His birthday was 29 March 1842. According to his descendants, "Lane" Beard was born on Chestnut Ridge in Bedford County, Tennessee and according to family, he was named for several different Primitive Baptist preachers in the area. The William and David names, however, would surely be for his father's two brothers. There is a record of an Isaac Lane who was a minister in this area of Tennessee. William David signed his name W. D. Beard but was called Lane. He grew up in Bedford County and when War came, he served with his brothers. A detailed account of these years is given in the article for his parents. Once home, Lane rebuilt his life, regained his strength, and married. His bride was Mary Ann McAdams, who had been married to Robert Bagley before the War and had Bagley children. Robert apparently was killed in the war, and she married Lane Beard on 30 December 1868 in Bedford or Marshall County. Mary Ann was the daughter of William Sherman McAdams and Lavinia McClain/McLain, and she was born in Tennessee on 30 August 1840. On the 1870 census, Lane and Mary Ann lived with her two children, Ophelia and R. H. Bagley, Lane's mother Martha Wilson Patton Beard, and Lane's sister Matilda, all in Lewisburg, Marshall County, Tennessee. 1880 found them in same, with four children, Lane's mother, and Ophelia still in the household. Lane and Mary Ann would have seven children. Mary Ann McAdams Bagley Beard died on 2 November 1888 in Head Springs, Belfast, Marshall County, Tennessee. She was buried at the Head Springs Cemetery there. On 6 August 1891, Lane Beard remarried to Ida Shaddy in Marshall County. She was born in April 1868 in Bedford County, the daughter of William L. Shaddy and Martha B. Morton. Lane and Ida would have six children, making Lane the father of thirteen. In 1900, Lane and Ida Beard lived in Marshall County with three children. Also making a home with them was Ida's mother, Martha B. Shaddy Brown, who had remarried to D. F. Brown in 1894, after the death of Mr. Shaddy. In 1910, the Beards lived in Marshall County with five of their six children, a baby girl having died in 1901. Her mother, Mattie Brown, still lived with them. A grown son of Lane and Mary Ann's, Sye Beard, also lived in the home with his young wife and baby daughter. During World War I, the eldest son of Lane and Ida, Thomas Lane Beard, was killed in France. In 1920 in Marshall County, Lane and Ida lived with four of their children and a baby granddaughter, Lilly Whitsett, in their home.
William David Isaac Lane Beard passed away in Petersburg, Marshall County, Tennessee on 15 July 1925. He was buried at Head Springs Cemetery in Marshall County with his Civil War service noted on the gravestone. On the 1930 census, Ida Beard was a widow living with two daughters and a granddaughter in her home. Ida died on 12 February 1948 in Talley Station, Marshall County, and was buried at New Hope Cemetery in Talley Station.
The children of Lane Beard and Mary Ann McAdams:
1. Elizabeth Ann Beard, born 19 July 1869 in Tennessee, married on 1 November 1890 to Porter Forrest Oliver. He was the son of Lawson and Julia Oliver of Marshall County, and he was born there 9 October 1867. Porter's younger sister, Mary May Oliver, married the younger brother of Elizabeth Ann in about 1896. In 1900, Porter and "Eliza" Oliver lived in Marshall County with four children. Sye Beard, Eliza's brother, was listed as a fifteen year old in their home. They moved over to Giles County, Tennessee by 1910 and had seven of eight children still living, all in the home. In 1920 they were listed in Marshall County with four at home. Porter died on 4 June 1929 in Marshall County, and was buried at Short Cemetery there. In 1930, Elizabeth Ann Oliver was on the census as a widow with two grown children at home. She passed away on 29 July 1869 and was buried at Short Cemetery beside Porter.
- 2. William Franklin "Frank" Oliver was born in Lewisburg, Marshall County, Tennessee on 26 February 1892. He married about 1914 to Lillie Bell, last name unknown. She was born in Tennessee on 18 September 1892. He filed draft papers in Marshall County for World War I, stated that he was a self employed married farmer at age 26. He is on a list of World War I soldiers who were wounded, from Marshall County. On 28 June of 1918, they had a child who died at birth, Frank or Franklin J. Oliver. In 1920, Frank and Lillie lived at Marshall County, as they did in 1930. Lillie Bell Oliver died on 5 March 1968 in Tennessee. There is no found record of her burial place, but it is probably the Short Cemetery in Marshall County, as that is where William Franklin Oliver is buried, with a death date of 11 December 1972 in Cornersville, Marshall County, Tennessee.
- 2. Julia May Oliver was born in February 1894 in Marshall County. Last listed with her parents on the 1910 census in Marshall County, no marriage or death records are yet known for her.
- 2. Lelia F. Oliver was born in October 1896 in Marshall County. She was last listed with her parents in 1920 in Marshall County, and no marriage or death record is known yet for her.
- 2. Atha Raymon "Athie" Oliver was born in 21 April 1900 in Marshall County, Tennessee. He married on 21 August 1921 in Marshall County, to Linda Wakefield. She was born about 1899 in Tennessee. In 1930, A. R. Oliver and Linda lived at Marshall County with two children, a son named M. A. Oliver and a daughter named Frances. No further information is found for this family.
- 2. Child Oliver was born about 1901 in Tennessee and died before 1910.
- 2. Mary Lee Oliver was born about 1904 in Tennessee. Last found on the 1920 census with her parents, we have no further marriage or death information.
- 2. Herman Oliver was born on 1 November 1905 in Marshall County, Tennessee. He married Sara Mae Clark, the daughter of R. H. Clark. Both these families were breeders of fine Tennessee Walking Horses and Herman's son Leon Oliver is still heavily involved with the family blood line in Marshall County. A fine article is at this link: http://www.tennessee-walkinghorse.net/voice/Features/LeonOliver.htm
- 2. Lillie Oliver was born about 1908 in Tennessee. She died before 1920.
- 2. Josephine Oliver was born about 1911 in Tennessee.
1. John Tom Beard was one of twins born on 22 October 1871 in Marshall County. In 1900 John was living in the home of Alfred McGahee in Marshall County as a farm helper. In 1910, John was a boarder in the home of Franklin P. and Frances Welch as a boarder. He married about this year to Ida Mae Luster Davis, the daughter of William Payne and Mary Jane Bowers Davis. Ida was born in Tennessee about 1880. In 1920 in Giles County, Tennessee, John and Lester Beard had four young children at home. In 1930 they lived in Marshall County with four teenagers at home. John died in 1931, probably in Marshall County, and was buried at the Short Cemetery in Marshall County. Ida Mae Beard passed away 10 December 1952 in Lewisburg, Marshall County, and is at rest at the same. We do not have much information about their children:
- 2. Ralph Beard was born about 1914 in Tennessee.
- 2. Paul Beard was born about 1915 in Tennessee.
- 2. Myrtis Beard was born about 1916 in Tennessee.
- 2. Gladys Beard was born about 1918 in Tennessee.
1. James S. Beard was born on 22 October 1871 in Marshall County, a twin to John Tom, and he died at age eight on 28 November 1879 in Marshall County. He lies at Head Springs Cemetery, Belfast, Marshall County, Tennessee.
1. Albert Mack Beard was born 4 October 1877 in Marshall County, Tennessee. He married about 1896 to Mary May Oliver, the younger sister of Porter Oliver, who married Albert's elder sister Elizabeth. Mary was born on 3 December 1870 in Tennessee, the daughter of Lawson and Julia Oliver. They were listed on the 1900 Marshall County census with a small son, baby daughter (name unreadable), and his sister in law Lillie living with them. In 1910, Mack and Mary Beard were living in Marshall County with four of their six children living. Lillie Oliver, the sister of Mary, lived with them. They were living next to Mack's brother Joe. Mack filed his draft papers in 1918 in Marshall County. He lived at Cornersville and was a farmer. In 1920 they still lived in Marshall County, with four children. Next door was their son Albert Everett Beard and wife. By 1930, Mack and Mary lived with their son Wilborn and his young family. Albert was listed as a trader in livestock. Mary May Oliver Beard died on 11 March 1958 in Cornersville, Marshall County, Tennessee. She was buried at New Hope Cemetery in Cornersville. Mack died the next year on 16 December 1959, and was laid to rest beside her at New Hope Cemetery.
- 2. Albert Everett Beard, born 18 November 1898 in Marshall County, Tennessee, married about 1917 to Mary Delia Unknown, who was born about 1897 in Tennessee. He filed draft papers for World War I in Marshall County at age twenty. He was a farmer, nearest relative was his wife, Mary Delia Beard. In 1920, A. E. and Mary Delia Beard lived next to his fathe, A. M. Beard in Marshall County. Albert was listed as a merchant. In 1930, Albert was with his two brothers Leonard and William/Wilburn Beard, living in a boarding house at Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. He worked in automobile sales. No wife was listed with them, but Albert was listed as married. He spent enough years in Michigan to have applied for his social security number there. He lived back in Lewisburg, Marshall County, Tennessee when he died in January 1969. No information is yet found for wife, Mary Delia, and no burial locations are known yet.
- 2. Female Child Beard was born about 1900 in Tennessee. She died before the 1910 census.
- 2. Leonard J. "Dock" Beard was born on 5 April 1902 in Tennessee. He married Josephine Reed about 1921 in Tennessee. She was born 13 June 1903 in Tennessee, the daughter of M. A. and Lizzie Reed of Marshall County. In 1930, Leonard Beard was living in a boarding home in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan with his two brothers Wilburn and Albert; they all worked in the automobile industry there. He was listed as a driller in an auto factory and as married. Back home in Marshall County, Mrs. L. J. Beard and her two children lived next to her parents. In 1964, a Leonard Beard lived in Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tennessee. Josephine Reed Beard died in November 1977 in Marshall County. Leonard Beard passed away 14 August 1990 in Tennessee. No burial places are known. They had two known children, Carolyn and Leonard Shirle Beard, who passed away in Ohio in 1992.
- 2. Mattie L. Beard was born about 1904 in Tennessee. She was not in her parents' home in 1920, but no marriage or death record is known yet.
- 2. Wilburn Oliver "Bill" Beard was born 6 August 1907 in Tennessee. He married Nancy Allene Dodd on 23 November 1927 in Tennessee. She was born on 14 January 1910 in Lewisburg, Marshall County, Tennessee. Her parents were Thomas H. Dodd and Susie Few Dodd. In 1930, "William" Beard was living with his two brothers Albert and Leonard in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, working as auto workers. Wilburn was listed as married and an oiler in an auto factory. Wilburn died in October 1963 in Tennessee and was buried at the Short Cemetery in Marshall County. His headstone is shared with his son Thurston, who was born in 1929 and died as a child. Nancy Dodd Beard died on 25 September 1993 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. They had four children, Wynema, Thurston, William T. "Billy", and Charles Ray.
- 2. Fred G. Beard was born in 1911 in Tennessee.
- 2. Louise Beard was born about 1914 in Tennessee.
1. Joseph L. "Joe" Beard was born 22 November 1880 in Marshall County, Tennessee. On 19 February 1903, he married Sarah Dare/Dair Smith, the daughter of Fayette and Sarah Collins Smith. She was born 26 February 1883 in Tennessee. Any Beard researcher wonders if his full name was Joseph Littleton Beard, because of the many Beards in this line with this name, but no document found lists his middle name. In 1910, Joe and Dare lived in Marshall County with two young children, next to his brother Albert and his family. On his draft registration in 1918, Joseph L. Beard lived in Lewisburg. In 1920, in Marshall County, he was a trader in livestock, and in 1930 he was the same. Sarah Dare Beard died on 27 January 1952 in Marshall County and was buried at Head Springs Cemetery there. Joe married a second time, to Lillie Mae Winford, later that year. She was born 22 August 1894 in Tennessee, the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Winford and Eliza Ophelia Pigg. Joseph Beard died on 21 October 1952 and was buried at Head Springs Cemetery in Marshall County. Lillie Mae Winford Beard lived until 2 March 1982. She was buried at Lone Oak Cemetery in Marshall County.
- 2. Rollie Collins Beard, born 13 October 1904 in Tennessee, married Annie Ruth Holt on 9 June 1928 in Giles County, Tennessee. She was born 21 September 1903 in Giles County, Tennessee to Yancy and Ovie Holt of Giles County. In 1930, they lived in Giles County with a baby daughter. Rollie died in May 1978 in Marshall County and was laid to rest at Head Springs Cemetery in Belfast, Marshall County. Annie Ruth Beard lived to be over a hundred years old. She passed away on 19 April 2004 in Fayetteville, Lincoln County, Tennessee, and was buried at Head Springs. They had two children, Laura Joyce who married a Nickles, and Wilson Lane "Buck" Beard who died in Marshall County in 2008.
- 2. Maggie Lee Beard was born about 1907 in Marshall County, Tennessee.
- 2. Melba Frances Beard was born about 1918 in Marshall County, Tennessee.
1. Olga Lee Beard was born on 3 November 1884 in Marshall County, Tennessee. He married Mary Lela McCrory before 1917, probably in Marshall County. On his World War I draft card filed in Marshall County in 1918, he was a farmer in Belfast, Marshall County, with Mary Lela Beard as nearest relative. In 1920, Olga and Lela lived in Marshall County with a small daughter. 1930 found them still in Marshall County, with two daughters. Mary McCrory Beard died on 19 November 1949, apparently in Cullman County, Alabama. She was buried at the Short Cemetery in Marshall County, Tennessee. Olga must have lived in Alabama for some years, as he died on 20 July 1961 in Decatur, Morgan County, Alabama and was also buried at Short Cemetery.
- 2. Margaret Grace Beard was born 28 October 1917 in Tennessee. She married in Marshall County, Tennessee on 9 August 1940 to James Harwell Smith. He was born in Marshall County on 20 October 1915, the son of James O. and Lera Smith. They moved to Cullman County, Alabama and raised two children. Grace Beard Smith died at Hanceville, Cullman County, Alabama on 17 January 2000 and was buried at the Cullman Memorial Gardens. James Harwell Smith passed away 11 February 2011, also at Hanceville, and is laid to rest at the same.
- 2. Sarah Ellen Beard was born about 1920 in Marshall County, Tennessee. We have no information on marriage or death record.
1. Sie E. Beard was born on 24 July 1886 in Marshall County, Tennessee. The name Sy/Sie/Cy had been a Beard family nickname for many years for the family name Josiah, but it appears that his legal name was this short form. In 1900, he lived with the family of his elder sister Elizabeth Ann Beard Porter in Marshall County, when he was fifteen. He married about 1908 in Marshall County to Lela May Hastings. We do not know her parents yet. She was born 12 December 1890 in Tennessee. In 1910, living next door to his father's household in Marshall County, Sie and Lela had a baby daughter. In 1920, they lived in same with four children. In 1930 Marshall County, Sie and Lela had five children at home. Lela Hastings Beard died on 29 June 1968 in Marshall County. She was buried at New Hope Cemetery in Talley, Marshall County, Tennessee. Sie Beard passed away the next year, on 4 October 1969, in Petersburg, Lincoln County, Tennessee and was laid to rest at New Hope as well.
- 2. Mattie W. Beard was born 28 June 1909 in Tennessee. She married on 17 November 1929 to James Loyd Archer, the son of Charles Boyd and Viola Lyons Archer of Marshall County. James was born 15 September 1906 in Tennessee. They are not yet located on the 1930 census. James died on 28 November 1987, last residence Petersburg, Lincoln County, Tennessee. Mattie Beard Archer died on 21 December 1993, last residence Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama. They are both laid to rest at New Hope Cemetery in Cornersville, Marshall County, Tennessee.
- 2. R. L. Beard, born on 18 October 1911 in Marshall County, Tennessee. We do not know what name the initials stand for, as he appears on all found records with only initials. R. L. married on 18 January 1936 in Tennessee to Louise Maggie Wright. She was the daughter of George and Emma Doss Dodd Wright, and she was born 25 May 1919 at Spring Place, Marshall County. He died in February 1983, living in Lewisburg, Marshall County, Tennessee. Louise Maggie Beard died 24 July 2004 at same. They are both buried at New Hope Cemetery in Belfast, Marshall County, Tennessee.
- 2. Bertha Beard was born 13 July 1914 in Tennessee. She married an unknown Crabtree. Bertha Crabtree died on 17 January 1990 and was buried at New Hope Cemetery in Marshall County. Her last residence was listed at Monteagle, Grundy County, Tennessee by Social Security records.
- 2. Claude William Beard was born 10 April 1917 in Tennessee. He married on 29 May 1939 in Tennessee to M. Lorene, last name unknown. She was born 2 October 1922 in Tennessee. On 5 February 1984, he died, last residence Lincoln County, Tennessee. He is buried at New Hope Cemetery in Marshall County.
- 2. Beatrice Beard was born about 1920 in Tennessee.
- 2. Tommie Lane Beard was born on 15 October 1922 in Tennessee. She married Flournoy English Coble on 19 September 1945 in Limestone County, Alabama. He was born 15 November 1919 in Tennessee, the son of John Hamlin Coble and wife, Olive Ruth Erwin. He had enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in November 1939 and served as a Gunnery Sergeant during World War II. Tommie Beard Coble died on 13 November 1986 at Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee. She was buried at New Hope Cemetery in Marshall County. He passed away on 22 November 1988 in Marshall County, Tennessee and was buried at New Hope with her.
- 2. Edith Beard was born in 1925 in Tennessee. She died as a baby in 1926 and was buried in the family plot at New Hope Cemetery in Marshall County, Tennessee.
The children of Lane Beard and Ida Shaddy: (Note: several children of this family appear in an old school photograph of Talley School. The pictures may be viewed at http://www.tngenweb.org/marshall/photos/gallery023.html
1. Thomas Lane Beard, born on 28 November 1892 in Marshall County, filled out a draft form in that county for World War I. He said that he lived at Talley, was single, and a farmer. He did serve in that war, and he was killed in France just before the end of it, on 25 October 1918. Tommie was brought home to Marshall County and was buried at New Hope Cemetery there.
1. Sam Dee Beard was born 27 February 1895 in Marshall County, Tennessee. Om 1918, at draft form time, Sammie Dee was living at Talley, employed by his father. He was drafted and served in wartime, but in the United States. In 1920, Sam lived in the home of his parents. He married on 17 August 1921 in Marshall County to Bonnie Blackwell. She was born 26 April 1892 in Tennessee to Thomas and Tennie Blackwell. In 1930, Sam and Bonnie Beard lived in Marshall County with two daughters. Sam Dee Beard died in August 1959 in Marshall County, Tennessee and was buried at New Hope Cemetery there. Bonnie Blackwell Beard passed away on 17 July 1985 in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee. She was buried in New Hope Cemetery in Marshall County.
- 2. Mildred Beard was born about 1923 in Tennessee.
- 2. Hildred Beard was born about 1929 in Tennessee.
1. Mattie Lou Beard, born 27 June 1898 in Marshall County, Tennessee, married Charles Earl Whitsett on 2 July 1916 in Marshall County. He may have been the Charlie who was the son of Thomas Whitsett and Mattie Viola Ethridge, but there were more than one Charles/Charlie Whitsetts in the county. Shortly after the marriage, Charlie Earl Whitsett filed his draft papers in Marshall County. He lived in Talley and was married. The couple separated by the 1920 census, however, when Mattie Whitsett was listed in her parents' home as a "widow". Mattie then lived in her widowed mother's home in 1930; in both of these censuses her young daughter Lillian was with her. Mattie died on 30 July 1989 in Talley Station, Marshall County, Tennessee and was buried at New Hope Cemetery in Marshall County.
- 2. Lillian Whitsett was born about 1918 in Tennessee. In 1920 and in 1930, she lived with her mother in the home of her grandparents in Marshall County. No further information is known.
1. Mary Bee Beard was born on 6 June 1901 in Marshall County, Tennessee. She died at the age of five months, on 28 November 1901, in Belfast, Marshall County, Tennessee. Mary Bee was buried at Head Springs Cemetery in Belfast.
1. Lacy E. Beard was born in 1903, probably in Marshall County, Tennessee. In 1930, she was a single woman who lived in the home of her widowed mother. Lacy died on 2 August 1935; while on a summer outing on the Duck River, she drowned at Lillard's Mill. Her brother Clifford gave the information on the death certificate. She is buried at the New Hope Cemetery in Marshall County.
1. Willie Clifford Beard was born on 30 May 1906 in Marshall County, Tennessee. He married on 2 February 1927 to Ela Nichols Duggan in Marshall County. She was born on 15 December 1906 in Marshall County, the daughter of William Henry Harrison Duggan and wife Lucinda Elizabeth Brown. In 1930, the young couple lived in Marshall County with a two year old daughter. Ela died at the age of 26 on 5 July 1933 in Marshall County after a miscarriage. She was laid to rest at Bethlehem Cemetery in Lewisburg, Marshall County, Tennessee. Some years later, Willie Clifford Beard married to Sallie May Ring, on 11 April 1953. She was born 30 December 1908 in Tennessee, the daughter of Orzo E. and Una Jane Davis Ring. Sallie died on 15 May 1979 in Belfast, Marshall County, Tennessee. No burial place is yet known. Willie Clifford Beard, the last of the thirteen known children of William David Beard, died on 14 March 1993 at Talley Station, Tennessee in Marshall County. He was buried at New Hope Cemetery there.
- 2. Frances Beard contributed a wealth of information about this branch of the family to this author.