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Washington County, Pennsylvania Cemetery Database – compiled by Gina Nestor, 2001. jgnestor AT comcast.net
Cemetery Name: Byers Burial Ground or Byers Grave Yard
Location: The "Byers' Burying Ground" is located near the Burnsville Road in East Finley Township. At the time of the Caldwell's Atlas of Washington County the grave yard was on the D. Tilton (Daniel Tilton) farm. Later the land was owned by George Tilton and in the 1950s the farm was run by George Litman. The graves in the 1950s were unfenced but clean. There were at that time about 12 stones, but at one time there seems to have been 2 or 3 dozen graves." Eagleson wrote, "A large number of dead have been buried in this ground and most of the graves have become obliterated."
^ = Information Card made & on Index
Excerpted from: The Byers Burial Ground in East Finley Township; Oldest Monument Marks Resting Place of One Buried 123 Years Ago--Some Inscriptions in Fine Condition; Story of an Old Family of the County Compiled by A. S. EASLESON -- Washington Reporter 1908, and from work of Helen Borkowski.
Webmaster Note: I pulled the grave info from the Borkowski pages and put them into tables here. The first table shows the Washington County PA Byers Burial Grounds census, as a combined effort of the sources listed in the text. The second table lists all persons who did not die in Washington County PA or no burial locations were given.
The third table lists ones I could not match to anyone in tables 1 or 2.
E= Easleson B= Helen Borkowski S=Miss Helen
Scott F=Joseph "Bud" Florian Jr.
Numbers provided only as a reference point on this webpage; it is not intended as a census count.
|Byers' Burial Ground in East Finley Township, Washington County, PA|
|1||Willson||Thomas Byers|| April the 10th 1826 ag
5 months 10 days
9. Thos. Byers Wilson, died April 10, 1826, 5 mos., 10 days. (S-not in HHD)
|In memory of Thomas Byers Willson who departed this life April the 10th 1826 ag 5 months 10 days||S|
|2||Byers||Sarah Shannon|| April ___ A. D., 1810 aged 89 years.
8. Sarah Shannon, died April 1810, 89 years. (HHD-B)
|In memory of Sarah Shannon who departed this life April ___ A. D., 1810 aged 89 years.||S|
|3||Byers||Nancy||Aug. 25, 1796 aged 7 months and 16 days.||
In memory of Nancy Byers who departed this life Aug. 25, 1796 aged 7 months and 16 days.
|4||Byers||Samuel||Jan. 26, 1785 (or 1786) aged 6 months and 17 (or 16) days.
6. Samuel Byers, died January 28, 1785, six months. (HHD-B)
In memory of Samuel Byers who departed this life Jan. 26, 1785 (could be 1786) aged 6 months and 17 (or 16) days.
|5||Byers||Thomas Sen.|| 30th day of August A. D. 1825, aged 67 years.
4. Thos. Byers, died August 30, 1825, 68 years. (HHD-B)
Large Flat double stone
In memory of Thomas Byers Sen. who departed this life the 30th day of August A. D. 1825, aged 67 years. An affectionate husband, a tender parent, a useful citizen, a sincere friend, and an exemplary Christian. For many years he filled with great respectability the office of ruling elder in the congregation of Three Ridges. From the Church militant below he has been translated to the Church triumphant in heaven to dwell forever with his ______ and his God. (Bible verse)
|6||August 4th A. D. 1829 in the 63 ?? year of her age.||Large Flat double stone Margaret Byers relick of Thomas Byers departed this life August 4th A. D. 1829 in the 63 ?? year of her age. She was a loving companion, tender parent, sincere friend and an exemplary Christian.||S|
|7||Byers||James||3. James Byers, died September 7, 1835, 85 years. (HHD-B)||(a large stone, down and could not read)||S|
|8||Byers||Samuel||April ___ 1786 A.D.||In memory of Samuel Byers who departed this life Aprile ___ 1786 A.D. (a secular verse)||S|
|9||Byers||Jane||November A. D. 1786 1801 aged 84 years||In memory of Jane Byers who departed this life November A. D. 1786 1801 aged 84 years (a secular verse)||S|
|10||Byers||Mary||April 28, 1784||unreadable||Mary Byers born April 28, 1784; died ___ ?||S|
|11||could not read||--||--||--||[Two others, but could not read them.]||S|
|12||could not read||--||--||--||[Two others, but could not read them.]||S|
|13||field stone, hand cut, with the initials S. B.||(possibly S. B. or the B. initial stands for Byers)||--||--||There was only one field stone, hand cut, with the initials S. B. The head stone was gone."||S|
|Byers Family Names, Locations of Death or Burial (not known if in Byers' Burial Ground in East Finley Township, Washington County, PA, or they were buried out of state.)|
|14||Byers||Samuel||est. 1709||April, 1786||aged 77 years||father of Thomas Byers
2. Samuel Byers, died April, 1788, 77 years. (HDD-S)
|15||Byers||Jane White||est. 1717||November 1801, aged 84 years||mother of Thomas Byers||E|
|16||Byers||Samuel||July 22, 1784||January 26, 1785||aged 6 mos, 13 days||Oldest readable stone seen in 1908. On same stone as Nancy Byers (died August 25, 1796). Child of Thomas Byers and wife, Margaret Shannon. 6. Samuel Byers, died January 28, 1785, six months.||E|
|17||Byers||John||July 22, 1786||--||--||m1: Sarah Bonar
m2: Hannah Madden
m3: Elizabeth Bolen
Lived Bucyrus, OH; died Batesville, AR
|18||Wylie||Sarah Byers||March 25, 1788||--||--||m: Dr. Adam Wylie, of Washington Co PA; res and died Ripley, OH||E|
|19||Byers||Thomas||April 22, 1790||--||--||m. Margaret Hamilton, of Buffalo, Washington Co PA, Died Washington, PA||E|
|20||Stewart||Jean Byers||April 3, 1792||--||2nd child of Samuel, from family bible of David
m. David Stewart, West Union, W. Va. Died Washington, PA
|21||McDonald||Margaret Byers||February 7, 1794||--||--||m. John McDonald
Lived & died West Alexander, PA
5. Margaret S. Byers, died August 4, 1829, 64 years. (HHD-B)
|22||Byers||Nancy||January 9, 1796||August 25, 1796|| aged 7 mos, 16 days
7. Nancy Byers, died August 25, 1796, seven months. (HHD-B)
|On same stone as Samuel Byers (died January 26, 1785). Child of Thomas Byers and wife, Margaret Shannon.||E|
|23||Yates||Anne Byers||June 25, 1797||--||m. Andrew Yates. Lived & died West Alexander, PA||E|
|24||Byers||James||June 20, 1799||--||m. Mary Stevenson. Lived & died at Bellefontanine, Ohio||E|
|25||Brice||Nancy||February 21, 1802||--||m. John Brice, lived & died in Belmont County, PA||E|
|26||Wilson||Rachel Byers||June 28, 1804||--||m. Hugh Wilson, located at Sidney, Ohio. Three children dead before 1908.||E|
|27||Byers||Samuel||July 15, 1806||May 13, 1840 at Sidney, Ohio||m. Ann Wilson||E|
|28||Byers||William||March 8, 1808||m. Rebecca McCurdy, lived and died at Butler, Butler County, PA||E|
|Additional Byers' family members|
|29||Byers||Jane||--||Nov. 1801||Nov. 1801 aged 84
Farewell ye friends whose tender
care has long engaged my love,
Your fond embrace I now exchange for better friends above.
1. Jane Byers, died November, 1801, 84 years. (HHD-B)
|30||Byers||Nancy||Aug. 25th A.D. 1790||Aug. 25th A.D. 1790
I take these little lambs said He
and lay them in my breast.
Protection they shall find in me
In me be everblest.
|31||Byers||Samuel||April 1786||Aprile [sic] 1786 aged 77
Farewell: No more I travel your ground
No more I need the gospel
Sound my feet have reached the heavenly shore
Now no imperfections more.
|32||Byers||Agnes||December 21, 1795||May 15, 1868||*10. Agnes Byers, born December 21, 1795, died May 15, 1868. (S-not in HHD)||S|
|33||Byers||Mary||April 28, 1794||September 7, 1872||*11. Mary Byers, born April 28, 1794, died September 7, 1872. (S-not in HHD)||S|
Note: The numbering is not any reference to the cemetery records, if any exist at all. Instead, the numbering is only a count on this alphabetical list.
NOTE 1: The census of stones located in the Byers Grave Yard or Byers Burial Ground have been recorded at least 5 times: (1) A. S. Easleson -- Washington Reporter 1908 (2) Published in "East & West Finley Twp. Cemeteries". Copy in genealogical collection at Citizens Library, Washington, PA. (3) Miss Helen Scott, Box 146, Claysville, Pa. for the Historical Society Nov. 20, 1956. (4) Joseph "Bud" Florian Jr. in May 1972; Bud was active with the SW PA Genealogical Society; and (5) research of Helen Borkowsk. Each of these recordings differ in some ways, so researchers should compare each source along with other types of research.
NOTE 2: Joe Florian is Joseph "Bud" Florian Jr. who was the uncle of Judith Florian, the webmaster. He was very active with the Southwestern Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and often recorded burials in long-forgotten cemeteries. The beautiful penmanship might belong to Bud Florian's wife, Rose Florian, the webmaster's aunt. Both Bud and Rose are deceased.
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