Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

William Bierd


The photo is William U. Bierd


William U. Bierd was born August 17, 1846 in Troy, New York to Archibald “Archie” and Jane Ward Bierd. He came to Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan in 1861 with his parents. William married Julietta Clark on April 22, 1871 in Carrollton, Saginaw County, Michigan. Julietta “Etta” was born October 22, 1852 in Zilwaukee, Saginaw County, Michigan to Abraham and Emilia/Amelia Baker Clark.

William U. and Julietta had the following child:


  1. William A. Bierd was born January 7, 1874. William married Viola Nelson. Viola was born December, 1877 in Canada. Viola Bierd died in May, 1908 at Woman's Hospital, Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. William A.  Bierd died on June 25, 1913 in Merrill, Saginaw County, Michigan. He was struck by lightning. William A. and Viola are buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.                                                                                                                                                                   William  A. and Viola had the following children:

William and Julietta's Grandson, Harry William Bierd





a.  Harry William Bierd was born in  October 12/13, 1897 in Lakefield Township.



William and Julietta's Granddaughter, Beatrice Bierd




b.  Beatrice Bierd was born October 5, 1901 in Lakefield Township. 

William U. Bierd served the Lakefield Township in the following offices:

  1. Appointed to Inspector of Elections on April 2, 1894.

  2. Appointed to Building Committee for Township Hall on April 13, 1895.

  3. Appointed to Overseer of Highways District #3 on April 5, 1897.

  4. Appointed to Building Committee to build a shed on Township Hall Property December 12, 1897.

  5. Elected as Township Supervisor on April 4, 1898.


In 1896, William U. and Julietta owned and operated 80 acres in Section 16 on Lakefield Road between Fenmore and Meridian Roads. Their neighbors were: Edward Kissane, John Kissane, Frank Glinke, James Clark, Jenette Parker, Mike Kissane and Edward Miller.


The Saginaw News - Saturday, January 18, 1902, page 1 states the following:


                                                 EX-SUPERVISOR WM. BIERD                                                                    Passed Away at His Home in the Township of Lakefield From                    Stroke of Paralysis


 The death of ex-Supervisor Wm. Bierd, of the township of Lakefield, took place yesterday morning at his home in that place, but it was not known to this city until late in the afternoon, when it was announced at the meeting of the board of supervisors, where it produced a spirit of gloom.  The members immediately passed a resolution of sympathy and the act will be presented officially to the bereaved friends.  Mr. Bierd was a well known resident in the part of the county where he had lived for the past several years and was very active in local politics.  Originally he was a Republican, so The News was informed this morning by Superivsor Hinterman, who succeeded him, but about three years ago became associated with the Populist party and was just as sincere in his news faith as he was in the old.  He held the office of supervisor for five years and only retired from the board last spring.  A few weeks ago he suffered a paralytle stroke, it is said, and since that time has been in declining health, consequently his death was not a surpirse to his friends and family.  He leaves a wife and one son, William.  He was 53 years old."




By 1916, the 80 acres of land in Section 16 on Lakefield Road belongs to the estate of William U. Bierd. William U. Bierd died January 17, 1902, William A. Bierd died June 5, 1913, William A.'s wife, Viola Bierd died May 1908 and William U.'s wife, Julietta Bierd died on May 12, 1917.


In 1917, Harry William Bierd is living in Saginaw, Michigan and Beatrice Bierd is living in Flint, Genesee County, Michigan.


William U. and Juliette are both buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.

SOURCES: 1900 United States Census; Lakefield Township Records; 1896 Lakefield Township Plat Map; 1916 Lakefield Township Plat Map; William U. and Juliette Bierd's marriage record; William A. Bierd birth and death record; Viola Bierd's obituary; William U. Bierd's death record; Harry William Bierd's Lakefield birth record; Beatrice Bierd's Lakefield birth record; Harry William Bierd WWI draft registration and Lakefield Township Cemetery, The Saginaw News and William Bierd's photo from Melanie Boyce Kirkham; Parker School photos.

Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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