From the "History of Steuben County, Indiana, 1885", pages 813-814.
Elijah Beard was born in the State of New Hampshire, Feb. 17, 1794, a son of Elijah Beard, who was a
native of Scotland. Elijah Beard, Jr., and Lucy Horn were married
in Stamstead, Canada East, in 1817. She
was a native of Norwich, Conn., born in 1802. They lived in Canada a few years and there their
three eldest children were born – Franklin, Charles B. and Jane. They subsequently moved to Vermont where three children, Phoebe, Elijah
(who died in infancy) and Herman, were born.
In 1832 they moved to Niagara
County, N. Y., and
remained a year, and while there Luman was born. In 1834 they moved to Huron County, Ohio,
and five children, Mary, Harrison, Henry, Harriet and Albert, were born to them
there. In 1849 they moved to Steuben County, Ind.,
and settled in Otsego
Township, owning eighty
acres on section 12. Some years before
his death he sold his farm and afterward made his home with his children. He was very fond of out-door life and spent
much of his time in his latter days in fishing.
From early life he was a member of the Baptist church. He was a good man and was respected by all
who knew him. He died at the residence
of his son Franklin, Feb.
17, 1875, aged eighty-two years.
His widow died at the residence of her daughter Harriet, Oct. 8, 1881. Of their children, Franklin is in Otsego Township;
Charles B. is in Huron County, Ohio; Jane is the wife of Annaniah Gifford, of
Scott Township; Phoebe was married three times and when she died was the wife
of Samuel Langley; Herman is in Toledo,
Ohio; Luman of this township; Mary is deceased, and was the wife of H. Foster,
of Gilead, Mich.; Harrison lives in Charlotte, Mich.; Henry lives in Angola;
Harriet is the wife of Henry Hanna, of Scott Township; Albert is in Iowa.
Submitted by: David