Amanda Jane Byars

Female 1823 - 1904  (81 years)


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  • Name Amanda Jane Byars 
    Born 25 Mar 1823  Brook Hall, Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Died 6 Jul 1904  Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Glade Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Glade Spring, Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I13423  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 10 Oct 2015 

    Father William M. Byars,   b. 18 Nov 1776, Commonwealth of Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1866, Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Beattie,   b. 26 Dec 1784, (Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1835, Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 26 Feb 1807  Abingdon, Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Photos
    Colonel Byar's Plantation Home

Brook Hall, near Glade Spring, Washington County, Virginia
    Colonel Byar's Plantation Home Brook Hall, near Glade Spring, Washington County, Virginia
    Photo taken circa 1937
    Colonel Byar's Plantation Home Brook Hall, near Glade Spring, Washington County, Virginia
    Colonel Byar's Plantation Home Brook Hall, near Glade Spring, Washington County, Virginia
    Family ID F4878  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John Henry Ernest,   b. 7 May 1825,   d. 3 Mar 1868, Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Married 1 Nov 1849  Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Children 
     1. Mary Cloyd Ernest,   b. 7 Jan 1851, Brook Hall, Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1937  (Age 86 years)
     2. William Byars Ernest,   b. 29 Apr 1853, Brook Hall, Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1917  (Age 64 years)
     3. James Henry Ernest,   b. 9 Feb 1855, Brook Hall, Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1926  (Age 71 years)
     4. Elizabeth Ernest,   b. Abt 1858, Brook Hall, Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Lucy Lee Ernest,   b. 11 Oct 1862, Brook Hall, Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1887, Washington County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
    Last Modified 14 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F4880  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 25 Mar 1823 - Brook Hall, Washington County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Nov 1849 - Washington County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Jul 1904 - Washington County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Glade Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Glade Spring, Washington County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Following their marriage the young couple lived with Amanda's father at Brook Hall. It was a spacious home with plenty of room for Amanda and John's growing family. Family tradition holds that Col. Byars promised Brook Hall to Amanda at the time of her marriage to John.

      William Byars died in February, 1866. His will formally left Brook Hall and much of the surrounding land to Amanda, as well as 10 slaves, farm animals and various other household items. He also left her an 8 day clock "now at the college" [no doubt Emory and Henry]. William also provided for Amanda's children.

      Two years later, in March 1868 John was crushed to death by a falling log on the Brook Hall property. His death left Amanda a 45 year old widow with five children and a large farm to run.

      Amanda remained at Brook Hall and ran it with the assistance of several hired laborers. In 1870 she was enumerated with all 5 of her children. The farm was valued that year at $34,000. Her eldest two children married in the late 1870s. In 1880 the household included Amanda (54), son James (24), daughter Betty (20) and daughter Lucy (16). [3]

  • Sources 
    1. [S13917] Bobbie Byars Lynch | Family Group Records | 2 Dec 1994 | 2209 Vine Lane,Springdale,AR 72762 (Reliability: 1).

    2. [S47999] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Byars&GSiman=1&GScid=51523&GRid=41921095&.

    3. [S48024] http://www.ramblingroots.com/RYB-p/p2439.htm.

    4. [S48000] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Byars&GSiman=1&GScid=51523&GRid=41551816&.

    5. [S13917] Bobbie Byars Lynch | Family Group Records | 2 Dec 1994 | 2209 Vine Lane,Springdale,AR 72762 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S48159] http://www.ramblingroots.com/RYB-p/p2434.htm.