Jesse LAIRD - Died, March 5, 1887, aged 61 years, 10 months and 28 days. He was a son of
David LAIRD, and was born April 7, 1825. While he was yet a lad his father came to this
county about 1840, located in Moore's Prairie and reared a family of five sons. Joseph married
to Emaline ALLEN, March 4, 1841; John, married to Catherine CAMPBELL, Jan. 12, 1842; Nicholas,
married to Nancy J. MARTIN, Sept. 1, 1846; Jesse, married to Martha J. GOODNER, June 18, 1856;
and Samuel, married to Louisa RIGGS, July 22, 1862, and to Charity C. LEONARD, May 15, 1867 and
two daughters, Anna, married to Thornton COFIELD, Sept. 23, 1845; Nancy, married to Wm. COFIELD,
Sept. 22, 1853.
Jesse was a young man of immense energy, and bought stock over a large scope of country to ship
South. He thus acquired a large amount of property, of which he lost much latterly by unfortunate
moves. In April, 1874, he and Wm. COFIELD laid out the town of Belle Rive. He was licensed to
preach under Rev. A. CAMPBELL nearly thirty years ago, and preached his first sermon at New Hope,
where his remains are now reposing. He had been laboring quite actively at the late protracted
meeting at the Frong Pond school house, and on Monday, the last day of February, was quite unwell.
He kept is bed only a part of the time till a day or two before his death, so that his death was
a shock to his neighbors. Rev. W. A. BROWDER, of this city, went down on last Sunday and preached
the funeral sermon.
Mr. LAIRD leaves a widow, two children single, (Samuel L. and Cora), and Mrs. Mary A. SHIELDS of
Belleville. Mr. and Mrs. SHIELDS and Miss Cora, who was visiting there, came over the day before
their father died. Jesse LAIRD was a man of much more than ordinary natural intellectual powers.
He was a student, but much more a thinker; well informed, and with clear cut opinions which he
maintained because he believed them right, regardless of what others might think of them. This
gave him the appearance of an uncompromising spirit, though really a man of kind heart and strong
sympathy. Whatever his style might lack in rhetoric, his sermons were always sound and instructive.
Of the family of David LAIRD, above mentioned, only Samuel of Ottawa, Kansas, now survives.
Source: Mt. Vernon IL Register (Weekly)
Date: March 2, 1887
Submitted by Mary Zinzilieta