William Bird, Col.

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William Bird, Col.

Birthplace: Hopewell, Somerset County, West Jersey
Death: November 16, 1761 (54-55)
Birdsboro, Berks County, Pennsylvania
Place of Burial: Douglassville, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Andrew Bird, ll; Thomas (Bort) Bird; Marie Katrun Bird and Mary Howlett
Husband of Bridgetta Bird
Father of James Bird; Col. Mark E Bird; William Bird, Jr; Rebecca Redman; Rachel Bird Wilson and 7 others
Brother of Lieut. Andrew Byrd, III; George Bird; James Bird; Richard Byrd; Burgeon Bird and 13 others
Half brother of Henrick Wilston and Margrietje Wilston

Occupation: Ironmaster
Managed by: Private User
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About William Bird, Col.

William Bird (about 1706-1761) William Bird was born in Hopewell, East New Jersey, now known as Raritan, Somerset County, New Jersey. By 1740 William Bird had established his Birdsboro Iron Works on the West Branch of Hay Creek, where it empties into the Schuylkill River. In 1744 he built the "Bird Manor House" out of brownstone adjacent to his Birdsboro Forge and Birdsboro water grist mills. By 1751 William Bird had finished the "Bird Mansion" and layout out the site for a town around it. This town became known as Birdsboro. In 1752 Berks County was formed out of Philadelphia, Chester and Lancaster Counties. In 1753, He was instrumental in establishing the St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church for his workers at Birdsboro Furnace. It was located in the old building used by the Swedish Lutheran Congregation, in Morlatton, now Douglassville, Berks County. Some properties owned by William Bird - Hopewell Iron Works, Birdsboro Iron Works, Upper, Middle and Lower Pine Forges; Sands Forge; Roxborough Furnace; over 8,000 acres of land located mostly in what is now Union Township and the rest in Robeson Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. The Bird Mansion, with financial aid from the Brooke Family and public subscribers, became a Community Memorial Hall in 1919. In honor of the local Veterans of World War I. In the 1930's it was made a "Community Memorial" and the new Y.M.C.A. building. William Bird's Mansion is located in Birdsboro, Pa. and still is used as a Community Center. You might want to add...... (On November 16, 1761, Ironmaster, William Bird died. According to his Obituary Notice, in the Pennsylvania Gazette: "William Bird Esq., died November 16, 1761, of apoplexy, in his town home in Reading, Berks County, PA.". William was buried at Saint Gabriel's Episcopal Church Cemetery in Morlatton, (now Douglassville), Amity Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania. William was one of the founding members of this church. His gravestone reads: "In Memory of William Bird, Esq., who departed this life November 16th , 1761, Aged 55 years."

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William Bird, Col.'s Timeline

Hopewell, Somerset County, West Jersey
Hopewell, Somerset County, West Jersey
September 28, 1736
Age 30
Amity Township, Berks, PA, United States
July 31, 1737
Age 31
<Douglassville, Berks, Pa>
January 2, 1738
Age 32
Amity Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 32
Amity Township, Berk, PA, United States
February 4, 1739
Age 33
Berks, Pennsylvania
Age 36
Amity Township, Berks, PA, United States
June 11, 1744
Age 38
Amity Township, Berks, PA, United States