"OHIO COUNTY, KENTUCKY, IN THE OLDEN DAYS",
by Harrison D. Taylor, prepared by his Granddaughter Mary Taylor Logan
Published 1926 by John P. Morton & Company, Louisville Kentucky
"SOME PIONEER FAMILIES"
History of No Creek 47
("NO" creek is a small stream/river in Ohio County, near Hartford)
THE BAIRD FAMILY
The progenitor of the Ohio County, Kentucky, Baird family was James.
He was born and reared at Newton, not far from Londonderry, Ireland,
and died in Ohio County, Kentucky in 1826. James is said to have been
a son of Thomas.
James had four brothers, Robert, John, Thomas and William, all of whom
came to America before the Revolutionary War. At one time all lived
in Kentucky, near Bardstown, the town established by their uncles,
David and William Baird. When this town was founded it was known as
Bairdstown. Robert was a surveyor and was associated with his
father-in-law, Joseph Barnett, in land speculation. William operated
a tanyard in Hartford until 1794, and in that year he and William
Barnett went to Fort Washington, now Cincinnati, to join "Mad" Anthony
Wayne's Army of the Northwest.
As a young man in Ireland, James Baird was employed as a coachman.
In 1779 he married Jane, eldest daughter of his employer, Sir William
Lynn. This displeased her father and he forbade her to have any
contact with her family. Many years after Jane's death, a letter was
received in Ohio County from her younger sister. Mrs. Rachel Baird
Barnett Bell, a granddaughter of James and Jane, said her grandmother
was always spoken of as "Lady Jane." It is possible Rachel remembered
James and Jane came to America in 1782, when their son James was an
infant. The voyage took seven weeks instead of the usual four and
food rations were so low James Senior had to be carried from the boat.
James and Jane lived with relatives in or near Chambersburg,
Pennsylvania, for several years before starting the long trek over the
mountains to Red Stone, now the town of Brownsville, Fayette County,
Pennsylvania. From there they flatboated down the Ohio River to "the
Falls," now Louisville. At a place near the present city of
Cincinnati, the boat was attacked by Indians and several of the
passengers and crew were injured. James Junior was one of those
injured and had scars of this injury all his life. In Kentucky the
family settled at Bardstown, and later moved to Hartford.
James Senior was the first Coroner of Ohio County and took an
active interest in politics. The early records show he was present at
nearly every session of court and many of the minutes were signed by
James and "Lady Jane" Baird had five children: James Junior, Mary
called "Polly" and Thomas and two whose names have not been found.
James and Thomas lived in the No Creek area.
James Junior was born in Ireland on October 17, 1781 and died near
Hartford, on July 18, 1868, at the home of his son, Judge Alexander
Barnett Baird. James was also interested in politics and at one time
was Sheriff; in early times the Sheriff collected all of the taxes.
In 1813 he was one of the Commissioners to see to building a new Court
House in Ohio County. Records in the Adjutant General's Office,
Washington, D. C., show that he was once a Sergeant in the War of
1812 and served in Captain William Smeather's Company. In 1808 he was
a Major in the Company Militia.
On October 24, 1803, James Baird married Rebekah Barnett, daughter of
Alexander and Jane (Barnett) Barnett. Rebekah Barnett was born in
Virginia, on October 1, 1776 and died September 15, 1858. James and
Rebekah were staunch Presbyterians and helped to found the Cumberland
Presbyterian Church in this county. James was a Ruling Elder in the
church for over fifty years. Both are buried in Alexander Cemetery.
Their children were:
1. Rachel Elizabeth, born December 24, 1804 and died August 6, 1892,
and was buried on her farm (the Jim Ashley place, near Beda). In
early womanhood she was known as a great beauty, being small and
fastidious, with a lily white complexion, blue eyes and blond hair.
She was the historian of both the Baird and Barnett family and kept in
close contact with all of her relatives. She married first
her cousin, Thomas Alexander Barnett, born July 20, 1798 (son of
Joseph and Jean Barnett) and died March 31, 1863. They had seven
children. Only three (daughters) married and reared a family. Mrs.
Barnett later married Col. Robert T. Bell.
2. Jane M., born July 17, 1806 and died July 15, 1874. She married
John Bennett Stevens and lived in Alexander Community.
3. William Lynn, born May 10, 1810 and died April 20, 1859. He
married Nancy Wallace, daughter of Charles Nancy Wallace.
4. Mary, born February 21, 1812 and died July 29, 1864. She married
William M. Stevens.
5. James Perry, born April 20, 1815 and was drowned on April 18, 1829.
6. Sally Ann, born May 17, 1817 and died January 9, 1879. She married
David Lowery Barnett, born 1821 and died 1886.
7. Alexander Barnett, born February 12, 1821 and died March 20, 1892.
He married Sally Mary Barnett. He was a successful business man and
held several electoral offices in Ohio County.
Mary, called "Polly," was the only known daughter of James and "Lady
Jane" Baird. On December 17, 1803, she married James Hopkins. In
1826 they were thought to be living in the state of Ohio. None of
their descendants have been found.
Thomas, the son of James Senior and "Lady Jane" was born at Bardstown,
Kentucky, on October 8, 1786 and died October 19, 1858 of Typhoid
Fever. A death certificate shows positively that he was a son of
James and Jane Baird. In 1817 Thomas was appointed a Constable and
James Baird, either his father or his brother was his surety. Thomas
on February 7, 1820 purchased land between Beda and Buford. This land
passed to his son James G. Baird and to his son Esra C. Baird. Thomas
was a charter member of No Creek Church and also of White Oak, now
He and his wife, Elizabeth Ford Baird, whom he married on September
21, 1815 and who was born August 28, 1797 and died June 2, 1845, rest
in the family cemetery on their farm. There are only 30 graves in
this cemetery. The Ford family was from Maryland. The Baird children
1. Mahala Jane, born May 29, 1816, died June 18, 1896. Married on
January 14, 1840, Hiram D. McSherry. He died July 8, 1862, in the
Union Army. Clarence McSherry and Mrs. Will Brown are descendants,
both living at Beaver Dam.
2. Sabra Ann, born August 26, 1818, died October 31, 1887, single.
3. Allison Porter, born December 14, 1819, died October 3, 1874.
He married Sarah E. Bennett, born August 28, 1831 and died December
27, 1875. They had ten children.
4. Martha Isabelle, born March 8, 1821, died August, 1876. She
married Henry McSherry and had one child. She later married Benjamin
5. Harriett Ford, born June 19, 1822, died April 15, 1824.
6. Samuel Lynn, born June 27, 1824, died July 21, 1913. He married
Tabitha Ann Bennett, born April 19, 1834 and died June 7, 1920.
7. Frances Ellen, born July 29, 1825, died February 14, 1896. She
married Henry T. Wallace, of No Creek and had one child, Sarah who
married William Westerfield.
8. Casander Elizabeth, born November 4, 1827, died September 12, 1915.
She married December 31, 1858, Ben F. Burden. She was blind for 50
9. James Gordon, born August 23, 1823, died November 5, 1863. He
married in 1859, Susannah A. Shaver, born September 21, 1839 and died
December 11, 1902. They had Esra C. and Sallie, who died age 12
10. Harriett Louise, born January 3, 1830, died March 29, 1902.
On March 2, 1854, she married Charles Henry Stevens and resided near
Beaver Dam. Had a large family, one of whom was Henry.
11. Mary Melvina, born March 10, 1831, died......... ......... She
married November 14, 1857, Elparan Brown. Miss Netta Humphreys is a
12. Rachel Vitula, born March 7, 1833, died October 17, 1912.
She married October 9, 1867, Jesse Shaver, born October 5, 1834 and
died November 7, 1900. They had Felix, Ann and Sam.
13. Charlotte Lucretia, born April 3, 1835, died June 30, 1875.
She married November 24, 1858, Benjamin Shaver, born................
and died December, 1902.
16. Emily Adaline, born June 26, 1843, died June 19,
1919. She married January 7, 1860, Henry C. Shaver, born February 4,
1837 and died January 5, 1916. They had ten children, viz.: James,
Emma, Frances A., Susan, Charles B., Nannie V., Effie S., Jacob T. and
Lillie E. and William Lynn, twins.
The early history of this family and the James Baird. line are based
on the research of Miss Thelma Murphy, of Indianapolis, Ind., a
descendant. In compiling the Thomas Baird line I had available more
than one record, besides tombstone inscriptions, neither agreeing on