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JAMES CURTIS BIRD (1773-1856)

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Re: JAMES CURTIS BIRD (1773-1856)

Post by lauramay » Fri May 15, 2015 12:10 pm

It's Laura May again, I am not sure how to reply to a specific post, but I wanted to comment on Bird's Hillian's post: I am Ruth Silde's niece, she was my mom's sister. We were very close, I miss her a lot! She was the family historian and I told her daughter Donna (my sweet cousin) that I would like to take over where Aunt Ruth left off!! Donna is going to get me as much of her Mum's paperwork as she can find. I live in California and Donna lives in Birch Hills (where Aunt Ruth lived most of her life). Anyway, it is so nice to hear her name and to know you read her book and learned something about our family!

~Laura May

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Re: JAMES CURTIS BIRD (1773-1856)

Post by gnstill » Fri May 15, 2015 12:45 pm

Welcome to the Forum Laura! Would love to hear more about your own ancestral line.

Who were your closest BIRD ancestors in Canada? Birth dates and places are important. I have lots of information about most of the BIRD lineages. There is a very good chance that you have other Cree ancestors as well.

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Re: JAMES CURTIS BIRD (1773-1856)

Post by lauramay » Fri May 15, 2015 1:02 pm

Thank you Gary!!
James Curtis Bird (1773-1856) + Mary Oo-Menahomisk Indian (1777-1820) m. before 1798
William Bird (1803-1885) + Venus Hay (1801-1864) m. 1822
John Thomas 'Jack' Bird (1850-1946) + Frances Elizabeth 'Bessie' Campbell (1867-1925) m. before 1883
Laura May Bird (1896-1973) + Elmer Martines Peterson (1890-1971) m. 1915
Alta Joan Peterson (1931-2013) + Walter James Heichman (1931-) m. 1956
Laura May Heichman (1963-)

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Re: JAMES CURTIS BIRD (1773-1856)

Post by gnstill » Fri May 15, 2015 6:01 pm

Thanks Laura. I have quite a bit of info on the John Thomas BIRD Family. If I can find some time I will do a page for them. Right now I have other priorities to work on.

lauramay
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Re: JAMES CURTIS BIRD (1773-1856)

Post by lauramay » Fri May 15, 2015 6:14 pm

That would be wonderful Gary, thank you. For now, I'm just trying to find out if any of the Birds were "registered" as status Indians. I am pretty sure my mom was not, nor was her mom. So John Thomas Bird would be the next down the line. If there was an online registry or something like that, I could check. Meanwhile, I just keep researching, your information has certainly helped!

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Re: JAMES CURTIS BIRD (1773-1856)

Post by lauramay » Tue May 19, 2015 10:52 am

Hello! Does anyone know how William Bird died (1803-1885)? I just noticed the year he died coincides with the Metis 1885 battle at Batoche. Was he involved, is this how he died?

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Re: JAMES CURTIS BIRD (1773-1856)

Post by Bird » Tue May 19, 2015 11:50 am

William Bird, son of James Curtis lived and worked in Edmonton, AB. There seems to be some confusion about this on Red River Ancestry. He was the owner of Bird's Mill on Mill Creek, a grist mill that was a failure due to the lack of consistency in the flow of the creek.

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Re: JAMES CURTIS BIRD (1773-1856)

Post by lauramay » Tue May 19, 2015 1:46 pm

Thank you for your reply, Bird. I would love to hear as much as you know about any of the Bird Family. William was my great, great grandfather, James Curtis my third-great grandfather.

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Re: JAMES CURTIS BIRD (1773-1856)

Post by Bird » Tue May 19, 2015 2:05 pm

lauramay, we must be very closely related, as James was my third great grandfather, and William my 2nd great grandfather, then John Thomas Bird as my great grand father and Francis Bird was my grandfather.

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Re: JAMES CURTIS BIRD (1773-1856)

Post by Bird » Tue May 19, 2015 2:08 pm

Also, I am not sure if any were registered indians, that is my fathers area of knowledge, but I have my Metis status, so there must be some evidence somewhere.

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