Nancy Vrooman

ID # 1696, (1830-1904)
FatherGeorge Laws Vrooman (1792-1865)
MotherMargaret Bolton (1795-)
BirthNancy Vrooman was born on 25 May 1830 at Canada. 
MarriageShe married Hugh Laird on 5 November 1845 at Iowa, Wisconsin.
There is a transcription of a Wisconsin marriage record for Hugh and Nancy, date and location only are given.
DeathShe died on 6 February 1904 at Cuba City, Grant County, Wisconsin, at age 73. 
BurialShe was buried at Smelser Cemetery, Georgetown, Grant Co., Wisconsin. 
NoteWe may identify Nancy Laird as one of George L. Vroman's children by portions to hand of a legal action between the children of George and his widow Sarah. The children are the defendants and one of them is Nancy Laird. A transcription of a marriage record for Hugh and Nancy does exist. It is dated 5 November, 1845, at Iowa, Wisconsin, and names the contracting parties as Hugh Laird and Nancy Vroman, but does not name parents. The transcription of Nancy Laird's second marriage to William Coonrod in 1866 gives a garbled version of her father's name.

Nancy and Hugh are present in the Eastern District of Grant County, Wisconsin, at the time of the 1850 census. Hugh is shown as age 35 and born in Scotland. Nancy is shown as age 21 and born in Canada. With them are sons David, 3, and John, 1, both born in Wisconsin.

It should be noted that the census enumeration pages for the Laird family in the 1860 census at Smelser Grove, Grant County, Illinois, are out of order as presented by Ancestry. Page 117 is presented as Smelser Grove and page 118 is presented as Smelser in a different sequence of pages, as though it were a different location. The date and enumerator are the same and the handwriting is the same. It appears that the word Grove has been omitted from the title of most pages listed. The family listing begins at the bottom of page 117 and completes at the top of page 118. The name of daughter Margaret is presented which is not shown on family sources.

Hugh and Nancy are together at the time of the 1860 census. In the 1870 census at Smelser, Grant Co., Wisconsin, Nancy is shown as Nancy Conrad, born Canada, age 39, and with no evidence of a husband present. With her are all her Laird children. David, age 21, is shown as farming. John is age 20, George 19, William 17, James 13. Margaret is not present on this enumeration. Matilda Laird, age 17, is present and it is now evident that she, Matilda Watson, is the wife of John Laird, for there is a record of their marriage on 22 December 1869 in Wisconsin. The location of the marriage is not given on this transcription.

The transcription of a marriage registration has been found for Nancy Vrooman Laird and William Coonrod. It is dated 4 October 1866 at Grant Co., Wisconsin. William's parents are shown as Reuben and Jane Coonrod and Nancy's father is shown as George S. Vreman. A family descendant advises that Hugh Laird died 4 October, 1862.

As noted above, Nancy Conrad is shown without a husband but living with her Laird children in the 1870 census. In 1880, she is still at Smelser in Grant Co. and shown as Nancy Coonrod and, apparently, divorced. She is with sons George and James Laird.

By the time of the 1900 census she is in Cuba City, Grant Co., Wisconsin. She is shown as Nancy Leard and is with son James Leard. Son George Leard is next door.

We have a record for Hugh and Nancy having a daughter, Margaret. A family descendant believes that Hugh and Nancy had two daughters, but that they both died young. The descendant also says that, according to a family story, William Coonrod and a son by his first marriage wanted to move to California. At this point, William and Nancy separated and she reverted to the name Laird. If William Coonrod did indeed go to California, at some point he returned, for he was living in Smelser Town, Grant County, Wisconsin, as late as the 1900 census. A death registration for him has not been found.

According to a family historian, William Coonrod was first married to Mary Booth. She died August 26, 1864. She was the sister of Thomas Booth. Thomas' son Francis married Nancy Elizabeth Wood. She was the daughter of James Wood and Margaret Vrooman. Margaret was Nancy's sister.

A family connection shows Nancy Vroman and Hugh Laird as marrying 5 November, 1845, in Wisconsin Territory. A tree provided by the family member indicates that a son, Oliver Laird, was born May 5, 1843. A gravestone in Smelser Cemetery is to be found on Find-a-Grave. It is for Oliver and shows his parents as H. and Eliza Laird. It would appear that Nancy was Hugh's second wife. The stone for Eliza Laird - 1846-1847, which is in Smelser Cemetery, shows Nancy as her mother. While the original stone appears with the photos for Find-a-Grave's Smelser website, an updated stone, obviously erected much later, is shown as well.

A partial newspaper clipping provided by a family connection tells that she was buried in Smelser Cemetery. Find-a-Grave provides us with some photos and dates of stones for some members of the Laird Family in Smelser Cemetery, Georgetown, Grant County, Wisconsin. 

Children of Nancy Vrooman and Hugh Laird

Last Edited14 Apr 2016