Harriet Etta Byars

Female 1882 - 1933  (50 years)


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  • Name Harriet Etta Byars 
    Born 30 Oct 1882  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died 15 Oct 1933  Seven Springs Hotel, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • Burned to death in the hotel fire...
    Buried New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Smithville, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I748  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 17 Aug 1995 

    Father Perry Green Byars,   b. 22 Nov 1845, DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1908, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Mother 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  [4
    • by his uncle , P. G. Magness, Jr., M.G.
    Residence (Family) 1870  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence (Family) 1880  DeKalb County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Family ID F272  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 30 Oct 1882 - DeKalb County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Oct 1933 - Seven Springs Hotel, DeKalb 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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  • Notes 
    • The Southern Standard, Thursday, October 19, 1933:

      "Trapped in an upper story of a 17-room house, Miss Harriet Byars, 51, and Oscar Ward, 11, were burned to death at Seven Springs late Sunday night.

      Miss Byars, cousin of Mrs. Lilly Scott, owner of the dwelling, had made her home with the latter for the past 15 years, while young Ward had made his home there since the death of his mother who was killed by lightning three years ago.

      Just what started the conflagration is a mystery. Mrs. Scott was awakened about 11 p.m. Sunday night by the crackling of the flames. Arousing Miss Byars and young Ward,Mrs. Scott attempted to lead them from the burning building.The two became confused,however,and lost their way and were soon overcome by the fumes.

      The twisted and shapeless torsos of the two victims were found in the ruins after the flames had subsided. Funeral services for Miss Byars and young Ward were held Tuesday morning with burial being made in the Bildad cemetery, DeKalb county, under the direction of the John W. High Funeral Home.

      The Scott home was located on the bluff, just a few hundred feet east of the Seven Springs Hotel. Mrs. Scott was formerly owner and operator of the Seven Springs Hotel.

      The residence was completely furnished throughout. None of the contents were saved and vey little insurance was held on the house and its contents."

  • Sources 
    1. [S815] 1900 DeKalb Co.,TN Census, Transcribed & Indexed from a Microfilm Copy of the, p. 224 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S57] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Byars&GSiman=1&GScid=2300721&GRid=82106625&.

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

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

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

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

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