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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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David Baird, marble cutter and tombstone dealer, was born in Belmont County, Ohio, in 1838. He was reared in Des Moines, Iowa, and in 1858 came with his parents to near Kirksville. His education had been received at Des Moines College, at West Point, and he had taught school for a time, but now he began farming, and continued until his enrollment in the militia under Capt. (afterward Maj.) Bell After the war he embarked in his present business, in which he has since continued. He handles Vermont and Italian marbles chiefly. He was married, in 1869, to Anna M. Hoye, a native of Virginia, and to them have been born two children: Delia and John. Our subject is a Knight Templar, and has filled prominent offices in the F. & A. M. lodge. He and his family are members of the Presbyterian Church. His paternal grandfather, John, a native of Ireland, took part in the Revolution. His wife, a Scotch lady by the name of Hossick, was united to him in Virginia. His death occurred at Wheeling, Va., at the old home place, where his son John, the father, was born in 1797. The latter was married in Belmont County to Catherine Holtz, and after a residence in Adair County, they died here in January, 1865, and in March, 1869, respectively. The maternal great-grandmother reached the age of one hundred and eleven years, two more years than that attained by the grandmother, and both died in Belmont County, Ohio. Mr. Baird is one of a family of six sons and six daughters.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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