I have been interested in John Beard since the Beards and my ancestors, the Smiths, had quite a few dealings in Lunenburg and Bedford counties. I am a descendant of Anne/Ann and Edmond Smith. John and Adam Beard witnessed property transactions, assisted in Edmond's probate, then in 1772 Ann and her new husband William Hays sue a Beard et al. They had so many dealings I was wondering if they were related. I don't know what Anne's maiden name was and was wondering if it was possibly Beard. Do you have any information that would help me?