Henderson County Tennessee
Contributed by Kathy Haney Williams
Butch (my husband) was given the portrait of Thomas and Elizabeth Bird by Butch’s uncle, the late Thomas J. Rhodes.
There was a handwritten page laminated and taped to the back of the frame.
Thomas Priddy Bird
Thomas was born October 21, 1815. He was the son of David Bird and Catherine Kittorah Priddy Bird. He was one of eleven children. The Bird family moved to Henderson County, Tennessee, about 1824. There were six sons and five daughters.
Thomas enlisted at Trenton, Tennessee. He, three of his brothers, and two of his sons served in the Confederate Army. All but he had died by the end of 1864.
Thomas was a corporal in Co. F, Brown's 55th Tennessee Infantry. He was given a medical discharge in October 1862.
He was captured on Island #10 in the Mississippi River and was a prisoner of war until his exchange in Meridian, Mississippi.
He is buried in the cemetery at New Hope Methodist Church in the Shady Hill Community of Henderson County, Tennessee. The row he is buried in is considered "The Bird Row" with many of the family buried there. His father is buried there also and has a marker near the end. It is broken.
Thomas gave the land for the church and the cemetery. He died in 1910 at the age of 95.