Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Thomas Beird



Thomas Henry Beird was born 1864 in Canada to David and Margaret Owens Beird. He came to Michigan from Canada in 1879 with his parents. Thomas married Charlotte “Lotte” Battelle on October 20, 1887 in Burlington, Tuscola County, Michigan. They both lived in Guilford, Tuscola County, Michigan when they were married. Lotte was born  1858 in Guilford, Tuscola County, Michigan to E. and Olive Faruim Battelle.


Thomas and Lotte had the following children:

  1. Florence M. Beird was born December 26, 1890 in Tuscola County, Michigan. Florence married Ernest N. Werden on June 20, 1922 in Flint, Genesee County, Michigan. Florence died January 7, 1927.

  2. Olin Beird was born February 16, 1893 in Guilford Township, Tuscola County, Michigan and died October 2, 1893 in Lakefield Township.

  3. Otto Fairman Beird was born November 22, 1895 in Lakefield Township and died August 16, 1896 of cholera at 9 months old.


In 1896, Thomas and Lotte owned and operated 40 acres in Section 13 of Lakefield Township on Chapin Road between Roosevelt and Lakefield Roads. Their neighbors were: Robert Beird, John Beird, Mary Clark, John Briggs, Theo Bodette, Dan McLeod, Lydia Schwartz and Joseph Webb.


Thomas was appointed as Clerk of Lakefield Township on April 6, 1896 and the Board of Elections on April 5, 1897.


By 1910, Thomas, Lotte and daughter Florence were living in Flint, Genesee County, Michigan.

SOURCES: Lakefield Township Records; 1896 Lakefield Township Plat Map; Thomas H. and Charlotte Battelle Beird's marriage record, Otto F. Beird's birth and death records; Olin Beird's birth and death record; Florence M. Beird's marriage record; Florence Werden's death record.

Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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