William Byars

Male Abt 1740 - 1831  (~ 91 years)


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  • Name William Byars 
    Born Abt 1740  (Granville County, North Carolina) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Lawyer  [2
    Died 0Dec 1831  Granville County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I34901  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 27 Aug 2014 

    Father John Byars,   b. 1710-1715,   d. 1771-1785, (Granville County, North Carolina) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Mother Ann 
    Married Y  [2, 3
    Family ID F12819  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lucy Clayton 
    Married 26 Jul 1790  Granville County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Last Modified 11 Dec 2018 
    Family ID F5298  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1740 - (Granville County, North Carolina) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Jul 1790 - Granville County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 0Dec 1831 - Granville County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • This William Byars is a provisional son of John Byars. This family is presented as connected for the purpose of recording data that will prove or disprove their relationship. gst

      The following was written by Gail Tomlinson of Senatobia, Mississippi:

      1771--May 22, Granville Co. NC: William Byars appointed searcher between Taylors Road & Grassy Creek Road, the County Line & Hico Road (History and Genealogies of Old Granville County, North Carolina, 1746-1800, Thomas McAdory Owen, Southern Historical Press, Greenville, SC, 1993; p 180)

      1778--7 May, Granville Co. NC: Commissions to the following who qual'd.: Ensign: William Byars. (History and Genealogies of Old Granville County, Owen, p 158)

      1778--22 May: took loyalty oath in Granville Co. NC along with Nathan Byars. Source: The NC State Records, Vol 22, p 174, "Persons of Island Creek District." (Nathan Byars was a Rev. War patriot, b 1749 in Granville Co., NC, died 1846 in Spartanburg Co SC. Nathan had land where the National Cowpens Battle Ground is in Cherokee Co. SC. To the writer's knowledge, the descendants of Nathan have not found his parents as of 1999.)

      Editor's Note: for more information regarding Nathan Byars, go to this link:

      http://thehennesseefamily.com/getperson.php?personID=I1090&tree=hennessee

      1781--May (1st Monday), Wm. Byars apt. assessor for present year (History and Genealogies of Old Granville County, North Carolina, Owen; [Beginning of vol. 6, Minutes], p 165)

      1781--Aug. 7: Jesse Harper is app'td. overseer of the Road from the Schoolhouse branch near the Mountain to Taylors Road with his own hands and the hands of Joseph Glover, Sarah Proshea Barnets Wm. Byars Jesse Barnet & Henry Williams." Ibid, pg. 205

      1781--6 Nov.: William Byars to be paid 36-2 lbs. "for money which he has p'd. Rich'd. Taylor as Juror to Hillsborough Sup'r. Court. April Term 1780." Ibid, pg. 199

      William is also referred to in Colonial Records of NC, Vol. 22, p 371; and COLONIAL GRANVILLE CO. AND ITS PEOPLE, by Worth S. Ray, p 301.

      Apparently William Byars was a lawyer. Guilliame Byars sometimes witnessed documents. One of the probate records calls this William, Capt. William Byars, indicating Revolutionary War service.

      1786-87--Granville Co. North Carolina Court Minutes, p 78 in the original records: William Byars proved deed from Sherwood Harris to John Penn for 78 ac. P 82 also makes reference to suit Ragland vs. Byars for debts. This is related to Ambrose Barker's inventory of the estate of Stephen Ragland. Court Minutes of Granville County North Carolina 1746-1820; Zae H. Gwynn; Joseph W. Watson, Rocky Mount, NC, 1977; p 78.

      1784-1787--State Census of North Carolina, Island Creek District:
      William Byars: 4 white males 21-60 yrs.
      3 white males under 21 & above 60
      2 white females all ages
      1 blacks 12-50

      Writer considers it a strong possibility that William Byars was married prior to his marriage in 1790 to the widow Nunn. Perhaps the older Anderson appearing in Granville Co. tax records is a son of William.

      1790, July 26 - Granville Co. NC: James Vaughan was the bondsman for the marriage to Lucy Clayton Nunn; H. Potter was the witness.

      1791, 27 Dec. - Orange Co. NC (Deed Bk. 5, p 177) Deed registered in which William Byars, David Carlton and William Nunn witness a land sale from Jeremiah Spencer of King William Co., VA to Ann Brown of King and Queen Co. VA, 213 a on Robert Campbell's line and William Sheppard's line.

      1795 - Granville Co. NC: William Byars became the guardian of Polly & Patsy Nunn.

      1797--Granville Co. NC tax list: William Byars in Island Creek District
      1798--Granville Co. NC tax list: William Byars in Abrams Plains District, 540 ac, 3 slaves
      1799--Granville Co. NC tax list: William Byars in Island Creek District, 340 ac. Also a William Byars in Henderson District with 551 ac, 4 slaves
      1800--Granville Co. NC tax list: Thomas Nunn in Island Creek District, 1 poll, 1 slave

      1800--Granville Co. NC census, printed pg 519:
      William Byars: males: 1(26-45)
      females: 1(26-45)

      (This could be the Anderson Byars who appears on Granville tax lists before and after 1800 in a sporadic way. He later married a Dortch in Mecklenburg Co. VA. He reportedly moved into Williamson Co. TN. He is called William Anderson Byars by at least one Williamson Co. researcher, but writer has never seen documentation to that fact. An Anderson Byars, believed to be this individual sold property in Mecklenburg Co. NC in 1831. Perhaps he moved west at the same time of his extended family from Granville Co.)

      1800 Granville Co. NC census, printed pg. 567: (this is probably our subject, William Byars)
      William Byars: males: 1(under 10), 1(45-upwards)
      females: 3(under 10), 1(10-16) 1(26-45)
      4 slaves of all ages

      1810 Granville Co. NC census, printed pg 125:
      William Byars: males: 1(16-25), 1(45-over)
      females: 3(16-25), 1(45-over)
      other persons: 2
      slaves: 1

      1820 Granville Co. NC census, printed pg 43:
      William Byars: males: 1(45-over)
      females: 1(16-26), 1(45-over)
      slaves: 4

      1830 Granville Co. NC census, printed pg 50:
      William Byars: males: 1(90-100)
      females: 1(70-80)

      1830 neighbors to each side: William Aiken, Jr., Isaac Adams, Jessie Wheeler, Parker Brogden, Wm. BYARS, James Vincent, Jacob Huffman, Sr., Jacob Huffman, Jr., Susan Bullock, John Waggstaff, Richard H. Bullock

      Note: Thomas & Lucy Clayton Nunn's daughter Polly married William Aiken (this according to THE NUNNS OF XVIIIth CENTURY VIRGINIA, by Norris Smith).

      1831, 25 Apr. - Granville Co. NC, left a will which was proved Feb. 1832 by Benjamin Bullock, adm.

      http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2609172&id=I1675

      The following was written by Gail Tomlinson of Senatobia, Mississippi:

      Notes for GULIEMUS BYARS:
      1800 Tax Lists, Abrams Plains District, Granville Co., NC: Guilliame Byars, 1 white poll; no acreage. William Byars in this district.
      1801 Tax Lists, same..: 1 white poll, no acreage. William Byars in this district.
      1802 Tax Lists, same..: 1 white poll, no acreage. William Byars in this district.
      1803 Tax Lists, Island River District, Byars, Gulliame, 1 white poll, no acreage. William Byars in Dutch District. Not found on Granville Co. records after 1803.

      1800 Granville Co., NC census, p 548:
      Gulemus Byers
      males: 1(u 10), 1(10-16), 1(16-26) 1(26-45)
      females: 3(u 10), 1(10-16), 2(16-26)
      slaves of all ages: 1

      It appears that he is a widower, or that he had never married. These children may be the children of James Byars and Sarah "Salley" Campbell. [1, 2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S48076] http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=hagerj&id=I301708.

    2. [S2260] "Family Group Sheet for John Byars", submitted August 26, 2014 by Gail Tomlinson
    3. [S48075] http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=hagerj&id=I302123.