CENSUS RECORDS: 1880 Hurricane, Crittenden, Kentucky Film #1254410, Page 68C
William BEARD Other M S W 18 KY
Occ: Laboring On Farm Fa: KY Mo: KY
(He was living with the J. W. Guess family.)
MARRIAGES: Hardin County, Illinois film #965704
NEWSPAPER: The Crittenden Press Newspaper, Wednesday, May 31, 1882, Mr. W. H. Beard got his hand badly mashed in the sawmill a few days since.
CENSUS RECORDS: 1910 Union, Crittenden, Kentucky family #22/22
She was a widow and had 4 children and all 4 were still living.
She was still at home in 1910 age 24.
He was 17 in 1910.
MARRIAGES: Hardin county, Illinois film #965704, Register #1, p.372
!CENSUS RECORDS:1910 Princeton & Wallace Ferry Road, Crittenden, Kentucky
115/119, he says they have been married for 3 years and he farms, his mother
Lizzie age 60 widow is living with them and also 2 nieces Murl and Grace age 16
& 14 are living with them.
In 1910, she says she is the mother of 1 child who is still living.
MARRIAGES: Hardin county, Illinois film #965704
!CENSUS RECORDS:1910 Hurricane & Sheridan Road, Crittenden, Kentucky 136/142,
he says they have been married for 10 years and he farms.
In 1910, she says she is the mother of 2 children and both are still living.
He was 2 in 1880.
MARRIAGES: Crittenden county, Kentucky film #561066.
The Crittenden Press Newspaper, Wednesday, March 2, 1881. A little son of Mr. Isaac Beard living at Amphlias, fell into a well last Saturday and was saved from drowning by Mr. Bagwell, who jumped in, dived after the little fellow who already sunk a considerable depth, for the last time.
CENSUS RECORDS:1910 Princeton & Wallace Ferry Road, Crittenden, Kentucky 114/118, he says they have been married for 11 years and he farms.
In 1910, she says she is the mother of 5 children but only 4 are still living.
NOTES: In her obituary it mentions these children: Crawford Beard, Mrs. Charles Yates, Mrs. Johnson Hurst, Mrs. Ray Yates, Mrs. Ollie Sullenger, and Mrs. John Ed Stalion.
He was 6 in 1870.
MARRIAGE RECORDS: Illinois Statewide Marriage Index -- Gallatin County, Illinois
Duke G. BETTIS to Miss Hattie B. EUSTICE
MARRIAGE RECORDS: Crittenden County, Kentucky
D. G. BETTIS to Miss Nancy J. BEARD married by Rev. Israel M. BEBOUT at Isaac BEARD's, witnesses: I. W. THOMPSON and J. R. BAGWELL.
NEWSPAPERS: Crittenden Press in Crittenden County, Kentucky 22 Jan 1891
Off for Texas --- A party of 5 men and families left Monday for Texas. They were Henry and Jake WHEELER, P. E. J. and Duke BETTIS and John MALCOLM. Some of them already have homes in the Pan Handle country and others may locate there or may return to "Old Kaintuck".
MARRIAGE RECORDS: Fulton County, Georgia
Duke G. BETTIS to Miss Nancy I. BELLISLE, Groom age 30, 3rd marriage, farmer, bride age 18, 1st marriage, bride and her parents all born in Georgia.
NEWSPAPERS: Crittenden Press in Crittenden County, 10 Oct 1895
Duke BETTIS received a telegram Friday telling him that his wife was very ill in Atlanta. She went down there some weeks ago to visit relatives.
CENSUS RECORDS: 1 June 1900 Marion, Crittenden, Kentucky family #27/32, page #12, living at 370 Court St.
BETTIS, Duke head, age 36, May 1864, md 5 yrs, carpenter, TN TN TN
BETTIS, Isabel wife, age 23, mother of 2 both living, GA GA GA
BETTIS, Nora Bell dau, age 4, Nov 1895, GA TN GA
BETTIS, Lula May dau, age 1, Nov 1898, KY TN GA
BETTIS, Mamie E. step-dau, age 7, June 1892, KY TN KY
BETTIS, Roney F. step-son, age 6, Feb 1894, KY TN KY
(Mamie and Roney are really the children of Duke and not his step-children. His wife Isabel must have given the info to the census taker.)
NEWSPAPERS: Crittenden Press in Crittenden County, Kentucky 13 Nov 1902
A new daughter arrived at the home of Duke BETTIS Sunday.
CENSUS RECORDS: 23 April 1910 College Park, Fulton, Georgia page #272, family #236/255, living on Cambridge Avenue.
BETTIS, Duke G. head, age 45, md twice this time 16 yrs, building contractor, TN TN TN
BETTIS, Nancy I. wife, age 33, mother of 8 with 6 living, GA GA GA
BETTIS, Mamie E. dau, age 17, KY TN GA
BETTIS, Nora B. dau, age 14, GA TN GA
BETTIS, Roney F. son, age 16, KY TN GA
BETTIS, Lula M. dau, age 12, KY TN GA
BETTIS, Fannie L. dau, age 8, KY TN GA
BETTIS, Josephine M. dau, age 5, GA TN GA
BETTIS, Myrtle L. dau, age 2, GA TN GA
BETTIS, Duke G. Jr. son, age 8/12, GA TN GA
NEWSPAPERS: The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia Sunday, February 12, 1911
MIND UNBALANCED, BETTIS A SUICIDE ----- Former College Park Mayor Kills Himself ---- Brooding over ill health, the acts of a wayward son and other troubles, well known citizen leaves a family of eight. ----
Freeing himself from the grasp of his wife, D. G. BETTIS, formerly Mayor of College Park, despondent over family troubles, yesterday morning sprang from his bed, placed a revolver to his left breast and inflicted three wounds, from which he died almost immediately.
The first bullet, after penetrating his body, grazed the abdomen of Mrs. BETTIS as she struggled to wrench the pistol from her husband's hands. The tragedy came as the climax to a harassing morning, during which Mrs. BETTIS, fearing that her husband intended to take his life, had used every means in her power to soothe and calm him. Ill health and despondency, caused partly by worry over his 17-year-old son, Rooney, are given as the reason for the act.
Mr. BETTIS, was one of the most prominent men of College Park. Having served the community faithfully as councilman, he was elected mayor for the term 1909-1910. He was extremely active in all schemes for civic improvement, and, being heartily in favor of waterworks for his city was largely instrumental in securing the recent bond issue. He was well off financially and was the contractor for most of the homes in his community.
SON RAN AWAY FROM HOME.
For over a month Mr. BETTIS has been mentally unbalanced, according to a statement made by his daughter, Mrs. N. F. COLLINS. His son Rooney, who had previously ran away from home about that time, and Mr. BETTIS brooded over the affair until his mind became so deranged that he believed that he had enemies who were trying to take his life. Haunted by these delusions he has several times tried to secure a revolver for the purpose, he said of defending himself.
A few days ago Mr. BETTIS received a letter from his son Rooney stating that he had shipped as a deck hand on a freighter from New York to London. The letter stated that he wished to break the contract, but could not, and he would be obliged to sail within a half-hour.
"This is enough to drive any man crazy." Mr. BETTIS is reported to have said upon reading the letter.
Friday was the birthday of Rooney, and the memory of former occasions of the kind seemed to affect Mr. BETTIS most profoundly. He came to Atlanta, going to his office at 25 South Broad Street, where his strange actions caused comment among his business associates.
WIFE SUSPICIONS ARROUSED.
He arose Saturday morning and went to the College Park Bank, of which he was the vice-president, and afterwards visited a building he was having erected on Lyle Avenue, where his abstracted gaze was particularly noticed by the workmen. He then returned to his home and acted so queerly that his wife's suspicions were at once aroused.
She followed him when he mounted the stairs, and found that he had possessed himself of a revolver. Her remonstrances and endeavors to get the pistol away from him were met with the remark:
"Don't be afraid Dolly, I'm not going to kill myself. They are after me, and I'm just going to protect myself."
After much persuasion, Mrs. BETTIS succeeded in inducing her husband to go downstairs with her. Thinking a rest would calm his overwrought condition, she led him to his bedroom and, after partially undressing him, put him to bed. She was exhausted herself and lay down beside him.
Suddenly, however, Mr. BETTIS whipped out the revolver from under his pillow, where he had placed it and, putting it to his left breast fired the first shot, which, after ranging through his body, grazed the abdomen of his wife behind him. In quick succession, and despite the struggles of his wife to prevent him, Mr. Bettis then fired two more shots.
CLASPED in DAUGHTER's ARMS.
Mrs. BETTIS ran screaming to the front door and attracted the attention of a passing street car conductor who upon rushing into the smoke-clouded room, found the lifeless man clasped in the arms of his 15 year old daughter Nora.
All three of the wounds were inflicted almost directly over the heart, within a circumference that could be covered by a silver dollar. Two of the shots passed through the body, while the third lodged just beneath the skin at the back.
Mr. BETTIS was born forty-six years ago near Marion, Ky. His first wife was Miss. BAIRD, of Sheridan, Ky, by whom he had two children, Mrs. N. F. COLLINS of Atlanta and Rooney, aged 17 years. His second wife, who survives him, was formerly Miss. Belle BELLISLE, of Atlanta. By his second wife he had the following children: Nora, aged 15, Lula, aged 12, Fannie, aged 8, Josephine, aged 5, Myrtle, aged 3, and another child who died quite young. The deceased was a member of the College Park Baptist Church and a great charity worker. He was a member of the Junior Order.
At the conclusion of his term as Mayor of College Park, last December, Mr. BETTIS ran again for the office. He was opposed by Byron S. HUIE, teller of the American National Bank, who defeated him.
Mr. BETTIS is known to have been absorbed in the mayoral race and it is thought by many that the worry incidental to the campaign contributed largely toward unhinging his mind.
The funeral will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock at College Park Baptist Church. Interment will be at the College Park Cemetery. Carriages will leave A. C. HEMBERLEY's at 2 o'clock.
(Includes a picture of D. G. as well as a family picture of the whole family.)
NEWSPAPERS: The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia Monday, February 13, 1911
BETTIS IS SURVIVED BY MARRIED DAUGHTER
In the recent accounts of the death of D. G. BETTIS the ex-mayor of College Park, who committed suicide Saturday morning no mention has been made of his eldest daughter as one of those who survived him. She is Mrs. Rowena BETTIS WALTZ, of Ledford, Illinois, who is the daughter of Mr. BETTIS' first wife, Miss. Hattie EUSTICE. Mr. BETTIS spent several days with his daughter in 1910.
She was 10 in 1880.
NEWSPAPERS: Crittenden Press in Crittenden County, Kentucky 1 March 1894
Sheridan --- Died at this place February 16th, Mrs. Nannie BETTIS, wife of Duke BETTIS. She leaves a husband and two children.
NEWSPAPERS: Crittenden Press in Crittenden County, Kentucky 7 May 1891
Duke BETTIS' little boy died at their home near Canyon City, Texas on April 20th.
He was 6 in 1900.
He was 16 in 1910 living with his father and said born in Kentucky and he is also listed in 1910 in the following record.
CENSUS RECORDS: 2 May 1910 South Bend Dist, Fulton, Georgia page #205
BETTIS, Roney F. age 16, male, he said had been born in Texas and his parents birth places were unknown. He was listed as an inmate living at the Fulton County Industrial Farm, with his occupation listed as a gardener.
NOTES: Sometime after the 1910 census was taken in May and before February 1911, Roney had run away from home and apparently signed aboard a freighter headed for London.
NEWSPAPERS: The Atlanta Constitution, Altanta, Georgia Wednesday, July 19, 1911
Wrong Man Drowned --- The report that Roney BETTIS the son of the late Rev. D. G. BETTIS, College Park was drowned in the in the Mississippi River some time ago is a mistake. The drowned man was George BETTS, of Mississippi, whose body was taken to the undertaking establishment of J. F. McMAHON, in New Orleans.
NOTES: He was last heard from living around Lakeland, Florida in the 1930's.
1910 Crittenden County, Kentucky family #120/125
She was 1 month old in 1880.
He was 7 in 1900.
He was 13 in 1910.
He was 26 in 1920.
She was 23 in 1920.
He was 7 in 1900.
He was 13 in 1910.
He was 26 in 1920.
He was 2 in 1870. He was 12 in 1880 and was listed as Edd.
CENSUS RECORDS: 4 June 1900 Fords Ferry, Crittenden, Kentucky page 204, family #47/47
BEARD, P. E. age 32, MAR 1868, head, md 9 yrs, farmer, KY KY KY
BEARD, Julia age 33, OCT 1866, wife, 1 & 1, KY TN TN
BEARD, Marion age 7, APR 1893, son, KY KY KY
SIMPSON, Mary J. age 64, SEP 1835, mother in law, widow, TN TN TN
CENSUS RECORDS:1910 Cave-in-Rock Road, Crittenden, Kentucky 127/127
He says they have been married for 19 years and he farms.
He was 51 in 1920.
He was 62 in 1930 and was listed as Peyton instead of Pinckney.
She was 33 in 1900 mother of 1 and that 1 still living.
In 1910, she says she is the mother of one child who is still living.
She was 52 in 1920.
She was 63 in 1930.