Hi Gina~ This is a real longshot but here goes: My grandfather, Edward Millard Beard, was born in Dec 1879 in Ark. Don't know anything about his parents except that on the 1910 Fed Census for Drew Co. Ark he indicated his parents were both from Georgia. Do you think he might be connected to your Beards? He married Sarah Caroline (called Carrie) Billingsley approx 1900 in Ark. Keeping my fingers crossed!