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Byrd, Cohrcti Patterson, 1820- f 

History and genealogy of the Byrd family, from the early 

part of 1700 a. d., when they first settled at, Muddy Creole, 

Accomack County, Virginia, down to a. d. 1007. Pocomoko 

City, Md., 1908. * 

125 i>. illus. 10 cm. 


•melF US* 

1. Byrd family. 

CS71.B9993 1908 

Library of Congress 


58-53GS4 % 


colwell p. byrd. aged 79 years 
Pocomoke City, Mo. 

Copyrighted 1908 
By F. W. Byrd. 

This brief volume which has been a pleasurable 

calling to the 'writer, is dedicated to 

hts devoted grand-daughters 



as a token of appreciation of the tender and 

gentle affection manifested 

toward me. 



ilHIS little book, containing a brief 

i sketch of the buried history of this 

— . 1 worthy family, it is hoped will be a 

source of gratification to many who may read 

it, and produce a desire in them to know more 

of those from whom they are descended. 

What first prompted me to take some pains 
to learn long- forgotten facts about the By id 
family was the desire of some of the younger 
members to know something of their ancestors, 
and finding them worthy, it is to be hoped 
that they will strive to imitate their deeds and 
emulate their virtues. 



HE author of this work has a vivid 
appreciation of the difficulties of his 
task. Without special study of simi- 
lar efforts, without knowledge of heraldry, 
with but limited scholastic acquirements, with 
the best years of his manhood given to the 
arduous labor of a brickmason, notwithstand- 
ing his ripe age of seventy-eight years, he has 
nevertheless attempted to unravel the tangled 
skein of a family history dating back tradi- 
tionally to the time of the first settlement of 
the Byrd family on Muddy Creek, Accomack 
county, Virginia, early in the eighteenth cen- 
tury. Perhaps, had he known at the begin- 
ning all the obstacles he was destined after- 
wards to meet, he would have been deterred 
from the undertaking ; but he set himself to 

the task, and the difficulties which he en- 
countered seemed to him, as they arose, so 
many added reasons why he should press the 
work to a successful issue. 

That he has succeeded in a perfect history 
he is far from thinking ; indeed, he is pain- 
fully aware of its imperfections, more aware, 
probably, than any one can be who has not 
tried to do a similar work. Nevertheless it is 
his desire that this brief history will be a 
source of great gratification to many who may 
read it, and will be found satisfactory, to some 
extent, to those who are intimately related to 
this worthy family, either by blood ties or 
marriage relationship. 

During the past twelve months this impor- 
tant matter has impressed the writer and, be- 
ing requested by some of the younger men of 
this great Byrd family, who desired to know 
more about their ancestors, also being aware 
of the tendency with so many people to bury 
the history of their family with themselves, 
he has taken upon himself the arduous effort 

to produce a work for which he is inadequate 
to successfully complete. While the author 
is alone responsible for the book, he has not 
wrought alone; many of the members of the 
family have aided him with sketches and other 
valuable assistance. His appreciation of this 
kindness he has attempted otherwise to show, 
but especially by publishing all that has thus 
been sent him, except when he had positive 
information that it was inaccurate. 

There are several things which have induced 
the author to attempt and carry forward his 
undertaking. First, that the history of this 
worthy family should not be so entirely ne- 
glected and dropped and their notoriety of 
worth and excellence should be acknowledged 
and perpetuated that have existed for about 
two centuries past. This interest is not a mere 
idle curiosity, but is a natural desire of the 
mind to find out all that can be learned of that 
antiquity out of which it has come. Savages 
may be content to roam about amid the ruins 
of the houses formerly inhabited by their 

greater ancestors, bnt civilized and enlight- 
ened men insist on prying into hidden facts 
and endeavoring to learn their buried history. 
Again the author has felt a natural desire 
to learn more about his own kindred. The 
past he has sought to show this generation is 
not the past of aliens and foreigners, butof those 
whose blood flows in his own veins. He ac- 
knowledges a strong family feeling as a motive 
in his work. He believes that to be descended 
from worthy ancestors should prove to an 
honorable mind a powerful incentive to hand 
down to posterity a record of like worth. And 
he rejoices that his early life spent, in part at 
least, amid the simplicity and hardships of the 
generations of more than three score years 
past has enabled him to appreciate the homely 
virtues and sturdy valor of the true-hearted 
men and women who helped so much to pro- 
duce the happy days in which their descend- 
ants live. Thus, as a sort of link between the 
not very remote past and the present, he takes 
great pleasure in keeping fresh the memory of 

those of his kindred who have ceased from 
their labors — the worthy name of those Byrds 
who were the descendants of the early pioneers 
of the Byrd family of Muddy Creek, Accomack 
county, Virginia, of the eighteenth century. 
And as the family is a human family, its his- 
tory thus becomes a matter of general interest 
to all who are concerned in learning more 
about our common human nature. 

But the author of this history does not hope 
that his work will interest many others besides 
those of whom it treats. These, however, he 
hopes will enjoy it, and if it shall promote 
among the numerous descendants of the far 
away founders of the family a better acquain- 
tance, a sincere affection, and a worthy desire 
to honor an honorable name, he will have his 

colwell p. bvro, 
Aged 22 Years. 


i lRADITION says this family traces 
| its settlement on Muddy Creek, in 

1 Accomack county, Virginia, back to 
the early part of the eighteenth century. The 
author of this book, having very recently 
made diligent search among the old records of 
wills and deeds in the clerk's office at Acco- 
mack Court House, found the old books so 
mutilated and worn from age that it was a mat- 
ter of impossibility to find any accurate date of 
their settlement in that locality; consequently 
the writer is under the necessity of following 
tradition which he has received from his an- 
cestors relative to some facts about this worthy 
family which was transmitted to his father, 
who was born in 1777, and was handed down 
to him by ancestral line in his early life which 


the memory of more than three score and ten 
years has enabled him to retain until the 
present time. These facts the writer desires 
to transmit to this generation and those who 
are to come. Believing that they are as reli- 
able as anything obtainable of this buried his- 
tory at this time, as there is no date setting 
forth the positive time of the settlement of 
which we are writing, we must be content 
with the best we can obtain. The following 
is the traditional record : That in the early 
part of the eighteenth century there came a 
man from the Western Shore of Virginia, 
whose name was Nathaniel Byrd and settled 
in Accomack county, Virginia, on the north 
side of Muddy Creek, about a half mile from 
its banks. The place of the old settlement 
the writer visited recently and found there the 
tomb of one, of his uncles bearing the date of 
his birth, 1769. The exact place in Virginia 
from whence Nathaniel Byrd came the writer 
does not know, but it was from him and his 
posterity that this great By id family, of whom 

he writes, lias become so numerous, and it is 
quite evident from tradition that they are 
lineal descendants of William Byrd, who came 
from England and settled in Virginia on the 
James River at Westover in 1670, and in- 
herited the estate of his uncle Thomas Stegg, 
of London, a goldsmith who, for a while, re- 
sided in Virginia. It is of this pedigree that the 
author of this work desires to give an account. 
He has learned from ancestral information 
that the Nathaniel Byrd, who is mentioned 
above, had two sons (who their mother was the 
writer does not know) their names were Jacob 
and Nathaniel. 

The writer's mind leads him to think that 
his great-uncle, Jacob Byrd, was a bachelor, 
as there seems to be no record of his ever hav- 
ing a family, lie has heard his father speak 
of him as being a young man. But the other 
son, Nathaniel, who was the author's grand- 
father, married Naomi Watson and had issue ; 
hence this brief history and genealogy of the 
generation of the Byrd family of Muddy Creek, 

Accomack county, Virginia, from the early 
part of the eighteenth century on down to the 
beginning of 1907. 

The children of Nathaniel Byrd and Naonii 
(Watson) Byrd, his wife, are as follows (dates 
of their births in most part unknown) : Major 
Byrd, first son of Nathaniel and Naomi Byrd, 
was born (date of birth unknown), and mar- 
ried his cousin Naucy Watson (date of mar- 
riage not known). They had issue. 

Selby, the second son, married Hester Wes- 
sells. To them were born two sons and one 

Rebecca, the oldest daughter of Nathaniel 
Byrd and Naomi, his wife, married John 
Bloxoni. They had issue — three sons. 

Elizabeth, second daughter, married Little- 
ton Trader. They had issue, a son and two 

Parker Byrd, third son of Nathaniel Byrd 
and Naomi Byrd, was born May 18th, 17 69, 
and died October 18th, 1820. 

Naomi Byrd, third daughter of Nathaniel 

Nathaniel J. Byro 
Odessa, Mo. 

and Naomi Byrd, his wife, married Southy 
Northain. They had issue. 

Nathaniel, the fourth son (date of birth not 
known), died a young man. 

Johaunas Byrd, father of the author of this 
work and fifth son of Nathaniel and Naomi 
Byrd, was born December 2d, 1777, and died 
September 8th, 1853. He married Margaret 
Kelly (date of marriage unknown). They 
had issue — two sons and one daughter. Polit- 
ically he was a Whig. He thought it an 
honor to belong to the party which for seven 
years gave its life and struggles to obtain their 
national liberty. He served in the war of 
1812 and was true to his party until death 
claimed him. He was a Baptist and died in 
the hope of his future reward. 

Kachel, the fourth and youngest daughter, 
married Jacob Kelly, died young and left one 
son — William Kelly. 

Daniel T. Byrd, the youngest child, son of 
Nathaniel Byrd and Naomi (Watson) Byrd, 
was born at Muddy Creek, Accomack county, 

Virginia, October 30th, 1785, and died at the 
old homestead March 30th, 1816. He was a 
prominent member of the Baptist church. In 
politics he was a Whig and adhered to his 
principles strenuously. He married Nancy 
Gillespie (date of marriage not known). They 
had issue — a son and daughter. 

The author of this work, having made a 
record of the origin of this worthy family as 
far back as he has any information of their 
worthy ancestry and numerous descendants, 
desires now to make a record of the genealogy 
of the generations that have followed them. 
And this is the genealogy from the third gen- 
eration of the first settlers at Muddy Creek 
down to the present time. 

Tabitha, the first child, and daughter of 
Major Byrd and Nancy (Watson) Byrd, was 
born (date of birth unknown). She married 
Israel Trader (date of marriage not known). 
They had issue — two children. Edward 
Trader, their only son, married a Miss Under- 
bill and moved away. I have no further 

note of him. Elizabeth, their only daughter, 
married Richard Kelly (date of marriage not 
known). To them were born three children — 
Tabitha, John and Richard (date of their birth 
not known). Mr. Kelly is dead. Mrs. Kelly 
is living and resides with her son, Richard 

I have no dates of Major and Nancy Byrd's 
family; what I write about them is from per- 
sonal knowledge of them. They had seven 
other children, making their number eight. 

Nancy, the second daughter of Major and 
Nancy Byrd, married George Northam a 
Baptist preacher, and moved to Middlesex 
county, Virginia, where she lived and died at 
an advanced age. The writer knew two of 
their children — Deborah, daughter and George, 
their son, who was also a Baptist preacher. 

Sally Byrd, third daughter of Major Byrd 
and Nancy, his wife, married Edmund Nor- 
tham, brother of George, and moved to Ur- 
bauna, Middlesex county, Virginia. Four 
children were the result of their union. Annie, 

the oldest daughter of Edmund and Sally 
(Byrd) Nortbain, married John Anthon, a 
lumber dealer, who resided for a while in Bal- 
timore. Jane, the second daughter, married 
Lewis Bristow of Urban n a, Va., in 1817, 
and went from Baltimore to Urban na to live. 
Sally, the youngest daughter, and Edmund, 
the sou of Edmund and Sally Northam, the 
writer cannot now make any note of, except 
that they lived in Baltimore in 1847. 

Margaret, the fourth daughter of Major and 
Nancy Byrd, married Thomas Kelly. Five 
children were the result of their union — 
Amanda, first daughter, born January 2d, 
1801). Second child, son Samuel (date of birth 
not known), died January, 1845. Third child, 
Thomas (date of birth unknown). Margaret, 
the second daughter of Thomas Kelly and 
Margaret (Byrd) Kelly, married John Nelson. 
He was a carpenter. They lived in Drummoud- 
town, Virginia, and died there (dates all un- 
known). They had issue. Their children 
live at the" place of their birth. The writer 

does not know their names. Martin Kelly, 
the youngest son of Thomas and Margaret 
Kelly, lived with his mother until her death, 
January, 1855. He married Miss Lizzie Gibb, 
and died in the fall of 1880, without issue. 

Henrietta, fifth daughter of Major Byrd and 
Nancy, his wife, married Bennet Byrd. They 
had issue — Elizabeth and Benjamin, both dead. 
Major, Jr., Harriet and Nathaniel, the three 
youngest of the family, all died childless. 

Custis Walter Byrd, first son of Selby Byrd 
and Hester (Wessells) Byrd, was born at 
Muddy Creek, Accomack county, Virginia, 
August 3d, 1794. He married Keziah Taylor, 
daughter of Shadrack and Nancy Taylor, of 
Sandy Brauch, Accomack county, Virginia 
(date of marriage unknown). Two children 
was the result of their union. Colmore E. 
Byrd, only son of Custis W. Byrd and Keziah 
(Taylor) Byrd, was born at Muddy Creek, 
Virginia, October 18th, 1817. When he was 
quite young he went to Baltimore and served 
a long apprenticeship at the blacksmith trade 

and became a first-class mechanic in that 
branch of industry, and, when arrived at 
manhood, he married Miss Mary Sheldon, the 
daughter of James and Sarah Barnes Sheldon, 
of Baltimore, September 19th, 1839. She was 
born in Baltimore, September 12th, 1818. 
The result of their union was four children, 
all of whom were born in Baltimore. 

James Edward Byrd, only son of Colmore 
E. and Mary (Sheldon) Byrd, was born Sep- 
tember 1st, 1840. He was educated at the 
public schools and Newton University at Bal- 
timore. He removed to Accomack county, 
Virginia, when a youth and was employed for 
some time as a recorder in the clerk's office of 
the county court under Mr. John W. Gillett, 
clerk of the court. He served nearly four 
years in the Confederate army; was the color- 
bearer of that gallant battalion of Virginia of 
Rhode's Brigade, D. H. Hill's Division, which 
at the battle of Seven Pines, stormed with the 
bayonet the Federal redoubt in front of the 
Square house on the south side of the Williams- 

James E. Byrd. 
Baltimore, Mo.. 1907. 

James E. Byrd. 
Of Confederate Army, 1862 

burg pike, was thefirst toleap into the ditch and 
climbing up the muddy embankment on his 
hands and knees, waved the colors of the bat- 
talion over the ten brass 12 pound guns of the 
celebrated Empire Battery of New York. 
Four of his color guards, stalwart mountaineers 
from the peaks of Otter falling, killed and 
wounded, around him. The commanding 
officer, Captain Otey of Liberty, Virginia, died 
at his side, his last words : u Byrd, my boy, 
rally the men." In this charge his cousin, 
Thomas C. Kelly, was shot through the left lung 
in two places and lay on the field of battle all 
night. The awful loss of the battalion was 
such that but thirty-two men, under the com- 
mand of Capt. John R. Bagby, of King and 
Queen county, were with the colors at night. 
It was to the remnant of the battalion and the 
guns captured that Jefferson Davis and Gen. 
R. E. Lee rode up to as the battle ceased at 
dark. He was, later, color-bearer of the 3d 
Virginia Infantry, Wise's Brigade; then ex- 
changed into the cavalry service, aud in the 


campaign of 1864 was first Sergeant of Com- 
pany C, 24, 5th Virginia Cavalry, General 
Gray's Brigade, and rode at the head of the 
charging squadron of that gallant regiment. In 
the fall and winter of 1864, he scouted for Gen- 
eral Longstreet and General Gray and won 
high commendation for his services. 

At the close of the war, in 1865, he returned 
to his native home, Baltimore, and engaged 
in the steamboat business and still pursues 
that manner of occupation. 

On the 28th day of October, 1869, he mar- 
ried Catherine A. Fletcher, the daughter of 
Win. G. and Esther A. Fletcher, of Baltimore. 
He has been for a number of years employed 
in business with the Old Bay Line Steamboat 
Company of Baltimore, and is at this time 
agent and cashier for the same. They live in 
Baltimore, 1724 Bolton street. They have 
issue — Fletcher Lee Byrd, born July 17th, 
1872, who is freight soliciting agent for the 
Baltimore Steamboat Company. Walter Cus- 
tis Byrd, born July 11th, 1879, is a clerk with 

the B. & O. R. R. Co. Norral Edgar Byrd, 
the third and youngest son of James Edward 
and Catherine A. (Fletcher) Byrd, was born 
November 7th, 1882. He is a medical student. 
All of James E. Byrd's sons were born in 

Sarah K. Byrd, oldest daughter of Colmore 
E. Byrd and Mary, his wife, was born in Bal- 
timore, March 5th, 1842, and married Dr. W. 
J. H. Wallop of Accomack county, Virginia, 
November 7th, 1861, and died in Horntown, 
Va., July 17th, 1885. She left four chil- 
dren — John Douglas Wallop, Mary Byrd Wal- 
lop, Sal lie Holland Wallop, and Lallie, the 
youngest daughter, who lived with her uncle 
in Baltimore. She is married and now resides 
in Baltimore county. Her husband is a 
lawyer ; I do not know the name. All of Dr. 
Wallop's children were born at Horntown, 

Mary Ann Byrd, second daughter of Col- 
more E. and Mary Byrd, was born in Balti- 
more, August 4th, 1846. She married George 


D. Evans, a farmer in Horntown, Virginia, 
June 6th, 1877. They have issue — Essie 
Evans, daughter (date of birth not known). 
Elizabeth Jane Byrd, youngest daughter of 
Colmore E. Byrd and Mary Byrd, was born 
February 26th, 1849. She is unmarried and 
lives with her brother in Baltimore. 

Colmore E. Byrd died in Baltimore, Sep- 
tember 5th, 1890. Mary (Sheldon) Byrd, his 
wife, who preceded him in death about twenty 
years, died July 2d, 1867. 

Hester Ann Byrd, the only daughter of 
Custis W. Byrd and Keziah (Taylor) Byrd, 
was born at Muddy Creek, February 2d, 1817. 
She was left motherless almost from infancy. 
She grew up under the tender care of her 
grandmother, Nancy Taylor. She was mar- 
ried to Elijah Kelly, November 8th, 1834. 
Her husband, Elijah Kelly, was born Decem- 
ber 5th, 1S07. They had issuer-Thomas C. 
Kelly, oldest son of Elijah Kelly and Hester 
Ann (Byrd) Kelly, was born August 20th, 
1840. He enlisted in Company K, 34th Vir 


ginia Regiment Infantry, Wise's Brigade, 
Bushrod Jobson's Division, Longstreet's 
Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, April 
22d, 1861 ; was twice wounded at the battle of 
Seven Pines and Fair Oaks Station on York 
River and Richmond Railroad, on May 31st, 
1862. He lingered with these wounds until 
December 18th, 1862, when he returned to his 
command and served to the end of the war, 
surrendering with Gen. Robert E. Lee at 
Appomattox Court House on April 13th, 1865. 

Elijah Kelly and his wife Hester Ann (Byrd) 
Kelly, had another son, Elijah Kelly, Jr., 
(date of his birth unknown). He went West. 

Elijah Kelly, Sr., and his good wife lived 
a quiet life on their farm near Hallwood from 
the time of their marriage until their death at 
a ripe old age. Mr. Kelly died June 15th, 
1892. His wife preceded him in death seven 
years, dying June the 8th, 1885. Their son, 
Thomas C. Kelly, lives in Hallwood, Acco- 
mack county, Virginia, and is Commissioner 
of Revenue. 


Custis W. Byrd had other children by his 
second marriage with Mary Fisher, daughter 
of Fairfax and Sallie Fisher. John Washing- 
ton Custis Byrd, oldest son of Custis W. Byrd 
and Mary (Fisher) Byrd, was born at Muddy 
Creek, Accomack county, Virginia, May 7th, 
1826. He went to Baltimore about the year 
1848 or 1849, and was employed in the agri- 
cultural implement manufacturing establish- 
ment of Sinclair & Co., on Light street, near 
Lombard. Later on in life he married and 
settled in Baltimore and engaged in the wood 
and coal business, and continued that business 
until his failing health compelled him to retire 
from active work and finally resulted in his 
death on March 1st, 1901. He had issue. 
John W. Byrd, first sou, who is a coal 
dealer in Baltimore ; and Charles W. Byrd, his 
second son, who also lives in Baltimore. His 
widow survives him and resides in South 

Sylvester Byrd, second son of Custis W. 
Byrd and Mary, his wife, was born in 1828. 

He was a carpenter and unmarried, and died 
March 7th, 1901, in the 73d year of his age. 
Priscella Byrd, born 1827, married Abednego 
Taylor, and died October lGth, 1889. Mary 
E. C. Byrd, born 1830, married James Miles, 
of Accomack county, Virginia, and died 
September 28th, 1859. Odien J. Byrd, 
third son of Custis W. and Mary Byrd, was 
born June 12th, 1832. He is now in the 75th 
year of his age. He is a carpenter by trade, 
but owing to infirmities of age and failing 
health has retired from active life. He mar- 
ried Allameda Parker, June 3d, 1858, 
daughter of Mr. Parker and Mary Jane 
Parker, of Baltimore. 

The children of Odien J. Byrd and Alla- 
meda (Parker) Byrd are: William Odien 
Byrd, born 1860; second child, Cora Mary, 
born 1863; the third child, Harry Ambrose, 
born 1865; the fourth child, Sallie Littlefield 
Byrd, born 1870; the fifth child, James 
Milton Byrd, born 1881. Veda Allameda, 
youDgest child of Odien J. and Allameda 


(Parker) Byrd, was born 1888. Odien J. 
Byrd's wife died the latter part of 1905. He 
now resides with his daughter, Mrs. William 
Hubbard, 302 East liandall street, Baltimore, 
Md. William A. Byrd, born 1834, lives in 
Harford county, Maryland. 

Sallie Custis Stoakly Byrd, the youngest 
child of Custis W. and Mary (Fisher) Byrd, 
was born in Accomack county, Virginia, 
1836. She married Mr. Littlefield, of Balti- 
more (date of marriage not known), and died 
July 24th, 1868. 

The children of Sallie C. S. (Byrd) Little- 
field are: A. S. Littlefield, of Colorado 
Springs, Col. ; Mollie Littlefield, of Baltimore, 
Md.; Emma (Littlefield) Watson, of Phila- 
delphia, Pa., and Blanch (Littlefield) North, 
of Philadelphia, Pa. 

Colmore S. Byrd, second son of Selby Byrd 
and Hester Byrd, his wife, was born April 
3d, 1796. The writer knew him well. He 
was a good man, and was of excellent service 
to his neighbors. If any were sick or in 

sorrow about their spiritual condition, he 
was sont for to impart comfort and give 
spiritual advice. lie was a deacon in the 
Baptist church and was liberal and charitable 
toward those who differed from him iu their 
religious views, He wanted everybody to 
worship God according to the dictates of their 
own consciences. He was a model man and 
every one that knew him loved "Colly" Byrd, 
as he was called. 

He married Hetty Taylor, February 3d, 
1820. They lived at Muddy Creek, Acco- 
mack county, Va., until the time of his 
death, January, 1845. His widow still re- 
mained on their farm several years after his 
death. Seven children were the result of 
their union. First, Matilda W., born April 
1st, 1821, and died in infancy. The second 
child, William S. Byrd, oldest son of Col- 
more S. Byrd and Hetty (Taylor) Byrd, was 
born at Muddy Creek, June 7th, 1822. He 
was educated iu the ordinary country school 
of his day obtaining a fair business education 

and being possessed with a business capacity 
in early life he entered into the mercantile 
trade and was prosperous. In December, 
1846, he was married to Mary Bloxom, of 
New Church, Va. To them were born one 
child, William F. Byrd (date of birth un- 
known), he lives in Norfolk, Va. 

William S. Byrd's first wife died soon after 
the birth of their son, William F. (I do not 
know the date of her death. ) In due course 
of time he was married to his second wife, who 
was Miss Mollie Broughton, of Temperance- 
ville, Va., the result of this union was two 
children, daughter and son. Fannie, the 
first child, married and died, (I do not know 
the date of her marriage or death. ) Milton J. , 
the son, is married and doing business in 
Baltimore and resides there. William S. Byrd 
still contiuued his business at Oak Hall, 
Accomack county, Va., with moderate suc- 
cess for several years until advanced age and 
failing health caused him to retire and move 
to Baltimore, where he died August 14th, 

1888. His widow still survives him and 
lives with her son in Baltimore. 

Abednego, second son of Colmore S. and 
Hetty Byrd, was born February 27th, 1825, 
and died August i)th, 1843. Solomon C, 
third son, born June 19th, 1827, died August 
12th, 1S28. 

Burnata, second daughter, born January 
24th, 1829, and died in infancy. Ausemos S. 
Byrd, fourth son of Colmore S. Byrd and 
Hetty, his wife, was born October 20th, 1830. 
He was educated in the country schools and 
obtained a good business education. When 
quite young he engaged in the mercantile 
business, which he pursued all his life. When 
a young man he married Miss Ellen S. James, 
a young lady of culture and excellent refine- 
ment (date of marriage not known). They 
lived in Mappsville, Accomack county, Va. 
He continued business there until his death. 
The result of their marriage was four chil- 
dren — Emma, Ida, Upshur and Nellie (date 
of their births not known). Emma, first 

daughter of Auscmos S. and Ellen S. (James) 
Byrd, married Nehemiah Nock, of tlie noted 
Nock family of Sea Side, Va. They have six 
children. Their names are Medora, Josie, 
Hattie, Ernest, Mildred and Constance. Ida, 
the second daughter of A. S. and Ellen S, 
Byrd, married Eugene Mason (date of mar- 
riage unknown). They have two children — 
Ethel and Marva. Upshur Byrd, the only 
son of Ausemos S. and Ellen S. Byrd, has one 
son, named Marion. Nellie, youngest child 
of Ausemos S. Byrd and Ellen S. Byrd, I 
have no note of. Henry S., the fifth son of 
Colmore S. and Hetty Byrd, was born Feb- 
ruary 7th, 1834, and died in infancy. 

Albert F. Byrd, sixth son of Colmore S. 
Byrd and Hetty, his wife, was born at Muddy 
Creek, June 30th, 1835. He received a fair 
country education in the days of his boyhood 
and youth. He adapted himself to farming 
and later on became a practical fanner. 
On April 27th, 1858, he married Miss 
Charlotte E. Matthews, a lady of mild disposi- 


tion and fine attainments, the daughter of 
Stoakly and Susan (Mapp) Matthews of Tein- 
peraneeville, Va. Together with his fanning 
interests, he devoted a part of his time to the 
fire and life insurance agency. He was a pro- 
minent member of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, South, as were all his brothers. He 
and his good wife are both dead and gone to 
their rest. They left four sons, who fill pro- 
minent business positions in life. Lynn C. 
By ril, their first son, was born March 19th, 
1859, and preceded his father in death about 
three months. He married Miss Ella McCul- 
lough, of Port Deposit (date of marriage un- 
known) and was engaged in the drug busi- 
ness in that city from his youth up to the 
time of his death, which occurred July, 1901. 
and left his widow a nice estate. 

Clyde P. Byrd, the second son, was born 
June 9th, 1861. He married Miss Ada Baily, 
of Baltimore (date of marriage not known). 
Heis engaged in the brokerage business in 
Baltimore and lives at Catousville, Md. 

They have four children. I do not know the 
dates of their birth. Their names are Caryl, 
Clyde Wilson, Lynn C. and Evelyn Byrd. 

Colmore Ernest Byrd, the third son of Albert 
F. and Charlotte E. Byrd, was born January 
22d, 18G8. He devoted a few years in his 
early manhood to teaching school in his 
native town, Temperanceville, Va. In 1895 
he engaged in business with the wholesale 
drug firm of James Baily & Son, in Baltimore. 
On the 2Gth day of June, 1896, he married 
Miss Mary Virginia Gillespie, the daughter of 
Albert J. aud Catherine (Dix) Gillespie, of 
Temperanceville, Accomack county, Va. They 
have one child, only daughter, Evelyn Louise 
Byrd, born at Temperanceville, Va., Septem- 
ber 14th, 1899. He continued his business in 
Baltimore about 11 years, during which time 
he purchased a nice farm, a suburban home 
at Pocomoke City and moved with his family 
from their home in Virginia to his new pur- 
chase; and in 1906 he retired from the drug busi- 
ness and accepted the position of cashier of the 


Dr. Oscar F. Byrd, 
Portsmouth, Va. 

Evelyn Blanche Bvrd, Born July 1st. 1905 

Daughter of Dr. Oscar Franklin Byrd 

and Annie Blanche Byro 

Citizens National Bank of Poeoinoke City, 
Md., and is also one of the directors of the 
same. In a personal matter the writer assumes 
the privilege to say of Mr. Byrd that he is a 
true type of a Southern gentleman, a strict 
business man, a consistent and prominent 
member of the Methodist Protestant church. 

Dr. Oscar F. Byrd, youngest son of Albert 
F. Byrd and Charlotte E. (Matthews) Byrd, 
was born at Tern peranceville, Va., March 4th, 
1870. In his early life he applied himself to 
study with the view of gaining a profession, 
and in early manhood lie entered the Dental 
►Schools of the University of Maryland, in 
Baltimore; graduated there in IbDO, and began 
the practice of his profession on November 
20th, 1001. He married Miss Annie Blanche 
Richards, the only daughter of J. James and 
Hattie A. (Brittingham) Richards of Poeoinoke 
City, Md. They live in Portsmouth, Va., 
where he practices dentistry. They have one 
child, Evelyn Byrd, born July 1st, 1905. 

Henry E. Byrd, the only surviving and 

youngest son of Colmore S. Byrd and Hetty 
(Taylor) Byrd, was born January 29th, 1841. 
He married Martha J. Matthews, December 
23d, 1802, the daughter of George P. and 
Martha Matthews, both of whom were promi- 
nent members of the Methodist Episcopal 
church. The children of Henry E. Byrd and 
Martha, his wife, are : Edith Lee Byrd, eldest 
daughter, was born Nov. 11, 18G3 ; Otho 
West Byrd, born October 31st, I860 ; Lillian 
Olivia Byrd, born August 4th, 1869, and died 
September 24th, 1872. Lillian Olivia Byrd, 
2d, the youngest daughter of Henry E. and 
Martha (Matthews) Byrd, was born October 
21st, 1878. 

I am personally acquainted with Henry E. 
Byrd, and will, by permission, mention some 
personalities of him, characteristic of his early 
business life. For a number of years he 
divided his time between farming and mer- 
cantile trade, He is quick and prompt in all his 
movements and of great energy. For many 
years a successful traveling salesman ; later in 

life a successful merchant in Temperanceville, 
Va., up to a disastrous fire in 1903, in which he 
lost most of the savings of his life. But he 
and his son Otho, with promptness and re- 
doubled energy, rebuilt and started a success- 
ful business by the help of friends, liberal 
discounts of creditors and the Masonic 
fraternity, of which they both are members, 
lie and his family are all members of the 
Methodist Episcopal church, South, and, I 
think, his politics are Democratic. He is also 
a great sportsman, and is styled the Nimrod of 
this great Byrd family. 

Emilia Byrd, the only daughter of Selby 
Byrd, and Hester (Wessells) Byrd, was born 
at Muddy Creek, Accomack county, Va., 
April 4th, 171)1). She married Daniel Boston, 
of Shelltown, Somerset county, Md., in Oc- 
tober, 1819, a worthy young man and prosper- 
ous farmer. She was a lady of bright intellect 
and fine attainments for usefulness. She was 
modest and domestic in her manner of life, 
kind and benevolent in her deeds. Her 

Christian character was of a high standard. 
In her early life she made a profession of 
religion and united with the Baptist church. 
She magnified her profession by her consistent 
and loving devotion to the cause of her Lord. 
She was prominent in the organization of the 
Eehoboth Baptist Church in Somerset county, 
Maryland) and was one of the very few charter 
members that constituted that little church 
about the year 1839 or 1840, of which she was 
a faithful supporter, both spiritually and 
financially, until her death, which occurred on 
the 11th of June, 1864. The church has 
become a great power for good in that 

Mrs. Boston and her husband both lived to 
a ripe old age and were members of the 
Eehoboth Baptist Church at their death. They 
left one son, Solomon Charles Boston, their only 
child born August 23d, 1820. He was trained to 
farm life and reared with the care of devoted 
parents. He was a model boy, judging from 
the manner of his manly and Christian life as 

we knew him later on. About the age of 
sixteen years he made a profession of religion, 
honored his profession by his consistent course 
in life, and united with the Baptist church of 
which his parents were members. Up to this 
time of his life he had made use of the country 
schools to the best advantage he could derive 
from them, with the view of a higher education 
and more permanent usefulness in life. A. 
about the age of eighteen years he entered the 
Seminary in Richmond, Va., now Richmond 
College, where he received his ministerial 
education and became a very prominent and 
efficient preacher of the Baptist denomination. 
He began his arduous labors in the gospel 
ministry quite young with the one purpose — 
the glory of God and the salvation of souls- 
He married Mrs. Mary Ann Nock (nee Mar- 
shall) the young widow of Mr. Gillette Nock, 
a young man of popular fame, about the year 
184G (the exact date of marriage is not known) . 
She was born near Oak Hall, Accomack 
county, Va., October 26th, 1822. She was of 


true Virginian type, a lady of high Christian 
standard and was an excellent helpmeet to her 
husband. They walked together in the ordi- 
nances and commandments of their Lord with 
the one object in view: to declare the gospel 
of the Son of God to all whom they could 
reach. Mr. Boston preached as missionary on 
the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia 
for several years, during which time he organ- 
ized a Baptist church at Vienna, Dorchester 
county, Md., and preached for his mother 
church, at Kehoboth, at the same time, 
and at different school house stations in the 
country, lie. also preached in Northampton 
and Accomack counties a part of the time 
during this period of his life. 

In 1851 he founded the First Baptist Church 
of Pocoinoke City, and was its first pastor, in 
the hitter part of 1857. lie resigned his pas- 
torate there and accepted a call to the Second 
Baptist Church, in Petersburg, Va., and 
having finished his work there in 180 1, he 
accepted a call to the Farmville Baptist 


Church, in Virginia. During his stay there 
the war between the States became so trouble- 
some that he resigned his charge in 18G2, and 
ventured, with his wife and sou, then a lad, 
to run the blockade across the Chesapeake 
Bay in a canoe, and succeeded in reaching 
the home of his parents in Somerset county, 
Maryland, who were then very feeble and re- 
mained with them sometime. Subsequently 
he accepted a call to Lee Street Baptist 
Church, in Baltimore. During his pastorate 
there his wife died, on the 15th day of April, 
1869. Soon after the, death of his wife he re- 
signed his charge in Baltimore and accepted 
a call in 1870 to the Baptist church in French- 
town, N. J. In 1872 he married his second 
wife — Miss Mary E. Britton, of that town, a 
very accomplished lady, and moved to Brew- 
ington, King and Queen county, Va., and 
served the church there for several years; 
then returned to Eastern Shore again and was 
pastor of the Baptist church at Onancock, 
Accomack county, Va., until the latter part 

of 1883, when he accepted a call to the First 
Baptist Church of Pocomoke City, his former 
charge, and continued there until his death, 
which occurred on the 15th day of June, 
1887, in the 68th year of his age. Thus the 
Rev. Solomon Charles Boston finished his life 
work near the place where he began it. His 
children are as follows: 

His son Francis R. Boston, the only child 
of his first marriage with Mrs. Mary Ann 
Nock, was born at Shelltown, Somerset 
comity, Md., December 29th, 1817. In his 
boyhood he was placed in good schools at 
different localities where his father was called 
to preach. With great care his parents en- 
deavored to prepare him for a useful life. I 
think he finished his preparation in the town 
of Princess Anne, Somerset county, Md., for 
a college course, and in early life he entered 
the Columbian College in Washington, D. C, 
where he received his ministerial education 
and graduated there with distinction and 
was set apart to the gospel ministry and 


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Rev. Solomon C. Boston 
Somerset Co., Md. 

preached in many different places in Virginia 
and Atlanta, Ga., and is now the Rev. P. It. 
Boston, D. D., pastor of the Baptist church 
at Warrington, Va. About the year 1875 he 
married Miss Ann Schoolfield, of Peters- 
burg, Va., and had issue: Mela May Boston, 
only daughter of Rev. F. R. Boston, and Ann 
(Schoolfield) Boston, who married Edward 
Spillman Turner, a lawyer in Warrington, 
Fauquier county, Va. (date of marriage not 
known). They have issue: Anne Schoolfield 
Turner and Ellen Lovell Turner. Chase 
Schoolfield Boston, the only son of Rev. 
F. R. Boston and Ann Boston, his wife, is a 
prosperous druggist in Washington, D. C. 
The Rev. Solomon C. Boston had other 
children by his second marriage with Miss 
Mary E. Britton, of New Jersey. Their 
names are, Mr. Charles Daniel ^Boston, of 
Baltimore, Md., and Miss Belle Boston, of 
Fauquier county, Virginia. The Rev. Solo- 
mon C. Boston, his children, grandchildren 
and great grandchildren are all descendants 

of the Byrd family who first settled in Acco- 
mack county, Virginia, in the early part of 
1700, on the mother's side of the family, 
Mrs. Euatia (Byrd) Boston, who was born at 
Muddy Creek, Va., April 4th, 1799, and died 
at her home near Shelltown, Somerset county, 
Md., June 11th, 1864. 

Iiebecea Byrd, the oldest daughter of 
Nathaniel and Naomi (Watson) Byrd, mar- 
ried John Bloxom (date of marriage * not 
known). They had issue, their children 
being as follows: Woodman Bloxom, the 
oldest son of John and Kebecca (Byrd) 
Bloxom, was born in Accomack county, 
Virginia (date of birth unknown), lie 
was a blacksmith, served his apprenticeship 
in his native county, and when a young man 
he went to Philadelphia, married and re- 
mained there until his death. He had issue, 
three children — Woodman, Ann and Kebecca, 
all of Philadelphia, where I visited them in 
1853. John Bloxom, the second son, also went 
to Philadelphia when a young man and married 

a lady from Smyrna, Del. I do not remember her 

name nor the date of marriage. He died young 
and left one son, John Bloxom. I have no 
further trace of him. Selby, the third and 
youngest son of John and Rebecca (Byrd) 
Bloxom, married Polly Copes, of Accomack 
county, Virginia. I am not certain as to his 
occupation, but I think he was a farmer. 
They had issue, three daughters — Elizabeth, 
Mary and Bebecca. Mary married a* Mr. 
Jacobs, a tailor by trade. They lived in 
Accomack county, Virginia (after the death 
of their father) with their mother until about 
1845, then moved to New York. 1 met them 
in Philadelphia in 1853, while they were 
there on a visit to relatives, and have not 
heard from them since. 

Elizabeth Byrd, the second daughter of 
Nathaniel and Naomi Byrd, was born at 
Muddy Creek, Va., about the year 1G67 
(exact date of birth not known). She mar- 
ried Littleton Trader (date of marriage un- 
known). They had issue, three children — 

Samuel, Tabitha and Ann. Samuel married 
and lived between Accomack county, Vir- 
ginia, and Worcester county, Maryland, and 
had issue, five sons — Samuel, Littleton 
William, Edward and James, and one daugh- 
ter, Ann, who married a man in Philadelphia 
named Wood, and died there, leaving one 
son, William Wood. I do not know any- 
thing more of them. 

Selby Byrd, the oldest son of Parker Byrd 
and Keziah (Gillespie) Byrd, was born De- 
cember 23d, 1807. He grew up with his par- 
ents on the farm at Muddy Creek. At the 
close of his schooldays his mind was natur- 
ally turned to some occupation in life by 
which he might secure a livelihood. His 
choice of business inclined him to the water 
and very early in life he took to a commer- 
cial line of trade and soon became a skillful 
officer and commander of a grain and produce 
schooner which plied between Muddy Creek 
and Baltimore for several years, and traded in 
the commodities of that vicinity. 

He married Amanda Kelley, February 2d, 
1839, and continued in his chosen business a 
few years after his marriage, when he aban- 
doned his commercial life and took to farming, 
in which he continued with moderate success 
until the close of the war between the States. 
About that time he began a successful and 
prosperous general merchandise business by 
which he accumulated a nice estate and contin- 
ued in that business until his death, which oc- 
curred on April 3d, 1880. His wife, Aman- 
da Byrd, preceded him in death a little more 
than a year, having died March 7th, 1870. 
Their children are : Clarissa Byrd, the fust 
daughter of Selby and Amanda (Kelley) Byrd 
was born January 7th, 1840. She married 
Major Bloxom (date of marriage not known) 
and died August 4th, 1878. 

Harriet D. Byrd, second daughter, was born 
September 30th, 1842. Mary F. Byrd, third 
daughter, was born April 5th, 1845. Thomas 
S. Byrd, the only son of Selby Byrd and 
Amanda, his wife, was bom March 2d, 1847, 

and died April 6th, 1895. His children are: 
first, E. Koy, born March 10th, 1878; second, 
Edward M., born July 13th, 188,3; third, 
Annie A., born November 29th, 1884; fourth, 
E. Ruth, born October 27th, 1888; fifth, 
Thomas S., the youngest child, was born 
March 23d, 1895, and died March 8th, 1901. 

Margaret J. Byrd, the youngest child of 
Selby and Amanda Byrd, was born September 
15th, 1852, and was married to William R. 
Byrd, of Accomack county, Virginia, Decem- 
ber 15th, 1870. Later on they moved to Bal- 
timore, where he engaged in a mercantile busi- 
ness, and still continues this occupation there. 
They had issue: Pearla K. Byrd, first child, 
born December 16th, 1873, and died January 
26th, 1892; Blanche, the second child, died in 

Harriet D. Byrd, second daughter of Selby 
Byrd and Amanda (Kelley) Byrd, married 
John N. Watson September 17th, 1866. 
They have four children: Thomas N. Watson, 
born July 25th, 1867; Mary C. Watson, born 

April 24th, 1870; Theodocia Ernestine Watson, 
born March 5th, 1872; and John Sclby Watson, 
born May 0th, 1874. They are all of Temper- 
ance ville, Accomack county, Va. Mary P. 
Byrd, the third daughter of Selby and Amanda 
Byrd, was born at Muddy Creek, Accomack 
county, Virginia, April 5th, 1845. She married 
Reuben Sapp, the son of Andrew and Lavenia 
Sapp of Kent county, Delaware on the 18th 
of January, 1869, and the following spring 
they moved to the northern part of Illinois and 
engaged in farming there for 17 years, after 
which they returned to Kent county, Dela- 
ware, and lived a retired life until his death, 
which occured on August 26th, 1904. He 
was a God-fearing man and a law-abiding 
citizen. In his religious- views he was a 
Quaker. He left no children. His widow 
survives him and resides in Harrington, Del. 
Matilda Byrd, the oldest daughter of 
Parker and Keziah Byrd, was born 1809 (the 
exact date not known). She married 
Samuel S. Lucas, November, 1825. They 

bad issue, three children — Henry P. Lucas, 
first sou, born September 10th, 1820, and 
died in Brooklyn, N. Y., unmarried, about 
1850; Sylvanus H. Lucas, second son, was born 
March 10th, 1834. He lives in Baltimore 
and is doing business there. Sallie A. Lucas, 
the oidy daughter of Samuel S. and Matilda 
(Byrd) Lucas, was boru August 1st, 1836, 
and died in 1800. 

Sallie Byrd, the youngest daughter of 
Parker Byrd and Keziah, his wife, was born 
in 1811. She married Solomon Small (date 
of marriage not known). They had five 
children — Marcellus, Sylvasten, Elizabeth, 
John and Matilda. I have no record of their 

Kichard P. Byrd, the second son and fourth 
child of Parker Byrd and Keziah Byrd (nee 
Gillespie), was born at Muddy Creek, March 
4th, 1813. He was brought up to farm life 
and followed that occupation all through his 
days. When he was a young man he was 
employed as supervisor of large farming 

interests in Aecomack county, Virginia (his 
native place). lie was a practical fanner 
and continued in his employment as super- 
visor until his marriage with Nancy J. Parks, 
the daughter of Edward Parks, of Leemont, 
Va., March 1st, 184H, alter which he settled 
on his own farm, where he was born, and re- 
mained there a number of years, and then 
moved to a farm that his wife had inherited 
from her father, near Parksley. He contin- 
ued there until his death, July 4th, 1881. 

Their children were all born at Muddy 
Creek, Accomack county, Va. Their names 
are as follows: Purnetta S. Pyrd, oldest 
daughter of Richard P. and Nancy (Parks) 
Byrd, was born February 14th, 1844, who 
married A. M. Pew, who died and left no 
children; Edward P. Pyrd, the oldest sou, 
was born September 12th, 1845. He was 
educated in the plain country schools of his 
neighborhood and acquired a sufficient schol- 
astic training for a practical life and applied 
himself to farming. He has been successful 

and owns valuable real estate in Accomack 
county. He married Miss Sallie E. Bundick, 
November 27th, 1878, the daughter of John 
A. and Elizabeth (Parks) Bundick. They 
live near Metompkin, Va., and have no 

Winfield Scott Byrd, the second son of 
Richard P. and Nancy J. Byrd, was born 
October 7th, 1847. He received a limited 
education in home schools and prepared him- 
self for farm life. He married Miss Bettie 
Mason about the 20th (1) of March, 1872 (?) 
and settled on his farm near Parksley, Va. 
They have one child only, a daughter — 
Nanie R. Byrd, born January 5th, 1873. 

Charles L. Byrd, third sou of Richard P. 
Byrd and Nancy J., his wife, was born June 
6th, 184'J. He is a thrifty business man and 
doing a prosperous general merchandise busi- 
ness at Metompkin, Accomack county, Va. 
He married Miss M. V. Bundick, the 
daughter of John A. and Elizabeth Bundick 
(nee Parks) October 13th, 1875. Just here 

I will mention the faet that Charles L. Byrd's 
wife and Edward P. Byrd's wife are sisters, 
and are the daughters of Elizabeth Bundick 
(nee Parks), who was the daughter of John 
D. Parks, a wealthy real estate owner and a 
well-known citizen in Accomack county. 

The children of Charles L. and M. V. Byrd 
(nee Bundick) are as follows: William W., 
first son, was born at Metomkin, Va., De- 
cember, 24th, 1882; Charles W., second son, 
was born May 9th, 1886 — he is now at the 
University Medical College of Richmond, 
Va., and expects to graduate in the medical 
profession in 1907; John A. Byrd, the third 
son, of Charles L. Byrd and M. V., his wife, 
was born September 6th, 1888 — he is at 
Richmond College taking a law course; 
Aaron S. Byrd, the youngest son of C. L. and 
M. V. (Bundick) Byrd, was born June 6th, 
1894. He is at home with his parents. 

Cynthia E. Byrd, the youngest daughter 
and fifth child of Richard P. and Nancy J. 
Byrd, born September 15th, 1851. She is the 

wife of Frank T. Rew, and has two sous — 
the Hon. John R. Rew, born February 12th, 
1873, and J. Harry Rew, born September 
17th, 1877. They are both lawyers and prac- 
ticing in the courts at Accomack Court 
House, Va. 

John T. Byrd, the sixth and youngest 
child of Richard P. Byrd and Nancy J. 
(Parks) Byrd, was born August 5th, 1850. 
He married Miss Maggie Mason (date of 
marriage not known), died February 7th, 
1897. His widow and three children survive 
him. The children's names are Richard P., 
Belvia and Mason Byrd. I have no record 
of their births. They live in Baltimore. 

The above data and genealogy of Richard 
P. and Nancy J. Byrd, his wife, and family 
were furnished me by Charles L. Byrd, one 
of their sons, now living at Metompkin, Va., 
and he says that his father died July 4th, 
1881, at the age of sixty-eight years and four 
months. His widow survives him and is now 
at the advanced age of about eighty-three ( ?) 


years and lives at Parksley, Accomack coun- 
ty, Va. 

John E. Byrd, the youngest child of Par- 
ker and Keziah (Gillespie) Byrd, (date of his 
birth unknown). He went to Philadelphia 
when a young man and married. I have no 
further trace of him 

Naomi, the third daughter of Nathaniel, 
the second, and Naomi (Watson) Byrd, his 
wife, was born about January 20th ( ?) 
177G (?). She married Southy Northam 
about February 14th, (?) 1804. They had 
issue, five children — Lucretia, first daughter, 
born March 10th, (?) 1805. She married 
Meshaeh Duncan March 5th, 1825. They 
had issue. Their first child, William Dun- 
can, born December 2Gth, 1825, is now in the 
eighty-second year of his age and lives at 
Temperanceville, Accomack county, Va. He 
has been an active and consistent member of 
the Baptist church for about three score 
years and has not lost the vital spark yet in 
his Master's service. Elizabeth A., the sec- 


ond child and oldest daughter of Meshach 
and Lucretia (Northam) Duncan, was born 
November 2d, 1827. Gillett, the oldest son 
and second child of Southy Northam and 
Naomi (Bryd) Northam, was born about No- 
vember 10th ( ?) , 1806 ( ?) . He married Bet- 
sy Cocke about 1833 (?). Their children 
are; first, Polly, who married Gilbert Ross 
and had issue — Levin and David. Levin mar- 
ried Miss Burnetta Godwin. They live at 
Hallwood, Va. The second child of Gillett 
and Betsy (Cocke) Northam — David — mar- 
ried Eugenia Godwin. The third — Annie — 
married Sylvester Johnson. Rachel, third 
child of Southy Northam and Naomi, his 
wife, married Meshach Fisher. Their chil- 
dren were Harriet, John D., Samuel, Sarah, 
and Burnetta Ann. The youngest child of 
Southy ;ind Naomi (Bryd) Northam mar- 
ried Benjamin Byrd. They both died on 
their farm at Messongo (date of death un- 
known). They left no children. 

The following is the genealogical record of 


Johannas Byrd and his family, the fourth 
son of Nathaniel and Naomi (Watson) Byrd. 
He was horn December 2d, 1777, and died 
September 8th, 1853, and was twice married. 
His descendants are numerous. His first 
marriage was with Miss Margaret Kelley, 
about the year 1805. She was the daughter 
of Jacob Kelley, of near Johnson's store, Ac- 
comack county, Virginia. She was born about 
1785, and died in November, 1813. His sec- 
ond marriage was with Miss Elana Cocke in 
181G. She was born September 19th, 1792, 
and died October 3d, 1842. She was the 
daughter of Richard Cocke, of Accomack 
county, Virginia, and was a lineal descend- 
ant of the noted Cocke family of England. 

The children of Johannas and Margaret 
(Kelley) Byrd are — Selby, first son, who was 
born at Muddy Creek, Accomack county, Va., 
July 16th, 1806. He was educated for a 
teacher at the academy, then open at Pun- 
goteague, Va. After finishing his education 
he began the work of training young minds 


in literature. He taught in sereral places 
and in 1833 (?) he went to Somerset county, 
Maryland, and taught at the place now 
known as Kingston. In 1S34 he married 
Miss Amelia Lankford, a young lady of that 
locality, and died about September, 1835, and 
leaving one child, which soon followed him 
in death. 

Jacob K., the second son, was born April 
29th, 1809. He grew up with his parents on 
the farm and applied himself to that occu- 
pation all his life. About the 15th of April, 
1847, he married Miss Susan Fisher, the 
daughter of Henry and Betsy (Northam) 
Fisher. The result of their union was four 
children — William S., the first son of Jacob 
K. and Susan (Fisher) Byrd, was born Janu- 
ary 19th, 1818. He resides on his father's 
homestead. He married Sal lie E. Byrd Octo- 
ber 6th, 18G9. Their children are Emily E., 
born May 20th, 1870, and Martin Thomas, 
born July 2Gth, 1871, and died August 30th, 


Johannas F. Byrd, second son of Jacob K. 
and Susan Byrd, was born in Accomack 
county, Virginia, August 31st, 184 (?). He 
received a meagre education and adapted 
himself to farm life. He married Hiss Mary 
A. Martin September 4th, 1S73. They have 
issue — Mattie A., first child, daughter, born 
April 13th, 1875. She is holding a promi- 
nent position in business life in Philadelphia. 
The second child, infant girl, born September 
1st, 1876; third child, infant boy, born Feb- 
ruary 9th, 1879. Both died in infancy. 

Clarence E. Byrd, the fourth and youngest 
child of Johannas F. and Mary A. (Martin) 
Byrd, was born August 26th, 1889. He is 
receiving his education at the High School in 
Pocomoke City. His father is a successful 
farmer in Worcester county, Maryland, and 
lives at Goodwill, four miles from Pocomoke 

Elizabeth M., the oldest daughter of Jacob 
K. and Susan Byrd, was born May 13th, 
1854. She married John William Byrd (date 


of marriage unknown). They have issue — 
Thomas J. Byrd, first child of John William 
and Elizabeth M. Byrd, was born June 12th, 
1882. Cecia A., the second, was born August 
11th, 1885. Onie S., youngest child of John 
William and Elisabeth M. Byrd, was born 
October 8th, 1892. They live at Hallwood, 
Va., and are engaged in a manufacturing en- 
terprise and industry. 

Annie S., the youngest daughter of Jacob 
K. Byrd and Susan (Fisher) Byrd, was born 
April 5th, 18G0. She married Parker Kelley, 
son of George and Elisabeth A. Kelley, of 
Messongo, Accomack county, Va. They have 
issue. The first child, Byrd P., born Sep- 
tember 9th, 1885; second, Martin J., born 
August 10th, 1889; the thirl, Joseph A., 
born March 8th, 1892; fourth, George E., 
born January 3d, 1895 ; fifth, Elsie A., born 
November 18th, 1896; William J., sixth and 
youngest child of Parker and Annie S. Kel- 
ley (nee Byrd), was born at Messongo, Va., 
April 5th, 1899. 


Hetty, the first daughter of Johannas and 
Margaret Byrd (nee Kelley), was born at 
Muddy Creek, Va., September 1st, 1811. She 
married Smith Cutler, a carpenter of Mes- 
songo, Va., in the early part of 18m. They 
had issue. Their first child, Margaret Ann, 
was born January 12th (?), 1835, and died 
in 1839. John S. Cutler, the second child of 
Smith and Hetty Cutler, was born at Mes- 
songo, Accomack county, Va. As he grew 
up into boyhood and youth, and having the 
spirit of energy and ambition, he naturally 
sought to acquaint himself with some line of 
work by which he could obtain a livelihood. 
His mind being turned to the carpenter's 
trade, he engaged in that calling and devoted 
his time to improving himself in that pur- 
suit until 1861, when the war between the 
States came on, when he joined the Con- 
federate army and served until the close of 
the war under Gen. Robert E. Lee, and was 
with him in the Battle of Gettysburg. After 
the close of the war, in 1865, he returned 


to his home in Accomack county, Va., and re- 
sumed his work at the carpenter's bench. On 
April 2(>th, 18GG, he married Miss Kebecca 
Hall, the daughter of Thomas and Sallie 
(l)rummond) Hall. He continued to follow 
his chosen occupation until a few years ago, 
when he sold his property in Virginia and 
moved to Salisbury, Md., where he and his 
good wife are living retired lives. They have 
several children, of whom I have no record. 
I think that they are all married. 

Ann Eliza, the third child of Smith Cutler 
and Hetty (Byrd) Cutler, was born about 
January, 1838 (?). She married Oliver 
Bunting. Alexander S., the fourth child, 
went to New Orleans and engaged in the 
paint business. I have no further trace of 
him. George, the fifth child, was born about 
October, 184G. He, I think, is a farmer, and 
lives somewhere in Virginia. Mrs. Cutler 
was a godly woman. The life she lived on 
earth was evidenced by her faith in the Son 
of God. She was a sweet singer in Israel, 

Wm. Byrd Nohtham, Sr. 
Chester. Pa. 


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vr&rSFJrAA Wi 

Mary E. Northam 
Chester. Pa. 

and honored her Lord with her voice. She 
was a consistent and devoted member of the 
Old School Baptist Church, and was faithful 
in her Master's service until death called her 
to her reward in heaven in 184.S, not long 
after the birth of her youngest son, William. 

Peggy Byrd, the second daughter of Jo- 
hannas and Margaret Byrd, was horn No- 
vember 25th, 1S13, and died quite young. I 
have no record of date of death. 

Johannas Byrd's children of his second 
marriage with Elana Cocke are as follows: 
first, infant boy (dead) ; second child, Mar- 
garet, was born May 28th, 1810, and died 
July 2d, 18IKJ. She married William C. 
Northani, of Accomack county, Virginia, in 
December, 1847. He was a carpenter by trade. 
The result of their union was seven children : 
The first son, William Byrd Northam, was 
born October 1st, 1848. When a young man 
he went to Phoenixville, Pa., and engaged in 
the moulding business. On April the 28th, 
1875, he was married to Marv Elizabeth 

Spare. She was born December 24th, 1853, 
in Montgomery county, Pennsylvania. They 
have issue — first child, George Valentine 
Northam, born August 15th, 187G. He is a 
machinist by trade, is married and now lives 
in Lorain, Ohio. Harry Spare, second son, 
born November 18th, 1877, electrician, is 
married and living in Lorain, Ohio. William 
Byrd Northam, Jr., born July 27th, 1879, at- 
torney at law, and practices his profession 
in Chester, Pa. lie is unmarried and lives at 
home with his parents. Ella, fourth child, 
born February 14th, 1881, married Alfred C. 
Thorpe, both of Chester, Pa. John Albert, 
fifth child, born April 11th, 1884; he is a steel 
moulder, is married and resides now in Ches- 
ter, Pa. 

Margaret May, sixth child, born April 6th, 
1886, married John Henry Ruch. They live 
at Sharon Hill, Del county, Pennsylvania. 

Elsie, the seventh child, born March 1st, 
1888, is living at home with her parents. 

Emily Jane, eighth child, born August 
24th, 1891. 

Charles Byrd Northam, ninth and youngest 
child of William U. and Mary Elizabeth 
(Spare) Northam, of Chester, Pa., was born 
April 23d, 1895. 

Mary A., oldest daughter of William C. 
and Margaret (Byrd) Northam, was born 
October 31st, 1849. She married John W. 
Groton (date of marriage not known). He is 
a farmer and lives near Parksley, Accomack 
county, Va. They have issue. 

Gillett W., third child, was born November 
12th, 1851, lives at Messongo, Accomack 
county, Va. 

Emily J., fourth child, was born December 
17th, 1853. She married Peter Gillespie 
(date of marriage not known) and died in 
March, 1903, leaving three children — Mattie, 
John II. and Peter. I have no record of their 

George F., fifth child, born September 
13th, 185G, dead. 


Martin J., sixth child, born September 
26th, 1858, dead. 

Henry Clay, seventh and youngest child of 
William Custis Northam and Margaret 
(Byrd) Northam, was born November loth, 
1861. He grew up in his country home with 
his parents and received a common country- 
school education. Later in life he began a 
mercantile business and continued with mod- 
erate success for several years. On April 
13th, 1892, he married Miss S. Annie Han- 
cock and soon after retired from mercantile 
life and engaged in farming. They have 
issue — first child, V. Margaret, born January 
26th, 1893; second child, A. Ethel, born De- 
cember 9th, 1894; third, Otis, born December 
5th, 1898; H. Paul, fourth and youngest 
child of Henry Clay and Annie (Hancock) 
Northam, was born September 14th, 1900. 
They are comfortably fixed on their farm in 
Worcester county, Maryland, about live miles 
from Pocomoke City. 
The children and grandchildren of William 

C. and Margaret (Byrd) Northam are all de- 
scendants of the Byrd family on the mother's 
side of the family. 

Parker Byrd, second son of Johannas Byrd 
and Elana (Cocke) Byrd, was born February 
8th, 1821. He grew up on the farm with his 
parents. In early life his mind was turned 
to educational interest, and he made use of 
the best means for a preparation to instruct 
others that the schools of his day could afford 
him. lie engaged in teaching for several 
years with general satisfaction. He was well 
drilled in military tactics and made an effi- 
cient officer, was unanimously elected cap- 
tain in the militia in 1848, and in 1851 was 
promoted to the ofiice of adjutant in the Nine- 
ty-ninth Regiment of the Virginia militia, 
and served under Maj.-Gen. James Northam 
and Col. Francis Miller with eulogistic 
praise. He married Mary Ann Trader in 
1850, and engaged in farming and was suc : 
cessful in accumulating real estate. He was, 
in politics, an old-line Whig, until the Ke- 


bellion, when he became a Southern sympa- 
thizer, and after that he voted with the 
Democratic party. He was a conscientious 
man and tried to practice the "Golden Rule," 
being a consistent member of the Baptist 
Church for more than a half century. He 
was chairman of the building committee for 
the first house of worship of the Bethel Bap- 
tist Church, built at Muddy Creek in Acco- 
mack county, Virginia, in 1845. His interest 
in his Master's cause was unabating, and in 
advanced years he superintended the build- 
ing of their new and commodious house of 
worship, built in 1887. lie was honored and 
respected by those who knew him for his up- 
rightness, honesty and integrity, which he ad- 
hered to until his death. He died in the 
triumphs of faith in his God, on the 5th day 
of April, 1805, in the seventy fifth year of his 
age. His funeral services were held at his 
home and were attended by about live hun- 
dred persons. He was a good man. What 
better eulogy could he ami his good wile 

(who preceded him in death several years) 
have? They left seven sons, whose names 
are: Alexander W. Byrd, oldest son of 
Parker and Mary A. (Trader) Byrd, was 
born April 17th, 1851. He and his family re- 
side in Baltimore. 

Teakle L., the second son, was born 
March 31st, 1853. He married Miss Fisher 
(the date of marriage unknown). He is a 
farmer and resides on his farm in Accomack 
county, Virginia. They have several chil- 
dren. I have no record of their births. 

Henry Parker, third son, was born July 
17th, 1S55, and died unmarried February 
51 h, 11X17. 

Staton Franklin, fourth son, was born No- 
vember 19th, 1857. He married Clara J. 
Lucas, December 27th, 1882. They had two 
children, Samuel F., the oldest, born June 
15th, 1887, and Elana, the second child, born 
August 2(>th, 18'JO. He is a farmer and gen- 
eral merchandise dealer at Poulson, Acco- 
mack county, Va. 


Jefferson Davis, the fifth son, was born 
April 4th, 1801. He married Miss Lizzie J. 
Smith, the daughter of James and Sally F. 
Smith, of Messongo, Va. They have one son, 
Royal I). Byrd, who was born March 31st, 
1882. He was married to Miss Norcice L. 
Bloxom, the daughter of Martin and Susan 
J. liloxom, on the 23fl day of December, 1902. 
He is a prosperous farmer and lives near 
Mears P. O. in Accomack county, Va. 

Levin J., the sixth son, was born Decem- 
ber 20th, 1804. He lives in Baltimore and is 
doing business there. 

Major Jackson Byrd, the seventh and 
youngest sou of Parker and Mary A. Byrd 
(nee Trader), was born August 31st, 1807. 
He is unmarried and inherited his father's 
homestead, where he cared for him and min- 
istered to his wants in his last days. Noble 
son he was. 

Samuel 0., the third son and survivor of 
twins of Johanuas and Elana Byrd, was 
born October 30th, 1822. He grew up under 

Christian influence and was noted for piety 
in early life. He was a bachelor and very 
religious, being quite eccentric. lie made 
almost a thorough acquaintance with the 
Bible; he could quote the most of it from 
memory and tell nearly all the names and 
places mentioned therein. lie told me, when 
on a visit to me once, that he had read his 
Bible through three times on his knees. 
While in conversation with him I said to him 
that he had been faithful in the service of his 
Lord for a long time, and now in advanced 
years 1 thought it would be better for him to 
select a good woman, suitable to his life and 
circumstances, and marry and be more re- 
tired, since he had traveled a long time and 
done all the good he could. To which he re- 
plied: "Oh, no; if I had a wife 1 would not 
have time to read my Bible." He was pious 
from his youth, and died March 15th, 1805, 
in the faith with a bright hope of his future 

William T. Byrd, fourth sou of Johannas 

and Elana Byrd, was born May 29th, 1824. 
He was a carpenter and followed that occu- 
pation for several years. On February 24th, 
1853, he married Miss Hetty Ann Fisher. 
Afterwards he devoted most of his time to 
farming for the rest of his life, and was mod- 
erately successful. The fruit of their mar- 
riage was nine children. First, a daughter, 
Elizabeth H., born December 11th, 1853. She 
married Alfred S. Miles (date of marriage 
unknown) and died January 11th, 1885, leav- 
ing three children. Their names not known. 

Georgeanna, the second daughter, was born 
August 14 th, 1855, and died unmarried Jan- 
uary 14th, 1885. 

Tabitha S., third daughter, was born Octo- 
ber 4th, 1857. She married William Hall 
(date of marriage not known). They live 
near Temperanceville, Accomack county, Va. 

Cornelius J. Byrd, the fourth child and 
oldest son of William T. and Hetty Ann 
By rd (nee Fisher), was born March 3d, 18G0. 
He grew up on the farm with his parents. 


He received a meagre education and adapted 
his life to farming with fair success, and was 
married to Rebecca J. Duncan, December 
2Gth, 1883. They have issue. Bertha L., first 
daughter, born October 14th, 1884. She mar- 
ried Mr. Bates Pilchard, a worthy young 
farmer of Worcester county, Maryland, on 
the 22d day of February, 1905. Georgia A., 
second daughter, was born February 23d, 
1881). She received her education at the nigh 
School in Pocomoke City, and was graduated 
there in 1906. 

Othelia May, third daughter, was born 
February 1th, 1891. Ora IVarl, fourth and 
youngest daughter of Cornelius J. and Re- 
becca J. (Duncan) Byrd, was born August 
31st, 1899. 

Cornelius J. Byrd and wife, Rebecca, are 
natives of Accomack county, Virginia, but 
now reside in Worcester county, Maryland. 

Hubbard Lee, fifth child of William T. 
Byrd and Hetty Ann, his wife, was born 


.June 15th, 1803. Me married in Baltimore 
and is doing business there. 

Martha P., the sixth child and youngest 
daughter, was born July 15th, 1805. She 
was married to Edward E. Nock, a worthy 
young man of Accomack county, Virginia, 
February IGth, 1888. Mr. Nock, at the time 
of his marriage, was engaged in a mercantile 
business as a traveling salesman, but later 
he took to farming and devotes his entire 
time to that occupation, residing now near 
Stockton, Md. He and his good wife have, 
as the result of their union, seven children. 
First, Harold E., born April 20th, 1889; sec- 
ond, Hattie F., born October 14th, 1890; 
third, lieulah M., born August 9th, 1894; 
fourth, William 1J., born November -I'd, 
1890; fifth, Margie, was born April 30th, 
1898; sixth, Randolph M., born July 4th, 
1902; Alton E., the seventh and youngest 
child of Edward E. and Martha F. (Byrd) 
Nock, was born April 19th, 1904. Mr. and 

Mrs. Nock are both devoted and consistent 
members of the Baptist Church. 

Arthur W. Byrfl, seventh child of William 
T. and Hetty A. Byrd, was born December 
23d, 1807. He was married to Rebecca Hall, 
the daughter of Thomas and Hester Hall, De- 
cember 27th, 1893. As a result of their union 
they have only one child, a son, Colwell 
Francis Byrd, born May 3d, 190G, named for 
the writer of this work. They live at Oak 
Hall, Va. 

Charles T., the eighth child, was born Au- 
gust 22d, 1809. He is a farmer and lives 
about one mile from Pocomoke City, in Wor- 
cester county, Md. He married Miss Mary 
Lambertson, December 27th, 18(M). They have 
issue: Edith, first child, born November 
10th, 1900, and Essie, second child, born Au- 
gust 31st, 1902. 

Alonzo I). Byrd, ninth and youngest child 

of William T. and Hetty A. (Fisher) Byrd, 

was born June 19th, 1872. He married 

Martha F. Godwin, November Gth, 1895. 


They have issue — Lena B.,born January 12th, 
181)7; Edna S., born March Gth, 1898, and 
died December 8th, 1901; Lottie M., born 
duly 20th, 1899; Walter 1L, born May 17th, 
1901; Ernest M., born January 10th, 11)03; 
liroadus P., born September 15th, 1904. lie 
is a fanner and lives near Stockton, Md. 

Elizabeth Cast is Byfd, second daughter of 
Johannas Byrd and Elana Byrd (nee Cocke) 
was born October 20th, 1820. She was mar- 
ried to George Northam in June, 1850, and 
died childless in 1880. 

Personal,, Political and Religious. 

I, Colwell Patterson Byrd, the seventh 
child and youngest son of Johannas Byrd 
and Elana (Cocke) Byrd, and the author 
of this work, was born in Accomack county, 
Virginia, on the 2Gth day of January, 1829. 
I grew up to manhood trained in the tenets 
of the old Whig party, feeling that it would 
almost be a dishonorable act for me to sup- 

port any other party but the one which en- 
dured seven years warfare and bloodshed 
for American Liberty. In 1852, I cast my 
first vote for Winfield Scott, the Whig nomi- 
nee for President of the United States of 

But later on, as there become changes in 
the affairs of the nation, I changed my senti- 
ments politically, and when the Rebellion 
took place in 18(51 I voted with the Demo- 
cratic party and have continued to do so 
ever since. As to my religious belief, I am 
a Baptist from principle and conviction. In 
early life I was impressed with the import- 
ance of my personal salvation, which im- 
pression has been lasting. 

When about eighteen years of age, in 1847, 
I was apprenticed to a competent brick 
mason in Baltimore and acquired a knowl- 
edge of that useful trade. 

I was religiously inclined from my child- 
hood and received my first impression when 
about four years old, which impression has 

remained with ine nearly three score and 
fifteen years, although I did not make a 
public profession of religion until April, 
1850; on the 5th day of that month I was 
baptized by the Rev. George F. Adams, in the 
Patapsco river at Canton, Baltimore, and 
was received into the fellowship of the Sec- 
ond Baptist Church of that cjty on the same 

I still continued to live in Baltimore a 
few years, working at my trade, and on the 
17th day of September, 1854, I married 
Elizabeth A. Trader, the daughter of Wil- 
liam and Comphrate (Walker) Trader, of 
Accomack county, Virginia, a lady of a true 
Christian type. After our marriage we 
moved to Newtown, Worcester county, Md., 
now Pocomoke city, the 1st day of January, 
1855. Three children were the result of our 

Laura Grace Byrd, the first child and only 
daughter of Colwell P. and Elizabeth A. 
(Trader) Byrd, was born in Newtown, W T or- 


eester county, Md., October 1st, 1855. She 
was educated at the ITigh School of her birth- 
place, known now us the High School of 
Pocomoke City. 

She was married to George W. Oldham, 
April Kith, 1874, a worthy young man of 
Temperanceville, Va., in the Newtown I.ap- 
tist Church, now First Baptist Church of 
I'ocomoke City, Md., by Kev. Montcalm Old- 
ham, father of the bridegroom, assisted by 
Rev. Lemuel D. Paulding, pastor of the bride. 

Mr. Oldham, when quite a young man, en- 
listed as a volunteer in the Confederate 
Army in April, 18(K5, and served until the 
close of the war, under Brigadier General 
Crutchfield, Division Commander Gen. \V. 
II. F. Lee, and corps Commander General 
Ewell, called "Old Fox." He was also in 
Company E, 19th Virginia Battalion, Artil- 
lery, Capt. G. G. Savage commanding, Col- 
onel Atkinson commanding battalion. 

After the close of the war he remained for 
a few years in Richmond, Va., and then re 

turned to the Eastern Shore of Virginia and 
engaged in a mercantile business at Teni- 
peranceville, Accomack county, which busi- 
ness he was pursuing at the time of his mar- 
riage with Miss Jiyrd. 

The result of their union was three chil- 
dren — Leroy Oldham, first child and only 
son of George W. and Laura Grace (Byrd) 
Oldham, was born in Temperaneeville, Acco- 
mack county, Virginia, March 12th, 1875. 
lie obtained a good business education and 
when quite young he was employed as clerk 
in the retail drug business in the city of Nor- 
folk, Va., and remained there a short time, 
when he moved to Baltimore with his em- 
ployer, and on the 20th of June, 1892, he 
accepted a position as clerk with Gilpin, 
Langdon & Co., one of the largest wholesale 
drug establishments in that city. Having push 
and vim with his capacity for business and 
commendable deportment of life, he found 
favor with his employers. Step by step he 
advanced in business until at the age of 


Leroy Oldham, 
Baltimore, Md. 

thirty-two years he is now a prosperous 
wholesale druggist in the city of Baltimore. 
He was married to Miss Mabel Ray Shar- 
retts, daughter of Grayson W. and Maude 
Anna Sharretts, of Baltimore, in the Brown 
Memorial Presbyterian Church of that city, 
by Rev. Byron Clarke, of Mt. Washington, 
and Rev. John Timothy Stone, pastor of the 
bride, and is at the present time well situa- 
ted at his home on Clifton Avenue, Wal- 
brook, a suburb of Baltimore. 

Since the writer closed this paragraph of 
the genealogy of this work, another event has 
taken place in the birth of his great grand- 
daughter, Dorothy Byrd Oldham, the daugh- 
ter of Leroy and Mabel Ray Oldham, born 
at 2800 Clifton Avenue, Walbrook, Balti- 
more, Md., October liOth, 11)07; being the 
first born of his fourth generation whom he 
had the pleasure of holding in his arms and 
pronouncing a benediction upon the day 
after her birth. 

Annie B., second child of George W. and 

Laura Grace Oldham, was born December 
2d, 1880, died September lid, 1881. 

Elizabeth Grace, the youngest daughter of 
George W. and Laura (J race Oldham (nee 
Byrd), was born March 4th, 1883. She was 
educated in the High School at Poeomoke 
city, Worcester county, and St. Michael's, 
Talbot county, Md. She is a lady of cul- 
ture, and has prepared herself for teaching 
and is a teacher in the High School at Teui- 
peranceville, Va. 

Franklin W. Byrd, only son and survivor 
of twins of Col well 1*. and Elizabeth A. 
(Trader) Byrd, was born in Newtown, Wor- 
cester county, Md., July 20th, 185!). He was 
educated in the High School of his birth- 
place, now Poeomoke city. Very early in 
life, when a boy, his mind was turned toward 
mercantile pursuits. In youth he engaged 
in that business with a vim that characterizes 
men of energy and push. For a few years 
he was employed as clerk in a general mer- 
chandise business; later he was employed as 

Franklin W. Bvro, 
Pocomoke City. Md. 

traveling salesman with a wholesale grocery 
house in Baltimore for several years. In 
June, 1895, he accepted a position with a 
large wholesale tobacco house, which posi- 
tion he still holds. He is a stockholder and 
also one of the directors of the Citizens 
National Hank of Pocomoke city. 

On February 20th, 1888, he was married 
to Miss Elizabeth P. Johnson, the daughter 
of Captain Hiram and Eliza Sebastian John- 
son, of Westmoreland county, Virginia, in 
the Episcopal Church at Stockton, Md., by 
the rector, Rev. Mr. Batte, the pastor of the 

Two interesting daughters are the result of 
their union — Hallie Johnson Byrd, first 
child, 4tyWfci* WAwwiw «&*# vtt*. Warn* 
ttaft &ti, <4KMk She was educated in her 
home school and graduated there ifcflldlMMfc 
with great credit to herself. She is an in- 
teresting and accomplished young lady, and 
has quite a talent for music and will take 
si special course in that line of education. 

Elizabeth Franklin, a bright and interest- 
ing four-year-old girl, the second and young- 
est daughter of Franklin W. and Elizabeth 
P. (Johnson) Byrd, \«$%J&£|£>$ik^^^ 

She is a child of promise. 

Colwell P. Byrd's first wife, Elizabeth A. 
(Trader) Byrd, was born October 10th, 1823, 
married September 17th, 1854, died March 
20th, 1885. He married his present wife, 
Mary A. E. Parsons, of Seaford, Del., Sep- 
tember 17th, 18!J0. 


Words are inadequate to express the vir- 
tues of so lovely a woman. Rich in love, be- 
nevolence, good will, chaste in word, thought 
and deed; without envy, hatred, or vanity, 
she won the love and admiration of all who 
knew her. Twenty-two years have passed 
away since she died, but the roses that she 
propagated in her life and transplanted by 
her husband are still blooming on her grave. 

The place will soon be forgotten, but she 
will live and adorn the race as long as there 
are any to remember and imitate her vir- 
tues. The following is her obituary written 
by her pastor.* * ■- *' > ***&***- 

Mrs. Elizabeth A. Uyrd — This excellent 
lady, wife of Colwell P. Byrd, departed this 
life on Friday morning, March the 20th, 
1885, at 2 o'clock, about sixty-one years of 
age. She had been sick some ten days or 
more, but had not been regarded as serious- 
ly ill until the day before her death. Her 
trouble seems to have been of a kidney char- 
acter which of late has become so common. 
The death of this estimable woman has 
thrown another dark shadow over this com- 
munity over which so many have recently 
passed in close succession ; has sorely strick- 
en another church, yet smarting from a re- 
cent stroke; has made another home, in 
which domestic bliss, wifely devotion, moth- 
erly tenderness, and the graces of true frieud- 

ship and sincere piety so long quietly 
reigned, lonely, dreary and desolate. 

Mrs. Byrd was long a resident of Poco- 
moke City and was widely known in our 
community. She was highly esteemed for 
her noble personal qualities, her kindliness 
of heart, her gentleness of disposition, her 
readiness to befriend, to help to do good to 
others. Few, perhaps, had more or siucerer 
friends. She has been for years connected 
with the Baptist Church here. Though not 
one of its original members, she and her hus- 
band, for years one of its worthy deacons, 
early settled here after its organization and 
at once identified themselves with it. From 
its infancy to the day of her death was she 
connected with its history. And how worthy 
did she prove herself; how faithful and de- 
voted to all its interests; how ready to en- 
gage in every good work. How she will be 
missed; how the church will miss her; how 
the Ladies' Society in their enterprises will 
miss her; how that stricken husband and 

Mrs. Elizabeth A. Byrd (Mother). 
Pocomoke City, Md. 

those devoted children will miss her. Hut 
her work was done and the Master said 
"Come up higher." Her fuueral services 
were held on Sunday afternoon in the Bap- 
tist Church, and though a violent snow storm 
was prevailing at the time, a large congre- 
gation of sympathizing friends was present. 
Iler remains now sleep quietly in the Bap- 
tist Cemetery, but she has gone to live with 
Christ. We will not weep as those who have 

no hope. 

Solomon Charles Boston. 

Rachel Ann, third daughter and eighth 
child of Johannas and Elana Byrd (nee 
Cocke), was born August 8th, 1830. She 
grew up to be an interesting young lady, al- 
ways carrying sunshine with her cheerful 
disposition, that characterized her short life. 
She was a model of beauty. I don't think 
Accomack county, Virginia, ever produced 
a prettier face on a woman than the one she 
wore. She was admired by both sexes of 
those who knew her. 


In June, 1848, she was married to Thomas 
II. Fisher, an industrious young farmer at 
Messongo, Accomack county, Va. She died 
of diphtheria about the 29th of November, 
1851, and left one child, Martin 1). Fisher, 
who was born at Messongo, June 22d, 1849. 

Mr. Fisher remained in his native county 
a few years after the death of his wife. In 
1855 he went to New Orleans and remained 
there until the fall of that year. From there 
he visited Audrain county, Missouri. In 
185G he returned to the Eastern Shore of 
Virginia. After a short stay near his old 
home, he took his son, Martin 1)., a seven 
year old boy, and returned to Audrain coun- 
ty, Missouri, and settled near the town of 
Mexico in that county, and remained there 
until his death, the date of which I have no 
record. His son, Martin I). Fisher, grew up 
and was educated in Audrain county, Mis- 
souri, and in the twenty-fourth year of his 
age he was married to Miss Jane D. Wilson 
March 11th, 1873, in Audrain county, Mis- 

souri. To them have been bom four sons: 
First, Hyrd Fisher, born in Audrain county, 
Missouri, December 22, 1873, died April 
19th, 1879; Francis Selby, the second son, 
born also in Audrain county, Missouri, No- 
vember 21th, 1870. After the birth of their 
second son, Mr. and Mrs. Fisher visited the 
Eastern Shore of Virginia, I think sometime 
in 1877. After reaching his place of nativity 
Mr. Fisher decided to remain, and taught 
school several years, during which time their 
third sou, Ira Sidney Fisher, was born, in 
Accomack county, Virginia, on the 19th day 
of April, 1881). Soon after birth of their 
third sou, they concluded to go back to Mis- 
souri again about the latter part of 1881. 
And on the 22d of April, 1885, Willie Clay 
Fisher, fourth and youngest son of Martin 
D. and Jane L). Fisher (nee Wilson) was 
born in Audrain county, Missouri, and died 
there in infancy. 

In the month of March, 1803, Mr. and Mrs. 
Fisher returned with their two sons, Francis 

Selby and Ira Sidney, to Accomack county, 
Virginia, located at llallwood Station, and 
continued there until 11)05, when they moved 
to Jamaica, N. Y., where they now reside. 
Francis Selby Fisher, oldest son of Martin 
D. and Jane 1). Fisher, was married to Miss 
Lillie Bertha Gray, in Accomack county, Vir- 
ginia, October 25th, 1898. They have issue- 
only daughter, Nellie Gray Fisher, born in 
Accomack county, Virginia, on the 31st day 
of March, 1900. They reside now in New 
York city. 

Ira Sidney, the youngest son, was married 
to Miss Umstaddt March 28th, 1905, in 
Mexico, Audrain county, Missouri, where 
they now reside. 

Mr. and Mrs. Fisher are both consistent 
members of the Old School Baptist Church. 
He and his two sons are descendants of the 
Byrd family on the mother's side. They are 
all carpenters by trade. 

Mary P. Byrd, the youngest child of Jo- 
hannes and Elana (Cocke) llyrd, was born 

Johannas L. Brno 
Oak Hall. Va. 

June 12th, 1833. She was married to Little- 
ton T. Byrd, her cousin, in 1852. Three chil- 
dren were the result of their union — First, 
Olivia, born January, 1853, and died in in- 
fancy; the second child (not named) also 
died in infancy; Johannas L. Byrd, third 
child and only son of Littleton T. and Mary 
F. Byrd, was born January 7th, 1855. He 
married Miss Elizabeth E. Parks, December 
20th, 1870, the daughter of John and Katie 
Farks, of Messongo, Accomack couuty, Va. 
They have issue — Lillie Francis, first child, 
born September 28th, 1877; second, Mary 
Susan, born February 0th, 1880. She was 
married to Mr. Oswald S. Mears November 
4th, 1890. He is employed as agent for the 
N. Y. P. & N. R. R. Co., and resides at 
Uloomtown, Virginia. They have issue, two 
children — first child, born November 21st, 
1899, and died August 1st, 1900; second 
child, Lee Kerns, born May 31st, 1902. 

Third child of Johannas L. and Elizabeth 
(Parks) Byrd, Otho Littleton, was born Feb 

ruary 15th, 1883; fourth, Orris Sylvester, 
born June 23, 1886; the fifth, James Milton, 
was born October 28th, 1888; sixth, Nannie 
Eliza, born January 17th, 1893; seventh, 
Walter Rhodes, was born November 23d, 

Mr. Byrd is employed by the N. Y. P. & N. 
R. R. Co. He and his wife reside at Oak 
Hall, Accomack county, Va. 

I am indebted to my nephew, Major Jack- 
son By rd, for a verbatim copy of his grand- 
father's will, bearing date of September 23d, 
1853, which is as follows: 

"In the name of God, Amen. I, Johanuas 
Byrd, being of sound and perfect memory 
(blessed be God) and being convinced of the 
uncertainty of life and the necessity of a 
preparation for death, do hereby make this 
my last will in manner and form following, 
and do revoke any and other wills heretofore 
made by me. First and principally : I com- 
mend my soul to God that gave it and toy 
body to be buried in such decent order as my 


executors, hereafter named, shall think meet 
and convenient. And, as touching the dis- 
position of my worldly estate as it hath 
pleased God in his mercy to bestow upon 

Item First. I lend to my daughter Eliza- 
beth the largest room in my dwelling house 
during her single life and also lire-wood for 
said room. 

''Second. 1 give and bequeath to my son, 
Jacob K. By rd, the land whereon I now live 
together with all the appurtenances thereto 
belonging and bounded by a straight ditch 
running from the county road easterly up 
to land of Henry Young's heirs; to him, the 
said Jacob K. Byrd, and his heirs forever. 

"Third. I give and bequeath to my son, 
Parker Byrd, the place on which said Barker 
now lives, containing fifty acres, more or 
less, and bounded as follows; beginning at a 
marked white oak between the heirs of Henry 
Young, deceased, and said land running 
northwesterly so as to make his woodland 

as wide where it joins the land of James 
Northara as it is where it joins the land of 
Henry Young's heirs, to him, the said Par- 
ker Byrd, and heirs forever. 

"Fourth. I give and bequeath to my son, 
Samuel C. Byrd, residue or remainder of my 
land, it being forty-seven and one-half acres, 
more or less, to him and his heirs forever. 

''Fifth. I give and bequeath to my daugh- 
ter, Margaret, one bed and furniture, second 
choice, and the chest that was her mother's. 

"Sixth. I also authorize my son Parker 
to hold in his possession my negro girl Sarah 
and a reasonable hire for whom I require 
said Parker to pay to my daughter Mar- 
garet, but neither said negro or her hire is 
to be subject to the control of said Mar- 
garet's husband or in any wise liable for his 
debts, and if said Margaret die before said 
Parker, in that event T give said negro, 
Sarah, to my said son Parker. 

"Seventh. I give and bequeath my negro 
woman, Mary, and her increase if she have 

any after this time, also a bed and furni- 
ture, the first choice, to my daughter Eliza- 

"Eighth. I give and bequeath to ray daugh- 
ter, Polly, my negro, George, and bed and 
furniture, third choice. 

"Ninth. I give and bequeath to my s.m, 
William T. Byrd, my negro boy, John, and 
the whole of my carpenter and joiner's tools. 

"Tenth. I give and bequeath to my son, 
Colwell P. Byrd, his heirs or assigns, my 
negro boy, Robert. 

Also, I leave the remainder of my per- 
sonal property to be sold and, after paying 
my just debts, to be divided as follows: the 
one fourth to my daughter Elizabeth, one- 
fourth to my daughter Polly, one-fourth to 
my grandchildren John, Eliza, Alexander, 
Washington, George and William Cutler. 
And also one-fourth to my grandson Martin 

"I hereby authorize my son, Jacob K. 
Byrd, to retain the amount designed for the 

Cutler children and lay it out for their 
schooling, unless necessity should otherwise 
require it. 

"If either of said Cutler children die he- 
fore receiving his or her distributive share, 
I give the portion designed for him or her 
to the surviving ones. 

"I require my sons Jacob, Parker and 
Samuel to hear an equal proportion in feed- 
ing and clothing my afflicted negro man, 
Elijah, and when he dies to have him decent- 
ly buried. 

"I appoint my sons, Jacob K. and Parker 
Byrd, my executors. In testimony whereof I 
hereunto set my hand this, the twenty-third 
day of September, in the year of our Lord, 
eighteen hundred and fifty-three. 

"Witness: Johannas Byrd. (Seal)." 

Martin K. Kelly. 
Sylvester J. Marshall. 
John H. Custis. 

Daniel T. Byrd, youngest son of Nathaniel 
and Naomi (Watson) Byrd, was born Octo- 

ber 30 th, 1785, and died at the old Byrd 
homestead at Muddy Creek, Accomack coun- 
ty, Va., on March 30th, 184(5, where he had 
spent all his life, lie grew up on the farm 
and devoted his entire life to that occupation. 
He was married to Nancy Gillespie about 
March, 1811. There were born to them two 
children — 

Nathaniel J. Byrd, the first child and only 
son of Daniel T. and Nancy (Gillespie) 
Byrd, was born at the old homestead Febru- 
ary 8th, 1812. He grew up and was educated 
in the ordinary school of his day, later he 
acquired a knowledge of the carpenter's 
trade and pursued that occupation for a few 
years in his native State, after which, in the 
early thirties, 1833 or 1834, he went to the 
State of Missouri with a colony of young 
men and women (mostly men). The com- 
pany consisted of about thirty persons from 
Worcester county, Maryland, and Acco- 
mack county, Virginia. In that company 
there was a newly married couple, Mr. Asa 

Morrill and his bride, who was Miss Ann 
Aydelotte Mason. They used that opportu- 
nity for their wedding tour. That company 
all sailed together on board of a schooner 
from Cedar Hall wharf, on the Pocomoke 
river, in Worcester county, Maryland, to 
Baltimore, as steamboats and railroads were 
something unknown in that country at that 
time. Arriving in Baltimore by sailboat, 
from thence they took their tedious and 
fatiguing journey to Missouri by stage. 

When they reached their destination, they 
dispersed to different parts of the State. Mr. 
Merrill and his bride and Mr. Byrd settled 
in Lafayette county, near the town of Lex- 
ington, Missouri. Mr. Byrd pursued his 
chosen occupation, the carpenter's trade, and 
taught school at intervals — until the sum- 
mer of 18;{5, at which time he returned to 
his native home in Accomack county, Vir- 
ginia, on a visit to his father and other rela- 
tives, for a short period of time. Upon re- 
turning to Missouri, later in the same year, 

he resumed his work at the carpenter's 
bench. In the meantime it pleased God in 
the allwise dispensation of His Providence 
to remove, by death, Mr Merrill, from his 
new home and settlement in this life, to his 
destiny beyond, leaving his young widow and 
his orphan sou, Levin H. Merrill. The date 
of his birth, the writer does not know, but 
probably it was some time in 1834, judging 
from some other incidents that occurred in 
that family of which I have been informed. 
Mrs. Merrill remained a widow until about 
the Autumn of 1837, when at that time she 
again united in matrimony with Nathaniel 
J. IJyrd, mentioned above. Her son, Levin 
H. Merrill, grew up to manhood and when 
the war between the States came on he went 
in the Confederate service and was killed in 
Arkansas, leaving a widow and several chil- 
dren. Mrs. Byrd was born in Worcester 
county, Maryland, November 28th, 1808. She 
was left an orphan at about eight years old 


and was raised by her uncle, a Presbyterian 
preacher, who lived near Snow Hill. 

She was first cousin to the late Col. Wil- 
liam J. Aydelotte, of Pocomoke City, Md. 
She was a lady of worthy reputation and 
noble traits. I remember meeting Judge 
James Merrill (who was a native of Wor- 
cester county, Maryland, but had resided in 
Lafayette county, Missouri, for many years) 
in 185fi in Newtown, now Pocomoke City, 
while on a visit to friends and relatives in 
his native county, and, in answer to my in- 
quiry for Nathaniel J. liyrd he told me that 
he was well acquainted with him and his 

Mrs. Byrd, who was the widow of Asa 
Merrill, who was born in Worcester county, 
Maryland, (date of birth not known) and 
died in Lexington, Mo., about the year 1835, 
had, by her second marriage with Nathaniel 
J. Kyrd, seven children, whose names are as 

Asa Nathaniel, first son of Nathaniel J. 


and Ann Aydelotte Byrd, was born July 
12th, 1888, at Lexington, Mo. Fie was edu- 
cated in the country schools and in 1855 he 
became a member of the United Baptist 
Church. In 18U0 he entered The William 
Jewell College at Liberty, Mo., as a student 
for the gospel ministry, from which place he 
received the degree A. B. and the degree A. 
M. He was ordained to the full work of the 
gospel ministry on the sixth day of March, 
18(>4, by the Second Baptist Church of Lib- 
erty, Mo. The council was composed of Wil- 
liam Thompson, president of William Jewell 
College, Edward J. Owen, professor of Wil- 
liam Jewell College, Thomas H. Stouts, pro- 
fessor of William Jewell College, J. 15. 
Tombes, president of Woman's College, W. 
C. Barrett, pastor, W. J. Patrick. 

The Kev. Asa N. Byrd spent his life work 
in the gospel ministry within the bounds of 
the North Liberty Baptist Association, which 
was organized at New Hope Baptist Church, 
Clay county, Mo., in 1844, where he was 


highly complimented at their jubilee cele- 
bration, held in 1894, by Dr. W. R. Roth- 
well, the principal speaker of that occasion, 
who said if he was called upon to name the 
minister who has been pastor of more 
churches, who had conducted more funeral 
services, and married more couples than any 
one minister in that Association, he would 
name the tenor-voiced Asa N. ttyrd. 

He was married June 21st, 1806, to Miss 
Sallie E. Pemberton, of near Piatt city, Piatt 
county, Mo., who (the writer has been in- 
formed) was a lady of high attainments and 
an efficient helpmeet to her husband in his 
ministerial work for nearly forty years. Her 
Heavenly Father took her from her work on 
earth to her reward in Heaven in the fall 
of 1904, leaving her bereaved husband (now 
a retired Baptist preacher, and living about 
one and a half miles from Liberty, Mo.), 
with his two noble and accomplished daugh- 
ters, Mattie and Annie, to bless his home, 

both of whom are graduates of the Woman's 
College of Liberty. 

The second birth was that of William 
Daniel T. and twin sister, Mary Ann, born 
about 1840 (the exact date of birth un- 
known). William grew up to manhood, lie 
was by profession a photographer. He mar- 
ried young and died childless. 

Mary Ann, the twin sister, grew up to 
womanhood, married a Mr. Offut, and died 
childless. The third, Sarah Rebecca, who 
grew up to womanhood with brilliant intel- 
lect, was a teacher of promise and died un- 
married in the twenty-second year of her age. 

The tilth child, Demmeria, was born at 
Lexington, Mo., (date of birth not known). 
She grew up to womanhood and married 
.John Marlon, a farmer near Springfield, Mo. 
They have a family of several children and 
now reside in Arkansas. 

Ayres M., the youngest son, who is a 
dealer in pianos and musical instruments, 
lives at 42G Topping avenue, Kansas City, 


Mo. lie has one son, Leslie, with whom the 
writer corresponded a few times several 
years ago. 

Fannie, the youngest child of Nathaniel J. 
and Ann A. (Merrill) Byrd, (nee Mason), 
was horn at Odessa, Mo., (the exact date of 
birth unknown, hut is supposed to have been 
about 1848). She was educated in her home 
school in Odessa, and in early life was mar- 
ried to Mr. W. T. Thomason, a teacher. They 
remained in Missouri several years after 
their marriage, but subsequently moved to 
Fayetteville, Ark., with their two daughters, 
where they now reside. Their eldest daugh- 
ter, Demma, died several years ago, unmar- 
ried. Annie, the youngest daughter, mar- 
ried a Mr. Dunlap (date of marriage un- 
known), lie is a graduate of Effingham 
School of Photography, Illinois. They lived 
in Fayetteville after their marriage until 
July, 1907, when they moved to Clifton, Ariz. 
They have two children, who, with their 

mother, are descendants of the Byrd family 
of Accomack county, Virginia. 

Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel J. Byrd both lived 
to a ripe old age. Mrs. Byrd was a consis- 
tent member of the Presbyterian Church for 
a number of years, but afterward became a 
Baptist, and at the age of sixty years she 
was enrolled as a charter member of Mt. 
Hope Baptist Church, now of Odessa, Mo., 
where she died on March 10th, 1885, at the 
age of seventy-five years. She preceded her 
husband in death about nineteen years. He 
died in Springfield, Mo., in January, 1904, 
at the advanced age of ninety-two years. 

Demmeria, the only daughter of Daniel T. 
and Nancy Byrd (nee Gillespie), was born 
a I the old Byrd homestead about August, 
1813. She was married (o (ieorge 1*. Byrd, 
a worthy young man and farmer, about the 
spring of 183G. They lived about half a mile 
from her birthplace. The result of their 
union was four children. 

Betsy l'oulson Byrd, their first child, was 

born probably in the early part of 1 SU8. She 
died in childhood. I cannot record the date 
of the births of the other three children. De- 
catur Franklin was the second child. He 
lived to middle age and died unmarried. 

Osborne, the third child, lived nearby his 
birthplace until he arrived at manhood and 
then went to a dental school and studied 
that profession. Later on he went to Indian 
Territory, and practiced his profession. 
There he married a half-breed Indian lady, 
who is said to be a very tine woman, settled 
there, and had issue. I have met his two 
daughters, who visited Accomack county, 
Virginia, their father's native county. 

Susan, the fourth child of George 1*. and 
Denimeria Hyrd, is unmarried and lives with 
her brother in Indian Territory. 

Daniel T. Iiyrd's children of his second 
marriage with Rhoda Kiggin, in 1814, are as 
follows: Daniel T., Jr., first child, sou of 
Daniel T. and Rhoda (Riggin) Hyrd, was 
born at Muddy Creek, in the old livrd home- 


stead, February 17th, 1815. He grew up to 
manhood and learned the carpenter's trade. 
In IS:}}) he went to New York and pursued 
his chosen occupation for about ten years, 
during which time he married and settled in 
Williamsburg, then a suburban town of New 
York. During his stay in that locality his 
wife died and left him with three children, 
one of them I had the pleasure of meeting in 
1810 at her grandfather's in Accomack coun- 
ty, Virginia, an interesting little girl of 
about six years. In 1848 he united again in 
matrimony with Miss Susan Fisher, of 
Accomack county, Virginia, and in the lat- 
ter part of 1840 he moved to California with 
his family in search of gold, and soon after 
we lost all trace of him and family. 

Samuel, the second son, was born about 
June, 1817. He married Mrs. Elizabeth IJyrd 
(nee Taylor), in December, 1S4G. The result 
of their union was one child, Sally, the only 
daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Ityrd, who 
was born about the latter part of 1847 (the 


exact date of birth unknown). Mr. Byrd 
was a farmer, devoted his life to that occu- 
pation and died in the fall of 1852. 

Obed S. Byrd, the third son of Daniel T. 
and Khoda Byrd, was born September 12th, 
1819, and died at the old homestead place 
August 25th, 1876. He was a farmer and 
pursued that calling all his life. lie mar- 
ried Miss Hetty Mears in 1853, the daughter 
of Thomas and Katie Mears, of Guilford, 
Accomack county, Va. They had issue. 

Florence Neil, the oldest child (daughter) 
on the family record of Obed S. and Hetty 
(Mears) Byrd, was born February 11th, 

Daniel Harmanson, the second child (son) 
was born October 8th, 1859. Rhoda Ann C, 
the third child, was born February 8th, 18G2. 
She was married to James T. Smith, May 
31st, 1882. They reside on the homestead 
place at Muddy Creek, Va. Warren L., the 
fourth child, was born November 7th, 1801. 
Thomas Woodson, the fifth and youngest 

child of Obed S. and Hetty (Mears) Byrd, 
was born March 21st, 1875. The children 
of Obed S. Byrd all live near the place of 
(heir birth. 

Littleton T., the fourth child of Daniel T. 
and Khoda Byrd, was born April 22d, 1821, 
and died in 1855. He left a widow and one 
child. Emeline, the oldest daughter of 
Daniel T. and Khoda Byrd, was born March 
the lGth, 1823, and died unmarried about the 
year 18(51). 

Eliza, the youngest daughter, was born 
March 9th, 1820. She married Alfred Rig- 
gin, her cousin, in 1852, and died childless 
in October, 1854. 

Riley Franklin Byrd, the youngest child 
of Daniel T. and Rhoda Byrd (nee Riggiu) 
was born February 10th, 1830. He was edu- 
cated in the best schools in Accomack county, 
Virginia. He studied surveying and naviga- 
tion, acquired a knowledge of these two stu- 
dies and later on studied medicine, but never 
practiced it. He was of a roving disposi- 

tion, and having no fixed purpose he took to 
the sea and followed that course of life for a 
while. He then abandoned that pursuit, be- 
gan teaching for a livelihood, and taught 
school all along the Atlantic States, from 
Georgia to Nova Scotia, and late in his life 
he returned to his native State and taught 
until the time of his death in December, 
11)04, and was buried in the old family grave- 
yard with his parents at Muddy Creek, Acco- 
mack county, Va. 

The author of the preceding genealogy 
feels painfully aware that he has come far 
from compiling a perfect history of this 
branch of the worthy family of whom he has 
endeavored to make a record, and having, as 
aforesaid, made diligent research among the 
archives at the county seat of Accomack 
county, Virginia, and not being able to find 
any records that give satisfactory informa- 
tion of the exact time of settlement in the 
locality named, we find it necessary to fol- 
low tradition, which has already been quoted. 

Furthermore, there is a tradition which says 
that two men named Byrd came to the Eas- 
tern Shore in the early part of 1700 from the 
Western Shore of Virginia (the exact place 
whence they came is not known to the 
writer) and found their way up the Poco- 
moke Sound. One of tnese men, whose name 
was Nathaniel Byrd, located on Muddy 
Creek, in Accomack county, Va., about that 
time. The other man, of whose first name we 
are not positive, settled in the southern part 
of Somerset county, Maryland, near the 
place where the town of Crisfield is now 
built. By recent search in the clerk's otlice 
at Princess Anne, Somerset county, Md., I 
find that the records of deeds and wills at 
that place show that David Byrd willed prop- 
erty in that county to his daughter, Eliza 
Byrd, in 1722, which corresponds quite au- 
thentically to the time of the settlement of 
that branch of the Byrd family which set- 
tled at Muddy Creek, Accomack county, Va. 
Also the records at the same place show 

that Joseph Byrd deeded legacies to his wife, 
Arabella Byrd, on the tirst day of August, 
1739. I also find that the same records at 
Princess Anne show that Arabella Byrd 
willed property in Somerset county, Mary- 
land, on July 19th, 1745. 

The will of Thomas Byrd, on record and 
registered among the wills and deeds at 
Princess Anne, Somerset county, Md., bear- 
ing date 1747, show that he willed his prop- 
erty, to be equally divided among his six 
children, viz: Elizabeth Sterling, Ilanuah 
Wilson, Jacob Byrd, Rachel Byrd, Betsy 
Byrd and Polly Byrd. The above dates cor- 
respond very closely to the traditional ac- 
counts of the Byrd family of Muddy Creek, 
Va., and the names mentioned here bear a 
very close resemblance to some of the names 
of that branch of the family and almost con- 
clusively verify the authenticity of their 

There were other Byrds who settled in the 
locality of Muddy Creek subsequently to the 


time of the first settlers, of whom the writer 
has made no record. They may have been 
slightly relatd, but it is only of his own im- 
mediate ancestry that the author has writ- 
ten. And just here he will mention some of 
their customs and manners of life. They 
were of English origin, and doubtless they 
and the general ions which have followed 
them have all come down in a line of de- 
scent from Col. William Byrd, who came 
from England in 1(170, and settled at West- 
over, on the dames river, in Virginia. 

I will now use this space in which to re- 
late an incident that occurred in the life 
of Colonel Byrd, which has been furnished 
me by a lady who is a native of Virginia. On 
one occasion he was on a visit to Governor 
Spotswbod, of Virginia, and, among the other 
pets which the Governor had at home, was u 
beautiful fawn. While the company was 
seated at the dinner table, at which Colonel 
Byrd was the guest of honor, the fawn came 
up and, looking through an open window, 

saw reflected in the large mirror, hanging on 
the opposite wall, its picture. Thinking it 
another deer, the fawn made a dart through 
the window and crashed into the mirror, 
also the china from which the dinner was 
being served, making quite a scene and one 
long to be remembered by those present. 
Surely it was quite a memorable visit for 
Colonel Byrd to the Governor of Virginia. 

The following is an extract taken from an 
article by Alice Broaddus Mitchell in "Kind 
Words," published in Nashville, Tenn. : 

"It has been said that the primitive Vir- 
ginians were not such readers as the Puri- 
tans, but there is sufficient reason to believe 
from what has been learned of the prominent 
men of Colonial times that they were highly 
cultured in those days. And in what we 
gather from this we find a very noticeable 
feature in the character and life of Colonel 
Byrd. So far as we have been able to learn 
of him he must have cherished a great fond- 
ness for culture and literature, from the fact 

William Byrd Northam, Jr. 
Chester. Pa. 

that he had in his home at Westover a solid 
library that numbered nearly 4,000 volumes." 

And still there remains to this time high 
aspirations in the minds of many of the de- 
scendants of that worthy name, that move 
them in the pursuit of culture and useful 
callings in life. The writer has in mind 
some of the offspring of that family of Byrda 
of Muddy Creek, Accomack county, Va., of 
whom he has endeavored to give a brief ac- 

The following are a few of the names 
which are worthy of mention: Hon. John R. 
Kew and his brother, I. Harry Rew. They 
are both prominent lawyers and practice in 
the courts of Accomack. Their mother was 
Cynthia E. Byrd, born at Muddy Creek, in 
the homestead of her grandfather, Parker 
Byrd. They are the fourth generation of 
said Parker Byrd of 1709, on the mother's 
side of the family. Also William Byrd 
Northam, Jr., of Chester, Pa., who is a 
young lawyer of promise and practices his 

profession in that city. His grandmother 
was Margaret Byrd, and his maternal great- 
grandfather was Johannas Byrd, of 1777, in 
Accomack county, Virginia. The Rev. Asa 
N. Byrd, an eminent Baptist minister of Lib- 
erty, Clay county, Mo. He is of the third 
generation from Daniel T. Byrd, of 1785, at 
the old Byrd homestead of Muddy Creek, Va. 
These men, having a purpose in view to ele- 
vate their fellow man socially and relig- 
iously, with many other of their kindred, 
who are pursuing honorable vocations in the 
business world, are of this branch of the 
Byrd family of Muddy Creek, Va. 

The writer has learned from parental and 
ancestral information that this branch of the 
Byrd family was a sturdy and valorous peo- 
ple, quite domestic in their habits, of up- 
right integrity, true in their principles and 
of honest dealings. They were not wealthy, 
neither were any of them poor. They lived 
on their own resources, had plentiful sup- 
plies for all their demands and met their ob- 


Rev. Asa N. Byrd 
Liberty. Mo 

ligations faithfully. They were mostly farm- 
ers and lived on their own farms. They were 
not selfish people but were always ready to 
show kindness to each other in doing 
neighborly favors in alternate turns. Their 
social life was of the most friendly manner. 
Well does the writer call to memory the 
good old days, as far back as three score and 
ten years, how their social life at that time 
corresponded with the information that he 
had of their primitive customs as they would 
gather at his father's house for an evening's 
pleasure. The company would be seated in 
semi-circle around the spacious room before 
a large open fire-place, with a blazing lire 
in view. The women would be picking the 
seeds from the cotton, knitting or doing 
some other needed work, preparatory to the 
making of useful apparel, and enjoy talking 
about their geese, turkeys and other house- 
hold affairs, while the men would be engaged 
in speaking of their ordinary interests or dis- 
cussing some political matter concerning the 


great Henry Clay or Daniel Webster or of 
some other worthy statesman, until a proper 
leaving time, and after participating in eat- 
ing apples or sweet potatoes roasted by the 
big tire, before which they had spent the 
evening, and enjoying a glass of sweet cider 
they would bid adieu and go to their homes, 
all feeling that they had spent a delightful 
evening. Such were the pleasant times in 
which our ancestors lived. 

I do not know that they entertaiued any 
political sentiment in their former days ex- 
cept that they regarded themselves subject to 
the English crown, until the war, declared by 
the thirteen United Colonies against Great 
Britian for their national liberty — The Revo- 
lutionary War. Then, as I have been in- 
formed, they co-operated with their own 
loved America in assisting to obtain their 
freedom from a tyrannical government. 
There were no Tories among them. They all 
adopted the true Whig principles, were loyal 
citizens of their loved country, and their 


political sentiments ran down with the old 
line Whig party until it became extinct about 
the year 1854, when it was abandoned. 

Their mode of religious worship, as I have 
learned, was of the Established Church of 
England until about the latter part of the 
18th century, and as the churches in those 
days were so sparsely located, the worship- 
ers very probably rendered much of their de- 
votional service to Almighty God at their 
homes. I have seen my good old grand- 
mother's prayer book, read prayers from it in 
my boyhood days and found therein con- 
tained some of the most excellent devotional 
sentiment. I have also in my possession at 
this time a volume of the Kev. Mr. Yorik's 
sermons, a very old book, printed in the old 
fashion type which is quite dilhcult for young 
readers of these days to understand. I am 
quite sure that my grandmother read these 
sermons from that old book when it was not 
convenient for her to attend the public wor- 


It was soon after the beginning of the 
Revolutionary War that this Byrd family be- 
gan to change their former religious views. 
On the fourth day of July, 1770, as I have 
been informed, a Baptist minister, by the 
name of Elijah Baker, came from the Wes- 
tern Shore of Virginia and located near the 
head of Old Plantation Creek, in North- 
ampton county, Eastern Shore, Va., and 
preached the Gospel there, instructing the 
people in Baptist views as he had received 
them from the New Testament, and contin- 
ued to preach all along this peninsula from 
the Capes of Virginia as far as Salisbury, 
which at that time was in Worcester county, 
Maryland, now Wicomico county, founded 
several churches along the lower part of the 
Peninsula and suffered bitter persecution for 
promulgating his religious views. He was 
fined and imprisoned in the county jail at 
Drummond Town, in Accomack county, Va., 
the same old historic jail that was built sev- 
eral hundred years ago, still remains there 


to this day and is yet used for a prison. The 
writer visited this old romantic building in 
January, 1007, and found it a very ancient 
and gloomy looking place. It was there that 
this man of God was punished and forbidden 
to preach the Gospel under heavy penalty, 
which was placed upon him, and other severe 
trials that he endured, but like the old ser- 
vant of God, he did not let any of these 
things move him, not being daunted by the 
hindrances that he found in his way, he bold- 
ly and faithfully preached the gospel wher- 
ever he could get hearers. 

I have been informed that during the sum- 
mer of 1777 he preached in a grove near the 
head of Muddy Creek in Accomack county, 
Va., held religious meetings there and bap- 
tized a number of converts, among whom was 
Naomi Byrd, the writer's grandmother, in 
that stream of water, and which is still used 
for the administration of that ordinance and 
where now stands a large and influential 


Baptist church. From about that time the 
Byrd family of Muddy Creek accepted the 
Baptist views of Christianity and mauy of 
them still hoJd ou to their faith, though 
mauy of their descendants have accepted the 
views of the Methodist, of both branches of 
that church, and worship with those denomi- 
nations, while some of them may belong to 
other Protestant denominations. I never 
knew but one Catholic in this branch of the 
Byrd family. 

Much more might be said of this worthy 
family, but from the jottings we have ob 
tained we learn that, though there may be 
retrogrades, as is the case in almost all fami- 
lies, we notice that they were among the 
noted worthies that graced the soil of Vir- 
ginia, and many of their numerous descen- 
dants are now living in quite a number of the 
States of the Union. 

Since the author of this work began hia 
effort (January, 1907) to produce this brief 


genealogy .and history, he has received many 
kind words of approval and appreciation 
from members of the family in different parts 
of the country, also many expressions of 
desire that the issue might be a success, coup- 
led with a desire to obtain a copy of the 
book. But from the fact that only the Byrd 
family is expected to be interested in its 
history, my receipts may fall short of the 
outlay in money for its publication, aside 
from the large amount of time and labor ex- 
pended on it. For this I have no regrets, for 
it has been a labor of love on my part and 
it is an inexpressible satisfaction to me that 
T have dug up from obscurity, as it were, 
and put in desirable form, a history of the 
family, that can be perused by the present 
generation and handed down to those who 
follow after us. I trust it has tended to 
draw the family much nearer together and 
has aroused an increased interest in family 
history and genealogy that will influence the 

family, in future, to keep better records, etc., 
in all of which I feel that I have my reward. 

Colwbll P. Byrd. 

Pocomoke City, Md., January, 1908. 

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