This line begins with Zacharias Barth (sometimes Bard) who was apparently in Maryland by the1740s but who established himself in Frederick (later Shenandoah) County, Virginia by 1770. His children used the surname “Beard” and, in the third generation of my branch of the family, it became “Baird”. My great-great-grandfather George Washington Baird migrated from Robertson County, Tennessee, to Dallas County, Texas in 1849. His descendants remained there for more than 100 years.
- Zacharias Barth/Beard (c1720 – c1796) of Frederick and Shenandoah counties, Virginia
- Jacob Beard (1762 – 1839) of Shenandoah County, Virginia and Clinton County, Ohio
- Isaac Beard (c1793 – c1834) of Shenandoah County, Virginia and Robertson County, Tennessee
- George Washington Baird (1821 – 1876) first Marshall and longtime Justice of Dallas County, Texas
- George Rolando Baird (1849 – 1895) of Dallas County, Texas
- Harry Long Baird (1887 – 1945) of Dallas and Morris County, Texas
Some Miscellaneous Baird Files
- Some thoughts on the Origin of Zacharias Barth/Bard
- Chronological List of Records in Virginia for this family. This file mainly consists of records of Shenandoah County and surrounding counties from 1769 through 1835.
- St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Records 1770 to 1799 for members of this family.
- Ships Passenger Lists of the 18th century which include persons named Barth or Bard.
- The Reese Connection to Isaac Beard: his uncles Joseph Reese and Isaac Reese
- The only known signature of Isaac Beard on an 1833 document
- Summary of an archeological excavation on the site of George W. Baird’s former home in Dallas. The George W. Baird family home in Dallas was torn down in the 19th century to build a structure that later became infamous as the Texas Book Repository. An excavation in 1988 for the John F. Kennedy Memorial uncovered some artifacts from adjoining lots also owned by George Baird.
Letters Written to and from George Washington Baird & Family
- Baird Letters 1 – Two 1847 letters from an unlucky suitor to the future Mrs. Baird.
- Baird Letters 2 – An 1848 exchange of letters between George W. Baird and his new wife.
- Baird Letters 3 – Two letters from George Baird’s Ferguson aunts in 1849 and 1854 containing priceless genealogical information.
- Baird Letters 4 – Two letters written to George Baird during and after the Civil War
- Baird Letters 5 – Eight letters written 1875-1884 to Mary Baird and her sons after George’s death.
An older version of the above paper on George Washington Baird (1821 – 1876) in pdf format, included here for those who may have bookmarked the link.