Kenneth, Do you know any of William's childrens names?My brick wall is Andrew Jackson Beard born 10-17-1833 in Ohio.He had a brother Thomas b. 1931. two sisters, Eliza b.1835 and Margaret b. 1838.They somehow ended up in Clark County, Illinois in the 1850 Census they were living with the Family of Henderson Reed.I suspect they may have been orphaned and went to live with relatives???? Your dates for William would fit. I know this is a shot in the dark but I have been looking for this man's father and mother for 30 years, so I try every angle I can find.Thanks.