Charles C. Baird, Lamoille, was born June 28, in Fairfield Township, Westmoreland Co., Penn. His grandfather was William Baird. His father, Joseph Baird, was a native of Chambersburg, Penn. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and died in Bolivar, Penn. The mother of our subject, Jenny Henderson, was a native of Westmoreland County, Penn., where she died. Her mother, Mrs. Polly Henderson, was a native of Ireland, and was three months crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Mrs. Jennie Baird was the mother of seven boys and two girls. Of these only three are living, viz.: Charles, our subject, who is the oldest child; Joseph Baird, a resident of Ford County, Ill., and Samuel, who is the youngest child, and resides in Lamoille Township.
Our subject was reared in Pennsylvania, where he boated seven years on the Pennsylvania Canal. First he drove for $12 per month, and then steered for $14 per month. After that he worked three years repairing the Pennsylvania Canal for 75 cents per day, boarding himself and family. After this he farmed successfully.
In February, 1865, he removed to Bureau County, Ill., where he bought a farm of 180 acres, at $40 per acre. He has now 230 acres of land and ten acres of town property in Lamoille Township. On his farm he keeps some fine horses. His success in life is due to his indomitable perseverance and industry.
Our subject was married in Pennsylvania to Martha Snyder, a native of Westmoreland County, Penn., and the daughter of Nicholas and Christina Snyder. Mrs. Baird is the mother of seven children, who are now living, viz.: Mrs. Hannah J. McCray, Mrs. Sarah Hainey, Mrs. Martha Maine, Mrs. Mary Schwabenland, Francis R., Andy J. and Charles t. Baird, who is managing the home farm. All of the children own real estate, and are settled in Lamoille Township.
Politically, Mr. Baird is a Republican. He and his excellent wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Their grand-daughter, Miss Sally McCray, brightens their home with her presence.
Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois, H. C. Bradsby, Editor. World Publishing Company Chicago 1885