William C. Beard is listed in the 1860 census in Ponotoc Co. These Beards were born in Alabama.I am not sure if they were related to the Beards from NC. There was one William M. Beard that was from NC not listed in the house hold as our Beards. He was a saddler.I believe he was the brother of A. Beard in out line of Beards. It is possible these Beards were related in some way, but I never heard of any of them.My mother was born in MS & it was her mother taht was a Beard.I was born in Memphis and lived there most of my life. A. Beards mother was born in VA. It is nice to hear from some one from Memphis.