John Birdsong was born to John Birdsong and Sarah Bennett in 1733. He married Mary Armistead. He was a member of the Halifax Resolve and he was a Major in the Revolutionary war in Chatham Co. NC. He was captured by Colonel David Fanning at the Chatham Co. NC courthouse. He was marched to the Coast at NC and put on a ship that went to Charleston SC. When the war was over he sold his land in Chatham Co. NC and moved to Union Co. SC where he played a part in the building of the first Union Co. SC courthouse.