Cocke County, Tennessee
Martha (John) Bird
Civil War Widow's/Minors Pension

Names mentioned: John Bird, Martha M Click Bird, David S Templin, Andrew Jackson Bird, Nancy Ann Bird, YJ Morris, Alexander McNabb, William V Hartsell, Catherine Murrell, WC McClanahan, D Ward Stuart, Nancy Murrell.

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Abstracted and submitted by Bruce Price

John Bird
served in Co C, East Tenn Cavalry [2nd Reg Tenn Cavalry]. He enrolled 9/16/1862 and died of typhoid fever at Murfreesboro, TN 2/13/1863. He married Martha M Click on 8/31/1856. Martha remarried to David S Templin on 9/04/1865. John and Martha had two children: Andrew Jackson Bird born 8/17/1857 and Nancy Ann Bird born  8/01/1862.

By 2/16/1867 David S Templin was guardian of the minor children of John Bird. He stated that John Bird and Martha M Click were married in Cocke County by YJ Morris, MG.  There is a transcript of the marriage license in the file. David S Templin and Martha Bird were married in Cocke County by Alexander McNabb, JP.

Martha filed a claim on 6/13/1864 in Sevier County. She lived in the 9th Civil District of Cocke County and was twenty-five years old.

David S Templin and William V Hartsell, residents of Cocke County, swore that they were acquainted with John Bird and Martha Bird and knew that the couple was married. This document was dated 6/13/1864.

Catherine Murrell of Cocke County swore that she was present at the birth of Andrew J Bird. WC McClanahan and D Ward Stuart witnessed her signature. Nancy Murrell swore that she was present at the house of John and Martha Bird when Nancy Ann was born.

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