Dear cousin Bobbi:
I also descend from Stephen Baird. I dropped out of sight for a few years but am now back working on my Beard book. Let's keep in touch.
To all Beard on the maillist:
I have done a lot of research on all the SC Beards. There are two lines: Irish and German. The John, father of Martin, Huldah and Martha Ann is from the German Beards. Hence the name "Martin" is very German (Martin Luther). I have traced this family to the deep South.
My connection is to Stephen E. Beard (aka Baird), who in the early 1800s, bought land located in Lexington Co, SC and previously owned by a John Beard. The plat even had a little house drawn on the plat named "John Beard home."
Most of my Stephen's children married German descendants and they lived in the Dutch Fork district of Newberry County.
I do not believe John and Stephen are related to Alexander, who appears to be an Irish Beard.
Janice Palmer McLellan
6302 Fairview Dr.
Pensacola, FL 32505-2057