Perry Green "Green" Byars

Perry Green "Green" Byars

Male 1894 - 1968  (74 years)

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  • Name Perry Green "Green" Byars 
    Nickname Grundy 
    Born 27 Jun 1894  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Religion Primitive Baptist 
    Residence West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Lake Park, Palm Beach County, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 0___ 1910  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Military 1917-1918  [5
    Residence 1941-1945  Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census Name Green Byars  [2, 3, 6
    Died 12 Dec 1968  Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • in the Rutherford County Hospital of cancer...
    Buried 15 Dec 1968  Mount View Cemetery, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Person ID I703  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2017 

    Father 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) 
    Mother Julia Lee Cantrell,   b. 9 May 1876, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1949, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Married 19 Jan 1893  Pot Leg, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10, 11, 12
    Photos
    John Watson 'Pa' Byars (1869-1931)
    John Watson "Pa" Byars (1869-1931)

    Photo taken circa 1926 at the old homeplace in DeKalb Co., TN
    Left-to-Right:
    Walter Parker "Junior" Harding, Jr. (1920-2013)
    Pa Byars (1869-1931)
    Fred Swindell Byars (1920-1950)
    Pa Byars' Homeplace
    Pa Byars' Homeplace

    This house with 100+ acre farm was given to him by his father, Perry Green and this is where he raised his family of four children.
    Three of Pa's Children...
    Three of Pa's Children...

    Anna Lee Byars Harding Jones (1898-1996)
    Senith Mae Byars Young Marsh (1900-1990)
    Perry Green "Pop" Byars (1894-1968)

    Photo provided by Marie Byars Ponder (1941-
    Family ID F273  Group Sheet

    Family Vernia Elvira "Ma" Swindell,   b. 1 Jun 1894, Green Briar Bend, White County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1985, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 4 Jan 1915  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [13, 14
    Type: CIVIL 
    • Pop courted Ma only two months before they were married by W. H. Cantrell, JP

      When Pop proposed, Ma replied, "Are you sure?" - after all, it was only two months earlier that they met and Ma didn't think she was pretty enough for the most handsome man she'd ever met...
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1920  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1930  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [16
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1935  Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Residence (Family) 0___ 1940  McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [17
    Children 
     1. John Claybourne "Pete" Byars,   b. 4 Jun 1916, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1987, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     2. Robert Lucile "Lucile" Byars,   b. 6 Dec 1918, Keltonburg, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 2008, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     3. Fred Swindell Byars,   b. 7 Dec 1920, Moores College, DeKalb County, Tennssee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1950, Sherwood, Franklin County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
     4. Bessie Lee Byars,   b. 8 Feb 1925, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jul 2013, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     5. Eva Pearl "Pearl" Byars
     6. Margie Sue Byars,   b. 21 Mar 1930, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1997, Erie, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Photos
    Green Byars
    Green Byars
    Photo taken circa 1945 in Detroit, where he worked at "Budd Wheel" during WW II
    Pop with Uncle Fred
    Pop with Uncle Fred
    Taken in Detroit just after WWII ended as Uncle Fred is still in uniform...
    Ma Byars with her first three children.
    Ma Byars with her first three children.

    Circa 1921 at their home in Green Hill, DeKalb Co.,TN

    Left-to-Right:
    Lucile Byars Hennessee (1918-2008)
    Vernia Swindell Byars (1894-1985)
    Fred Swindell Byars (1920-1950)
    John Claybourne Byars (1916-1987)
    Perry Green 'Pop' Byars (1894-1968)
    Perry Green "Pop" Byars (1894-1968)

    Sunday morning, October 20, 2013:

    Spoke to Aunt Pearl this morning about Pop & Uncle Pete in regards to their "troubles with the law"...

    Pop thought that if he could run one load of whiskey to Nashville, that would solve all of his financial problems as...

    This was in the early 1930's and he was living with his young family in Green Hill (DeKalb County) where he was cropping shares and hauled logs part-time. Can you imagine working the fields all day and then hauling logs to McMinnville, 10 miles away, all on foot and by mule? No wonder he thought this was an easier way to make a few dollars.

    Pop got caught. Aunt Pearl tells us that it took everything he had to avoid jail and he never did that again!

    Ma told me that Pop worked as a mechanic (probably during the 1930's). At some point, Pop began selling farm implements for the Sullivan Company of McMinnville and apparently did this through the early 1950's as I remember travelling with out in the country to call on his propests and customers...

    In 1941 Pop went to Detroit. He worked for Budd Wheel through the summer of 1945. On his return he bought the log house on North Warren and the family moved there from their residence on Towles Avenue.

    Then Pop buys a taxi which he ran until late 1949 - early 1950. It is at this juncture that Uncle Pete began a felon. Uncle Pete borrows the taxi from Pop and drives to Manchester and picks-up a lady(ies) for an evening of dancing and driking. Pete is "higher than a Georgia pine", crashes the car and kills a passenger. He is convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison in 1949 when he returns home about three years later...Pop got out of the taxi business.

    It is at this point that he works full-time for Sullivan. It was 1950 and I remember Pop bought a brand-new 1950 Plymouth, "Sea Mist Green" 4-door sedan as this was the car we travelled in when he called on his clients.

    He retired in the mid-1950's and spent his life fishing, whittling and guarding his realm from an old wood chair propped-up against the garage in the backyard...

    Photo taken circa 1960...
    Pop & Ma Byars
    Pop & Ma Byars
    Photo provided by their grand-daughter, Christine Bess Cornett. Appears to be have taken in the late 1940's...
    Pop & Uncle Fred
    Pop & Uncle Fred

    Taken sometime during World War II while Uncle Fred was in the navy...
    Ma Byars' Granddaughters
    Ma Byars' Granddaughters

    Janet Wright Robbins
    Kathy Bess Tugman
    Karen Sue Mitchell

    Photo taken Summer of 2006 on Aunt Pearl's porch in Rock Island, Tennessee
    Deux Grandes Dames
    Deux Grandes Dames

    Two great ladies...

    Aunt Bessie & Aunt Pearl

    Photo taken the Summer of 2013
    Grandmother & Grandson
    Grandmother & Grandson

    Ma Byars (1894-1985)
    Fred Hennessee (1950-1985)

    Photo taken in 1977
    Sisters...
    Sisters...

    Aunt Pearl and Aunt Bessie at the table in Rock Island, Tennessee

    Photo provided by their niece, Karen Mitchell...
    Three Devoted Sisters...
    Three Devoted Sisters...

    Aunt Bessie (1925-2013)
    Mother (1918-2008)
    Aunt Margie (1930-1997)

    Photo provided by cousin Karen Mitchell...
    Pop & Sons-in-Law
    Pop & Sons-in-Law

    This photo was probably taken in Detroit after Aunt Margie's wedding to Jack DeCuennick, June 3, 1949. Shown from the left is:

    Murlis Wright (1925-2004)
    Pop Byars (1894-1968)
    Bert Hennessee (1918-1986)
    Jack DeCuennick (1928-2010)

    Photo contributed by cousin Christine Cornett, July 1, 2014.



    Ma & Pop Byars' Family
    Ma & Pop Byars' Family

    This photo was taken in June, 1949, on Continental Avenue, Detroit, when Aunt Margie married Uncle Jack.

    Top Row, Left-to-Right:

    My Mom (1918-2008)
    Aunt Bessie (1925-2013)
    Aunt Margie (1930-1997)
    Uncle Fred (1920-1950)
    Aunt Marie (1922-2012)
    Aunt Pearl (1928
    Pop Byars (1894-1968)

    Middle Row:

    My Dad (1918-1986)
    Uncle Murlis (1925-2004)
    Uncle Jack (1928-2010)
    Uncle Bob (1917-1990)

    Bottom Row:

    Me (1942-
    Ma Byars (1894-1985)
    Cousin Linda Gayle (1945-

    Photo provided by cousin Christine, July 1, 2014...

    Pop & Ma Byars' Family
    Pop & Ma Byars' Family

    Back Row: Aunt Pearl, Aunt Margie, Mother, Uncle Bob, Cousin Linda Gail, Dad, Cousin Kathy, Aunt Bessie, me, Uncle Jack, brother Fred & Uncle Murlis

    Middle Row: cousin Robert on Pop's lap, Ma Byars & cousin Janet

    Bottom Row: cousin Kenny, cousin Debbie, cousin Christine, cousin Dawn & cousin Karen.

    Photo was taken in front of Pop's house on Warren Street, McMinnville, Tennessee circa Summer of 1962...

    Ma & Karen
    Ma & Karen

    Ma and Karen on their birthday, June 1, 1981.

    Ma was 87 and Karen was 27.

    Photo provided by her loving granddaughter, Karen...
    The Three Younger Byars Daughters...
    The Three Younger Byars Daughters...

    From the left:

    Margie Sue (1930-1997)
    Eva Pearl (1928-
    Bessie Lee (1925-2013)

    Photo provided by Christine Bess Cornett, November 8th, 2016
    The Four Byars Girls
    The Four Byars Girls

    Photos supplied by Robert & Angelia Bratcher Bess, late December, 2016
    Daughters & Grandchildren
    Daughters & Grandchildren
    Top Row: Margie Sue, Bessie Lee, Eva Pearl & Robert Lucile

    Bottom: Janet, Gayle holding Karen, Fred, Ma holding Kenny and Kathy

    Photo supplied by Robert & Angelia Bratcher Bess, late December, 2016
    Uncle Fred, Ma & Uncle Pete
    Uncle Fred, Ma & Uncle Pete
    This photo was probably taken in the late forties at the homeplace on Warren Street.

    Photo supplied by Robert & Angelia Bratcher Bess, late December, 2016
    Family...
    Family...
    Pop, Dad, Uncle Bob, Linda Gayle & me.

    Photo supplied by Robert & Angelia Bratcher Bess, late December, 2016
    Brothers-in-Law
    Brothers-in-Law

    Uncle Pete & Dad standing in front of Dad's 1947, maroon, Pontiac...

    Photo supplied by Robert & Angelia Bratcher Bess, late December, 2016
    'The P. G. (Perry Green) Potter Home'
    "The P. G. (Perry Green) Potter Home"
    Built in 1875-1876 in Dibrell, Warren County, Tennessee by Kitt Swingle for Perry Green Potter.

    First, he built a large two story house, then a store, barn and a blacksmith shop.

    Aunt Pearl provided this image and tells us that Ma & Pop lived in this house between 1935 to 1937. They then moved to the "Hennessee House" on Main Street (no longer there).

    Note: Kitt Zwingle was a 2nd cousin to Ma. Pop was a grandnephew of P.G. Potter and both of whom were named after their antecedent, "Perry Green Magness".
    Aunt Margie & Ma
    Aunt Margie & Ma
    Marjorie Lois Griffith Byars (1914-2006) was wife of Pop's first cousin, Perry Green Byars. As a matter of fact, Perry & Margie were so well loved by Ma & Pop, they named their youngest daughter, "Margie Sue Byars".

    Photo taken in August, 1973 at Perry & Margie's place in Warren County, Tennesseee and contributed by Joe Byars, February 5, 2017
    The Sisters in Palm Beach
    The Sisters in Palm Beach
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F274  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Jun 1894 - DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Lake Park, Palm Beach County, Florida Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 0___ 1910 - Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Type: CIVIL - 4 Jan 1915 - DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1920 - Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1930 - Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1935 - Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence (Family) - 0___ 1940 - McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1941-1945 - Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Dec 1968 - Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 15 Dec 1968 - Mount View Cemetery, McMinnville, Warren County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Perry Green Byars
    Perry Green Byars
    Perry Green "Pop" Byars (1894-1968) as a young man, circa 1915.
    Sons-in-Law of Pop & Ma Byars
    Sons-in-Law of Pop & Ma Byars
    Robert Ferman Bess (1917-1990)
    Bert Hennessee (1918-1986)
    Robert Murlis Wright (1925-2004)
    Photo taken at Chandler's Camp, on the Caney Fork River in Bone Cave, Van Buren Co., TN in the late 40's.
    Family Outing circa 1947
    Family Outing circa 1947
    Left-to-Right: Lousie Cantrell Hennessee (1917-1995), Fred Swindell Byars (1920-1950), Marie Prince Byars Millsaps (1925- , Bert Hennessee (1918-1986) and Lucile Byars Hennessee (1918-2008)
    Aunt Pearl & Aunt Margie
    Aunt Pearl & Aunt Margie
    Photo taken 1939 in McMinnville, Tennessee (little girl is Carolyn LNU)
    An Old Swinging Bridge...
    An Old Swinging Bridge...
    Aunt Pearl tells a tale about Pop coming home late one night singing at the top of his voice, high as a "Georgia Pine", and somehow traversed a bridge much like this one - not only besotted but did so on crutches!

    Excellent photo taken by Cousin Dawn, April 6, 2013, somewhere in the Keltonburg area of DeKalb County, Tennessee
    Perry Green Byars (1894-1968)
    Perry Green Byars (1894-1968)

    "Pop" worked in Detroit during the war years. Upon his return to McMinnville, Tennessee, he bought two "rent" houses and a taxi. He drove taxi only a short while and retired to his fishing...

    Many thanks to Cousin Joe Byars who sent this photo...
    Pop
    Pop
    as seen sometime during the mid-forties on his driveway with Mrs. Wright's house in the background...

    Photo supplied by Robert & Angelia Bratcher Bess, late December, 2016
    Pop
    Pop
    This is exactly how I remember him ... David

    Photo supplied by Robert & Angelia Bratcher Bess, late December, 2016

    Documents
    Patriot Forefathers of the grandchildren of Perry Green Byars (1894-1968)
    Patriot Forefathers of the grandchildren of Perry Green Byars (1894-1968)

    Videos
    Pop Byars' Daughters...
    Pop Byars' Daughters...
    Bessie Byars Wright, Pearl Byars Bess, Lucile Byars Hennessee & Margie Byars Tarasovich with some of their children.

    This video was taken by Cousin Debbie in July of 1989. It begins at Aunt Pearl's house and later features the old homeplaces in DeKalb & Warren County, Tennessee, New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church and ends at Debbie's house. Be patient as this video is not edited and shows intermittant baseball games... DAH

  • Notes 
    • Known to his siblings as, "Grundy". Mother mentioned that Pop played the fiddle until he broke a finger and never picked-up the fiddle again. It seems he played at barn dances...DAH

      Aunt Pearl tells us a different story about Pop's fiddle playing. Pop quit playing the fiddle at barn dances because he saw Ma dancing with another man...

      For more details for Pop & Ma 's hard life, go to the page, "Memories of Lucile Byars Hennessee (1918-2008)" on this website;

      http://thehennesseefamily.com/getperson.php?personID=I2&tree=hennessee

      I need not mention his parsimony as the entire family remember Pop was "tighter than Dick's hat band" when it came to money. The other side was his generosity when he'd had a couple drinks...

      end [18, 19]
    • Sunday morning, October 20, 2013:

      Spoke to Aunt Pearl this morning about Pop & Uncle Pete in regards to their "troubles with the law"...

      Pop thought that if he could run one load of whiskey to Nashville, that would solve all of his financial problems as...

      This was in the early 1930's and he was living with his young family in Green Hill (DeKalb County) where he was cropping shares (for Ralston Sullivan) and hauled logs part-time. Can you imagine working the fields all day and then hauling logs to McMinnville, 10 miles away, all on foot and by mule? No wonder he thought this was an easier way to make a few dollars.

      Pop got caught. Aunt Pearl tells us that it took everything he had to avoid jail and he never did that again!

      Ma told me that Pop worked as a mechanic (probably during the 1930's). At some point, Pop began selling "Philco" radios and farm implements for Herbert Ralston "Ralston" Sullivan (1894-1962) who owned the "Sullivan Company" of McMinnville and apparently did this through the early 1950's as I remember travelling with him out in the country to call on his prospests and customers...

      Aunt Pearl told me that Pop shared crops from Ralston before he began his sales career. It seems Ralston thought well of Pop. Aunt Pearl was surprized to find out that he and Pop were the same age.

      In 1941 Pop went to Detroit. He worked for Budd Wheel through the summer of 1943. In 1945 he bought the log house on North Warren Street and the family moved there from their residence on Towles Avenue.

      Then Pop buys a taxi, about 1943, which he ran until late 1949 - early 1950. It is at this juncture that Uncle Pete became a felon. Uncle Pete borrows the taxi from Pop and drives to Manchester and picks-up a lady(ies) for an evening of dancing and driking. Pete is "higher than a Georgia pine", crashes the car and kills a passenger. He is convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison in 1949 when he returns home about three years later...Pop got out of the taxi business.

      It is at this point that he works full-time for Sullivan. It was 1950 and I remember Pop bought a brand-new 1950 Plymouth, "Sea Mist Green", 4-door sedan and this was the car we travelled in when he called on his clients.

      He retired in the mid-1950's and spent his life fishing, whittling and guarding his realm sitting in an old wood chair propped-up against the garage in the backyard...

      end [18, 19]
    • 1930: Aunt Pearls tells us that the family lost their house to a fire after a visit to Granny Swindell. Pop thought it was arson by a man named, "Cantrell".

      1930: Familyh moves into the "Pitt Place" in Dibrell.

      1938: Moved to the "Sullivan House", then to town to the "Hennessee House" and then to the "McGregor House"...

      1940: They lived on Towles Avenue in town

      1945: Pop bought the house at 112 North Warren Street in McMinnville

      end [20]

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    8. [S11] Tombstone (Reliability: 3).

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    20. [S10790] Pearl Byars Bess Fultz provided the information for this person or place during a telephone conversation July 30, 2015 a.