Hi I read your web page and also sent you an email. I don't see a place for David in this group, but wonder if they were cousins or fellow travelers. One thing it illustrates is that there were two Williams, William son of David and son of William born very close to each other:
This is more detail on the William part of the mystery:
Baird: Hagerstown, MD > Westmoreland, PA > Mason, KY, Fleming, KY, Clark, OH
(Is this Legal Notice for William Baird the first?)http://www.newspaperabstracts.com/index.php?action=displayca...http://www.newspaperabstracts.com/link.php?action=detail&...
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Description: Legal Notice
Date: September 19 1792
Newspaper published in: Elizabeth Town (Hagerstown), Md.
All persons having claims against the estate of WILLIAM BAIRD, deceased, are desired to exhibit them properly authenticated for settlement; and all those indebted to the said estate are requested to make payment with all possible speed, in order that the estate may be settled at an early date.
MARGARET BAIRD, Ex'rx
Hagerstown, Sept. 19, 1792http://www.heritagepursuit.com/Clark/ClarkHarmonybio.htm
954 - BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES:
1. Wm. Native of MD.had one son, William, and two daughters
2. Wm. b. Hagerstown, MD, March 16, 1762, m. Dorothy Camerer / Kamerer. In 1790 moved to Westmoreland co. PA. Abt. 1794 came by flatboat to Maysville, Mason County, KY and then to Fleming, KY. Stayed in Fleming 14 years. 1808, after losing title to land moved to Clark co., OH. Children were: Esther, Susannah, Sarah, Peter C., John, Elizabeth, Mary Ann and William D
3. William Dudley Baird b. Fleming, KY Feb. 4, 1803, m. Sarah M. C. Hodge, had the following children: Isabel (wife of Henry Stickney), Andrew (deceased), Samuel E. (deceased), William W. (deceased), Mary Ann (deceased wife of John A. Yeazell) and James (deceased).
WILLIAM D. BAIRD, retired farmer; P. O. Springfield. Few men have had the good fortune to win the affectionate regard and kindly sympathy of the community in which they live that William D. Baird has gained among the people of Clark Co. His supple frame bending under the weight of years, his frank, open, generous face, his courteous bearing, his kindly and even-tempered disposition, unruffled by the cares and anxieties of a lifetime of business activity, all conspire to excite respect. Nearly fourscore years have left, him a bale, hearty and well-preserved old man ; a quick, elastic step; busy, active and energetic in business; still in possession of his old-time habits of industry, which have been his stepping-stone to prosperity. His
HARMONY TOWNSHIP. - 955
grandfather, William Baird, a native of Maryland, of English origin-the family having come to the American Colonies before the Revolutionary war-was a man of prominence in his county; was Justice of the Peace, and afterward represented his county in the State Legislature for three terms. He had a family of three children, one son and two daughters, and died at Hagerstown, in his native State. His son William, the youngest of his children, was born in Hagerstown, Md., March 16, 1762, and when 18 years of age, went into the patriot army to help free his native land from English tyrrany. Some time after the close of that struggle for liberty, William was married to Dorothy Camerer, who was born in his native town in March, 1760. The Camerers were from Holland, and settled in Maryland at an early day, five of her brothers having been soldiers in the Revolution, fighting the battles for freedom under Washington. William Baird and wife remained in Maryland until 1790, then removed to Westmoreland Co., Penn., where they resided about four years; thence came down the Ohio on a flat-boat, to Maysville, Ky., and from there to Fleming Co., of the same State, where he intended settling on 500 acres of land previously entered by his father, and given to him on condition that he would settle upon it. He remained in Fleming Co. about fourteen years, but never settled on the land, for the reason that others claimed it, and be, putting his case in the hands of a lawyer, finally lost it all. In 1808, he and family came to Clark Co., Ohio, and he entered 160 acres of land in Sec. 30, Township 6, Range 9, Harmony Township, paying one-half entrance money down, and the balance in the next four years, receiving his patent in 1812. To William and Dorothy Baird were born the following children: Esther, Susannah, Sarah, Peter C., John, Elizabeth, Mary Ann and William D., only two of whom are living-Susannah, the widow of Joshua Tatman, and the subject of this sketch. William D. was born in Fleming Co., Ky., Feb. 4, 1803, and was in his 5th year when the family moved to this county. He grew to maturity on his father's farm, attending school about two years at the primitive log schoolhouse of his neighborhood, most of the time having to walk three miles to get there. His mother died Sept. 4, 1824, a sincere member of the Methodist Church, and March 9, 1836, his father died, leaving to his family a farm of 394 acres of land, William D. receiving the old homestead of 160, on which were such improvements as were common fifty years ago. Two of the sons, Peter C. and John, were soldiers in the war of 1812. William D. Baird was married in Pleasant Township, Dec. 1, 1826, to Sarah M. C. Hodge, daughter of Andrew and Isabel (McTire) Hodge, natives of Virginia, who first settled in Kentucky, coming to Clark Co. in the fall of 1808, and settling in Pleasant Township. Mrs. Baird was born in Bourbon Co., Ky., April 12, 1804, and had born to her the following children: Isabel (wife of Henry Stickney), Andrew (deceased), Samuel E. (deceased), William W. (deceased), Mary Ann (deceased wife of John A. Yeazell) and James (deceased). Mrs. Baird died Feb. 19,1876, after a wedded life of over half a century, leaving behind her partner in life's battles to mourn the loss of his faithful helpmate. Politically, he is a Republican, and, although connected with no religious denomination, he believes firmly in the fundamental principles of Christianity. Beginning in life at " the foot of the ladder," he has, by hard, determined work and constant attention to his business affairs, made a wonderful success. He is now the owner of about 1,000 acres of land surrounding the old. homestead, and about 300 in other parts of the county, and his wealth is to-day estimated at from $75,000 to $100,000. In his younger days he was an active stockraiser, and in this manner, by untiring energy, has made a success. Seldom equaled in farm life, Mr. Baird is a living example of what pluck and perseverance can accomplish when backed by industry and true economy. He is now in his 79th year, and as hale and hearty as are most men at half his age; and although his life has been one of constant toil and business cares, his character stands unblemished, and his reputation for honesty and integrity is above reproach. His troubles have been many, having lost every member of his family, with the exception of one; but, with patient resignation, he bows to the will of the Great Creator, and awaits the day when he shall again meet those gone on before.