Archibald W Byers, 18691943 (aged 73 years)

Name
Archibald W /Byers/
Birth
Census
Census
Death of a brother
Burial of a brother
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Mount Pleasant Cemetery (Find A Grave Memorial# 86161653)
Death of a father
Burial of a father
Note: Buried in 1st Mount Pleasant Cemetery Section G Row 1 Stone 1
Death of a mother
Note: Book H-19 page 43
Burial of a mother
Source: S3863
Note: Buried in 1st Mount Pleasant Cemetery Section G Row 1 Stone 1
Death of a brother
Death of a sister
Death of a sister
June 1, 1928 (aged 58 years)
Death of a brother
Burial of a brother
Source: S3863
Note: Buried in 1st Mount Pleasant Cemetery Section G Row 1 Stone 9
Death of a brother
1940 (aged 70 years)
Death of a sister
Burial of a sister
Source: S3863
Source: Find a Grave
Note: Buried in 1st Mount Pleasant Cemetery Section G Row 1 Stone 1 (Find A Grave Memorial# 122589781)
Death
September 22, 1943 (aged 73 years)
Family with parents
father
18231900
Birth: May 16, 1823Henry, Kentucky
Death: October 15, 1900Johnson, Indiana
mother
18261901
Birth: June 1826Kentucky
Death: February 16, 1901Johnson, Indiana
Marriage MarriageJanuary 9, 1845
10 months
elder brother
18451887
Birth: November 17, 1845 22 19 Franklin, Johnson, Indiana
Death: November 30, 1887Franklin, Johnson, Indiana
17 months
elder sister
18471851
Birth: March 27, 1847 23 20 Indiana
Death: September 18, 1851
19 months
elder sister
18481923
Birth: October 4, 1848 25 22 Indiana
Death: May 14, 1923Johnson, Indiana
3 years
elder brother
18511919
Birth: June 15, 1851 28 25 Indiana
Death: August 14, 1919
2 years
elder brother
18531940
Birth: October 3, 1853 30 27 Indiana
Death: 1940
2 years
elder sister
18551928
Birth: December 7, 1855 32 29 Indiana
Death: June 1, 1928
elder sister
1855
Birth: December 7, 1855 32 29 Indiana
Death:
2 years
elder brother
18581929
Birth: April 20, 1858 34 31 Indiana
Death: January 15, 1929
2 years
elder sister
2 years
elder sister
18621862
Birth: November 10, 1862 39 36
Death: December 4, 1862
15 months
elder sister
2 years
elder sister
18661940
Birth: April 13, 1866 42 39 Indiana
Death: October 14, 1940Indiana
4 years
himself
18691943
Birth: December 28, 1869 46 43 Indiana
Death: September 22, 1943
Family with Nona Nichols
himself
18691943
Birth: December 28, 1869 46 43 Indiana
Death: September 22, 1943
wife
son
Private
son
Private
Shared note

ARCH W. BYERS
The science of agriculture--for it is a science as well as an art-finds an able demonstrator as well as successful practitioner in the person of Arch W. Byers, who is widely known in Johnson county, maintaining a very productive and desirable farm in Franklin township. He comes of a very highly honored pioneer family, members of which have played well their parts in the general development of this favored section of the great Indiana commonwealth.
Arch W. Byers, well known throughout Johnson county as the owner of the celebrated "Melrose Farm" in Franklin township, was born on December 28, 1869, in this township, and is the son of Henry S., Sr., and Maria (McCauley) Byers, natives of Kentucky, his mother being a daughter Dr. Robert McCauley, a native of Scotland, and the latter was also one of the early pioneer physicians of Johnson county, where he was held in high esteem. Henry S. Byers, Sr., was born in 1823 and died in 1900. He came to Johnson county, Indiana. with his father, Henry Byers, in 1825, the family settling in Franklin township, where the father had filed on government land, one hundred and sixteen acres of this tract being still in possession of the family. Henry S. Byers became an extensive land owner and live stock man, owning at one time five hundred and eighty acres in one tract. Besides this tract he bought other land and gave a farm to each of his children, allowing them to payout in time. During his life he owned over one thousand acres of land and was numbered among the most prosperous agriculturists of Johnson county. Politically, he was a staunch Whig, and upon the formation of the Republican party he became aligned with that political faith, from which he never departed. He was a member of the Home Guards, and his religious membership was with the First Mt. Pleasant Baptist church. The subject's mother died 1901. They had become the parents of thirteen children, of whom nine were reared to maturity, namely: Robert McCauley, who died at the age of forty-two years; Sarah M. Vandivier, of Franklin township; George W. of Franklin; Alonzo N., of Franklin township: Adeline, who married a Mr. Wilkes and lives in Hensley township, and Caroline, the wife of Mr. Riggs, of Franklin township, are twins; Sylvanus, of Franklin township; Susanna (Mrs. McCaslin), of Franklin township. R. N. McCaslin now occupies the old home place, where the subject of this sketch first saw the light of day, it having belonged to the old Dr. McCauley estate. The house, a fine old brick mansion, was built in ante-bellum days, but was burned down during the war and later rebuilt. The subject of this sketch received his education in the little brick school house near his home, and he was reared to the life of a farmer. Upon starting out in life for himself he applied himself diligently to the vocation of agriculture, spending seven years on his father's farm. In 1897 he received one hundred and thirty-six acres of the home farm on which he built a house, and in time he paid his father for the land. The father had a peculiar plan of distributing his property among the children. When a child had accummulated [sic] two thousand dollars, the father gave him a farm and also two thousand dollars and gave him time to pay for the land without interest. The payment notes were five hundred dollars yearly, and if all the notes aggregating thirty-seven hundred dollars were paid as they came due they bore no interest. Nine children in the family were thus treated, and were thus enabled to accumulate good estates. The subject lived on his tract of land for eleven years and then traded with George W. Byers for his present farm, which comprises one hundred and thirty-one acres, and which is improved with a fine sixteen-room modern residence, large and substantial barns and other necessary outbuildings. Mr. Byers feeds stock largely with the grain produced on the farm, and has thus been able to realize unusually good profits from his efforts. He keeps fifteen to twenty full-blooded Jersey cows and sells the milk from these, averaging three hundred pounds a day or thirty-five gallons. He has twenty acres of land planted to wheat, fifty acres to corn, fifteen acres to oats and forty acres to clover and hay.
Politically, Mr. Byers is a staunch and active supporter of the Progressive party, heartily endorsing the policies of that party as promulgated by Theodore Roosevelt. His religious membership is with the First Mt. Pleasant Baptist church, to which he gives liberally and which he is a regular attendant.

In 1890 Mr. Byers was united in marriage to Nona Nichols, and to them have been born two children, Paul and Raymond Nichols.

Reverting to the genealogical ancestry of the subject of this sketch, it is worthy of note that the emigrant ancestor of the subject, George Frederick Byers. who came from Germany to this country, married Catharine Sams. Among their children was Henry, born January 15, 1788, who married Elizabeth Wylie, September 5, 1811, and whose death occurred on April 14, 1865. They had eleven children, George, Sarah, John, Isaac, Benjamin, Henry S. Sr., Catharine, Elizabeth W., Cynthia Ann, Jacob and David. Henry was born in Pennsylvania and, having lost his father while quite young, he was taken into the family of Demaree, who brought him to Henry county, Kentucky. He was there reared and in the spring of 1825 he was married and moved to Indiana, the trip being made on horse-back, on which he also carried a sack of flour. He entered a farm five miles southwest of Franklin, the same being that now owned by Sylvanus Byers, of which he cleared five acres and planted it in corn. He then returned to Kentucky after cultivating his crop and brought back his family. He was an expert drummer. and was presented with a drum by the state for his services during the Indian troubles. This drum, with the gift inscription, is now owned by Arch W. Byers. Henry Byers married Maria McCauley on January 9, 1845, and to them were born the following children: Robert M., born November 17. 1845, died November 30, 1887; Mary E., born March 27, 1847, died September 18, 1851; Sarah M., born October 4, 1848; George W., June 15, 1851; Alonzo N., October 3, 1853; Caroline, December 7, 1855, and Adaline, the same date twins; Sylvanus, April 20, 1858; Clarissa, July 4, 1860, died April 4, 1863; Rachel, November 10, 1862, died December 4, 1862; Almira, February 7, 1864, died April 22, 1865; Sussana, April 13. 1866; Arch W., December 28, 1869, the last named being the immediate subject of this sketch.

Mr. Byers long been numbered among the progressive agriculturists and public spirited citizens of this county, and is now the owner of a very desirable farm property and is one of the substantial men of his community. Endowed by nature with strong mental powers and possessing the courage and energy to direct his faculties in proper channels, he early became a man of resourceful capacity, as the able management of his private affairs abundantly testify. He possesses the happy faculty of not only making friends, but binding them to him by his good qualities of head and heart.
Transcribed by Lois Johnson

In the 1870 US Federal Census for Franklin, Johnson, Indiana, 47-year-old Kentucky-born farmer Henry Byers owns $36,000 worth of real estate and $3,710 worth of personal property. He and his 45-year-old Kentucky-born wife Mary [McCauley] Byers have in their household their Indiana-born children, 24-year-old Robert M, 21-year-old Sarah M, 19-year-old George, 16-year-old Alonzo N, 15-year-old twins Caroline and Adaline, 12-year-old Sylvanus, 5-year-old Susan and 5-month old (December-born) Archabald, and 14-year-old Indiana-born Julia White (relationship to the family unknown). Maria is keeping house, Robert M is a farmer with $5,500 worth of real estate and $1,700 worth of personal property, Sarah M has no occupation, and George, Alonzo, Adaline, Caroline, Sylvanus and Susan have attended school in the past year.

In the 1880 US Federal Census for Franklin, Johnson, Indiana, 57-year-old Kentucky-born farmer Henry Byers, Sr and his 54-year-old Indiana-born [sic] wife Mariah [sic] [McCauley] Byers have in their household their Indiana-born children, 22-year-old farmer Silvanis [sic], 14-year-old Susanah, 10-year-old Archibald, 31-year-old widow Sarah M Byer Vandivier and her son 7-year-old Elmore Vandivier. Also in this household are two of Henry's nephews, 15-year-old Lincoln Byers and 20-year-old Franklin Aten who are listed as working on the farm.