|Six submissions from Mildred Bird Ridgway on the Bird family history as follows:|
Family Researchers United, FFRU Volume 1, January 1992, Page 56 and 57 2nd Edition), [Extract]:
Mary Messic Franklin ( born 24 Jan 1830 Gallatin County, KY died 22 Aug 1866 Kenton County,
KY ) married 26 Mar 1851 Kenton County, KY to Elisha Hudson Bird ( born 27 Apr 1828 Campbell
County, KY died 21 Nov 1900 Milton, KY ) Their child:
( 1 ) George William Bird ( born 4 Jun 1858 Kenton County, KY died 13 Feb 1942 Milton, Trimble
County, KY ) married 1883 to Ida Mosser ( born 3 Aug 1864 Allegheny County, PA died 18 Nov
1900 Milton, KY )
Family Researchers United, FFRU Volume 17, January 1996, Pages 1, 2, and 3 2nd Edition), [Extract]:
Mary Catherine Franklin married Elisha Hudson Bird, Feb 1867 at the age of 23 years. Elisha,
now 39 years old, was a widower having been married before to another Franklin, Mary Catherine's aunt,
Mary Messic Franklin. Mary Messic Franklin and Elisha Hudson Bird had eight children before she
died 22 Aug 1866 in Kenton Co., KY. An infant son, Charles Sherman Bird died 19 days after the
death of his mother.
Six months after his first wife died Elisha Hudson Bird married Mary Catherine Franklin.
Probably Mary Catherine and Elisha Hudson were married in Kenton Co., KY. However, by the time
of the 1870 Federal Census, they had moved to Trimble County, KY, where they were to remain the rest
of their married life.
Undoubtedly, from the very onset of her married life, she had her hands full with her new family.
The oldest child was a 15 year old boy while the youngest child was a 3 year old girl. Between
the oldest and youngest were five more to care for, whose ages were 13, 11, 9, 7 and 6 years - all boys.
By 15 Dec 1867, Mary Catherine gave birth to her first child, Robert Seymour Bird. She would bear
nine children of her own before her family was completed.
Family Genealogy Forum post by Mildred Ridgway on 11 Aug 2004:
Francis Bird/Burd, Sr. m Elizabeth Frances Parvin 19 June 1797 in Bourbon Co., KY.
She was D/o Thomas Parvin who was an early school teacher in Clark Co., KY. He was living at
Strode's Station when it was attacked by Indians on 1 March 1781. He moved his family a few
miles north to Constant's Station and was there when Indians attacked in Spring of 1785 when two
of his children were killed. Thomas Parvin was a Quaker and had also been a printer in PA.
[In Rootsweb project "Shulers and others" Mildred said he was "an early school teacher in Clark
Co., KY and a printer who helped launch The Kentucky Gazette in Lexington, KY"]
Francis Bird/Burd, Sr. and Elizabeth had these children:
1. Thomas Bird, b 1798 Campbell Co., KY.; m Elizabeth Pickett.
2. Anne Bird, b Abt. 1800; m William Pickett.
3. Francis Bird, JR. b. Abt. 1802 (my 2nd Great-Grandfather); m Sarah Grizzel.
4. John Bird, b Abt. 1804; m Elizabeth Watts.
5. Arthur Bird, b Abt. 1806; m Myrinda Williams.
6. Elizabeth Bird, b 5 October 1809;m William Caldwell.
7. Henry Bird, b Abt. 1815; m Mary Ann Cram.
8. Tabitha Bird, b Abt. 1812; m William Caldwell 26 November 1832 and died Abt. 1834.
Francis Bird/Burd, Sr. was b in Pennsylvania in 1775. Does anyone know where in PA he was
born or who his parents were? There were only eleven counties in PA in 1775.
Any information about this family will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much,
Mildred BIRD Ridgway
WorldConnect Project: 1658-1758 Charles County MD Families record # ID: I21591, Francis Bird,
comment by Mildred Ridgway on 8 Jun 2007:
Sarah Grizzel was my Gr-Gr-Grandmother. She was born Abt. 1808 in Campbell County, Kentucky.
Sarah m/l Francis "Frank" Bird, Jr. 14 Jul 1825 in Campbell County, KY. They had two sons:
1. Elisha Hudson Bird, b 27 Apr 1828 Campbell County, KY, d.21 Nov 1900 Trimble County, KY.
2. Pvt. Elam Bird, b 06 Mar 1834 Campbell County, KY, d 01 Jan 1914 Hamilton County, Ohio.
Elam was a Union Veteran of the Civil War.
Sometime between mid 1840 and mid 1844 Francis Bird, Jr. took his musket and went hunting in the
area that is now Covington, KY. He never returned. After exhaustive searching to no
avail, it was assumed that the Indians or wild beasts got him. On 02 June 1844 Sarah married
Elkanah Lane. They had one son: Samuel David Lane. On 05 Feb 1848 Sarah divorced Elkanah
Lane and had her name restored to BIRD. Can you imagine the gossip? Divorce was rare then
and her father was an ordained minister! Apparently Mr Lane was a strange "minister of the
gospel", who elderly family members claim often removed articles of his clothing and tossed them into
the audience while "preaching."
Sarah m/3 John White on 19 May 1853 in Kenton County, KY.
Sarah was living in 1870 near Milton, Trimble County, KY where she was affectionately known as
- The old "HREF="http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/c/r/a/Tom-Crago/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0814.html"
FamilyTreeMaker Online Tom & Janet Crago's Family Tree record on John Burd (b. 15 Jul 1724)
which includes the following comments by Mildred Ridgway written in 2007 [Extract]:
My Great-Grandfather was Francis Burd/Bird/Byrd who was b in PA 1775, came to Bourbon Co., KY
before 1797 when he m Elizabeth Parvin there and was in US Census for Campbell Co., KY in 1800.
He could not read or write and obtained marriage license under surname BURD, minister's return under
surname BYRD and Census records under surname BIRD.
John Burd left will in Bedford Co., PA 12 Feb 1792. He m Elizabeth Elliot.
Do you have a copy of John Burd's Will (Will Written 12 Feb 1792; Will Probated 27 Mar 1792 Dublin
Twp.)? If not, I will gladly send it to you.
Have you seen the article re John Burd in PA Mag., Vol. 3, pp197-198? When I visited the L.D.S.
Library in Salt Lake in 1997 they ordered the Mag. brought down from their mountain storage vault for
me to view and copy . . . .
John Burd and Margaret Elliot's children were: Benjamin, James, Thomas, Elizabeth, Ann, Unknown m ____
Walker and possibly Margaret. Maj. Benjamin Burd of Bedford Co., PA was one of his sons.
While I cannot prove it, I feel there is a good possibility that Thomas was father of my Francis Bird,
Sr. Thomas served in The Amer. Rev., bought a lot from the Orphans Court in Bedford and died before
John's will was written, about 1787. John Burd willed Thomas' three daughters land and I suspect
my Francis had left the area before that time. My Francis married Elizabeth Parvin whose
Grandfather lived with Quaker group near Philadelphia.
Mildred Bird Ridgway
Fair Oaks, CA
- E-mail Subject: Francis (Frank) Bird b. 1775 in PA, from: theridgways, sent: 22 Jun 2010 [Extract]:
If you go back to Theodore Bird, b c. 1860, his father was Elam Bird, b 06 Mar 1834; and orphaned
about 1842 when his father, Francis Bird, Jr. took his musket and went hunting in the area that is
now Covington, KY. It was thought that the Indians had captured him. He was never found
nor was he ever heard from again.
Elam's mother, Sarah Grizzel/Grizzle, daughter of Rev. Elam Grizzel, had to find work to support
herself and her two children, Elam and Elisha Hudson Bird (my Great-Grandfather). In 1850
U. S. Census they are enumerated under UNKNOWN Bird. On 02 June 1844, Sarah m Elkanah Lane
and had another child. Elkanah Lane was a "fake" preacher from New York. Francis Bird,
Sr. insisted that Sarah Divorce Elkanah and Frank, Sr., paid the $5.00 that it cost. Sarah
had another son by Elkanah Lane. He is listed as both Dora Lane and Samuel David Lane.
I do not know which is correct. My grandfather referred to him as Dory Lane.
Sarah married John White 19 May 1853 - no children.
Elam Bird m Martha Patterson 26 Sep 1859 in Independence, Kenton Co., KY. Elam d 01 Jan 1914
in California, Hamilton Co., Ohio. Martha d 10 July 1918. Both received Civil War
Pensions and both are buried at Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Clermont Co., Ohio. Some researchers
claim that Elam's middle name was David. I have seen no official records to prove that.
Also see Mildred Ridgway's other submissions in Source 1251 and