Bird Watching

There are about sixty representatives of the family BIRD in Filey Genealogy & Connections but only three are remembered in St Oswald’s churchyard. One is Ann, who reached the grand age of eighty. I photographed her stone this morning.

The dedication to “our dear mother” suggests there were two or more children to mourn her loss. Ann did not marry and there are birth registrations for two girls, in 1867 and 1870, that could be her daughters. Ann Mary the First died before her first birthday. Ann Mary the Second was 9 months old when the 1871 census was taken, living with her mother and grandfather Thomas Bird in Murray Street. Thomas, a butcher and a baker, died in 1876. In 1881 mother and daughter are again found in Murray Street, with Ann senior described as a confectioner.

I don’t know what happened to Ann Mary after 1881 but Ann is living alone in Providence Place, working as a charwoman, in 1891, 1901 and 1911.

Ann Bird’s presence on the Shared Tree is minimal.

And so is her father’s –

Thomas had seven children with Ann BRUMPTON, and he was one of nine children born to Robert Bird and Elisabeth (or Elizabeth) JOHNSON. Most of these Bird children can be spotted on the Shared Tree, all but two of them unconnected to any of their siblings. I will attempt to bring them all together over the next few days but I will have a score of merges to do and at least five Bird descendant families to deal with.

Measure of Man 54 · Filey Promenade

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