I don't know if anyone can help me with our ancestors whose name was Beard. The Beardís entered our family history when Mary Beard born in Donnington Shropshire 22.06.1800 married Richard Titley at Wrockwardine Shropshire on 23.04.1820.
The only marriage I was able to find was at Stockport St Mary's of Thomas Beard (1775) to Jemima Pickering (1776) (Dickring/Pickring) on 03.06.1799. Thomas at the time was a soldier.
Mary was the eldest of twelve children all born in Shropshire to Thomas and Jemima Beard. The children were named
Mary 22.06.1800 Donnington
Jane 27.02.1803 Donnington
Elizabeth 02.06.1805 Albrighton
Sarah 15.02.1807 Albrighton
Thomas 12.03.1809 Albrighton
William 30.06.1811 Albrighton
Charles 05.02.1814 Albrighton
Frances 17.03.1816 Albrighton
George 01.03.1818 Albrighton
Joseph 30.05.1820 Albrighton
Henry 30.05.1820 Albrighton
John 22.04.1822 Albrighton
This is were our dilemma starts when we found an 1841 census for 1841 HO107/909/1 33 page 4 for Albrighton Shropshire for Thomas Beard and his wife Jemima. Thomas is an Ag Lab aged 65 and recorded as born in the county. Jemima is aged 66 and also recorded as born in the county.
However at the same address of Clocks Hills Albrighton the 1851 census HO107 1987 127 page 18 Thomas Beard is recorded as widowed aged 75 an Ag Lab from Gloucestershire with what looks like Long Oaks. I have had this checked by Gloucester history society who advises there is no such area in Gloucestershire and it must be Longhope.
The only baptism I could find was 22.10.1775 of a Thomas Beard at Longhope son of Thomas and Betty Beard. Again one of 12 children so I got in touch with Longhope History Society and they gave me all the children of Thomas and his wife Betty
Joseph s. Thomas and Betty c. 3/1/1771 (born prior to marriage?)
Sarah d. Thomas and Betty c. 17/7/1774
Thomas s. Thomas and Betty c. 22/10/1775
Nancy d. Thomas and Betty c. 6/4/1777
James s. Thomas and Elizabeth c. 22/8/1779
Job s. Thomas and Elizabeth c. 10/12/1781 (d. 8/12/1781)
Charles s. Thomas and Elizabeth c. 20/4/1783
Lucy d. Thomas and Elizabeth c. 18/12/1785
William s. Thomas and Elizabeth c. 23/4/1789
George s. Thomas and Elizabeth c. 11/12/1791
Joel s. Thomas and Elizabeth c. 25/12/1793
Richard s. Thomas and Elizabeth c. 3/7/1796
From information given Longhope advised It is interesting to note at this point in the Register of Burials: Elizabeth Beard d. 3/7/1796 died it is the same day as her last child was born?
According to Longhope Thomas Beard (1754) married Betty Thackwell (1752) on 28/2/1774
Thomas Beard s. William and Mary c. 30/6/1754 - Betty Thackwell d Thomas and Winifred c 07.06.1752
There were no marriages at Longhope of William and Mary.Beard
Longhope also gave me Burials of a Mary Beard d. 20/4/1827: 85 (born abt. 1742)
Thomas Beard d. 12/10/1830: 90 (born abt. 1740) Could these have been our Thomas parentís who moved to Longhope? Can't find a marriage or any children.
The problem is there seems to only be one Thomas baptised in Longhope and according to the history society I quote
ďIt would seem a fair assumption that after the death of Betty in 1796,
Thomas later remarried Mary Attwood (she does not appear in the Register
of Baptisms) in 1801 given their approximate ages. This leaves Thomas
(1775) who seems to have married Sarah Bowcut in 1809 and later Betty in
1814. He eventually died on 18/4/1842 aged 67. He is located in grave
32G of All Saints' ChurchĒ There is also a census 1841 for a Thomas Beard at Upper Longhope age 65
Anyone out there searching the same Beard family who can point me in the right direction or give me a clue as to were I go from here.