James E. Bird and Mary "Polly" Bunker

    James E. Bird was born 8 June 1798 in New York to James M. Bird and Nancy Hill. The senior James died when the younger James was a young child and his mother married Boaz Granger. James probably grew up in or around Phelps, Ontario, New York. James had three younger half-sisters, Lucina, Olive, and Nancy, and two younger half-brothers, Cephas and Aaron. James served for a short time during the War of 1812. He married Mary "Polly" Bunker in about 1817 probably in New York. Mary was born 22 Jan 1801 in Industry, Franklin, Maine to Jonathan Bunker and Mary “Polly” Smith. (Polly is a diminutive of Mary.) She had three older brothers, Gorham, William, and Timothy Smith, four younger sisters, Love, Lydia, Eliza, and Sally, and two younger brothers, James and Freeman. Mary and her family had moved from Maine to Palmyra, Ontario, New York in about 1813.
    In about 1819, James, Mary, and their son, Gorham, moved along with the Bunker and Granger families to Cuyahoga County, Ohio. It was here that their son, William, was probably born. The family was living in 1830 in Royalton, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Their son, Albert, and their daughter, Olive, were also born here, as well as another son who died young.
    The Birds then moved to Logan County, Ohio. There, James farmed and "preached the Gospel to his neighbors and also practiced the 'Thompsonian' system of medicine" The Thompsonian system was a type of herbal medicine popular at that time and more specialized than traditional folk medicine. Their son, James A., was born in Logan County.
    In June of 1839, the Birds moved to Washington Township, Union County, Ohio, where they probably were the first settlers on the western part of Washington. James devoted his time to developing his farm, giving up preaching and practicing medicine. The first school in the western portion of town was held in a log house on the Bird's farm.
    Since Mary was found on the 1860 census and not on the 1870 census (with James being listed as widowed in 1880), it presumed that she died in the 1860s. In 1870, James is found living with his son Gorham's family. He apparently still owned land, however, since he is listed in the 1870 census as owning $5100 in real estate, but he was not farming it, as he was also listed as a retired farmer. In 1880, James is found living with his son Albert's family. He is listed as being blind. According to the History of Union County, James died 24 March 1882.
 

James and Mary's children are:

1. Gorham Bird, born 21 October 1817 in New York, married Arcadilla Scott in 9 May 1839 in Logan County, Ohio, living in 1883.
2. William Bird, born about 1820 probably in Royalton, Cuyahoga, Ohio, married Sarah Garwood 15 Feb 1846 in Logan County, Ohio, living in 1883.
3. A male child, born between 1820 and 1825 in Royalton, Cuyahoga, Ohio, died between 1830 and 1839 (most likely in Logan County, Ohio but possibly in Royalton, Cuyahoga, Ohio).[1]
4. Olive Bird, born 4 December 1827 in Royalton, Cuyahoga, Ohio, married Alonzo Havington Ennis 19 Sep 1846 in Union County, Ohio, died in childbirth 6 Jun 1869 in Texas, Henry, Ohio and buried there.
5. Albert Bird, born January 1830 in Royalton, Cuyahoga, Ohio, married Mary Wells 16 Dec 1852 in Union County, Ohio, served in the Civil War, living in 1883.
6. James A. Bird, born about 1837 probably in Logan County, Ohio, married Mary Margaret Bolen 29 Mar 1856 in Union County, Ohio, served and died in the Civil War in 1864 in Harper's Ferry, Virginia.

Sources:
1. Censuses, mentioning James Bird: 1820 and 1830, Cuyahoga Co., Royalton Twp., Ohio; 1840, 1850, and 1860 Union Co., Washington Twp., Ohio; Gorham Bird, 1840, Logan Co., Union Twp., Ohio; 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880, Union Co., Washington Twp., Ohio; William Bird, 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880, Union Co., Washington Twp., Ohio; Albert Bird: 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1900 Union Co., Washington Twp., Ohio; James A. Bird, 1860, Union Co., Washington Twp., Ohio; and Alonzo Ennis: 1850 and 1860,Union Co., York Twp., Ohio.
2. Ennes, Calvin, A Bit About The Ennes, Au Gres, Michigan, August 1969.
3. History of Union Co., Ohio, Volume I, written in 1883.
4. Gravestone inscription of Olive B. Ennes, Texas, Henry, Ohio.
5. Union County, Ohio, Marriage Records, Book 2, pages 153 (Alonzo H. Ennis & Olive Bird) and 314 (Albert Bird & Mary Wells), and Book A, page 48 (James A. Bird and Marry Margaret Bolen).
6. Ohio Marriage Index CD.
7. Database of the Eliza Starbuck Barney Genealogical Record, Nantucket Historical Association (created from records collected by Eliza Starbuck Barney (1802-1889)).


The History of Union County, Ohio (1883),
Chapter XIII-Washington Township, page 661

    "James Bird was perhaps the first settler in the western part of the township. He came to it in June, 1839. He had purchased 400 acres in Survey 12, 105 and had to cut a road to the place. His nearest neighbor, when he arrived, was Jeremiah Lingrel, who lived two and a half miles east, a short distance northwest from what is now Byhalia. Mr. Bird was born in New York, and while in that State served in the War of 1812 a short time. He removed to Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and thence to Logan County, where in addition to his farm labors, he preached the Gospel to his neighbors and also practiced the "Thompsonian" system of medicine. But after his removal to Washington Township all his energies were given to the development of his farm. He brought with him five children-Gorum, William, Albert, James, and Olive (Ennis). He was born June 8, 1789, and died March 24, 1882."
On page 665 of the same history, it reads, "The first school in the western part of the township was held in a log house which stood on the Bird farm."


Marriages from the Ohio Marriage Index

Name Spouse Date Place
Bird, Gorham Scott, Arsadella 9 May 1839 Logan
Bird, Olive Ennis, Alonzo 19 Sep 1846 Union
Bird, William Garwood, Sarah 15 Feb 1846 Logan
Source:  Ohio Marriage Index CD.


Censuses

(For the 1820, 1830, and 1840, I have placed the name of the person that I believe belongs in each place in parentheses to the right.)
1820
Royalton Township, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Page 56
Bird, James:
   Males under 10:
2
(Gorham & William)
   Males 16-26:
1
(James E.)
   Females 16-26:
1
(Mary)
   Number of people in each
   family employed in agriculture:
1
   All other persons except 
   Indians not taxed:
4

1830
Royalton Township, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Page 131
James Bird:
    Males under 5:
1
(Albert)
    Males 5 & under 10:
1
(?)
    Males 10 & under 15:
2
(Gorham & William)
    Males 30 & under 40:
1
(James E.)
    Females under 5:
1
(Olive)
    Females 20 & under 30:
1
(Mary)

1840
Washington Township, Union County, Ohio

Page 15
James Bird:
   Males under 5:
1
(James A.)
   Males 10 & under 15:
1
(Albert)
   Males 20 & under 30:
1
(William)
   Males 40 & under 50:
1
(James E.)
   Females 10 & under 15:
1
(Olive)
   Females 30 & under 40:
1
(Mary)
   Total:
6
   Number of people in each 
   family employed in agriculture:
2

Union Township, Logan County, Ohio

Gorham Bird:
   Males under 5:
1
(Gorham)
   Males 20 & under 30:
1
(John W.)
   Females 15 & under 20:
1
(Arcadilla)
   Total:
3

1850
Washington Township, Union County, Ohio

Page Name Age Sex Occupation Value of Real Estate Birthplace Attends School
87
Dwelling # 1167
Family # 1185
William Bird 29 M Farmer 1720 Ohio
Sarah 23 F Ohio
Mary A 3 F Ohio
James C 2 M Ohio
Dwelling # 1168
Family # 1186
James E Bird 51 M Farmer 1645 N.Y.
Mary 49 F Mass.[2]
Albert 20 M     " Ohio Yes
James 13 M Ohio Yes
Dwelling # 1169
Family # 1187
Goram Bird 33 M Farmer 455 N.Y.
Arserilla 29 F Ohio
John W 11 M Ohio Yes
Sarah 7 F Ohio Yes
Caroline 2 F Ohio
Emiline 2 F Ohio

1860
Washington Township, Union County, Ohio (Post Office: Bihalia)

Page Name Age Sex Occupation Value of Real Estate/Personal Estate Birthplace Attends School
195
Dwelling # 1440
Family # 1450
Gorham Bird 43 M Farmer 1100/420 Ohio
Arsadila 39 F Ohio
Sarah M 17 F Ohio Yes
Caroline 12 F Ohio Yes
Emeline 12 F Ohio Yes
Darwin 6 M Ohio Yes
Dwelling # 1441
Family # 1452
James A Bird 23 M Farmer 800/150 Ohio
Mary A 22 F Ohio
Lucina 2 F Ohio
Dwelling # 1443
Family # 1453
Albert Bird 30 M Farmer 9000/225 Ohio
Mary 31 F Ohio
Olive 7 F Ohio Yes
196
Dwelling # 1452
Family # 1462
J.E. Bird 62 M Farmer 1900/450 N.Y.
Mary 59 F Mne.
200
Dwelling # 1471
Family # 1481
Wm Bird 40 M Farmer 4000/1000 N.Y.
Sarah 33 F Ohio
Mary A 14 F Ohio Yes
James C 11 M Ohio Yes
Wm L 3 M Ohio

1870
Washington Township, Union County, Ohio

Page Name  Age Sex Race Occupation Value of Real Estate/ Personal Estate Birthplace Attended School That Year
4[3]
Dwelling # 23
Family # 23
Bird, Albert 40 M W Farmer 1980/800 Ohio
Mary W 40 F W Keeping House Ohio
Olive 14 F W Ohio Yes
Oliver M 8 M W Ohio Yes
Elliot, Edith R 24 F W School Teacher Ohio
Dwelling # 24
Family # 24
Bird, Gorum 52 M W Farmer 2275/600 Ohio
Arcedilla 50 F W Keeping House Ohio
Dorwin 15 M W Ohio Yes
Ardilla 9 F W Ohio Yes
James 72 M W Retired Farmer 5100/1500 New York
Dwelling # 26
Family # 25
Bird, William 50 M W Farmer 14500/2000 Ohio
Sarah H 43 F W Keeping House Ohio
James 21 M W At Home Ohio
William L 12 M W Ohio Yes
Rachel J 4 F W Ohio
Wilson, William [4] 26 M W Works on Farm Ohio
Mary A 23 F W Ohio

1880
Washington Township, Union County, Ohio

Page Name Race Sex Age Relationship Marital Status Occupation Birthplace Father's Birthplace Mother's Bithplace Blind
9B
Dwelling # 87 Family # 91 Bird, William W M 60 Married Farmer Ohio New York Maine
Sarah W F 53 Wife Married Keeping House Ohio Vir. Vir.
Rachael J W F 14 Daugh Single Ohio Ohio Ohio
Dwelling # 88 Family # 92 Bird, Gorum W M 62 Married Farmer New York New York Maine
Arcadilla W F 58 Wife Married Keeping House Ohio Maryland Kentucky
Darwin W M 25 Son Single Works on Farm Ohio New York Ohio
Della W F 19 Daugh Single Ohio New York Ohio
10D
Dwelling # 107 
Family # 111
Bird, Albert W M 49 Married Farmer Ohio New York Maine
Mary W F 51 Wife Married Keeping House Ohio Ohio Ohio
Oliver M W M 19 Son Single Works on Farm Ohio Ohio Ohio
James E W M 82 Father Widowed X New York Conn. Conn. Yes

1900
Washington Township, Union County, Ohio

Page Name Relationship Race Sex Born Age Married? How many years? Birthplace of Self Birthplace of Father
2B
Dwelling # 48 Family # 48 Bird, Albert Head W M Jan 1830 70 Married 43 New York Maine
Mary Wife W F Apr 1829 71 Married 43 Ohio Ohio
Marion Son W M June 1861 38 Married 15 Ohio NY
Etta E D-in-law W F May 1866 34 Married 15 Ohio Ohio
Clarence A Grandson W M May 1888 12 Single Ohio Ohio
(cont.)
Name Birthplace of Mother Read English Write English Speak English Occupation Months Unemployed Own or rent? House or farm? Number on Farm Schedule Mother of how many children?
Albert Maine Yes Yes Yes Farmer 0 Own Farm 37
Mary Ohio Yes Yes Yes 3
Marion Ohio Yes Yes Yes Farmer 0
Etta Ohio Yes Yes Yes 1
Clarence Ohio Yes Yes Yes
(cont.)
Name How many children living? Attended School? How many months?
Mary 2
Etta 1
Clarence Yes 7


Deeds in Ontario County, New York

Year Grantee Grantor Lib Page
1802 Blood, Aaron Bird, James 8 63
1804 Bird, James Marble, Ekkraim 10 125
1816 Granger, Elisha Granger, Boaz 26 326
1817 Bunker, Jonathan Throop, Benjamin 29 311
1817 Averel, Asa Granger, Boaz 28 297
1819 Whitney, Luther Bird, James 35 331
1819 Whitney, Luther Bird, James 35 331
1820 Colwell, Daniel Bird, James 35 331
1822 Densmore, Asa Granger, Boaz 40 255
1822 Densmore, Asa Bird, James 40 258
1832 Granger, Boaz Griffin, Calvin 53 126
Source:  Finke, Dr. Hans-J., Index to Deeds in Ontario County, (NY) 1789 – 1845, http://raims.com/deedmenu.html.


Records from the Eliza Starbuck Barney Genealogical Record

James Bird (M)
#5290
James Bird was the son of James Bird and Nancy ?. James Bird married Polly Bunker, daughter of Jonathan Bunker and Polly Smith.
Children of James Bird and Polly Bunker:
Gorham Bird
William Bird
Olive Bird
Albert Bird
James Bird

Polly Bunker (F)
b. 22 Jan 1801, #5293
Polly Bunker married James Bird, son of James Bird and Nancy ?. Polly Bunker was born on 22 January 1801. She was the daughter of Jonathan Bunker and Polly Smith.
Polly Bunker They have 5 children and live in Union Co., Ohio. Her married name was Bird.

Gorham Bird (M)
#5296
Gorham Bird was the son of James Bird and Polly Bunker. Gorham Bird married Arsadilla ?.
Arsadilla ? (F)
#5297
Arsadilla ? married Gorham Bird, son of James Bird and Polly Bunker.  Her married name was Bird.

William Bird (M)
#5298
William Bird was the son of James Bird and Polly Bunker. William Bird married Sarah Garwood.
Sarah Garwood (F)
#5299
Sarah Garwood married William Bird, son of James Bird and Polly Bunker.  Her married name was Bird.

Olive Bird (F)
#5300
Olive Bird was the daughter of James Bird and Polly Bunker. Olive Bird married ? Ennis. Her married name was Ennis.
? Ennis (M)
#5301
? Ennis married Olive Bird, daughter of James Bird and Polly Bunker.

Albert Bird (M)
#5302
Albert Bird was the son of James Bird and Polly Bunker. Albert Bird married an unknown person ; “m. ___,” spouse unnamed.

James Bird (M)
#5304
James Bird was the son of James Bird and Polly Bunker. James Bird died; “He d. in the army.” He married an unknown person ; “m. ___,” spouse unnamed.

Source:  Database of the Eliza Starbuck Barney Genealogical Record, Nantucket Historical Association (created from records collected by Eliza Starbuck Barney (1802-1889)).


More About James and Mary Bird's Sons
(For more information on their daughter, Olive, click here.)

Gorham Bird
    Gorham Bird was born 21 Oct 1817 in New York to James E. Bird of New York and Mary "Polly" Bunker of Maine. According to the History of Union County, he married Arcadilla Scott in 9 May 1839 in Logan County, Ohio. Arcadilla was born between 1820 and 1822 in Ohio to James P. Scott of Maryland and Margaret --- of Kentucky, settlers of Champaign and later, Union counties. When the 1870 census was taken, Gorham's father, James, was living with them. Gorham died after 1883.
    Gorham and Arcadilla had:
1. John W. Bird, born about 1839 probably in Logan Co., Ohio, married Sarah Jane Ballinger 27 Apr 1861 in Union County, Ohio [5], died as a Civil War soldier between 1861 and 1865 in Washington, D.C.
2. Sarah M. Bird, born about 1843 in Ohio, married George W. Swallow 21 May 1863 in Union County, Ohio [6].
3. Caroline Bird, a twin, born about 1848 in Ohio.
4. Emeline Bird, a twin, born about 1848 in Ohio, married Caleb E. Ballinger 24 Jan 1867 in Union County, Ohio [7].
5. Darwin S. Bird, born 1854/5 in Washington, Union, Ohio.
6. Ardilla (Della) Bird, born about 1854 in Washington, Union, Ohio.
    The History of Union County, Ohio (1883), Chapter XIII-Washington Township mentions Gorham several times:
On age 667, under the biographical sketches for Washington Township, it says, "G. Bird, farmer, P.O. Mt. Victory, Hardin County, Ohio, was born in New York State October 21, 1817. When two years of age, with his parents, James and Mary Bird, he came to Cuyahoga County, Ohio, where they remained until he was perhaps twelve years of age. Then they came to Logan County, where they located until the spring of 1839, when they came to Washington Township, Union County. They endured the usual hardships and self-denials which are incident to pioneer life. Of a family of six children, three are now living, viz., Gorum, William, and Albert. In May, 1849, our subject was united in marriage to Arcadilla Scott, daughter of James and Margaret Scott, early settlers of Champaign County; she is a distant relative of the late Gen. Winfield Scott. This union has been blessed with six children: Sarah M., Caroline, Emeline, Dellie, Darwin S. and John W. (deceased). He has served as Justice of the Peace of Washington Township for six years, and as Trustee several years. He is a member of the Baptist Church and the owner of 146 acres of land."
    On page 663, Gorham is listed as having been elected the Justice of the Peace for Washington, Union, Ohio in 1857. On page 334, Gorham is listed as having been chosen as an officer of the Union County Pioneer Association in 1876 and, on page 337, is found the following: "The third meeting (of the Pioneer Association) was held at the courthouse at Marysville, January 6, 1877, at which time William M. Robinson was re-elected President, and H. Sabine, Secretary. Several new members were added, making a total of sixty-five. The following Vice Presidents were elected:...Gorham Bird, Washington. Short addresses were made by A.A. Woodworth, Eliphas Burnham and Nelson Cone..."
Gorham and Arcadilla were Free-Will Baptists, as indicated on page 666, "In the southwestern portion of the township is a religious society of the Free-Will Baptist persuasion, which owns no house of worship, but meets in the Bird Schoolhouse. It was organized there about ten years ago by Elder George Baker, then of Marion County, Ohio...The early membership was small, and included the names of Gorum Bird and wife Arsadilla, Albert Bird and wife Mary, William Peterson and wife Ellen, and Rachel and Mary Elliot."
    His nephew, Sylvester Beecher Ennes, remembered a visit to Gorham and Arcadilla's home. This memory was included in A Bit About the Ennes, by Calvin Ennes, Au Gres, Michigan, 1969:
    "In 1877, when I was 14 years old, I visited relatives in Washington Township in Union County. That spring, father had the shoemaker on his annual trip to Texas make a pair of shoes for each member of our family. He made me a fine looking pair of leather boots with shiny brass toes. Father told me I could visit my mother's folks, uncle Gorham Bird and other relatives living south of Mount Victory in Union County, Ohio after the spring crops were planted.
As it was only 60 miles from Texas (Henry Co., Ohio) to uncle Gorham's farm, I walked. I had gone only a few miles when I found my new brass-toed boots were too tight. They pinched my feet. I took them off and walked bare-footed. In two days I was there. I was treated royally by all the relatives. Everywhere I went, they kept me stuffed with pie, cake and goodies for I was the only member of the Ennes family at Texas who had ever visited them."
On the morning of my third day, there, uncle Gorham came to my cousin and me and said "Boys, mother is sick. I want you to go to Mount Victory and get the doctor." Uncle Gorham had many fine riding horses. We each mounted a horse and galloped to town. Just as we were entering Mount Victory, a circus was erecting its tents. We had never seen a circus. The wild animals thrilled us. We were so excited we forgot all about getting the doctor. We tied our horses to fence posts. We had no money. We wanted to see everything. We got a job feeding elephants and carrying water for admission. We had our work done and were about to enter the tent when we looked up the road."
    There was uncle Gorham, riding like the wind, his long whiskers parted as he rode toward us. He dashed up. He shouted, 'Where is the Doctor! You scampers, your mother dying, and you're attending a puppet show! Get home at once.' We jumped on our horses and rode home. Uncle rode on for the doctor. When we arrived at the farm, there was my aunt Arcadilla sitting in a rocking chair on the large front porch, serenely smoking a clay pipe. She did not look very sick to me. I might mention that aunt Arcadilla was the daughter of General Winfield Scott of Mexican War fames."
    About three o'clock the next morning, I suddenly woke up with the cramps. The excitement of missing the circus and the "hog" I had made of my self by eating too much pie and cakes had physiced me. I attempted to make it out to the privy by the granary but didn't. I was so ashamed I never went back in the house for my boots. By daylights I was well on my way to Texas, barefooted." (Italics added by Michelle Boyd.)
The History of Union County, page 511, mentioned was the following: "Bird, J. W., e. August It (sic), 1861; died at Washington, D. C." on page 470 of the same history. This man (almost certainly Gorham's son, John W.) was in Company F of the Thirty-First Ohio Infantry.
Sources:
Ennes, Calvin, A Bit About The Ennes, Au Gres, Michigan, August 1969.
History of Union Co., Ohio, Volume I, 1883.
Censuses, mentioning James Bird: 1820 and 1830, Cuyahoga Co., Royalton Twp., Ohio; and Gorham Bird, 1840, Logan Co., Union Twp., Ohio; 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880, Union Co., Washington Twp., Ohio.
Ohio Marriage Index CD, listing Gorham Bird & Arsadella Scott, married 9 May 1839 in Logan County.

William Bird
    William Bird was born in about 1820/1 probably in (Royalton?), Cuyahoga County, Ohio to James E. Bird of New York and Mary "Polly" Bunker of Maine. He married Sarah Garwood 15 Feb 1846 in Logan County, Ohio. Sarah was born about 1827 in Ohio. Her parents were from Virginia. William was a farmer in Washington, Union, Ohio. He died after 1883.
    William and Sarah had:
1. Mary Ann Bird, born about 1847 in Ohio, married William Wilson (b. abt. 1844, Ohio) in 21 Nov 1869 in Union County, Ohio [8].
2. James C. Bird, a farmer, born March 1848 in Ohio, married Susannah --- (b. abt. 1849, Ohio, d. bef. 1900) in about 1873, had William T. (b. 1873, m. Nettie A. Maberry 22 Aug 1896 in Union Co., OH), Granger C. (b. Feb 1876), Lourena (b. Mar/Apr 1880, m. Clarence Harter), Chase (b. May 1885), and Bessie B. (b. Dec 1889) all born in Ohio [9].
3. William L. Bird, a farmer, born about 1857/8 in Washington, Union, Ohio, married Estella U. Converse (b. abt. 1863, prob. Madison Co., Ohio) about 1880 [10].
4. Rachel J. Bird, born about 1866 in Washington, Union, Ohio, married Francis J. Williams 25 Nov 1883 in Union County, Ohio.
Sources:
History of Union Co., Ohio, Volume I.
Censuses, mentioning James Bird: 1820 and 1830, Cuyahoga Co., Royalton Twp., Ohio; 1840, Union Co., Washington Twp., Ohio; and William Bird, 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880, Union Co., Washington Twp., Ohio; James C. Bird; 1880 and 1900, Union Co., Washington Twp., Ohio; and William L. Bird, 1880, Union Co., Washington Twp., Ohio.
Ohio Marriage Index CD, listing William Bird & Sarah Garwood, married 15 Feb 1846 in Logan County.
Database of the Eliza Starbuck Barney Genealogical Record, Nantucket Historical Association (created from records collected by Eliza Starbuck Barney (1802-1889)).

Albert Bird
    Albert Bird was born January 1830 in Royalton, Cuyahoga, Ohio to James E. Bird of New York and Mary "Polly" Bunker of Maine. He was a farmer, working on his father's farm in the 1850 census and on his own by the 1860 census. He married Mary Wells 16 Dec 1852 in Union County, Ohio. Mary was born about April 1829 in Ohio. Her parents were from Ohio.
    The following was found in the History of Union County, under miscellaneous information of the Ohio Units in the Civil War, on pages 522-523:
    "ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY-SECOND OHIO INFANTRY.
This regiment was organized March 15, 1865, under Col. F. W. Butterfield. It operated in Virginia until September 1, 1865, when it was mustered out at Winchester...COMPANY D...Musician Albert Bird, e. February 17, 1865, disc. September 27,1866..."
    Albert and Mary were part of the early membership of a Free-Will Baptist Society in Washington, Union, Ohio, organized about 1873 (see entry on Gorham Bird above).
    In the 1870 census, it shows a schoolteacher by the name of Edith R. Elliot, (probably teacher to their two school-aged children) living in their home. In the 1880 census, it shows Albert's blind, widowed father, James, living in Albert's home (a few years prior to James' death). In 1900, Albert was found owning a farm in Washington Township on which he, his wife, and his son Marion's family lived and farmed. Both Albert and Mary died after 1900.
    Albert and Mary had three children, according to the 1900 census, two living at the time. I presume that the child whose name is not known is the one who died before then. Albert and Mary's children were as follows:
1. Olive Bird, born between 1853 and 1856 in Ohio, married George W. Williams 25 Jan 1871 in Union County, Ohio [11].
2. Oliver Marion Bird, a farmer, born June 1861 in Ohio, married Etta E. --- (b. May 1866, Ohio) about 1885, had a child: Clarence A. (b. May 1888, Ohio), living in 1900. Called Oliver M. Bird in the 1870 and 1880 censuses and Marion Bird in the 1900 census.
3. --- Bird, no known information, unsure whether this child was first-, second-, or lastborn.
Sources:
History of Union Co., Ohio, Volume I.
Censuses, mentioning James Bird: 1820 and 1830, Cuyahoga Co., Royalton Twp., Ohio; 1840 and 1850 Union Co., Washington Twp., Ohio; and Albert Bird: 1860, 1870, 1880, and 1900, Union Co., Washington Twp., Ohio.
Union County, Ohio, Marriage Records, Book 2, p. 314.

James A. Bird
    James A. Bird was born about 1837 probably in Logan County, Ohio to James E. Bird of New York and Mary "Polly" Bunker of Maine. He married Mary Margaret Bolen 29 Mar 1856 in Union County, Ohio. Mary was born about 1838 in Ohio. James was a farmer.
    On page 533 of the History of Union County, James Bird of Washington Township is listed as one of Union County's heroic dead of the Civil War.
    He is very likely the soldier listed on page 511 of this same history:
    "ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY-FIFTH OHIO NATIONAL GUARDS.
    This regiment was organized in May, 1864, under Col. Audi Andrew Legg and was ordered to guard the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. A part of the regiment at North Mountain was captured and sent to Andersonville prison. Only about one-half lived to return. The remainder of the regiment operated about Harper's Ferry until its term of service had expired, and was mustered out September 1, 1864...COMPANY H...Musician James Bird, e. May 2, 1864. Died at Harper's Ferry, Va..."
    James and Mary had:
1. Lucina Bird, born 1858 probably in Washington, Union, Ohio.
Sources:
History of Union Co., Ohio, Volume I.
Censuses, mentioning James Bird: 1820 and 1830, Cuyahoga Co., Royalton Twp., Ohio; 1840 and 1850 Union Co., Washington Twp., Ohio; and James A. Bird, 1860, Union Co., Washington Twp., Ohio.
Union County, Ohio, Marriage Records, Book A, p. 48.


Footnotes

[1] This son was mentioned in the 1830 census (male 5 and under 10) but evidently not in the 1840 census. Also, in the History of Union County, it mentioned that Gorham came from a family of six children, three living in 1883, when the book was written. It also says that James brought five children with him to Union County, which would have been in the spring of 1839, meaning that the aforementioned child would have died before.
[2] Before 1820, Maine was territory belonging to Massachusetts, so when Mary gave her birthplace as "Mass." in 1850 and "Mne." in 1860 and her children gave their mother's birthplace as Maine, they were all technically right.
[3] Between the pages stamped 223 & 224.
[4] The census taker noted that William Wilson married Mary A. in December.
[5] See Union County, Ohio, Marriage Records, Book A, p. 239.
[6] See Union County, Ohio, Marriage Records, Book B, p. 17.
[7] See Union County, Ohio, Marriage Records, Book B, p. 251.
[8] See 1879 Census (Washington, Union, Ohio) and Union County, Ohio, Marriage Records, Book B, p. 422.
[9] Information on this marriage and children from 1880 Census, Ohio, Union County, Washington Township, page 8D. William and Nettie's marriage from Union County, Ohio, Marriage Records, Book E, p. 530.
[10] Information on this marriage from 1880 Census, Ohio, Union County, Washington Township, page 10D and History of Hardin County, Ohio (Hale Twp. Biographies).
[11] See Union County, Ohio, Marriage Records, Book B, p. 498.


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