I have been looking for years for the parents of Rebecca Beard(Baird?)who married Edmond Steele 17 Sept 1800, Grayson Co. VA. They seem to have lived in Wythe Co.VA, but relocated to Whitley Co. KY in about 1812-13 where they raised a family of 12 children. Edmond b.8 Nov 1777 d. 4 May 1850, Rebecca b. 25 Dec 1778 d. 12 Apr 1850. Family tradition handed down thru my grandmother was that Rebecca was raised by some Beards who had gotten her from a "ship of females" when she was a tiny child. It was supposedly said that no one could identify her when she arrived on this ship, and all she could tell them was that her name was Rebecca, and she wanted to go "back to the big house".Her clothing was of the finest quality cloth and finely made, down to fancy "sequin-like" buttons -- and no one else on that ship was said to be dressed the same as her.No one wanted this child for a servant as she was so young -- I've always imagined that to be around 4yrs or so -- but a Mr. Beard finally paid her fare and she went home to live with him and his wife.My grandmother always said their children were out of the home, but she didn't know if they were dead or just grown. Anyhow, they are supposed to have raised little Rebecca as their own child. But that's where the story always ended!I didn't know for years who she had married, nor where she fit in with my gr-gr-gr grandma Elizabeth Ann Steele Pruett. Elizabeth turned out to be one of Rebecca's 12 children.I realize this is just one of those family legends that has been passed down, but at least some of it must have a bit of fact in it.I have no idea anymore of where to go to try to find these Beard/Baird parents.Some info out there has shown the father as Martin Beard, but the dates don't match the ones in my records, so I've been skeptical of that one. Has ANYONE out there ever heard a story remotely like this one?? I would so love to find out who the Beards were and if Rebecca was indeed considered their child - or an indentured servant, or what.This is the first query I've ever put out about Rebecca. I have been to visit her grave, but that's the only place I know for sure where she was/is!! I have info (shared with me by the most generous Steele family members)on Edmond and Rebecca's children, and as my line is through dau. Elizabeth Ann b.1804, I have info on her line to share with anyone who is interested. Can anyone help me find these Beard Parents?I have entertained the idea they may have been from NC rather than VA, but at this point it's all a shot in the dark.Would love to hear from someone!