I'm curious about the Beards I see in the 1880 census of Omega Twp. in Marion Co. IL. They are living in such close proximity to some of my Sill kin, specifically children of Commodore Perry Sill & Sarah Beard. Sarah's father was Benjamin Beard (who also died in Marion Co.) whose family originally came from VA. She was born & married in Indiana and between Indiana and VA they appear to have been in KY.
I know of no connection with these Beards in Omega Twp., but I'm curious about the coincidence of location.