Mr. Bird Helton came as a small boy with his family from Kentucky in a covered wagon pulled by oxen. The family located in Macon County until 1907 and then moved to Marceline. He was employed by the coal mines for over fifty years. He married Annie Love who had moved to Marceline from Pennsylvania in 1893. They had five children and all are still living in Marceline. They are Ray, John, Gladys Atkins, Margaret Riley, and Geneva Helton.