|Birth: ||Oct. 30, 1809|
|Death: ||Mar. 12, 1882|
Greenup Bird was born in Glasgow, Barren county, Kentucky., Oct. 30th, 1809, the only child of John & Katherine Bird. He removed with his father about 1816 to Tennessee, and in 1818 they moved to the "Boone's Lick Country," (then territory of Missouri), and settled at Franklin, Howard county, and at the age of about 13 he quit school and began working in various stores.
He came with his father to Clay county, and settled at Liberty March 31st, 1831, He then moved to a farm where Kearney now stands, in 1843, and remained on it about one year, returning to Liberty in December, 1844.
He was elected County Clerk of Clay county in 1846, and served until 1852.. In 1855 he quit the mercantile business and sold out to Wm. A. McCarty, and accepted, in July, 1858, the position of cashier of the Farmers' Bank, (Branch at Liberty), and continued there until 1864. In 1864 he removed to Leavenworth, Kan., and became cashier of the First National Bank, resigning in 1865, and returning to Liberty and becoming cashier of the Clay County Savings Association.
On February 13, 1866 Jesse James committed the first daylight bank robbery in peace time. This was at the Clay County, Missouri Savings Association, Liberty, Missouri. Greenup Bird was the cashier. ("Cashier" in those days was something similar to the bank manager). Greenup Bird and his son, William Bird, also an employee of the bank, were put in the vault and the James Gang made off with approximately $60,000.
Later in the Spring of 1866 he moved to Chillicothe, Mo., and became cashier of the Chillicothe Savings Association, with Dr. J.B. Bell (now of Kansas City) as president. In 1874 he resigned as cashier at Chillicothe, and removed to Kansas City in the spring of 1875, where he lived until his death.
Mr. Bird was married at Franklin, Howard county, Missouri, March 11th, 1830, to Eleonora McCarty, who died in 1840. There were four children of this marriage: John Bird married Kate Kelly of Tennessee; James P. Bird never married, he lived in Liberty many years and was a bookkeeper at the old Liberty flouring mill on Mill Street; Kate Bird, married Rev. Jeoffrey C. Thornton; Greenup Bird, Jr. married Miss Sarah (Sallie) Morton, daughter of Dr. W. S. and Mrs. Morton of Liberty,. he was for some years cashier of Darius Gittings' bank, Later he moved to Kansas City and lived there until his death in 1903.
In 1842 Greenup Bird married for a second time, to Catharine Wilson, a daughter of Wm. Pixlee, one of the pioneer settlers of Clay county. There were seven children of this marriage: Margaret, or Maggie, as she was called, who became the wife of Judge James E. Lincoln; Mary Bird who married Alexander M. Dockery, of Gallatin, Mo., governor of Missouri, 1901-1905; Clara, wife of Witten McDonald of Kansas City, lumberman, banker and one time owner of the "Kansas City Times"; Ida, who died at the age of 16 years; William, who married Miss Mattie Vincell of St. Louis; George, unmarried; and Carrie, married H. C. Orr of Kansas City.
Katharine Bird (1784 - 1847)
Eleanora McCarty Bird (1807 - 1840)*
Catherine J. Pixlee Bird (1817 - 1896)*
James P Bird (____ - 1909)*
John E. Bird (1831 - 1915)*
William Greenup Bird (1838 - 1903)*
William Sedgwick Bird (1844 - 1888)*
Margaret Bird Lincoln (1845 - 1935)*
Mary Elizabeth Bird Dockery (1848 - 1903)*
Clara Bird McDonald (1850 - 1899)*
Ida Bird (1852 - 1869)*
George Fackler Bird (1858 - 1899)*
Caroline Moss Bird Orr (1861 - 1918)*
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Mount Memorial Cemetery
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Originally Created by: Kent Kooi
Record added: Sep 20, 2008
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