BEARD, Ammon, W., was born at Fox Hill, Berks county, PA., September 4, 1840. His father, Samuel Beard, was born in 1803, in Berks county, where he lived until 1858, when he came to Dauphin county. He had only a limited education. He was a black-smith and worked at this trade for the Reading Railroad Company. He was a Republican and took an active part in politics. He married Hannah Rhodes, of Berks county, by whom he had eleven children: Mark J., married Catherine Sides, of Dauphin county; Eliza, wife of Jacob L. Rehner, of Royalton; Ammon W.; Catherine, wife of Cyrus Durborow, of Falmouth, Lancaster county, Pa; Samuel G., married Margaret Barnes, of Steelton; Hannah, wife of Issac Rank, of Lebanon county; Harmon T., married Miss Millie Weymer, of Harrisburg; Titus, died at age of eleven years; Henry, died aged twenty-one years; George, died aged twenty-three years; William, died at the age of fifty years. William and George served in the late war, in the Fifty-third regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers.
Ammon W. came to Middletown in 1858.He acquired a good education in the schools at Pottstown, Pa. He learned the trade of blacksmith. He has worked at this trade and has also followed carpentry and boat building for a number of years. He was foreman in the wood-working department of the Middletown Car Works for four years. He has been employed in the milk business for the last four years. He was, at one time, a member of Lodge No. 68, K.P., in Middletown, and of the Order of United American Mechanics. At the present time he is a member of the Poketo Tribe, No. 315, I.O.R.M., of Middletown. He takes an active part in the operations of the Republican party. He married, July 18, 1861, to Miss Mary Ann Knerr, stepdaughter of John Springer, by whom he has eight children : Rebecca, wife of Jacob P. Dougherty, of Royalton; Charles F., married Miss Maria, daughter of Joseph and Lydia Meyers Peters, of Middletown; Samuel H., Isaac, Otis, Sophia, Nellie, and Edna, all at home. He has occupied his present home, in what is now known as Royalton, since 1861. In 1892 he was elected justice of the peace, which office he ahs since filled. He is also supervisor of Royalton.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 07 March, 2001
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