Early Settlers of
Their Descendants...Their Stories...Their Achievements
Lifting the Mists of History on Their Way of Life
By: Ethelene Dyer Jones
an Ancestor--Bluford Elisha Dyer, Jr.
not attached to Bluford Elisha Dyer’s name when he came into
finally located a place we are fairly certain Bluford Elisha Dyer, Jr.
buried. Thanks to Harold Dyer who
explored the land and remembered what his father and grandfather told
knoll on which we firmly believe Bluford Elisha Dyer, Jr. was buried
has been identified. The land has a long
record of being “passed
down” through the generations. Harold
received it from his father, William Edward.
Before him James C. Dyer, Harold’s grandfather, owned it. It came to him from James Marion Dyer, who
was one of the sons living at home away back in 1834, when the
Elisha (Jr.) was listed in
erecting a monument to mark the “spot near where” the burial took place. We will remember this ancestor and his
lineage of Choestoe Dyers is a bit hard to trace. But
some facts are rather well
established. John Dyer (Sr. ca. 1710 –
1773) was first in
Dyer moved from
Elisha, Sr. was our ancestor. He migrated from Caroline County, Virginia to Wilkes County, North Carolina, next moving to Pendleton District, SC, and then finally to Warren County, Kentucky, where he died in 1816.
wonder why Elisha Dyer, Sr. moved so much.
He and his wife, Amey Laws Dyer, were patriots in the American
Revolution. We do not have a record of
his serving as a soldier, but this couple is recognized as rendering
aid” during the war. This may mean that
they provided horses or mules for soldiers, provisions of food,
“provender” for animals, or other significant aid to further the effort
Dyer, Sr. and Amey Laws Dyer had ten known children, a daughter (name
who married a Barber), Josiah who married Sarah Whittingdon, Rosannah
married Benjamin Hubbard, Anna who married William Johnson, Abner who
Nancy Jane Moore, Manoah who married Rebecca Tremble, Caleb who married
Howard, Elizabeth who married Bollin Clark, Bluford Elisha, Jr. who
Elizabeth Clark and John who married Sophia Young.
We will concentrate on Bluford Elisha, Jr.,
our ancestor, who moved with his father from
Elisha Dyer, Jr. was born about 1785 in
To Elisha and Elizabeth were born these children: Mary Elizabeth (called Sallie) Dyer (1803 – ca. 1860) who married Eli Townsend; two or three girls, first names unknown; Lucinda Dyer (1811-1870) [note this name may have been Lurrina, not Lucinda, as Watson B. Dyer listed it in his Dyer Family history book] married William Crow; Joseph Dyer (1814-1874) married Narcissa Crow; Elisha Dyer (1816-1870) married Mary Jane Younce; Micajah Clark Dyer (1817-1889) married Harriet Logan Hall; Elijah Dyer (1819-1870) married Mary “Polly” Kettle; James Marion Dyer (12 Oct. 1823-27 Apr. 1904) married Eliza Ingraham (5 Mar. 1827 – 7 Mar. 1907); Lucinda Dyer (1826-1902) [note possible error—it is not likely they named two daughters Lucinda] married James Monroe Crow; Malinda Dyer (ca. 1827-?) married William B. Harkins; Matilda Dyer (ca. 1830 - ?) married Francis M. Swain; and Bluford Lumpkin Dyer (1832-1907) married Ruthie Turner.
that eldest daughter Sallie had a son, also named Micajah Clark Dyer
1822 – 26 Jan. 1891) who married Morena Elizabeth Owenby (
is good, finally, to identify a spot where Bluford Elisha Dyer, Jr. was
buried. It is believed his wife,
Elizabeth, was interred in the
Jones; published July 15, 2010 in The Union Sentinel, Blairsville,
Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
[Ethelene Dyer Jones is a retired educator, freelance writer, poet, and historian. She may be reached at e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 478-453-8751; or mail 1708 Cedarwood Road, Milledgeville, GA 31061-2411.]