Nathan Byrd and Bird’s Mill, GA

Continuing with research on Nathan W. Byrd, we find his daughter, Susan Catherine Byrd, married Mathew H. Albritton and lived in the vicinity of Ray’s Mill, GA.  In 1860, prior to coming to Berrien County, Nathan Byrd and his family were enumerated in Coffee County, living near the village of Bird’s Mill.  What is the Byrd/Bird connection?  Bird’s Mill has become a ghost town, with virtually no modern reference to its former location.  The census records of 1860 tell us a post office was located there.  The 1860 Gazetteer of Georgia identifies Bird’s Mill as one of five communities then extant in Coffee county.  Mark V. Wetherington gives additional details in his work, Plain folk’s fight: the Civil War and Reconstruction in Piney Woods Georgia.

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