Here's info I have: (this info was given to me by Spencer, so I have complete faith in its accuracy): Archibald M. Laird: b. Mar. 3, 1776, Laurens Co. SC d. Jan. 19, 1851, Johns, Rankin Co, MS m. Feb. 23, 1804 to Margaret McKelvey Father: Robert Laird Archibald E. Laird: b. 1797, Laurens Co., S.C. m. 1820 to Mary M. Eddleman d. About Aug. 1875 Father: Samuel Laird G'Father: Robert Laird Arch E. was named after his uncle, Arch M. Robert Laird, grandfather of Archibald E., served with the Patriots of South Carolina in the Revolution. Was born 1742, Lancaster Co., PA., to Lodowick (great name) Laird, of which I've not much more info, really. Was stationed in GA for 6 months in 1779 & apparently liked it enough to move there from S.C. after the war. Archibald E. (my great-great-great-grandfather) and his wife named their ninth child Cosby Winfield Dawson Laird, born May 31, 1839, in Newton Co., GA. Spencer's records show Arch. M. Laird & most likely brother James on the 1830 census of Rankin Co., MS. Was listed on same county census in 1840 & 1850, which also shows he and his wife, Margaret, with five children, all born in Mississippi: William, Susan, Margaret, Catherine and Elizabeth ranging in age from 15 to 26 (in 1850). After looking at your lairdfam.htm page, this isn't the same Arch., but who knows? I would be surprised if there isn't some sort of connection. My great-great-grandfather William Parks Laird, a son of Archibald E., and great-grandad Thomas A., along with I don't know how many others in the family, were born in Newton Co., GA, just east of Atlanta. Great-Grandad Thomas A. settled in Waxahachie in Ellis County south of Dallas for quite a while. He was a brick mason. My grandad, Fred, was born there. The family moved to Dallas when my grandad was young. Dallas is where my dad, Thomas Lewis Laird, was born in 1926, and where I was born May 29, 1953. Talk about weird, eh? 27 days... Anyway, I haven't established a direct connection with the Laird Hill, Tx, Lairds. I've been through Laird Hill, although it was a long time ago (mid '70's) and don't remember much about it. It was a "wide spot" in the road so to speak, very near Kilgore in East Texas. The hospital in Kilgore, by the way, is the Roy H. Laird Memorial Hospital. Roy H. was one of the Laird Hill folks, I think. Also think the Laird Hill clan, or at least some of them, made some tall money in the East Texas oil boom in the '30s. My wife, Robin, and I have been married since 1973 and have four kids: two boys & two girls. Our oldest, Austin, is 19 and just getting into his second year at U. of North Texas in Denton. Rustin, 12, Alicen, 10, and Mary Mackennen, 7, round out the crew.