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.

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.

William Davis (1831-1891) & Elizabeth Byerly (1831-1911)

William & Elizabeth are Todd’s great great grandparents, the parents of his great grandmother Maude Amy Davis. I don’t have a photo of William & Elizabeth, but I have photos of their children.

(Photos: All 15 of the Davis children, wearing mourning clothes, gathered after the death of their father in 1891. I was recently contacted by Deb Clements who has an original photo of the sons, which had belonged to Mrs. W. H. Cooper (Doris Francis Gray),  a daughter of the youngest Davis girl, Maude Amy Davis. It is marked with identification on the back as follows:
Standing, left to right: William Davis, Joseph Davis, Marion L. Davis, Thurman Davis. Seated, left to right: Henry Milton Davis, Andrew M. Davis, Ephraim Davis, Emory Davis.)

DAVIS Maude Amy's brothers black and white  DAVIS Maude Amy and sisters black and white

William Davis was born December 1, 1831. His parents are Ephraim Davis and Anna McClure. Read about them here.

Elizabeth Byerly was born April 17, 1831. Her parents are Andrew Byerly & Elizabeth Skiles of Pennsylvania. Andrew fought in the War of 1812. You can see his Find A Grave memorial here. Read about them here.

On the 1850 US Census, there is an 18 year old William in the household with Ephraim Davis in Ashland County, Ohio.

William and Elizabeth were married on April 15, 1852 in Ashland County, Ohio.

On the 1860 US Census, William was 27 and Elizabeth was 28. They had 6 children: Andrew, 8; Ephraim, 6; Emrie, 5; Henry, 3; Rebecca, 1; and Amanda, 2 months. They were farming in Ashland County, Ohio.

On the 1880 US Census, the family was farming in Holt County, Missouri. William and Elizabeth were 49. Henry was 23; Rebecca was 21; William was 18; Laura was 16; Joseph was 15; Margaret was 13; Marion was 12; Coraetta was 10; Minta was 9; Thurman was 7; Maude was 2.

William died on September 9, 1891. His Find A Grave memorial is here. See his obituary here.

On the 1900 US Census, Elizabeth was 69 years old and widowed. She’d had 15 children, and all were living. Three daughters lived at home: Rebecca Ann, 39, a servant; Laura, 35, a servant; and Estella, 26, a teacher.

On the 1910 US Census, Elizabeth was 79, widowed, and the mother of 13 living children. She lived with daughter Maggie and her husband Lew Stouffer (farmers) and their son in Atchison County, Missouri.

Elizabeth died on June 15, 1911. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

(Photos: The Davis family gathered after the death of Elizabeth Byerly Davis, 1911 in Craig, Missouri. In the top photo, Maude Amy Davis Gray is on the left in the front row, holding Ralph Richard Gray.)

DAVIS Maude Amy huge family photo black and white

DAVIS Maude Amy family gathered moms funeral 1911 black and white

The children of William Davis and Elizabeth Byerly:

Dr. Andrew Martin Davis – Dr. Davis was born October 4, 1852 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Emma Pettis and they had 3 children. He died on September 20, 1927 in Neosho County, Kansas. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ephraim T. Davis – Ephraim was born January 18, 1854 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Margaret Baker on November 21, 1880 in Holt County, Missouri, and they had 8 children. They farmed in Atchison County, Missouri. He died on February 20, 1930 in Atchison County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here. See his obituary here.

Emrie L. Davis – Emrie was born on 1856 in Ashland County, Ohio. He remained in Ohio, and married Nettie Staman. They had 2 children. He worked as a merchant. He died on March 23, 1931 in 1931 in Ashland County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here. See his obituary here.

Henry Milton Davis – Henry was born on May 30, 1857 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Clara Delvina Troxel in 1883, and they had 15 children. He farmed in Holt County, Missouri. He died on November 23, 1936 in Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Rebecca Ann Davis – Rebecca was born on October 3, 1859 in Ashland County, Ohio. She didn’t marry. She died of tuberculosis on February 13, 1910. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Amanda Elizabeth Davis – Amanda was born on March 14, 1861 in Ashland County, Ohio. She married James Hamilton Neely in 1880 in Ohio. They moved to Missouri and farmed in Atchison County, and then in 1910 they moved to Montana. They had 3 children. Amanda died on January 20, 1945 in Stanford, Montana. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

William W. Davis – William was born on July 24, 1862 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Alma Viola Wennihan in 1889 and they had 5 children. They farmed in Holt County, Missouri. William died on November 7, 1936 in Saint Joseph, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here. See his obituary here.

Laura Matilda Davis – Laura was born on April 5, 1864 in Ashland County, Ohio. She never married. She died on July 29, 1907. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Joseph Franklin Davis – Joseph was born on November 2, 1865 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Minnie Bayha in 1898 and they had no children. They farmed in Atchison County, Missouri. He died on September 27, 1933 in Fairfax, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Margaret Charlotte Davis – Margaret was born on April 10, 1867 in Ashland County, Ohio. She married Lewis H. Stouffer in 1889. They farmed in Atchison County, Missouri, and adopted a son. She died on May 14, 1923 in Atchison County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Marion Lucien Davis – Marion was born on February 6, 1869 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Jessie Sarah Bayha in 1900 and had 3 children. They farmed in Atchison County, Missouri. He died on June 2, 1944 in Fairfax, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here. See his obituary here.

Cora Etta Davis – Etta was born on January 3, 1870 in Ashland County, Ohio. She married Arch Sharp in 1900 and they had 1 child. (Arch had previously been married and widowed, and had 2 children.) Etta died on March 1, 1949 in Maryville, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. See her obituary here.

Minta Estella Davis – Estella was born on October 16, 1872 in Ashland County, Ohio. She never married, and worked as a teacher in public schools. She died on April 19, 1948 in Holt County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. See her obituary here.

Thurman Lee Davis – Thurman was born on May 18, 1873 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Geneva Walker in 1898 and they had 11 children. They farmed in Atchison County, Missouri. Thurman died May 23, 1964 in Fairfax, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Maude Amy Davis – Maude is Todd’s great grandmother. You can read more about her here.