|William Bird, 1864 photograph by A. Wilkinson|
William Bird was born on November 18, 1891 in Nicholas County, Kentucky. I know nothing of his parents, except that the family was of Scotch descent.
Sometime after he returned home from the war, William met a young Virginian who had moved to Kentucky with her uncle. Her name was Maria Dent, and the two decided to marry.
|William Bird's marriage bond|
|Maria Dent Bird, 1864 photograph by A. Wilkinson|
William and Maria had four sons (James Harvey, Benjamin Franklin, William Henry, and Samuel Edward) and four daughters (Martha Ann, Harriet, Mary, and Minerva.) A fifth son died in infancy. All four of William's surviving sons participated in the Civil War.
In 1855, William Bird appeared before the Circuit Court of Decatur County, applying for bounty land that was owed to him from the war. Previously he had received a land warrant for eighty acres of land. He had legally disposed of that land and now wanted to receive the other eighty he was entitled to. William's request was granted.
In politics, William was a decided Whig until the organization of the Republican party, which with he then became identified. The last presidential vote he cast was for Grant and Colfax. He was a consistent member of the Shiloh Methodist Episcopal Church for 22 years.
William Bird died at the age of 81 on February 14, 1869. He and Maria are buried at the secluded Shiloh Cemetery in Decatur County, Indiana. Unfortunately his tombstone was damaged when the cemetery was vandalized in 2008. The Shiloh Cemetery Association now keeps the cemetery locked up to prevent further damage.