I have been researching my Gr.Gr.Gr. Grandfather, James Bird (spellings change regularly) who married a Sarah (possibly McKinzie/McKinsey of whom many live next door) for quite some time to no avail. In 1860 and 1870 they live in Lawrence County, Missouri with an Elizabeth Bird and Mary Bird, who I am assuming are sisters to James.
I found a marriage record dated 11 Dec 1860 in Lawrence County, Missouri with a James Burd and Sarah McKinzie. Their children were Benjamin F. Bird/Burd/Byrd who moved to IT and is found in 1900 there, and later in Oklahoma AND Thomas Monrow Bird/Burd/Byrd found in 1910 in Oklahoma. I am down the Thomas line, whom rumor has speculated to be Cherokee Indian. I can not prove or disprove this.
I find Aunt Bettie living with Benjamin in 1900. There may have been a sister to Thomas and Benjamin named Sarah A.B. Bird who was still in Lawrence County in 1880 living with an Elizabeth Melugin (married to a William B. Melugin/Melngin) who is her aunt. Also I discovered their may have been a Phebe Caroline Bird who married a Samuel Busby and also (allegedly) moved to Indian Territory in 1880. Elizabeth is found working for and living with Caroline in 1870.
It is possible that the father of James, Mary, Elizabeth and possibly Phebe Caroline was born in South Carolina. It is also possible that their mother's name was Elizabeth, whom I find living with a Mary and Elizabeth and Nancy in 1850 Lawrence County...but the dates on Mary's birth are really off and there is no James with them. There is Mary Bird who marries a David Stillwell Gray, but I am not positive they are the same Mary. However, there is only one Bird/Burd/Byrd family in Lawrence County in 1850-1870 that I can tell unless some didn't make it on the census records.
Court records show James getting into trouble for running horses on a public road around 1860 and also have a Henry Bird and his wife Margaret who witness a murder in Lawrence County. There is a diary online at the Lawrence County genweb website stating that the "sheriff is selling Bird's things", but doesn't say why or which Bird.
I would really like to continue tracking our Bird/Byrd/Burd line. If anyone knows of this family please let me know. I know that the Mary on the 1860 census is listed as an "inmate" who can't read or write. James was married to Sarah within the year which correlates with the marriage record found, James is a farmer in 1860 and 1870, and James can read but not write. Anything might help.
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