FREEMAN H. BEARD, one of Beaver township's best known residents, who has served
as township trustee, was born on his present farm in Mahoning County, Ohio, January 22, 1856, and is a son of John
and Hannah (Ertzinger) Beard, biographical mention of whom will be found elsewhere in this volume.
Freeman Beard was reared on the home farm and has always lived, with the exception of one year spent on an adjoining
farm, in his present residence. He was educated in the schools of Beaver township, and everything concerning its
public management and material advancement has been of interest to him. In 1893 he accepted the office of township
trustee, to which he was elected on the Democratic ticket, and has served continuously ever since, with the exception
of one term, from 1896 until 1899. It is conceded by both parties that Mr. Beard has made an efficient and conscientious
public officer and he enjoys the confidence of his fellow citizens. He has always devoted himself to general farming
and dairying. as an occupation, and owns 157 acres of as valuable land for agricultural purposes as lies in Mahoning
On January 30, 1877, Mr. Beard was married to Wilhelmina Moff, who was born in Knox township, Columbiana County,
Ohio, May 3, 1856, and is a daughter of Philip and Catherine (Perren) Moff. Her father was born in Germany and
her mother in Switzerland. The grandfather, George Philip Moff, emigrated to America and located at North Georgetown,
Columbiana County, Ohio, where his family was reared. The mother of Mrs. Beard accompanied her parents to America
when she was young; They were Jacob and Susanna (Swartz) Perren, natives of Switzerland, and they too located at
North Georgetown. The father of Mrs. Beard died in 1872, but the mother still survives and resides upon her valuable
farm of 145 acres, situated in section 6, Beaver township. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Moff were: William, residing
at Atwater, Ohio; Wilhelmina; Albert, who died young; Rosa Louisa (dcceased), who married Frank Rinkenberger; Edwin,
residing at New Buffalo; and Charles, also a resident of New Buffalo.
Mr. and Mrs. Beard have had children as follows: Eldora, born September 14, 1878, who married Elmer Ramsey, and
resides with her husband at Struthers; Cora, born July 2!, 1881, who became the wife of Daniel Mellinger, residing
at Youngstown, and has one son - Herbert Daniel, born May 21, 1906; Clinton, born January 25, 1883; Herbert, born
March 29, 1890; and Lester, born January 25, 1897, all residing at home. One babe died unnamed.
Politically Mr. Beard is identified with the Democratic party, with which his father was also connected until within
recent years. He belongs to the fraternal order known as the Patrons of Husbandry. Both he and wife are members
of the Paradise Reformed Church.
20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897
Mahoning County, Ohio Biographies
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