Nathan Byars

Male 0___ 1749 - 1846  (~ 97 years)


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  • Name Nathan Byars 
    Born 0___ 1749  Granville County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Burial Byars-Ezell Cemetery, Chesnee, Cherokee County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Military Revolutionary War Patriot  [4, 5
    Died 15 Aug 1846  Spartanburg County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Cowpens National Battlefield, Chesnee, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I1090  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2014 

    Father Earlier Byars Antecedents,   b. (Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. (Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother unnamed spouse(s),   b. (Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. (Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married (Virginia) Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F5257  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Drucilla Harrelson,   b. 0___ 1744, (New Hanover County, North Carolina) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1816  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married (Orange County, North Carolina) Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Separated 11 Oct 1808  Rutherford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Divorced 24 Nov 1808  [2
    Children 
     1. George Byars,   b. 1773, (Caswell County, North Carolina) Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Martha Druscilla Byars,   b. 31 Dec 1774, Granville County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1822, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     3. Elizabeth Byars,   b. 1 Jan 1775, (Caswell County, North Carolina) Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Nancy Byars,   b. 0___ 1776, Commonwealth of Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1860, Marion County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years)
     5. Nathan Byars, Jr.,   b. 0___ 1776, (Caswell County) North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1860, (Lawrence County) Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years)
     6. John Byars, Sr.,   b. 0___ 1777, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1852, Tuscaloosa, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years)
     7. Mary Margaret Byars,   b. 0___ 1778, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. Anthony Family Cemetery, Fayette County, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Burgess Harrelson "Harrel" Byars,   b. 0___ 1779, Buncombe County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1874, Warren County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 95 years)
     9. Robert Byas,   b. 0Mar 1785, Rutherford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Andrew (Drury) Byars,   b. 0___ 1786, Rutherford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1845, (Bedford County, Tennessee) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
    Last Modified 29 Oct 2014 
    Family ID F414  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Delphia "Delphy" Logan,   b. 0___ 1785, Spartanburg County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. After 1870, (Spartanburg County, South Carolina) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years) 
    Married 8 Oct 1819  Spartanburg, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Children 
     1. Delila Byars,   b. Abt 1808, Spartanburg County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Andrew Jackson "Jackson" Byars,   b. 0___ 1815, Spartanburg County, South Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1906, Page, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 91 years)
    Last Modified 29 Oct 2014 
    Family ID F417  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 0___ 1749 - Granville County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - Byars-Ezell Cemetery, Chesnee, Cherokee County, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Oct 1819 - Spartanburg, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Aug 1846 - Spartanburg County, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Cowpens National Battlefield, Chesnee, South Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - (Orange County, North Carolina) Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Burial site for Nathan Byars (1749-1846)
    Burial site for Nathan Byars (1749-1846)

    Byars-Ezell Cemetery, Chesnee, Cherokee Co., SC

    Click here for information and a slide show of Nathan's burial site and Revolutionary War records, documented and presented by John McLain...

    http://logan-family.org/photos/Nathan_Byars_grave/slideshow/p007.html

    Served 3 three-month tours during Revolutionary War and volunteered for three months duty in the Indian Wars. DAR Patriot Index, Vol. II, p.5.

    Inscription: Pvt Continental Line Revolutionary War, Replacement stone, original is in Park Storage.

    Headstones
    Nathan Byars' Footstone (1749-1846)
    Nathan Byars' Footstone (1749-1846)

    located at the Byars-Ezell Cemetery, Chesnee, Cherokee Co., SC

    Click here for information and a slide show of Nathan's burial site and Revolutionary War records, documented and presented by John McLain...

    http://logan-family.org/photos/Nathan_Byars_grave/slideshow/p007.html

  • Notes 
    • Big news from the Byars dna project.

      Recent dna results prove that James (Henry) Byars of Hanover Co, VA is NOT the ancestor of Nathan b 1749, William who married Sarah Doggett or William who married Elizabeth Bedford. DNA from a proven descendant of James through his documented son Capt John, matches with dna from a descendant of the Byars who went from Granville Co into West Tennessee. NO CONNECTION to old Nathan, William or William

      22 Aug 2014: I spoke to Clovis Byars Herring, the "Grand-Dame" of BYARS historians, and she concurs... [7]
    • Click here for information and a slide show of Nathan's burial site and Revolutionary War records, documented and presented by John McLain...

      http://logan-family.org/photos/Nathan_Byars_grave/slideshow/p007.html

      Served 3 three-month tours during Revolutionary War and volunteered for three months duty in the Indian Wars. DAR Patriot Index, Vol. II, p.5.

      Inscription: Pvt Continental Line Revolutionary War, Replacement stone, original is in Park Storage. [8]
    • Majorie Stewart Tucker writes,

      Nathan Byars was born in 1749, Granville Co., NC, d. Aug. 18, 1846, Spartanburg District, SC. He m.1st. after 1772 (date of Burgess Harrelson's will), Drucilla Harrelson, b. ca 1743-50, d. probably ca 1818, dau. of Burgess Harrelson and wife, Elizabeth.

      The will of Burgess Harrelson was made Oct. 9, 1772, in Orange Co., NC. In it he named his daughter, Drucilla Harrelson and gave her two hundred acres of land, indicating that Drucilla was not married when the will was written.

      Nathan Byars is buried in the Cowpens National Park, Cherokee County, SC. His tombstone reads "In Memory of Nathan Byars Sen. who died Aug. 18, 1846 in his 97th year." Note - Cherokee Co., SC was formed 1897 from Union, York, and Spartanburg Counties.

      Nathan Byars served as a Private from North Carolina during the Revolutionary War. On May 22, 1778, he took the State Oath of Allegiance according to the Acts of the Assembly passed at New Bern the 15th day of November, 1777, in the second year of the Independence of the State of North Carolina, being one of seventy- seven persons in the Island Creek District so doing. Among this number was also one William Byars, who may have been his brother.

      While a resident of Caswell County, North Carolina, Nathan Byars was drafted three times and served three months each tour. He then volunteered a tour of three months and went south against the Indians. He was stationed principally at Hillsborough, NC. On Dec. 31, 1844, at the advanced age of ninety-five years, when he applied for his Military Pension, Nathan was unable to remember the exact date of his birth or the exact dates of his service.

      He did remember that his father told him that he was a small boy at the time of Gen. Braddock's defeat (1755, during the French and Indian War). He recollected that he was in the service at the time the battle was fought at the Eutaw Springs (Sept. 1781) and at King's Mountain (1780) and at the time of Gates' defeat (Aug. 16, 1780, Camden, SC), though he did not participate in these battles.

      Nathan's application for pension was supported by an affidavit submitted by Jesse and Rev. Drury, two sons of his neighbor, Richard Scruggs. His application was also supported by Philip Davis and Sarah (Davis) Wadkins, who made oath that their brother, Jacob Davis, was drafted at the same time and that they served the tour together. Sarah Davis was married to William Watkins, whose brother, Daniel Watkins, Sr. married Nathan's daughter, Elizabeth Byars. She stated that she was raised and lived in NC until she was twelve or fourteen years of age and that she lived near Nathan Byars.

      The following is a copy of the interrogation of Nathan Byars when he applied for his Military Pension, Dec. 31, 1844:

      NATHAN BYARS
      Pension Records
      #W6223

      Interrogatory put to the applicant -

      1st Where and in what year was you born - ?

      Ans I was born in Granville County, N.C., but cannot recollect the date of the year, but my father told me I was a small boy at Braddock's Defeat.

      2nd Have you any record of your age?

      Ans No more than what I have told you -

      3rd Where were you living when called in to the service and where have you lived since that time and where do you now live - ?

      Ans I lived in Caswell County, N.C. I then lived several years in Rutherford County, N.C. and since that time have (and now do) live in Spartanburgh Dt. South Carolina -

      4th How were you called in to the service?

      Ans I was drafted in the Militia of N.C. three different times and served three months each tour and volunteered one tour of three months against the Indians -

      5th State the names of some of the regular officers who were with the troops where you served.

      Ans Col. Ramsey and Major Moore, Capt. Cunningham and Capt. Forker -

      6th Did you receive a discharge from the service and if so, by whom was it given and what has become of it?

      Ans I had a regular discharge and believe it was given by Capt. Cunningham - which is now lost or mislaid.

      7th State the names of persons to whom you are known in your present neighborhood and who can testify to your character for veracity and their belief of your service as a soldier of the Revolution -

      Ans Richard Scruggs - Drury Scruggs, Jesse Scruggs and H. Hicks.

      Sworn to and Subscribed the day and year before written -

      his mark Nathan Byars

      R. Bowdin, Judge of the Court of Chancery

      Nathan Byars engaged in many land transactions, both buying and selling in Granville Co., NC from 1780 through 1784, yet in Caswell Co., he bought and sold land from 1781 through 1784. It seems likely the family moved to Rutherford Co., NC about 1783-85.

      Nathan purchased 200 acres from James Webb April 10, 1783, located on Main Broad River in Rutherford County. A few years later, in 1795, he sold a part of it to William Dobbins. On Apr. 13, 1802 he sold lands secured by title bond and gave possession to Arthur Clark the whole of 8 plantations containing 1,250 acres. Either he or his son, Nathan, Jr. bought land in Spartanburg Co., SC beginning in 1817.

      About 1801 Nathan and Drucilla's marriage began to fall apart. Quoting from the Haralson - Harrelson Family History, compiled by Danny K. Haralson, page 47 - "Nathan had been living with Delphy
      Logan since 1801." No source was cited as proof for this statement. Delphy Logan became Nathan's second wife, Oct. 8, 1819.

      In Delphy's application for a widow's pension, made Dec. 29, 1853, she stated that she and Nathan were not married prior to Jan. 2, 1800. Drucilla filed a petition for a legal separation to the
      North Carolina General Assembly October 11, 1808. The following is a copy of the document:

      To the Honorable the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina

      The humble petition of Drusilla Byars of Rutherford County in the said State wife of Nathan Byars of the same County she with, that your petitioner when married was worth a considerable estate, that her said husband had little or no property; that your petitioner lived in harmony with her husband for a great many years in which time she had 10 children during all which time ever since she hath used her best endeavor to improve their property and support their family, did use unremitted exertions to render her said husband happy. That about seven years ago her husband did withdraw his affection from her and did refuse giving her any protection or support and did convince her to leave his house, she repeate and returned and was often obliged to abandon his house to resort to the cold charity of the world for substenance.

      Your petitioner on representing these facts to the Court of Equity of Morgan District had a decree was made in her favor, but she finds no decree can be availing until she is authorized to hold any property she may acquire as she can find no friend who feels sufficient interest to induce him to act as a trustee, and to secure and defend any property to which she might be entitled.

      Now your petitioner humbly prays that an act of Assembly be made authorizing her to hold property which she may acquire and to maintain and defend suit in her own name.

      October 11, 1808 her
      Drusilla X
      Byars
      mark

      Petition of
      Drusilla Byars
      of Rutherford County

      State of North Carolina
      Burk County Court of Equity
      I Adolphus L. Erwin, Clerk
      Master in Equity for said County do hereby certify that Drusilla Byars, did prefer a Bill of Complaint in the Court of Equity for the district of Morgan against her husband Nathan Byars, and obtained a decree in her favor for a separate maintainance in said Court that Writs of purefacing up side from several terms of said Court, and the Sheriff hath not found by his ruling sufficient property to satisfy the Court of the said Suit and that no part of the decree hath been yet satisfied.

      Given under my hand at office in Morgantown November 2nd 1808

      A.L. Erwin Clk.
      Petition of Drusilla Byars of Rutherford County
      Praying a law be passed securing to her such property as she may herself later acquire.

      In Senate November 24th 1808
      Read and referred to the committee on Divorce and Alimony E/e

      By order M. Stokes, Clk Mr. Pickens

      Granted in House of Commons 24 November 1808 read orders at by the Senate
      By order
      Honorable H.B.

      With the help of her son-in-law, Thaddeus Dudley Walker, Drucilla received some money from Nathan. From Rutherford Co., NC Deed Book 25, page 174:

      "This indenture made this 13th day of July, 1809, between William Carson, Esq., high sheriff of the County of Rutherford, State of North Carolina, on the one part and Thaddius Walker of the County of Rutherford and the State aforesaid of the other part. Whereas by virtue of an execution issuing from the Superior Court of Burke County against Nathan Byars for the sum of fifty pounds 5/ which sum was recovered by Drucilla Byars as on record may appear."

      The following information about the early divorces and separations is from The North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, Vol. III, No. 1, Feb. 1977, pp. 43-45:

      "Divorces and Separations Granted by Act of North Carolina Assembly from 1790-1808" by B. Ransom McBride.

      McBride gives a history of Divorce and Separation during colonial times through 1808. He says, "With the advent of liberal Jeffersonian democracy, the upward trend continued, and in the six years between 1802 and 1808, the NC Assembly had approved four more complete divorces and 116 separations." A complete listing of divorces and separations is part of the article with divorces indicated with a D. On page 45 is this entry: Byars, Prusilla, husband not named; of Rutherford Co. (1808, page 39)". Complete information for each entry is available in the Legislative Papers of North Carolina.

      According to Maurice Rasmussen (Enquirer, Vol. I, No. 4, p. 109)

      Drucilla lived with her daughter Elizabeth Watkins and was with her daughter, Nancy Walker when she died.

      Tradition says Drucilla died in 1818. Since there was no divorce, Nathan had to wait until she died before he could marry Delphy, so that may well be the year Drucilla Harrelson Byars passed away.
      Nathan and Delphy Logan were married Oct. 8, 1819, in Spartanburg Dist., SC, by Rev. Joshua Richards.

      Nathan moved from Rutherford Co., NC to the area of the Cowpens Battleground, in the Spartanburg Dist., SC, settling on the high ground separating the Suck and Little Buck Creek watersheds. About 1822 he built a cabin and cleared and fenced a field southwest of the intersection of the Island (Coulter's Ford) and Green River roads. (This info from the Report of U.S. Park Service, Gov't Study).

      Shown on the next page is a picture of the cabin that Nathan Byars built, taken April 14, 1978, courtesy of Dorothy Eubanks Hays. Even though it was recommended that the house be studied, the National Parks Service tore it down."

      In April 1826, Nathan Byars had Joseph Camp survey for him a 394 acre tract, as evidenced by the following:

      State of South Carolina

      Pursuant to a warrant from Jabez Galt, Esq., Commissioner of Locations in Spartanburgh District dated 8th of March 1826 - I have admeasured & laid out unto Nathan Byars, Senr. a Tract of Land containing three Hundred & ninety four acres Situate in Said District and on the head waters of Island, Suck & Buck Creeks including his own home & plantation, also including the Cowpen Battle Ground Bounded East by Scruggs' & Earle's Land and all other sides by unknown Lands - and hath such shape & form as above Plat represents. Surveyed this 5th day of April 1826 ___
      By me, Joseph Camp,

      Andrew Rhea
      & C.B.
      Robt. Scruggs Recorded 12th April 1826. Paid $2.00 and
      Recorded in

      Plat Book B, at page 383.

      A copy of the plat is presented on the next page, followed by a Historical Base Map of the Cowpens National Battlefield.


      The following is quoted from a Report of U.S. Park Service Gov't. Study, page 12:

      "Gov. Richard J. Manning, on examining the plat and its accompanying certificate, granted on October 2, 1826, to Nathan Byars, "his heirs and assigns," a 394-acre tract or plantation on the headwaters of Island, Suck, and Buck creeks.

      An examination of the Byars, Steadman, and McClaren plats shows that in 1826 Byars had been granted 394 acres of the 2,000 acres granted to McClaren 23 years before. McClaren had conveyed title to most of the acreage in his grants to Wilson Nesbitt, who, plagued by lawsuits, had failed to maintain and defend his title. To the west Byars' grant intruded onto the acreage granted to James Steadman in 1787 by Governor Pinckney. The parties to whom the Steadman heirs had conveyed his 2,482-acre grant were absentee owners. Although the plat prepared for Nathaniel Gist by John Gibbs in 1845 shows a conflict, there were no court challenges.

      The Court of Common Pleas for Spartanburg District issued on November 16, 1840, a writ of Five Facias in the suit of Samuel Ezell against Nathan Byars. When Byars was unable to pay the judgment, Sheriff A.C. Bomar of Spartanburg District was ordered to levy $36.60 on his goods and chattels, with interests and costs.

      To enforce the writ, Sheriff Bomar seized and taken of the Lands and Tenaments of the said Nathan Byars all that certain piece parcel and tract of land containing three Hundred Acres, more or less."

      Samuel Ezell sold the 300 acres to his son, James H. Ezell.
    • Nathan Byars was now left penniless, his land and home having been seized from him. On Dec. 31, 1844, he applied for a Military Pension which was repeatedly denied to him. Finally, Oct. 3, 1851, Michael Thompson wrote a letter to James E. Heath, Commissioner of Pensions, pleading emphatically for Nathan's claim to be allowed. This letter must have had a decisive effect. Of Nathan he wrote:
      "But I should reproach myself were I not to exhaust all proper means to establish what I solemnly believe to be a clear, legal and valid claim for a poor bedridden, half starved soldier of the revolution, who literally cries to me for help, to prosecute what he conceives, and what I conceive, to be his rights under the law."

      A typed copy of the Certificate issued for his claim appears on the next page. It was made retroactive to March 4, 1831 and his widow, Delphy recovered the sum. On Dec. 29, 1853, Delphy's application for the widow's pension of half-pay was executed.

      Nathan Byars had died in poverty Aug. 18, 1846 and was buried in the family graveyard behind the house and outbuildings. It would seem that he had died in obscurity, but in the late summer of 1971, descendants from all over the country gathered at his gravesite to dedicate a permanent government marker at his grave. It is reported by Clovis Byars Herring that in 1985 when she visited the cemetery the stone was in pieces and there was no sign of the DAR marker that was put there.

      It is not known when Delphy Byars was born or when she died. She is enumerated in the Census of 1850, Spartanburg District, SC:

      #1278 Delphia Bian 65 SC
      Juda Turner 36 SC male
      Simpson Russ 22 SC
      Miranda " 10 SC
      John H. " 8 SC
      Barbara " 5 SC
      Sarah " 3 SC


      According to this census record she was born in 1785, but in the Census of 1860, Spartanburg District, SC, she was living at Cowpens with the family of Robert and Delilah Martin, and was born in 1776. It is not known who the people were who were living with her. The last mention of her is in a letter which was found among the papers in Nathan's Pension File. It was written July 20, 1937 by A.H. Hiller, Executive Assistant to the Administrator, to Will Franke of Birmingham, AL. He states that in 1868 Delphy Byars was living about sixteen miles north of the Spartanburg Court House.


      ******



      May 4, 1852

      DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
      REVOLUTIONARY CLAIM.

      I certify that in conformity with the law of the
      United States of the 7th June, 1832,

      Nathan Byars of South Carolina
      who was a private in the Revolution

      is entitled to receive Twenty dollars per annum,
      during his natural life, commencing on the 4th of March,
      1831, and payable semi-annually on the 4th of March and
      4th of September, in every year.


      Given at the Department of the Interior, this fourth day of May
      one thousand eight hundred and fifty two

      Alex H.H. Stuart
      Secretary of the Interior

      Examined and )
      Countersigned )

      J.E. Heath
      Commissioner of Pensions


      SOURCES:

      1. Pension File W6223, Nathan Byars.

      2. Byars - Byers Enquirer, Vol. I, No. 1, page 7.

      3. The State Records of North Carolina, Vol. 22, pp. 174-75, 1907.

      4. Rutherford County, N.C. Abstracts of Wills 1779-1822.

      5. Affidavit of Marriage by Rev. Joshua Richards.

      6. Report of U.S. Park Service, Gov't. Study. "

    • onie Webb,"Henry Byars is the brother of Nathan Byars",abstracted from land deeds,Granville,NC
    • http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/va/halifax/bios/guthrie1.txt

      22 Jan. 1779 James Guttree and William Guttree enter 250 A on waters of Adams Creek; borders Nathan Byas, Charles Bostick and William Allen. Includes the improvements where Garritt Guttree now lives

      13 Oct. 1783 to William Guttery and James Guttery 250 A. on Adams Creek adjacent Nathan Byas, Charles Allen Caswell Co., Deed Book B

    • Rutherford County, NC Records

      Rutherford County was created in 1779 from the western portion of Tryon County.

      SARAH BYASS was listed in Captain RUSSEL's Company in the 1782 Tax List of Rutherford County, NC. She was listed with 200 acres of land, 1 negro, 2 horses, 8 cattle, and an assessment of 208.
      (Source: http://www.northcarolinagenealogy.net/downloads/1782.txt)

      Deed Books A-D, P.77: 17 Oct 1783, MICHAEL MCELWRATH to THOMAS MORRIS, for 60 "Hard money" ... land on E side Mountain Creek adj. DAVID BYERS, 300 A, granted to sd. BYERS 18 Apr 1771 ... MICHAEL MCELWRATH (SEAL), No wit.
      (Source: Holcomb, Deed Abstracts of Tryon, Lincoln, & Rutherford Counties, North Carolina, 1769-1786, p.138)31

      Deed Books A-D, P.173: 10 Apr 1783, JAMES WEBB of Rutherford Co., to NATHAN BYERS of Caswell Co., for 150 ... 200 A on N side main Broad River adj. MCCLANNAHANS ... JAMES WEBB (+) (SEAL), Wit: WILLM HACKINS, JOHN WEBB, WILLIAM COOPER.
      (Source: Holcomb, Deed Abstracts of Tryon, Lincoln, & Rutherford Counties, North Carolina, 1769-1786, p.145)31

      Deed Books A-D, Pp.175-176: 28 July 1779, ALEXANDER COULTER of Rutherford Co., to ROBERT SHIPLEY of same, for 400 ... 300 A on Cleghorns Creek, formerly Sheppards Creek, JAMES BYARS pattentee ... ALEXANDER COULTER (SEAL), Wit: D. DICKEY, RICHARD SINGLETON.
      (Source: Holcomb, Deed Abstracts of Tryon, Lincoln, & Rutherford Counties, North Carolina, 1769-1786, p.146)31

      Deed Books A-D, Pp.192-193: 10 Sept 1779, JOHN BERRY of Dist. of Ninety Six, S.C. to JAMES GRAY of N.C., for 2000 S.C. money ... land on N side Broad River on McDonalds Creek, adj. JAMES BYARS ... JOHN BERRY (SEAL), Wit: RICHARD MCCLURE, ANDREW THOMSON.
      (Source: Holcomb, Deed Abstracts of Tryon, Lincoln, & Rutherford Counties, North Carolina, 1769-1786, p.147)31

      Deed Books A-D, Pp.214: 15 July 1775, ABRAHAM KIRKENDALL of Tryon Co., to JOHN WEBB of same, for 35 ... land on W side Second Broad River, 300 A ... ABRAHAM KIRKENDALL (A) (SEAL), Wit: JOHN BYAS (J), ROBERT BYAS.
      (Source: Holcomb, Deed Abstracts of Tryon, Lincoln, & Rutherford Counties, North Carolina, 1769-1786, p.149)31

      Deed Books A-D, P.228: Grant to ANTHONY DICKEY, 400 A on Mill Creek of Broad River, adj. his own land, BYERS ... 13 Oct 1783. ALEX MARTIN.
      (Source: Holcomb, Deed Abstracts of Tryon, Lincoln, & Rutherford Counties, North Carolina, 1769-1786, p.150)31

      Deed Books A-D, Pp.442-443: 6 Jan 1786, THOMAS MORRIS to JOSHUA TYLOR, both of Rutherford Co., for 80 ... land on N side Main Broad River on E side Mountain Creek, adj. THOMAS JOHNSTON, granted to DAVID BYERS, 29 Apr 1768 ... THOMAS MORRIS (SEAL), Wit: MOSES WRIGHT, JAMES JAFFREY.
      (Source: Holcomb, Deed Abstracts of Tryon, Lincoln, & Rutherford Counties, North Carolina, 1769-1786, p.166)31

      Deed Book G, Page 183, No. 753: 20 April 1786, THOMAS MORRIS to ANTHONY DICKEY for 100 pds. tract of 300 a. on both sides Mill Creek on E. branch of Mountain Creek begin. at DAVID BYERS corner, Land orig. granted to JAMES BYERS 18 April 1779. WM. GRANT, Sp--? COLEMAN BROWN.
      (Source: Davis, Rutherford County, North Carolina, Abstracts of Deeds, 1773-1795, p.28)15

      Deed Book G, Page 233, No. 801: 25 Sept. 1787, THOMAS WHITESIDES to GARRET VINZANT, JR., for 25 pds. tract of 60 a. on both sides First Broad River being part of a grant to WILLIAM SIMS & MAYDDN BYAR, adj. ROBT. WHITESIDES, SMITH or VINZANT, BARNETT or OZBORN corner. JOHN SMITH.
      (Source: Davis, Rutherford County, North Carolina, Abstracts of Deeds, 1773-1795, p.34)15

      Deed Book I, Page 379, No. 927: 6 Oct. 1792, JOSEPH BOREN of Ninety-six Dist., S.C. to JOSEPH CAMP of Rutherford Co. for 100 pds. proc. money of N.C. 222 a. in Rutherford Co. on branch of CARTIN's Mill Creek and on E. side of Broad River begin. at a line formerly called JOHN WILSON's line. Land was first granted to JOSEPH CAMP by JOSIAH MARTIN, Esq. by pat. dt'd. 15 May 1772 and conveyed by deed to JOSEPH BOWREN and now from BOWREN to sd. JOSEPH CAMP. Rec. July 10, 1792. WILLIAM CAMP, WILLIAM B. BYARS-x-.
      (Source: Davis, Rutherford County, North Carolina, Abstracts of Deeds, 1773-1795, p.52)15

      Deed Book J, Page 53, No. 1047: 31 July 1786, STEPHEN SHELTON to JOHN CARVER for 5 pds. paid by ROBERT BYARS lately dec'd., 50 a. in Rutherford Co. being part of tract of 400 a. pat. granted to sd. SHELTON. Said 50 a. lies on N/E of survey join. Beaverdam Creek and First Broad River. Rec. 3 Aug. 1793. JOEL SHELTON, "CON PACK".
      (Source: Davis, Rutherford County, North Carolina, Abstracts of Deeds, 1773-1795, p.70)15

      Deed Book J, Page 95, No. 1090: 22 Nov 1791, FREDERICK MORNINGSTAIR of Spartanburg Dist. S.C. to JONAS BEDFORD for 50 pds. 150 A. originally granted to GEORGE SAYLOR 26 Nov. 1789 and by deed convy. to FREDERICK MORNINGSTEER. Land on N. fork Floyd's Creek near BEDFOR & ESHLEY. Rec. 7 Dec. 1793. Signed: FREDERICK MORNINGSTER, ELEZABETH MORNINGSTER. WILLIAM-x-BYERS.
      (Source: Davis, Rutherford County, North Carolina, Abstracts of Deeds, 1773-1795, p.76)15

      Deed Book K, Page 239, No. 1238: 24 May 1787, ELIZABETH THOMASON to BUSHROD DOGED (sic) for 35 pds. proc. money of N.C., 150 a. in the Old Field where JOHN THOMASON used to live on both sides Rocky Creek of Floyds Creek. Rec. 5 July 1794. NATHAN BYARS, GEORGE SUTTLE.
      (Source: Davis, Rutherford County, North Carolina, Abstracts of Deeds, 1773-1795, p.96)15

      Deed Book L, Page 328, No. 1326: 18 Oct 1788, THOMAS TOWNSON, planter, to SARAH BYARS for 30 pds. Virginia money and one Negro girl, 200 a. on S. side Broad River. Land granted to JAMES MOOR by Pat. 5 April 1766. JOEL-x-BLACKWELL, NATHAN BYARS. Rec. 6 Jan. 1795.
      (Source: Davis, Rutherford County, North Carolina, Abstracts of Deeds, 1773-1795, p.108)15

      Deed Book L, Page 333, No. 1330: 20 June 1788, NATHAN BYARS to WILLIAM DOBBINS, 90 a. adj. MRS. CLONAHAN on E. side Broad River being part of tract of land granted by Gov. WILLIAM TRYON to JAMES WEBB. The parcel of 90 a. being part of 4 grants granted to WM. WEBB. Rec. 9 Jan. 1795. WILLIAM DOBBINS, JAMES DOBBINS.
      (Source: Davis, Rutherford County, North Carolina, Abstracts of Deeds, 1773-1795, p.109)15

      [I failed to copy the page that contains the first part of this deed abstract ... probably deed from Robert Crockett listed below ... REMINDER: get a copy of page 110 of this source] ... York Co., S.C. to NATHAN BIAIS (sic) for 100 pds. (no acreage stated) land on N. side Main Broad River. HENRY McKINNEY, GEORGE-x-SWILL, JAMES-g-GLEMONE.
      (Source: Davis, Rutherford County, North Carolina, Abstracts of Deeds, 1773-1795, p.111)15

      [Note: The list of deeds below is taken from the Rutherford County Grantor/Grantee Deed Indexes available on microfilm from the NC State Archives. In a few cases I have also looked at deed books which are also available on microfilm and created my own abstracts which are listed below. And for selected deeds I have transcribed abstracts found in the Bulletin of the Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County. Also, the Byars/Byers deeds I have listed below from Rutherford County are only for the years prior to 1850. There are many more Byars/Byers deeds in Rutherford County after 1850.]

      From Crockett, Robert to Biais, Nathan, Deed Book J-L, p.344, 1795

      From Byars, Nathan to Good, Edward, Deed Book 11-Oct, p.487 & 490, 1799

      Deed Book 11, p.487, 20 January 1797, Nathan Biers/Byars of RCNC to Edward Good of same, 60 pounds, 105 acres on Grog Creek and Sandy Run, part of a grant to James Webb 28 November 1792, conveyed by Webb to Daniel Shipman Junr. and from Shipman to Nathen Biers. Wit. L. Moore, Harrelson Byars. #873, 25 September 1799.
      (Source: Bulletin of the Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County, November 1996, p.181)

      Deed Book 11, p.490, 20 January 1797, Nathan Biars/Byars of RCNC to Edward Good of same, 60 pounds 100 acres on Chesnut Log Branch of Sandy Run, conveyed from Daniel Shipman to Nathan Biars. Wit. L. Moore, Harrelson Byars. #874, 26 September 1799.
      (Source: Bulletin of the Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County, November 1996, p.181)

      From Byars, Nathan to Blackwell, Joel, Deed Book 15-17, p.125, 1801

      From Byers, Nathan to Lee, Edmond, Deed Book 15-17, p.146, 1801

      From Haney, Richard to Byers, Nathan, Deed Book 15-17, p.194, 1801

      From Byers, John to Black, Joel, Deed Book 18-19, p.72, 1802

      From Hunter, Samuel to Byers, Nathen, Deed Book 20-21, p.32, 1803
      18 January 1800, PATRICK SANDERS of Spartanburgh Co., S.C. to NATHEN BYERS of Rutherford Co., for $333, a tract of land originally granted to JOHN TURNER on October the 19th in the eight year of the independence of te United States, containing 100 acres on the S. side of Broad River on [? ashworths] Creek ... PATRICK SANDERS (Seal), Wit: GEORGE CAMP, WM [? ABBOTT JUNR]. Rec. 28 April 1803.
      [Note: The Rutherford County deed index indicates this deed was from Samuel Hunter to Nathen Byers, but the recorded copy of the deed shows that it was actually from Patrick Sanders to Nathen Byers. The next deed recorded in the deed book was from Samuel Hunter to Warren Metcalf.]

      From Byers, Nathan to Byars, Nathan, Deed Book 20-21, p.49, 1803
      24 August 1802, NATHAN BYARS of Rutherford Co., to GEORGE BYARS of the same, for $50, 50 acres on the S. side of Main Broad River, beginning on the river bank at SARAH BYARS corner, from a patent granted to FRANCES ALEXANDER dated 15 Dec 1799 ... NATHAN BYARS (SEAL), Wit: GABRIEL [? MARTIN], JOHN BYARS. Rec. 6 May 1803.
      [Note: Again, the Rutherford County deed index is in error as it indicates this deed was to Nathan Byars when the recorded copy indicates it was to George Byars.]

      From Good, Robert to Byers, James, Deed Book 20-21, p.316, 1804

      From Byers, Nathan to Hamilton, Joseph, Deed Book 22-23, p.273, 1805
      26 November 1804, EDMAND LEA & NATHAN BYARS of Rutherford Co., to JOSEPH & NOBLE HAMILTON of the same, for $600, land on the N. side of Main Broad River adjoining the land of MARTIN MARTIN, containing 48 acres. Another tract of land on the N. side of [?] Broad River joining the land above described, including the Island Ford commonly known by the name of the Island Ford Tract, containing 167 acres ... EDMOND (x) LEA (SEAL), NATHAN BYARS (SEAL), Wit: [? ??? CAMP, ???]. Rec. 29 March 1805.

      339. Jan 25, 1806, Nathan Byas enters 100 ac in Rutherford Co on each side of Ashworths Cr and S side of main Broad R; border: Joseph Turner and "the" speculation line; issued.
      Source: Pruitt, Abstracts of Land Entries: Rutherford County, NC, January 1804-April 1826, p.23)42

      340. Jan 25, 1806, Nathan Byas enters 40 acres in Rutherford Co on S side of main Broad R; border: "his" Harel Byas and near "the" speculation line; issued.
      Source: Pruitt, Abstracts of Land Entries: Rutherford County, NC, January 1804-April 1826, p.23)42

      342. Feb. 12, 1806, Nathan Byars enters 100 ac in Rutherford Co on both sides of main Broad R; border Wm Dobins and Stephen Philips; issued.
      Source: Pruitt, Abstracts of Land Entries: Rutherford County, NC, January 1804-April 1826, p.23)42

      343. Feb 12, 1806, Nathan Byars enters 50 ac in Rutherford Co on N side of main Broad R; border: Geo Byars, Richd Goode, Wm McGouin, & his own line; issued.
      Source: Pruitt, Abstracts of Land Entries: Rutherford County, NC, January 1804-April 1826, p.23)42

      From Byas, Nathan to Alexander, Francis, Deed Book 22-23, p.514, 1806

      From Good, Joseph to Byers, Nathan, Deed Book 24-26, p.55 & 84, 1807

      Deed Book 24, p.61, 3 February 1807, Stephen Duponceau & William Tilghman Esqrs., Abraham Kintsing Junr., George Worral, and Tench Coxe, by Peter Fisher, their attorney, to Enoch Andrews of RCNC, 30 dollars, 100 acres on Suck Creek, joining Joel Blackwell, Evan Watkins, Daniel Watkins, part of Coxes 6000 acres. Wit. David Webb, Harrel Byars. #67, 7 September 1807.
      (Source: Bulletin of the Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County, February 2003, p.33)

      Deed Book 24, p.84, 16 October 1802, Joseph Goode of RCNC to Nathan Byers of same, 25, 35 acres on the south side of Main Broad River on Suck Creek. Wit. Jas. Wyle, Horrel Byars. #90, 16 September 1807.
      (Source: Bulletin of the Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County, February 2003, p.35)

      From Byers, Nathan to Walker, Thadius, Deed Book 25, p.174, 1810

      From Byers, Nathan to Hamilton, Noble, Deed Book 27-28, p.55, 1813

      From Byars, Nathan to Clarke, Arthur, Deed Book 29-31, p.285, 1817

      From Byars, George to Patterson, David, Deed Book 32-33, p.31, 1819

      From Byars, Samuel to Scoggins, Joseph, Deed Book 32-33, p.45, 1819

      From Blackwell, Joel & Sarah to Byars, George, Deed Book 32-33, p.91, 1819

      From Byars, Nathan to Hamilton, Noble, Deed Book 32-33, p.115, 1819

      From Byars, William to Durham, Edmond, Deed Book 37-38, p.299, 1831

      From Byars, George to McKinney, James, Deed Book 39-40, p.176, 1834

      From Guthery, Jonathan to Byers, John, Deed Book 41-42, p.118, 1835

      From Byars, John to Byars, Drury, Deed Book 43, p.463, 1838

      From Byars, Nathan to Guthrie, Joseph, Deed Book 43, p.534, 1839 [9]
    • Lincoln County, NC Records
      Lincoln County was created in 1779 from the eastern portion of Tryon County.
      Drury Logan and Polley Bias; 19 Nov 1803; Bondsman: Abner Massee
      (Source: Bynum, Marriage Bonds of Tryon and Lincoln Counties, North Carolina)12
      Joseph Houston (Hueston) and Pagy Byers; 20 Feb 1809; Bonsdman: John x Mattiss, Witness: Mic Cline
      (Source: Bynum, Marriage Bonds of Tryon and Lincoln Counties, North Carolina)12
      Robert x Byars and Jane Houston; 24 Mar 1804; Bondsman: William x Tucker; Witness: John Dickson
      (Source: Bynum, Marriage Bonds of Tryon and Lincoln Counties, North Carolina)12
      Edward Byars and Jane Henry; 27 Feb 1812; Bondsman: Wm J Wilson; Witness: Lwn Henderson
      (Source: Bynum, Marriage Bonds of Tryon and Lincoln Counties, North Carolina)12
      Wm x Byers and ------ ------; 8 Jan 1796; Bondsman: Wm x Earwood (Carwood)
      (Source: Bynum, Marriage Bonds of Tryon and Lincoln Counties, North Carolina)12 [9]
    • Spartanburg County, SC Records
      Spartanburg County was created in 1785 from the district of Ninety-Six. Prior to 1772 when the NC / SC state line was surveyed, the area encompassed by present day Spartanburg County was administered as part of Tryon County, NC.

      Deed Book F, p.251-252, Jul. 31, 1798: DRURY SCRUGGS (Spartanburgh) to JAMES BLACK (same); for 11 11s sterling sold 85 ac on for of Horse Cr; border: conditional line between DRURY SCRUGGS to RICHARD HANEY; part of 655 ac grant Dec. 2, 1793 State's Office to REUBIN WARREN. Witness WILLIAM MORROW and NATHAN BYARS. Signed DRURY SCRUGGS. Wit. oath Aug. 18, 1798 WILLIAM MORROW to WM MCDOWELL. Rec. Apr. 15, 1799.
      (Source: Pruitt, Spartanburg County / District South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1785-1827, p.161)43

      Deed Book F, p.273-274, Aug. 24, 1798: MATTHIAS TURNER (Spartanburgh) to JOHN SUTHERLAND (or SOUTHERLAND) (same); for 50 sterling sold 100 ac on Surratt's Cr; border: THOMAS HARRIS. Witness: NATHAN BYARS and ZACHARIAH BLACKWELL. Signed: MATTHIAS TURNER's mark. Wit. oath Jan. 10, 1799 NATHAN BYARS to GEOR LAMKIN. Rec. Apr. 21, 1799
      (Source: Pruitt, Spartanburg County / District South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1785-1827, p.163)43

      Deed Book G, p.116-117, Mar. 1, 1800: JOHN SUTHERLIN (Spartanburgh) to WILLIAM MORROW (same); for 30 sterling sold 100 ac; on both sides of Horse Cr of Broad R; part of 300 ac grant Jan. 1, 1787 States Office to JOSEPH WARREN and sold by NATHANIEL PACACE (or PERRACE) to JOHN SUTHERLIN. Witness: NATHAN BYARS, JNO BONNER, and DAVID PARIS. Signed: JOHN SUTHERLIN. Wit. oath May 10, 1800, DAVID PARIS to GEO LAMKIN. Rec. Nov. 13, 1800.
      (Source: Pruitt, Spartanburg County / District South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1785-1827, p.195)43

      Deed Book I, p.423-424, May 29, 1804: JAMES PHILIPS (Rutherford Co, NC) to REUBIN PHILLIPS (Spartanburgh); for $50 sold 170 ac on both sides of Ashworth Cr; border: N-North Carolina line, S-Camp; on lower end of 300 ac grant to THOMAS THOMSON; survey Sept. 23, 1794 for THOMAS THOMSON. Witness: JACOB PHILLIPS and NATHAN BYARS. Signed: JAMES PHILLIPS' mark. Wit. oath Jul. 21, 1804 JACOB PHILLIPS to JNO RICKMAN. Rec. Oct. 8, 1804.
      (Source: Pruitt, Spartanburg County / District South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1785-1827, p.276)43

      Deed Book K, p.37-38, Sept. 5, 1803: JOHN COOPER (Spartanburgh) to JOHN CHAMPION, WM HESTER, NATHAN BYARS, and VARDRY CAMP, deacons of Church of Providence; for $5 sold 4 ac; plat attached. Witness ABISHA CAMP and JOSEPH CAMP. Signed JOHN COPPER. Wit. oath Mar. 25, 1805 ABISHA CAMP to WILLIAM LANCASTER. Rec. Mar. 25, 1803.
      (Source: Pruitt, Spartanburg County / District South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1785-1827, p.288)43

      Deed Book L, p.337, Dec. 9, 1807: JACOB CROCKER (Spartanburgh) to JOSEPH BYARS (same); for $300 sold 286 ac; border: Camp, Cherokee Cr, Watson, Markley, and Green's Cr. Witness: NATHAN BYARS and THOMAS BYARS. Signed: JACOB CROCKER. Wit. oath Aug. 27, 1808 THOMAS BYARS to JOHN LIPSCOMB. Rec. Oct 3, 1808.
      (Source: Pruitt, Spartanburg County / District South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1785-1827, p.377)43

      Deed Book O, p.247, Apr.3, 1815: DETITHY MERRIMAN (Bledso Co, Tenn) to BRIANT BONNER (Spartanburgh); for $100 sold 100 ac on Sarratt's Cr of Broad R; border: SILAS YARBOROUGH, NATHAN BYARS, path from NATHAN
      [I failed to copy the page that contains the last part of this deed abstract ... REMINDER: get a copy of page 508 of this source]
      (Source: Pruitt, Spartanburg County / District South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1785-1827, p.507)43

      Deed Book P, p.290-291, Nov. 19, 1813: WILLIAM MORRESS (Spartanburgh) to WILSON NESBETT (same); for $250 sold 573 ac in two parts -- (l) (ac omitted); border: TURNER and WILSON NESBETT (bought from JAMES HARRISON); part of grant to JOHN BOMAR; and (2) 79 ac; border; WILSON NESBETT (bought from JAMES HARRISON, WOFFORD, and TURNER; 23 ac excepted "where Spece's old line runs into (1)"; WILLIAM MORRESS is to return money if older grant takes the land in 10 years. Witness: WILLIAM CAMP JR and NATHAN BYARS. Signed: WILLIAM MORRISS. Wit. oath Jul. 28, 1813 WILLIAM CAMP JR to J CAMP. Rec. Jul. 23, 1817.
      (Source: Pruitt, Spartanburg County / District South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1785-1827, p.556)43

      Deed Book S, p.375, Jan. 14, 1824: JACOB CROCKER (Spartanburgh) to THOMAS THOMAS (same); for $50 sold 211 ac; border JAMES CROCKER and JEREMIAH MARTIN. Witness NATHAN BYARS and SHADRICK WEER. Signed: JACOB CROCKER. Wit. oath Jan. 14, 1824 NATHAN BYARS to JOSEPH CAMP. Rec. Aug. 2, 1824.
      (Source: Pruitt, Spartanburg County / District South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1785-1827, p.720)43

      Deed Book T, p.135, Oct. 24, 1825: THOMAS THOMAS and NATHAN BYARS to CABRED MCCRAW; for $131.25 sold 211 ac on waters of Island Cr of Pacolate R; except what is in BONNER's tract. Witness: JOHN MARTIN and STERLING GORDEN. Signed: THOMAS THOMAS and NATHAN BYARS. Wit. oath Oct. 24, 1824 JOHN MARTIN to J CAMP. Rec. Nov. 12, 1825. Dower renounced Oct. 31, 1825 NANCY THOMAS to GEO CAMP.
      (Source: Pruitt, Spartanburg County / District South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1785-1827, p.750)43

      [NOTE: I have only transcribed selected Byars related deeds from the Pruitt 1785-1827 book. The full list of Byars/Byers given names from the index is as follows: James, James Jr., James Sr., John, Jonas, Jonathan, Joseph, Joshua, Nathan, Robert, Thomas, and William]

      Deed Book U, 590, p.487-488, 7 Jan 1828: ASPASIO EARLE [ESPASIO EARLE in one ref.] (Rutherford County., N.C.) to ROBERT S. SCRUGGS JUNR. (Spartanburgh Dist), for $130 sold a certain tract of land in Spartanburgh dist on the head branches of Suck creek. Containing 300 acres more or less as will appear by patent, bearing date to SAML. EARLE 5 June 1786. Witness: NATHAN BYARS SR., CHARLES B. DURHAM. Signed: ASPASIO EARLE. Witness oath by NATHAN BYARS SR. 29 Sept 1828 to GEO. CAMP, J.Q. DOWER relinquished by POLLY (X) EARLE 21 Feb 1829 to WM. S. MORGAN, J.Q. Rec. 7 Mar 1831.
      (Source: Vehorn, Spartanburg District South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1827-1839, p.127)57

      Deed Book V, 735, p.586, 19 Sept 1834: ANTHONY GILMORE (Ga.) do hereby appoint DANIEL GILMORE my lawful attorney to recover and receive from ELIJAH TURNER, Executor of the Estate of READICK ARNDEL late of Spartanburgh Dist. Decd. all my right, title and interest in the said Estate. Witness JOSEPH CAMP, NATHAN BYARS. Signed ANTHONY GILMORE. Witness oath by NATHAN BYARS 2 Jan 1836 to J. CAMP J.Q. Rec. 4 Jan 1836.
      (Source: Vehorn, Spartanburg District South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1827-1839, p.315)57

      Deed Book W, 13, Page 236-238, 9 Nov 1836: MARY RICHARDS and sons NOAH RICHARDS, JAMES RICHARDS, JOSHUA RICHARDS, JOSEPH RICHARDS for $200 paid by the treasurer of the So. Ca. Manufacturing Company, do sell unto WM. WALKER, HUGH BAILY, S.N. EVINS, JNO. BOMAR JR., SIMPSON BOBO, President & Directors of said Co., all that tract of land on the waters of Thickaty. Border; CROCKER, MARKLEY, PRICE, BIV. Containing 269 acres more or less. Witness FREDERICK PRICE, WILLIS SMITH, E.S.E. CHAMBERS, DRURY BYARS. Signed: NOAH RICHARDS, JAMES RICHARDS, JOSHUA RICHARDS, JOSEPH RICHARDS, MARY (x) RICHARDS. Witness oath by WILLIS SMITH that he saw NOAH RICHARDS, JAMES RICHARDS, JOSHUA RICHARDS, and JOSEPH RICHARDS sign the deed. Given 10 Feb 1837 to J. CAMP J.Q. Witness oath by DRURY BYARS that he saw MARY RICHARDS execute the conveyance. Given 10 Feb 1837 to J. CAMP J.Q. Dower relinquished by HANNA (x) RICHARDS, ELIZABETH (x) RICHARDS & NANCY (x) RICHARDS, the wives of NOAH RICHARDS, JAMES RICHARDS, and JOSEPH RICHARDS, 10 Feb 1837 to JOSEPH CAMP J.Q. Rec. 4 Apr 1837.
      (Source: Vehorn, Spartanburg District South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1827-1839, p.384)57

      Deed Book W, 18, Page 243-244, 26 Sept 1836: NATHAN BYARS (Spartanburgh Dist) in consideration of $109 paid by WILLIAM CLARK Agent for the So. Ca. M. Co. (same), have sold unto WILLIAM WALKER, SAMUEL N. EVINS, JOHN BOMAR JR., HUGH BAILY & SIMPSON BOBO, President and directors, a certain tract of land in said Dist. on the branches of Turners fork, of Thickaty Creek. Border: TURNER. By computation 96 acres more or less. Witness JOHN R. RICHARDS, JOHN BYARS. Signed NATHAN BYARS. Witness oath by JOHN R. RICHARDS 20 Nov 1836 to J. CAMP, J.Q. Dower relinquished by EMELIA (x) BYARS 6 Oct 1836 to JOSEPH CAMP, J.Q. Rec. 5 Apr 1837.
      (Source: Vehorn, Spartanburg District South Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1827-1839, p.384)57

      [NOTE: I have only transcribed selected Byars related deeds from the Vehorn 1827-1839 book. The full list of Byars/Byers given names from the index is as follows: Drury, Emelia, John, Joseph, Joshua, Nathan, Nathan Sen., Robert, Thomas, and Wm] [9]
    • Nathan Byars, was born in Granville Co., NC sometime in 1749 and, according to his pension declaration, he had no proof of his birthdate except that his father told him that he was a small boy at Braddock's defeat.

      At the time of his entry into the service, he was a resident of Caswell County, NC and was drafted for a 3-months tour of duty, serving as a Private under Captain Cunningham and Captain Forbes (?) (Forker?) in the Regiment commanded by Col. Ramsey and Major Moore. He was drafted for two additional tours of duty and later volunteered for a three-months tour. He did not remember the dates of his services; however, his declaration for pension, indicated that he was in the service `at the time of the battle of Eutah Springs, Kings Mountain, and at the time of Gates' defeat', although he did not fight in any of those battles. During the various tours of duty, Private Byars was stationed principally at Hillsborough, and adjacent counties, and, during one tour, went out against the Indians' in the western part of the State. In support of his claim for pension, two of his neighbors, Rev. Drury Scruggs, and Jesse Scruggs, attached a statement supporting the facts given by the claimant, Nathan Byars.

      Sometime just prior to, or during the Revolution, Nathan Byars was married to Drucilla Harrelson, Drucilla Harrelson born 1750, in Hanover Co., VA, daughter of Burges Harrelson and Elizabeth Green. According to a Rutherford Co., NC book 25, page 174, Nathan was ordered by the court to pay Drucilla $50.00 cash. Thought to be a divorce. After the divorce of Nathan and Drucilla, in 1799, Drucilla went to live with her daughter Elizabeth Byars Watkins in or near McMinnvile, TN. She later went to live with her daughter Nancy Byars Walker. She lived there until her death in 1816. Nathan later married Delphy Logan on October 8, 1819, and at least one, and possibly more, children were born of this marriage. Delphy Logan was born about 1779, and was married to Nathan Byars on October 8, 1819 in Spartanburg District, S. C. by Rev. Joshua Richards.

      Nathan Byars purchased 200 acres of land from James Webb on April 10,1783, located on Main Broad River in Rutherford County, NC. A few years later in 1795, part of this land was sold to Williams Dobbins {special note not included in article - William Dobbins is the 4th great-grandfather of Cecil VanDyke}. Byars moved to that area now in Cherokee County, SC about 1822, and on April 5, 1826, received a South Carolina State grant for 394 acres of land, in Spartanburg District located on the headwaters of Island, Suck and Buck creeks, part of an original grant to James Steadman. This land included that tract that is now the Cowpens National Battleground. Part of this land was sold by Byars to James H. Ezell on November 16, 1840, and on January 6, 1886, James Ezell sold part of th land, but reserved one acre, where the Cowpens Battleground monument now stands, as belonging to the Washington Light Infantry Company of Charleston, S.C. The federal government later erected the present monument on the site.

      Nathan Byars died August 18th, 1846, at the age of 97 years, and his grave is located about 1/2 mile from the battleground monument, about 11 miles west of Gaffney, Cherokee County, SC. [10]
    • 1778--22 May: took loyalty oath in Granville Co. NC along with Nathan Byars. Source: The NC State Records, Vol 22, p 174, "Persons of Island Creek District." (Nathan Byars was a Rev. War patriot, b 1749 in Granville Co., NC, died 1846 in Spartanburg Co SC. Nathan had land where the National Cowpens Battle Ground is in Cherokee Co. SC. To the writer's knowledge, the descendants of Nathan have not found his parents as of 1999.) [11]

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