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 & Elizabeth Byerly Family Bible Pages

Here are (photos of copies of) pages from a Davis family Bible listing the births of parents William & Elizabeth Davis, and their 15 children, and the death of William. In many places there is writing over writing, so I suspect this wasn’t filled out as children were born. The birth dates for Henry Milton Davis says April 31st but his death certificate says May 30.

DAVIS family bible page 1

DAVIS family bible page 2

DAVIS family bible record page 3

Franklin Edgar Gray (1878-1971) & Maude Amy Davis (1877-1972)

updated February 2019

Edgar & Maude are Todd’s great grandparents, the parents of his grandfather Ralph Richard Gray.

GRAY Franklin Edgar DAVIS Maude Amy All Kids

This photo was taken on Edgar & Maude’s 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1950. Back row, left to right: Ralph Richard, Carl Lee, Donald Davis, Dean Alexander, Harold Murray. Front row left to right: Marian Lucille, Frances Doris, Maude & Edgar, Florence Edna, Hope Elizabeth.

Franklin Edgar Gray was born on August 1, 1878 in Missouri. His parents are Alexander Gray and Rose Althea Browning. He was the oldest of their 4 children. Read more about them here.

Maude Amy Davis was born on November 8, 1877 in Ashland, Ohio but had moved to Holt County, Missouri by 1880. Her parents are William Davis and Elizabeth Byerly. I wrote more about them here. She was the youngest of their 15 children.

On the 1880 US Census, Edgar was 2 and lived with his parents in Atchison County, Missouri. They were farming. Maude was also 2 and lived with her parents in Holt County. They too were farming. In 1891, Maude’s father William died.

Edgar & Maude were married on February 18, 1900 in Craig, Missouri. Four months later they were enumerated on the 1900 US Census. Edgar was 21 years old and Maude was 22. They were farming in Holt County, Missouri and continued to farm there their entire lives.

In 1901, their son Dean was born. In 1902, their daughter Florence was born. In 1904, their daughter Frances was born. In 1906, their son Carl was born. In 1909, their son Donald was born.

In 1907, Maude’s sister Laura died, and in 1910 her sister Rebecca died.

On the 1910 US Census, Edgar was 31 and Maude was 32. They had 5 children. Dean was 9, Edna was 7, Doris was 6, Carl was 4 and Donald was 1.

In 1911, their son Ralph was born. Also in 1911, Maude’s mother Elizabeth died. In 1913, their daughter Marian was born. In 1916, their son Emory was born, and he died of measles in 1917. In 1918, their daughter Hope was born.

Franklin registered for the draft for World War I in 1918 and the card indicates that he was tall, slender, with gray eyes and black hair.

On the 1920 US Census, Edgar and Maude were 41. They had 8 children. Dean was 18, Edna was 17, Doris was 15, Carl was 13 and Donald was 10, Ralph was 8, Marian was 6, and Hope was 1.

Edgar & Maude at their 70th wedding anniversary.

In 1921, their last child was born, son Harold. In 1923, Maude’s sister Margaret died, in 1927 her brother Andrew died, and in 1930 her brother Ephraim died.

On the 1930 US Census, Edgar was 51 and Maude was 50. They 4 children at home. Ralph was 19, Marian was 16, Hope was 11 and Harold was 8.

In 1933, Maude’s brothers Emrie and Joseph died. In 1936, her brothers William and Henry died. In 1938, Edgar’s mother Rose died, and in 1940, Edgar’s father Alex died.

On the 1940 US Census, Edgar and Maude were 61. Living at home was daughter Marian, age 26.

In 1944, Maude’s brother Marion died. In 1945, her sister Amanda died. In 1948, her sister Minta died. In 1949, her sister Cora died. In 1964, her brother Thurman died, leaving Maude with no living siblings.

Franklin died on June 14, 1971 in Craig, Missouri. He was 92 years old. His Find A Grave memorial is here. Maude died on June 1, 1972. She was 94 years old. Her Find a Grave memorial is here.

The children of Franklin Edgar Gray & Maude Amy Davis in June 1972, probably gathered for their mother’s funeral. Back row, left to right: Don, Dean, Ralph, Carl, Harold. Front row, left to right: Marian, Edna, Doris, Hope.

The children of Franklin Edgar Gray & Maude Amy Davis:

Dean Alexander Gray – Dean was born on February 22, 1901 in Holt County, Missouri. He married Esther Ruddell and they had 2 children. On the 1930 US Census he worked as a car storer at a packing plant. On the 1940 US Census he worked as a car storer in the meat packing industry. He died on November 29, 1974 in Buchanan County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Florence Edna Gray – Edna was born July 5, 1902 in Holt County, Missouri. She married Paul Revere Griffin on December 15, 1920 and they had 9 children. They left Holt County in 1942 and moved to California. She died September 6, 2006 in San Bernadino, California at age 104. Her Find A Grave memorial, with a wonderful biography, is here.

Frances Doris Gray – Doris was born on April 27, 1904 in Holt County, Missouri. She married William Henry Cooper and they had 2 children. William was an inspector on the railroad. She died on April 26, 1989 in Buchanan County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Carl Lee Gray – Carl was born May 3, 1906 in Holt County, Missouri. He married Hope Eleanor Gaskill and had a daughter. He worked as a painting contractor. He died October 1, 1980 in Buchanan County, Missouri.  His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Donald Davis Gray – Don was born on April 13, 1909 in Holt County, Missouri. He married Geneva Hickman (and his brother Ralph Richard married Geneva’s sister, Edna.) They had 3 children, and farmed. He died on October 8, 1981 in Michigan. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ralph Richard Gray – Ralph was born February 28, 1911 in Holt County, Missouri. He married Edna Louise Hickman on August 10, 1932 in Atchison County, Missouri. They had 3 children. Ralph died October 27, 2007 in Holt County, Missouri. His Find a Grave memorial is here. You can read more about him here.

Marian Lucille Gray – Marian was born on November 14, 1913 in Holt County, Missouri. She married Wesley Ingram and they had one daughter. She died on September 27, 2002. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Emory William Gray – Emory was born May 1, 1916 in Holt County, Missouri. He died on May 17, 1917 of the measles. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Hope Elizabeth Gray – Hope was born on July 29, 1918 in Holt County, Missouri. She married Welton Helfers and they had one daughter. Hope died on October 14, 2014 in Holt County, Missouri. Her Find a Grave memorial is here.

Harold Murray Gray – Harold was born August 15, 1921 in Holt County, Missouri. He married Joan Walkup and they had 2 daughters. Harold served in World War II. He died on March 13, 2000 in Buchanan County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial, with a nice biography, is here.