There is an Aird query at http://www.rootsweb.com/~qcmtl-w/queries.htmhttp://www.rootsweb.com/~qcmtl-w/queries.htm, which lists Rosina Aird's parents and siblings.Unfortunately, the posted email address is no longer valid.To summarize, her parents were Robert Aird (1753-1806) and Janet Findlay, both born in Scotland.Rosina's siblings were John, Martha, Anna, Janet, William, Robert, James, and Finlay, all born in Montreal between 1784 and 1806.
Robert was a merchant in Montreal in the 1780s, and he was associated with the fur trade.In the spring of 1777, he was licensed to trade out of Michilimackinac (present Mackinaw, Michigan) with one canoe and nine men, a venture financed by William Aird.In 1778, he traded out of Prairie du Chien (Wisconsin).In 1785, Robert was licensed to trade out of Michilimackinac with James Aird, who is my ancestor.
I know that James Aird had a brother named George, also a fur trader, and I wonder if Robert and William, mentioned above, were also his brothers or related in some way.James was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, and died in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin in 1819.George was reportedly buried in St. Louis in 1805.James was supposedly a "cousin" of Robert Burns, the Scottish poet, but I haven't found any proof of that relationship.
In the Ancestry File at familysearch.org, there is an intriguing family from Kilmarnock, Ayr, Scotland.Among the children of John and Anna (or Janet) (Campbell) Aird are four sons: William (born 1849), Robert (1753-1806, most likely Rosina's father), James (born 1757) and George (born 1759).Is this the family of fur traders?
Have you found anything to verify any of these connections?I'll be happy to share what I know about James Aird's descendants.