Facts and Events
Thomas Beard was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Advisory on Thomas Beard
One source claims that Thomas married Margaret Eakin, but other sources appear to be correct in his marrying Jean McNutt.
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Thomas Beard's land (Beverley Manor SW, 309½ acres acquired from George Breckenridge in 1747) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. (Note: this land is fairly close to Thomas Beard's two Borden Tract acquisitions, listed below, just across the line between Beverley Manor and the Borden Grant).
Thomas Beard's land (Borden Tract NE, 2 Tracts: 1) 605-acre tract patented in 1753; 2) 389½-acre tract acquired from Samuel Dunlap in 1753, part of Samuel Dunlop's original 559½-acre patent acquired in 1742) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009.
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 432.--19th November, 1747. £27 current money Virginia. George Brackenridge to Thomas Beard, 309½ acres in Beverley Manor; corner to James Lynn and John Tate; corner to David Steel. Teste: James Fulton, Samuel Wilson, Samuel Steel. Acknowledged by George, 18th November, 1747, and Ann releases dower.
- Page 173.--10th February, 1753. Same (From Borden, etc.) to Thomas Beard, 605 acres of 92100; Moffett's Creek of James; corner John Roseman. Delivered: Saml. Buchanan, 21st June, 1758.
- Page 415.--14th August. 1753. Samuel Dunlop to Thomas Beard, 389½ acres in Borden's tract. Cor. John Huston and Robert Wier. Teste: Jno. Edmiston, Robert Dunlap, Thomas Mitchell.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 456.--20th May, 1765. Thomas Beard and Jean to John Beard, their son, £40, 183 acres on a branch of Cathey's River called Jenning's Branch; corner Daniel McNare. Delivered: John Beard, January, 1769.
Will of Thomas Beard
- Page 257.--15th May, 1769. Thomas Beard's will--To wife, all cleared land where house stands to clear land for turnips where they last grew; to daughter Fane; to daughter Jane; to wife, his elbow chair, negroe boy; to son Hugh, cleared land; to grandson Thomas, son of Hugh, 170 acres lying next John Montgomery's Thomas Hill; to grandchildren, viz: Thomas Alexander, Thomas (page 259) Beard (William's son), Thomas Mitchell, Thomas Dunlap, £10 each; to Robert Ramsey's children (testator's grandchildren), £12.10.0.; to son William; to daughters Ester Alexander, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mary Dunlap; to grandchildren Ann Alexander, Martha Mitchell. (Frequent provision for such issue in case daughter Jane have issue.) Executors, James Mitchell, Thos. Hill. Teste: John, James, Andrew Eakin. Proved, 18th October, 1769, by John and James Eakin. Executors qualify, with William Alexander, Wm. Kennedy, Hugh Beard.
- Page 276.--28th November, 1769. Thomas Beard's estate appraised (by John Montgomery, Wm. Moore, Thomas Wilson). James Mitchell and Thomas Hill, executors.
- Page 125.--28th November, 1779. Thomas Beard's estate appraised by Jno. Montgomery, Wm. Moore, Thos. Wilson.
- Oct. 18, 1769
- WILL BOOK 4 Page 257:
- In the name of God Amen I Thomas Beard of the County of Augusta being sick and weak of Body but Perfect mind and memory thanks be given to almighty God Calling to mind the Mortality of my body knowing that it is appointed to all men one to die make this my last Will in manner and form follow-that is to say Principally I recommend my soul to God who gave it and my body I commit to the dust to be buried in a Christian like and decent Manner at the discretion of my Executors and touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me I give devise and bequeath as follows Imprecise I give and bequeath to my wife all my cleared Land lying on the side of the Meadow where the house stands with the upper part of the Meadow as low as the Partition Fence half of the orchard and order her to give my daughter Jane what hay she thinks fit my dwelling house Barn and all my other office houses with Liberty to clear the land for Turnip where they last grew Provided it don't exceed three acres to be possessed by her during her widowhood and no longer I give my Wife my Negro child Dick and at her decease order him to fall to my daughter Jane if she have lawful Issue If she have no lawful Issue I order him to be sold and the Money arising from the sale to be divided among all the rest of my children I give my wife twelve cows and Calves my Roan horse and bay horse and all my household goods to be equally divided betwixt my wife and daughter Jane except two bed steeds my Elbow Chair Walnut Table two large Pewter dishes and six best Plates I order my Wife and Son Hugh to be equal shares in my Cart and Harrow til the wood is near out and then the sole property to fall to Hugh I give my Wife my Plough Tackling Spade Grape shovel Solomon's Mattock an ax Maul Rings and Iron Wedges and one half the fall crop now in the ground and the use of my Negro Tom till the crop is put in next fall and a week after that to provide fire wood she shall not have liberty to take the wood of said Plantation. I give her six sheep my black horse paying eight pounds ten shillings I give my daughter Jane my Negro wench Hannah six sheep my young roant mare my old roant mare and the other half of my household goods Except before Excepted Item I give and bequeath my son Hugh all the land on the West side of the Meadow and all the Meadow below the Partition Fence to take immediate Possession thereof My slave Solomon and I also devise and bequeath unto him two hundred acres of land with all my houses and improvements at my wife’s marriage or decease to him his heirs forever Provided it shall not be lawful for him to sell or in otherwise dispose of said land or Slaves without the consent of my Executors first obtained under their hands and Seal.
- Item I give and bequeath to my Grand child Thomas my son Hugh's son and the child’s heirs forever one hundred seventy five acres land lying next John Montgomery Thomas Hill and the other neighbors land Joining that part of my place I order my wife and Hugh each to pay the one half of the Suit rent I give and bequeath to my Grand Children Thomas Alexander, Thomas Beard (William's Son) Thomas Mitchell, Thomas Dunlop ten pounds each and twelve pounds ten to Robert Ramsey's children Viz my Grand children I order my son William Beard my Negro Tom next fall Payment forty one pounds and the money arising from sale to be divided among the Legatees two years after delivery I give and bequeath to my daughters Ester Alexander, Elizabeth Mitchell and Mary Dunlop ten pounds each to their heirs I give my Grand Children Ann Alexander and Martha Mitchell to each of them a large Pewter dish and three plates to my son William my Elbow chair and to my son Hugh, Table bedstead and the one fourth part of the fall crop and the other one fourth to Jane I give to my daughter, Elizabeth Mitchell a Crass Heckle I order my young bay mare to be sold and the money let out at Interest for the use of my Daughter Jane 's Issue and if she have no Issue to be equally divided among all the rest of my Children I order a Brown Heifer with a Bull calf to be sold valued at ten pounds ten t~m only for the Legatees I order my son Hugh to pay Ester Alexander, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mary Dunlop, Thomas Alexander, Thomas Beard (William's son), Thomas Mitchell, Thomas Dunlop and Robert Ramsey's Children ten pounds ten shillings to be equally divided among them six years after my decease.
- Lastly I constitute James Mitchell and Thomas Hill my Executors and revoke all former Wills In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 15th May 1769 I order three years to pay the black horse Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of His
- (signed)Thomas T.B. Beard
- John Eakin
- James Eakin Mark
- Andrew Eakin
- At a Court Continued and held for Augusta County Oct. 18, 1769 This Last Will and Testament of Thomas Beard was Proved by the Oaths of John Eakin and James Eakin two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be Recorded and on the motion of James Mitchell and Thomas Hill (Executors therein named) who made oath according to law Certificate is Granted them for obtaining a Probate thereof in due form they having with Security entered into and Acknowledged their Bond according to law Test
Records of Thomas Beard in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 16.--26th June, 1746. Robert Sayers, late from Pennsylvania. Will--Sons, William, Alexander; wife, Cathren; daughters, Margaret, Ann, Elizabeth. Executors, John Buchanan and Joseph Culton, Gent. (desiring Col. Patton to assist if he will grant me the favor). Teste: Jno. Buchanan, Wm. Adair, Francis McCown, Thos. Beard. Proved, 20th August, 1746, by all except Beard. Wm. and Alex. Sayers qualify executors 20th August, 1746, with sureties John Buchanan and John Hays.
- Page 104.--2nd February, 1748. David Moore's will - Sister, Mary Edmiston and her daughter Eleanor, all proper. Executors, Thos. Beard, Ro. Ramsey. Proved, 15th February, 1748.
- Page 180.--22d August, 1749. Thomas Beard's bond as administrator of James McNutt, with sureties Thos. Beard, James Buchanan, David Stuart.
- Page 250.--7th March, 1750. James Berry's appraisement by Thomas Beard, James Trimble, David Hays.
- Page 274.--15th May, 1751. Same (From Borden's Executors) to Thomas Hill, 50 acres in Borden's tract, cor. to a tract which Thos. Beard purchased of Samuel Donlop; cor. said Thomas Baird and Patrick Hays; cor. said Thos. Hill's old survey. Delivered to Thos. Hill. January, 1757.
- Page 515.--23d May, 1751. James McNutt's orphans. Settlement by Thos. Beard, administrator. Paid Mr. Burden for 185 acres bought by my wife (Thos. Beard's?) now, but before marriage. 17__ to Mr. Burden quit rents on 85 acres for 10 years. 1747 to Mr. Downs for quit rents. 1744 to Mr. Burden for quit rents, 300 acres. December 20th, 1748, paid David Hays rents debt due before marriage. Paid Wm. Nutt debt. 8th May, 1749, paid Wm. Hunter for work. 4th February, 1747, paid John Huston, debt. 9th December, 1748, paid John Roseman. debt. 10th May, 1748, paid Saml. Wilson, for bringing some linen from Penna. Paid to Widow Sheals, a debt. Paid to Robt. Alexander, for schooling James and Robert McNutt. Paid to James Dobbins, for schooling Alex. McNutt. Paid one new Bible, for Alex. McNutt. Paid one new Testament, for James McNutt. Paid one new spelling book, for the children,
- Page 345.--7th June, 1752. Borden, &c., to John Fulton, planter, 200 acres of 92,100. Moffet's Creek; Thos. Beard's line; James Trimble's corner.
- Page 511.--18th July, 1753. James Fulton's will farmer--Son, Hugh, 250 acres joining Samuel Steel's line. One horse died in New England, and 1 horse died here. Son, James, to take care of the widow for her life. Son, William. James to take care of the 2 young boys, David and Thomas, and 3 daughters, Elizabeth, Elliner, and Jane. Son, John. To daughter, Elizabeth, a mare brought from New England. Son, David. Wife, Sarah, and son, Hugh, executors. Teste: Robert Ramsey, Thomas Beard, Robert Alexander. Proved, 15th August, 1753, by all witnesses, and executors qualify with sureties John Brownlee, Thos. Beard.
- Page 370.--17th November, 1756. George Breckinridge, of Albemarle, to John Steel, £55, 230 acres in Beverley Manor, cor. Thos. Beard. Teste: Samuel Steel,' Wm. Read, John Erwm.
- Page 392.--21st May, 1765. James Eakin's appraisement, recorded, by Thos. Beard, Jno. Lusk, Wm. McCanless.
- Vol. 2 - James Young vs. Eakin--O. S. 148; N. S. 51--Bill, 23d February, 1808. Complainant was son-in-law of Andrew Kennedy (of Rockbridge?). James Aiken bought land from Borden, Sr. (died in Orange), devised (will in Augusta) it to son John 30 acres which his uncle Walter formerly lived on, to son James, to sons, Andrew and Samuel. John and James (before Andrew and Samuel came of age) conveyed to a distant relation, Anne Aiken. Ann sold to George Weir, father of Thomas Weir, who conveyed to orator. Andrew Aiken is dead, also James Aiken. Thomas Weir lives in Tennessee. Ann Eakin was widow of Walter. Margaret Pollax deposes: Was daughter of John Aiken. Thomas Beard was father-in-law of George Weir. James Houston deposes: He was born in 1751. William Alexander deposes in 1769 he heard his grandfather Thomas Beard say. George Weir's will of Rockbridge, dated 8th August, 1781. Wife, Jean; sons, Thomas; children. Recorded in Rockbridge, 6th November, 1781. (Note: Thomas Beard's daughter Jane married George Weir).
Information on Thomas Beard
Born About 1700 (Ireland or Scotland)
Died 1769 Staunton August Virginia
Married Jean McNutt 1728 b 1696 Stanton, VA
Thomas Beard, fourth son of John and Rebecca (Sterrett) Beard lived in Hanover Township, Northampton Co., Pa., and migrated to Augusta County, VA ca 1750. Other Scotch-Irish friends and neighbors migrating to Augusta County at this time were the Steele, McNutt, John Mills, and McClure families many of whom were intermarried with the Beard Families. Thomas Beard married Jean McNutt, daughter of Elder James McNutt who died in 1753, and his son-in-law was named executor his estate. Thomas Beard was "very aged" in 1764 and exempt from taxes, according to Lyman Chalkey in his "Records of Augusta County, Va.". His will, dated 15 May 1769 and proven 18 October 1769 had his son-in-law James Mitchell as executor.
Hugh Beard Abt. 1718
William Beard Abt. 1731
Jane (Jean) Beard Abt. 1746
Elizabeth (Martha) Beard Abt. 1742
Mary Beard Abt. 1726
Esther Beard Abt. 1724, Staunton, VA
Husband: Thomas Beard
Wife: Jean McNutt
Name: Esther Beard
Born: 1724 at:
Married: ABT. 1740 at: Pennsylvania
Died: AFT. 1779 at:
Spouses: Robert Alexander
>24. Thomas BEARD. He was married to Jean MCNUTT.
>25. Jean MCNUTT. Thomas BEARD and Jean MCNUTT had the following children:
>ii.Thomas BEARD died in 1814 in Greenbrier County, Virginia.
____ - Sep 1769
BIRTH: PA or Ireland 
DEATH: Sep 1769, Augusta County, VA 
Family 1 : Margret EAKIN