The BIRD Family of Towcester in Northamptonshire, England

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ROBERT BIRD (d. 1622) of Towcester m. Amy Unknown
DOROTHY BIRD (abt 1589 - 1676) m. Thomas Lord

First Generation

ROBERT BIRD (d. 1622) of Towcester

Parents: Unknown

Robert was buried on 22 Jul 1622 in Towcester. He married Amy Unknown. Amy, an 'olde widdowe', was buried on 19 Apr 1625 in Towcester. [Ref]

Robert made his will on 18 Jul 1622 in Towcester. He left his daughter Lord, wife of Thomas Lord, 40 shillings. The rest of his estate he left to his wife Amy and to his daughter Perris Tight, whose husband George Tight he says is deceased and who, he says, has seven fatherless children. [Ref provides a transcript]

Children of Robert Bird and Amy Unknown:

  1. Perris Bird married George Tight.
  2. Dorothy Bird married Thomas Lord.

Second Generation

DOROTHY BIRD (abt 1589 - 1676)

Parents: Robert Bird and Amy Unknown

Dorothy Bird was born about 1589. She died on 2 Aug 1676 in Hartford. [Ref] She married Thomas Lord on 20 Feb 1610/1. [Ref]

On 10 Feb 1610/1 Thomas was issued a marriage license in Peterborough, allowing him to marry Dorothy, the daughter of Robert Bird of Towcester. [Ref]

Thomas Lord, a 50-year-old smith, Dorothy, his 46-year-old wife and their children Thomas (16), Ann (14), William (12), John (10), Robert (9), Amy (6) and Dorothy (4) are on a 29 Apr 1635 list of passengers to be transported to New England on the Elizabeth and Ann. [Ref]

Thomas probably died before 14 May 1663, when the General Court ordered Dorothy to mend the fence granted to her and her husband. [Ref]

Dorothy made her will on 8 Feb 1669 in Hartford. She bequeathed her home and property to the children of her son Thomas, who died when 18 [!]. She mentions her daughter Amy Gilbert and her children; sons Robert, William and John; grandson Richard Lord; three Ingersoll children; daughter Stanton, the wife of Nicholas Clark. She left her son William her silver drinking bowl and her great brass kettle. [Ref] Little appears to be known about the wife of Nicholas Clark of Hartford.


Editors, "Founders of New England," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 14, 1860, 297 - 346.

Flagg, Ernest, Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England, Originally published in 1926 in Hartford, Reprinted Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1996.

Frost, Josephine C., Ancestors of Evelyn Wood Keeler, Wife of Willard Underhill Taylor, Brooklyn, unknown, 1985.