submitted by Mrs. Mary Cook Hyde
| Bedent Baird descended from the Immigrant John Baird of Aberdeenshire, Scotland who came to Monmouth County, New Jersey after landing at Staten Island on December 18, 1683. John’s second wife and mother of his children was Mary Harmon,d/o Cutliff Harmon.(added material) Three generations later Bedent and his brother Zebulon established themselves in Buncombe County, bringing the first wagon up Saluda Mt., and following the early road roughly laid out by David McCarson and others. This road in essence is now Highway 25 to Asheville.
Bedent and his brother joined with Daniel Reynolds in buying land and selling lots which helped the little town of Morristown (later, Asheville) to get started, and also with his brother operated the first store, and worked in town affairs.
Bedent married Jane Welch, daughter of William and Mary Ann (Thompson) Welch, and they had four children: Elijah, born 1769; William born 1772; Elisha, born 1774; and Jane Eliza, born 1779.
Jane Eliza Baird married Montraville Weaver and they lived in Weaverville.
Old Buncombe County Heritage Vol. I”
article #217, p. 142
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