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William Beard, Sr

  • Birth 27 Dec 1759
  • Death 24 Mar 1851
  • Burial Yellowbud, Ross County, Ohio, USA
  • Memorial ID 26801330


Southern Campaign American Revolution Pension Statements & Rosters
Pension application of William Beard S2370 f18NC Transcribed by Will Graves rev’d 8/18/10 & 6/13/14 [Methodology: Spelling, punctuation and/or grammar have been corrected in some instances for ease of reading and to facilitate searches of the database. Where the meaning is not compromised by adhering to the spelling, punctuation or grammar, no change has been made. Corrections or additional notes have been inserted within brackets or footnotes. Blanks appearing in the transcripts reflect blanks in the original. A bracketed question mark indicates that the word or words preceding it represent(s) a guess by me. The word 'illegible' or 'indecipherable' appearing in brackets indicates that at the time I made the transcription, I was unable to decipher the word or phrase in question. Only materials pertinent to the military service of the veteran and to contemporary events have been transcribed. Affidavits that provide additional information on these events are included and genealogical information is abstracted, while standard, 'boilerplate' affidavits and attestations related solely to the application, and later nineteenth and twentieth century research requests for information have been omitted. I use speech recognition software to make all my transcriptions. Such software misinterprets my southern accent with unfortunate regularity and my poor proofreading skills fail to catch all misinterpretations. Also, dates or numbers which the software treats as numerals rather than words are not corrected: for example, the software transcribes "the eighth of June one thousand eighty six" as "the 8th of June 1786." Please call material errors or omissions to my attention.]
State of Ohio, Ross County On this 11th day of October 1832 personally appeared in open court before the court of Common Pleas for said County, now sitting, William Beard a resident of Union Township in said County, aged Seventy one or Seventy two years, on the 27th day of Dec'r last, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress passed June 7th 1832; That from the recollection of information from his parents, together with information obtained from his indenture of apprenticeship (but lost or destroyed) he was born in Washington County in the State of Maryland, on the 27th day of Dec'r 1760 or 1761—where he resided till the commencement of the Revolutionary War. In May 1779 he left Maryland for North Carolina and from Rhoanne [Rowan] County in North Carolina in Decr. 1779 he was drafted, and entered the service of the United States in the Militia, on a tour of three months, under Capt. Wm Bell [William Bell] & Ensign Peter Forney1 in Col. Hampton's [Andrew Hampston's] & Lt. Col. Hamright's [Frederick Hambright's]2 regiment under General Lillington [John Alexander Lillington] of the militia, commanded by Genl. Lincoln [Benjamin Lincoln] of the Regular Troops; from North Carolina, he was marched to Charlestown in South Carolina where he served his three months tour of duty, and was discharged on the 24th day of March 1780 and returned to Lincoln County North Carolina; from whence, in June or July 1780 he again entered the service of the United States in the Militia, on a tour of three months, as a substitute for Adam Dukes of said County, under Capt. Wm. Armstrong [William Armstrong], and was attached to Major Armstrong & Col. Armstrong's Reg't in Genl. Rutherford's [Griffith Rutherford's] Brigade of Militia, and commanded by Genl. Gates [Horatio Gates] of the regular Troops; that he was at the Battle near Camden the 16th of Aug't 1780 when Genl. Gates was defeated by Lord Corn Wallice [sic, Cornwallis] and General Rutherford being wounded and taken prisoner, his Brigade was broken up, and was not again organized until this deponent returned home. In Sept. 1780 he again entered the service of the United States in the Militia as a volunteer (against the Tories)
1 Peter Forney W4955 2 Frederick Hambright R4504
under Lt. Hill3, and was attached to Col. Campbell's [William Campbell's] Reg't; he rendezvoused at the Cow Pens [sic, Cowpens], and was at the battle of King's Mountain on the 7th Oct'r 1780 where Major Ferguson with his whole Companies of Tories &c were all killed or taken prisoners except one man, and then dismissed and returned home having performed about a month's service. In Dec'r of the year 1780 he returned to Washington County, Maryland, and again entered the service of the United States in the Militia, as a substitute for Christopher [illegible portion of last name, could be “Brandon”]berry, to guard the British Prisoners at Fort Frederick in Maryland, under Capt. Simmons, where he performed a tour of service of two months, with the detachment guarding the British Prisoners taken with Gen. Burgoyne. From the State of Maryland he removed to the State of Virginia from thence to his present place of residence in the state of Ohio, where he has resided for twenty two years past—that he has no documentary evidence of the aforesaid facts and that he knows of no person whose testimony he can procure who can testify to his service. He hereby relinquishes every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the present, and declares that his name is not on the pension roll of the agency of any state. S/ William Beard, X his mark
Sworn to & subscribed in open Court Oct. 11th 1832 S/ Humphrey Fullerton, Clk. [John Jenkins, a clergyman, and Alexander Robertson gave the standard supporting affidavit.]
The Application for a New Certificate State of Ohio Ross County. On this 20th day of June 1834, before me the subscriber, a Justice of the Peace for the said County of Ross personally appeared William Beard, who on his oath, declares that he is the same person who formerly belonged to the company commanded by Captain William Bell in the regiment commanded by Colonel Hampton of the North Carolina Militia in the service of the United States; that his name was placed on the pension roll of the state of Ohio; that he received a certificate of that fact under the signature and seal of the Secretary of War; which certificate, on or about the 10th day of February 1834, on the public road in Union Township in said County of Ross, he lost from his pocket, together with a one dollar note, and although diligent search has been made by him for it, he has not found it. S/ William Beard
Sworn and subscribed to before me the day and year aforesaid. S/ Peter Patterson, J. Peace 3 There was a Lt. James Hill from Tryon County, NC at Kings Mountain, but whether or not this is the officer to whom the veteran refers, is not clear to me.
State of Ohio, Ross County. Before me Peter Patterson a Justice of the Peace in and for said County, personally appeared William Beard who subscribed his name to the above affidavit, and made oath that he generally writes his name, although with a very trembling hand, but that when he made his Declaration, before the Court of Ross County, for the purpose of obtaining a Pension, he commenced to write his name as usual, but his hand shook so much, and also because he had no spectacles, that he could not write it, and therefore had to make a mark. S/ William Beard Sworn to & subscribed before me this 20th day of June 1834. S/ Peter Patterson, J. Peace
[Veteran was pensioned at the rate of $30 per annum commencing March 4, 1831 for nine months service in the North Carolina militia..

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Beard, Sr (27 Dec 1759–24 Mar 1851), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26801330, citing Springbank Cemetery, Yellowbud, Ross County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Penny Cox Brown (contributor 46977801) .