839 Antioch Road
City Directories and History: Originally organized in 1814, the current Antioch Church sanctuary, constructed by W.H. “Billy” Bird, dates to 6/6/1885. Local historian Melvin Ware wrote: “The Birds were iron masters who came to this area from Virginia or Pennsylvania. They had an iron works just up the creek from us and another in Rutherford Co., NC. There’s a book “Iron Master’s Kin” by Vera Hardin that gives a good bit of history on the Birds, many of whom are buried at Antioch.” He was born Nov. 9, 1859, died Mar. 22, 1912 and is buried in Chihuahua, Mexico. He was the son of James Monroe Bird and Elalia Pratt Fulton and grandson of Edward and Margaret Smith Bird, all buried at Antioch Cemetery. Edward (I think), is the son of Mark Bird, who migrated from PA after his iron works there failed. He attempted again in the Carolinas but with limited success.
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