|Birth: ||Feb. 28, 1841|
|Death: ||Apr. 25, 1883|
Martha Ann McGinnis was born 28 February 1841 in Jasper County, Missouri, fourth child of William (Bill) McGinnis and Alta Marilda Kelley. Her family and friends knew her as "Mattie".
Mattie's father died when she was four, leaving her, her mother, five siblings. Her mother married 10 months later to a widower, John Fullerton. With the combination of the two families, plus the birth of four new half siblings, Mattie at one time lived in a household of 18.
It is generally thought that the family had Confederate sympathies. Mattie's step-father owned two slaves in 1850, though her mother was not a slaveowner by the time of the war. One of her step-brothers, Josiah Fullerton, served the Union cause. Mattie's step-father died in 1855. While affluent by the standards of the day, her family still was hard-pressed when the Civil War came. The county saw much skirmishing involving both regular troops and guerrilla forces on both sides. The family fell prey to raiding, and Mattie told a tale of having to cut down the bodies of two soldiers that she and her sisters found hanged from a peach tree after a battle. One of her younger sisters, Clem, died during the War.
Shortly after the War's end, Mattie met and married David Perkins, a young man originally from Iowa, on 15 July 1866. The marriage was blessed with a son the following year, but tragedy struck when their son, Horace, died at the age of seven days, and was compounded when her husband died four months later.
Mattie married again on 30 November 1869 to Owen Lovejoy Bird, a farmer recently transplanted from Kankakee County, Illinois. They settled on a farm on Centre Creek, south of Carthage, Missouri, and had six children, four of whom survived to adulthood.
Mattie did not get to see her children reach adulthood. She died on 25 April 1883. According to a story passed down through her son, Irwin, she was killed when the gun she was using to shoot a chickenhawk backfired, and knocked her over the fence against which she was bracing, breaking her neck. She was 42 when she died, and her children ranged from two to twelve.
April surely must have been a cruel month for her family. Her younger brother, Sam Fullerton, died on the 2nd of that month, and her sister, Amanda Smith, died on the 19th.
[Odd trivial factoid about Mattie's life: She had lived during three Presidential administrations within the first five weeks of her life, having been born during the final week of the Van Buren administration, which was followed by the one-month-long term of William Henry Harrison. In her 42 years, she saw 14 presidents (Van Buren through Arthur); a person of that age today would have seen only eight administrations.]
William S. McGinnis (1810 - 1845)
Alta Marilda Kelley Fullerton (1812 - 1884)
Owen Lovejoy Bird (1839 - 1915)
David S. Perkins (1842 - 1867)*
Horace M. Perkins (1867 - 1867)*
Morris Bird (1870 - 1947)*
infant boy Bird (1871 - 1871)*
Emma M. Hill (1872 - 1946)*
Oliver Charles Bird (1875 - 1951)*
William C. Bird (1875 - 1875)*
Frederick Irwin Bird (1880 - 1915)*
John Greenberry McGinnis (1834 - 1898)**
Harriet Jane McGinnis Oliver (1836 - 1916)*
Sarah Ann McGinnis (1838 - 1838)*
Mary Dicia McGinnis Thomas (1839 - 1899)*
Martha Ann McGinnis Bird (1841 - 1883)
Lavina Clementine McGinnis (1843 - 1862)*
Berzillah America McGinnis Matthews (1845 - 1911)*
Miriam E. Fullerton Warner (1847 - 1926)**
Amanda Marilda Fullerton Smith (1849 - 1883)**
Isabella Francis Fullerton Ross (1851 - 1930)**
William Samuel Fullerton (1853 - 1883)**
April 25, 1883
42 Y 1M 25D
Gone but not forgotten
Note: Headstone is worn.
Maintained by: Andrea Panneck
Originally Created by: Missourian
Record added: Oct 31, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43767724