Bird Family of Burke County, North Carolina

Updated 29-Oct-2003 - update Don Braffitt email/home address
Updated 08-May-2001 - added more Thomas Allison Bird info
Updated 01-Apr-2001 - added Prince George's County, Maryland info

These notes cover the family of Benjamin Bird Sr. of Prince George's County, MD and Burke County, NC.

For an online genealogy database which includes these Bird descendants and related families, go to http://willbraffitt.org/roots/.

Benjamin and Elizabeth Bird were from Prince George's County, MD.  The first known record of the family is from the 1711-1788 Rock Creek (Prince George's Parish), Prince George's, MD Register which lists Benjamin and Elizabeth Bird and the birth of their children Casandra Bird (1760) and Thos. Allison Bird (1762).

Based on research done by Catherine Bird Rudnick, there was a family of Birds in Prince George's County in this area known as Rock Creek Hundred as far back as 1733, when a Francis Bird is listed as one of the taxables.  He married a Jane Littleton in 1724 and had sons Francis, Thomas and John.  Rock Creek Hundred is also known as Prince George's Parish.  Since Benjamin and Elizabeth Bird and their children Cassandra Bird and Thomas Allison Bird are listed in this same Parish, it is possible that Benjamin Bird was a son of Francis Bird and Jane Littleton or closely related to them.

Bob Erwin has suggested that Elizabeth was an Allison whose family could be traced back to Fredericksburg, MD.  Several families into which the children and grandchildren of Elizabeth and Benjamin married (e.g. Banning, Allison, Rickets) were also from MD.  An 1870s letter written by Richard Bird Maffitt, great-grandson of Benjamin and Elizabeth, does not mention Benjamin and Elizabeth by name, but it does give the names of the 5 children along with the spouse for Cassandra:

Mother's grandfather was a Virginian but moved to McDowell Co before the Revolution.  He had some sons and one daughter:  Jonothan, Thomas, Richard and Benjamin Bird were their names.  Kasander married a man whose name was Thomas Allison ...

The family probably moved from MD to NC sometime between 1762 and 1764 probably to an area which at that time was Rowan County.  Rowan County was formed in 1753.  Surry County, NC was formed in 1770, and Wilkes County was formed in 1777.  Thus Jonathan and his brother Richard were probably born in Rowan County in an area that is today in Wilkes County.

The first land record in NC that has been located for this family is a 1778 Wilkes County, NC deed for land along the south side of the Yadkin River which references Benjamin Bird.  Benjamin is mentioned in the 17-Aug-1779 Wilkes County marriage bond between Thomas Allison and Casandrew Bird.  A 1780 Wilkes, NC deed also references Benjamin Bird's land on the south side of the Yadkin River.  Benjamin is listed in the Wilkes County, NC tax list for 1784.  Jonathan Bird is listed in 1785, and Thomas Bird is listed in both years.  Thomas Bird married Elizabeth Heatley in Wilkes County in 1784.

A Thomas Bird is also listed in the tax list for Greenbrier County, VA (now in WV) for 1783-1786 where Richard Bird would later marry Elizabeth Westlake around 1794.

Sometime between 1784 and 1787, the family probably moved to Burke County, NC to an area along the Catawaba River which is near present day Old Fort in McDowell County, NC.  Benjamin received a total of 225 acres in 4 separate Burke County land grants between 1787 and 1813.  Benjamin appears in the 1790-1820 Burke County federal censuses.

Benjamin Bird Jr. is not found in the Burke County census after 1790.  According to Miss Mary Greenlee who did some of the research in Data on the BIRD Family, Ben Jr. had sons Joseph and Charles and went to Oregon.  A 1793 deed lists Benjamin Bird, his siblings (Elizabeth and Alexander), and his father Benjamin Bird.  These two Benjamins are possibly Benjamin Bird Sr. and his father.

In 1795, Jonathan married Angelica Banning in Washington County, VA.

There are several references to Benjamin, Jonathan, Richard, and Thomas Bird and Thomas Allison in the Burke County Court Minutes for 1820-1825.  In 1810, Jonathan purchased 100 acres of land (recorded 1820).  In 1820, Benjamin sold Thomas 135 acres of land.  In 1822, Thomas Bird sold 52 acres to John Moffit Jun.  Also in 1822, Richard was appointed County Trustee.

An 1823 insanity verdict was returned against Benjamin Bird Sen. who "has so far left his reason that he is incapable of transacting any business."  Richard was appointed Guardian.  In 1824, the last will and testament of Benjamin was presented by Richard Bird, proved by an oath of James Banning, with Richard and Jonathan executors.  In that same year, Richard was again appointed County Trustee.  In Feb-1824, Thomas Bird and Thomas Allison sold land to Richard Bird.

Descendants of Benjamin and Elizabeth Bird are numerous in the 1850 McDowell County census.  Descendants also migrated to western NC around Macon County, into northern GA around Union County, and south to Cherokee, Milton, Fulton, and DeKalb Counties, all in GA.  Some descendants migrated to TN and TX.  Thomas Bird, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Bird, migrated to Cherokee County, NC where he married Mrs. Agnes Elizabeth "Jane" (Worsham) Moss in 1846.  After his died in Murray County, GA, she submitted an affidavit for his Revolutionary War pension application.

Known descendants for 4 generations are included below.  Descendants with multiple spouses are marked with an asterisk (*).

Benjamin Bird, Sr. (BEF 1745 - ABT 1823) &
 Elizabeth Allison (BEF 1745 - 1810/1820)
|    Cassandra Bird (3 OCT 1760 - AFT 1850) &
|     Thomas Allison (BEF 1760 - 6 JAN 1848)
|    |    George Allison (ABT 1780 - ) & Barbara Banning
|    |    Mary Allison (ABT 1782 - JUL 1864) & Moses Curtis, Rev.
|    |    |    Josiah Askew Curtis (1810 - SEP 1866) &
|    |    |     Elizabeth Bird (8 JUN 1811 - 4 JUN 1909)
|    |    |    |    Angelica Curtis (1832 - )
|    |    |    |    Emily Curtis (1834 - )
|    |    |    |    John Spencer Curtis (1836 - 2 NOV 1862)
|    |    |    |    George Washington Curtis (1838 - )
|    |    |    |    Washington Lafayette Curtis (5 DEC 1841 - 28 MAY 1904)
|    |    |    |    Mary A. Curtis (21 APR 1843 - )
|    |    |    |    Jonathan Bird Curtis (ABT 1845 - )
|    |    |    |    Elizabeth Curtis (19 APR 1848 - )
|    |    |    |    Moses Hightower Curtis (14 OCT 1852 - )
|    |    |    Thomas Curtis (ABT 1802 - )
|    |    Elizabeth Allison (ABT 1784 - ) &
|    |     Frazier Banning (1 JAN 1781 - 6 AUG 1844)
|    |    |    Lorenzo Banning
|    |    |    Thomas Banning (1808 - )
|    |    |    Benjamin Banning
|    |    |    Clark Banning
|    |    |    Sassy Kelley Banning
|    |    |    Dolphas A. Banning
|    |    Benjamin Allison (1784/1790 - BEF 1843) & Lydia Banning
|    |    Jemima Allison (ABT 1791 - 1870/1880) &
|    |     James Banning, Sr. (31 MAR 1783 - 1860/1870)
|    |    |    Benjamin Banning (ABT 1810 - )
|    |    |    Mahalia Banning (ABT 1814 - ABT 1869)
|    |    |    Thomas Banning (JUL 1818 - 1900)
|    |    |    James Banning, Jr. (1 OCT 1820 - ABT 1850/1860)
|    |    |    Cassandra Banning (ABT 1826 - )
|    |    |    Rufus Banning (ABT 1836 - )
|    |    Jonathan Allison (ABT 1796 - ) & Mary McGee
|    |    Sarah Cassandra Allison (ABT 1797 - 1870/1880) &
|    |     Curtis Ledford
|    |    Thomas Allison (ABT 1799 - ) & Elizabeth "Rebecca"? Norris
|    |    Winnifred "Winn(ie)(y)" Allison (1802 - AFT 1850) &
|    |     John Rickets (ABT 1790 - )
|    |    Bird Allison (ABT 1804 - ) & Elizabeth
|    |    Moses Allison (15 JUL 1805 - AFT 1860) &
|    |    Susannah Allison (ABT 1806 - AFT 1850)
|    |    |    Jessie A. Allison (26 MAY 1828 - )
|    |    |    Elinder "Elenor" Allison (15 SEP 1829 - )
|    |    |    Cassandra Allison (27 NOV 1831 - )
|    |    |    Thomas Bird Allison (12 OCT 1836 - )
|    |    |    Joseph E. Allison (9 DEC 1834 - )
|    |    |    M. Lydia M. Allison (23 MAY 1839 - )
|    |    |    Mary N. Allison (12 AUG 1841 - )
|    |    |    Sarah J. Allison (12 SEP 1843 - )
|    |    |    Richard Irving Allison (16 AUG 1845 - )
|    |    |    William D. Allison (22 OCT 1847 - )
|    |    |    Elisha "Lish" Allison (17 MAR 1851 - )
|    Thomas Allison Bird*, Rev. (10 APR 1762 - 29 MAR 1852) & Elizabeth Heatley
|    |    Francis Bird, Rev. (1785 - 1861) & Frankie Abernathy
|    |    |    Nancy A. Bird (11 DEC 1810 - 9 MAR 1881)
|    Thomas Allison Bird*, Rev. (10 APR 1762 - 29 MAR 1852) & Mrs. Agnes Elizabeth "Jane" Worsham Moss
|    Benjamin Bird, Jr. (1750/1770 - )
|    |    Joseph Bird
|    |    Charles Bird
|    Jonathan Bird, Rev. (22 JAN 1764 - 12 JUL 1848) &
|     Angelica Banning (26 APR 1775 - 5 OCT 1863)
|    |    Lemuel Bird (22 JAN 1799 - AFT 1870) &
|    |     Louisa  (ABT 1802 - AFT 1850)
|    |    |    Jonathan Bird (ABT 1826 - )
|    |    |    William Bird (ABT 1828 - )
|    |    |    Robert A. Bird (ABT 1838 - )
|    |    Clark S. Bird* (18 DEC 1800 - 18 JUL 1885) &
|    |     Mary Pauline "Polly" Curtis (26 MAR 1804 - 14 OCT 1863)
|    |    |    James Harvey Bird (9 OCT 1821 - 4 DEC 1843)
|    |    |    Asbury Bird (13 JAN 1823 - 5 JUL 1845)
|    |    |    John Williamson Bird, Rev. (27 SEP 1824 - 29 FEB 1904)
|    |    |    Mary Ann Bird (1 DEC 1825 - 3 AUG 1914)
|    |    |    Joshua Curtis Byrd (12 MAR 1828 - 8 DEC 1892)
|    |    |    Elizabeth "Betty" Jane Bird (22 MAY 1829 - )
|    |    |    Louisa Delilah Bird (25 FEB 1831 - )
|    |    |    Celia Brittain Bird (28 APR 1832 - 29 NOV 1924)
|    |    |    Rebecca "Becky" Melinda Bird (28 AUG 1835 - )
|    |    |    Jonathan Lafayette Bird (8 JUL 1837 - 7 JAN 1921)
|    |    |    Eleanor "Ellen" Merinda Bird (17 JUL 1838 - 1927)
|    |    |    Jessie Richardson Bird (17 JUL 1840 - 8 APR 1865)
|    |    |    Martha "Matt" Ovian Bird (11 JUL 1842 - )
|    |    |    Carmine "Carr" Sevier Bird, Rev. (19 AUG 1844 - )
|    |    |    Benjamin Andrew Bird (8 MAR 1846 - 7 JUN 1919)
|    |    |    ? Bird
|    |    Clark S. Bird* (18 DEC 1800 - 18 JUL 1885) & Melinda West
|    |    Green Bird (2 FEB 1802 - 8 MAY 1802)
|    |    Marinda\Miranda Bird (22 FEB 1803 - 5 JUN 1803)
|    |    Thomas Bird (19 MAR 1804 - 26 APR 1804)
|    |    Williamson "Wilson" Bird (15 APR 1806 - 11 JUL 1828) &
|    |     Rebecca
|    |    Harbert "Harbord" Bird (5 FEB 1809 - AFT 1880) &
|    |     Delilah "Liley"  (ABT 1817 - AFT 1880)
|    |    |    Mary A. Bird (ABT 1836 - )
|    |    |    John W. Bird (ABT 1839 - )
|    |    |    Benton Bird (ABT 1840 - )
|    |    |    Elizabeth "Cindy" Bird (ABT 1844 - )
|    |    |    Catherine Bird (ABT 1850 - )
|    |    |    Joseph Bird (ABT 1852 - )
|    |    |    George W. Bird (ABT 1858 - )
|    |    |    Sarah M. Bird (ABT 1861 - )
|    |    Elizabeth Bird (8 JUN 1811 - 4 JUN 1909) &
|    |     Josiah Askew Curtis (1810 - SEP 1866)
|    |    |    Angelica Curtis (1832 - )
|    |    |    Emily Curtis (1834 - )
|    |    |    John Spencer Curtis (1836 - 2 NOV 1862)
|    |    |    George Washington Curtis (1838 - )
|    |    |    Washington Lafayette Curtis (5 DEC 1841 - 28 MAY 1904)
|    |    |    Mary A. Curtis (21 APR 1843 - )
|    |    |    Jonathan Bird Curtis (ABT 1845 - )
|    |    |    Elizabeth Curtis (19 APR 1848 - )
|    |    |    Moses Hightower Curtis (14 OCT 1852 - )
|    |    Benjamin Bird (26 FEB 1814 - 5 MAY 1892) &
|    |     Clarissa Minerva Conley (20 NOV 1823 - 18 FEB 1903)
|    |    |    Harriet V. Bird (9 JUN 1844 - 30 MAY 1902)
|    |    |    Margaret A. Bird (9 SEP 1846 - )
|    |    |    Augusta F. Bird (30 SEP 1849 - 17 AUG 1864)
|    |    |    Joseph Lenoir Clingman Bird, Rev. (8 SEP 1854 -14APR 1937)
|    |    |    Hood A. "Pauline" Bird (26 FEB 1856 - 23 FEB 1932)
|    |    |    Charles A. Bird (24 NOV 1859 - 23 JUL 1905)
|    |    |    Mary Conley Bird (31 DEC 1866 - )
|    |    Sarah Ann Bird (2 JUN 1816 - 19 JUL 1816)
|    |    Asbury Bird (15 JUN 1817 - 11 SEP 1817)
|    Richard R. Bird, Rev. (27 AUG 1769 - 26 JUL 1856) &
|    Elizabeth Westlake (22 APR 1780 - 23 MAY 1853)
|    |    Matilda Bird (31 JAN 1795 - ) & John Maffitt, Jr. (5 JUN 1792 - )
|    |    |    Richard Bird Maffitt (16 DEC 1823 - 27 JUL 1880)
|    |    |    William Maffitt
|    |    |    Nelson Maffitt
|    |    |    Sarah Ann Maffitt
|    |    |    Wilson Maffitt
|    |    |    Elizabeth Maffitt
|    |    |    James Westland Maffitt
|    |    |    Elvira Maffitt
|    |    |    John Whittaker Maffitt
|    |    |    Celina Matilda Maffitt
|    |    Lucinda Bird (16 FEB 1800 - 24 APR 1888) &
|    |     Thomas Curtis (15 OCT 1791 - 28 MAR 1875)
|    |    |    William Curtis (ABT 1832 - )
|    |    |    John Curtis (ABT 1837 - )
|    |    |    Richard Ivy Bird Curtis (ABT 1841 - )
|    |    Nelson Bird (4 DEC 1801 - AFT 1850) & Mary Wilson (1810 - )
|    |    |    Thomas Jefferson Bird
|    |    |    Elizabeth C. Bird (ABT 1832 - )
|    |    |    Anna M. Bird (ABT 1834 - )
|    |    |    Samuel A. Bird (ABT 1836 - )
|    |    |    Harriet Bird (ABT 1832 - )
|    |    |    J. W. J. Bird (ABT 1841 - )
|    |    |    E. F. L. Bird (ABT 1844 - )
|    |    |    Rebecca L. Bird (ABT 1847 - )
|    |    |    L. A. J. Bird (ABT 1840 - )
|    |    Eliza Bird (13 NOV 1804 - AFT 1850) &
|    |     William Moffitt (ABT 1796 - )
|    |    |    Elizabeth Moffitt (ABT 1825 - )
|    |    |    Selina Moffitt (ABT 1828 - )
|    |    |    William P. Moffitt (ABT 1832 - )
|    |    |    E. L. Moffitt (ABT 1834 - )
|    |    |    Eliza E. Moffitt (ABT 1837 - )
|    |    |    M. C. Moffitt (ABT 1839 - )
|    |    |    James J. Moffitt (ABT 1843 - )
|    |    |    Wilson L. Moffitt (ABT 1846 - )
|    |    Wilson Lee Bird* (5 APR 1807 - ABT 1886) &
|    |     Rebecca Lytle (18 JUL 1807 - ABT 1866)
|    |    |    Elizabeth Ann Bird (22 MAR 1829 - 1858)
|    |    |    Martha Matilda Bird (6 JAN 1832 - )
|    |    |    Susan Selina Bird (6 JAN 1833 - )
|    |    |    Eliza Sophronia Bird (13 MAY 1835 - )
|    |    |    Albert Lytle Bird (11 APR 1837 - 6 NOV 1918)
|    |    |    Mary Elvira Bird (25 JUL 1839 - 25 MAR 1912)
|    |    |    Margaret Miranda Catherine Bird (1 JUL 1842 - )
|    |    |    James Asbury Bird (7 APR 1845 - )
|    |    |    Lydia Elmira Bird (15 JAN 1846 - )
|    |    Wilson Lee Bird* (5 APR 1807 - ABT 1886) & Mary M. Wilson
|    |    |    Thomas L. Bird (1867 - )
|    |    |    Sarah Bird (1869 - )
|    |    Susan Selena Bird (5 APR 1807 - )
|    |    Caroline Bird (1811 - ) & Abraham S. Grahl
|    |    Sintha Bird (27 SEP 1814 - 8 MAY 1831)
|    |    Francis Asbury Bird* (3 JUN 1816 - 25 SEP 1898) &
|    |    Pauline Patton (16 FEB 1816 - 10 APR 1877)
|    |    Francis Asbury Bird* (3 JUN 1816 - 25 SEP 1898) &
|    |     Eliza Mackey ( - 14 MAY 1926)
|    |    Albert Jefferson Bird (3 JUN 1816 - 26 JUN 1882) &
|    |     Mary Elmia Jarrett (13 JUL 1818 - 17 MAR 1900)
|    |    |    John W. Bird (ABT 1840 - )
|    |    |    Richard I. Bird (ABT 1843 - )
|    |    |    James A. Bird (ABT 1845 - )
|    |    |    Samuel A. Bird (ABT 1849 - )
|    |    Elvira Bird (8 DEC 1818 - ABT 1896) & John J. Dixon
|    |    Richard Ivey Bird* (17 APR 1821 - AFT 1870) & Harriet Hicks
|    |    Richard Ivey Bird* (17 APR 1821 - AFT 1870) & Elmira

References

For more details on the census records see http://willbraffitt.org/roots/census_ncscgatn.txt.

Locality References

New Castle, Wilmington County, DE
Old Sweeds Church, sons of Thomas / Hannah
• Jonathan Bird c: 21-Feb-1725
• Benjamine Bird c: 27-Jun-1725

Prince George's County, MD
1724 marriage record for Francis Bird and Jane Littleton
• Known children include Francis, Thomas, John
1733 taxables - lists Francis Bird
1711-1788 Rock Creek (Prince George's Parish), Prince George's, MD Register
• BIRD, Casandra b. 03-Oct-1760 dau. Benj. & Eliz.
• BIRD, Thos. Allison b. 10-Apr-1762 son Benj. & Eliz.
• pages 169 and 174 scanned Mar-2001 by Catherine Bird Rudnick
Historical parish records 1686-1885 by Helen W. Brown, published by Prince George's Historical Society.

Greenbrier County, VA (now in WV)
1783-1786 tax list: Thomas Bird
Minister's returns, marriage book 1-A, p. 10 J. Wiseman [see 1869 McDowell, NC]
• Rich'd Bird m: Elizabeth Westlake
Minister's returns, marriage book 1-A, p. 10 Rev. Richard Bird
• Aaron Burr m: Rebecca Collins 25-Sep
• Samuel Brown m: Sarah McCay 1798
• Theopolis Blake m: Mary Johnson 1798

Washington County, VA
09-Jan-1798 marriage record for Jonathan Bird and Angelica Banning

Sussex County, VA
Richard Ivy, Methodist minister, d: 1795, native of Sussex County, VA

Wilkes County, NC
Land Entry Book 1778-1781:
• #342 - 07-Sep-1778, Benjamin Bird e. 200 ac. S. side of Yadkin River below Tumbling Shoal, including his improvement (Benj. Bird marked out; Joseph Reed written in)
• #1719 - 16-Mar-1780 Benjamin Howard e. 50 ac. S. side of Yadkin River somewhere in upper line of Benjamin Bird.
Marriage bonds 1778-1868:
• Thomas Allison • Casandrew Bird 17-Aug-1779 with Benjamin Bird, bondsman
• Thomas Bird • Elizabeth Heatley 06-Jan-1784 with Thomas Allison, bondsman
Taxables 1784 - 1785 - 1786 abstracted from: The Lenoir Family Papers Vols 20,22 unpublished manuscripts.
• 1784 tax list  acres/polls
Benjamin Bird  300/2
Thomas Bird  100/1
(no other BIRD/BYRD/BURD)
• 1785 tax list
Thomas Bird  150/1
Jonathan Bird   /1
(no other BIRD/BYRD/BURD)
• 1786 tax list
(no BIRD/BYRD/BURD)

Burke County, NC
1778 land records - Benjamine and Thomas Bird enter land
Land grant information (Benjamin Bird)
• # 904 07-Aug-1787 100 acres on both sides of New Berry fork of Catawaba R. [Burd]
• #1324 22-Aug-1795  25 acres on little fork of cane creek
• #1352 22-Aug-1795  50 acres on N. side of the Catawba
• #3609 24-Nov-1813  50 acres by waters of Cataba River
• #5950 24-Nov-1840 100 acres on waters of Cub Creek
1790 federal census for Morgan,Burke,NC, p. 106
                       Males   Females  Slaves
                       <16 >15
  Benjamin Bird, Sen.        2   2       2
  Benjanin Bird, Jr.     1   1   2
1790 tax list - Capt. Casions Company:
   acres
• Benj. Bird  258
• Thomas Bird  150
1793 deed
• Lists Benjamin Bird, his siblings (Elizabeth and Alexander), and his father Benjamin
1800 federal census for Burke,NC, p. 76
             Males                      Females
             <10 10-16 16-26 26-45 >45  <10 10-16 16-26 26-45 >45
  John Bird     1         1               2         1     1
  Robert Bird                   1         2         1
  John Bird                          1       1                 1
  Benjamin Bird Sr.                  1                         1
  Thomas Bird   3   2           1         1               1
  Jonathan Bird 2         1     1         0 females
1805 tax list - Capt. Pravard's Company: [in North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal Nov-1982]
   acres polls
   1. Richard Bird  325 1
   7. Thomas Bird  215
  12. Henrey Allison  150 1
  13. Fraisur Banning  50 1
  14. Banjamin Bird  160 2
  15. Jonathan Bird  278 1
  23. Burtch Allison  90 1
  25. Wm. Allison  130 1
  26. Banjamin Allison  285 1
  33. Richard Allison  90 1
  41. Banjamin Allison Siner  364.5
  47. Bennoie Banning  275
  50. Thomas Allison  590 1
  82. Pzey Allison  130.5
  84. Banjamin Allison Juner  100 1
1810 federal census
Marriage Record (IGI 7402330 12)
• Thomas Curtis • Lucinda Bird 18-Dec-1815
1820 federal census
1820-1825 court minutes:
• Jan-1820 session
Charles Stanty to Jonathan Bird for 100 acres of land dated 15-Sep-1810 proved in open court by the oath of Lemuel Bird a witness thereto ordered to be recorded and registered.
• Jul-1820 session
Benjamin Bird to Thomas Bird for 135 acres of land dated 11-Jul-1820 proved in open court by the oath of Richard Bird a witness thereto ordered to be recorded and registered.
• Mar-1822 term
Thomas Bird to John Moffitt Jun. for 52 acres of land dated 08-Mar-1822 proved in open court by oath of Robert Loan a subscribing witness thereto order to be recorded and registered.
Richard Bird duly appointed County Trustee for the present year.  Gave bond with approved security.
• Jul-1823 session
Insanity Verdict - The jury find that Benjamin Bird Sen. of Burke county has so far left his reason that he is incapable of transacting any business.  Ordered therefor that Richard Bird be appointed Guardian of the said Benjamin Bird who entered into bond with approved security with the sum of 2500.00.
• Jan-1824 session
The last will and testament of Benjamin Bird presented to this court by Richard Bird one of the executors thereto names and proved by the oath of James Bannin a witness thereto and orderd to be recorded. Richard Bird and Jonathan Bird executors to said will tok the oath confirm as such.  Ordered that the estate by ?? according the said will.
The court appointed Richard Bird County Trustee who ?? bond.
• Jan-1825 session (deeds recorded to wit)
Thomas Bird and Thomas Allison to Richard Bird for land therein described dated 18-Feb- 1824 proved in open court by the oath of Jonathan Bird a witness thereto and ordered to be recorded and registered.
Richard Bird from Jonathan Bird for parcels of land therein described dated 26-Feb-1824 acknowledged in open court by the conveyor and ordered to be registered and recorded.
Richard Bird to Jonathan Bird for 50 acres of land dated 08-May-1824 duly acknow- ledged in open court by the conveyor and ordered to be registered and recorded.
• Apr-1827 session
WILL.  Last will and testament of Benoni Banning proved in open court by the oath of Jesse Burgin a witness thereto and on notice ordered a certificate of probate be granted unto Henry Banning executor therein named who being first qualified as such.
1829 Richard Byrd administrator for estate of Mary Allison
BURKE: The History of a North Carolina County, 1777-1920
• p. 108 - Bishop Asbury was the first of the Methodist circuit riders to visit in Old Burke.
• p. 109 - A number of Methodist ministers resided in the county and served the local churches.  Among the earliest and best known of these was the Reverend William Fullwood - usually referred to as Father Fullwood (often pronounced "Fullard").  He joined the conference in 1792 and "located" in 1796; since his plantation was on Paddy's Creek, he must have preached at one of the Linville Churches at times.  Richard Bird, a member of the County Court in 1805, also joined the conference in 1792, and "located" in 1797.

McDowell County, NC
06-Jan-1852 Book 3, page 312 NC deed
• Josiah Askew and Elizabeth Curtis to? Benjamin Bird, Harbert Bird
21-Aug-1856 Asheville News obituary
• BYRD, Rev. Richard, for half a century a minister of the M. E. Church, n. d., in McDowell County
1856 will of Richard Bird
• Mentions sons Francis A. and Richard I.
1869 land claim by J. W. Wiseman on n. fork of Catawba River

Buncombe County, NC
04-Feb-1801 deed book 3, p. 270
• Benjamin Bird, et al sold 148 acres, Swannanoa River to David Branden
The Heritage of Old Buncombe County, NC Vol II 1987
• pp. 71-72: Descendants of Moses Allison, son of Thomas and Cassandra (Bird) Allison
• pp. 85-88: Descendants of Clark Bird, son of Jonathan and Angelica (Banning) Bird

Lincoln County, NC
01-Nov-1830 marriage record (LDS)
Benjamin Bird Jr. • Elizabeth Wiltbanks

Macon County, NC
Deed Book A, #261
• 17-Feb-1836 deed from Benjamin S. Brittain to Clark Bird, 640 acres on Telico creek, a reserve granted to an Indian by the name of Skeken by the treaties of 1817 and 1819, and by Skeken conveyed to Gideon F. Morris.
Records of Old Macon County, NC 1829-1850, by Barbara Sears McRae, 1991.
General Index to Real Estate Conveyance
• 1839 Bird, Jonathan B.S. Brittain B 825
• 1840 Bird, Jonathan Clark Bird C1186
• 1840 Bird, Jonathan Lemuel Bird C1172
• 1865 Bird, Lemuel Jonathan Bird E 123
• 1866 Bird, etal Dean Estate P 253
09-Nov-1892 will for J. C. Bird
• Sons Franklin and John
• Owns land with B. A. Bird
• Dauthers Ada, Clersey, Arzela, Margaret

Union County, GA
Confidence Methodist Episcopal Church South (Young Cane, GA) register
• Members #34/#35 - John B. Curtis and L. J. Curtis - received Mar-1884 by M. G. Hamby (by letter) [note: Jonathan Bird Curtis is a grandson of Jonathan Bird Rev.]

Lumpkin County, GA
Rev. Thomas Allison Bird's pension application
http://hometown.aol.com/thatbebob/page5.html?mtbrand=AOL_US#TB

Surname References

ALLISON
Dec-1948 History of the ALLISON FAMILY
• 4-page pamphlet which includes descendants of Moses Allison, son of Thomas and Cassandra (Bird) Allison

BANNING
Bandys/Bannings of Talbot County, Maryland by Dale Bandy http://www.bandy.co.uk/DaleBandy2/pc%2005.htm
BANNING BRANCHES by Leroy F. Banning, 1997 Revised Edition published by Heritage Books, Inc. ISBN0-7884-0726-0 http://www.enoch.com/genealogy/Banning.htm
• Covers BANNING in MD and descendants including an 80 page chapter on the family and descendants of Benoni Banning of Talbot County, MD and Burke County, NC.
11-Sep-1925 approved DAR application for Benoni Banning submitted by Josephine Bird Campbell
1989,1990 LDS Ancestral File submissions by Dorothy O. McKee
• Descendants of Thomas Banning, grandson of Thomas and Cassandra (Bird) Allison.

BIRD
DATA ON THE BIRD FAMILY assembled by Mrs. Preston Thomas of Asheville, NC and assisted by William Ernest Bird of Cullowhee, NC (includes Birds (Byrds) of Western North Carolina (Counties of Rowan, Burke, McDowell, Buncombe, and Jackson))
• Includes excerpts from Asbury Bird bible
• Miss Mary Greenlee stated that Ben Jr. went to Oregon and that his sons were Harbord and Josiah
Notes from conversation with Gloria Owenby 06-Mar-1984
• 3 BIRD brothers from England came to America - 1 went to Tenn, 1 to VA, 1 to NC
THE BIRD FAMILY, Descendants of Thomas of Dorchester (1871) by William B. Trask.
• Covers descendants of Thomas Bird who died 08-Jun-1667 in Dorchester, MA
BIRD BRANCHES, published quarterly by Hester E. Stockton, P.O. Box 52048, Knoxville, TN 37950-2048.
BIRD'S FAMILY ASSOCIATION, James Bird, Box 308E, Spring Valley, OH 45370-0308.
• BIRD, BURD, BYRD exchange covering any state and any line
02-Apr-1993 phone conversation with Theresa Meyer
• She is descended from Lemuel Bird (b:ABT 1795 NC) and Ann (b:ABT 1791 GA), their son Lemuel Bird (b:ABT 1801 AL) and his daughter Louisa Bird (b:1831 AL).
12-Jan-1994 phone conversation with Janice Hite
• She is descended from Clark and Mary (Curtis) Bird's son Rev. Williamson Bird.
19-Apr-1998 phone conversation with Richard Bird
• His grandfather is Charles A. Bird, son of Benjamin Bird and Clarissa Minerva Conley
Bob Erwin's web site with info on Rev. Thomas Allison Bird and Rev. Francis Bird
http://hometown.aol.com/thatbebob/

CURTIS
A Curtis Genealogy (1988) by Frances Curtis Bogy, 100 Roundup Drive, San Antonio, TX 78213-2309.
• Includes some descendants of Jonathan Bird and of Cassandra (Bird) Allison

HUGHES
see SULLIVAN

MAFFITT
1870s letter from Richard Bird Maffitt, grandson of Benjamin Bird Sr. and Elizabeth Allison to his 2 children, Emily Virginia Maffett and John Walton Ward Maffitt, located by Grace Curtis in the Johnson County Arkansas Historical Society Journal Vol. VI No. 1 Apr-1981.
• Includes some details on the families of his parents (Matilda Bird and John Maffitt Jr.), grandparents (Richard Bird and Elizabeth Westlake) and great-grandparents (Benjamin Bird and Elizabeth Allison).

SULLIVAN
The Sullivan Family of Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia by Mrs. Edna (Grant) Simpson, 3619 Alpine Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920.
• Includes details on descendants of Clark and Mary Pauline "Polly" (Curtis) Bird
• Includes details on descendants of Rev. Thomas M. Hughes and Nancy Bird.

WILD
WILDE (2001) by Lawrence Fobes, 7 Summit Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
• Includes descendants of 3 children of Clark and Mary Pauline "Polly" (Curtis) Bird
Will for John Wild
• Includes references to Alexander Leroy Wild and Sophronia Bird who married children of  Clark and Mary Pauline "Polly" (Curtis) Bird

Miscellaneous References

Methodist References
Methodism in North Carolina by Elmer T. Clark, p. 64 Asbury's 8th trip, 1814:
On October 23, he ordained Thomas Bird and Samuel Edney, and stopped at Bird's father, Benjamin Francis Asbury in North Carolina by Grady L. E. Carroll (1964), published in Nashville by Parthenon Press
• Bishop James Asbury's Journal (Vol. 3)
Saturday, April 9, 1796 - We came to Cane Creek, in Burke County. We dined on some peach-pie in the woods. In the afternoon there arose a most dreadful storm of rain, with thunder and lightning: it was very awful; we cried to God for man and beast, and were preserved. We came in about seven o'clock, and were received by T. B. with great kindness.
Wednesday 19-Oct-1814, Rode to Bolings.   Behold!  Richard Bird came one hundred miles  to hasten us to camp meeting away in the bleak hills of Haywood ... Monday 24-Oct, We visited the house of Richard Bird ... Tuesday 25-Oct, I preached in the home of the father, Benjamin Bird.  There was such feeling manifested.  We collected liberaly on the mite subscription to help the suffering ministry.  I had for twenty years past wished to visit the cove; it is done and I have seen my old tried friends, dear Richard and Jonah Bird and William Fulwood, who sheltered and protected me when, during the war of Independence, I was compelled to retire to the swamps and thickets for safety.
History of Methodism in North Carolina, Vol. I, by W. L. Grissom (1905), published in Nashville by Methodist Publishing House, p. 218
Jonathan Bird, who was on Bladen in 1790, was in point of ability above the ordinary.  He was born in Wilkes county, North Carolina, on January 22, 1764.  His father, Benjamin Bird, afterwards removed near Old Fort, where he settled.  Jonathan Bird was admitted on trial into the itinerancy in 1789, and appointed to Roanoke; in 1790, to Bladen; 1791, to Guilford; 1792, to Caswell; 1793, to Anson; 1794, to Tar River; 1795, to Contentney; and after spending two years in Holston, one as a presiding elder, he located and settled in McDowell county near his father.  He labored very acceptably as a local preacher in that section of the state until 1836, when his health had become so impaired that he could no longer render service in the pulpit.  He died on July 12th, 1848,at the ripe old age of eighty-four... Rev. John W. Bird, late of the Western North Carolina Conference, is the grandson of Jonathan Bird.
Holston Methodism.
• Richard Bird of St. Louis, MO mentioned this reference to Methodism in Washington County, VA which mentions Rev. Jonathan Bird.
W. F. Connelly in the Southern Christian Advocate 18-Jun-1852
• Died in Walker Co. Ga., March 29, the Rev. Thomas Bird. He was born in Maryland April 18, 1762, moved to Virginia, and from thence to North Carolina, where he embraced religion under the preaching of the Rev. T. Williamson. He was licensed to exhort in 1793, and to preach in 1794, and received Elder's orders in 1814, from the venerable Asbury. He served in the Revolutionary War for two years and four months under Col. Cleveland. The Christian and patriot is no more and as he went down into the dark vale, the star of Bethlehem cheered him with it's heavenly light, while the rod and staff of Israel's shepherd were his comfort. In him were combined many of the virtues which beautify and ennoble the character of man. His heart was full of benevolence and it was happiness to labor in his Master's vineyard. He was a man of genuine piety, amiable temper, good sense, irreproachable life, an agreeable colleague, and an acceptable preacher.  Few man have lived of whom it can be said, "They who knew him best loved him most."

Miscellaneous
Thomas L. Byrd 1989 note to Don Braffitt - the family of Benjamin Bird is one of 6 separate Bird/Byrd/Burd family lines in NC prior to 1800.
Bob Irwin 1989 note to Carolyn Malmberg - Francis Bird is a son of Benjamin, and his mother Elizabeth was possibly an Allison and can be traced back to Fredricksburg, MD.
Edna Bird Peterson 31-Jan-1990 letter to Don Braffitt and FGS for Benjamin Bird Sr. and Elizabeth Thomas.
• Benjamin Bird Sr. b:Prince George County, MD m:1760 Burke County, NC Elizabeth Thomas
• Benjamin Bird Jr. m:01-Nov-1830 Lincoln County, NC Elizabeth Wiltbanks
Edna Bird Peterson 01-Oct-1991 letter to Don Braffitt
• Benjamin Bird Sr. b:15-Jan-1717 Boston, Suffolk County, MA
The Byrd (Bird) Family.  Transcribed from information supplied by the Rev. Eugene Byrd on 24-Oct-1980
• Cassandra Bird (b:03-Oct-1760, daughter of Benjamin Bird and Elizabeth) m:Thomas Allison (b:ABT 1762) 02-Feb-1779 in Wilkes County
• Dicy Bird (daughter of Jonathan Bird) m:Jonathan Biddix
Picture of Elizabeth Bird (granddaughter of Benjamin Bird Sr.) in her 90s in possession of Charles D. Biddix
Genealogical information on the Bird family in the Old Buncombe County Genealogical Library, P. O. Box 2122, Asheville, NC 28802
Index of Revolutionary War Pension Applications, National Genealogical Society, Washington, DC 1976:
• BIRD, Benjamin, NC, R21880
04-Mar-1831 Certificate #1634 for Revolutionary War pension application for Daniel Sullivan S7661
• Richard Bird, Minister of the Gospel, Burke County, NC deposed he was acquainted with Daniel Sullivan for 20 years.

Researchers and Descendants

Cassandra and Jonathan descendants
• Lawrence B. Curtis, 582 Fonsol Court, Gahanna, OH 43230
• George E. Curtis, 550 Coweeta Lab Road, Otto, NC 28763
• husband of Jan N. Curtis, 761 Montrose Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Cassandra and Richard descendants
• Elita L. Hillman, Villa View MHP #127, McKinney, TX 75069

Cassandra descendants
• Grace Curtis, 104 Pecos Road, Tularosa, NM 88352
• Helen Nuffer, 149 SW Cherry Park Road, Troutdale, OR 97060
• Dorothy O. McKee P.O. Box 1631, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
• Shirley H. Roberts, 26 Overton Drive, Greenville, SC 29609
• Garroll Salmons, 4511 17th Avenue, SE, Lacey, WA 98503

Jonathan descendants
• Virginia Badgett, 2221 Lawsen Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917
• Catherine Ballard, Petersborough Avenue, Middlesboro, KY
• Richard Bird, St. Louis, MO, dsco1@aol.com
• Don Braffitt, 680 Deercroft Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060, don@willbraffitt.org
• Fred Duvall, P.O. Box 34, Bryson City, NC 28713
• Anne B. Engman, 20 Lucky Point Road, Denver, NC 28037
• Janice K. Hite, 1605 Gamewell Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905-5115
• Mabel Dodd Johnson, SC, mabellj@ftc-i.net
• Carolyn Malmberg, 900 Schoolhouse Lane, Dover, DE 19901-2418
• Gloria Owenby, 595 Sanderstown Road, Franklin, NC 28734
• Dorothy Wilde Gregg, 4425 Clares St., Sp. 47, Capitola, CA 95010

Richard descendants
• Bobbie Lou Caldwell, Rt. 2, Box 124, Fletcher, NC 28732
• James R. Dixon, 124 Valley View, Joplin, MO 64804
• Jennie Vee Poteet-Pitts, 1110 Center Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30324
• Dr. J. B. Simmons, 154 Evelyn Place, Asheville, NC 28801

Thomas descendant
• Bob Erwin, 1680 Bell Isle Circle, Atlanta, GA 30329, thatbebob@aol.com

Susan Ricketts and Lemuel Padgett descendant
• Eva Van Stratum, P.O. Box 11615, Norfolk, VA 23508

NC Bird/Byrd/Burd researchers
• Thomas M. Byrd, 903 Washington Street, Cary, NC 27511
• Edna Bird Peterson, R. 2 Box 47-C, Augusta, KS 67010-9512

AL Bird researcher
• Theresa Meyer, 91 Forest, Deadwood, SD 57732

MD Bird researcher
• Catherine Bird Rudnick, mcrudnick@midamer.net

Allison researcher
• Charles D. Biddix, 35 Lakewood Drive, Asheville, NC 28803

[end of Bird Family of Burke County, North Carolina]