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Over the last week I have been on a quest to find information about one of David’s uncles that was killed in a duel way back in 1840. I only had his father’s name, the name of the town, and an estimated date range to go by. I have been looking through old newspapers via Newspapers.com, but was having no luck as I didn’t know the name of the boy. So, I did a web search that landed me on someone’s Geni website for Daniel Bird. This site led me to Daniel Bird’s Find-a-Grave listing. This listing gave me the names of his three wives and the cemeteries at which the wives are buried. Two are buried in the same cemetery in the general area of Monticello, Florida, and the other one is buried in Edgefield, SC. The one buried in Edgefield, Lucinda, is buried beside her son – Thomas Butler Bird, who died in 1840, well within my estimated time frame of 1835-1848. His Find-a-Grave listing shows that he was murdered. This upped the chances of it being the right boy. I did a search on the name Thomas Butler Bird and I hit pay dirt. Here is one of the articles discussing the tragedy.
My search yielded other information as well. This site, Florida Plantations, shows a picture of one of the plantations owned in Florida by Thomas’s father, Daniel Bird. The name of this plantation is Nacoosa. This photo was taken in the early 1900s, long after Daniel Bird’s death in 1867, and appears to be in a state of disrepair. But isn’t it still beautiful? I hope that someone came along to give that home the love that it needed and didn’t let it just fall to the ground. That will be the subject of another round of research for me.
It has been a very exciting and productive week and a half in regards to research and this makes me very happy!
Please see David’s post over at Random Thoughts and Observations.
People at the Nacoosa Plantation – Jefferson County, Florida. 19–. Black & white photoprint. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 31 Aug. 2016. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/33886>.