Served in Capt. James Bell's Co. (Rev.) Left VA for KY.
They had three or four children.spouse: Hanley, ?
At never married but helped raise John M. Dyer's children.
Buried in Temple Cemetery #31spouse: Temple, Harry Franklin (1914 - )
Henderson County KY Census 1860 Notes for Elizabeth* Dyer: History of Union County, Kentucky (1886), pg 63 "In the second generation the following are the children (of William Dyer): ... Elizabeth married a Mr. Ball, and died in 1860. ... The children of Elizabeth were Edward, married; Mary Ann, deceased; William, deceased; Thaddeus, deceased."spouse: Ball, Tazewell (~1800 - 1842)
Henderson County Kentucky Census 1860 District 1, Henderson City Name Age Sex Occupation Born Keach, Elizabeth 54 F Farmer KY Ball, Thad M 21 M KY William T 23 M KY Cornelia 23 F NC Mary E. 2 F KY John W 1 M KY
After Tazwell died in 1842, Elizabeth married Thomas Clay in Union county. Apparently, Thomas died before 1846, because she married Ovid Keach on 13 Sept 1846. There is no evidence of issue from either of these marriages. In the 1860 census for District 1, Henderson City, Elizabeth Keach, age 54 is listed as HoH with Thad M. Ball age 21, William Ball, age 23, Cornelia Ball, age 23, Mary Ball, age 2, and John Ball age 1. According to the history of Union County (1886), "Elizabeth married a Mr. Ball, and died in 1860".
Jump forward to 1883, when according to the History of Henderson County, by Edmund Starling, Charles C. Ball was the mayor of Henderson, Kentucky from 1883-1887. (From Frances Ball Turner)
Information from this branch of the family is taken from LDS records: Geroge Frederick Dyer #274M-SP, Nathan Dyer #BN5H-RB, Meriam Griggs #BN5H-SF. Dot shoulders has his name as James Frederick.spouse: Crawford, Mary Jane (1862 - )
Information for this family is from Fran Turner/Sandra Duncan www.silverchat.com/BallGenealogy/rogerdyer.htm.spouse: Davis, Sarah K.
Henderson died a bachelor.
HENRY RICHARD DYER, a well-to-do farmer, of Shiloh Precinct, and member of one of the largest and most prominent families in the county is the son of Edward Harvey and America (Henry) Dyer. Mr. Dyer was born and reared in Union County, his ancestry having already been spoken of at considerable length under the head of Dyer Family. Subject's mother was America Henry (House?), born in Trigg County, Ky.spouse: Evans, Allie G. (? - 1882)
Subject has been twice married; first in 1878 to Allie G., daughter of Moses and Jane (Watkins) Evans, of Lyon County, Ky., who died in 1883, leaving three children, two of whom are dead; the second time in 1884, to Katie E. Bishop, daughter of John Bishop, a prominent farmer of Caseyville Precinct. The children in all are Jennie A., Willie E. and the baby not named. Mrs. Dyer was born in Union County in 1857.
Our subject was born in old Union, where he now lives, January 18, 1857. He received some twelve years' training in the free schools of the county and two years at special school at Caseyville, Ky. He is a Democrat, and was elected Magistrate in his precinct in August, 1886. Mr. Dyer has seventy-seven acres of fine land, and raises a general crop, and has plenty of fine stock. he lives in the house occupied by his father, built in 1870. It is situated on the Morganfield and DeKoven road, and is well arranged with seven rooms. Mr. Dyer has been a member of the M. E. Church for four years. All in all, Mr. Dyer is a man well respected and highly appreciated in the community in which he lives. His only single brother, George W. Dyer, elected Constable of Shiloh Precinct in 1886, lives and farms with him.
Will of Esther Dyer Patton In the name of God Amen. I, Esther Patton of the county of Clarke and state of Kentucky, being weak in body, but sound and perfect mind and memory make this my last will in the manner of the following. That is to say, first I give and bequeath unto Eliza Patton, daughter to Roger Patton deceased my saddle and bridle, to Maryann Patton daughter of the said deceased my bed and bedding. I likewise bequeath to the above mentioned Eliza and Maryann my Negro named Nancy who ?ich Negro is not to be sold out of the family. Also bequeath unto Matthew Patton son of the said Roger Patton a note in my possession amounting to forty nine dollars and ninety five cents dated the 19th of September 1811 payable the 20th of September 1812 on the Estate of Roger Patton. I allow the balance of my estate to be divided as followeth. I bequeath to my son James Patton one sixth part and the remainder to be equally divided between my grandchildren William, Sally, John, Matthew, Eliza and Maryann Patton children of the said Roger Patton the children of James, Gay, Benjamin, John, James, and Easther, Gay. John Patton children, Esther, Margaret, Sally, Matthew, Ann and Polly Patton. John Humes children, Sarah, Betsy and July (Judy?) Hume and Margaret Maxwell daughter to Daiel Harrison. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and deal with the twenty third day of October in the year of our Lord 1816. Esther Patton X mark Signed and sealed Peter Caty Scobee Robert Scobeespouse: Patton, Mathew (~1730 - 1803)
This will was sent to us by Antoinette Waughtel Sorensen. She is researching the Patton line.
From WFT 1197, Vol 6 "At the age of 14, at the time of the Indian attack on Ft. Seybert, James escaped from the fort and ran. He was captured, but the Indians were so impressed with his speed, that his life was spared. He traveled with the Indians for several years before escaping and returning to his relatives in the Virginia valley and later to the fort.spouse: Harrison, Phoebe Ann
James Dyer had 13 children, 9 sons and 4 daughters. He was prominent in Augusta, Rockingham and Pendleton counties; a constable in Augusta, in 1768, one of the first Justices of Rockingham County, in 1777, one of the commissioners of Pendleton, when it was organized in 1788.
First court of Rockingham County...James Dyer oath of Justice of the Peace, June 2, 1788...Roger Dyer, (father of James) goes bond for Sheriff in 1788. Of the Justices Davis, Dyer and Patton were brothers in law.
The sale of personal property of James Dyer netted $1975 in 1807. We have glimpses of a man who was considered rich and who's log house was perhaps the best furnished dwelling in the county."
Names of children from Fran Ball Turner/Sandra Duncan at www.silverchat.com/BallGenealogy/rogerdyer.htm
Buried Dyer Farm Cemetery, 6 miles from Caseyville.spouse: Mason, Marcella (1803 - 1870)
Union County Court Records of John Dyer and Marcella Mason's Marriage Know all men by this presents that we James Dyer and Ignatius...are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the sum of fifty pounds current money to the payment of which will and truly to be made to the said commonwealth we bind ourselves our...execution and administrators jointly and severally firmly by these present seals with our seals and dated this 15th day of September, 1925.
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended between the above bound James Dyer and Marcella Mason, daughter of Dorcus Mason widow of John Mason deceased. Now if there be no lawful cause to proceed said marriage then this obligation to be void...to remain in full force and value in law. Signed James Dyer (Some words could not be read. JDA)
From: JOHN MASON DYER FAMILY of Union County, Kentucky, Ancestors and Descendents, Researched and Compiled by Jane Dyer Arnold, 1972, Franklin, Kentucky James Dyer was the first born .
James Dyer 1804 - 1854 WILL, Union County, Kentucky, Will Bk. C. Page 217 I, James Dyer, of Union County and State of Kentucky do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner of following:
First, I give my soul to God and my body to return to dust. I appoint my dear wife Marcella Dyer, my son John Dyer, and my brother John Dyer, also my son James W. Dyer should the latter return from California as my Executors without security. It is my will that they pay all my just debts, hire out all my slaves that they can best spare or as many as possible though not to be hired at the mines under any circumstances--to sell as much of my stock farming utensils and all as they think best retaining the best for the support of the, together with the house and both farms for support of the family during the natural life or widowhood of my dear wife--then a general and equal division of all my estate amongst all my children.
It is also my will that my dear children Almedia D. Dyer, Attaway G. Dyer, Thomas McKee Dyer, Catherine Dyer, and Marshall Dyer shall each have a horse saddle and bridle to the value of one hundred and twenty five dollars in as much as all my other children have the same, to be given at any time when my dear wife thinks it best for them to have the same. It is my will that landed estate shall not be sold until my youngest child arrives at the age on twenty one years... and I hereby invest my executors with the full power to sell and convey the same.
It is my will that the note and account I now hold against my son John should be taken from the amount due him when a general division of my property takes place.
I hereby authorize and invest my Executors with full power to convey to James H. Rudy the land on the Ohio river according to my bond. In testimony I have here unto set my hand and seal this 20th day of January, 1854. Signed, James Dyer Attest: William Outtern James Trigg Joh, C. Taylor G.V Winston (This will was made only three days before James Dyer died. His signature shows he was a very sick man.
The James Dyers owned several hundred acres of farm land and an interest in many acres of coal land. "Dyers Mine" must have been a very good one providing fuel for homes far and wide. Four horse teams were needed to pull wagons of coal over the roads of that day.
From: JOHN MASON DYER FAMILY of Union County, Kentucky, Ancestors and Descendents, Researched and Compiled by Jane Dyer Arnold, 1972, Franklin, Kentucky.
C.M. Dyer has James' date of death as 1854.
From C. M. Dyer: He was an infant survivor of the Fort Seybert massacre., married Jane Morrell and had children. He moved to Fayett County, Ky in 1788, then to Station Prairie, Ohio in 1798, then to Franklin County, Ohio. He owned and operated a sawmill and grist mill with one or more of his sons. He died in 1811, leaving part of his estate to son William.spouse: Morrel, Jane (~1735 - )
Residence in 1784: Rockingham County, Virginia
Place of burial not shown in County Grave Registration book. There were nine children. The two who are missing are assumed to have died as infants. Resident Rockingham County, Virginia 1784.
Will Book "A" pg 28, Franklin County, Ohio.
Henderson County is now Union County.
Bur. family cemetery, Pythian Cemetery, Sturgis, KY Lived in Rockbridge County, VA.spouse: Welch, Mary Ellen (1847 - 1932)
1870 Union Co. Census. J. M. Dyer 41 M W Farmer Sophronia 40 F W William 15 James 16 Sallie 11 Darius 9 Thomas 7 Benjamine 5 Orville 3 Marshall 1
The largest land owner in Union County. (From Tidewater to Tradewater. (1979) George B Simpson, M + M Printing)
The Confederate Civil War Soldiers of Union County, KY, Peyton Heady: Dyer John Will 4th Sergent Company G First KY Calvary enlisted in Estill Co. F, First Ky Cavalry in 1861. After the reorganization in 1862, he was made 4th Sargent.spouse: Brooks, Amelia W.
He was captured near Florence, Alabama, on May 13, 1862. Paroled in the Fall, he was given a furlough by General Breckinridge. for six months beginning in march 1863, he fought with Col. Scott's regiment of Louisiana Cavalry. He fought in the battles at Ringgold and Chickamaunga after rejoining his old command. At Kennesaw Mountain he was accidently crippled, on July 4, 1856, and saw no active duty for sometime. After General Lee's surrender, he formed a part of president Davis's escort. He was paroled in Washington, Georgia.
From the History of Union County, Kentucky, p. 582
JOHN W. DYER, or "John Will" Dyer, as he is commonly called, to distinguish him from several other John W. Dyers, was born in Union County, Ky., about seven miles from Caseyville, in the year 1840. His grandfather, William Dyer, was one of the old settlers of the county, he having removed to within a mile of Morganfield as early as 1803. He was one of the commissioners appointed to locate the county seat, and selected the site of Morganfield on account of a famous spring that was there. At the old homestead, John, the father of "John Will", was born. John Mason, Mr. Dyer's maternal ancestor, was a Virginian, and he came to this county in a very early day, settling near Mr. William Dyer at Morganfield. A daughter of Mr. Mason, named Lauren Talbott, was the mother of the present subject. Her first Christian name was the feminine of Laurens, a name well known in the Revolutionary annals.
The present subject was named for his grandfathers, John and William, and soon began to develop into a healthy robust boy. His father being a blacksmith and gunsmith, as well as a farmer, he was sought by the people far and near. Little John Will thus became acquainted with nearly everyone in the county before it was divided, and also with many of the steam boatmen of those times, for they did not duplicate machinery in those days, and Mr. Dyer was often called to the river to repair some broken part of a steamboat. In the meantime his education progressed at about the ordinary speed of a common school education, and was supplemented by attendance at a select school taught by Prof. William Elder, at a place called Cypress.
Mr. Dyer entered the Confederate Army in October of 1861, and served until May 9, 1865. He was a member of Colonel Ben Hardin Helm's First Kentucky Cavalry. After two month's service, Mr. Dyer's health broke down, and he went to the hospital, where he remained for six months. (Company F-G, 1st Kentucky Regimen of Calvary, C.S.A.)
He then returned to duty, and was captured by General Negley's forces and incarcerated at Camp Chase, in Ohio, for four months, at the end of which time he was exchanged among some of the first prisoners that were exchanged at Vicksburg, in September of 1862. He then received a furlough and returned home, where he spent about six weeks, and then visited some of his friends in Louisville. As that city was in the hands of Federal troops, he was obliged to proceed under an alias, and accordingly he called himself W. J. Mason. While in Louisville he was fitting out to rejoin his command, and when his preparations were complete, he started across the Cumberland River with that intention, but his regiment was on the far side of the Cumberland Mountains, and it was dangerous to attempt a passage, as the mountains were filled with bushwhackers; he fell in with Scott's Louisiana Cavalry and remained with it for some time, finally rejoining his regiment two days before the battle of Chicamauga, in which he participated, as well as the battle of Missionary Ridge, and all the subsequent retreat as far as Ringgold Gap, where the Federal advance was checked for a time.
The First Kentucky then had a respite until the 7th of May, 1864, when they brought on the skirmish at Tunnel Hill, which was the first fighting of Sherman's army in the Atlanta campaign. The Confederates fell back then to Resaca, at which engagement Mr. Dyer was slightly wounded in the hip by a spent ball. From that day until May 9, 1865, the entire regiment never enjoyed a full day without being under fire.
The brigade to which Mr. Dyer belonged, was left at Atlanta to oppose Sherman, while Hood made his famous raid toward Nashville. It opposed Sherman all the way to Savannah, then sullenly retreated before him to Columbia, S. C., and on to Bentonville, N. C., where Hood's army, again under command of General Joseph E. Johnston, met Sherman. At Columbia, when the rest of the army had safely crossed a covered bridge which spanned Broad River, the First Kentucky reached the bank, acting as the rear guard, just as their friends had set fire to the bridge. As the Federal troops were close behind, the boys had no choice, but to dash into the flaming structure and run through it under fire of both Confederate and Federal troops. Not a man was hurt, however, except a few who fell down and burnt their hands.
After Lee surrendered, the First Kentucky was ordered to Greensburg, N. C., to escort President Davis in his flight before General Wilson's Cavalry. They carefully guarded their charge until the President quit them on the 7th day of May, 1865, at Washington, Ga. The regiment then surrendered on May 9th, although they had already been surrendered by Johnston, on April 18th, but they had always traveled ahead of the news, and it had never reached them.
Mr. Dyer was very close to President Davis when he received the dispatch announcing the death of President Lincoln. The entire command was gathered near in camp, when an orderly dashed up with a "dispatch for the President." Mr. Davis broke the envelope and all who stood near saw that something awful was in the dispatch. A great change came over his features, and it was inexplicable on the supposition that it was news of Johnston's surrender, for that had been confidently expected for several days. He handed the letter to General Breckenridge, and asked him to read it aloud, which was done, amidst an oppressive silence. When the task was completed, the crowd stood as if rooted to the spot for a moment, when the silence was broken by some one on the outskirts, shouting: "Bully, by God!" President Davis raised his head and gazed fixedly with his one eye at the fellow who had said it, and as he immediately became the center of observation, he slunk off. Mr. Davis then said: "This is a most unfortunate occurrence."
Author of "Reminiscences; or Four Years in the Confederate Army 1861-1865." Published by Keller Printing and Publishing Co. 1898.
Thus ended Mr. Dyer's military career. He soon after returned home, and in the latter part of 1867, married Miss Amelia W. Brooks. He commenced business as a merchant in the first week of 1868, but quit the business in 1870, at which time he entered the contracting business, which he followed until the year 1873.
During this period Mr. Dyer was elected to the Kentucky Legislature, on the Court House Issue. In 1871 there was great agitation over the question of removing the county seat from Morganfield to Uniontown. Mr. Dyer was nominated because he was known to be opposed to the measure, and he entered the canvass declaring that as his grandfather had located the county seat at Morganfield, he would use his best endeavors to keep it there. While in the Legislature Mr. Dyer assisted in the revision of the statures, and after his office expired, he entered heartily into the sale of agricultural implements. In this enterprise he has done great good to the community by introducing improved farming implements among the farmers of the county. The Pond Settlement was largely made inhabitable by the introduction of tiling by Mr. Dyer.
Seven children have been born to Mr. Dyer, but two of them have died. The oldest, a bright, manly boy of fifteen years, died in October of 1884. The living children are Edwin Ruby, Lauren Amelia, Russel Weir, Bessie and Charmain. He lives at the present in one of the most beautiful sites in Caseyville, his home being of his own design and construction. Of late years he has been partly engaged in the hotel business, at his private residence, where he has become famous among the commercial travelers, as a host of rare qualities. Take all in all, John W. Dyer, for versatility of resource, business capacity, genial sociability, and general enlightenment, is scarcely ever excelled.
History of Union County Kentucky 1886. (Reprint Copyright 1967).spouse: Fowler, Susan Catherine
JOHN WILLIAM DYER, blacksmith of Waverly Precinct, is the son of Nathan and Mary (Griggs) Dyer. His father was also a blacksmith. Our subject was born in Waverly Precinct, on April 9, 1841, and got what education he could from the common schools of Union County, until he was fifteen years of age. During the war he was arrested at Madisonville, taken to Louisville and took the oath of allegiance. He was raised up in his father's shop, and, of course, he became a blacksmith, and a first-rate one too. He was at Smith's Mills, in the shop, when his father was killed. Eight children have been born of this union, viz: Edward, Margaret, Mary, Richard, Hettie, Catherine, Clara and Thomas. The boys are learning the blacksmith trade, and farming about twenty acres of land. They will make the fourth generation of blacksmiths in this family. Mr. Dyer, after his marriage, lived one year at his present home; then went to Henderson County, remaining there five years, and returned to his old stand, where he has since remained. He is not a member of any church, but his wife is a devout Catholic.
She is listed as Juliann Dyer on the 1850 Henderson Co. KY census.spouse: Latta, Thomas (1851 - 1885)
LATTA, Thomas and Marian DYER married 29 Dec 1875, Book 14, page 395 - Wm. E. Kellan, Surety. Married at St. Louis Catholic Church. Mariam DYER, the bride's mother gave consent for her daughter Judy Ann DYER to marry. (This statement is attached to the marriage record. To confuse the issue further, the Court Clerk wrote the mother's name in each place where the bride's name should be. The 1870 Henderson Co. Census confirms that Mariam is the mother of Judy Ann.) Groom's father born in Va. Birthplace not give given for groom's mother. Bride's father born in Union Co., her mother born in Estill Co. Groom 24, bride 17.
The marriage of Annie Dyer Latta to R. A. Brisby took place at Sandy Utley's house.
DEATH OF W. E. AMES, M. DYER AND W. WOOLFF.
One of the saddest casualties that ever sent gloom and sorrow into Union County hearts, occurred on March 4, 1880. This awful accident, which caused the death of Wm. E. Ames, Marsh Dyer, Wm. Woolff and a colored man named Metcalf, occurred in the following manner:
On the third of March, 1880, the gentlemen above named, employed Metcalf and another Negro to row them in a skiff to Shawneetown, where they had business to transact. They were all farmers in the bottoms above Caseyville. The water was high at the time, reaching up into Caseyville, and obliging the wharf-boat to be anchored out from the shore.
The evening of the third of March was very stormy, and the party, instead of returning in the skiff, concluded after considerable deliberation, that the safest plan was to wait rot the steamer Idlewild, which was expected down that evening. Accordingly they awaited the arrival of the steamer, and took passage on her for Caseyville, shipping the skiff at the same time. The boat reached the Caseyville wharf about 1 o'clock in the morning of March 4th. The five passengers were landed upon the wharf-boat, and then the skiff was launched for them. It immediately filled with water, and the steamboat hands drew it back upon deck, and again launched it.
The five men now got into the skiff, and attempted to go around the bow of the Idlewild for the purpose of going into town. The wind, current and "suction" drew and drove them under the steamboat; the skiff was wrecked and they were all thrown into the water. Mr. Ames, who could not swim, immediately sank, and his body was never recovered. Mr. Woolff's body was caught. He had an oar tightly grasped in one hand.
Mr. Dyer was found, just one month afterward, near Cairo. One of the Negroes was never found, but Evans escaped. He says that Ames and the other Negro sank immediately, and that shortly afterward Dyer sank. Woolff swam with him for some time, and then put his hand upon his shoulder, and seemed rested some, but afterward let loose, and saying, "I'm gone," he sank from sight.
Mr. Ames was married, but the other men were single. They were all exemplary and thriving young men, and their untimely end cast a deep gloom over the entire community.
Martha was a Catholic and raised her children in that faith. Dyer bookspouse: Rice, Unknown