Hi Kevin, Returned from out of town last night for 2 weeks and found your message.I am a descendant of Francis Beard married to Susannah Ledbetter. My cousins and I believe that this Francis is the son of the Francis Beard listed in the 1850 Tenn Census, Lincoln County. They are neighbors and his age would be appropriate.But we have no valid proof and we would love to finally solve this mystery. William Beard listed Francis Beard in his pension application that he had lived with Francis and that he (William)also had a brother Robert, I believe that lived in Giles Co. If this is the same Francis then we can solve the mystery of our Francis Beard's/Susannah Ledbetter grandfather.