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"History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois" edited by William Henry Perrin, Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers, Lakeside Building. 1883. Biographical Sketches p78-79. (Nelson Co).
GEORGE P. BAIRD, farmer, P.O. Martinsville [Clark Co., Illinois]. This gentleman comes of Kentucky stock. He first beheld the light of day August 3, 1837, in Nelson County, Ky. His great-grandfather on the paternal side was James Baird. He was a native of Ireland and settled in Nelson County. Shortly after the Revolutionary war, he and eight brothers made their settlement in that county and founded Bairdstown. His grandfather was Joseph Baird, who married Lucy, who was a daughter of Proctor Ballard, a Virginian. He (Joseph) was born in Hardin County, Ky., where his father removed, subsequently to his settlement in Nelson County. Here the father of our subject was born October 10, 1804. His name is T. R. Baird. He was married in Hardy County October 28, 1830, where he was born, to Elizabeth, a native of Nelson County, born August 3, 1805, daughter of George Dawson and Katie Ballard. George Dawson was born in Pennsylvania and removed to Nelson County, and there raised a family. The first member of the Baird family that came to the "Sucker State" was Joseph Baird, the grandfather of George P., who came to Lawrence County, this State, at the close of the war of 1812, and remained here until his death. George P. came to the State with his parents about the year 1850, and located with them in Crawford County, and after two years' residence removed to Clark County, where he has ever since lived. After coming to this county, the family lived two years in Wabash Township; then lived two years in York Township, subsequently to Martinsville. George P. remained at home until twenty-five years of age. In 1861, he married Anna E., born 1842, in Shelby Co., Ind. ; she is a daughter of Jesse R. Laingor and Polly Cooper. In the summer of 1862, he enlisted in Company F. Seventy-ninth Illinois Volunteers, and served in several hard-fought battles, among which were Perryville, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, and at Resaca, where he received severe injuries which disabled him, and was finally discharged on account of the disability, and has since been a pensioner. Upon return to civil life, he returned to this township and has since been a resident and engaged in farming pursuits. He located on the farm he now owns in 1871; located on the northwest quarter of Section 3. Has four children, viz., Alice, George E., Elie M., and Polly. He is a genuine Republican. Has served as Assessor of the township and is a member of A., F. & A. M. His mother died October 19, 1879; father yet living, is a man well preserved for one of his years, and has given his life to farming pursuits. He has raised five children. The eldest is Nancy, then in order comes George P., Joseph, Margaret and Kate. Nancy resides in this township, wife of William Beauchamp; Margaret in Martinsville, wife of Lewis C. Tingley; Joseph resides in Douglas County.