Greetings to fellow Bird researchers of Edward Bird of Accomack (son John Bird): Have located Edward's English home prior to VA. Edward was listed as a "cordwainer" when he sailed for Virginia in 1664. Apparently, his son, John, was also a cordwainer per the following document located.
from New World Immigrants - Vol I
'D.566. John BIRD son of Edward BIRD from Shafston. Co. DORSET. About 21. A Cordwayner. Signs "John Burd".
John Bright. London. Merchant.
Virginia. 4. To serve as a Cordwayner. Booth. Capt. Peter Pagan.
19th June 1684. 5 pounds with him. Edward Pattman. (Abra.Bayly)."
My Note: "Burd" is a possible? poor transcription of document since first of document indicates "Bird" for both Edward and John. Apprenticed to John Bright of London for 4 years and says he was of Virginia. Sailed with Capt Pagan on the "Booth." Signed contract in front of Abraham Bayly.
Edward's will left his 100 acres to daughter while John got the cattle. As a cordwainer, it becomes more explanatory why John would get the cattle rather than the land.
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