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Subject: BIO: Samuel Christopher BEARD, M.D., Greenbrier County
Date: Sat, 2 Oct 1999 21:33:45 EDT
History of Greenbrier County
J. R. Cole
Lewisburg, WV 1917
SAMUEL CHRISTOPHER BEARD, M.D.
In these days of automobile progression, physicians easily make their rounds,
being able to see many patients daily, but in pioneer times it was different.
It is said that Dr. S. C. Beard would sometimes in one day ride sixty miles
on horseback in his professional work. His sympathies were large and his
field of labor was, too, and in order to meet the demands of so extensive a
practice long journeys necessarily at times had to be taken. When the war
broke out, and whenever possible, his services were joyfully given to the
needs of the boys in the Confederate camps, the doctor being regarded as one
of the most valued physicians in the army. In the meantime, his private
practice kept him busily engaged with the sick in his home surroundings, and
until his death, in 1905, which closed a long and honorable career.
Dr. Beard was thoroughly educated for his professional work. He completed his
medical course in 1853, taking his degree, Doc-tor of Medicine, from the
University of Virginia. A post-graduate course taken in Jefferson College,
Philadelphia, subsequently, more fully equipped him for his life's work.
Dr. S. C. Beard was born October 3, 1831, on a farm near Lewisburg, where his
early boyhood days were spent. There were only two children, Dr. Beard and a
brother, John A. Beard, who died in service the first year of the Civil war.
He was a lieutenant in the cavalry and was with the Governor's Guards at the
time of his death. He was a son of Christopher and Miriam (McNeel) Beard,
both natives of Virginia, and a grandson of Samuel Beard, of Scotch-Irish
parentage, whose father, John, emigrated to America and settled in
Pennsylvania, then later moved to Augusta county, Virginia, where he lived
with his parents while a young man.
John Beard was a bold, venturesome man, and his courage was frequently needed
in contests with the Indians. He married Janet Wallace and became the pioneer
of Renick's Valley, Greenbrier county. This was about the year 1770. The
young couple took up their abode in a cabin John had erected before his
marriage on lands afterwards occupied by Abram Beard, his grandson. Here they
reared a large family of sons and daughters, Samuel being the grandfather of
the doctor. Samuel Beard married Margaret Walkup, and their children were:
Tommie, Jesse, William R., Josiah, Margaret, Jane, Nancy, Siby and Mary.
Margaret became the second wife of Thomas Price. Josiah was the first clerk
of Greenbrier after its organization. His wife was Rachael Cam-eron Poage,
daughter of Mayor William Poage, of Marlin's Bottom. William R. married
Christopher Beard, the father of Dr. Beard, was born April 1, 1798, and died
August 2, 1840. He was a large farmer, led a quiet and unobtrusive life, and
became a useful citizen. His widow, who survived him until i888, died at the
age of nearly eighty eight years. She was the daughter of Abraham McNeel, of
Scotch descent. Her grandfather, John McNeel, married Martha Davis, a zealous
convert of John Wesley, and through her influence her husband erected the
first log cabin for religious worship west of the Allegheny Mountains. Their
home in Pocahontas county was near this church, where Bishop Asbury, the
noted Methodist divine, often stopped over night.
John McNeel appears to have been the first to occupy the Littie Levels coming
there about the year 1765. On October 10, 1784, we hear of him in camp at
Lewisburg, joining the expedition to Point Pleasant.
Children horn to John and Martha (Davis) McNeel were:
Abraham, whose second wife was Miss Bridger; Betsy, John, Abe, Patsy, and
Margaret, who married William Beard; and Miriam, who married Christopher
Beard. She was horn in 1808, on the seventh of December, in Pocahontas
county. She was married when sixteen years of age and lived on the farm three
miles above Lewisburg to the age of eighty-three.
Jacob and Delilah (Jarrett) Hamilton were the parents of Estaline Montgomery,
wife of Dr. Beard. Estaline Montgomery Hamilton was born at Blue Sulphur
Springs, December 7, 1834. Her mother was born at that place in i8io. Her
father was born on Muddy creek in 1795. She was united in marriage to Dr.
Beard, December 12, 1855, and the children born to this union were Walter C.,
Lillian H., Delia Miriam, Margaret E., Phil J. A., Samuel C. and Emma W.
Delia M., Margaret E. and Phil J. A. died sev-eral years prior to this sketch.
The homestead, three miles north of Lewisburg, originally consisted of 1,200
acres of land.
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