Re: John Beard 1765 PA - 1826 TN
I hope you are still checking this forum.I am curious about your John Beard, because I am researching a John Beard who was born about 1826 and whose mother later married Merit (Merritt) Duke.
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Merit Duke was in Morgan County, Alabama, by 1820. He later lived in Hardeman and Fayette Counties, Tennessee. He had a step-son, John Beard, b. about 1826.
In 1842, Merit placed a newspaper ad to notify local merchants that his step-son John Beard, age about 16, was no longer residing with him.
Merit was apparently first married to Winifred Browne and later to Lucinda C. Williams, but I am wondering whether John Beard's mother may have been a wife between Winifred and Lucinda.
The information I have on Merit comes from