|Birth: ||Nov. 14, 1843|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 5, 1937|
Colonel Alfred Hunter Baird, a Confederate Veteran
The obituary that follows was published in the Fayetteville Daily Democrat on Tuesday, April 6, 1937. Col. Baird had the distinction for being one of the youngest Colonels in the Confederate Army. "Colonel Alfred Hunter Baird, 93, Confederate veteran, died Monday morning at 9:30 at this home near Steele, after an illness with pneumonia.
He probably was the oldest veteran in this section if not in the state, and several times with other veterans, had been an honored guest of the United Daughters of the Confederacy chapters. He was an interesting character and active for his years.
Col. Baird served full four years in the Civil War. He was color sergeant in the First North Carolina regiment in the battle of Bethel between Jamestown and Yorktown, Va., the first battle in the war. As Lieut. Colonel, he commanded a regiment, which at the close of the war defeated part of Sherman's army.
Going to Texas after the war he became a cowboy and ranchman. He was married in that state to Miss Abbie Robinson, who died nine years ago at the age of 78.
Col. Baird was born in Madison County, North Carolina, Nov 14, 1843. In his family of late years living on the farm near Steele, were two sons and two daughters, Robert and Joe Baird, Mrs. Margaret Sconce and Miss Hannah Baird; two grandchildren, Katherine and Loretta Sconce, and a great grandson, Eugene.
Other children are Alfred Baird of Springdale, James A. Baird of Petersburg, Va., Mrs. Robert Kantz of Fayetteville, Mrs. W. A. Fry of Lamar, Mo., and Mrs. Dee Neal of Steele. Twelve grandchildren and six great grandchildren survive.
All of his nine children were here for the funeral which was held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at Elm Springs with Rev. George Pond of Fayetteville officiating. Burial services were under the auspices of the Masonic lodge.
His four sons and three sons-in-law were active pallbearers: Alfred Baird, James A. Baird, Robert Baird, Joe Baird, Robert Kantz, Dee Neal and W. A. Fry."
Col Alfred Baird's parents were Adolpheus E and Loretta Hunter Baird of Asheville, North Carolina. His grandfather was Zebulon Baird who was a joint land owner where Asheville sets today. Zebulon also served as a Senator to North Carolina.
NOTE: In researching Washington County Confederate Pension Applications, I found that Col. Baird signed several. He was on the board that sent in the applications.
Loretta T Hunter Baird (1823 - 1905)
Abbie Titcomb Robinson Baird (1851 - 1928)*
Alfred Hunter Baird (1872 - 1955)*
James Andrew Baird (1874 - 1938)*
Robert R Baird (1876 - 1947)*
Loretta T Baird Fry (1878 - 1949)*
Margaret Abbie Baird Sconce (1879 - 1950)*
Mary E. Neale (1882 - 1975)*
Hannah Baird (1884 - 1983)*
Joseph C Baird (1887 - 1968)*
Myra Sue Baird Kantz (1890 - 1998)*
Alfred Hunter Baird (1843 - 1937)
James A Baird (1851 - 1921)*
Laura Kate Baird Carter (1860 - 1901)*
Note: Family Stone sets in front and west of the Baird Family member's headstones
Elm Springs Cemetery
Plot: Section 2, West End
Created by: Dennis & Linda
Record added: May 02, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 51892005