Jacob Byerly (1759-1858) & Anna Elizabeth Harmon (1760-1826)

Jacob Byerly and Anna Elizabeth Harmon are Todd’s 4x 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. The book has wonderful, exciting information about the life of Jacob Byerly, and his parents, so be sure to take a look.

Jacob Byerly was born on May 7, 1760 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He is the oldest child of Johannes Andreas “Andrew” Beyerle/Byerly (1718-1785), born in Germany, and his 3rd wife Phoebe Beatrice Gulden (1736-1804), born in Pennsylvania. Check out the above linked publication to read about Andrew’s immigration, to what would become the United States, in 1738. Andrew was a tavern owner and baker. Phoebe served as a nurse during the American Revolution, and started a Sunday School for the children at Fort Walthour. His Find A Grave memorial is here, and hers is here.

Anna Elizabeth Harmon was born May 2, 1763. She is the daughter of Christian Harmon (1728-1779, and born in Germany) and Christena Magdelina Lenhart Harmon Dumboldt (1728-1820, and born in Holland). They married in Pennsylvania. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Christian Harmon served in the American Revolution.

Jacob enlisted to serve in the American Revolution in May of 1777. He was 17 years old. He served in Captain Heath’s Company, in the 13 Virginia Regiment.  He served for 3 years.

Jacob and Elizabeth married in 1781.

On the 1790 US Census, Jacob was head of a household of 7 in Hempfield, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania: 3 males under age 16 (Jacob was 7, Andrew was 6, and Henry was 2); 1 male over age 16 (Jacob was 30); 3 females (wife Elizabeth was 27, daughter Mary was 3, and one unknown.)

On the 1800 US Census, Jacob’s household totaled 11. They were in North Huntington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The household consisted of: 4 males under age 10 (Joseph was 6, Benjamin was 9, and two unknowns); 2 males aged 10-15 (Peter was 11 and Henry was 12); 1 male aged 16-25 (Jacob was 16); 1 male aged 26-44 (Jacob was 40); 1 female under age 10 (Susan was 2); 1 female aged 10-15 (Mary was 13); 1 female aged 26-44 (Elizabeth was 37).

On the 1810 US Census, Jacob’s household totaled 12 and they were still in North Huntington, Westermoreland County, Pennsylvania. The household consisted of: 3 males under age 10 (John was 9, David was 7, and Louis was 5); 1 male aged 10-15 (Joseph was 16); 4 males aged 16-25 (Benjamin was 19, Peter was 21, Henry was 22, and Andrew was 26); 1 male aged 45 or older (Jacob was 50); 1 female aged 10-15 (Susan was 12); 1 female aged 16-25 (Mary was 23); 1 female aged 45 or older (Elizabeth was 47).

On the 1820 US Census, the household remained in North Huntington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and they totaled 9: 1 male under age 10 (unknown); 1 male aged 10-15 (Louis was 15); 4 males aged 16-25 (David was 17, John was 19, Joseph was 26, and one unknown); 1 male aged 26-44 (Benjamin was 29); 1 male aged 45 or over (Jacob was 60); 1 female aged 16-25 (Susan was 22). Wife Elizabeth was 57 but wasn’t enumerated. Sons Peter and Jacob Jr. live nearby. Son Henry had died 7 years previously, leaving a widow who never remarried and 4 children.

Elizabeth died on February 8, 1826. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1830 US Census, Jacob Byerly was listed as an Esquire in Hempfield, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. I suspect he lived with a son’s family, but I haven’t figured out which one. There were 14 in the household: 1 male under age 5 (unknown); 1 male between ages 5 and 9 (unknown); 1 male aged 15-19 (unknown); 1 male aged 20-29 (Louis was 25); 1 male aged 30-39 (Joseph was 34); 1 male aged 60-69 (Jacob was 70); 3 females under age 5 (unknown); 2 females aged 10-14 (unknown); 1 female aged 30-39 (unknown); 1 female aged 70-79 (unknown.)

On the 1840 US Census, Jacob was in North Huntington, Westermoreland County, Pennsylvania. The household totaled 6: 1 male aged 20-29 (unknown); 1 male aged 30-39 (Louis was 35); 1 male aged 40-49 (Joseph was 46); 1 male aged 70-79 (Jacob was 80); 1 female aged 15-19 (unknown); 1 female aged 40-49 (unknown.)

On the 1850 US Census, Jacob was 90 and lived in North Huntington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania with son Joseph, age 56, and grandson Josiah Hull, age 20.

Jacob died July 7, 1858 in Stewartsville, North Huntington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He was 99. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Children of Jacob Byerly and Anna Elizabeth Harmon, all believed to have been born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania:

Jacob Byerly Jr. – Jacob was born in 1783.  Some people believe Jacob died just a couple of years later. However, I wonder if that is the case. On the 1790 US Census, Jacob Jr. fits into the enumeration as a male under age 10. Jacob Jr.’s step-grandfather Benjamin Lord mentions his step-son Jacob and his son Jacob Jr. in his will in 1793. On the 1820 US Census, there’s a Jacob Jr. living next door to Jacob and Anna. On the 1840 US Census, “Jacob Byerly Senior, age 80” was listed as a veteran. On the 1870 US Census there was a Jacob Byerly, age 87, born in 1783, living in a boarding house in Alleghany County, Pennsylvania. To further complicate things, there’s a Find A Gave memorial for a Jacob Byerly born the same year as Jacob Jr, and the memorial says that he is the son of this Jacob’s brother. Did brothers both have sons named Jacob Byerly in 1783 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania? It’s possible. I’m not sure what to think about Jacob Byerly Jr.

Andrew Byerly – Andrew is Todd’s 3X Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

Mary Elizabeth Byerly – Mary was born May 17, 1787. She married William Skelly, who was born in Ireland and served in the War of 1812. They had at least 5 children. She died on February 14, 1845 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Henry Byerly – Henry was born in 1788. According to “A Genealogy of the Bear Family” as accessed from Ancestry.com, Henry was married and had a son. He then married Rebecca Bear on May 15. 1806. They had 4 children. He died in 1813.

Peter Byerly – Peter was born May 13, 1789. He married cousin Sarah Byerly (daughter of his uncle Andrew Byerly and aunt Anna Christina Fruit Byerly.) They had about 10 children. He died April 21, 1856 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Benjamin Byerly – Benjamin was born in May 15, 1791. He served in the War of 1812. He married Jane Stewart in about 1822 and they had several children. After Jane’s death, he married Emily Grass in 1854. He died January 3, 1864 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Joseph Byerly – Joseph was born February 1, 1794. He died on December 19, 1860 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. I don’t think Joseph married or had children, and I believe he lived with his father until his father’s death. On the 1850 US Census he is listed by name living with his father. On the 1860 US Census Joseph is living with a nephew (Joseph Byerly, son of his brother Peter), a niece (Rebecca Hull Greenawalt, daughter of his sister Susannah), her husband and children. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Susannah Byerly – Susannah was born on April 27, 1798. She married John Hull on December 9, 1823 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. They had at least 8 children. She died in 1854 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

John Byerly – John was born on March 8, 1801. He married Susannah Skiels. They had at least 2 daughters. He died March 1, 1873 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

David Byerly – David was born June 3, 1803. He married Harriet Clark. They had at least 8 children. He died on November 2, 1888 in Indiana County, Indiana. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Louis Byerly – Louis was born on December 8, 1805. He married Lydia Ann McWilliams.  They had 2 daughters. He died on April 9, 1873 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

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