I am researching the Beard family for a elderly friend of mine , and I believe that John H. Beard of Virginia ,possibly Jefferson ,Fairfax County is one in the same . John H. Beard divorced a Amelia H. Beard on March 12, 1850 , and John also served in the Civil War as an Artillery Soldier . He mustererd out around 1862 at Morganza ,La. Later remarried a Mathilda M.Lacombe of Bordelonville ,La. Had a son Martin Willis Beard and also a Daughter Eulazie Beard , and died before April of 1866 !