Hi, Some link Ansel to be the son of John Bearden because it sorts out in the census records.
If this is the Ansel you research will need some looking into. Good Luck, Randy Bearden
From Theresa Stirbis book page 234, Mrs. Helen Lewis Kennedy told me that her great grandfather, Ansel Bearden Sr. immigrated from Ireland. No birth dates were available. He has a son Arta Bearden, born 1819, died 25 July 1899. This Arta is often listed in records as Artus, Arter, Arthur, and maybe other short synonyms of the name Arta.