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Peter Bilyeu
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Birth: Sep. 29, 1802
Tennessee, USA
Death: Jul. 27, 1877

John Bilyeu
Sara (McGrew) Bilyeu

Peter was born September 29, 1802 in Kentucky, was the first of John's children to move to Oregon. On March 18, 1821, he was married to Mary Jane (Coker) Dyer in Tennessee. When Miller County was established as a government unit, he was elected a justice of the peace in Richwood Township, serving a number of years. He was an officer in the Miller County militia. In the spring of 1850, with others, he crossed the plains, arriving in Oregon on October 17th.

His glowing reports on the fertile land there was reason enough for others in Miller County to want to follow him. In the spring of 1852, returning to Richwoods Township, he led a wagon train of Miller Countians to Oregon. Arriving on September 16th.

Peter died on July 27, 1877. His wife, Mary Jane (Coker) Dyer, born December 4, 1801, died April 8th 1878. Both are buried in the Bilyeu Den Cemetery, Linn County, Oregon.
Source - The Eldon Advertiser (MO), October 26, 1872


Peter Bilyeu died at his residence, on Front Street, yesterday. He was about 74 years old. His death was quite sudden and unlooked for, though he had been unwell for some time. Rumors on the street are to the effect that he took a dose of liniment by mistake, but that such a mistake was made is not certain. He had been troubled with rheumatism and a disease of the kidneys. He has many relatives living about Scio in Linn County.
Source - Weekly Oregon Statesman, August 3, 1877 
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  Mary Jane Coker Bilyeu (1801 - 1878)
  George Washington Bilyeu (1826 - 1901)*
*Calculated relationship
Bilyeu Den Cemetery
Linn County
Oregon, USA
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Record added: Apr 28, 2008
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Peter Bilyeu
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- Keil
 Added: Aug. 16, 2015
Peter Bilyeu m. Mary Jane Coker 1821........Peter Bilyeu, son of John and Sarah (McGrew) Bilyeu,... Peter has signed a note stating that he "Was leaving for the state of California in May 1850"… actually he went to Linn County, Oregon Territory.He was o...(Read more)
- Bev
 Added: Sep. 27, 2011

- Betty Hunter- Harrison
 Added: Sep. 24, 2009
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