Hi Dawn,my ggrandfather was Frank A. Beard, b. 1862, prob. Ark.,m. Mary Melissa Smith, b. 1867 in ?.Mary lived in DeSoto Parish, La. with her family and was told that is where they married.I can tell you that the Beards are a challange as they had huge families.Of course, the Smiths aren't a breeze either.
You might check ARK as I am told that is where the Beards in LA came from.