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Thomas Byrd, Sr.

Nicknames: "Thomas Bird"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: City of London, England
Death: Died in Henrico, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of John Bird, Goldsmith of London and Grace Elizabeth Stegge
Husband of Martha Byrd; Martha Byrd; Mary Howlett Byrd and Elizabeth Byrd
Father of William Byrd; Robert Byrd; Abraham Byrd; Thomas Byrd, II; William Byrd and 2 others
Brother of William Evelyn Byrd, of Westover; Elizabeth Byrd; Sarah Robinson; Grace Stegge Richards and Mary Guy
Half brother of Andrew Bird, Sr.

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About Thomas Byrd, Sr.

According to the collected letters of William Byrd I of Westover, Thomas was still in England up until 1691. He married first a young woman named Martha in 1690; she and their firstborn child Robert Bird died in London within a week of the baby's birth in December 1690.

Thomas met Widow Mary (Baugh) Howlett (1655 - 1710) c. 1691/92 when he immigrated to VA. They did have surviving children.

It appears from the letters of William I to his brother Thomas that he was in an apprenticeship in London and from the tone of the letters, he sounded many years younger than William, although his birth date is given as 1654 in official genealogies.

According to "The Correspondence of the Three Byrds of Westover": "an inventory of Thomas Byrd's estate was filed in Henrico Co., VA June 1, 1710, and in July Thomas Howlett, Jr. (son or stepson of Mary Howlett Byrd) was granted leave to administer the estate of his deceased mother, Mary Byrd, with Captain Thomas Jefferson entering himself security."

Thomas Byrd and his brother William acquired land grants in Virginia. They used the land to grow tobacco. In addition, the brothers were merchants and fur traders. Thomas did not enjoy the notarization or the wealth that his brother did which was carried down to his descendants.

Find A Grave Memorial# 43313336 - http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=43313336.

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Thomas Byrd, Sr.'s Timeline

1654
1654
City of London, England
1680
1680
Age 26
Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, United States
1684
1684
Age 30
1690
1690
Age 36
1691
December 1691
Age 37
City of London, England
1694
1694
Age 40
UK
1695
1695
Age 41
VA, USA
1700
1700
Age 46
Southampton,,Virginia,USA
1703
December 1, 1703
Age 49
1703
Age 49
VA, USA