In the 1850 census of Liberty Twp, Mountour Co., PA, there is household 108, Anna McNeal head of household, 77, b. PA, with Sarah Laird, age 43, born PA, and Ann Laird, age 17, born PA.
Sarah is the wife of William Laird, born 1802.
She is now living with her mother following the death of Thomas in 1837 and Ann is her daughter, named after Sarah's mother and William's mother.Sarah later married Bennie McWilliams
Our subject is particularly fortunate in one respect, there are many interesting facts and adventures by which he can remember his forefathers, and this is not alone true of his father's family, for there are many thrilling experiences told of his maternal ancestors, one of which deserves a place in this sketch. Sarah (McNeil) Laird was the daughter of Samuel McNeil of Columbia County, who was of Scotch descent.
Her mother's maiden name was Annie Davis, who was taken prisoner by the Indians during the Revolutionary War at Chillisquaque Creek, seven of her sisters and brothers being killed at the same time. She was kept in captivity for five years, when Ezra, her brother, who was in the Colonial Army at the time of her capture, went to Canada, where she was held, and succeeded in securing her release. After her husband's demise our subject's mother formed a second marital union with Benjamin J. McWilliams, no issue resulting from their marriage.