28th December 1851
Salford, Manchester, England
Mother Hannah Downes b.1818
Father Solomon Beard 1809-1859
Baptised 15th April 1855
14th May 1871 Emigrated to America
Lived in Napoleon, Ohio and Danville, Illinois
Alfred emigrated to be with his mother and five brothers, leaving a sister at home.
Alfred and two brothers established the Beard Electric Company in Napoleon, Ohio.
There's a family rumour he set up the electrics of the Buffalo Bill Tour.
In 1883 he patented a pipe-vise, I have all the original documents for this.
31st August 1881 Married Mary Hannah Wakerley
Newspaper article reports that the bride was attired in purple velvet trimmed with anchor satin and they left on the 12 o'clock train for Canada for their honeymoon.
Ada May 1883
3rd November 1890 Became a naturalised citizen of the United States
6th September 1891 Died of Dropsey
After he died his wife Mary Hannah returned to England with her children, hence why I'm English and not American.
Photo of the funeral flowers
Alfred Beard is my Great Great Grandfather, I have a lot of his documents, probably the most of any family member from original baptism certificates, bibles and funeral cards.
One day I would like to visit Ohio and Illinois to see where my family ended up.