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242. Mark H. BIRD90,118 was born on 4 August 1822 in Kentucky.88 He died on 3 July 1882 at the age of 59 in Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas.92 He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas.

Mark Bird was a son of Capt. Abraham Bird Jr. and Catherine Fry. Mark and Arminta were second cousins, once removed or twice removed - kin in two different ways.

Mark Bird listed as one of the scholars of Frank Hayden in a log school house, 1829, along with William [K.] Fry.

In 1850, Mark & Araminta were still living in Marion Co MO in Miller Township. Mark gave his occupation as Cooper and did state he was born in KY, age 28. Araminta was age 20, born in MO. Catharine & Abraham Bird, Mark's parents were living with them. Also listed as being in the same dwelling was Abraham P. Bird, age 32, also a cooper & also born in Kentucky. Presumably Mark's brother. His wife was Elizabeth, age 28, born in Maryland. They had children born in Missouri: Francis R. age 11 [male], Abraham age 8, Susan S. age 4, Catherine age 2.

1860, Navarro Co TX
M. H. Bird, age 38, b. KY. A. Bird, age 32, b. MO
M. A. female age 7, E. A. male age 5, J. K. female age 3, Isobell age 1 Children all born in Texas
Barbara McPhall, age 60, born KY. [Barbara McFall, maiden aunt of Arminta's]

1870, Navarro Co TX, p.21
M. H. Bird, age 48, farmer, b. KY. A. Bird, age 42, b. MO
M. female age 16; M. A. male age 15; S. C. female age 13; I. female age 11; M.E. female age 9; E.R. female age 7; R.L. age 8 months. All children b. Texas
A. H. McFall, age 53, farmer, b. KY

Found in 1880 in Corsicana TX. The family had several boarders including who I believe is surely Arminta's uncle: Alfred W. McFall, age 62, born in KY; he is running a Livery Stable. Two railroad conductors, John C. Crank & Jos. S. Telfair, and a railroad laborer, H. B. Waddill, are also in the household. At long last the family members have names.
Mark M. Bird, age 57, b. KY, parents born in VA
Aramenta, age 52, b. MO, parents born KY
Missouri A. age 27, daughter; Edward O. age 25, son, blacksmith; Isobell A., age 21, daughter; Mary E. age 19, daughter; Emily R. age 17, daughter; Robert age 10, son, at school.
William Telfair, railroad conductor, age 27, b. Alabama and Sallie, age 26, and Richard 8 months, born in October 1879.
Also at least six more males.

Sallie had married and was with her husband Hugh McCammon in 1880.

FindAGrave.com; Memorial #44960404
Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Navarro Co, TX
Here rests our beloved
Mother
Araminta Bird
b. Jan 6, 1829
d. Apr 19, 1902
Father
Mark H. Bird
b. Aug 4, 1822
d. Jul 8, 1882
His epitaph:
HIS MANY VIRTUES
FORM THE NOBLEST MONUMENT
TO HIS MEMORY

Mark H. BIRD and Araminta FRY were married on 18 May 1848 in Marion County, Missouri.10,119 Araminta FRY119, daughter of ABRAHAM KELLAR FRY and SARAH A. B. "SALLY" MCFALL, was born on 6 January 1829 in Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri.120,121 She died on 20 April 1902 at the age of 73 in Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas.88 She was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas.

Arminta and Mark Bird migrated to Corsicana, TX from Missouri. They urged Abraham & Sarah to join them in the "land of opportunity"

1900 Census is very difficult to read but I found Arminta still in Corsicana.
She listed her birth date as Jan 1828 and gave her age as 72. She was Widowed but had been married 32 years. She had 7 children, all still living. As usual there was a large household.

Sallie McCamman, daughter, born Jan 1857, age 43, Widowed. Had 2 children, both living
Pearl McCamman, granddaughter, b. Dec 1888, age 21. Her father b. AL, her mother b. TX

Robt. Lee Bird, son, born Jan 1870, age 30, Plummer by trade

Harris, Benjamin H., son-in-law, b. Jun 1851, age 48, married 14 years. Born England as were his parents. He had immigrated in 1866 and was an Engineer
Bettie, Daughter, b. Jun 1861, age 38, 8 children, 4 living [this is Mary E.]
Katie B., Granddaughter, b. Nov 1887, age 12, Benjamin E., grandson, b. Jun 1892, age 7; Wilbur M., grandson, b. Aug 1894, age 5; Ela B. granddaughter b. Apr 1898, age 2.

Abram Bird, nephew, b. Aug 1842, age 57, Married for 21 years, b. MO, brickmason [probably son of George W. Bird, Mark's brother]

Effie Bridges, grt Niece, b. Dec 1881, age 18, b. TX as were both parents.

There is a Corsicana City Directory for 1901 at Ancestry.com. This was a year before Araminta died. She was listed as
Bird, Araminta (wid. M. H.), boardinghouse, 214 E. 4th Ave.
Abraham Bird, bricklayer, boards at the same address
Robert L. Bird, gasfitter; his home at the same address
Miss Effie Bridges, boarder at same address
Benj. G. Harris, engr. boards at same address
Miss Pearl McCammon, saleslady, boards at same address - her mother not listed although there were several McCammons living in Corsicana at the time.

Mark H. BIRD and Araminta FRY had the following children:

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Missouri A. BIRD was born on 23 October 1853 in Texas.118 She died on 23 August 1927 at the age of 73 in Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas.

Missouri must have married Thomas Hockaday:

1900 Census. Justice Precinct 4, Fannin Co, TX, Hh 267
Thomas Hockaday, b. Apr 1835, age 65, [42 years since first married] b. VA as were his parents, farmer
Missouri B., wife, b. Oct 1853, age 46, married 7 years, no children
Sam Steel, boarder, b. Dec 1862, age 37, b. TN, farm labor
Ela Hockaday, daughter, b. Mar 1875, age 25, single, b. TX, father b. VA, mother b. TN school teacher

1910 Census. Fannin Co TX, Hh 537
Thomas Hockaday, age 75, married 2 times, this last time for 17 years
Missouri B., wife, age 56, married 1 time for 17 years

1920 Census. Corsicana, Navarro Co, TX, Hh 141
Sharp, E. R. head of household, female, age 56, widow [This is Mary E. "Bettie" s sister Emily]
Mary, dau, age 20
Susie, dau, age 18
E. O. Bird, brother, age 65, widowed, blacksmith
M. E. Hockaday, sister, age 66, widowed
R. L. Bird, brother, age 50, single
Mary R. Eagleton, boarder, age 22, student

Missouri A. Bird Hockaday
Birth: Oct. 23, 1853, Navarro County, Texas, USA
Death: Aug. 23, 1927, Corsicana
Buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana

Texas Death Certificate #28236: Mrs. Missouri Hockaday, 508 N. Main St., Corsicana, died 23 Aug 1927 of a tumor of the liver. She was a widow. Missouri was born 23 Oct 1853 in Texas. Her father was M. H. Bird, born KY; her mother Arminta Fry, b. MO. Mrs. C. B. Sutherland, her sister, was the informant. The undertaker was C. B. Sutherland and Missouri was buried Oakwood Cemetery.

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Edward O. BIRD was born on 1 April 1855 in Navarro County, Texas.118 He died on 28 December 1928 at the age of 73 in Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas.

1900 Census. Justice Precinct 6, Hunt Co, TX Hh 433
Ed O. Bird, b. Apr 1854, age 46, married for 20 yr. Born TX, parents b. MO, a farmer.
Kate, wife, b. Jan 1852, age 48, has had 4 children. Born TN as were her parents [Katherine Witt on daughter's death certificate]
The children all born in Texas:
William H., b. Jul 1882, age 17
Ottsie, dau, b. Apr 1884, age 16
Araminta, dau, b. Feb 1886, age 14
Mark, son, b. Nov 1888, age 11

In 1910, Edward O. was living with his sister Mary and her husband Benjamin Harris in Corsicana. He was age 55 and widowed. He was a blacksmith, self-employed.

1920 Census. Corsicana, Navarro Co, TX, Hh 141
Sharp, E. R. head of household, female, age 56, widow [This is Mary E. "Bettie" s sister Emily]
Mary, dau, age 20
Susie, dau, age 18
E. O. Bird, brother, age 65, widowed, blacksmith
M. E. Hockaday, sister, age 66, widowed
R. L. Bird, brother, age 50, single
Mary R. Eagleton, boarder, age 22, student

FindAGrave.com; Memorial #37346009
Edward O. Bird. Birth: Apr. 1, 1855, Texas, USA
Death: Dec. 28, 1928, Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas, USA
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana
Kate N. Bird is on the same grave marker. FindAGrave gives her maiden name as Witt. They were married 24 Feb 1881, Hunt Co, TX. Kate was born 1 Jan 1852, died 1 Mar 1907.

Texas Death Certificate #54903. Edward O. Bird of 502 N. Benton St., Corsicana, died 28 Dec 1928 of chronic nephritis and a heart attack. He was a widower. Edward was 4 Apr 1855 in Texas and was a retired blacksmith. His parents were Mark H. Bird, born Kentucky, and Arimenta Fry, born Missouri. Mrs. C. B. Sutherland, his sister, was the informant - her husband had just died in November. Undertaker was James A. McMahon [who had also served for C. B. Sutherland and likely took over the funeral home after C. B.'s death in November of 1928]. Edward was buried Oakwood Cemetery on Dec 29th.


I did find another burial in Oakwood and accompanying Texas Death Certificate for Araminta Bird Gee - #79535. She was living at 1215 W. Houston in Sherman, Grayson Co, TX, but died at the Wilson N. Jones Hospital on 4 Dec 1967 from complications from diabetes, a heart attack and a convulsive disorder. Her date of birth was given as 18 Feb 1887 in Commerce, TX. Her father's name given as "Edgar" O. Bird; her mother was Katherine Witt. Mrs. Mary J. Roberts was the informant. Araminta was taken to Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana for burial on Dec 6th. I feel sure this lady was a daughter of Edward's. First of all she had diabetes as did most of her aunts and uncles; and Araminta Bird is not your plainest of given names. In 1900, Edward had a daughter Aaraminta, of this age, as well as a wife Kate. Also the 1930 Census, Dallas, shows a James D. Gee, age 62, his wife Araminta, age 44, and a daughter Mary Jane, age 9 - so likely the informant was the daughter.

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Sarah K. "Sallie" BIRD.

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Isabelle A. "Belle" BIRD was born on 8 February 1859 in Navarro County, Texas.118 She died on 17 June 1936 at the age of 77 in Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas.

1910 Census. Corsicana, Navarro Co, TX, Hh 123
Christopher B. Southerland, age 51, married 1 time for 25 years. Born in New York, his parents born in Ireland. He was the proprietor of a furniture store.
Isabel, wife, age 50, no children
Robert Lee Bird, brother-in-law, age 40, single, chainman for a surveryor

In 1930, Mary E. "Bettie" Harris was living with her sister, but in Corsicana where she'd always been.
Hh 241
Bell Sutherland, age 68, widow
Mary E. Harris, sister, age 67, widow


FindAGrave.com
Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana
Isabelle A. Bird Sutherland
Birth: Feb. 8, 1859, Navarro County, Texas, USA
Death: Jun. 17, 1936, Corsicana
also buried at Oakwood
as is her husband:
C. [Christopher] Barrington Sutherland
Birth: Jan 11, 1858, New York
Death: Nov 4, 1928, Corsicana [he died on the 2nd, was buried on the 4th]

Texas Death Certificate #49451 for C. B. Sutherland of 502 N. Benton St., Corsicana. He was married when he died 2 Nov 1928. He was born 11 Jan 1858 in New York, and lived 70 yrs, 9 mos, 21 days. He was an Undertaken and "Furniture Man". He did of Bright's Disease [kidney disease] His father was Arthur Sutherland, born in Ireland and his mother was Martha Barrington, also born in Ireland. Mrs. C. B. Sutherland was the informant. C. B. was buried Oakwood Cemetery in Corsicana on Nov. 4th.

Texas Death Certificate #32477 for Mrs. Belle Sutherland. She was still living at 502 N. Benton St, but died at the Navarro Clinic on 17 Jun 1936 of erysipelas [streptococcus bacteria of the face, now easily cured with antibiotics]. She was the widow of C. B. Sutherland. Belle was born 8the Feb 1859 in Texas, daughter of M. H. Bird and Araminta Fry, both born in Missouri. Mrs. Bettie Harris [her sister] was the informant. Sutherland-McCammon Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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Mary E. "Bettie" BIRD.

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Emily Roberta BIRD was born on 5 May 1863 in Navarro County, Texas.118 She died on 28 April 1937 at the age of 73 in Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas.

The Bird Genealogy by William Bird Wylie, St. Louis, MO, 1903, is available at archive.org.
Says that Roberta married J. E. Sharp of Cleburne, TX on 26 Jul - but has the year as 7189 - I believe it was 1897.

1900 Census. Denton, Ward 4, Denton Co, TX
Hh 431
Joe E. Sharp, b. Mar 1856, age 44, married for 3 years, b. TN, parents b. England, Proprietor, general store
Emily R., b. May 1863, age 37, has had 1 child, b. TX, father b. KY, mother b. MO
Mary, dau, b. Jul 1899, age 10 months
Elizabeth Evans, boarder, b. May 1865, age 35, b. KY, parents b. KY, school teacher

1910. Corsicana, Ward 3. Navarro Co, TX
Listed as head of household, Benjamin "J" Harris, age 58, married 1 time for 28 years. Born England. Says he came in 1864, naturalized. Engineer, stationary [which is a puzzle! - I have no clue what a stationary engineer might be....]
Mary E., wife, age 48, has 3 children living [she also said she'd had 3, but she must have misunderstood the question, or the enumerator wrote it down wrong]
Benjamin E., son, age 19
Wilbur M., son, age 16
ElaBird, dau, age 12
[apparently Katie has died, but she could be married and gone from home given how the questions was answered about the number of children]
Listed in the same residence but as head of household - actually Mary's sister Emily Bird.
Emily R. Sharp, age 46, widowed, 2 children, b. TX, father b. TN, mother b. TX, proprietor, corn mill
Mary A., dau, age 10
Susie C., dau, age 8
Mattie Pennington, age 29, lodger, b. TX, father b. TX, mother b. AR, telephone operator
Andrew J. Bridges, lodger, age 64, widowed, b. AR, father b. NC, mother b. KY
Horace A. Bridges, lodger, age 30, b. TX, father b. AR, mother b. TX, engineer at the ice plant
Edward O. Bird, lodger, age 55, widowed, b. TX, parents b. MO, blacksmith, self-employed [Mary's brother]


1920 Census. Corsicana, Navarro Co, TX, Hh 141
Sharp, E. R. head of household, female, age 56, widow [This is Mary E. "Bettie" s sister Emily]
Mary, dau, age 20
Susie, dau, age 18
E. O. Bird, brother, age 65, widowed, blacksmith
M. E. Hockaday, sister, age 66, widowed
R. L. Bird, brother, age 50, single
Mary R. Eagleton, boarder, age 22, student

FindAGrave.com:
Emily Roberta Bird Sharp.
Birth: May 5, 1863, Navarro County, Texas, USA
Death: Apr. 28, 1937, Corsicana
Buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana.

Texas Death Certificate #22677 for Mrs. E. R. Sharp, who lived at 508 N. Main in Corsicana. She died at home on the 28th of April 1937 of a heart attack and chronic nephritis - she was also diabetic. She was a widow. Emily was born 5 May 1863 in Texas, daughter of M. H. Bird and Araminta Frey, both born in Missouri. Mrs. Bettie Harris, her sister, was the informant. The undertaker was J. McCammon and she was buried Oakwood Cemetery on April 29th.

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Henry BIRD was born on 16 July 1867. He died in August 1867 at the age of 0.

The Bird Genealogy by William Bird Wylie, St. Louis, MO, 1903, is available at archive.org.
p.7 Lists twins Henry & Ellen. This is the only place I've seen reference to these babies, but had wondered about the gap between Roberta ad Robert Lee.

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Ellen BIRD was born on 16 July 1867. She died in August 1867 at the age of 0.

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Robert Lee BIRD was born on 29 January 1870 in Navarro County, Texas.118 He died on 6 April 1924 at the age of 54 in Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas.

In 1910, Robert Lee Bird was living with his sister Isobel and her husband Christopher B. Southerland. He was age 40 and still single. He was a chainman for a surveyor.

1920 Census. Corsicana, Navarro Co, TX, Hh 141
Sharp, E. R. head of household, female, age 56, widow [This is Mary E. "Bettie" s sister Emily]
Mary, dau, age 20
Susie, dau, age 18
E. O. Bird, brother, age 65, widowed, blacksmith
M. E. Hockaday, sister, age 66, widowed
R. L. Bird, brother, age 50, single
Mary R. Eagleton, boarder, age 22, student

FindAGrave.com
Robert Lee Bird. Birth: Jan. 29, 1870, Navarro County, Texas, USA
Death: Apr. 6, 1924, Corsicana
Buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana

Texas Death Certificate #13885. Robert L. Bird of 501 N. Benton St, Corsicana, died 6 Apr 1924 of chronic nephritis and arteriosclerosis. He was single and retired; born 29 Jan 1870 in Texas. His father was M. H. Bird, born KY; his mother Areminta Fry, born MO. C.B. Sutherland - his brother-in-law - was both informant and undertaker. Robert was buried Oakwood Cemetery, April 7th.