John Byars

Male 1675 - Aft 1749  (> 75 years)

Personal Information    |    Notes    |    Sources    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name John Byars 
    Born 1675  King and Queen County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Alt Birth ~ 1675  (England) Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Will 18 Jan 1734  Hanover County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1748  Lunenburg County, Virginia, British Colonies of North America Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Residence 1749  Lunenburg County, Virginia, British Colonies of North America Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died Aft 1749  Lunenburg County, Virginia, British Colonies of North America Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I25588  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2018 

    Family Elizabeth Glen,   b. ~1694, New Kent County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ~1763, Louisa County,Virginia Colony Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 69 years) 
    Married 1712  New Kent County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 6, 7
     1. James Henry Byars,   b. 1713, Hanover County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1792, Hanover County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     2. William Byars,   b. Aft 1715
     3. Jonas Byars
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F9081  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1675 - King and Queen County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt Birth - ~ 1675 - (England) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1712 - New Kent County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 18 Jan 1734 - Hanover County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1748 - Lunenburg County, Virginia, British Colonies of North America Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1749 - Lunenburg County, Virginia, British Colonies of North America Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Aft 1749 - Lunenburg County, Virginia, British Colonies of North America Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Notes 
    • 27 Feb 2013 Follow-up and 15 years later...

      Found on WikiTree, John BYARS, born 1612, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, lists three more BYARS generations. Very likely that this is an early progenitor...

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: David Hennessee
      To: Margie Tucker
      Sent: Thursday, March 19, 1998 11:13 AM
      Subject: John BYERS

      Cuz - Was searching through County Durham,England Marriages 1575-1837 confirming a DURHAM line of mine and ran across:

      "21 Apr 1694 John Byers + Jane Kirton". There are no further references to BYERS/BYARS. Many "Johns" appear in progeny of James Henry. Through serendipity I think I've found a possible clue. What do you think? Could this "John Byers" be our "John Byars'" antecedent?

      * [8]
    • more...

      From: MTucker211
      Subject: Re: BYARS
      Date: Tuesday, March 31, 1998 11:35 PM

      Cuz, I found a page sent to me years ago by Faye Robbins. This is what has led Byars researches to believe that it constitues proof. A note at the top of this page she writes that she never tried to prove it. I need to xerox it and send to you. I have a fax modem but don't know how to use it, so I am typing it..

      John Byars m. ______?

      Children: (2)

      1. James Henry Byars b. ca. 1713
      wed (1) Peggy Gentry
      (2) Rachel Mathews

      2. Jonas Byars b. ca 1718

      According to THE VESTRY BOOK, ST. PAUL'S PARISH, Hanover County, Virginia, pages 130 and 183 that John Byars was living in New Kent Co., VA on Sept. 24, 1708. That he resided in St. Paul's Parish before 1734 was living in St. Martin's Parish on Feb. 8, 1734.


      James Henry Byars, m. , (1) Peggy Gentry

      Born: ca. 1713

      Died: ca. 1792

      Children:- (4) (known)

      1. John Byars Mar. 16, 1734, Louisa Co., VA

      2. James Byars 1740

      3. William Byars Apr. 6, 1747
      wed Sarah Ann Doggett

      4. Nathan Byars 1749
      wed (1) Drucilla Harrelson
      (2) Delphy Logan

      (2) JONAS BYARS

      Jonas Byars m. Frances "Fanny" Collins Born: ca. 1718

      Children: (2) Known

      1. William Byars 1755/60 1819
      wed Elizabeth Bedford

      2. Henryetta Byars

      * [8, 9]
    • more...

      An excellent monograph on the BYARS Family by Joe Logan ...

      * [10]
    • more...

      28 Mar 2007 Joel Hager reports a compilation of "John Byars" sightings in the Virginia Colony...

      Hanover County, VA 1706 - 1786 Vestry Book of St. Paul's Parish File submitted for use in the USGenWeb Archives by: Pat C. John

      This volume was the sixth in the series of parish books started in 1931. Churchill Gibson Chamberlayne, B.A., B.D., M.A., Ph.D., LL.D., the editor of four previous volumes in the series, agreed to transcribe and edit the volume. Dr. Chamberlayne was headmaster of St. Christopher's School near Richmond, and a recognized authority on the history of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Virginia. His efforts on four of the five previous volumes in the series, plus three volumes published at his own expense, made him a highly qualified transcriber and editor of early parish records. He undertook the work as a labor of love without remuneration.

      Soon after the volume had gone to press in January 1939, Dr. Chamberlayne died on April 3, 1939. Under the general direction of Mr. Wilmer L., Hall, State Librarian, members of the library staff assisted in completing the work. Mr. William J. Van Schreeven, then Head Archivist and later State Archivist edited Dr. Chamberlayne's rough draft of an introduction and compiled the appendix. The proof reading was done by Mrs. Marjorie C. Gough and the index was prepared by Miss Virginia E. Jones. St. Paul's Vestry Book and four other vestry books published in the series relate to the contiguous area in which the early local records have been either lost or destroyed. This volume is distinctive because it was regularly used to enter processioning orders and returns as well as the recording of minutes of vestry meetings. Thus it is a comprehensive record of land owners in the parish. Since records of Hanover County were destroyed during the evacuation fire in Richmond in 1865, the entries in the vestry book are the only existing record of land ownership. Louis H. Manarin State Archivist Richmond, October 27, 1972 Introduction (p. xi) The manuscript volume hereinafter reproduced in print embodies the earliest consecutive records of St. Paul's Parish, Hanover County Virginia, known to be in existence.

      It covers, with more or less completeness, the period from January, 1706 to August 1786. The history of the volume from the day the last entry in it was written until 1907, when the writer examined it along with other parish records at the Theological Seminary at Alexandria, is unknown to the editor. That Bishop Meade was unaware of its existence when writing his "Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia" (first published in book form in 1857) is evident to those who have read his chapter on the "Parishes in Hanover County - No. 1." At some date unknown to the editor the volume was deposited by someone, whose identity the editor has been unable to establish, in the library of the Protestant Episcopal Theological Seminary in Virginia, at Alexandria. With the other parish record books on deposit there, it was in 1931 transferred for safe-keeping to the Virginia State Library in Richmond, and is preserved in the Archives Division of the library. It is the property of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Virginia. It has not hitherto been published…. (p. xii) St. Paul's Parish was established in 1704 by act of the General Assembly convening on April 20 of that year. Under the terms of the Act the parish was to come into being on June 1; it may fairly be assumed therefore that the vestry records began with the minutes of a vestry meeting held within a month or two of that date, and it is possible that they began with a transcript of the proceedings of the meeting of the "ffreeholders and Housekeepers of the Parish" which was scheduled under the Act to convene on the "second thirsday in June next and there choose twelve of the most able and discreet persons of the parish to be Vestrymen for their said parish…"

      But whatever may have been the date of the first entry in the original vestry book, the first complete vestry minutes in the extant book are those for the meeting held on July 10, 1706 - or two years subsequent to the establishment of the parish. Another circumstance of interest, and indeed of importance, in connection with this old manuscript volume, raising as it does some doubt as to the absolute validity of the record up to the year 1754, is the fact that the volume is for the first two hundred and forty- one pages merely a transcript, of an older and long since disappeared, manuscript volume, which was ordered to be made ( p. xiii) in the year 1754. Furthermore it is not certain that the volume transcribed in 1754, was the original record prior to the year 1742, for under the date Oct. 12, 1742, there occurs the item "To Do, for Transcribing the Register Book from ye; year 1704, to this p'sent time. 1000," the matter hinging entirely upon the meaning of the term "Register Book." If this term means here vestry book, then there were two transcripts made (one in 1742, the other in 1754) and the present manuscript is from 1742 to 1754 a copy of the original record, while for the entries prior to 1742 it is only a copy of a copy of the original. On the other hand, if the term "Register Book" here refers to the record kept of births, baptisms, and deaths in the parish, then the present manuscript vestry book is for the entire period prior to 1754 a transcript of the original record. The Extent of the Parish In order to determine the extent of St. Paul's Parish in 1704, the year of its establishment, it is necessary first to know the boundaries of St. Peter's Parish, from which St. Paul's was cut off. In 1704 St Peter's Parish was bounded on the north-east by the Pamunkey River up to the fork and from (p.xiv) that point on by the north fork (North Anna River); on the south-east by the line dividing it from Blisland (or Blissland) Parish and by the north-west boundary of Wilmington Parish, if there ever was any definitely fixed north-west boundary line of that parish; on the south-west by the ridge between the Pamunkey and the Chickahominy rivers (the dividing line between the parishes of St. Peter's and Wilmington) up to the north-west extent of Wilmington Parish, and then by the Chickahominy River. To the north-west the parish extended theoretically indefinitely; practically it extended to the farthest point of settlement. From 1704, then, until St. Martin's Parish was in turn cut off from it, St. Paul's Parish extended indefinitely north-west from the north-west boundary of St. Peter's Parish between the Pamunkey (in its upper reaches the North Anna) and the Chickahominy. In 1726 when St. Martin's Parish was cut off from St Pauls, the new parish included all that part of St. Paul's Parish lying in the fork of the Pamunkey (made by the junction of the North Anna and the South Anna rivers) together with all that part of the original parish lying north-west of Stone Horse Creek, which flowed north-east into the South Anna. In 1923, that part of St. Paul's Parish lying between Stone Horse Creek and a line running parallel to the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad and two and a half miles to the east of it was by action of the Episcopal Diocesan Council formed into a new parish to which was given the name Ashland. The St. Paul's of this vestry book, however, which originally extended from Matadequin Creek on the east indefinitely to the west, after 1726 extended west as far as the fork of the Pamunkey and as far as Stone Horse Creek for the territory south of the South Anna. Processioning (p.xv) Each one of the parish vestry books still in existence has perhaps something of peculiar interest attaching to it. The thing of most outstanding interest in connection with the vestry book of St. Paul's Parish, Hanover County, is that the volume served a unique as well as a double purpose. It was the repository of two very different sets of records; i.e., the minutes of the vestry meetings and, as well, the orders for processioning and the returns made by the processioners. In view of the fact that in this old vestry book the processioning orders and processioning returns together comprise so large a part of the record as a while, it may not be out of place here to make clear what the terms "processioning" and " processioners" mean, what the practice of processioning was, and what the reason for the practice; and all the more so as even the term, "processioning" itself has become practically obsolete, and therefore meaningless, in Virginia. The first reference to processioning that the editor can find in the Virginia colonial records occurs in Hening's Statues…..

      This reference is embodied in Act LXXVIII of the session of the Grand Assembly begun March 23rd 1662, the preamble of which, giving clear the purpose of the proposed practice, is as follows: "Whereas many contentious suites are dayly incited and stirred up about the bounds of land for which noe remedy hath yett bin provided, the ffifty seaventh act prohibiting resurveighs not applying the expected remedies, for if the surveighs be just (p.xvi) yet the surveighors being for the most part careles of seeing the trees marked, or the owners never renewing them, in a small time the chopps being growne up, or the trees fallen, the bounds become as uncertaine as at first, and upon a new surveigh the least variation of a compasse alters the scituation of a whole neighborhood and deprives many persons of houses, or chards and all to their infinite losse and trouble; for prevention whereof, Bee it enacted" etc. The purpose of processioning, accordingly, was to obviate lawsuits over boundary lines, with the necessary expenses and possible injustices incident to resurveys, which were almost inevitably attendant upon law suits over disputed property lines. The wording of the Act proper was as follows: "….that within twelve months after this act, all the inhabitants of every neck and tract of land adjoining shall goe in procession and see the marked trees of every mans land in those precincts to be renewed, and the same course to be taken once every fower years, by which meanes the inconvenience of clandestine surveigh will be taken away, and the bounds wilbe soe generally known and the marks soe fresh that noe alteration can be made afterwards. And be it further enacted that the bounds by the consent of the present proprietors being once thus setled shall conclude the said proprietors, and all others clayming from or under them, from any future alterations of their bounds, be there within the said bounds more or lesse land than they pretend to: And if it shall happen any difference to be at present that cannot be by the neighbors themselves decided, Bee it further enacted that two honest and able surveyors shall in presence of the neighbour-hood lay out the land in controversie, and the bounds than laid out to be the certaine bounds, and ever after to be renewed and continue soe, but the person causing the difference to pay the charge of the survey, it tending much more to the preservation of ffriendshipp among neighbors to have a present and finall decission of their (p.xvii) differences, while men yet live that are acquainted with the ffirst surveys, and while land is yet at a low value, then it will be when time hath rooted out all knowledge to the bounds and added a greater value to the land. Be it enacted further that each county court shall appoint and order the vestrys of each parish to devide the parishes into soe many precincts as they shall think necessary for the neighbors to joyne and see each others markes renewed, and to appoint certaine dayes between Easter and Whitsunday to goe the said processions and put this act in effectuall execution, and in case the court shall omitt to make such orders and to send the same to the severall vestryes of the parishes in their counties, they shalbe fined ten thousand pounds of tobacco, and the vestry failing in ordering the precincts and the persons to goe together shall be fined twelve hundred pounds of tobacco and the persons fayling to goe upon the day appointed, or to renew his marke accordingly shall for his neglect be fined three hundred and fifty pounds of tobacco." The practice of processioning, as inaugurated under the above Act of the session of 1662 was later amplified and altered in certain important details by subsequent legislation, as follows: 1. In 1673 provision was made for the processioning of lands of orphans 2. In 1691 the time of year for processioning was changed to the six months between September 30 and March 31st. 3. In 1705 it was directed (1) that the court orders for processioning should go out between June 1 and September 1 of every fourth year, beginning with the year 1708; (2) that the vestries were each to appoint "at least two intelligent honest freeholders of every precinct, to see such processioning performed, and take and return to the vestry an account [in writing] of every persons land, they shall proscession, and of the persons present at the same, and of what lands in their precincts, (p.xviii) they shall fail to proscession, and of the particular reasons of such failure"; (3) that the vestries were to see to it that the written returns of the processioners were "registered in particular books to be kept for that purpose by the clerk of the vestry," the registers to be examined by the churchwardens for the purpose of seeing that the returns made by the processioners had been copied fully and exactly; (4) that specified fines should be the penalties for failure on the part of county and parish officials, and the other persons affected by the act, to perform their respective duties under the act; and (5) that bounds three times processioned should be considered settled and determined forever. 4. In 1710 the processioning legislation of 1705 was ineffect re-enacted, the one change of importance being the requirement that from thenceforth the court orders for processioning should go out every fourth year beginning with the year 1711; and the one material addition being a provision for the processioning under special court orders of lands whose owners had refused to have them processioned in ordinary and regular course. 5. In 1748 the processioning law of 1710 was re-enacted without any important change by way of addition, omission or substitution. C.G.Chamberlayne,

      In extracting this data on the Surname Harris from the above referenced book, there are two things I want to tell you. I will indicate the book page first and in parenthesis, I will indicate the page in the actual vestry records. When given, I will also show the date. I will extract data only, making no assumptions. You will also note that there are entries in the vestry minutes that have the abbreviations C: and C:C. From what I can determine, the C:C stands for Contra: Credit and the C: stands for Credit. Permission to publish this data online was obtained from John T. Kneebone, Director of Publications & Educational Services, Library of Virginia on February 3, 2000. Pat C. Johns (

      P. 39 & 40 (46), dated April 11, 1710 "In Obedience to an order of New Kent Court, dated 28th Feb. 1709/10, Its ordered that Henry Mills, Joseph Poors, Joseph Brown, Henry Farmur, Col. Dukes Quarter, Roger Smith, Charles Rhodes, William Howlet, Samuel Rennolds, John Byas, Rob't Walker, John Kinbrow Junr., John Harris, Rennold Allen, Wm Hatfield and Daniel Dishman, with all their Male Thitables, are to Assist John Glenn to clear the road according to the said Court Order."

      RECORDS OF HANOVER COUNTY, VIRGINIA William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine, Vol. 21, No. 1. (Jul., 1912), pp. 47-63. File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by: Edward Reynolds I have tried to maintain the exact format of the originals. This is a copyrighted Transcription of this article by Edward Reynolds on 9-15-1997. It may be distributed and copied for any non-profit use without written permission from Edward Reynolds. All other uses are prohibited. WLLLIAM AND MARY QUARTERLY 47 RECORDS OF HANOVER COUNTY. There are only two old books in the clerk’s Office of Hanover county, Va The oldest, designated the "Small Book" in these notes, covers the years 1734 and 1735, and contains orders, wills, deeds, etc. The other, "The Larger Book" of these notes is a deed book for 1780-1790. The following are the abbreviations: adj, adjoining; extor --executor: adm.-administrator; s.-son; d.-daughter or died; est. estate; X - his mark; a.---acres. These notes were copied by me in the winter of 1910-1911 - S. 0. Southall. THE SMALL BOOK, 1734-1735.

      P. on Totopotomoy Creek. Feb., 1734.~John X Byars to his son James Byars.

      Hanover County, Virginia Deed Book References Page 181-182

      I John Byars of St. Martins par., Hanover Co., for good will and fatherly love do give my loving son, James Byars my plantation and all my 200a. of land with houses edifices buildings and tenements, gardens, ordhards, and woods: sd. James Paying what quitrent shall grow due to the king. 18 Jan 1734. Wit: Robert Harris, Wm. Hendrick, Richard Harris.

      Note: there are many othe references to James Byars and James Byars, Jr. and wife Rachel in Hanover records until the late 1790's.

      Transcribed by Alan Bias

      BRUNSWICK COUNTY, VA - DEEDS - Deed Book 3 Abstracts Part 1 (1744-1749)

      Indenture dated 1 August 1745, between Runall Alling of Brunswick County and Andrew Presley of Amela County, 100a, ś25, Release. Signed Runall Alling (bhm), Mary Alling (bhm). Witnesses: John Hearn, John Byas (bhm), Edward Matthis (bhm). Court August 1, 1745, Indenture acknowledged by Runal Alling and Mary the wife of the said Runal personally appeared and relinquished her Right of Dower. Deed Book 3, Page 57.

      Lunenburg County, Virginia Lewis Deloney's List of Tithables, 1748

      John Bias .................................................. 1

      Lunenburg County, Virginia

      William Howard, "from Butchers Creek to the extent of the County downwards."

      William Howard's List of Tithables, 1749 Tithes H. & Scalps

      John Byas [?] ................................ 1 6

      Carrie Bias Hoffert - Mar 14, 2005

      "April 11, 1710, O.S., p. 24 [new pagination p. 32; Chamberlayne p. 40] In Obedience to an Order of New Kent Court, dated 28th Feb,ry 1709/10 Its ordered that Henry Mills, Joseph Poors, Joseph Brown Henry Farmur, Col,o Dukes Quarter, Roger Smith, Charles Rhodes, William Howlet, Samuel Rennolds, JOHN BYAS Rob,t Walker John Kimbrow Jun,r John Harris, Rennold Allen, W,m Hatfield and Daniel Dishman, with all their Male Tithables, are to Assist John Glenn to clear the road According to the said order of Court" Source; This is information copied from original ROAD ORDERS for the state of VA NOTE THE YEAR 1710 in NEW KENT CO, VA….Could this be the father of our JAMES BYAS????? Maybe this is where we will finally find his origins??? Definitely bears a lot more investigation. NOTE THE NAMES OF others, FARMER, HATFIELD, names that have continued continuity with the BYAS/BIAS family for generations! I wonder if we might find a will for the above JOHN BYAS…..Naming patterns for our James Byas are correct, he had a son Jonathon. Give me your thoughts…. IS there anyone out there that has access to NEW KENT Co, records on a direct basis, also can someone might want to check out adjoining counties that were formed from part of NEW KENT Co, after 1710 to see if we might find a will there. I live in NC, so I do not have access to NEW KENT county court house and their records.


      * [11]
    • more...

      24 Jul 2007

      Surname: Byars

      Recorded in a number of modern spelling forms including Byars, Byers, Byre, Byres, Bier, Biers, and Buyers, this is an English topographical or occupational surname, and one associated with the pre 7th century Viking. It derives from the word "bi or byre", meaning the cattle barn or dairy, and is one of a group of surnames which originate from working or living on a farm. These include Bull, Heffer, Stott, and Palfrey, and all relate to the keeping of livestock, the prime agricultural function of the medieval period. Perhaps not surprisingly given the importance of the occupation, this is one of the earliest of all recorded hereditary surnames, and it is also not surprising that it was in the then cattle breeding regions of East Anglia and the West Country, where originally the surname was most prevalent. There is also a possibility that in some cases the surname may have descended from an Olde English personal name "Bye", of unproven meaning. This is suggested by the recording of Thomas filius Bye of Cambridge, in the Hundred Rolls of the year 1279. Other early examples of the name recording include John Attebey also in the same Hundred Rolls of Cambridge and John Buyres of Somerset in the Subsidy Tax rolls of 1327. The famous portrait painter of the 17th century Nicholas Byer, who died in 1681, was actually born in Norway, although possibly of English parents. The first known recording is believed to be that of Elias de la Byare of Devonshire in the year 1275. This was during the reign of King Edward 1st of England, 1272 -1307.

      © Copyright: Name Orgin Research 1980 - 2007 [12]

  • Sources 
    1. [S53097] Gary Griffin | 17 Jan 2014 | Family Group Records |

    2. [S855] Marjorie Stewart Tucker (1932-2000) Historian & genealogist for many Warren, DeKalb and White County families. Authored.

    3. [S45215]

    4. [S34905]

    5. [S9977] Tucker,Marjorie Stewart;617 Paden Drive,Birmingham,AL 35226. Historian &.

    6. [S45218]

    7. [S13341] "Elizabeth Byars formerly Glen", Pedigree, Descendants & Biography,, abstracted b.

    8. [S30] David A. Hennessee, HENNESSEE Researcher & Compiler, 626 Biscayne Drive,West Palm Beach,FL 33401, 561.832.6612, info@c.

    9. [S48126]

    10. [S45196]

    11. [S48073]

    12. [S53141]