I have been able to determine that Richard was born in Prince Edward Co., Va. and had other siblings ; John M. b. 1836; Mary E. b. 1839; George A. b. 1844; Selma (f) b. 1847. On his marriage record(married 1870 in Amherst Co.) he list as parent Margaret Beard. His brother George (married 1867 in Amherst Co.) lists parents as M. and C. Beard. The 1850 census shoes the head of household in Prince Edward Co. as Catherine Beard age 36, born in unknown. Also living in the household is Pamelia Beard age 30. I have noted in the Prince Edward voters in the 1840 Presidential elections a Marcus Beard and a Charles Beard. Does anyone know anything about these two individuals?