Stephen Woodsum Baird

1830–1848 (Age 18)
Maine, United States

The Life of Stephen Woodsum

When Stephen Woodsum Baird was born in 1830, in Maine, United States, his father, Alvin Baird, was 28 and his mother, Almyra Whitten, was 28. He lived in Liberty, Waldo, Maine, United States in 1850. He died after 1848, in California, United States, at the age of 19.

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Alvin Baird
Almyra Whitten
Stephen Woodsum Baird
Lorena Sophia Baird
Ivory Whitten Baird

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World Events (3)

1832 · Calais Branch is Chartered

Age 2

The State of Maine chartered the Calais Railway in 1832, one of the first railway charters to be granted by the state. Construction was very long, as the project was reorganized, abandoned, transferred to other companies, and extended several times. It was finally completed in 1898.
1838 · The Aroostook War

Age 8

"An international incident referred to as the Aroostook War or ""Pork and Beans War"". The conflict resulted as part of an international boundary dispute between the United States. Although several British soldiers were captured, nobody was killed during the war. In fact, local militia units did not engage in any significant combat. One of the most dramatic events was actually when two Canadian militia were injured by Black Bears."
1848 · The California Gold Rush

Age 18

On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 

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 (2)

  • Stephen W Baird in household of Alvan Baird, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Stephen Woodsum Baird - Individual or family possessions: death: after 1848; California, United States

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