Hi. My family ledger book, notes taken on familes 1890s to 1920, by Judge Joseph L. Peters of Shelby County Alabamahas the following:
**************** George Rainey Allen married Sarah Beard. She was born 25 February 1817. She died 13 March 1875.(I have an old photograph of their son Theodore Morris Allen and his family.)
George Rainey Allen had a sister Mary Allen who married Robert C. Beard. The note beside their name says that they had 10 children and live in "Monroe County Alabama"
The parents of Mary Allen Beard and George Rainey Allen are John C. Allen "born in Ireland came to Philadelphia Pennsylvania" and mother is Elizabeth Baker.
My gr gr gr grandmother's brother Benjamin Griffith Wilson married Mary Jane Beard here in Shelby County in 1842. Benjamin was born 25 Dec 1809.
My conclusion is that this family of Beards were here in Shelby County in the 1840s. I dont find any male Beards on the 1840 or 1850 census, so they must have been here between those years or living with a family of another last name.