard),
bp. May 7, 1771,
m. Josiah Graves, Jr.
3) Maria Barbara Beard (Baard),
bp. September 8, 1773,
4) Sarah Beard (Baard),
bp. January 24, 1776
5) Susanna Beard (Baard),
bp. November 12, 1778,
m. William Cogswell
6) Johannes Beard (Baard),
bp. July 7, 1778
The graves of Francis Beard and Christina Kerssenaer are described as being in the following location: "Intersection, Route 397 and Route 20 at Dunnsville. Intersection, Route 397 and Settle's Hill Road. Turn right. To the righthand side of the road on the north side of the farm of William Brehn, late the property of Aaron F. Pangburn, about 2,000 feet north of the present house and 100 feet south of the farm line fence between the Brehn farm and the Herman Gray farm, on a little knoll near the site of the old residence, this soldier lies buried," (Dunnsville, NY - Latitude and Longitude of his grave is 42.734436 Lat. and 74.022746 Long). Please note that the above spelling of their names and the grave location come from the book published by the DAR. Other publications spell their names differently as is evidenced in this biography. However, the DAR spellings are the most accurate spelling of their names.
Documentation Sources for this biography are as follows:
1) PILGRIMAGES TO THE GRAVES OF 126 REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS IN THE TOWNS OF GUILDERLAND, NEW SCOTLAND, and BETHLEHEM ALBANY COUNTY, NEW YORK, by Tawasentha Chapter, Slingerland, New York, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1940, Albany New York: Evory Press.
2) A MEMORIAL, Records of Early Burial Places On The Farms In The Town of Guilderland, NY and Surrounding Towns, Compiled by William A Brinkman, Historian, Town of Guilderland, Altamont, NY RD1, 1940
3) GENEALOGIES OF THE DESCENDENTS OF THE FIRST SETTLERS OF SCHENECTADY, by Jonathan Pearson, Albany, N.Y. 1873, Pg. 5 lists a family under the surnames, "Baard (Baat)" as follows: Baard (Baat) FRANS, and Chirstina Kersenaar (Dorst). The above listed book can be found on the Schentectady Digital History Archive at: www.schenectadyhistory.org.
4) NEW YORK IN THE REVOLUTION AS COLONY AND STATE, VOL I, A compilation of Documents and Records from The Office of the State Comptroller, Albany, NY, J.B. Lyon Company Printers, 1904, Pg. 101.
5) UNITED STATES CENSUS, 1790, WATERVLIET, ALBANY, NY
* Special credit for finding the above mentioned documentation and information about the lives of Francis Beard and Christina Kerssenaer should be given to JIM YOUNG, their many times great grandson who documented their lives in 2013. Jim Young's excellent documentation made this memorial possible to add to the Findagrave website.