Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
Monday September 16, 1974
Henry I. Beard, 76, Fairland, died today, Major Hospital.
Former resident of Franklin and Nineveh.
Retired employee of the former New York Central Railroad Beech Grove Shops.
Several nieces and nephews survive.
Preceded in death by four brothers and sisters,  William and  Ira Beard,  Mrs. Anna Cornutt and  Mrs. Oda Stroup.
Murphy Mortuary, with burial in Fairland Cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

A  Johnson  County  Newspaper
Tuesday November 22, 1949
(Fairland, November 21)
          Mrs. Lydia Beard, wife of Henry I. Beard, died in Johnson County Memorial Hospital, Monday morning at 3:31 o’clock.
          Ill for the past three years, Mrs. Beard’s condition became critical three days ago and Sunday night she was admitted to the hospital.
          Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Fairland Methodist church.  Burial will take place in Greenlawn cemetery.
          The body has been taken from the Flinn funeral home at Franklin to the late residence at Fairland where friends may call at any time. They are invited to attend the rites.
          Mrs. Beard was the daughter of George and Georgia Ann Basey and was born in Shelby county on July 9, 1883. With the exception of 15 years when she was a resident of Franklin, Mrs. Beard had spent her entire life in Shelby county.
          She was married to William Dodd in [November 21] 1899 and seven children were born to this union.  Mr. Dodd died in 1918 and on August 9, 1929, she was united in marriage to Mr. Beard, who survives.
          Other survivors include five daughters,  Mrs. Pearl Perry, of Shelbyville;  Mrs. Sarah Ward, of Sellersburg;  Mrs. Helen Rouse, of Fairland; and  Mrs. Mable Jones, of Franklin.  Three children preceded their mother in death.
          Two sisters,  Mrs. Myrtle Anderson of Fairland;  Mrs. Lucy Mohr, of Glenflore, Wisconsin; two brothers,  Sanford Basey,  Artie Basey, of Fairland; 19 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren also remain.
          In her girlhood Mrs. Beard united with a United Brethern church.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, August 6, 1920
Page 1, column 3
Mrs. Elizabeth  Beard  Died  In  Marietta
Today  At  the  Age  Of  85  Years
          Mrs. Elizabeth Beard, widow of Eli Beard, died at her home in Marietta Friday morning at 11:30 o'clock.  Her age was 85 years.  Her death was due to a complication of ailments largely due to old age.  Mrs. Beard was born in Muskingham county, Ohio, and lived in this county full 50 years, thirty of these years having been passed in Marietta.  Her husband died two months ago at the advanced age of 82 years. They were married more than 60 years.  Her daughters living are Mrs. William Davis, at whose home she died and Mrs. George Anderson, of this city.  The sons are George Beard, of Indianapolis;  Pierce Beard, of Viola, Illinois, and  James Beard  who lives in Colorado.  Twenty grand children and 13 great grand children survive.  Mrs. Beard was a member of the M. E. church at Marietta, with which congregation she worshipped as along as her health permitted.  H. A. Hageman, of the Morris Sleeth undertaking parlors, was called. No arrangements were made today for the funeral.
Submitted by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, June 12, 1920
Page 1 column 4
Death, Which Occurred Friday Afternoon,
Was Caused By Senility
          Eli Beard, age eighty-three years, and for forty years a resident of the Marietta community, died Friday afternoon, at three-thirty o'clock, at his home. Senility was the cause of death. Mr. Beard was a native of Ohio. He was born December 18, 1836. He was married in Ohio, and later moved with his wife to this county. He was a member of the Methodist Protestant church, at Marietta. The deceased is survived by his widow,  Mrs. Elizabeth Beard; three sons, Pierce Beard, of Illinois;  James Beard, of Colorado; and  George Beard, of Indianapolis; two daughters, Mrs. Emma Anderson, of Shelbyville, and  Mrs. William Davis, of Marietta; and three brothers, Isaac,  Jasper  and  Charles Beard, all of Illinois.  Funeral services will be conducted Monday morning at ten o'clock at the M. P. church in Marietta, the Rev. J. C. Coons, officiating.
Submitted by Barb Huff

The  Franklin  Democrat
Johnson County, Indiana
Friday September 9, 1898
          Mary J. Beard, age 76 years, died Friday [September 2, 1898] evening at 5 o’clock at her home in Yandes street.  For a long time her health had been poor. A few days before her death she was compelled to take to her bed and soon lapsed into a state of unconsciousness from which she never revived. 
Short services were held Monday morning at the residence, conducted by Rev. J. K. Knowlton, after which the remains were taken to Second Mt. Pleasant, where funeral services were held, conducted by Rev. P.O. Duncan. Burial at Second Mt. Pleasant graveyard.
          Deceased was the daughter of  Ephriam and Winifred Tucker, and was born [December 5, 1822] in Preble county, Ohio. With her parents at the age of fifteen years, she came to Shelby county, Indiana in 1837, where she resided until her marriage with  William Beard, July 18, 1839, when she moved to Clark township, Johnson county, taking up their residence upon eighty acres of land that had been entered by her father, and at the time of Mr. Beard’s death, July 15, 1867, they possessed over 1,400 acres of fine farm lands of Needham and Clark townships.  Mrs. Beard continued to reside on the home farm for about seven years when she moved to Franklin.
          Deceased was the mother of the following children who lived to mature years: John, Jesse, Oliver, Mrs. Angie Webb, Jennie, James, Mrs. F. M. Hunt, Ida and Mrs. Mattie Atwood. Of these John, Jennie, James and Ida Beard are deceased.
          Mrs. Beard was one of the early members of Second Mt. Pleasant Baptist church and throughout her long life she was a devout, faithful Christian woman.  As a smother she was true, tender, ever watchful for the interests of her children.  She was an ideal grandmother to her children’s children, and by all she was highly esteemed.  Her business in looking after her various interests was considerable, and in the oversight she continued up to the last few weeks of her life. She was a woman of the greatest integrity of character; punctuality was her greatest desire and nothing with her was left for the morrow if it should be done today. Pleasant and cordial in her greeting, she was a favorite to all who met her.
          The funeral of the late Mrs. Mary Beard was attended by many of her friends and a large circle of the relatives.  The casket that enclosed the body was one of the finest ever seen in this city, being a state rolled steel, covered with imported black broadcloth draped, with full length beveled French plate glass, oxidized gold handles and gold ornaments.  The interior finish was in tufted cream satin.  The casket was placed in a burglar proof steel vault, and this was covered with stone and cement.
Contributed by Barb Huff

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