William H Bird

24 March 1827–2 June 1888 (Age 61)
Hardin, Kentucky, United States

The Life of William H

When William H Bird was born on 24 March 1827, in Hardin, Kentucky, United States, his father, John Bird, was 34 and his mother, Margaret Peggy Hayes, was 33. He married Elizabeth Long on 1 March 1845, in Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Illinois, United States in 1870 and Yates City, Knox, Illinois, United States in 1880. He died on 2 June 1888, in Peoria, Illinois, United States, at the age of 61.

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William H Bird
Elizabeth Long
Marriage: 1 March 1845
John W Bird
Jacob D. Bird
George H Bird
Charles Van Bird
Ann Bird
Zinnette Bird

Spouse and Children

1 March 1845
Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States


    John W Bird


    George H Bird


    Charles Van Bird




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+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 3

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.
1830 · Louisville and Portland Canal Opens

Age 3

The Louisville and Portland canal opened in 1830. It was a 2 mile canal. It helped with the barrier caused by the Falls of the Ohio River at Louisville by making a route around them.

Age 19

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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)

  • William Bird, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William H Bird, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William Bird, "United States Census, 1860"

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