Charlotte: The earliest Beard family to settle in Augusta Co. was that of Thomas. The following may help you identify Robert's parents. Good Luck!!
THOMAS BEARD, first known of the family, a farmer and schoolmaster, b. Scotland; d. Sep 1769, Augusta Co., VA; m. JEAN MCNUTT, d. 1779; d/o JAMES MCNUTT (d. Aug 1749, Augusta Co. See Below).Known Issue: Hugh (d. 1807, Rockbridge Co.; m. 15 Oct 1765, Bedford Co., VA, to Sarah MCNABB, d. 1811, Rockbridge Co.), Esther,William , Jane (1st m. George WEIR, d. abt 1784; 2nd m. 1 Mar 1785, Rockbridge Co., VA to Cornelius ALEXANDER), Elizabeth ( m. James MITCHELL, b. ca 1742, PA), Mary(m. N.N. DUNLAP), John (b. 1745; d. 1808; Capt. Rev. War; settled Sinking Creek, Greenbrier Co.; m. 1769, Jannett WALLACE, b. 1746; d. 1816; d/o Peter WALLACE, b. 1719, Ireland, and Martha WOODS).