May 10, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 3d page)
–Goodwin Birdsong, colored, died on Monday last of Bronchitis.
[According to the 1880 census of Weldon, Halifax, NC, a Goodwyn Birdsong, was born about 1828 in Virginia. He was a blacksmith and a widower at that time. If this is him, he would have been about 53 at the time of his death.]