MAKER: Benjamin Beard (1774-1841) was a Quaker potter working in southwestern Guilford County, North Carolina. He was a son of William and Lavina (Gifford) Beard, whose familes were part of the large Quaker migration from Nantucket Island, Massachusetts to Piedmont North Carolina in the early 1770s. Benjamin was born in Guilford County shortly after his family’s migration. They were members of Deep River Monthly Meeting. Benjamin’s probate inventory documents his career as a potter listing one pipe mold, two large jugs, two old jugs and a potter’s lathe [wheel]. (Guilford County, NC, Inventories 10, 1835-1842, p. 546.)
Zug, Charles G. III. Turners and Burners: The Folk Potters of North Carolina. Chapel Hill, NC: UNC Press, 1986.