Van Doren - Baird Family History

How are we related to the Bairds and who are they?  Well, there is a great history going back to Scotland and then back to Normandy, France before 1088 A.D.  and William the Conquerer.  It all starts with Grandpa Van Doren's grandmother, Sarah Loretta Baird who married Lewis Runyon Tingley in 1887.  Their daughter Della Tingley b. 1889 was Grandpa Van Doren's mother.  You can also see their pictures on the Ancestors link.

But to make things easier, I will try to work from today, and work backward. O.K., here it goes......

                Vincent Van Doren, Owen and Erik Van Doren, Garret and Michaela Dickson

       Lee, Amanda, Adam, Sarah, Benjamin Van Doren

  Thomas Lloyd Van Doren  //  Donna Van Doren Hutcheson

         Martin Lloyd Van Doren  m. Evelyn Peters

      Martin Luther Van Doren m. Della Ann Tingley

Sarah Loretta BAIRD b. 17 Feb. 1864 m. Lewis Runyon Tingley

Andrew Morgan BAIRD b. 17 Feb. 1820 m. Alletta Ann Quick

 Abraham Dubois BAIRD b. 19 Dec. 1871 m. Sarah Morgan

      John BAIRD b. 15 May 1755 m. Catherine Dubois

Now this is the end of the our direct line of Bairds in New Jersey.  The father of John BAIRD was William BAIRD who was born in New York, N.Y., and married Alche Van Cleef.  William was the son of Alexander BAIRD who came from Scotland and was the youngest son of the prominent Sir Robert BAIRD of Scotland.

Alexander came to New York with some wealth and married Magdalena Van Vleek, a widow and sister to a prominent Dutch New Yorker, Gerardus Beekman.  The Beekman's and the Bairds made many productive purchases of land in New Jersey about 1700, presumably including the farm where Grandpa Van Doren and son Thomas grew up.

    William BAIRD b. 24 Feb. 1704 m. Alche Van Cleef

ALEXANDER BAIRD came to New York and married Magdelina Van Vleek (Magdalena Beekman)


The Following is from the writings and genealogies of William Baird of Scotland, writing in the year 1770;

William Baird

We now come to SIR ROBERT BAIRD, the second son of Mr. James Baird, and his posterity, who are numberless. He having received a large patrimony from his father, became a merchant at Edinburgh of the greatest reputation and credit in his time.

In 1660, he purchased the lands of Sauchtonhall and others, in the Shire of Edinburgh, and in the year 1695 he was created a Knight Baronet. He married Elizabeth Fleming, daughter to Mr. Malcolm Fleming, brother to Sir William Fleming, of Ferm, by whom he had six sons and five daughters, viz.-

1. Sir James, who succeeded him.

2. John, who was a merchant at Dantzig.

3. Robert, who was an officer in the Dutch service, and was the first  Governor of Surinam (Brazil) after the  Dutch     had won possession of it.

4. Andrew, who died in the East Indies, also in the Dutch maritime service.

(These last three: sons of Sir Robert Baird all died unmarried.)

5. William, who, by the extinction of three elder brothers became Sir Robert's second son.

6. *ALEXANDER, who retired to New York, married there, and left children.

To all these sons, Sir Robert gave large patrimonies in his own lifetime.


 JAMES BAIRD, fourth son to Gilbert Baird of Auchmedden, was brought up to the law, and became a person of great reputation in his business. He was much trusted by King Charles I., and by him appointed sole Commissary of the Ecclesiastical Court of Scotland, an employment in these days of great honour and trust, in which he continued till the time of his death.

He purchased the lands of Byth in the Shire of Aberdeen, which lie not far from the water of Devern, and had King Charles' Warrant for making him Lord Devern, but he died before the patent was expede. He married Bathia, daughter of Sir John Dempster, of Pitliver, a very old family, in the county of Fife. She was sister to the famous Sir John Dellipster, so remarkable for his disputations among the foreign schools.

From this marriage sprung the two families of Newbyth in the Shire of Haddington, and Sauchtonhall in the Shire of Edinburgh. Mr. James Baird died in the year 165-, leaving two sons and two daughters-   viz., John and SIR ROBERT, Bathia and Euphan.

The eldest daughter, Bathia, was married to Sir Andrew Ramsay, of Whitehill, in the Shire of Edinburgh, of the family of Dalhousie, but by default of issue-male, these lands are now become the property of  Balfour Ramsay, of Balbirny, by marrying the only sister of the last Sir John Ramsay, of Whitehill.  The second daughter, Euphan, was married to Sir Patrick Murray, of Deuchar, second son to Murray,  of Philiphaugh. He was a merchant of good reputation in France, and purchased the lands of Deuchar and Temple, in the Shire of Edinburgh.

Their eldest daughter, Euphan, was married to Sir Archibald Hamilton, of Rosehaugh, in the Shire of Lanark, of whom there are several descendants. The second, Elizabeth, was married to the Lord Somerville, and was mother to the late Lord Somerville.


        His eldest son, who married the heiress of Ordinhnivas in 1578, had by her thirty-two sons and daughters, as is the unvaried tradition amongst their descendants, both in the North and South;

of these sons, several went into the Church abroad, whose names are not known; and two went to Orkney and settled there; and of the daughters, one married to a Scotch merchant in Denmark, and two became nuns abroad, neither of their names known. Three sons went to Ireland as adventurers in the beginning of King James VI.'s reign in England;

of nine sons, George, who succeeded his father, Branden, Andrew, JAMES, John, Thomas, Walter, Hugh, and Magnus ; and :five daughters married, Elspet, Margaret, Anne, Katherine, and Janet, some account can be given; and a sixth daughter  seems to have lived in her brother's family and never married, by a letter of the commissary's.


married Elizabeth Keith, daughter to Alexander Keith of Troup, who was brother to the then Earl Marischall. Their contract of marriage is dated 10th August, 1550. Her aunt, Lady Anne Keith, daughter to William Earl Marischall, was first married to James Earl of Murray, Regent of Scotland  (to whom she bore a daughter from whom the present Earl of Murray is descended), and next to Colin Earl of Argyll, grandfather of the Marquis.

This marriage acquired to George Baird the Regent's friendship in a very particular manner, and it appears that he employed him much in his affairs, and placed a great deal of confidence in him.

For by a deed, dated at Glasgow May 10, 1568, the Regent, then Wardator of the Estate of Buchan, discharges the Reversion of the Estate of Auchmedden, and dispones the same, heritably and
irredeemably, to George Baird, and the onerous cause is " for many acts of utility and friendship done to me, and sums of money given out by him in my service."

This was just eight days after Queen Mary's escape from Lochleven, which threw the Regent into a great consternation.

George Baird continued Popish (Catholic) all his lifetime, and (notwithstanding of his connection with Regent Murray) in the friendship that had long subsisted between his ancestors and the family of Gordon.

For on October 28, 1562, he attended the Earl Huntly at the fight of Corrichie, and endeavoured to get him transported safe to Aberdeen, having, after the engagement, caused set him on a cadger's horse with croils, being a fat and unwieldy man, but through weakness he died by the way.

Anno 1589.-George Baird was at the insurrection at Aberdeen on the Roman Catholic side, and got a pardon for it from King James VI, who is forced to suppose that the allegation of his being present
was a mistake, quoted and written as follows :-

        " Justice-Clerk and your Deputys,-

        We greet you well, forasmeikle as we understand, that our lovit George Baird of Auchmedden, being an aged and decrepit man, was summoned to the Court of the Sheriffdom of Aberdeen, for assisting  the Earl of Huntly and his complices in the last Insurrection made at Aberdeen, and passing from that to the Brig of Dee in the month of April last bypast, whereof he was convict by an assyse,

howbeit , wrongously, seeing, we are assured, that he was not within xxiv miles at the time of the said Insurrection to the Burgh of Aberdeen; wherefore we command you, that incontinent after the sight of  this, ye delete the said George's act of conviction furth of the buiks of adjournal.

Say that he no ways be callit, troublit, molestit, poindit, or distressit, be virtue thereof, and the same be as delete as if he had never been challengit for the said crime in time coming.

discharging our Treasurer and Treasurer-Deputy of all extracting thereof, and of troubling the said George thereby, and your officers  in that part, and that ye pointedly fully and sufficiently grant an sufficient bond for deleting of the said Act of Conviction, subscribed with our hand at Aberdeen, the 4th day of August 1589."
        (Signed)  James Rex
                      Sr. Robert Melvill
                      T. Mathy

        The King came to Aberdeen, about the 27th of July, on his return from the north, as far as Ross and Cromarty, where he held Justices' Courts and deputed Justices everywhere, and remained there till the 4th of August, upon which day, a little before his Majesty took horse to go to Doun, the Earl of Errol, the Lairds of Auchindown, Balquhain, and Cluny, came to his Majesty with full resolution to request his Majesty's pardon, and they, with sundry others of the sirname of Gordon, were all at that time received into his Majesty's mercy and favour.

GEORGE BAIRD died May 29, 1593.
His sons were,
1. GILBERT, his successor ;
2. Andrew;
3. Alexander;
4. Patrick; and
5. George.


        On the north coast of Fife, opposite to Broughty, was a younger son of Gilbert Baird of Posso, and  born about the year 1475, the impression of his seal being the Arms of Posso.

In Lord Newbyth's genealogy, it is said he was a great favourite of King James V., and that the Prince died in his arms, Dec. 13, 1542. When or from whom he got the lands of Lavoroklaw does not
appear, but, in 1533, he disponed them to William Balfour, and Janet Annan, his spouse; and on February 23, 1539, John Earl of Buchan disponed the lands of Auchmedden* to him for a sum of
money then paid, but under reversion. The disposition is dated at Dundee.

ANDREW BAIRD married Bessy Lerrnont, daughter to the Laird of Balcomy, a very good old family in Fife, her mother was daughter to Wauchop of Niddry. He died February 10, 1543, at Auchmedden, and left a son GEORGE, his successor, and several other children, both sons and daughters, who were  married (some in the south), and had children; but their posterity, at least on the male side, is now extinguished, for what I ever heard. He had by one of his younger sons a grandson, called Andrew Baird, merchant at Banff, ( and a red-hot covenanter, member of the famous Assembly of 1638 )  whose daughter, Janet, was married, January, 1637, to Gilbert Mair of Awads; and their son, William Mair, was settled in business at Newcastle, in 1673, and corresponded frequently with Sir James Baird for many years after, and his posterity may very probably still continue in that country.


For really old BAIRD history, including the origin of the coat of arms, go back to the Family Page and click on Ancient Baird History.