Baird T. Broughton was born on November 30, 1859 at Arcadia, Wisconsin. He came to Ypsilanti, North Dakota with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Broughton, in 1879.
He married Hattie Colby, of the Ypsilanti community. They moved to Jamestown n 1889, where they operated a bakery. Hattie Colby died in March of 1931, and James followed on August 19, 1932.