Mary Elizabeth Bird, born in Doe Hill, Virginia on 11 July 1883, was the eldest child of Oscar Adam Bird, a traveling salesman, and Mary Catherine Masters. The family moved to 11 Dent Street, Elkins, Randolph County, West Virginia in the early 1900s, according to a letter posted on Siblings listed in the 1920 Federal Census were Fred, Mattie (Martha), Maggie (Margaret), and John.

At the time of the 1920 Federal Census, Mary Elizabeth lived with her parents and was employed as a trained nurse in private practice. Her father died 2 December 1925, and Mary Elizabeth, still a private nurse, is found in the 1930 and 1940 census records living in the family home with her mother.

The aforementioned letter pertained to a document signed by James Monroe when he was governor of Virginia. Mary Bird found the document, which was donated to the Daughters of the American Revolution. The letter was written by Agnes Schmidt, Past Regent of the Six Flags Chapter (DAR) of Texas.

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