I'm searching for my great grandfather's family. I found the following in the 1880 U.S. Census. John BEARD (age 45), married to Malinda Beard (age 35). They had 3 children at the time: Belle (1); Sophie (6) and William (3)--my grandfather. I believe his full name was John Jessup BEARD. My grandmother's maiden name was NIX; she was also called Martha. His mother/father is shown as being from MS. Her family is shown to have been from Alabama.