In just 5 hours at the Columbia, SC State I found a good bit of my family history!
I'm going to list off some names so bare with me and please get back to me if you recognize any of the names.
My Great, Great, Great G-father was John Beard, Barnwell County, SC. I have him listed for here in the census of Sept 1860. He was 33 in this record and that means he was born possibly in 1827. His wife was Cynthia (b. either 1826/1827) and they had at least 6 kids as of this census: William (age 14), Da.? (Male,17), Marvin? (11), Virginia (9), Elbridge(6, my great, great g-father), and Luther (3).
This family was real close to the Owens family too. They lived next to each other in Barnwell County and there are some marriages between the two families. They are somehow related to the Beard's and Owens of Jenkins and Screven County, Georgia.
I have a Census with the Beard names for SC in 1840 if anyone is interested. I see a John Beard in Barnwell Co in this census too.
Elbridge Beard, born in 1854, married Mary (no maiden name) Beard. They both lived in Barnwell County also. I only know of 2 of their children right now: Charlie P. Beard(b. Nov. 18, 1880 and d. July 19, 1948, my great grandfather) and Walter (b. Aug 2, 1896 and d. Jan. 1, 1904).
I have a list of Charlie and Laura O. Beard's children too. Most of them were born between 1900-1915. If you're curious I will give them to you.
I really want to find out more about my John Beard of South Carolina...any help would be nice! I know there are a ton of John Beard's out there!