MAKER: Benjamin Beard (1775-1841) 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, Vol. 10, 1835-1842, p. 546.
Zug, Charles G. “Turners and Burners: The Folk Potters of North Carolina.” Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1986.