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William BIRD
Ms. DAVIS
WARNING:  Given some of the discrepancies in these data, I don't believe this to be a very sound family group sheet CAVEAT EMPTOR!
Husband:  William BIRD
Birth:  ca. 1672, Surry Co., VA
Death:  bef. 25 Aug 1748
Father:  Thomas BIRD
Mother:  Mary MADISON
Marriage:
Wife:  Ms. DAVIS
Children said to be born in Nansemond Co., VA:
1.  James BIRD, b. ca. 1695; d. 1752, Edgecombe Co., NC
2.  John BIRD, b. ca. 1700
3.  Barnabus "Barnaby / Barnabe / Barnaley" BIRD, b. ca. 1705; d. 1753; m. Ann MELTON, d/o Richard MELTON & Orpha / Oliphia / Ophilia? LATEN
4.  William BIRD, b. ca. 1710; m. 25 Nov 1731, Combs, SFK, Anne BLOOMFIELD, d/o Isaac BLOOMFIELD & Hannah WHITAN

It seems very unlikely to me that this William, who married in England, is the son of this father, because this father and all his children are said to have been born in Virginia.

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Ruminations: 

There is a John BIRD (b. 1755-74) who married a daughter of Reyderus CLARK.  In 1748, Reyderus CLARK was listed as a tithable in Lunenberg [now Bedford] Co., VA.  On the same tax list was John GILLAM, almost certainly kin (uncle?) of the younger John GILLUM/GILHAM/GILLHAM/GILLIUM who later married Sarah CLARK, d/o Reyderus.  Living with John GILLAM, as indicated on the same 1748 Lunenberg Co. tax list, was Barnaby BIRD

Reyderus CLARK and his two sons-in-law, John BIRD and John GILLHAM, ended up in Union [now Cherokee] Co., SC.  After the death of Reyderus (1801-3), John and Sarah (CLARK) GILLHAM moved to Madison Co., IL, where they lived out their lives. 

I have yet to identify John BIRD, but might he not be a son of Barnaby?  The few records I've found of Barnaby show him without children (he was the second of Ann MELTON's three husbands), but records of this time-period are scant.  And Reyderus did have a grant on Turkey Creek in 1763, and his niece did marry a DAVIS.  Otherwise, the proximity of Reyderus CLARK to a GILLAM and a BIRD is just toooo coincidental.


Sources:

1.  Brent H. Holcomb.  1980.  North Carolina Land Grants in South Carolina.  A. Press, Inc., Columbia, SC (republ. 1986 by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD; issued 2000 as Broderbund CD-524).
p. 127 Grants Issued
from
Tryon County
BIRD, WILLIAM File no. 392; Grant no. 44; Bk. 20, p. 698
Plat: Surveyed for William Bird 100 A on waters of Turkey Creek including the improvement he lives on ... June 16th 1769 Peter Johnston Sur. Mathew Harper & Samuel Gay, C B Grant issued 14 Nov 1771.

2.  Broderbund.  World Family Trees.  Vol. 15, Pedigree No. 272.

3.  Ancestry World Trees (online at Ancestry.com).

4.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: Ancestral File.

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