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Ms. __?__
Eliza __?__
Please Note:  I have no proof that Moses married twice, but the age difference between Moses and Eliza (and the smallness of it between Eliza and son William) strongly suggests he had a prior wife.  The gap in age between Arsena and Martha suggests the changeover took place between them.  His widower status in 1840 would explain why he did not show up as head-of-household in the 1840 census (i.e., he was living with kin), though it does not explain why I can't find him in the 1830 census.
Husband:  Moses BEDDARD
Birth:  1799/1800, NC
Occupation:  farmer
Wife-1:  Ms. __?__
Wife-2:  Eliza __?__
Birth:  1811/2, NC
Death:  1850-60, presumably in Pitt Co., NC
Occupation:  homemaker
Tentatively, children with Wife-1 born in NC:
1.  William BEDDARD, b. 1827/8
2.  Mary Ann E. BEDDARD, b. 1829/30
3.  Priscilla BEDDARD, b. 1831/2
4.  Arsena "Arceney/Arceny" BEDDARD, b. 1834/5; m. William ELKS (1820/1- ), as his second wife; step-child: James L. ELKS (1847/8- ), et al.
Tentatively, child with Eliza born in NC:
5.  Martha Jane BEDDARD, b. 1841/2
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1.  Marriage Record(s):

2.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find.

3.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find.

4.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #12-13 of 20):  Greenville District, Pitt Co., NC, Roll M432_641, pp. 6B-7A, 99/100, enumerated 13/14 Aug 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Moses Beddard 50 M   Farmer 352 North Carolina
Eliza Beddard 38 F       "
William Beddard 22 M   Farmer   "
Mary Ann Beddard 20 F       "
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Priscilla Beddard 18 F       North Carolina
Arsena Beddard 15 F       "
Martha Jane Beddard  8 F       "

5.  1860 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #131 of 183):  Greenville P.O., Pitt Co., NC, Roll M653_910, p. 68B, PN 140, 1143/1121, enumerated 29 Aug 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Moses Beddard 60 M   Farmer 2000 1000 No Ca
Priscilla " 26 F   Laboror     "
M J       " 17 F   "     "
Listed next to son-in-law, William ELKS (æ 39, b. NC), whose (second) wife is Moses's daughter, Arsena BEDDARD (æ 25, b. NC), with whom is living William's son (Arsena's step-son), J.L. ELKS (æ 12, b. NC), among other children.

6.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #34 of 98):  Greenville P.O., Greenville Twp., Pitt Co., NC, Roll M593_1155, p. B, PN 34, 254/254, enumerated 27 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Bedard Moses 70 M W Farmer 500 150 North Carolina
Elks James 22 M W Farm hand     "
James ELKS is a step-son of Moses's daughter, Arsena (BEDDARD) ELKS.  Listed three households from son-in-law, John A. SIMMONS, and his wife, Mary (æ 40, b. NC).

7.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #42 of 61):  Greenville Twp., Pitt Co., NC, Roll T9_978, p. 402B, PN 41, SD 1, ED 128, enumerated 1 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 13 14 22 23 24 25 26
12 12 Beddard Moses W M 81         /   Palsy     NC NC NC
    Mazingo Thomas W M 21   GSon   /   Farming   / / NC NC NC
    _______ Mary E W F 24   GDau   /   Keeping House     / NC NC NC
    _______ Ida W F 6/12 Nov GGDau /             NC NC NC
    John Lida W F  6   no kin /             NC NC NC
Listed next to son-in-law, William A. ELKS (60, NC), and his wife, Moses's daughter, Arceny (46, NC).  On the other side, listed next to Marcellus SIMMONS (22, NC), who is listed next to James ELKS (34, NC).

8.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

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