BIRD OF ECKINGTON

 

The Thomas Bird who married Mary Wright was probably the one recorded in the Eckington parish registers as “Tho: Bird a bastard”, baptised on 9 April 1683. However, the entry does not name either of his parents.

 

On 24 August 1691, Thomas Bird was apprenticed to William Staniforth of Eckington until he attained the age of twenty-four.[1]

 

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BIRD

 

THOMAS BIRD died ca 1763.[2] He married on 2 May 1717 at Beighton, Derbyshire, MARY WRIGHT,[3] daughter of John and Phebe (Hancock) Wright (see here). Mary was baptised on 19 May 1686 at Beighton and buried on 2 January 1753 at Eckington.

 

Children of Thomas and Mary (Wright) Bird:

i               MARY BIRD, bap 30 Mar 1719, Eckington,[4] bur 27 Jun 1719, Eckington.[5]

ii             PHEBE BIRD, bap 27 Jun 1720, Eckington,[6] bur 4 Jul 1786, Eckington;[7] m ca 6 Aug 1738, GODFREY HASLAM[8] (see here).

iii            THOMAS BIRD, bap 11 May 1723, Eckington,[9] d ca 1764;[10] m 26 Oct 1747, Eckington, ESTHER HASLAM.[11]

iv            JOHN BIRD of Eckington, sicklesmith, bap 19 Nov 1727, Eckington;[12] m 10 Feb 1752, Hathersage, ANN HERNSHAW.[13]

v              ELIZABETH BIRD, bap 29 Nov 1730, Eckington,[14] bur 27 Mar 1798, Eckington;[15] m(1) 24 Jul 1753, Eckington, THOMAS SMITH;[16] m(2) 4 Jul 1763, Eckington, THOMAS WHITFIELD.[17]



[1] Derbyshire Record Office, D750/A/PO/86 (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-698S-XV4).

[2] He and his son of the same name were very likely the Thomas Birds buried at Eckington on 4 Nov 1763 and 26 Apr 1764, but it is not certain which entry refers to which individual.

[3] Beighton parish registers (online at www.findmypast.co.uk).

[4] Eckington parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com).

[5] Eckington parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com).

[6] Eckington parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com).

[7] Eckington parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com).

[8] Dioceses of Lichfield & Coventry Marriage Allegations and Bonds, 1636-1893 (online at www.findmypast.co.uk).

[9] Eckington parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com).

[10] He and his father were very likely the Thomas Birds buried at Eckington on 4 Nov 1763 and 26 Apr 1764, but it is not certain which entry refers to which individual.

[11] Eckington parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com).

[12] Eckington parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com). He was probably the John Bird buried on 7 May 1785 at Eckington.

[13] Hathersage parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com); Dioceses of Lichfield & Coventry Marriage Allegations and Bonds, 1636-1893 (online at www.findmypast.co.uk).

[14] Eckington parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com).

[15] Eckington parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com).

[16] Eckington parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com). There was also an Elizabeth Bird who married Isaac Binney at Eckington in 1768, but Isaac and Elizabeth Binney had children baptised into the 1780s, so Isaac’s wife would not be the Elizabeth Bird who was baptised in 1730.

[17] Eckington parish registers (online at www.ancestry.com). There was an Elizabeth Smith who married William Blundell at Eckington in 1765, but it seems more likely that Elizabeth (Bird) Smith was the Elizabeth Smith who married Thomas Whitfield in 1763 because Godfrey Haslam was a witness at the latter marriage and was also a party to the marriage bond (Dioceses of Lichfield & Coventry Marriage Allegations and Bonds, 1636-1893, online at www.findmypast.co.uk).