Nancy Bird

Brief Life History of Nancy

When Nancy Bird was born in 1836, in Rockingham, Virginia, United States, her father, Ludwig Lewis Byrd, was 46 and her mother, Catharine Grove, was 38. She married Samuel Koontz on 2 November 1856, in Dayton, Rockingham, Virginia, United States. She lived in Pleasant Valley, Rockingham, Virginia, United States in 1850. She died on 10 November 1895, in Rockingham, Virginia, United States, at the age of 59.

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William J Link
1827–1889
Nancy Bird
1836–1895
Marriage: 14 May 1871

Sources (7)

  • Nancy Link, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Nancy Byrd, "Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1989"
  • Nancy Byrd in entry for Samuel Koontz, "Virginia, County Marriage Records, 1771-1989"

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1836 · Remember the Alamo

Being a monumental event in the Texas Revolution, The Battle of the Alamo was a thirteen-day battle at the Alamo Mission near San Antonio. In the early morning of the final battle, the Mexican Army advanced on the Alamo. Quickly being overrun, the Texian Soldiers quickly withdrew inside the building. The battle has often been overshadowed by events from the Mexican–American War, But the Alamo gradually became known as a national battle site and later named an official Texas State Shrine.

1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.

1861 · The Battle of Manassas

The Battle of Manassas is also referred to as the First Battle of Bull Run. 35,000 Union troops were headed towards Washington D.C. after 20,000 Confederate forces. The McDowell's Union troops fought with General Beauregard's Confederate troops along a little river called Bull Run. 

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: nickname for a young or a small and slender person, from Middle English brid, bird, burd (Old English bird, brid, perhaps also byrd) ‘bird, young bird’, also ‘young man, young woman, child’.

Irish: Anglicized form of a number of Irish names erroneously thought to contain the element éan ‘bird’, in particular Ó hÉinigh (see Heagney ), Ó hÉanna (see Heaney ), Ó hÉanacháin (see Heneghan ), and Mac an Déaghanaigh (see McEneaney ).

Americanized form (translation into English) of various European surnames meaning ‘bird’, as for example German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Vogel , French Loiseau , Czech Ptáček (see Ptacek ) and Pták, Polish Ptak .

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

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