JOHN W. BAIRD.
One of the substantial and highly esteemed citizens of Jasper county who is a resident of Carthage, Missouri, is
John W. Baird, who was born in West Virginia, March 2, 1827. His grandfather, John Baird, was born in Ireland,
near Dublin, came to America at an early day, and was a consistent member during life of the old school Presbyterian
church. John Baird, the father of our subject, was born in West Virginia, in one of the block houses which had
been erected for protection from the Indians. Prior to her marriage the mother of our subject was Catherine Holtz.
She was born in Pennsylvania, where she married, and with her husband she moved to Belmont county, Ohio, when our
subject was still an infant. In 1837 the family removed to Des Moines county, Iowa, where they remained until 1856,
when they went to Kirksville, Missouri, where both parents died. They had been worthy members of the Presbyterian
church, in which the father had long been an elder. Formerly he was a Whig in politics, but during the Mexican
war joined the Democratic party.
John W. Baird attended school in Des Moines county, Iowa, and remained at home, engaged in farming, until his twenty
sixth year. He then married Miss Mary J. Jones, of Fort Madison, Iowa. Her father was John Jones, who was reared
in Bristol, England, and after coming to America located in Wheeling, West Virginia, and in that state was also
married. During a business trip to New Orleans he was stricken with yellow fever and died there. The mother of
Mrs. Baird was formerly Jane Jamison, and she was a member of the, old family of that name in Virginia. Nine children
were born to Mr. and Mrs. Baird, six of whom grew to maturity: Jennie became the wife of Robert L. McAtee and died,
leaving three children, Daisey, Kate and Ruth; Clara married E. F. Mann, of Fort Madison, Iowa, and has one son,
Adrian; David W. is deceased; Frank P., who resides in Carthage, wedded Mary S. Taylor, of Dallas, Texas, and has
two children, Franklin John Gipson and Clifford Birtrum; Edwin resides in Bartlesville, Indian Territory; and Lewis,
who, although a resident of Iola, Kansas, is a partner in business with his brother Edwin. He married Stella Vanosdell
and has one son, Philip Vanosdeil.
Immediately after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Baird settled in Drakesville, Davis county, Iowa, where Mr. Baird
became a partner in a general mercantile business with P. B. Marcus, his wife's stepfather. This association continued
for sixteen years at which time Mr. Baird sold his interest, removed to Texas and spent the succeeding ten years
in trading in that state. In 1883 he removed to Carthage, Missouri, and purchased two farms in Jasper county, one
of eighty acres in Union township and the other of one hundred and twenty acres in McDonald township, both of these
farms being now rented. His pleasant residence in Carthage is located at No. 2602 South Garrison avenue.
Politically Mr. Baird is a Democrat, while socially he is connected with Wildy Lodge, No. 21, of Paris, Texas,
having been a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows for the past forty seven years. He is well known and
highly esteemed, and justly ranks as one of the representative citizens of Jasper county.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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