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99. Catherine FRY64,88,89 was born on 31 May 1787 in Virginia.39,90 She died on 11 November 1857 at the age of 70.39

When Catherine Fry married Capt. Abraham, her mother Rachel Speers Fry Bird, became his mother-in-law. However, Capt. Abraham's father had sometime previously married Rachel, so Rachel was also Capt Abraham's stepmother.

Catherine FRY and Capt. Abraham BIRD Jr. were married on 30 November 1803 in Fayette County, Kentucky.88,91 Capt. Abraham BIRD Jr.88,90,92,93, son of Abraham BIRD and Catherine/Rachel ZIEGLER, was born in 1780 in Shenandoah County, Virginia.92 He died after 1850 at the age of 70 in Missouri.92

Abraham was one of the Executors of his brother-in-law Joseph Fry:
Mixed Court Records, Books C & D, Fayette Co KY. LDS Microfilm #0008967
p.186 May Court 1814
Settlement of estate of Joseph Fry, deceased in account with Susanna Fry, Executrix and John Davies/Davie,Dowe, Devoe [this name very difficult to read although it appears several times - Davies would be my best guess] and Abraham Byrd, Executors. [Joseph's sister Catherine was married to Abraham Bird]
Amount of Abraham Bird, acct No. 3 $47.50
To lett of Abraham Birds hands $265.16
Amount of bonds in Abraham Byrd's hands $60.7
Commissioners to settle with the Executors of Joseph Fry dec'd have examined and find agreeable to the will of the Testator. John M. Taylor, El. Merdett, Jos. Hawkins
7 May 1816
Account produced in court and ordered recorded
Account of sale of estate reveals Abraham Bird bought several items. There are account charged to both Abraham Byrd and John Davie. There is a receipt signed by Susanna Fry for property rec'd from the Executors.
The List of Bonds in Abraham Byrds hands includes one to Abraham Bryd, Senr [his father who was still living at this time]


1820 Census. Fayette Co KY
Abram Bird 2m -10, 1m 16-18, 1m 16-26, 1m 26-45, 1m +45
3f -10, 2f 10-16, 1f 26-45, 1f +45 There appears to be an older couple in the household.

1830 Census. Cape Girardeau, MO
Abraham Byrd: 1m -5, 1m 10-15, 1m 20-30, 1m 50-60
2f 5-10, 2f 15-20, 3f 20-30, 1f 40-50, 1f 50-60

1840 Census. Marion Twp, Marion Co MO
Abraham Bird 1m under 5, 2m 5-10, 1m 15-20, 1m 30-40, 1m 60-70.
1f under 5, 1f 10-15, 1f 15-20, 1f 20-30, 1f 50-60
It would appear a married child and family is living with Abraham & Catherine.

1850 Census. Miller Twp, Marion Co MO. Abraham age 70 and Catherine age 63 were both living with son Mark. Birthplace of both was Virginia.

Dates of birth and deaths of children found in file on WorldConnect.

The Bird Genealogy by William Bird Wylie, St. Louis, MO, 1903, is available at archive.org.
Page 2, says that Abraham served as a Missouri state Senator two terms. He lost his fortune due to dishonesty of employees, and attempted to retrieve it by a trip to California in 1849, which resulted in his death and his burial in the Pacific Ocean, 13 Oct 1850. The book has the exact dates of death and birth of his wife Catherine Fry.

Catherine FRY and Capt. Abraham BIRD Jr. had the following children:

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George W. BIRD.

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Elizabeth BIRD64,94 was born on 19 June 1806. She died on 24 January 1876 at the age of 69.

Elizabeth married Moses F. Robinett, 21 Jul 1825

1850 Census. Miller Twp, Marion Co, MO Hh 554
Moses Robnet, age 50, b. KY
Elizabeth, 44, b. KY
Children all born in MO:
Mary age 25. Sarah 20. William 18. Preston 16. James 14. Franklin 7. Ann E. age 4.
[they were next door to her brother Mark Bird and their parents]

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Matilda BIRD64,94 was born on 5 March 1808. She died on 8 May 1887 at the age of 79.

Matilda married John Kleiser, 8 May 1826.

I never found the family in 1850

1860 Census. Dist 1, Shelby Co, KY Hh 440
J. Clyser, 62, farmer, b. KY Matilda, age 52, b. KY
Robert H. age 32. Mary S. age 27. John J. age 5. Albert H. age 1 [I believe all of these are part of Robert's family - his wife and children.

1870 Shelby Co - John G. Kliser, age 16, was boarding with the family of Joseph Adams, counted in the household following his aunt Kate Hall. I didn't find his parents, or grandparents.

1880 Census. Shelbyville, Shelby Co, KY, Hh 128
John Hall, age 68, b. KY. Kate, age 50, wife, b. KY, as were her parents.
Lizzie, 23, daughter. Mattie B., 17, daughter
Matilda Kleysor, mother-in-law, age 73, b. KY as were her parents.

In 1870, the Halls were in Shelby Co - Matilda not with them.
John Hall, age 57, b. KY. Kate, age 42, b. KY
Lizzie 17. Mattie 10.
Catherine Green, domestic servant, age 42, b. Ireland

1860, the Halls were in Shelbyville, Shelby Co.
John Hall, age 47, b. KY Kate, 32, b. KY
Woodford, age 21, Sallie 16, Jimmie 14, Lizzie 7, John 4.

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Kittie BIRD94 was born circa 1810. She died circa 1810 at the age of 0.

If there was a child Kittie, she died as an infant. This may be a confusion with the daughter Catharine.

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Mary Forman BIRD64,94 was born on 5 April 1812. She died in 1888 at the age of 76.

Mary married Albert Whaley, circa 1826

1850 Census. Liberty Twp, Marion Co, MO Hh 467
Albert Whaley, age 46, b. KY Mary F., age 38, b. KY
children all born in MO: Edward 22. Catherine 18. Marion [male] 17. Abraham B. 15. Emily Ann 13. John C. age 11. William H. 9. Nancy H. 8. Matilda 6. Albert B. 4. Mary F., age 2.

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William Henry Harrison BIRD64,94 was born on 31 May 1814 in Kentucky.

William's wife was Eliza E. Gash. They married 8 Jan 1834, Palmyra, Marion Co, MO.

1850 Census. Northern Dist, Jackson Co, Illinois Hh 129
Wm H. Bird, age 36, Minister of the Gospel, b. KY
Eliza, age 35, b. NC
Children born in Missouri: Mary Jane 14, Martha Ann 12
Samuel Wiley, age 9, birth place marked over and looks mostly like NC
born in Illinois: Abraham Calvin 7. Martin Luther 3. Eliza Evaline age 1.

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Catharine BIRD64,94 was born on 3 January 1817. She died on 17 February 1853 at the age of 36 in Cass County, Illinois.

Catharine married David Rice Downing, 14 Mar 1833.

1850 Census. Cass Co, Illinois, Hh 616
David Downing, age 34, b. KY
Catharine, age 33, b. KY
Children born in MO: Nathan 15, Nelson 13, Wm 10, and Mary 8.

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Abram Preston BIRD64,94 was born on 23 August 1818 in Kentucky. He died on 16 October 1863 at the age of 45.

Abraham married Elizabeth Richmond, b. 10 Nov 1810 in Maryland. They married 11 Apr 1839.

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.


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Emily Ann BIRD94 was born on 9 September 1820 in Kentucky.

Emily married Samuel Robert Harwood Wylie, 2 May 1839, Hannibal, Marion Co, MO.

1850 Census. Virginia, Cass Co, Illinois, Hh 560
S. R. H. Wylie, age 38, cabinet maker, b. KY
Emily A., age 30, b. KY
Born in MO: Wm. B. 10. Matilda C. age 6.
Born in IL: Mary E., age 2, and Abraham N., age 3 months.
John Savage, age 16, a student, living with the family.

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Mark H. BIRD.

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Rachel BIRD64,94 was born on 8 August 1825. She died on 15 April 1885 at the age of 59 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

Rachel married Richard Bridgeford, 17 May 1846, Hannibal, Marion Co, MO. The 1850 census indicates Richard had been married before and had several children from that marriage.

1850 Census. Dist. 4, Audrain Co, MO Hh 135
Richard Bridgeford, age 35, farmer, b. KY
Rachael, age 25, b. KY
Amanda, 16, b. KY
Born in MO: Sarah M. 11, Sarah F. age 7. William age 5.
These children probably young enough to be Rachel's: John H. age 3 and Abraham, age 8 months.

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Amanda Melvina BIRD94 was born on 26 August 1828. She died on 7 March 1873 at the age of 44.

Amanda married Henry Martyn Williams, circa 1846

1850 Census. Dist 73, Ralls Co, MO Hh 79
Henry M. Williams, age 22, farmer, b. VA
Amanda, age 22, b. MO
Henry F., age 2.

In 1860, they were back in Miller Twp, Marion Co, MO Hh 486
Henry M. Williams, age 32, b. MD
Amanda M., age 31, b. MO
Henry F. age 12. Alford, age 8.