|Birth: ||May 18, 1878|
|Death: ||May 14, 1954|
She was the second child and oldest girl in a family of 11 children. The Porter family farmed in Kerr County, until the 1890s when they migrated to the area of now defunct Day County, Oklahoma Territory near Higgins in the Texas Panhandle.
Pairlee enjoyed the local dances with cowhands who were in the area after cattle drives. She claimed to have danced with Will Rogers when he was a cowpoke, but found him "nothing special". In a similar manner she met William Felix Baird at Higgins as he and his brothers were winding down their cattle driving operations after many years. She and Baird married February 5, 1899, his twenty-seventh birthday, in Day County, Oklahoma Territory at her father's home. Baird had acquired several sections of land in Floyd County, Texas and the couple moved there, where daughter Susie and son "Willie" were born. In 1920 the family moved to Canyon in Randall County, Texas where Susie attended West Texas State Teachers College.
Pairlee possessed a delicate walk and an earthy, teasing sense of humor. On more than one occasion she did not hesitate correcting friends and relatives who said she was spelling her name the wrong way. "My name is P-A-I-R-L-E-E". Her first and middle name came from her paternal and maternal grandmothers, respectively.
Riley Judson Porter (1854 - 1938)
Eliza Clarissa Wood Porter (1858 - 1942)
William Felix Baird (1872 - 1948)*
Susie Lutitia Baird McCarty (1899 - 1957)*
Willie Judson Baird (1907 - 1970)*
Gibson Baird (1907 - 1907)*
Maintained by: Jeffrey Claytor
Originally Created by: Teresa L. Watson
Record added: Sep 13, 2005
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Added: Feb. 3, 2008