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Baird, Samuel 1817 [ Farmer ]
The eldest son, of James Baird a native of New Jersey and Nancy Blair, of Harrison County. Samuel was born July 14, 1817. The early part of his life was spent upon his father's farm. Owing to the very poor educational facilities in his vicinity in those early times, he was obliged to commence his career in life with but a very limited store of knowledge. When twenty-one years of age, he was to purchase a small tract of land, on one of the tributaries of Twin Creek, and by his own labor the same was developed. From time to time he has added to his original purchase, until he now owns about 200 acres comfortably improved, and some surplus otherwise invested.
Baird, Samuel 1841 - [ Farmer ]
Was born in Baltimore, Md., June 15, 1841, and was a son of George W. Baird and Eliza Merrell, deceased. His helpmate on life's journey was Clara Town, the nuptial knot being tied Jan. 1, 1866, in Bedford, Mich. She was a native of Ohio, where she was born Feb. 23, 1846. Three children were born to them, Minnie, Gertrude, dec., and Daisey, dec. At the age of 19 years, like many other boys of this country, he responded to the president's call for troops to put down the Rebellion. He was engaged in farming when he was enrolled Aug. 26, 1861, as a private in Co. H. Merill's Lt. Horse Cav. July 4, 1864, he was furloughed for sixty days and returned to duty at end of time. He was on special service from 1861 to 1865, except the three months spent in Arkansas under Gen. Davis. He was granted his honorable discharge Sept. 19, 1865, at Nashville, Tenn. He had two brothers in service, Matthew, who was taken prisoner and confined in Andersonville six months, and Robert, who was sick and sent home where he died. Our subject has a pension, and his address is Delton, Mich.
Baird, Dr Samuel John 1817-aft 1884 [ Minister of Religion and Author]
He is the son of the Rev. Thomas Dickson Baird, and was born at Newark, Ohio, in September, 1817. In 1839 he took charge of a school near Abbeville, South Carolina and subsequently opened a Female Seminary at Jeffersonville, Louisiana. He studied theology in the seminary at New Albany, Indiana, and finished his literary training which had been interrupted by feeble health at Jefferson College some years before, at Centre College, in 1843. After being licensed to preach, he devoted three years to the missionary work in the presbytery of Baltimore, in Kentucky, and in the southwest. For three years he was pastor at Muscatine, Iowa, then pastor at Woodbury, New Jersey until 1865. After resigning this charge, under a joint commission from the American Bible Society and the Virginia Bible Society, he labored as their agent in Virginia. In 1884 he resided at Covington, Kentucky. He is the author of "The Assembly's Digest," and a number of well-written volumes, beside several articles contributed to the Danville, Southern and Princeton Reviews.
Baird, Samuel Probasco [ Navy Lieutenant - Lawyer ]
Son of Zebulon Baird and Martha Probasco, he was born in Lafayette and educated in the common and private schools of Lafayette until 1861, when he entered the United States Naval Academy, Maryland, remaining there four years. In 1865 he was graduated with honor and became a full-fledged midshipman in the navy of the United States. The following year he was ordered for duty as a midshipman on board the United States ship "Pensacola," and in 1867 for duty as an officer of the deck on board the United States ship "Resaca." Within a few months he became navigating officer of this ship and in less than a year its executive officer, and while on duty aboard the "Resaca" he was promoted from ensign to
master and from master to lieutenant.
In 1881, he married Elizabeth D. Rochester, daughter of the late William K. Rochester, Esq., of Lafayette. They had one child, a son, Rochester Baird. Mrs. Baird died on May 27, 1903. In 1906, Rochester Baird graduated from the Indiana University, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Laws, and was admitted to the bar by the supreme court and the United States district court for the state of Indiana. Following in the footsteps
of his grandfather and father, he commenced and is now engaged in the practice of his chosen profession at Lafayette.
Baird, Sarah J.
"Realizing that there are a number of “old settlers” in Johnson county, The Chieftain last week ran a few lines asking those persons who were here prior to the admission date, March 1, 1867, to make the fact known. There have been several to report: one being: Mrs. Sarah J. Baird and son, Tecumseh S. Baird, located here in the year 1866. Mrs. Baird’s husband, James O. Baird, deceased, brought his family here by team from Illinois. There were several families in the party, including those of the late Curry Bryson and others.
Baird, Spencer Fullerton 1823–1887 [ Zoologist ]
The third of seven children, was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on February 3, 1823 to Samuel Baird and Lydia McFunn Biddle. The family relocated to Carlisle, Pennsylvania following the death of Baird's father from cholera in 1833. Baird entered the local Dickinson College as a freshman in 1837, receiving his A.B. degree in 1840. Following graduation, Baird attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York for one year, but found that he had a dislike for the medical practice and returned to Carlisle to continue with his scientific studies. During this time, Baird married Mary Helen Churchill, and the young couple later had a daughter, Lucy Hunter Baird.
In 1871 Baird was appointed the first U.S. Commissioner of Fisheries by President Ulysses S. Grant, and he held that position until his death in 1887. This position led Baird to spend a great deal of time in Woods Hole, Massachusetts as he was responsible for overseeing the founding of the Marine Biology Laboratory there. Spencer Fullerton Baird died at Woods Hole on August 19, 1887 and was laid to rest at Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
Baird, Rev. Thomas Dickson 1773-1839 [ Minister of Religion ]
He was the son of John Baird and Elizabeth Dickson, and was born near Guildford, County of Down, Ireland, December 26th, 1773. He was a student of the school at Willington, South Carolina of which Dr. Moses Waddel was the Principal, and for a time Tutor in the institution. He was licensed to preach the gospel by the Presbytery of South Carolina, April 8th, 1812, and was installed pastor of the Broadway congregation at the village of Varennes, in what was then the Pendleton district, in May, 1813. In connection with the duties of the ministry here, which he performed much to the satisfaction of the people, he conducted a large and popular classical school. In 1815 he became pastor of the church in Newark, Ohio, and continued to labor there as both minister and teacher, for five years. In 1820 he took charge of the church in Lebanon, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, and continued to be a laborious and successful pastor until disabled, by laryngitis, for stated preaching.
Baird, Thomas D. [ Farmer - Lawyer - Senator ]
Thos. D. Baird was born in Kentucky. After becoming of age he came to Crawfordsville, in this State, and commenced the practice of law there; got married and moved to this county and settled on Portage Prairie as a farmer. He came in the year 1832. He occasionally attended the courts and tried causes, but did not enter into general practice until 1837, when he went into partnership with John D. Defrees, who commenced practicing law here that year. Mr. Baird gave more attention to his farm than his profession and was not therefore a very profound lawyer, but he was an attractive speaker and a popular man. He was elected a Representative from this county in 1836, and Senator in 1837, which office he held until he died in 1842. If he had lived longer he would probably have been in Congress from this district. He had, as he deserved, the respect and confidence of the people.
Baird, Thomas Harlan 1787 [ Judge ]
Was born November 15,1787, in Washington, Penn. He was the third son of Dr.
Absalom Baird and Susanna Brown, the latter a daughter of John Brown, architect. When quite young he was sent
to a Latin school, taught by one of the pioneer classical teachers of that day in Brooke county, W. Va. He was called home by the sudden death of his father, and his education from that time had to be completed by his own earnest efforts and scholarly tastes.
He was a man who could not be bribed by flattery, or political offices of preferment. While on the bench his life was several times put in
jeopardy, by men who resented his legal decisions when not given in their favor. An attempt was made by his enemies to have him impeached before the Legislature of Pennsylvania, for disbarring lawyer guilty of contempt of court, but they did not succeed. in spite of all their malignant and false accusations. Those who wish to ascertain the facts in regard to this case can consult the Legislative records of that day.
Judge Baird was of scholarly taste, and not only well versed in all knowledge pertaining to his profession, but was also
a fine classic scholar. He had also studied Hebrew, and in the last few years of his life devoted much time to translating the Psalms of David, not for any purpose but his own pleasure. His home was to him the dearest place on earth, and after his retirement from the bench, upon which he was much against his will or inclination, persuaded by influential friends to remain several years longer than he otherwise would, he practiced law in the Pittsburgh bar, where he was engaged only in important cases. In 1848 he retired to his much loved home, at Harlem, his country seat on the Monongahela river.
Baird, Thomas H. [ Lawyer ]
Thomas was born in Washington, Washington Co., Penn., December 17,
1824. He received his education at the common schools of the borough, and at Washington College, from which he
graduated at the early age of seventeen years; and, having decided on following the legal profession, commenced the
study of law in his father's office in Washington. [see Baird, Thomas Harlan ]. In February, 1846, he was admitted to the bar of Washington county, and at once commenced practice in partnership with his father, continuing (with the exception of a period hereafter
referred to) until 1872 when he was elected district attorney, on the Democratic ticket in a Republican county, his
opponent being John Aiken. During his term of service he was instrumental in securing the conviction of Briceland, for
the murder, by shooting, of John Allenham. Briceland was found guilty after a lengthened trial, convicted, and
sentenced to imprisonment for life.
For some three years we next find him practicing his profession in Pittsburgh, after which he was engaged a time in
the coal business on the Monongahela river. In 869 he opened a law office in Monongahela City, where he has since