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Ralston Laird, Sr
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Birth: Apr. 12, 1825
Donegal
County Donegal, Ireland
Death: Oct. 12, 1911
Camden
Camden County
New Jersey, USA

Son of Ralston (or Rowlston or Roulston) and Elizabeth Jameson Laird of Ireland. He came to Philadelphia from Ireland in 1851 and soon became a farm manager on Petty's Island, New Jersey, on the Delaware River off Camden, where he was to live for more than 50 years and be named its king. On October 14, 1911, a front-page obituary in the Camden Post-Telegram proclaimed "Death Takes King of Petty's Island." The obituary reported that Laird had "played fair and dealt squarely with his fellow men. It was they who proclaimed him king." He retired as a watchman. Father of ten children, including also Catherine "Katie" Hearn (b. 1864), Elizabeth Laird (1860-1924), and Rosanna Laird Waterhouse (b. ca. 1875, d. ca. 1915).

Philadelphia Inquirer, October 17, 1911:
RALSTON LAIRD BURIED
He Was Known Years Ago as the "King of Petty's Island"
The funeral of Ralston Laird, known as the "king of Petty's Island", took place yesterday from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Catherine Hearn, 937 Point street, Camden. The services were in charge of Rev. J.D. Bills, pastor of the Tabernacle M.E. Church, and interment was made in Greenwood Cemetery, Philadelphia.
For over half a century, Mr. Laird lived on Petty's Island. He farmed it, raised choice cattle and made a comfortable living. He came from Ireland in his early manhood and from that time until a few years before his death he had lived continuously on the narrow strip of land just off Pea Shore, Camden. He was 88 years old and is survived by six daughters and a son. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Ellen McOllum Laird (1834 - 1895)
 
 Children:
  Anna M. Laird Maginnis (1854 - 1925)*
  Ralston Laird (1856 - 1912)*
  Ellen Laird (1858 - 1873)*
  Samuel Laird (1862 - 1876)*
  Mary Laird (1865 - 1876)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Greenwood Cemetery
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: K-2-129
 
Created by: Margaret Orthodox
Record added: Jan 10, 2009
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Ralston Laird, Sr
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