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My name is Michael S. Laird. My great grandfather's name was George Washington Lard. According to his death certificate, he was born on 6/22/1842 in Charlston, South Carolina. Again, according to George's death certificate, his dad's name was Jesse J. Lard, who was also born in South Carolina. Finally, according to the death certificate, George's mother's maiden name was Hair.
In the 1840 census for Barnwell District of South Carolina, I found a Jesse Lard. The 1840 census didn't give the names of the people in the household, but it did say that there were 2 males under 5, 1 male between 5 and 10, 1 male 30-40 (this would be Jesse), and 1 female 20-30. I have no idea what Jesse's wife's name was because after the 1840 census I can't find a Jesse that had a son by the name of George.
I speculate that this Jesse was my ggggrandfather because he had several neighbors by the last name of Hair. I assume that Jesse married one of the Hair girls and was living near his father-in-law.
Beyond 1840 I have been unable to locate Jesse Lard. I did find George Washington Lard (my gggrandfather) and his wife Loriah (maybe Laura) in the 1880 census of Freestone County, Texas. In 1880 they had only one child. His name was Ireah Lee who was 3 years of age. Ireah Lee was my granddad. Ireah Lee married a Ida Della Liles on 8/22/1898. Ireah Lee changed our name from Lard to Laird sometimes between 1901 and 1910. George Washington Lard retained his name until the day he died in Mineral Wells, Texas, on 8/28/1913. When he died, a lady by the name of Mary Lard from Provence, Oklahoma (Carter County) was the informant for George's death information. Could it be that Mary was married to Lawrence O'Brien Lard. I have been unable to determine who she is.