I just received some information that Melinda Thames married John Beard and they had four sons. Melinda's brother Jesse Thames married Elizabeth Beard. These events would have taken place in the 1770's.Melinda and Jesse were probably born between 1750 and 1755. Cornelius is a common Thames family given name. I have a Cornelius Thames b. 1730 who we believe married a Mary Evans but this is an assumption on our part. We know Mary Evans married a Thames and Cornelius was selected in a process of elimination. Then she could have been a 1st marriage and he married again. Cornelius 1730 left NC for parts unknown or died. We have no record of what happened to him. That is all I know about a Beard - Thame connection. All of this took place in Bladen, later Cumberland Co. NC.