Thanks, Karen, for your reply. I am pasting an email that I sent to two of my cousins to let them know what I found out about the hatmaker.It may have some info to help a Beard searcher. I think it is from your Richard who left Nantucket. Here it is...
Well I spent a couple of hours at the Jamestown library in the genealogy dept and found out about the Beard Hatmaker.This was in a NC book about him...
"1797 During this year, David Beard bought a farm in the Deep River and Jamestown community.David Beard had learned how to make hats from his father William, who left him a hatter's shop and tools. For the next fifty years, men and boys of the community would bring rabbit and other fur-bearing pelts to the shop and trade them for the wide-brimmed Quaker hats that David would make. His hats were the only headgear available in the area, except for homemade ones.
The hatshop became a central gathering place, also serving as a general store. David Beard was a Quaker and an abolitionist. And while he is remembered most for the hats he made, his neighbors knew him as the man who hid runaway slaves under piles of rabbit pelts and helped them escape to freedom."
I learned that the Quakers came here from Penns, Va and some from Nantuckett (Massachusetts).They were pacifist. They peacefully avoided the Rev War.In fact, Cornwallis camped around the Friends Meeting House (which is the place the Quakers met for worship) the day before the battle up the road from me. This was March 1781. This battle, the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, which you have heard me talk about......was the turning point in the war. It weakened the British army where they finally surrendered at Yorktown. (This was after Kings Mt) The place of the battle is a National Park in Greensboro now.
Cornwallis did not harm the Quakers.There is also another Quaker mtg house called New Garden. Every once in a while you will see these names on LDS.Anyway, New Garden is a road that connects Jamestown to Greensboro to the east and connects Jamestown to Highpoint to the southwest.New Garden in GSO (Greensboro) is what we cross over almost all the time. It is the sight of the battle ......the corner of New Garden and Battleground Ave.The site is just right here in the middle of town...
In the NC book about the hatmaker there were articles about Washinton's southern tour. The librarian said maybe our Francis was a quaker and that is why we cannot find a marriage license.He looked up some quaker records and found this Beard family...... William Beard md Lavinah Gifford 1773 New Garden Mtg House Children.....(recorded in the New Garden Records) Davidb 1774 Benjamin b 1775/76
Children....(recorded in the Deep River Records) William b 1776 Lydia 1780 Rachel 1782 It states that William was the son of Richard Beard. This is obviously the hatmaker family.The gen store is still standing and in the park located in Jamestown, NC.
Ann, this is most of the message I sent them. It sounds like it could be your Richard!
My line is Francis A. Beard born 1765 Cumberland Co, PA. Parents Wm Beard md to Elizabeth Irwin. We know from a pension paper that Francis had a brother William and Robert. But we cannot find the wives or children of these brothers. (Except one son of our Francis Beard who was Francis Marion Beard md to Susanna Ledbetter....our gggrandparents)