The parents of Elijah Beard

Elijah Beard was born about 1835 in Bedford County, Tennessee. In the 1850 census he was listed as born in Mississippi, but in 1860 he was listed born in Tennessee, and we believe that is correct. Elijah was a young man of fifteen on the 1850 census in the home of his widowed mother, but he is not found on the 1860 census. There was an Elijah Beard listed as serving with the Second Regiment, Mississippi Partisan Rangers during the Civil War, but we do not know if this is our Elijah.