Trying to find any information on Beverly Byrom who came to Pike County from Mecklenburg Co., NC, sometime before 1826. Beverly purchased land in the First District of Pike, Land Lot 174, from John Waid of Gwinnett County on 29 July 1826. This land is about halfway between Hollonville and the Flint River. He appears on a tax list in Pike in 1827 and on the 1830 and 1840 censuses.
Beverly married Sarah Williamson in Mecklenburg on 13 April 1807. Sarah was the sister of Beverly's brother's wife, Hannah Williamson Byram, wife of James Byram of Coweta County.
Also am trying to find the relationship of a John Byram/Byrom who purchased land in 1823, same First District, but lots 181 and 182. These are right in the middle of Hollonville and my sister and brother-in-law own part of one of them. (How's that for a coincidence? Beverly is not our ancestor but is connected.) If Beverly and Sarah were married in 1807, and had kids the same year, the oldest would only be 16 in 1823 and not old enough to purchase land. So this John is probably not Beverly's son (unless Beverly was married previously to another woman). The only other known brother is James of Coweta. Would love to know who this John Byrom is.
Am trying to prove Beverly's children but can only prove two -- James (m. Louisa Webster), who was the only child named in his will (he mentioned other heirs and shows a bunch of kids in the census), and Martha, who married John Parker, and is mentioned in Memoirs of Georgia as being the mother of Henry G.Parker, the subject of a sketch in the book. Actually, she is called Margaret in the book but all censuses show her as Martha. Descendants confirm the name "Martha."
Other children mentioned by other researchers, but with no documentation or source, are: John, b. 1809; Mariah who married William Holland/Hollon; Clarissa who married John Maxey; Sara, and Mary Phoebe who married James Dingler. I have no clue where the names of these children came from but there are marriage records of all these people in Pike County. (I have copies of the originals if anyone wants one.) The children's names were found in a file on the private MyFamily.com Bethel UMC site (Coweta Co.) and sent to me by a descendant. There is no documentation on how someone came up with these names. This is what I would love to find.
In the 1830 census, Beverly's household shows 5 girls and 2 boys, in addition to the two older adults, male and female, which I am assuming are Beverly and Sarah. In 1840 there are only two older men, both age 60-70, in Beverly's household, and a big smudge in the age 70-80 female slot, so I don't know if Sarah was still there or not. There were no other persons in the household so the children all married or left home before 1840. Beverly made his will in 1849 and did not mention a spouse or name any children individually, except James.
If anyone has any information on where I can find proof and documentation of Beverly's children, or if anyone has more information ... anything ... on other members of this family, I would be extremely grateful. Beverly's family currently is the subject of a series of articles running in The Citizen, a newspaper in Fayetteville, Georgia (www.thecitizen.com). Any who contribute information will be given full credit. Several articles on the family of Beverly's brother, James Byram, ran several months ago.