Sarah Jane Birdwell

4 June 1877–19 May 1973 (Age 96)
Bluff Dale, Erath, Texas, United States

The Life of Sarah Jane

When Sarah Jane Birdwell was born on 4 June 1877, in Bluff Dale, Erath, Texas, United States, her father, Ernest A Birdwell, was 22 and her mother, Louella Clifford, was 21. She married Ira Lee Beard Sr. on 12 September 1897, in Coleman, Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas, United States for about 5 years and Portales, Roosevelt, New Mexico, United States in 1940. She died on 19 May 1973, in Clovis, Curry, New Mexico, United States, at the age of 95, and was buried in Portales Cemetery, Portales, Roosevelt, New Mexico, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ira Lee Beard Sr.
Sarah Jane Birdwell
Marriage: 12 September 1897
Willie Lee Beard
Grady Milton Beard
Ira Lee Beard Jr.
Charles Birdwell Beard Sr.

Spouse and Children

12 September 1897
Coleman, Texas, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Ernest A Birdwell


    Louella Clifford




World Events (8)

1881 · Construction of the Fort Worth & Denver Railway

Age 4

Grenville M. Dodge oversaw the construction of the Fort Worth & Denver Railway. Work began at Hodge Junction, and eventually extended to the New Mexico border by 1888. Service began on April 1, 1888, with trains travelling between Fort Worth and Denver.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 4

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.
1902 · So Much Farm Land

Age 25

A law that funded many irrigation and agricultural projects in the western states.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in South Yorkshire named Birdwell, from Old English bridd ‘bird’ + wella ‘spring’, ‘stream’, or from Bridwell in Devon or Bridewell in Wiltshire, the first element of which may be an Old English word, brȳd ‘surging’. The surname is now very rare in the British Isles.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Sally Beard in household of I L Beard, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Sallie Beard in household of Ira L Beard, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Sallie Beard in household of Iva L Beard, "United States Census, 1910"

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