Anna “Annie” <I>Patterson</I> Bird

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Anna “Annie” Patterson Bird

  • Birth 1853
  • Death 1 Dec 1924
  • Burial Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Memorial ID 118465004

Annie was the second daughter of immigrant parents, the first child to be born in America. Her parents had married in England and had a daughter Eliza before their migration. When she was about 7 years old, her mother died and her father was left with five children to raise. About two years after the death of his wife Jane, Robert married a second time.

Annie met Charles Shaler Watson and according to church records they were married in the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh on November 20, 1866 when Annie was 13 years old. Charles was a traveling salesman who sold window polish. He preferred that Annie stay home while he traveled. This likely helps to explain why their first child was not born until over three years after they married. After the birth of their son, Annie began traveling with her husband and they brought their son with them to New York City. New York would seem like the right place to be if you were selling window polish. They remained in the area while their daughter Lillian was born, moving to Brooklyn, NY where Cora was born and on to Manhattan where their son Jesse was born in 1877. Their youngest son Robert was born back "home" in Pittsburgh dying shortly after birth.

It was not long before Charles moved his family west to Kansas. Charles died suddenly shortly after their move. At age 26, Annie was a widow with four young children between the ages of 5 and 10 and living in Valley Twp., Morris Co., Kansas 1000 miles from her home in Allegheny City. She took work as a housekeeper. It was difficult for her to earn enough money to support her family, but she was successful and was able to save enough money to return to Allegheny County with her children. Here she took in boarders on Juniata Street, to support her family. One of her boarders was Andrew Frank who fell in love with her oldest daughter Lillie and married her.

Annie herself met Richard Bird after her return to Pittsburgh and they were married April 20, 1890 in Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Annie and Richard had three children. Richard Jr. was born in 1893, Townsend was born in 1897, and the youngest child Ethel was born about 1901 when Annie was 48 and Richard was 45. Soon after Ethel's birth Annie and Richard moved to East Liverpool, Ohio and Richard found employment in Chester, West Virginia as a tinsman in a Tin Mill. Likely he had been working for the American Works and Tin Plate Company that was based in Pittsburgh. This company had a Chester Works plant in Chester, West Virginia and a transfer should have been fairly simple. At that time 90% of the tin produced in the United States, was produced in tin mills in PA, IN, OH and WV. Jesse and Lillie had married in the interim, and Cora, although single, remained in PA with her living siblings.

By 1916 Anna had moved back to Pittsburgh, residing at 1402 Juniata in Pittsburgh. This was the same street she was living on in 1892, and perhaps even the same address. Whether it was about this time that Richard changed jobs and became a teamster, is uncertain. Richard is not found on the 1920 census, and Annie begins to present herself as widowed in 1918. She did keep Richard's surname Bird, until her death in Pittsburgh in 1924. Richard remarried after Annie died and lived in Chester, WV until his death in 1932. Annie has been described as a likeable person, and we know she raised fun-loving children.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 118465004
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Anna “Annie” Patterson Bird (1853–1 Dec 1924), Find A Grave Memorial no. 118465004, citing United Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Susan Roach (contributor 47796231) .