Friday, August 24, 2018

The Bird Family (6 Generations) Revised

The Bird Family (6 Generations). My maternal granddad's line. 

Recorded as Bird, Byrd, Byrde and Bride, this famous surname is English. It derives from the pre 7th century word "bridde" meaning a bird, and as a surname was originally given as a nickname to one thought to bear a fancied resemblance to a bird. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Earnald Brid, which was dated 1193, in the "Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire", during the reign of King Richard 1st.

Introducing:

Joseph Bird
b. 1791 d. December 17th, 1862

married for fifty years on March 30th, 1812 to 

Mary Richards
b. 1794 d. March 4th, 1873
(5th great-grandparents) 

Places lived: Thringstone, Leicestershire, England
Staunton Harold, Leicestershire, England 

Breedon on the Hill St. Mary's & St. Hardulph. Where Joseph and Mary Married.

1851 Census


1871 Census. Mary is widowed


John Bird
b. June 22nd, 1828 d. March 27th, 1900

married for forty-seven years on April 19th, 1852 to 

Elizabeth Cutler
b. 1829 d. March 31st, 1900
(4th great-grandparents)

Places lived: Lount, Leicestershire, England
Staunton Harold, Leicestershire, England 
Thringstone, Leicestershire, England 
Peggs Green, Leicestershire, England 


1861Census


1871Census


1881 Census


William Bird
b. 1859 d. April 1911

married for nineteen years in 1892 to 

Eliza Tindell (Stepmother)
b. October 1862 d. Unknown
(3rd  great-grandparents)

Places lived:
Lount, Leicestershire, England
Thringstone, Leicestershire, England
Swannington, Leicestershire, England 
Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, England 

William Bird. 1891 Census. Widow.

1901 Census

1911 Census



William's mother, and Edith's father passed away when they were young. Their parents William and Eliza married, thus they were step brother and step sister, who later married. 

William Bird
b. 1880 d. September 1957 

married for thirty-three years in April, 1903 to 

Edith Tindell (Step Sister) 
b. April 1886 d. September 1936
(2nd great-grandparents)

Places lived: Griffydam, Leicestershire, England 
Thringstone, Leicestershire, England
Whitwick, Leicestershire, England 
Swannington, Leicestershire, England
Coalville, Leicestershire, England
Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, England

1911 Census


James Albert Bird
b.  June 12th, 1912 d. Unknown

 married for sixty years on February 17th, 1934 to 

 b. January, 1907 d. 1994
(great-grandparents)

Places lived:  Aberavon, Glamorgan, Wales
Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales
Aberdare, Glamorgan, Wales
Loughborough, Leicestershire, England

Great Grandma, Betty May Bird, nee Hurt


Michael Idris Bird
Skilled Detonator
b.  July 14th, 1934 (Bastille Day) d.  March 2009

 married for fifty-four years on December 12th, 1954 to 

 b. May 27th, 1931  d. August 17th, 2009
(maternal grandparents)

Places lived: Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Leicestershire, England
Tamworth, Staffordshire, England
Emigrated to South Africa
Warwick, Warwickshire, England

Michael and Mabel's Wedding 1954

My maternal grandparents went on to have my uncle, John (1957) and my mum, Julie (1961). They emigrated before my mum was born to South Africa, where my Grandad worked as a skilled detonator for the diamond mines. They often travelled back home to visit their families by cruise ship from Capetown, South Africa to Southampton, England. 

Julie holding onto the handlebar and Mabel smiling on.

Fancy dress. John and Julie. 

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2 comments:

Sherry said...

Isn't genealogy research so amazing? It tells you so much while still leaving much to the imagination. Like your great-grandparents who were married for 47 years and died within a few days of each other. Sounds like such a fascinating love story worthy of a movie for sure. And you look exactly like Great-Grandma Betty! 😊 I did mine and Eddie's genealogies on Ancestry.com years ago. I got our main biological families way back to their first coming to America in the 1600s but I have no idea where to go from there. Haha! We found out Evan is named after his 9th great-grandfather Reese who was the first of his family born in America. His father brought them here from Wales. We did not know when we picked the name Evan...just knew it was a Welsh name and loved it. 😊

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

So interesting!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hugs,
Debbie

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