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Eli Coe Birdsey Sr.
Eli Birdsey Sr.
Eli Coe Birdsey Sr.
American, 1799 - 1843
Eli Coe Birdsey
Biography: Eli Coe "Squire" Birdsey was born in Meriden, Connecticut on 21 December 1799, the son of Gershom Birdsey and Lucy Coe Birdsey. On 3 June 1824, he married Rebecca Cooke Wilcox. They had three children, among whom was Linus Birdsey (1825-1917). Eli Coe Birdsey was a clockmaker by trade and taught school, perhaps in Middlefield. He was the first selectman in 1833 and town clerk of Meriden from 1834-1843. He served in the Connecticut state legislature as a representative from Meriden in 1834 and 1835. Eli Coe Birdsey died on 9 October 1843.