b. ca. 1750 - Virginia d. October 4, 1827 Putnam Co., IN
Jonathan Byrd was buried on the Old James Luther Byrd Farm in Floyd Twp., Putnam Co., IN 1827. The Sons of the American Revolution replaced the worn stone in 1976.
The towering walnut tree on the left side of the road stands at the head of Jonathan Byrd's grave.
According to the History of Cass Co., IA (1884) James Luther Byrd, son of Jonathan, "was quite a prominent man, having among other acts, given the casting vote that built the courthouse of that (Putnam) county".
This plaque is located in the Putnam Co. Courthouse, Greencastle, IN.
REVOLUTIONARY WAR PATRIOT
Jonathan Bird (Byrd) was born in Virginia before 1750. He married Rachel Sweet. They were the parents of at least three children; Abraham, James, and Rachel who married Lewis Powell. They probably lived in Virginia and Kentucky before coming to Indiana in the 1820's. Jonathan died on October 4, 1827 and was buried at this site.
In 1924, Cornelius F. Posson of Indianapolis and Chairman of the S.A.R. Committee on Patriot Markers certified, Jonathan was a captain in the Revolution. Demarchus Brown, then State Librarian, was the authority for the statement that he was "dropped from Pension roll in 1820 and was restored in 1823". He is listed on page 7 of Margaret R. Waters' Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Indiana.
Definite proof of the patriotic service of Jonathan Bird (Byrd) may be found in Volume 1, page 14, Folio 4 of the Revolutionary Army Accounts located in the North Carolina Archives. Specie Certificate # 821 recorded the payment of 16 shillings to Jonathan Bird by William and Carter, auditors of Washington and Sullivan Counties, which were part of the Salisbury Military District.
Dated June 12, 1783.
Taken from report from NC Archives & Records, May 31, 1973.
A special thanks to friend and colleague,
Bryan Chadd, for his help in locating Jonathan Byrd's grave. Without the help of Bryan and his mother, this would never have become a reality!
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