BEARD DECENTANTS - Laura Chester. My ancestors were Bird Near (or Birdnear) Beard born in N.C. , married Sarah Kennedy in TN. Third son was James Willis Beard,I was born in TN, married Telitha J. Sisk, had nine children (one of which was my gggrandfather, James Willis Beard,II). After she died, married Mary Ann E. Giddeons Guidon in 1875 and had five children.. Later lived in Texas Co., MO. James Willis Beard,II born 1861, married Julia Ann Hoover 1885, died 1949 in Waco, Texas.