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Julia Bird "Birdie Byrd" Spilman Dewey
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Birth: Feb. 16, 1856
Covington
Kenton County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Apr. 1, 1942
Jacksonville
Duval County
Florida, USA

Byrd Spilman Dewey was born Julia Bird Spilman. She married Fred Sidney Dewey September 25, 1877 in Salem, Illinois. Mrs. Dewey was the grand-niece of President Zachary Taylor.

The Deweys moved to Florida in December, 1881, first settling in Orange County. They lived several years in Jacksonville before finally settling in West Palm Beach, Florida, where they built a fine home on Lake Worth. In the 1880s Mrs. Dewey began writing for women's magazines, contributing short stories, articles on housekeeping and cooking. In 1891, she became the first newspaper columnist in South Florida with her weekly column "The Sitting Room" where she wrote under the pen name Aunt Judith.

Mrs. Dewey wrote the 1899 national best-seller Bruno which one acclaim and remained in print more than 20 years. Her second book was The Blessed Isle and its Happy Families. The book finished the trilogy work of pioneering life in South Florida.

After her husband's death in 1919, Mrs. Dewey became the field secretary for the Florida Audubon Society and traveled the state lecturing on bird sanctuaries and the protection of natural resources. She retired to Jacksonville in 1930, and passed away at the age of 86 in 1942.

Crossing the Bar
Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.
-Alfred Lord Tennyson
 
 
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 Parents:
  Jonathan Edward Spilman (1812 - 1896)
  Elizabeth Sarah Taylor Spilman (1822 - 1866)
 
 Spouse:
  Fred Sidney Dewey (1836 - 1919)
 
 Children:
  Elizabeth Dewey (1885 - 1885)*
 
 Siblings:
  Charles E. Spilman (1846 - 1921)*
  Anna Louise Spilman (1848 - 1945)*
  William Magill Spilman (1854 - 1926)*
  Julia Bird Spilman Dewey (1856 - 1942)
  Clara Lee Spilman Andrews (1857 - 1930)*
  Lewis Hopkins Spilman (1860 - 1939)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
I am HOME.
 
Burial:
Greenlawn Cemetery
Jacksonville
Duval County
Florida, USA
 
Created by: MysteryMachineBB
Record added: Oct 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 79235452
Julia Bird Birdie Byrd <i>Spilman</i> Dewey
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Julia Bird Birdie Byrd <i>Spilman</i> Dewey
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Julia Bird Birdie Byrd <i>Spilman</i> Dewey
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