Wayne, I have been following your postings, maybe you can help me with my Beard line. I am told by several cousins that our line connects to the John Beard that married Mary Blackstock, however, no one seems to have the connection.
Our earliest info is: John Beard born ca 1795 probably in Lexington Co., SC; married Elizabeth ?? b. ca 1802. She is reported to have died in Alabama. They had at least 3 children:Martin H. Beard b. 12 May 1831 in SC murdered in 1880 in Lawrence Co.,AL. He married Emaline Hutto. My line comes from Martin. Huldah Beard b abt. 1832, she married William Hutto (Emaline's brother.) Mary Ann Beard b abt. 1835.
These Beards lived in North Alabama and some went to Tennessee and Texas.
I live in Maury County, Tennessee. There are at least 3 lines of Beards here; they claim not to be kin, however, they all want to go back to John Beard and Mary Blackstock.
Any info would be appreciated; even if the info rules out rather than in, it would help.
In my limited research, I have come across at least 8 John Beards married to Elizabeths. It is all very confusing for someone just getting started.