John Wilson Biard (Baird), early Lamar County settler, was born in Limestone County, Alabama, on October 31, 1841, the son of William Washington and Amanda Menifee (Finn) Biard. When he was five, his family moved to Texas and settled nine miles southeast of Paris in Lamar County, on a headright granted to Robert H. Wheat, a relative of the family. Biardstown was named for William Washington Biard, who built the first house in the community. John W. Biard married Elizabeth (Lizzie) Holbrook on August 31, 1865; the couple had seven children. In 1867 he and his wife donated land for the Biardstown school. Biard also lived in Jones County, Texas, in Hugo, Oklahoma, and in Sulphur, Oklahoma, where he died on March 14, 1913. He was buried in the family cemetery in Biardstown.