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Frederick Jacob and Nellie Mae McNutt Beard Family

This page is the first of a major project to document the Beard family online, through photographic and textual infomration. Our family has a rich and fascinating story. Future sections will go back further in time. It is, and will remain, a work in progress.

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created by Robert Smith with help from first cousins
Frederick Jacob Beard
born: Dec. 20, 1889 Iowa City
died: Mar. 8, 1982 Kalona, IA
buried: Memory Gardens, Ia City
Married: Feb. 22, 1911, at the home of
Rev.David Roberts, north of Manilla Mo
Nellie May McNutt
born: Jan. 22, 1890 Pettis Cty MO
died: Oct. 5, 1982 Kalona, IA
buried: Memory Gardens, Ia City
C H I L D R E N
Frederick
Jacob
Beard
Paul
Wilson
Beard
Donald
McNutt
Beard
Evelyn
Lucille
Beard
Smith

Ellen
Louise
Beard
Rhodes

John
Wallace
Beard

Treva
Mae
Beard
Rothenberger

G R A N D C H I L D R E N
Lanna Jo
Jane Luann Don Floren Robert Ronald Gary Dean David Lee Janelle Lee
Ruby Lee Rosemary Rae Lorena Marie Donna Jeanne Carole Anne Jean Denise
Barbara Sue Dennis John
Paula Kay
Tedd W.
A brief family history

Fred Beard was raised in the Iowa City area. Nellie McNutt was from the Green Ridge, Missouri area. In 1902, Fred's parents, John Hormel and Caroline Beard moved to Missouri, for her health. She had tuberculosis and wanted to be near a treatment center there. They bought a 320-acre farm in Pettis county, near Sedalia, from Adolph Riecke in 1903. In 1905, John died suddenly of typhoid fever. At that time, Fred, the oldest child, was 16. Fred had attended school with, and courted, Nellie McNutt.

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John Hormel Beard and Carrie Wolz Beard, Fred Beard's parents

Fred Beard's birthplace

Beard brothers:
Rob, age 5, Waldo, 21 mo., Fred, age 4

Ferdinand and Lucy Payne McNutt, Nellie's parents

Ferdinand McNutt, Nellie's father

Ferdinand and Lucy McNutt, with children Nathan, Leroy, Nellie and Ella

Antioch Baptist Church,
Pettis County Missouri
A young Nellie can be found in this photo,
a bit right of the center.

Antioch Baptist Church today, with the cemetery in which several McNutts are buried, including Ferdinand and Lucy, daughter Bessie and son Leroy.

Postcard from Fred to Nellie 1907

Postcard from Fred to Nellie 1907
Arrived in Iowa City 4 AM this morning
Jan. 7. Will write later. Yours, F.B.

Beard place near Hills... the Mentzer farm, close to what was once South Liberty. All children except Freddie and Treva were born here.

Beard place near Hills... the Mentzer farm, close to what was once South Liberty. All children except Freddie and Treva were born here.

Antique map of Liberty Township, IA, showing the Mike Mentzer farm where 5 of the Beard children were born.

Beard home near Frytown

Center High School 2000, where most of the Beard children attended

Sharon High School where some Beard children attended

Sharon High School class of 1934, with Donald, Evelyn and Ellen.

Fred, Donald, John, Nellie, Laura Killmeyer, and Ona Mcnutt visit a gravesite

Lucy McNutt with 3 of her children Nathan, Lucy, Nellie, and Ella

Lucy McNutt with a group of Missouri and Iowa relatives, including Fred and Nellie and Bob (Ronnie) Smith and Gary Rhodes, Fred and Nellie's oldest grandchildren.

cousins at Lucy McNutt's funeral in 1949

Nellie and her chickens,
probably near West Branch

Fred and Nellie's home near Green Ridge, which had been the McNutt farm.

Fred Beard and his tractor, in Missouri

Nellie with Ronnie, her first grandchild.

Nellie with Jane, her first granddaughter.

Lucy McNutt with Ronnie Smith, David Brown and his brother, and Gary Rhodes.

Ferdinand with Ella and 3 others.

The Beard family 1939

Family group in the Ozarks.

Large group of ladies, including Thelma Beard, Ruth Beard, Florence Beard, Jane Beard, Nellie Beard, Ella McNutt Meyers, Sadie (Sarah) McNutt, Corrine McNutt Wilgus, Dolly Calvert McNutt, Elizabeth Way Meyers, Violet Meyers Brown, Gladys Johnson McNutt, possibly Melva McNutt and Mary Louise McNutt

Fred enjoying Nellie's fried chicken

Nellie, grandaughter Janelle, and Fred.
The following seven photos were taken by Dennis Beard in about 1964. D.J. obviously had a knack for getting Fred and Nellie to smile.
Nellie Beard (taken by D.J. Beard)

Fred Beard (taken by D.J. Beard)

Nellie Beard (taken by D.J. Beard)

Fred Beard (taken by D.J. Beard)

Nellie Beard (taken by D.J. Beard)

Fred Beard (taken by D.J. Beard)

Fred and Nellie's home near Green Ridge, Missouri (taken by D.J. Beard)

Nellie, Fred and a joshua tree

Rosemary, Carol, Paul, Ruth, Everette McNutt, wife Dolly, son Everette

Nellie

bunch of cousins.jpg

family photo at Paul Beards

Fred, Evelyn, Carl, Gary

Treva, Paul, Evelyn, Lanna, John, Ellen, and Donald

4 generations: Nellie, her daughter Evelyn, her son Ronnie, his daughter Kira

Fred, Nellie, and Freddie

Betty, Evelyn, Ruth, Sue, David, John, Paul, Dennis, at Village Inn, Iowa City

Outside Village Inn - David, Dennis and Emery in front, Sue, John, Paul, Betty, Ruth, Evelyn and Ellen behind.

Ellen, Emery, Evelyn, Treva, Paul, Ruth, Betty, and John at the Wolz farm

No caption needed, is there?