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From: "Penny Perry" To: Sent: Saturday, September 22, 2012 9:14:27 AM Subject: Bairds in Ohio

Hi, I found your site and thought I’d add some information and questions. I am tracking Rufus Lafayette Baird, who married Serelda Burton in Mason Kentucky, and lived back and forth between Mason, KY and Portsmouth, Ohio. They are the parents of Eliza Jane Baird, who is my great-grandmother. That much is 100% certain (from Eliza Jane’s Bible).

Based on census information and who lives with whom in various census’s in Portsmouth, I have definitely attached them to the family of Robert Baird Jr., from Washington County, Ohio. His wife was Leah Grigsby Baird (m. Robert 25 Nov 1810 in Washington, Ohio). The list of children is from Robert Baird Jr’s will and estate settling in Lawrence County, Ohio, which also states that his widow, Leah Baird, was married to William Shields by the time the probate was completed.

- Rufus Lafayette Baird – 1811-1888, died in Scioto, Ohio (buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, which is where Eliza Jane’s husband’s family is buried). Eliza’s mother died in 1853 and he never remarried, but lived with his daughter and then his daughter and her family.
- Leah Baird Charlton – moved around area, living in Kentucky, Missouri, Indiana, and finally back in Jefferson, Kentucky. Died after 1870
- Abner Baird – 1817-1887, married Louisa Lewis, river man, died in New Albany, Indiana
- Moses Baird – 1818-1872, married Phoebe Goodrich, died in Arkansas (on boat trip) but lived in Portsmouth Ohio at time of death
- Maria Baird – haven’t found other than will papers – est. DOB 1823, not living with any family members in 1850 census or later, but haven’t found death or marriage record either.
- Robert Baird – haven’t conclusively found, think he registered for civil war draft, b. 1825, and died 1863 in Illinois
- Susanna Baird – b. 1827, married John C Jones of Mason County, Kentucky, still living in 1880 in KY

The Moses Baird above is a different Moses Baird than the one living in the next county (Adams County) – there is reference to this Moses, along with brothers Abner and Rufus, having worked on river boats and barges in a Portsmouth Times article on 7 Aug 1886. I have not found any definite links between these Bairds and the Adams County Bairds, although the similarity in name choices makes it likely that there is a link somewhere.
If you or anyone knows anything which could help me track this family further, I would be grateful and happy to share information!

From: "martha swaim" To: Sent: Saturday, May 5, 2012 1:22:23 PM Subject: Beard and Baird in Ohio
Hi Norma! I have a dead end with a Delilah Beard / Baird b. KY or OH 1801-1802, m. John Snider in Fayette co., OH 1820.
I stumbled on your web page looking for Baird from KY. By the way, your link to Ohio doesn't work from the Kentucky page, but does work from the Baird Index page.
There are not a lot of Bairds or Beards in Fayette, Ohio. There is a John Baird who married a Sarah Shobe (probably a second marriage for both). There is a Nancy Beard who married a George Boyd in 1816. There is a David who died in 1820, leaving a minor son, Evan.
There is a John who died abt. 1820 and a George who may have moved on.
I have wondered if there is a connection to any of the Highland or Ross county Beard / Baird families. I have seen the names Groves and Vance in connection with the Highland Beard / Bairds and with my Snider family.
This is a list of John and Delilah's children. I suspect that David B. (Beard?), Evan, Carlisle, Rachel could all come from the Beard / Baird side of the family.
1. DELILAH1 BEARD was born Abt. 1801 in Ohio or Kentucky, and died 09 Feb 1862 in Poe, Marion twp, Allen, IN. She married JOHN SNIDER 12 Jun 1820 in OH, fayette co., son of HENRY SNIDER and ELIZABETH HESSER. He was born Abt. 1801 in Ohio, and died 27 May 1868 in Poe, Marion twp, Allen, IN. More About DELILAH BEARD: Census: 1850, born in Ohio
Children of DELILAH BEARD and JOHN SNIDER are:
i. MARY JANE2 SNIDER, b. 1821, Fayette Co. Ohio; d. 11 May 1877, Allen, Indiana; m. JUDGE NELSON MCCLAIN, 06 Apr 1843, Allen, IN; b. 1810, Muskingum County Ohio.
ii. RACHEL SNIDER, b. 1826, Fayette County, Ohio; d. 12 Jan 1871, Poe,Marion,Allen,Indiana; m. DAVID MCLAIN, 22 Mar 1850, Allen, Indiana; b. 1808, Ohio; d. Nevada.
iii. EVAN SNIDER, b. 1829, OH, Fayette co. Union twp.; d. 05 Aug 1875, Allen Obit Index, Lindenwood Cem.Ft.Wayne; m. LOIS MCLAIN, 02 Sep 1856, Ft. Wayne, Allen, IN; b. 1835, Ohio.
iv. ELIZABETH SNIDER, b. 09 Mar 1832, OH, Fayette co. Union twp.; d. 22 May 1902, IN, Allen, Marion, Williamsport Poe Cemetery; m. PHILIP SNYDER, 24 Nov 1852, IN, Allen co., Marion twp; b. 18 Aug 1818, Botetourte VA; d. 30 Jan 1890, IN, Allen, Marion, Williamsport Poe Cemetery.
v. PVT JOHN WESLEY SNIDER, b. 09 Jul 1834, OH, Fayette co. Union twp.; d. 25 Jul 1912, Sacramento, California; m. MARY ELIZABETH MCCONNELL, 15 Jun 1854, Wells County, IN; b. 1837, Hocking, OH; d. 29 Oct 1922, Sacramento, California.
More About PVT JOHN WESLEY SNIDER: Burial: 25 Jul 1912, Oddfellows Cemetery Sacramento California
Military service: 05 Aug 1862, Enlisted 88th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Co. F
Military service: 08 Aug 1912, Sacramento, CA, Civil War Widow's pension
vi. DAVID B. SNIDER, b. 1837, IN, Allen co., Marion twp.; d. 06 Sep 1843, Poe, Marion twp, Allen, IN.
vii. SARAH E., b. 1841, IN, Allen co., Marion twp.; d. 12 Sep 1843, Poe, Marion twp, Allen, IN.
viii. PHYLENIA SNIDER, b. 1842, IN, Allen co., Marion twp.; d. 26 Jan 1843, Poe, Marion twp, Allen, IN.
ix. CARLISLE SNIDER, b. 02 Aug 1846, IN, Allen co., Marion twp.; d. 27 Mar 1936, Maywood, Nebraska; m. SARAH ALMIRA COTTON, 26 Mar 1868, Wells, IN; b. Aug 1851, Indiana; d. 1932, Maywood, Nebraska.
Military service: 1861, Civil War 135th Regiment, Indiana
xi. MAXENDA MARINDA SNIDER, b. Bet. 1822 - 1862, Fayette, Ohio or Allen, Indiana; d. Bef. 27 May 1868, Ohio or Indiana.

Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 12:28 AM
Subject: BAIRD family in Ohio

SAMUEL BAIRD b. 1814 in Ohio (Columbiana, Carroll or Perry Counties). He married ELIZABETH HARMON (JONATHAN), had 11 children, moved to Houston Co. MN and then to WA Territory.

Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2002 4:49 PM

I cannot find A THING on my great grandfather HOMER E BAIRD born 1883 in Junction City Ohio. My grandmother does not speak much of ancestors...she is going to pass soon and this is all I have is her father and her mother is ENGA OVEDIA THOMTE which is ANOTHER dead end....

Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2001 2:59 PM
Subject: BAIRD - Missouri & Ohio

ALEXANDER BAIRD b. 10/18/1809 d. 5/23/1872 Springhill, Livingston MO bur. Gee's Creek Cemetery, Grundy MO m. MARGARETTE (BOND) (COCKREN) b. 4/3/1816 Pickaway OH d. 1/18/1896 Baker OR.

Sent: Monday, July 23, 2001 7:05 PM

Hi NORMA, I have received quite a bit of information about my BAIRD family from STEWART BALDWIN, who did a "BAIRD Genealogy" on the BAIRD'S of Guernsey County, Ohio. He also sent me part of a genealogy by HAZELLE BAIRD & DOUGLAS MACQUIN, about the BAIRD-BROWN Family of McArthur Ohio and their descendants. Have you seen these? Are you related? Anyway, "my" MOSES BAIRD'S are in there. Let me know if you haven't seen them.

MOSES BAIRD b. 1/3/1762 Bucks Co PA d. 11/1/1841 Adams Co OH m. 7/5/1787 Lancaster Co OH to MARY ADAMS b. 1769 Lancaster, Washington Co PA d. 4/9/1935 Sandy Springs, Adams, OH.
MOSES' parents MOSES BAIRD b. 1736 Ireland d. 1782 Uniontown, Fayette, PA & MARGARET BROWN b. abt 1732 Ireland d. aft 1787 Uniontown, Fayette PA.

MOSES & MARY'S Child: MOSES NEWTON BAIRD b. 1799 Sandy Springs, Adams, OH d. 5/9/1835 Sandy Springs, Adams, OH m. 3/4/1819 to MARY PIERCE (I have no children for them).

MOSES BAIRD (1762) had a sister POLLY b. 1796. There is a POLLY BAIRD in the Missouri connection.

Other siblings of MOSES (1762):


Date: Wed, 08 Dec 1999 19:22:36 EST
Today I was checking out "What's new on Cyndislist" and there you were with your BAIRD entry. MOSES BAIRD & MARGARET BROWN happen to be my direct grandparents (several greats) also. So I was interested to check out your site. After I did I came home and checked out my data base. Here is what I found:

MOSES & MARGARET BAIRD had a son named JOHN BAIRD who m. SUSANNAH FRAME. JOHN and SUSANNAH had a son named MOSES b. 1786 in Fayette PA d. 1863 Athens OH m. MARY "POLLY" ____. MOSES & MARY BAIRD had 8 children: 1) NANCY, 2) JOHN,3) unknown male, 4) SUSANNAH BAIRD, 5) MARTHA BAIRD, 6) DAVID BAIRD, 7) ANDREW BAIRD, 8) WILLIAM BAIRD, & a son-in-law. These names come from MOSES' will.

I think MOSES & MARY BAIRD may have m. in PA, didn't write it down and now can't remember.

I did find a sister for MARGARET BROWN, her husband and children, but no more info to extend the pedigree back. Doggone!!!

I come through MOSES BAIRD, the son of MOSES & MARY, he m. MARY ADAMS, and their dau ELIZABETH "BETSEY" BAIRD m. ROBERT ADAMS. ELIZABETH died shortly after the birth of her 6th child. ROBERT m. again 6 months later, NANCY AUXIER and they had 7 children.

I believe the BAIRD'S & ADAMS' went to Ky before they ended up in OH. At the Family History Library (FHL) in SLC a film #345750 had this quote about the BAIRD family:

"In a history of Adams County, Ohio, we found a lengthy sketch of MOSES BAIRD, and a reference to his brother JAMES BAIRD. MOSES BAIRD was very prominent in his day, lived in splendid style, was a Justice of the Court and was greatly esteemed. The names of his children were given. His grandson was the well-known CHAMBERS BAIRD, lawyer and jurist, who lived at Ripley, Ohio.

In Mrs. CATCHING'S book on the BEARD & BAIRD Families she gives the line of MOSES BAIRD and it agrees with the account in the history of Adams County, except that she takes the line back still farther. She says that one JOHN BARD, of Scotland, had sons JAMES BAIRD, ROBERT BAIRD, WILLIAM BAIRD & JOHN BAIRD JR, and had estates in Scotland, England and Ireland.

JOHN BAIRD, JR. went to Ireland and his son JAMES BAIRD came in 1720 to America and settled in New Jersey. He married MARGARET BROWN and had:



3. MOSES BAIRD b. 1736 in PA



6) 7) and several daughters, one of whom married STEPHEN RIGGS

8) WILLIAM BAIRD, not mentioned by MRS. CATCHINGS, but found in other records.

Note: JAMES BAIRD who married MARGARET BROWN was the father of MOSES BAIRD & JAMES BAIRD of Adams County, Ohio.

MRS. CATCHINGS is in error in her generations. STEPHEN RIGGS' wife was a sister of JAMES BAIRD & MOSES BAIRD of Adams County. The RIGGS family were from New Jersey." I looked at MRS. CATCHINGS' book and she did not document anything.

Interesting my ADAMS family, who m. into the BAIRD'S, were also in New Jersey. They came to America from Antrim, Ireland. Migrated to PA and met up with the BAIRD'S. Unless they all knew one another in New Jersey or Ireland?

MRS. CATCHING'S name is FERMINE BAIRD CATCHINGS. The speculation about the beginnings of the BAIRD'S comes out of chapter 4 of her book. Another quote from FERMINE: "Was it JAMES or MOSES who married MARGARET BROWN? ROBERT BAIRD, JR. of Yonkers, an historian, was the grandson of MARGARET, and in his letter he says, "Our Grandfather JAMES."

p.77 FERMINE: "JAMES POWER BAIRD was a great-grandson, and what he gives seems to have been from an old Bible record: he says MOSES. CHAMBERS BAIRD, another grandson, in a letter, says it was JAMES." p.77 FERMINE: "My personal opinion is that JAMES had an uncle or father, MOSES, of Lifford, who remained in Ireland, and for him the MOSES in this country was named."

FERMINE: MOSES BAIRD, born in 1762. Married MARY ADAMS [my line], daughter of ROBERT & ELIZABETH ADAMS, in 1787. He, with Mr. VANCE, laid of Vanceburg." laid? Vanceburg is in KY This is in Mason county. ... In 1797 MOSES moved across the river to Ohio. p.80 They may also have been in Lewis County.

I plan to check out your site again. Thank you for going to all that work. Let's keep in touch.
Happy Holidays to you and yours,

From: ckochmit
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2001 8:50 PM
NORMA - Yes you can include my email address on your site. Thanks BARB K.

Hi NORMA - I am a descendant of JANE BAIRD b. abt. 1812 who married PETER MILLER and lived in Pittsburgh PA in 1870 with their two adult sons CHARLES and WILLIAM.

I'm working with JUDI from Ohio who is hunting for 3 missing daughters of JOHN BAIRD b. 1792 and NANCY HANNA BAIRD of Belfast.

Their 6 known children were:

They were in Pittsburgh in 1850-52 before settling in Ohio. If any of the Ohio, PA, or Irish Baird researchers recognize these names let me known at

Thanks, BARB


Complied by Donna Jean Ormsbee Hayden

John Gregor was a poor weaver, who went from house to house, and while plying his trade sang the ballads, legends and incidents of the time so well that it was always a ¡§gala day¡¨ when he came. He was called The Bard. He was greatly beloved by the people, and when one of his wealthy friends wished to leave him some property, in order for him to hold it, it was given to him as John Gregor Bard.

John Bard had four sons and two daughters: *James, Robert, William, John, Jr.; sisters not named. He had four estates, two in Scotland, one in England and one in Ireland.

John Jr., settled in northern part of Ireland on his portion. His family consisted of three sons and several daughters.

The second son [of John Jr.], James, emigrated to America about 1720, to New Jersey; [He] had five or six sons, John, James, Moses [*James Moses], Robert and Thomas.

MY BAIRD ANCESTRY: Excerpts from a letter to Moses¡¦ son Chambers from his cousin Dr. Robert Baird, Dated June 17, 1858:

¡§Our grandfather, James Baird, came from the North of Ireland, near Londonderry. His ancestors came from Scotland, driven from it by persecution in the days of the Stuarts. They were Presbyterians. The name Baird signifies a poet or bard, and the coat of arms had a boar, to signify that the founder was a hunter. Our grandfather was a poor but worthy Scotch-Irish weaver. He married a Miss Brown, whose father was a Protestant from the North of Ireland. My father (Robert) was the oldest of all the children ¡V four sons and four daughters. The sons were: Robert, John, Moses, and James. The daughter¡¦s were Jane (Mrs. Charles Porter), Elizabeth (Mrs. Thomas Frame), Margaret (Mrs. John Porter), and Ann (Mrs. Stephen Riggs).

Our grandfather lived near Piqua, in Lancaster County, Pa., where my father and most of the children were born.¡¨

¡§Children of Margaret Brown and James (or Moses) Baird [James Moses Baird]: „h Robert, Sr., born in 1756 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Married, first Elizabeth Reeves, 1779. Moved to Union town, Fayette County, Pa.; second, Sarah Hanna McClelland. „h John, married Susan Frame, 1785, and moved to Ohio. „h *Moses, born in 1762. Married Mary Adams, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Adams, in 1787. He, with Mr. Vance laid off Vanceburg. [Vanceburg, Kentucky] „h James, born in 1764. Married Mary Robinson, 1788. Moved, 1800, to Ohio (Chillicothe), West Union, Adams County, Ohio. Died in Kentucky, 1830 of Cholera. „h Elizabeth, married Thomas Frame. Moved to Ohio. „h Jane, married Charles Porter, Jr. Settled in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Associate Judge for many years.

„h Margarett, born in 1770; died in 1853. Married John Porter, born in 1770. Settled in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

„h Anne, born in 1773. Married Steven Riggs, born in 1770, in Fayette County. Moved to Ohio in 1795.¡¨

¡§Robert, the eldest son of Margaret Brown Baird, was born in 1756; Moses, his brother, in 1762. Pequea, Pa, was where the children were born.

Moses Baird was born near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, January 3, 1762. His father, James Baird, came from near Londonderry, in the north of Ireland. His mother was a Miss Brown, also from Ireland.

In the Bedford County tax list for 1779, James is taxed for 300 acres in Armstrong Township and Moses for 100 unseeded acres. At that time Moses, the son, was ten years old. That may account for the small unseeded grant. Moses swore oath of allegiance in Lancaster, 1777. The son Moses was then fifteen years old.

Moses served in Capt. John McClelland¡¦s company of Westmoreland County Rangers in Indian raids¡¨.

Moses Baird married Mary Adams, July 5, 1787, at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a woman of remarkable natural endowments and of distinguished and cultivated ability. They had one son, Robert, born in Pennsylvania, in 1788.

Moses¡K went to Mason County, Ky. He built the first brick house in the State of Kentucky, at Mary¡¦s Lick. He moved to where Vanceburg now is and engaged in the manufacture of salt.

He and Vance (probably David) bought fifty acres of land. Baird bought Vance¡¦s interest in 1796. They laid it off and cast lots for the name. Vance won.

Since the Salt Lick Area had early become a landing place for settlers coming from Pennsylvania down the Ohio River on flatboats, and as Moses Baird, Joseph Vance, and John Heath had opened three or four salt wells which were fairly profitable, many pioneers decided to stay. The need for salt and game was great; thus, with so much activity around the wells, it was not unusual that a town soon was established.

The town was built on land originally belonging to Alexander Keith Marshall, son of Colonel Thomas Marshall of Washington in Mason County, Kentucky. Marshall had applied for 200 acres on both sides of Salt Lick Creek and fronting the Ohio River; his patent was to extend back to the hills. Receiving the land from Governor Beverly Randolph of Virginia, and believing that he held a clear title, he sold 55 acres on the east bank of Salt Lick Creek to Moses Baird and Joseph Vance on June 30, 1797.

Baird and Vance made the decision to establish a town. They had selected a picturesque site for such a town, a place where Captain Harry Gordon, in 1776, had described as a "pretty cove". They laid out the streets to carefully parallel the Ohio River. Soon afterwards, they mapped out the town and began selling lots to interested persons. Among those first purchasers of town lots were: Hugh Jackson, Thomas Shain, Henry Prather, Job Foster, David W. Davis, Peter Macher, John Doyle, and John McBride.

The town of Vanceburg, newly named for Joseph Vance, got off to a slow start. In 1806, a visitor, Christian Schulz, described the town as "Vangeville (Vanceburg) is another small town, of half a dozen houses, situated on the Ohio and Salt Creek, in the state of Kentucky, about twenty-one miles below the Great Sciota. Two or three miles up this creek are found some very good salt springs, where some considerable quantities of salt are made...but the springs are subject to be inundated with every rise of the Ohio and the works are frequently stopped altogether". In 1816, another visitor, William Mercer, noted in his journal "We stopped for the night about a mile above Vanceville, which is an inconsiderable saline village on the Virginia shore".

In 1797 Moses moved across the river to Ohio, where he had bought 1,000 acres¡K He was Judge of Probate Court for seventeen years.

They [Moses Baird and family] located in Adams County in the rich Irish Bottoms, at Sandy Springs, on the OH River, and took up a tract about a mile square. Those who located with them were Joshua Truitt, William Early, Jonathan Kenyon, Abner Ewing, above and John Adams, and Simeon Truitt, below.

They had in all thirteen children, twelve being thereafter born in Adams County, as follows: Margaret, 1781; Alexander, 1792; Elizabeth, 1794; Polly, 1796; Newton, 1799; James A., 1801; John A., 1803; Joseph C. V., 1805; Harvey, 1807; Harriet A., 1809; Chambers, 1811; Susan A., 1814.

Moses Baird was one of the Justices of the Peace of Adams County and one of its Common Pleas Judges under the Territory. He was elected a Commissioner of the County in 1803 and served three years. He was elected an Associate Judge of the County February 10, 1810, and served until April 10, 1821. He died November 1, 1841, and is buried in the Sandy Springs cemetery. He was tall, slender and active. He had a light complexion, brown hair, blue eyes, was nearly six feet tall, wore side whiskers and shaved the rest of his face. He was an easy, fluent talker, clear and concise in his expressions. He was an excellent judge of human nature and could judge a man on sight. He had easy manners, was pleasant and approachable. he was a good farmer and manager. He lived like a lord on his mile square of land. He raised all the crops he required and had five orchards of apples, peaches, plums and cherries. He had a great lot of stock, horses, cattle, hogs and sheep. He had all manner of fowls. He grew his own flax and sheared his own wool and made it into cloth on his own farm. His wife was a woman of great social attractiveness. She was one of the pioneer doctresses and a noted mid-wife, and died April 13, 1835, of a putrid sore throat, (diphtheria?) which had the same disease. She and her husband were members of the Sandy Springs Church, and her religion was such that its influence would be felt by all who associated with them. Susan A., their youngest daughter, was the wife of James McMaster, who is still living (1899) at Sandy Springs, aged eighty-four. Their youngest son, Chambers, has a separate sketch herein. Their first three children, Robert, Elizabeth Adams and James A., made themselves homes within the original tract taken up by their father. The others went elsewhere into the Great West, and the descendants of Moses Baird are a great multitude, whom the census taker could enumerate, but it would take him a long time and a great deal of labor.

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