17. Documentation for Jane Eliza Baird
(10 Aug 1835 to 03 May 1914)
mother of James Grant Older
(14 Mar 1864 to 31 Mar 1946)



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Jane Eliza Baird was born 10 August 1835, in Ohio.(1) She was the daughter of James Baird and Eliza Pergrin (Pergrun)(2) James Baird was born 15 February 1806 in Zanesville, Ohio. He married Eliza Pergrin (Pergrun) 10 April 1828, probably in Chillicothe or Lancaster, Ohio. Eliza Pergrin was born 29 May 1801 or 1802 in Virginia.(3) According to census records, Eliza was born about 1801 in Virginia.(5) James Baird Jr. probably was born in Ohio about 1802 based on census records.(6)

The James Baird Jr household appears in the 1850 Federal Census for Ohio, Ross County, Bourneville.
(7) James Beard is listed as age 45, a butcher, born in Ohio. Eliza Beard is listed as age 48 and born in Virginia. Jane E (Eliza) Beard is listed as age 15 and born in Ohio. Also listed as living in the Beard household in 1850 is Albert Myers, age 5, who was born in Ohio and attended school during the year.

Jane Eliza Baird married Samuel Clarence Older on August 14, 1856, in Ross County, Ohio.
(8) Samuel Clarence Older was born January 15, 1837, in Ontario, Canada, the son of George Older and Sarah Gilbert.(9)

Samuel Clarence Older and Jane Eliza Baird were the parents of Rose Older and James Grant Older.
(10) Anna Rosebelle Older was born July 26, 1862, in Illinois. She married John H. Butner, February 27, 1883, in Vermilion County, Illinois.(11) She died February 28, 1942. James Grant Older was born March 14, 1864, in Mechanicsburg, Illinois and died Mar 31, 1946, in Dearborn, Michigan. He married Wilhelmina Fredericka Lorenz May 21, 1885, in Danville, Vermilion Co., Illinois.(12)

The 1860 Illinois Federal Census for Sangamon County, Mechanicsburg Post Office, District #16, enumerated August 6th, lists the S. C. Older household.
(13) S. C. Older is listed as a male, 23 years old. His place of birth is given as Canada, and his occupation is that of broom maker. Also residing in the household are: J. E. Older, age 24, female, who was born in Ohio; James Baird, 54 years old, male, butcher, born in Ohio; Eliza Baird, 58 years old, female, born in Virginia; Henrietta Drury, age 17, female, born in Ohio; and Albert Baird, age 14, male, born in Ohio. Albert Baird probably was the Albert Myers listed in the 1850 census for this household. The occupation of butcher listed for James Baird in the 1860 census is consistent with the occupation listed for him in the 1850 census.

The 1870 Illinois Federal Census, Vermilion County, Danville Township, dated July 4, by James A. Davis, lists Samuel Older as age 34, a broom maker who was born in Canada. His wife, Eliza, is listed as age 36, a housekeeper born in Ohio. Two children, Rose, age 8, born in Illinois, and James, age 6, born in Illinois, also are listed in the household.
(14)

The 1880 Illinois Federal Census for Vermilion County, Germantown, Post Office Danville, enumeration district 208, lists Samuel Older as age 43, a painter who was born in Canada. Both of his parents are listed as born in England. Eliza Older is listed as age 46, born in Ohio. Her father is listed as born in Ohio and her mother is listed as born in Virginia. Rosa, age 17, a daughter, is shown as born in Illinois, her father is listed as born in Canada and her mother as born in Ohio. James, age 16, a son, is listed as an apprentice painter who was born in Illinois. His father was born in Canada and his mother was born in Ohio.
(15)


The 1890 Federal Census records were lost in a fire and cannot help identify the whereabouts of Samuel C. Older in 1890. The Peoria, Illinois City Directory lists a Samuel Older at 2019 S. Adams, Peoria, Illinois, a painter, for the years 1890 and 1891.(16)

"Jane Eliza Baird Older married David B. Wire on 18 Feb 1896 in Vermilion Co., IL.(17) David Wire was a Civil War soldier. He enlisted in Co. G, 28th Illinois Infantry, and claimed a pension on his service.(18) On January 15, 1898 David B. Wire filled out a questionnaire for the Bureau of Pensions. Jane, his wife of two years appears to be an after thought:

First. Are you married If so, please state your wife's full name and her maiden name
Answer: Mary E. Goodner Dead
...
Fourth. Were you previously married? If so, please state the name of your former wife and the date and place of her death or divorce
Answer: No wife died 1892 Vermilion County Indiana

Fifth. Have you any children living? If so, please state their names and the dates of their birth
Answer. Viola born Dec 1860 Mahala born Sept 5, 1863 Etha E born Feb 25, 1865 Alexander born Feb 1867

Present wife Jane E. Living now [emphasis is mine]

When asked if he was married he indicated that his wife was dead, and then as an after thought mentioned that he did have a wife named Jane who was living! There was no additional reference to Jane in the pension file."
(19)

Eliza Wire (or Weir) is listed in the James G. Older household in the 1900 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vigo County, city of Terre Haute.(20) Her relationship to the head of the household is given as mother. The month and year of her birth are given as August 1836. Her age is listed as 63. Her state of birth is given as Ohio and the state of birth of both of her parents is listed as Ohio. Eliza Older does not appear in the James G. Older household in the 1910 U. S. Census for Illinois, Macon County, city of Decatur.(21)

Jane Eliza Baird died in (?3?) May 1911 (?1914?) and is buried in the Munford Cemetery in Covington, Tennessee.
(22) The date of death of Samuel Clarence Older is not known. We could assume he died before 18 February 1896 when Jane Eliza Baird Older remarried. The place of death and the place of burial is not known for Samuel Clarence Older.


Children (
Older), born in Illinois:

i. Anna Rosebelle, born July 26, 1862; died February 28, 1942

ii.
James Grant, born March 14, 1864, in Mechanicsburg; died March 31, 1946


ORIGINAL SOURCE MATERIAL to support the RELATIONSHIP between
JANE ELIZA BAIRD and her son JAMES GRANT OLDER

1) Illinois Marriage Records, James Grant Older and Minnie F. Lorenz, married May 21, 1885, in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. Volume V, Vermilion County, IL, Marriages, Vermilion County Court Records, Film #1298746:1298749. Lists S. C. Older as father and Elisa Baird as mother.

2) Marriage license for Samuel Clarence Older and Jane Eliza Baird, August 11, 1856, Ross County, Ohio. Marriage solomized by Samuel J. Durham on August 14, 1856. Volume G3, Page 247.

3) 1860 U. S. Census for Illinois, Sangamon County, Post Office - Mechanicsburg, Page 347, District No. 16, enumerated August 6, 1860, by J. H. Currier, Dwelling #2467, Family #2467, S. C. Older, age 23, male, Broom Maker, personal property = $100, born in Canada, J. E. Older, age 24, female, born in Ohio, over 20 years of age and cannot read or write, James Baird, age 54, male, Butcher, real estate = $75, born in Ohio, over 20 years of age and cannot read or write, Eliza Baird, age 58, female, born in Virginia, Henrietta Drury, age 17, female, born in Ohio, Albert Baird, age 14, male, born in Ohio.

4) 1862 and 1863 Military Census for Sangamon County, Illinois, page 68, Town of Mechanicsburg, County of Sangamon, Illinois, page 73, #256. Older, Samuel C. is listed as age 25, born in Canada, a farmer. Page 76 shows the total Enrolled for the town as 377 with 121 already Volunteered for service. The census probably listed male citizens between the ages of 18 and 45.

5) 1870 U. S. Census for Illinois, Vermilion County, Danville Township, Post Office - Danville, page number 15, enumerated July 4, 1870, by James A. Davis, Dwelling 124, Family 123, Samuel Older, age 34, male, white, Broom Maker, born in Canada, male citizen of U. S. 21 years old, Eliza Older, age 36, female, white, keeping house, born in Ohio, Rose Older, age 8, female, white, born in Illinois, father foreign born, James Older, age 6, male, white, born in Illinois, father foreign born.

6) 1880 U. S. Census for Illinois, Vermilion County, Village of Germantown, Roll T9_255, Family History Film 1254255, Page 290D, Enumeration District 208, Image 0069, Dwelling 284, Family 305, Samuel Older, white, male, age 43, married, painter, born in Canada, parents born in England, Eliza Older, white, female, age 46, wife, married, at home, born in Ohio, father born in Ohio, mother born in Virginia, Rose Older, white, female, age 17, daughter, single, at home, born in Illinois, father born in Canada, mother born in Ohio, James Older, white, male, age 16, son, apprentice to painter, born in Illinois, father born in Canada, mother born in Ohio.

7) James G. Older, Minnie, Roy, Nellie, Maybelle, and James' mother Eliza (Baird) (Older) Wire are listed in the 1900 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vigo County, Terre Haute, Harrison Township, Ward #8, enumerated June 2, 1900, house number 1658, dwelling number 51, and family number 52.

8) There probably is an obituary for James Grant Older in the Danville Commercial News shortly after March 31, 1946, his date of death.

9) There should be a Death Certificate for James Grant Older, either in Detroit or Dearborn, Michigan, or possibly in Danville, Illinois.

10) There may be an obituary in a newspaper and a death certificate for Jane Eliza Baird. According to Sarah Hamer Chumney, Jane Eliza Baird died on (?3?) May 1911 (?1914?) and is buried in the Munford Cemetery in Covington, Tennessee. She was living with her daughter, Annabelle, at the time.

REFERENCES

1. Source not known. Probably obtained from Janet Zillman Shinkle, daughter of Wilma Jane Older Zillman. Wilma Jane Older was a granddaughter of James Grant Older, a son of Samuel Clarence Older and Jane Eliza Baird Older.

2A. BAIRD FAMILY from Helen Culbreath Hamer’s handwritten notes from information her Grandmother Anna or Mother Gertrude passed on to her.
James Baird (b. 1806) in Ohio - Zanesville Originally in Scotch Highland Orangeman (?)
Eliza Pergrin (b. 1802) (Va) wife of James Baird (Married in Ohio or Pennsylvania)
Children: Thomas Baird (b. 1828 - died young); Martha Noble Baird (b. 1832)-- who married William McKenzie--Jane Eliza (b. 1835 – 1911) (Her name was Elizabeth Jane Baird)
Martha married William McKenzie and they moved to Edinburgh, Illinois. They had 3 children--William, Jr., Laura and Alice who married ___Beck. They moved to Table Rock, Nebraska and were there in 1920 when Anna Older Roby visited there. They had two boys and one girl.
"Allie" as Anna called her was probably older than Anna Roby but they corresponded thru the years.
A note says: Thomas Harlan Baird married Maria Louise King (sister? Of Aunt Jane King) whose hair Grandma Older had on a paper with some others. Also there is a note that lists: James, Henrietta & Elizabeth (old maids) (scotch). Nancy Baird (Black)

An old newspaper clipping shows that Mrs. John A. Black was a cousin to Eliza Older. The Blacks lived at Marshall, Illinois when the Olders were living in Danville and Eliza saw the name in the paper and contacted the cousin. They were reunited with a dinner party at Mrs. Black’s home. Erastus Baird & family and Mrs. Sallie Baird attended also.

2. 1850 Ohio Federal Census for Ross County, Union township, city of Bourneville, enumerated September 25th, page 358, roll M432_725. Household of James Beard, age 45, male, butcher, birthplace Ohio; Eliza Beard, age 48, female, born in Virginia; Jane E. Beard, age 15, female, birthplace Ohio; Albert Myers, age 5, male, born in Ohio.

3. Ohio, Adams County, Marriage Records, Anderson, Eliza, Baird, James, Jr., Aug 16, 1827.

4. Not used.

5. 1850 Ohio Federal Census, Ross County, Union township, city of Bourneville.

6. Ibid.

7. 1850 Ohio Federal Census, Ross County, Union township, city of Bourneville.

8. Ross County, Ohio, marriage records, Samuel Older and Jane Eliza Baird, August 14, 1856.

9. The Descendants of Samuel Older by Susan L. Bingler, copyrighted February 2000.

10. Illinois Marriage Records, James Grant Older and Minnie F. Lorenz, married May 21, 1885, in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. Volume V, Vermilion County, IL, Marriages, Vermilion County Court Records, Film #1298746:1298749, lists S. C. Older and Elisa Baird as his parents; Illinois Marriage Records, John N. Butner and Rosabelle Older, married February 27, 1883, Vermilion County, Illinois; 1870 Illinois Federal Census, Danville Township, Vermilion County, enumerated July 4, 1870; 1880 Illinois Federal Census, Village of Germantown, Vermilion County; 1900 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vigo County, Terre Haute, Harrison Township, Ward #8, enumerated June 2, 1900, house number 1658, dwelling number 51, and family number 52, James Older head of household.

11. Illinois Marriage Records, John N. Butner and Rosabelle Older, married February 27, 1883, Vermilion County, Illinois.

12. Illinois Marriage Records, James Grant Older and Minnie F. Lorenz, married May 21, 1885, in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois. Volume V, Vermilion County, IL, Marriages, Vermilion County Court Records, Film #1298746:1298749.

13. 1860 Illinois Federal Census for Sangamon County, Mechanicsburg Post Office, District #16, enumerated August 6th.

14. 1870 Illinois Federal Census, Vermilion County, Danville Township, dated July 4, by James A. Davis.

15. 1880 Illinois Federal Census for Vermilion County, Germantown, Post Office Danville, enumeration district #208.

16. Peoria, Illinois, City Directory, 1890 and 1891, Samuel Older.

17. Jane Eliza Baird Older Entry, Vermilion County, Illinois marriages v. 3 p. 100.

18. Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, National Park Service, David B. Wire, 28th Illinois Infantry, Union, Company G, Soldier's Rank_In - Private, Soldier's Rank_Out - Private, Film Number M539 roll 99.

19. Bingler, Susan L., CGRS, Samuel Older of Sussex, England and His descendants in America, draft version, June 2005, page 35.

20. 1900 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vigo County, city of Terre Haute, James Older household.

21. 1910 U. S. Census for Illinois, Macon County, city of Decatur, Decatur Township, Ward #6, enumerated April 21, 1910, enumeration district #117, Sheet 10 A, house number 1657, dwelling number 226, and family number 271.

22. Sarah Hamer Chumney.