William Wallace Laird

Brief Life History of William Wallace

When William Wallace Laird was born on 1 January 1863, in Montfort, Grant, Wisconsin, United States, his father, James B Laird, was 44 and his mother, Elizabeth Jane Foulk, was 26. He married Wilhelminia Carolina Fredricka Weigand on 24 February 1892, in Knox, Nebraska, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Eastern Township, Knox, Nebraska, United States in 1910 and Knox, Nebraska, United States in 1920. He died on 19 June 1939, in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, United States.

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William Wallace Laird
Wilhelminia Carolina Fredricka Weigand
Marriage: 24 February 1892
William Weigard Laird
Howard James Laird
Myra Elizabeth Laird
Leonard Louis Laird

Sources (12)

  • William W Laird, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William Wallace Laird, "California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994"
  • William W Savid, "Nebraska Marriages, 1855-1995"

World Events (8)


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.


Nebraska is the 37th state.

1883 · The Newhall House Hotel Fire

A fire erupted on January 10, 1883, at the Newhall Hotel in Milwaukee. The fire began at 4:00 am in an elevator shaft and raced up through the building. The fire spread so quickly that many could not escape. General and Mrs. Tom Thumb, stars of P.T. Barnum's circus, were guests in the hotel at the time of the fire. A firefighter reached them by ladder and they were able to escape safely. The exact number of deaths remains unknown as the hotel register was destroyed in the fire, however, the death toll is estimated between 75-90.

Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: status name for a landlord or landowner, from northern Middle English laverd ‘lord’.

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

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