John was born in 1839. He is the son of Adrian W. Beard and Martha M. Smith.  John married Margaret D. Fuller. He fought for the Confederacy during the U.S. Civil War. John died 1873 in a Yellow Fever outbreak leaving a widow and three children. One child died soon after he did, family tale is he died of a broken heart. John is buried beside the Church of the Epiphany in Calvert, Texas. 
↑ "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8QG-SXF : 12 April 2016), John W Beard in household of Adrian W Beard, York county, York, South Carolina, United States; citing family 3, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
↑ Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/6207526/john-w_-beard : accessed 14 December 2018), memorial page for John W. Beard (17 May 1839–28 Oct 1873), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6207526, citing Episcopal Church of the Epiphany Cemetery, Calvert, Robertson County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by janemcash (contributor 46778944) .
"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8QG-SXF : 23 December 2020), John W Beard in household of Adrian W Beard, Yorkville, York, South Carolina, United States; citing family , NARA microfilm publication (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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