Beard, Joseph (1812-1858)
Section F, Lot 12
As the Lexington city marshal in 1858, Joseph Beard died in the line of duty when he was stabbed by William Barker, a man he arrested for brawling in the middle of town. When Barker was jailed the townspeople angrily gathered outside yelling "Hang him, hang him." The mob broke into the jail and dragged Barker to the courthouse across the street. A beam was placed through a second story window to which a noose was tied. Baker was forced to stand at the window while the noose was placed over his head, then he was pushed out of the window. The rope broke and Barker fell head first onto the brick walk below. The angry crowd forced him up and to the window again, where he was hanged until dead. William Barker was unceremoniously buried in a potter's field.
Marshal Beard was buried with a great ceremony in The Lexington Cemetery. His monument reads, "A Victim of Violence whilst in the Discharge of his Duty as Marshal of the City of Lexington.
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