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Capt Ebenezer Byram
Birth: Oct. 1, 1692
Plymouth County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Aug. 9, 1753
Morris County
New Jersey, USA

Capt. Ebenezer, son of, Nicholas Byram and Mary Edson.

He was originally from East Bridgewater, Plymouth Co. Massachusetts.

Ebenezer Byram married Hannah Hayward on December 9, 1714 in Morris Co., New Jersey.

Ebenezer Byram and Hannah Hayward children are:

Ebenezer Byram b. 1716
Eliab Byram b. 1718
Japhet Byram b. 1721
Naphtali Byram b. 1723
Hannah Byram b. 1725
Mary Byram b. 1728
Abigail Byram b. 1730
Jepthah Byram b. 1732

Ebenezer Byram and wife Hannah were married by the Reverend in Ebenezer's barn, when denied the use of the Bridgewater Church. This may have influenced Ebenezer in removing his family on June 18, 1744 to Rocksiticus, Morris County, New Jersey, where he became Major of the Militia and Judge of County, Court, Rocksiticus was later changed to Mendham. Ebenezer was a Presbyterian. He died in Mendham, New Jersey in 1753.

Ebenezer Byram Sr. and his father, Nicholas Byram were founding members of the East or Third Church of Christ in Bridgewater, MA. Ebenezer first resided in E. B. MA where he owned two plantations of considerable value and extent.

Ebener Byram and his wife Hannah Hayward were buried in the Hill Top Presbyterian Church, Mendham, NJ. The Church was built by money supplied by Ebenezer Byram. Also in Mendham is the "Black Horse Tavern" which was owned and operated by Ebenezer.

In Mendham there are two buildings associated with Ebenezer Byram. First is the present standing Black Horse Inn and the second is the First Presbyterian Church. In the book "THROUGH YEARS IN MENDHAM BOROUGH" BY Catherine M. Emmons, 1973, these buildings are described.

The Black Horse Tavern was originally used as a farmhouse. The building was purchased by Ebenezer in 1740. The building was opened as a guest house for early travelers. It later became a tavern. With the Hilltop Church is located not that far from the Inn. Ebenzer had a church constructed at this site. It was square in shape and faced south with an aisle ten feet wide from the door to the pulpit. During the winters of 1778-1780 when General George Washington and his troops were encamped in and around Morristown, the church was stripped of the pews and it was used as a hospital. Many of the patients are buried near this church site.

In 1816 the old church was torn down and a new one was erected. The second church burned in 1859. In 1860 the present Church was erected and remains much the same today.

The Rev. Whitfield held religious services in Byram's barn, being denied the use of the Bridgewater Church. Much interest resulted, but not without opposition. Whitfield's adherents were denounced as "NewLights". This problem probably had something to do with the Byram migration, most of the descendants, to Medham, NJ in 1744.

Family Information contributed by family members:

Yvette E. (Byrum) Aune and Don Porter
Family links: 
  Hannah Hayward Byram (1691 - 1761)*
  Ebenezer Byram (1716 - 1762)*
  Eliab Byram (1718 - 1754)*
  Japhet Byram (1721 - 1801)*
  Nephralia Byram (1723 - 1747)*
  Jepthah Byram (1732 - 1801)*
*Calculated relationship
Hilltop Cemetery
Morris County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Section 5
Maintained by: Yvette Aune
Originally Created by: Don Porter
Record added: Jul 31, 2001
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