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.