II.J. MARGARET CATHERINE FOX
B: 16 Mar 1822 Sevier County, Tennessee
M: Henry Bird (22 Mar 1820-25 Sep 1909)
D: 29 Nov 1866 Benton Co, MO - Feaster Bird Cemetery
Margaret was the sixth daughter of George and Christena Fox. She married
Henry Bird, son of Lewis Bird. According to family tradition, they left Sevier
County in 1856 by ox team and covered wagon for Missouri. Arriving in
Jefferson City, they cut cord wood for a living before settling further south in
Benton County near the Benton, Hickory and St. Clair County lines.
Margaret died at age 44 and Henry married Sarah Hines, a widow, who
preceded him in death.
Margaret was not among the children of George and Christena named in
N.G. T. Fox’s 1924 history of the Fox family. She is however named as a
Fox in Henry’s obituary and the names of their children and Margaret’s age
clearly prove that she was a daughter of George and Christena. Margaret is
sometimes referred to as Margaret Caterine.
1850 Sevier County, Tennessee Census:
Henry Bird 30, Margaret 29, George 8, Margaret 7, Christena 6, Emanuel 4
Obituary of Henry Bird: Henry Bird died, aged 89, September 2, 1909. He
was born in Tennessee on March 22, 1820 and was married in 1841 to
Margarette Fox. They had 9 children, all living except one daughter Sarah C.,
who died in infancy. Surviving are George, Mrs. Martha Kirby, Mrs. G.W.
Holley, Emanuel, Lemuel, William, John Wesley and Mrs. William
Henderson. Mr. Bird moved with his family to Benton County in 1851. At
the close of the war, he lived a few years in Hickory County and united with
the Christian Church at Pleasant Hill. He returned to Benton to locate
permanently and was highly respected, a generous and good neighbor. His
wife died in 1866. He married again to Sarah Hines who also preceded him
in death. Mr. Bird was a Union soldier, under Captain Crosgrove. He leaves
43 grandchildren, Sherman Bird the oldest, 41 great grandchildren, Warner
Bird the oldest, two great-great grand children, Walter McKinzie, the oldest.
Funeral at Feaster.
Margaret and Henry’s children:
+ a. George Lewis Bird, born 16 Mar 1842.
b. Martha Bird, born 6 Mar 1844 in Sevier County,
Tennessee and died
12 May 1825 in Benton County, Missouri, She
married Reuben Bennington (27 Feb 1826-14 Dec
1915). Martha later married Wash Kirby and
George Holley. There were no children from
any of the three marriages.
+ c. Christina Bird, born 24 May 1845.
+ d. Emanuel Bird, born 30 Oct 1846.
+ e. Lemuel Bird, born 10 Dec 1850.
+ f. William Arnold Bird, born 10 Feb 1853.
+ g. John Wesley Bird, born 5 Augh 1855.
h. Sarah C. Bird, born 10 May 1857 and died 28
+ i. Nancy Evelyn Bird, born 14 Apr 1861.
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