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W.H.Cavendish family

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Re: William Hunter Cavendish

Posted: 1333765964000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Beard, Wallace
here is that indian story I was about Beard who married Wallace (also my family ancestry) In this story which took place in 1770 you see there were indians in Greenbrier county.

So far as we have authentic information, the Beard relationship traces their ancestry to John Beard, the pioneer of Renicks Valley, Greenbrier County. He was of Scotch-Irish antecedents; his parents have migrated from the north of Ireland. While a young man he had his parental home in Augusta County, in the bounds of John Craig’s congregation, and no doubt helped to build the old Stone Church and the forts spoken of elsewhere, and may have heard the very sermons Craig preached, opposing the people who ere thinking of going back to Pennsylvania, or over the Blue Ridge towards Williamsburg.

His valley home was in the vicinity of New Hope, and after attaining his majority he came to Greenbrier County, and commenced keeping bachelor’s hall at the head of Renicks Valley, on lands now occupied (ed. as of 1901) by Abram Beard, a grandson. This was about 1770, and though unmarried, John Beard secured land, built a cabin, and cleared ground for cropping.

While living in this isolated manner, some Indians came along and liberally helped themselves to whatever they could find in the way of something to eat; and when they went on their way took the pioneer’s gun, dog, and only horse.

It occurred that Mr. Beard was absent that day. It is thought he had gone over to Sinking Creek on a social visit to the Wallace family, old neighbors in Augusta, and whose coming to Greenbrier possible had its influence with the young bachelor.

While young Beard returned and saw what liberties his visitors had taken in his absence, he looked up the trail and started in pursuit. Upon following the sign for some miles in the direction of Spring Creek, he heard the horse’s bell. Guided by the sound he came upon two Indians in camp. They seemed to be very sick, and Mr. Beard supposed it was from over eating raw bacon and Johnny cake they had taken from his own larder. One appeared to be convulsed with paroxysms of nausea; the other was lying before the fire vigorously rubbing his belly with a piece of bacon, on homeopathic principles that like cures like.

Seeing his own gun near a tree and his own dog lying by it, he crawled over to get the gun but he dog fiercely growled and he was forced to withdraw quietly as he came, and leave the two sick Indians unmolested. He thereupon went to his horse, silenced the bell and succeeded in getting the animal away.

About this time, or soon after, Mr. Beard seemed to realize there was nothing in single blessedness for him and he and Miss Janet Wallace were married by taking a trip to Staunton and making their wishes known to the rector of the imperial parish that extended from the Blue Ridge to the Pacific Ocean
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