From the Greensborough Patriot & Flag newspaper (Greensboro, NC), June 26, 1857:
"MARRIED--At Mountain Island, Gaston County, on Tuesday morning, the 16th instant, by Rev. L. Wood, A. H. S. BEARD, Esq. of Kernersville, Forsythe County, and Miss SUSAN LAVINIA, daughter of E. S. Field, formerly of Greensborough."
I am curious to know what I can find out about these folks. Susan Lavinia was the daughter of Elswick S. Field (born c. 1808, Randolph Conty, NC) and his wife Guilianna Lindsay (b. 1807, Guilford County, NC, d. 1885, Forsyth Co. NC.) Elswick and Guilianna were living at Greensboro, Guilford County, NC in 1850, and at Leaksville, Rockingham County, NC in 1860. I don't know if this means they were living in Gaston Co., in 1857, or not.
I have a general lack in my knowlege of what happened to the Field family between 1860 and 1880. By 1880, Guillianna was a widow, living with a son Thomas E., born c. 1843, who was a merchant in Hickory, Catawba Co. The other children were scattered... William B., c. 1835, was a tobacco trader in Greensboro, Robert H., c. 1840, was running a hotel in Charlotte. John Andrew (1846-1883), my 2nd great grandfather, was a farmer in Cabarrus County, and Frances Guilianna (1851-1919) was married to Lewis Erwin Griffith, and living in Kernersville, as was Susan. There were two other daughters: Martha Eliza (1833-1844) and Eleanor E. (also born c. 1833 per census). I can't trace Eleanor because I do not know when or if she married, or what her husband's name would have been.
The 1880 census of Kernersville, Forsyth Co., lists:
A. H. S. Beard, age 52, a retired merchant.
Susan Beard, wife, age 42, keeping house.
Thomas Beard, son, 16, works in tobacco factory.
Earnest Beard, son, 14, works in tobacco factory.
Junius Beard, son, 12, works in tobacco factory.
Lura Beard, daughter, 10.
Claud Beard, son, 7.
Paul Beard, son, 5.
Marvin Beard, son, 2.
Della Mumford, a 14 year old black servant.
Guilianna died in 1885, and is buried at the Main Street Methodist Church in Kernersville, as are Lewis Erwin Griffith and Frances G. Field Griffith. I don't know if A. H. S. and Susan Beard are there, too.
I am curious to know anything I can learn about these folks.
John Field Pankow