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The Past and Present of Vermilion County

Pages 739 , 740,741


Submitted:   Mary Paulius




G. W. Baird is a substantial farmer and stock-raiser of Vance township, owning therein,three hundred and fifty-nine acres of land, besides valuable property in Fairmount, Vermilion county, Illinois. He was born in Brown County, Ohio, October 18, 1851, and is a son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Baldwin) Baird, the former a native of Ohio and the latter born in Kentucky. They were married in Kentucky and located in Ohio, where Joseph Baird followed black smiting, in Brown County. They came to Vermilion County, Illinois, in 1889 and located on a farm in Vance township. In - 1897 they removed to Catlin Township. The mother died in 1857 and two years later Mr. Baird married again, his second union being with Miss Wyckoff. She died in 1860 and in 1863 Mr. Baird was united in marriage to Nary Neal, who is now living with her husband in Catlin Township. He is a Democrat in his political views. G. IV.  Baird of this review has two brothers and one half-brother living. Frank resides on a farm in Vance Township.  John S. resides on a farm in Homer Township, Champaign County, Illinois.  Mr. Baird's half-brother, Samuel resides with his father in Catlin Township.

Mr. Baird of this review attended the district schools of Brown County, Ohio, but his educational privileges were quite limited. However, by reading, experience and observation he has since broadened his knowledge and is now- a well informed man. He came to Vance Township, Vermilion County, Illinois, in 1869, afterward purchased land for himself and has since been engaged in farming and stock-raising, in which occupation he has been very successful.  This is because he never neglects a duty and is energetic and progressive.  Besides, his large farm, of three hundred and twenty acres, he on his city property and a splendid home in Fairmount. In that city, ' on the 1st of January, 1871, he was united in marriage to Miss Lydia E. Davis, who was born in Vermilion county, Illinois May 23, 1852. She is a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Hays) Davis. William Davis was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, January 25, 1811. His father was born in Pennsylvania, September 20, 1781 and died in 1855 while his wife was born June 3, 1783, and died in November. 1848. They were among the early settlers of Vermilion County, Illinois, having come from Ohio in 1834. The father of William Davis took part in the war of 1812 and his grandfather was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. William Davis came from Guernsey County, Ohio, to Vermilion County, Illinois in 1834 and located on a farm.  He has twice married, his first union being with Elizabeth Hays, the mother of Mrs. Baird.  This marriage took place on the 17th of September, 1834. She was a native of Washington county, Pennsylvania, was born in 1811 and departed this life in 1861.  For his second wife Mr. Davis chose Mary Catlett, the marriage ceremony being performing 1863. She was a native of Virginia, born August 23. 1811 She died in 1890 and Mr. Davis passed away on his eighty-fourth birthday, January 23, 1895. He was a member of the Baptist church and in politics was a Democrat. He was  a member of the Baptist church and in politics n-as a Democrat. He was the father of seven children: Rachel is the widow of D. Rondybush, and resides in Portland, Oregon: Edith, now deceased, became the wife of C. Browning   and resided in Los Angeles. California; David C. resides in Fairmount, Shelby County, Illinois; Henry resides in Fairmount, Illinois; Jemima is the wife of S. Cox, and resides in Bement, Illinois; William F. is deceased; and Lydia is the wife of our subject.

            Mr. and Mrs. Baird have three living children, Harry I)., born August 3. 1873; Jennie G., born in September 2, 1884; and Opal S., was born May 28. 1888, all with their parents. They have two children deceased, one who died in infancy and Nellie M. Mr. Baird is a member of the Baptist church and fraternally is connected with the Knights of the Globe and the Court of Honor. In his political affiliations he is a Democrat. He and his wife are valued citizens of Fairmount, where they are honored

and respected by all who know them.