My family of Beards came from some where in NC and were in MS in the 1850 & 1860 census. The oldest Beard listed in this line in the 1850 census was an Ann Beard age 75 born in VA. She was born about 1775. I do not know her husband's name or her maiden name. The head of the house was listed as A. Beard in the 1850 census & Addie Beard in the 1860 census born in NC, wife Eleanor born in NC. The oldest son was Henry A. (Augustus) Beard born in 1837 in NC. Two other sons were born in NC Richard A. & John.Most of the sons in this family had the middle initial A. There were several other children most born in MS. I was told Henry A. Beard ( my great grandfather had flaming red hair & Beard. (sounds Irish to me) Would you know any thing of this family?