Person:William Bird (119)

William Bird
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Name William Bird
Gender Male
Birth[3] 18 Nov 1791 Nicholas, Kentucky, United States
Military[3] 1812 Kentucky, United StatesWar of 1812 -
Marriage 7 Nov 1822 Nicholas, Kentucky, United Statesby Rev. Terrel
to Mariah Dent
Residence[1] Bef Mar 1823 Decatur, Indiana, United Statescame to Indiana
Census[2] 1850 Clinton, Decatur, Indiana, United States
Census[5] 1860 Clinton, Decatur, Indiana, United States
Death[1][3] 14 Feb 1869 Decatur, Indiana, United States
Census[6] 1870 Greensburg, Decatur, Indiana, United States
Burial[3] Shiloh Cemetery, Decatur, Indiana, United States
  1. 1.0 1.1 Death Notice, in Greensburg Standard. (Greensburg, Indiana)
    18 Feb 1869.

    Of Scottish Descent.
    Another of the pioneer fathers has been called from among us, William Bird died at his residence in Clinton Township on Sunday morning last. After illness of near one month, in the 77th year of his age. The deceased was a Kentuckian by birth, and in many of his characteristics of his early life. In March, 1823, he was in company with the late Judge Thomson, Eljiah Mitchell, and George W. Hoffman immigrating to this county and settled on the farm immediately west of the one on which he died. The country was then new, wild, and rude and the population of a like sort; and the deceased was not exempt from this peculiarities of the times, and many years ago, when this writer was a boy he was known as "the wildest man" in the county. But the march of Christian civilization came along, and Mr Bird fell in with it. Industrious and honest, he was for more than a third of a century past, recognized among our most worthy and useful citizens. Coming here poor, he raised a large and respectable family, and leaves them in circumstances of comfortable affluence. He was a soldier during the closing months of the War of 1812. In politics, he was very decided Whig, until the organization of the Republican party with which he became identified, casting his last vote for Grant and Colfax. He united with the Methodist Episcopal church under the ministry of Rev Williamson Terrell about 22 years ago. In the faith and fellowship of this church he remained a quiet and consistent member until his death. The funeral services took place at the Shiloh Methodist Episcopal Church, 4 miles north of this place, on Monday, in the presence of a large concourse of his old friends and neighbors. The sermon was preached by Rev Mr Barnes, of the old charge; when the remains of the old pioneer were consigned to their last earthly resting place.

  2. Family Recorded, in Decatur, Indiana, United States. 1850 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration Publication M432).

    M432, roll 142, Clinton Township, p. 1, dwelling 6, family 6, William Bird, accessed 17 Jun 2008

  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Pension Application , in The Kentucky genealogist. (Washington [District of Columbia]: Martha Porter Miller, 1959-1986)
    16:24, Jan-Mar 1974.

    Individual: William Bird b. November 18, 1791, Kentucky
    Soldier of the War of 1812: pension WC-16647 Captain Henley Robert's Company, Kentucky
    Militia Enlisted: September 10, 1814, Nicholas County, Kentucky
    Discharged: March 9, 1815, Canada
    d. February 14, 1869, Decatur County, Indiana
    buried: Shiloh Cemetery, Indiana
    m. November 7, 1822, Nicolas County, Kentucky by Rev. Terrel

  4.   Family Recorded, in Atlas of Decatur Co., Indiana: to which are added various general maps, history, statistics, illustrations. (Chicago: J.H. Beers, 1882)

    ... Among the names of pioneers of Clinton Township, now deceased, are ...
    ... William Bird, who left four sons, Harvey, Benjamin, Henry and Edward; ...

  5. Family Recorded, in Decatur, Indiana, United States. 1860 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration Publication M693).

    M653 Roll: 253 Page: 1062 U.S. census
    [Note: As Wm. Shows a John Rebble]

  6. Family Recorded, in Decatur, Indiana, United States. 1870 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration Publication M593).

    Year: 1870; Census Place: Washington, Decatur, Indiana; Roll: M593_308; Page: 234

  7.   Family Recorded, in Source Needed.

    ... William and Maria Bird, natives of Kentucky and Virginia, respectively, who moved to Decatur county, Indiana, in the late twenties. They reared a family of eight children:
    - Harvey, who married Sarah Lowe;
    - Mrs. Martha Anna Johnson;
    - Benjamin, who married a Miss Small;
    - Henry, who married a Miss Davidson;
    - Edwin, who married Charlotte Powers;
    - Harriett, the wife of William Sefton;
    - Mary, the wife of a Mr. Patterson, and
    - Minerva, who first married Jacob Hickman and had four children, Luna, William, deceased;
    - Martha, the wife of Charles S. Reed, who lives in Washington township, and
    - Mrs. Ottawa Baumgarten, who lives in Greensburg. ...