John Baird

26 May 1760–26 April 1808 (Age 47)
Basking Ridge, Somerset, New Jersey, United States

The Life of John

When John Baird was born on 26 May 1760, in Basking Ridge, Somerset, New Jersey, United States, his father, William R. Morris Baird, was 30 and his mother, Margaret O' Riley, was 17. He married Mary Polly Bockoven on 15 June 1783, in Basking Ridge, Somerset, New Jersey, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He died on 26 April 1808, in his hometown, at the age of 47, and was buried in Basking Ridge, Somerset, New Jersey, United States.

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John Baird
Mary Polly Bockoven
Marriage: 15 June 1783
William Baird
Margaret Baird
Mary Baird
Elizabeth Baird
Hannah Baird
John Baird
George Baird
Elisha Baird
Sarah Baird

Spouse and Children

15 June 1783
Basking Ridge, Somerset, New Jersey, United States


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World Events (6)


Age 15

During the six-year Revolutionary war, more of the fights took place in New Jersey than any other colony. Over 296 engagements between opposing forces were recorded. One of the largest conflicts of the entire war took place between Morristown and Middlebrook, referred to as the "Ten Crucial Days" and remembered by the famous phrase "the times that try men's souls". The revolution won some of their most desperately needed victories during this time.

Age 16

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 26

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

Name Meaning

Scottish: occupational name from Gaelic bàrd ‘bard’, ‘poet’, ‘minstrel’, or of Gaelic Mac an Baird ‘son of the bard’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John Baird in entry for Mary Baird, "New Jersey, Deaths, 1670-1988"
  • John Baird in entry for George Baird, "New Jersey, Deaths, 1670-1988"
  • <Unknown> in entry for Elizabeth Hayden, "New Jersey Deaths and Burials, 1720-1988"

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