|Birth: ||Jun. 15, 1833|
|Death: ||Nov. 19, 1893|
Joseph Abraham Birdwell of Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee migrated with his wife Justonia and their four children to Smith County, Texas in the year 1869. The first crop the Birdwell planted was destroyed by hail. They then left Smith County and moved to Blue Ridge, Texas in 1870.
Joseph Abraham Birdwell bought approximately 1,500 acres from the Sister Grove Creek to the Pilot Grove Creek and was one mile wide; this was a part of the Mowery Survey. He built the first cotton gin in Blue Ridge; the Goforth and Jenkins homes are now on this site.
The cotton gin was horse powered. His daughter Catherine's ( Langham) job was to gin the cotton. Mollie ( Price), another daughter, carried the wicker baskets of cotton from the farmers' wagons to the gin hopper where it was ginned into bales. They did well to gin three or four bales a day. He later sold this gin to Jim Barnett in 1878.
Joseph and Justonia Birdwell were parents of twelve children, which included three daughters. Mollie Birdwell was married to Jacob P. Price December 22, 1882, and they were the parents of 11 children. Amos Womble of McKinney is a grandson of theirs. Another daughter Catherine was married to Sidney Langham. Canzada was married to Bill Baker. All three daughters reared their families on farms inherited from Joseph Birdwell.
Birdwell, EARLY SETTLERS OF COLLIN COUNTY." Collin County, Texas History and Genealogy Webpage by Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries, Inc.
above thanks to Find A Grave contributor Sherry #47010546
Justona Agnes Van Hoosier Birdwell (1839 - 1889)
Mary Susan Birdwell Price (1866 - 1940)*
Serena Catherine Birdwell Langham (1870 - 1953)*
Fannie Birdwell (1875 - 1875)*
Cansada Maud Birdwell Baker (1878 - 1973)*
Viola Elizabeth Birdwell Doss (1880 - 1965)*
Maintained by: Richard Hollis
Originally Created by: Will & Shelly
Record added: Sep 05, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6754487
Rest in Peace.|
Added: Sep. 15, 2012
Added: Oct. 10, 2007
Joseph Abraham Birdwell was born in Giles Co. TN. He married Juston Agnes Van Hoozer 12 August 1854 in Giles county. Together they had 12 children.|
Linda Cowan Baker
Added: Nov. 27, 2002