I'm interested in any info you have on these Beards. Was Wave a nickname and if so, do you know his real name?
I have been in contact with a Heathcock (Haithcock) descendant and I will check to see if she has connections to your James Larkin D. A. Heathcock. I know that one of Bird Near Beard's sons Lewis Jackson Beard married Betty A.N. Heathcock and she may have also been called Betsy. My Haithcock connection says it should be Elizabeth Ann. This union was on 1/20/1853. The marriage certificate is on file at Williamson County, TN Archives.
The 1870 and 1880 Williamson County, TN Census shows Elizabeth (only copies I have on hand).
Also, I found a couple of obituairies in Williamson County Genealogy dept. for children of Lewis and (one says Betty and one Betsy). Confusing, huh?
Lewis and Elizabeth had several children, one of them being Richard Beard (obituairy 4/20/1949). However, census shows a John R not Richard (birthyear doesn't match exactly). I Need to find some proof this is same person. This is my husband's line.
Still researching for any information I can get! I go to Archives and Genealogy dept about once a week. My email address is email@example.com if you would like to email me direct.