Rebecca Ann Bird

14 February 1839–13 September 1921 (Age 82)
Illinois, United States

The Life of Rebecca Ann

Rebecca Ann Bird was born on 14 February 1839, in Illinois, United States as the daughter of William Bird and Abigail Taylor. She married William Stacy Taylor on 19 February 1857, in Jefferson, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 4 daughters. She lived in Sugar Loaf Township, Cleburne, Arkansas, United States in 1900 and Heber Springs, Cleburne, Arkansas, United States for about 10 years. She died on 13 September 1921, in Cleburne, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Heber Springs, Cleburne, Arkansas, United States.

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William Stacy Taylor
Rebecca Ann Bird
Marriage: 19 February 1857
Sarah A. Taylor
Thomas Jefferson Taylor
Ada R. Taylor
Malissa Taylor
Clara Nettie Taylor

Spouse and Children

19 February 1857
Jefferson, Illinois, United States


Parents and Siblings


    Abigail Taylor




World Events (8)


Age 7

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1848 · Chicago Board of Trade is organized

Age 9

Starting as a voluntary association to help buyers and sellers meet to negotiate and make contracts. The Chicago Board of Trade is one of the oldest futures and options exchanges in the world and it is open 22 hours per day to stay competitive.
1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

Age 22

Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

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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Sources (3)

  • Rebecca A Taylor in household of William S Taylor, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Rebecca A Taylor in household of John Bittle, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Rebecca A Taylor in household of William L Taylor, "United States Census, 1900"

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