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Descendants of Francis Dyer

Generation No. 2

2. FRANCIS2 DYER (FRANCIS1) was born September 22, 1794 in he stated in his app for a pension that he was born sep t 22 in 1 1794 or 1796 in Va, and died Abt. 1875. He married JEMIMA ROBBINS May 22, 1821 in greenup co or floyd co, daughter of DANIEL ROBBINS. She was born Abt. 1798 in North Carolina.

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Taken from military records from the National Archives by Family Tree Maker(Tracking #14842, date copied 1/98, Index-War of 1812, Repository FHL, Call number 840459 ).
Francis stated on his survivor certificate for pension # 9896 , he was born Sept. 22, 1794 or 1796. On the Brief Of Claim For A Survivor's Pension / War of 1812 / in the case of Francis Dyer , Capt. Jeremiah Neal's Co. Of Virginia Militia, this declaration was made March 27, 1871 , It states the third audition states that Francis Dyer served in Capt. Jeremiah Neal's militia from July 20, 1814 to December 30, 1814. The length of service was 164 days, at this time his post office address was Ashland, Boyd Co., Kentucky. Admitted Dec. 16, 1871 to a pension of $8.00 per month from Feb. 14, 1871, signed by Ralph Leete, Ironton, Ohio. Loyalty claimants Aberment and testimony of F. A. M. Dyer and John May , residing in Lawrence Co., Ohio. On the top of this document were the numbesrs 3777 Lex 9896.

Another military record, State of Kentucky, Morgan County on the sixth day of June 1855, Francis Dyer age 60 , the 22nd day of Sept. 1854 on the ----- ------- of Wayne County in the state of Virginia.

#9896 War of 1812 Survivor's Pension , Capt. J. Neal , Virginia Militia, Lexington Agency , Rate per month $8.00 commencing Feb. 14, 1874, certificate dated Dec. 21, 1871 and sent to the pension agent Act 14th February 1874, Vol. KY. Pg. 148 .

State of Kentucky
County of Morgan
On the sixth day of February 1851 Personally appeared before me John Hamilton a justice of the peace within and for the county of Morgan and state of aforesaid Francis Dyer age 56 years a resident of Morgan in the state of Kentucky who being duly sworn according to law declares that he is the identical Francis Dyer who was a private soldier of Virginia volunteers in the Company commanded by Captain Jeremiah Neal in the sixth and seventh regiment of Virginia Volunteers or Militia not certain which commanded by Major Rediford and Colonel Sanders in the War with Great Britain and that he volunteered at the Lee courthouse in Lee county State of Virginia on the fifteenth day of 1814 on about that time as a private soldier for the term of six months and continued in actual service in said War for the term of four months and about twenty six days and was honorably discharged at Norfolk town in the state of Virginia on the eleventh day of December 1814 and on account of his being sick and unable to render military service as will appear by the muster rolls of the said company and he further states that his certificate of discharge is lost and that he further states that he is not entitled and has not received any military or bounty lands belonging to the United States except that which he is now seeking to obtain by this declaration and he makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the bounty lands to which he may be entitled under the Act granting bounty land to certain officers and soldiers who have been engaged in the military service of the United States past Sept. 28, 1850. signed Francis A. Dyer
Document ? Shows # 3777 and # 9896 Dyer, Francis / Service: Pvt. Capt. Jeremiah Neal's Co., Va. Mil. Enlisted July 20, 1814 discharged Dec. 30, 1814 Bounty Land 52516 -80-50 , 36637-80-55.
Residence 1851, 1854, Morgan Co., Ky. , 1855 Wayne Co., Va. , 1871, Boyd Co., (P.O. Ashland) , Ky.
Wife Jemima Robbins Marriage May 22 , 1821, Greenup Co., Ky.

Application for Bounty Lands, March 20, 1871, C C Brown , clerk of common pleas , Lawrence County Ohio, in this application states that Francis enlisted in the sixth regiment US infantry and was transferred to the seventh regiment US infantry , that he has forgotten the number of his company brigade and declares that his company was commanded by Jeremiah Neal that his 1st Lieutenant was James H. Stewart, that his 2nd Lieutenant was William Hardy that Colonel Fulkerson was the commander of the sixth regiment when he enlisted . After the war he resided with his father in Scott County , Virginia and that his house was consumed by fire in the years 1820 or 21 and that his discharge was lost at that time being burned up.

On the sixth day of May of 1856 Francis stated in Morgan county about his son John M. Dyer who made the application for him under the Act of September 28, 1850

(Search Results database War of 1812 from states that Francis Dyer was in the seventh reg't. (Saunder's) roll Box 63 Rank induction Private, Rank discharge Private. Same search finds Jeremiah H Neal , seventh reg't (Saunder's) Rank induction, Capt., Rank discharge, Capt. , Roll box 152.

Information from Kenneth Dyer: 1/3/98
Francis Dyer married Jemima Robens ( dau. of Daniel Robens) 22 May 1820 in Floyd Co. KY. . Until about 1855 Francis and Jemima (Robbins ) Dyer lived in or near Salyersville, KY.(normally found in West Liberty town, Morgan Co. KY.) in what is now Magoffin Co. Between 1822 and 1860 this had been Morgan Co. and before 1822 it had been in Floyd Co. KY. About 1855 Francis and Jemima moveds to Wayne Co., WV, and presumably stayed there till they died. The 1820 Census of Floyd Co., Ky. shows the Daniel Robins family composed of eight "free colored". Most individuals listed in Floyd Co. in 1820 as "free colored" were members of the Melungeon community, a mixed blood group of uncertain origin, but generally considered to have considerable Indian blood. They claim to be "Portergee":

Excerpts from: So, What Is a Melungeon Anyway? By Bill Fields

Melungeons are a group of dark-featured people who have lived in Appalachia for at least 200 years and probably longer. They are not, at least exclusively, Native Americans, not African American and not the "usual" Caucasian (read: Scott,Irish or German) Appalachians. They were reported to have been here when the first "white" settlers came and wre living in cabins, speaking broken Elizabethan English and saying they were "Portyghee". Right now the term Melungeon seems to be most strongly associated with the area around Hancock Co., Tennessee but there Melungeons and thir descendants all over the region, east Tenn. , Southeastern KY., western VA. and western NC. While their darker, rather Mediterranean features once set them apart, inter-marriages have taken place over the years and the "look" is probably not as apparent in many; families.

There are lots of theories as to where the Melungeons came from. One is that they descend from the Lost Colony of Roanoke who intermarried with local Native American populations. Another says they are the descendants of the Welsh explorer, Madoc who came to North America around 1100 with ten ships filled with colonists. Some believes that they were the descendants of shipwrecked Portuguese sailors. Still others suggest that Melungeons are the lost tribe of Israel, lost Spainish explorers, or simply "tri-racial isolates", meaning a Native American/African American/Caucasian mixture which continued intermarrying.

Dr. N. Brent Kennedy in his book, "The Melungeons, The Resurrection of a Proud People, A Story Of Ethnic Cleansing in America" (Mercer University Press 1994) Dr. Kennedy suggests that the Melungeons were stating fact when they said they were "Portyghee". He suggests that Portuguese/Moorish people who were being increasingly attacked during the Spanish Inquisition were a large part of the settlers Spain brought to North America in the 1500s. He has good evidence tht these people were, in various ways, abandoned or fled the settlements and that they migrated westward in front of the larger settlements and, on the way may have continued to intermarry with other groups including possibly escaped slaves, and English or English/Native American mixed people.
The designation of "Free person of Color" (FPC) and laws associated with it were used to deprive Melungeons of basic legal rights including the right to own land, vote, use the court system and have their children educated. Being Melungeon was not the best way to get ahead at the time and so many people hid their ancestry with other "covers" that could account for their dark features, claiming to be "Black Dutch", "Blaack Irish" or to have Native American ancestry. These folks generally were not that different in appearance from their white neighbors and succeed in "passing", especially if they moved to a new area, like say, from TN to KY. (Interestingly, at one point in time, lots of Melungeons from VA. came across to KY . to get married as the VA laws were much more restrictive toward "inter-racial" marriages.) ............... Melungeons are not so easily recognizable today. There are some distinctive features "shovel teeth" a curving of the inner surface of the front teeth in a shovel shape. It's a trait common to Native Americans and shows up in many Melungeons. There are also several genetic diseases that are particular to North Africans and Mediterranean that have shown up in people from Appalachia. It was such a diagnosis that set Dr. Kennedy off on his search.

If you suspect a family might be Melungeon, look closely at census designations, , not just for the direct ancestor but for siblings, aunts and uncles. Families and even individuals would change from FPC, to white, to Mulatto, to Indian and back agian at the whim of census takers. Check if there is a tradition of being Black Dutch, Black Irish or very often in my Kentucky Melungeon families, Cherokee. For that resonit can be useful to look at the Cherokee By Blood collection for rejected Cherokee land claim applications. . And look for families that seem to have no history or one tht just does not seem to "fit". None of these things alone means that a family is/was Melungeon but several taken together may be good evidence. In many cases, there is no absolute proof. Folks were hiding their history to protect themselves and increase the chances for their kids to hve an easier life; they often did a good job of it.
For further information , please refer to Dr. Kennedy's book. Another note Francis Dyeris found in the May court order book Morgan county Ky(May court1829) Francis Dyer appointed surveyor of road "from Dickersons cabin on Elk Fork " to county line on a direction to Lawrence have all hands below Nelson Keeton on Paint Creek.

More About F
Census: 1820, Francis Dyer 000100-00100-01 Next door to : Archibald Ison 421201-00010-05 (His step-father or uncle?)
Deed Book: April 10, 1823, Floyd Co. KY., deed bk B, Francis Dyer buys 50 acres on Open Fork for $25.00 from John Cantrill and Elisha Smith.
Docket Book: April 01, 1812, Scott Co.VA Docket Book 1, P. 21 Francis Dyer vs. Rogers Cornett et al Nelson Dyer
Land granat: January 02, 1837, Morgan Co., Ky. , Francis Dyer was granted fifty acres on Open Fork .
Land grant: June 07, 1844, Morgan Co. , Ky., Francis Dyer was granted a hundred acres on Paint Creek .
Marriage Bond: May 13, 1820, Floyd Co. KY. Daniel Robbins signed statement certifing that he gives his daughter Jemima Robbins in marriage to Francis Dier.
Sale of Realestate: 1852, Scott Co. VA. Francis Dyer of Morgan County KY. sells a town lot in Estillville (original name of Gate City , VA. ) A lot he inherited as the heir of Hannah Ison also Hannah Dyer , a witness to the deed was Oliver McCinsey.
War of 1812 Bounty Land: War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant papers stated he married Jemima Robbins 22 May 1821 in Greenup Co. KY. recorded as May 22, 1820 Floyd Co., KY.
Children of F
  i.   JOHN M3 DYER.
  ii.   FRANCIS DYER JR., b. Abt. 1825.
  iii.   WILEY DYER, b. Abt. 1828, Morgan Co., Ky..
  iv.   WILLIAM DYER., b. 1830.
4. v.   JOSEPH DYER, b. February 19, 1834, Morgan co Ky/Morgan Co., KY; d. September 05, 1926, Kenova, W. Virginia.
  vi.   NANCY DYER, b. Abt. 1836; d. June 30, 1853.
  vii.   JOSHUA DYER, b. Abt. 1838.
  viii.   SARAH DYER, b. Abt. 1840; m. PETER SULLIVAN, November 27, 1857.
  ix.   DAVID DYER, b. Abt. 1843.

3. NELSON2 DYER (FRANCIS1) was born 1797 in VA, and died Abt. 1862 in Morgan or Maggoffin Co., Ky. He married CLARINDA GULLETT January 22, 1840 in Morgan Co., Ky..

Notes for N
In the 1860 Magoffin Census Martin is not listed as a child of the household but two more children are listed, Green b. 1854, and Lurany b. 1855. In the 1870 Magoffin Co., census Clarinda is a widow, she is living with Wiley. Wiley married Jane Arnett March 6, 1873.

Possible found in William Dyer Family Bible by Frieda Cole (Dyer).
1828 April 7, in Floyd Co. KY. Nelson Dyer m Sary Fitzpatrick. Had one child John Dyer, b 1835 then Nelson married (2)

1840 22 Jan Morgan Co KY Nelson Dyer m Clarinda Gullett by: William Coffee

More About N
Census: 1850, Morgan Co KY. Household #1102 Nelson Dyer 53 VA Shoemaker, Clarissa 38 NC, James 9 KY, Nancy 8 Ky, Henderson 6 KY, Wiley 4 KY, Martin 1 KY.
Deed: January 14, Magoffin Co. KY. Deed Book 1, P. 23: Nelson Dyer deeded 8 acres to Isaiah Salyer (On the Right Hand Fork of Reuins Branch of Middle Fork Licking River.)
Docket Book: November 1817, Scott Co.VA Docket Book 1, P. 247 Nelson Dyer.On charge of mis______. Judge for fine & cost.
Occupation: 1860, Shoemaker and farmer
Will: November 27, 1862, Magoffin Co. KY.Will Book 1, p. 26: Will of Nelson Dyer: Bequests to James M. Dyer, Nancy Dyer, Henderson M.C. Calla , Wiley C. , Greenville , Lurana & Clicy Dyer. Clarenda Carentine Dyer, apparently his wife, was to be an equal heir except in Property
Children of N
5. i.   JAMES3 DYER, b. 1840, Morgan Co. KY.; d. September 19, 1912, Magoffin Co. KY. buried on Lark Arnett hill ,Magoffin Co Ky.
  ii.   NANCY DYER, b. 1842.
  iii.   HENDERSON DYER, b. 1846.
6. iv.   WILEY C. DYER, b. January 10, 1846; d. January 27, 1920, Morgan Co., Ky..
  v.   MARTIN DYER, b. 1849; d. October 15, 1853, Morgan Co. KY..
  vi.   GREEN DYER, b. 1854, KY; m. FLERNIDA GAYHART, February 13, 1872.
  vii.   LURANY DYER, b. 1855, KY; m. JAMES ED MCCARTY, February 26, 1880.

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