Harven,my great grandfather was Frank A. Beard, b. 1862 in Ark. He was in DeSoto Parish, La. sometime because he met my ggrandmother there and married her there.From there they went to Garrison, Nacogdoches Co., Tx.
I don't know if our Beards in TX are connected but they were close.However, I am told that most of the Beards in TX came from ARK and LA.Maybe this will give you some place to look.