Little is known about Mary Matilda (Ney) Bird. The daughter of Robert Ney and Margaret (nee) Armstrong, Mary was one of five children (John, Matthew, Margaret and Sarah).

On June 4, 1873, Mr. and Mrs. Bird were married in Glen Allen, Ontario. Mrs. Bird was a friend of Mr. Birdís first wife, Sarah Fraser who, along with their three year old daughter, Elizabeth and six month old son, died of tuberculosis in 1872.

Mrs. Bird preferred the quiet life of family and home. While Mr. Bird favoured the octagonal style of housing, Mrs. Bird fancied more conventional styled homes.

Mrs. Bird died on December 6, 1912 in Bracebridge at the age of 64.

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