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Byers Family

James William BYERS was b. 13 Apr 1870 in Orange Co., IN to parents John William BYERS (1834-1918) and Hester J. THOMPSON (1846-1893 - dau of John David THOMPSON and Mary BARNHILL). James was one of 12 children born to this couple including, Earnest L.; Mary Jane; James William; John Thomas; Eliza Eleanor; Minnie T.; Charles Elmer; George Bert Allamander; Laura Emaline; Grover C.; Elvin Boone; and Thurman Earl BYERS, all born between 1865 and 1888. James married Virginia Elizabeth GLADISH or GLADDISH (1871-1950). James died 14 Feb 1921 in Claremont, IL and is buried in the White River Chapel Cemetery in Bowman, IN. Virginia was b. Sept 1871 in Pike Co., IN to parents Elijah O. GLADISH (1849-1942) and Suzannah or Susannah "Susan" BURKHART (1852-1911).

Virginia was one of three children born to this couple including Virginia Elizabeth; Lydia Margaret; and Roxie Ethel GLADISH, all born between 1871 and 1886. Virginia died 4 May 1950 in Vincennes, IN and is buried along with her husband in Bowman, IN. The couple had two children including Austin and Roxie Irene BYERS (1905-1995). Austin Norveil BYERS was b. 26 Sept 1896 in Lawrence Co., IL and married Myrtle J. ATKINS (1896-1986 - dau of Adam ATKINS and Daisy STOLTZ) on 29 Nov 1916 in Richland, IL and together they had four children including, Lawrence Dale; Lowell Morris; Eva "Fern" BYERS (1937-2013) and one additional child all born between 1920 and 1937.

Austin died 18 Mar 1953 in Illinois and is buried in the Antioch Cemetery in Claremont, IL. Austin's son Lawrence Dale born 10 Oct 1920 in IN, died 27 May 1932 in Claremont, IL at the age of 11 years.

I've "rescued" an old photograph of James William BYERS (1870-1921), his son Austin Norviel BYERS (1896-1953), and his wife Virginia Elizabeth GLADISH BYERS (1871-1950). The photograph appears to have been taken in the late 1890's or early 1900's. Austin appears to be about 4 years old at the time and his parents in their 20's or 30's. Based on limited research I was able to locate the information regarding the family. I am hoping to locate someone from this BYERS Family so that the photograph can be returned to the care of family. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me.

Shelley Cardiel

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