Capt William Byers

Birth
Ireland
Death 1799 (aged 68–69)
York County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Clover, York County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 34066418 · View Source
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Upon arriving in America with an older brother David, he settled in Lancaster/York or Chester, PA, then migrated down the Shenandoa valey to Augusta, now Rockbridge County, Va. In 1758, he enrolled in Virginia militia raised for the protection of the frontiers of the province. Later moved to York County, SC and settled on the headwaters of Bullock Creek, while his brother David migrated from York County, PA and located near Wm. on Turkey Creek.
Wm. was a delegate to the Provincial Congress and took his seat in Charleston in the State House there on Nov. 3, 1775.
Wm. was later called out two times to the militia, one being under the command of General Andrew Williamson in the Cherokee War of 1776.
After the fall of Charleston in 1780, Wm. Byers and his family took refuge in North Carolina, and after the battle of Cowpens, his wife and children fled in advance of the British Army under Lord Cornwallis, to her former home in Rockbridge County, Va.
In 1784, he was appointed one of the tax assessors/collectors for the New Acquisition District, as York County was then called. Wm. served as an elder in the Beersheba Presbyterian Meeting House in 1785 and years afterwards. It is likely that he was buried in the Churchyard at Beersheeba, but if his grave was marked, the stone has long since disappeared.
Source: Capt. Wm. Byers of the Revolution by Elmer Oris Parker.

Children of Wm. and Elizabeth Walton Byers were:
Edward Byers 1761 to 1832
Nancy Ann Byers 1763 to 1818
Wm. Byers, Jr. 1765 to 1816
Lorena Byers 1767 to 1837
Elizabeth Walton Byers 1769 to 1852
Susannah Byers 1771 to 1844
David Byers 1774 to 1862

When Elmer Parker sent this info to me, he also included a FGS which has copies of all the family's signatures which he copied from records when he was working at National Archives in Washington, DC.

He also noted the parents of Elizabeth Walton.


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  • Maintained by: Luayne Pierce
  • Originally Created by: Larry Chenault
  • Added: 21 Feb 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 34066418
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt William Byers (1730–1799), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34066418, citing Beersheba Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Clover, York County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Luayne Pierce (contributor 47258104) .