Born January 1949, Odessa, Texas.
Many thanks to the following references and sources:
1. My research partner and genealogist Donna Mayer of Illinois. She is a living descendent of the late George Anderson Bird and Elizabeth Ann Rhodes families. She is also a second cousin, once removed.
2. Written and typed records and photos from my paternal grandmother, Erlyce Evelyn Edwards Nelson (1901-1992).
3. Kent MacMahan, master genealogist, who is formally trained in this discipline and has been doing genealogical research just about everyday for over 33 years.
4. Records, photos and other documents courtesy of Nelson Toburen of Kansas who is a living descendent of the late Peter C Nelson and Carrie Addie Sowers families.
5. Records, photos and other documents courtesy Norma L. Pate and family of Colorado, who are living descendents of the late George Anderson Bird and Elizabeth Ann Rhodes families.
6 Records, photos and other documents courtesty Mr. Leon Phillips who is a living descendent of the late George Anderson Bird and Elizabeth Ann Rhodes families.
7 Very fine photo of Grace Lucretia Bird Koksi and family, courtesy Marianne and Jerry Koski.
8 Documents courtesy, Lisa Lempges, Information Services Manager, Shawnee Public Library, Genealogical Records, Shawnee, Oklahoma.
9 Wildrose, an excellent findagrave contributor.