Andrew Byerly (1785-1845) & Elizabeth Skiles (1787-1866)

Andrew Byerly and Elizabeth Skiles are Todd’s 3x Great Grandparents.

There’s a wonderful publication available online here that covers the Byerly Family. It’s written by siblings D. Jean Byerly Stauffer and Ted A. Byerly. I relied heavily on this document, especially for information on Elizabeth Skiles Black Byerly. Until I read this publication, I thought Skiles was Styles – it is recorded that way everywhere else. I also didn’t know when she died or who her parents were. Most places online record her death as 1826, the year she was married.

Andrew Byerly was born July 28, 1784 in Pennsylvania. He was baptized at Herold’s Reformed Church in Hempfield, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania on September 18, 1784. He is the son of Jacob Byerly (who fought in the American Revolution) and Anna Elizabeth Harmon.

Elizabeth Skiles was born April 15, 1787. She is the daughter of Harmon Skiles and Elizabeth Margaret McGuire. I’ve tried to research them but it’s hard because there are at least 3 generations of Harmons, and even multiples of the same generation. And the spellings – Harman, Harmon, Harmin, Herman, Skyles, Skiles, Skiels. Too much to wade through right now. Anyway …

Andrew served in the War of 1812. He was a Major in Colonel Reese Hill’s Regiment of the Pennsylvania Militia. Andrew then purchased 160 acres of land in Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio.

Andrew Byerly and Elizabeth Skyles were married August 18, 1826 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. (Elizabeth was the widow of James Black, who died in 1823. They had no children.) Andrew was 41 years old, and already farming and blacksmithing in Vermillion, Ohio. Elizabeth was 39.

On the 1830 US Census, Andrew was head of a household in Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio. They were a family of 6: 2 males under age 5 (Peter was 3 and Jacob was 1); 1 male age 40-49 (Andrew was 45); 1 female aged 15-19 (I don’t know who this was); 1 female aged 40-49 (Elizabeth was 43.)

On the 1840 US Census, Andrew was head of a household in Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio. They were a family of 6: 1 male under age 5 (Joseph was 5); 2 males aged 10-14 (Peter was 13 and Jacob was 11); 1 male aged 50-59 (Andrew was 55); 1 female aged 5-9 (Elizabeth was 9); 1 female aged 50-59 (Elizabeth was 53.)

Andrew Byerly died on May 18, 1845 . His Find A Grave memorial is here. (His birth year is incorrect on the stone.) His estate was probated on April 19, 1847 and those records are available at Ancestry.com.

I can’t find the family on the 1850 US Census. On the 1860 US Census, Elizabeth, age 73, lived with son Joseph, age 25 in Vermillion, Ashland County, Ohio. Nearby are son Peter and wife Elizabeth, daughter Elizabeth and husband William, and son Jacob and his wife Nancy. The document cited earlier gives an extensive account of what happened to the family land after Andrew died.

Elizabeth died on April 24, 1866. She is buried next to her husband.

The children of Andrew Byerly & Elizabeth Skiles:

Peter Byerly – Peter was born June 24, 1827 in Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio. He married Elizabeth Harlan on November 10, 1853. They had 2 children. Peter was a farmer and blacksmith like his father. He died on October 6, 1903 in Mifflin, Ashland County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Jacob Byerly – Jacob was born May 4, 1829 in Greentown, Stark County, Ohio. He married Nancy Weddell on October 12, 1848 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had 12 children. He died in 1906. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Elizabeth Byerly – Elizabeth is Todd’s 2x Great Grandmother. Read about her here.

Joseph Byerly – Joseph was born in 1835 in Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio. He married Mary E. Shaffer on January 2, 1868 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had 6 children. Joseph served in the Civil War with the 114th Regiment of the Ohio Infantry. He died December 22, 1907 in Vermillion, Ashland County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

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