Veteran of the Spanish American War Private, Co K, 34th Michigan Infantry. Son of Sylvester Wilson and Jane "Jennie" Stanard, Birdis was born in 1872 in Allegan, Michigan. He married Vida Hoffmaster, daughter of Albert James Hoffmaster and Amelia A Mason, on 30 September, 1903, in Hopkins, Allegan, Michigan. Father of Wyatt Sylvester, Albert Leile, and Naomi Wilson. He died 16 October, 1932 in Petoskey, Michigan, and was buried at Maplewood Cemetery.