M, #6820, b. circa 1798
William Beard was born circa 1798 at Virginia.1 He was the son of Billy Beard and Marie Anselme Fort.1 A contract for the marriage of William Beard and Marie Silesie Bourg was signed on 25 May 1817 at St. Landry Parish Courthouse, Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.2 He married Marie Silesie Bourg, daughter of Jean Bourg and Marguerite Richard, on 26 May 1817 at St. Landry Catholic Church, Opelousas, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana.1
- [S2] SWLR - St. Landry Catholic Church, BOURG, Marie Silesie - native of this parish & inhabitant at Prairie Basse of Grand Coteau (minor daughter of dec. Jean BOURCK & Marguerite RICHARD) m. 26 May 1817 "ches eux et en presence de toute la famille" [at their home in the presence of all the family] to William BEARD [record has Guillaume BARBE] - commonly "appelle Bele BEARD" [called Billy BEARD] - native of Virginia and inhabitant of this parish in the area of Carancro; widower of --- GILKRIST (major son of Bele [Billy] BEARD & Marie Anselme FORT) Wits: Mr. NICE, L.HENRY. Fr. Michel Bernard BARRIERE (Opel. Ch.: v.1-B, p.303).
- [S100] SWLR - St. Landry Parish Courthouse, BOURG, Marie Celise (dec. Jean & Marguerite RICHARD) m. contract dated: 25 May 1817 William BEARD - native of Louisiana (maj. son of William & Mary Ensen FORET) Wits: Cyprien ARSENEAU, Francois ARSINEAU, Louis RICHARD, Francois RICHARD, Baptiste BOURQUE, Augustin BOURQUE, John Baptist STELLY; George KING, Parish Judge (Opel. Ct.Hse.: Conveyances: v.D-1, #324).
- [S9] SWLR - St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church, BEARD, Caroline (Guillaume or William - inhabitant at Carencros & Marie Felice BOURG) b. 9 March 1818, bt. 20 Sept. 1818 Pats: William BEARD & Marie Anselme FORE [FORET]; Mats: Jean BOURG & Marguerite RICHARD; Spons: Joseph BOURG & Marguerite RICHARD - maternal grandmother. Fr. Gabriel ISABEY (SM Ch.: v.7, #461).