HENRY S. BYERS, JR., farmer and stock-raiser, was born in White River Township, Johnson Co., Ind., October 14, 1841, the third in a family of seven children born to George and Eliza (Vandiver) Byers; the former born in Henry County, Ky., in 1812, and died in this county December 31, 1865; the latter born in Mercer County, Ky., in 1814, and now resides in Franklin. The family came to Johnson County in 1825. The immediate subject of this sketch was reared on the farm in White River Township, and was a student at the country schools. October 9, 1862, he enlisted in Company I, Seventieth Indiana Volunteers, under Gen. Benjamin Harrison, but on account of physical disability was discharged. He returned to this county, and in May, 1864, assisted Capt. H. H. Luyster in making up Company G, One Hundred and Thirty-second Indiana Volunteers, and of this company Mr. Byers was elected second lieutenant, and was finally discharged in the fall of 1864. In 1865, he began farming for himself, and in 1881 settled where he now resides. Mr. Byers was united in marriage February 6, 1867, to Miss Louisa M. Bishop, born in Virginia, June 19, 1847. They have four children: George E., born March 26, 1868; Mary Oma, May 24, 1872; Clara X., January 10, 1876, and Wilbur B., June 28, 1880. Politically, he is a republican, and cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888.