Does this person's name look like "Samuel?" And where did he go?

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The only record I can find for this person is in his sister's home in 1910, but honestly, the census record looks illegible. FamilySearch has interpreted his first name to be "Samuel", but I swear there is an "I' in there. I know his last name is Beauregard and not Bingard. On her daughter's SS Claim, "Samuel's" sister's maiden name is Margaret M Beauregard. 

I can find no reference to him at all before or after this census. I have had a grandchild of his sister reach out and waiting to hear back from him on the proper last name - but have no word as of yet.

I would love to be able to tell him I found something. Any help greatly appreciated.

WikiTree profile: Daniel Burgard
in Genealogy Help by Alicia Taylor G2G6 Mach 5 (57.0k points)
edited by Alicia Taylor

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It could be DANIEL. Someone read it as Samuel and every one else copied it as such. The enumerator didn't lose the circle of the A, making the standing leg look like part of the N into an M.  And the same poor handwriting and misreading that make Burgard look like Bingard
by Lynette Jester G2G6 Mach 6 (69.8k points)
selected by Alicia Taylor
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On the 1920 + 30 census she is listed as Matilda M. Still searching,

Edited to add from findmypast 


Middle name O

Last name Beauregard

Sex Male

Birth date 04/12/1872

Birth place California

Year 1947

Death date 09/08/1947

Death place Napa

State California

Country United States

Father's last name Beauregard

Mother's last name -

Record set California, Death Record Index, 1940-1997

Category Life Events (BDMs)

Subcategory Civil Deaths & Burials

Collections from Americas, United States

by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Marion, I think you found a different Samuel. The fellow Alicia is looking for was born in Florida, and is ten years younger than this California Samuel.
The only Sam I found was Borgard in 1920 marriage in Florida to Mabel Rogers. But no birth for him under either name.
Yes. This person was born in Florida. But thank you.
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Are you sure that's not Daniel with a very deflated D?
by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (221k points)
Sorry Jessica, I didn't see your answer when I posted. I agree its a deflated D. And Daniel.
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My husband thought it looked like Daniel, too - but I couldn't find any Daniel Beauregard's in Florida. It is definitely Beauregard. His sister's daughter's Social Security Death Index gives her mother's maiden name as Beauregard.
by Alicia Taylor G2G6 Mach 5 (57.0k points)

I agree with Lynette Jester regards the way it is written.  It's pretty certainly Daniel, as there's a very clear . over the letter immediately before the "el", which would make it an "i".

The same with the Burgard looking to some eyes as "Bingard".  If you'd never seen Beauregard spelt, then "Burgard" would likely be one way you might spell it.

That, too, depends largely on how one HEARS it being said.  I experimented saying it aloud and I can get to where Beauregard sounds most definitely as though it's Burgard.

Melanie, I totally agree!!! Don't look at how its spelled, listen to how its pronounced.

I want to do a Gibbs headslap sometimes when I hear someone say its not spelled correctly. Thank the Genie Gods I'm on a computer and far from civilization.
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Ok - So, I agree that it's Daniel and feel much more sane. I was wondering where Samuel came from on both Ancestry's and FamilySearch's interpretation. Someone else has suggest Amiel, as well.

But, I still cannot find any further information on him with either Beauregard or Burgard. However, a grandchild of Daniel's (Amiel's) sister reached out and used the name Beauregard - so, I'm still pretty sure that's what it is.
by Alicia Taylor G2G6 Mach 5 (57.0k points)
I went back and looked at the rest of the page and studied the enumerators handwriting. If it wasn't in 1900 I could nearly swear the guy went to school about the late 1940s - 1970s.. Its definately Palmer script.  In all other names he makes distinct letters for classic Palmer, I compared his S, A and D names. They are very distinct and clearly  those letters. I think he just lost his grip on the pen. Maybe his hand got a bit too sweaty.  His handwriting is pretty good. I've seen far worse in 1900.

This is also why I make census indices.

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