Elder Perry Green Byars

Elder Perry Green Byars

Male 1845 - 1908  (62 years)

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  • Name Perry Green Byars 
    Title Elder 
    Born 22 Nov 1845  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    • DeKalb County was formed in 1837 from land in Cannon, Warren, and White counties, and is named for Johann von Robais, Baron de Kalb.

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      Incorporated Towns in Dekalb County: Smithville, Alexandria, Liberty, and Dowelltown

      Unincorporated Communities: Allens Chapel, Antioch, Bethel, Belk, Blue Springs, Bluhmtown, Buckners Chapel, Cherry Hill, Cross Roads, Dismal, Dry Creek, Helton, Indian Mound, Jefferson, Keltonburg, Laurel Hill, Midway, Mt. Moriah, Pisgah, Phillipi, Shiney Rock, Snows Hill, Temperance Hall, Watkins, Williams Crossroads, Young Bend
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Farmer  [5
    Ordained 18 Sep 1886  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Religion Primitive Baptist Elder 
    Also Known As "Elder Perry Green" 
    Census Name Percy G Byars  [4
    Military CSA Infantryman  [7
    Died 25 Feb 1908  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Buried New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Smithville, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    • Cemetery notes and/or description:

      From Smithville, take Hwy. 56 South for seven miles and turn east on Seven Springs Rd. Go about one mile and turn right. The cemetery is on the left.
    Person ID I699  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 27 Mar 2014 

    Father Harrel Byars,   b. 0___ 1825, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. BY 18 Sep 1846, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 21 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth "Lizzie" Magness,   b. 11 Jan 1830, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1891, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married (~ 1846)  (DeKalb County) Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (DeKalb or Warren County, Tennessee)
    Family ID F271  Group Sheet

    Family Ascenith Potter,   b. 14 Oct 1844, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1913, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 20 Feb 1866  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • by his uncle , P. G. Magness, Jr., M.G.
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1870  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1880  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Children 
     1. William Harrell "Harrell" Byars, Sr.,   b. 21 Nov 1867, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1947, Marion County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     2. John Watson "Pa" Byars,   b. 30 Sep 1869, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1931, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     3. Joseph L. "Joe" Byars,   b. 0___ 1872, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1942, Oroville, Butte County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
     4. Floyd Byars,   b. 6 Aug 1873, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1966, Stroud, Lincoln County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     5. Julius Ceasar "Ceasar" Byars,   b. 8 Jun 1875, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1944, Denton, Denton County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     6. L(eander) Poper "Pope" Byars,   b. 27 Jun 1877, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jul 1945, Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     7. Samuel Byars,   b. 13 Feb 1879, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1952  (Age 72 years)
     8. Perry Green "Doc" Byars, Jr.,   b. 13 Feb 1879, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1958, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     9. Mary Elizabeth Byars,   b. 8 Mar 1881, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1952, Oak Ridge, Anderson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     10. Harriet Etta Byars,   b. 30 Oct 1882, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1933, Seven Springs Hotel, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F272  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Nov 1845 - DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Feb 1866 - DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1870 - DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1880 - DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOrdained - 18 Sep 1886 - DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Feb 1908 - Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Smithville, DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    The Family of Perry Green Byars (1845-1908)
    The Family of Perry Green Byars (1845-1908)
    Standing, Left-to-Right: John Watson Byars (1869-1931), Joseeph Byars (1869-1931), L(eander) Poper Byars (1877-1945), Perry Green "Doc" Byars (1879-1958), Floyd Byars (1873-1966)
    Sitting Left-to-Right: Mary Elizabeth Byars Cantrell (1881-1952), William Harrell Byars, Sr. (1867-1947) and Harriet Etta Byars (1882-1933)

    Photo & description provided by Marie Byars Ponder (1941-
    The Earliest Perry Green Byars' Family Photo
    The Earliest Perry Green Byars' Family Photo
    Perry Green Byars (1845-1908) on his lap is Floyd Byars (1873-1966) in the middle is Harrell Byars (1867-1947) Ascenith Potter Byars (1844-1913) and on her lap is John Watson Byars (1869-1931). Photo taken circa 1870 in DeKalb Co.,TN
    Elder Perry Green Byars (1845-1908)
    Elder Perry Green Byars (1845-1908)
    I wish to extend many thanks to Elder Ricky Arnold, current Elder, of the New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church, for his explanation of "2-Seed" Primitive Baptist doctrines and providing a chronology of Perry Green's service to the church.
    New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church
    New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church
    New Bildad Primitive Baptist to Celebrate 200 Years

    It's one of the oldest churches in DeKalb County and this week, the congregation of the New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church is celebrating 200 years of service to the Lord.

    Elder Ricky Arnold, pastor of the church, invites everyone to join them. "Starting this Thursday night, June 18th, the New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church celebrates it's 200th anniversary. The church was constituted in June 1809. It lettered from the Brush Creek Primitive Baptist Church, which is still in existence."

    "The New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church has been in the Seven Springs-Keltonburg community for 200 years now. We wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate and to thank God for His amazing Grace. In 200 years, the church has probably touched the lives of a lot of people and families that are here in DeKalb County. We'd love for those folks to come back and visit us."

    "The church divided in 1854 and the church that became known as Old Bildad changed their original church covenant but the church that became known as New Bildad still holds the church covenant and the Articles of Faith from 1809 and we still practice and worship as they did 200 years ago. We have a rich history and we want to thank God for that."

    Documents
    Perry Green Byars, Elder of New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church
    Perry Green Byars, Elder of New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church
    Elder Perry Green Byars and L. P. Potter were alternately elected Elder | Moderator between 1886 and 1908. Leander Poper Potter was Perry Green's first cousin through their MAGNESS kinship.

    Headstones
    Elder Perry Green Byars (1845-1908)
    Elder Perry Green Byars (1845-1908)
    located at the New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church, near Keltonburg, DeKalb County, Tennessee.

    Photo taken by his great-great-great granddaughter, Dawn DeCuennick Cline, April 6, 2013

  • Notes 
    • 26 May 2007:

      Perry Green Byars, CSA Private of Co. "B", 23rd Tennessee Infantry

      History and Genealogy
      Military Records > DeKalb County Confederate Pension Applications

      NAME: Byars, Perry G.
      WIDOW: Byars, Senith
      PENSION #: W3428

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    • New Bildad Primitive Baptist to Celebrate 200 Years

      It's one of the oldest churches in DeKalb County and this week, the congregation of the New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church is celebrating 200 years of service to the Lord.

      Elder Ricky Arnold, pastor of the church, invites everyone to join them. "Starting this Thursday night, June 18th, the New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church celebrates it's 200th anniversary. The church was constituted in June 1809. It lettered from the Brush Creek Primitive Baptist Church, which is still in existence."

      "The New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church has been in the Seven Springs-Keltonburg community for 200 years now. We wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate and to thank God for His amazing Grace. In 200 years, the church has probably touched the lives of a lot of people and families that are here in DeKalb County. We'd love for those folks to come back and visit us."

      "The church divided in 1854 and the church that became known as Old Bildad changed their original church covenant but the church that became known as New Bildad still holds the church covenant and the Articles of Faith from 1809 and we still practice and worship as they did 200 years ago. We have a rich history and we want to thank God for that."

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    • I wish to extend many thanks to Elder Ricky Arnold, current Elder, of the New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church, for his explanation of "2-Seed" Primitive Baptist doctrines and providing a chronology of Perry Green's service to this church.

      end of message [13]
    • Two Seed in the Spirit Predestinarian Baptists

      The 1893 and 1896 minutes identified the Caney Fork Association as an association of "Predestinarian Two Seed Baptists." Just how long it had been identified by this theological label and theology, we do not know. The Big Fork Church in its early years and other churches on the early Stockton Valley Association era certainly did not espouse this doctrine, which was not created until the mid-1820s.

      "This strange group was organized by Elder Daniel Parker of Virginia in the 1820's. Parker had been ordained in Tennessee in 1806, and labored there until 1817. Thereafter, he ministered in Illinois until 1836, where he edited a periodical known as Church Advocate. The latter years of his ministry were spent in Texas.

      While in Illinois, he had published in 1826 and 1829 two pamphlets setting forth his peculiar theory of the two seeds in Eve, imparted by god and Satan respectively. This was his explanation of the doctrine that some are predetermined to be saved and some to be lost. According to his teaching, Christ can reach sinners without the aid of ministers or organizations of any kind. He and his followers, however, believed in a ministry invested with "legal authority" through the laying on of hands by the presbytery acting for a gospel church. Many were opposed, nevertheless, to a paid clergy. Like Arminian Baptists, they followed the practice of footwashing, regarding it as an ordinance. White their number was not larger than thirteen thousand members at the close of the nineteenth century, they were to be found in twenty-four states, though most numerous in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas. Their four hundred and seventy-three churches, with a property value of more than one hundred and seventy-two thousand dollars, were organized in fifty associations. The decline of extreme forms of Calvinism among Baptists is nowhere more clearly apparent than in the diminishing membership of this group which numbered a mere two hundred in 1945."

      end of this history [14]



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      Birth: Nov. 22, 1845
      DeKalb County
      Tennessee, USA
      Death: Feb. 25, 1908
      DeKalb County
      Tennessee, USA


      Family links:
      Spouse:
      Mellisa Asenith Potter Byars (1844 - 1913)

      Children:
      William Harrell Byars (1867 - 1947)*
      Mary Elizabeth Byars Cantrell (1888 - 1952)*

      *Calculated relationship

      Burial:
      New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery
      Smithville
      DeKalb County
      Tennessee, USA

      Created by: G. W. Bowen
      Record added: Dec 18, 2011
      Find A Grave Memorial# 82106185

      end of cemetery profile [9]

  • Sources 
    1. [S809] 1900 DeKalb Co.,TN Census, Transcribed & Indexed from a Microfilm Copy of the, p. 224 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S53173] "United States Census, 1880," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MD79-TLQ : accessed.

    3. [S54] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Byars&GSiman=1&GScid=2300721&GRid=82106185&.

    4. [S11164] "Percy G Byars", 1880 DeKalb County Census,.

    5. [S48670] https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MD79-T2Y.

    6. [S48838] Elder Ricky Arnold, New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church | Telecon Interview | 13 Apr 2013 | rdarnold@dtccom.net | 615.59.

    7. [S47713] http://tennessee.gov/tsla/history/military/pen224.htm.

    8. [S102] "DeKalb County Cemeteries",by Thomas G. Webb,DeKalb County Historian,Audrey D., p. 48 (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S11147] "Perry Green Byars", Cemetery Profile, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Byars&GSiman=1&GScid=230072.

    10. [S7808] "DeKalb Co.,TN Marriage Book", compiled by Jorene Washer Parsley, Route 5,, p. 44 (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S48671] https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MD8R-M38.

    12. [S47714] http://www.wjle.com/news/2009/new-bildad-primitive-baptist-celebrate-200-years.

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

    14. [S50351] http://www.danielhaston.com/places/churches/bigfork/big-fork-cf-assn.htm#1851-messengers.