Biographical Sketch of
E. E. Beard
History of Cass County, Illinois
Edited by William Henry Perrin
Published by O. L. Baskin & Co. Historical Publishers, Chicago, 1882.
Reprinted in 1968 in its in entirety as part of the
Sesquicentennial History of Cass County, Illinois
Edited by Virgil M. Dowdall
E. E. BEARD, farmer, P.O., Arenzville; was born in Augusta County, Va., Sept. 5, 1848, and is a son of John C. and Mary A. (Bates) Beard, natives of Virginia. John C. Beard, who was a farmer, died March, 1881; his wife is still living; they had thirteen children. The subject of this sketch received his education in this precinct [Arenzville], where he began life as a farmer, and where he has since pursued that occupation. he married, in this county, Oct. 7, 1875, Julia Berry, a native of Jersey County, Ill., and daughter of David and Hannah Berry. Mr. and Mrs. Beard are the parents of three children: Clarence A., Grace and John E. Mr. Beard is a member of Arenzville Lodge No. 481, I. O. O. F.; in politics he is a Democrat. His father came to this country twenty-seven years ago.
(page 313, Perrin's History of Cass County, Illinois)