Nellie May Bird

Sangamon, Illinois, United States

The Life of Nellie May

When Nellie May Bird was born in 1865, in Sangamon, Illinois, United States, her father, John M. Bird, was 31 and her mother, Frances Ellen Greenleaf, was 24. She married Lorin Andrews Etter on 22 June 1887, in Sangamon, Illinois, United States. She lived in Mechanicsburg, Sangamon, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. She was buried in Pickerell Cemetery, Mechanicsburg, Sangamon, Illinois, United States.

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Lorin Andrews Etter
Nellie May Bird
Marriage: 22 June 1887

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    Lorin Andrews Etter



22 June 1887
Sangamon, Illinois, United States

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Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

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In 1871, a cow kicked over a lantern, causing a fire that burned down half of Chicago. Today this city is the third largest in the US.
1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 31

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Name Meaning

1 English and Scottish: from Middle English bird, brid ‘nestling’, ‘young bird’ (Old English bridd), applied as a nickname or perhaps occasionally as a metonymic occupational name for a bird catcher. The metathesized form is first found in the Northumbrian dialect of Middle English, but the surname is more common in central and southern England. It may possibly also be derived from Old English burde ‘maiden’, ‘girl’, applied as a derisory nickname.2 Irish: Anglicization of Gaelic Ó hÉanacháin or Ó hÉinigh, in which the first element (after Ó) has been taken as Gaelic éan ‘bird’ ( see Heneghan ).3 Jewish: translation of various Ashkenazic surnames meaning ‘bird’, as for example Vogel .

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

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  • Nellie M Bird in household of John M Bird, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Nellie May Bird in household of John M Bird, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Find a Grave Memorial, Nellie Bird Etter

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