Notes for Nathan Byars: He only served 3 months in Rev. War and was not eligible for any benefits
Buried in Cowpens National Battlegrounds, SC. Served 3 three-month tours during Revoluntionary War and volunteered for three months duty in the Indian Wars. DAR Patriot Index
Nathan Byars, was born in Granville Co., NC sometime in 1749 and, according to his pension declaration, he had no proof of his birthdate except that his father told him that he was a small boy at Braddock's defeat. At the time of his entry into the service, he was a resident of Caswell County, NC and was drafted for a 3-months tour of duty, serving as a Private under Captain Cunningham and Captain Forbes (?) (Forker?) in the Regiment commanded by Col. Ramsey and Major Moore. He was drafted for two additional tours of duty and later volunteered for a three-months tour. He did not remember the dates of his services; however, his declaration for pension, indicated that he was in the service `at the time of the battle of Eutah Springs, Kings Mountain, and at the time of Gates' defeat', although he did not fight in any of those battles. During the various tours of duty, Private Byars was stationed principally at Hillsborough, and adjacent counties, and, during one tour, went out against the Indians' in the western part of the State. In support of his claim for pension, two of his neighbors, Rev. Drury Scruggs, and Jesse Scruggs, attached a statement supporting the facts given by the claimant, Nathan Byars. From Pension Record No. W6223 that was allowed Nathan, December 31, 1844. Personally appeared before the Judge of the Court of ordinary for Spartanburg District, Nathan Byars a resident of District of Spartanburg and State of South Carolina, age about ninety-five years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832. Nathan was inscribed on the roll of Charleston, South Carolina. (Pension) at the rate of twenty dollars per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March 1831 and ended the 18th of August 1846. From Darla Mally Case: Sometime just prior to, or during the Revolution, Nathan Byars was married to Drucilla Harrelson, Drucilla Harrelson born 1750, in Hanover Co., VA, daughter of Burges Harrelson and Elizabeth Green. According to a Rutherford Co., NC book 25, page 174, Nathan was ordered by the court to pay Drucilla $50.00 cash. Thought to be a divorce. After the divorce of Nathan and Drucilla, in 1799, Drucilla went to live with her daughter Elizabeth Byars Watkins in or near McMinnvile, TN. She later went to live with her daughter Nancy Byars Walker. She lived there until her death in 1816. Nathan later married Delphy Logan on October 8, 1819, and at least one, and possibly more, children were born of this marriage. Delphy Logan was born about 1779, and was married to Nathan Byars on October 8, 1819 in Spartanburg District, S. C. by Rev. Joshua Richards. Nathan Byars purchased 200 acres of land from James Webb on April 10,1783, located on Main Broad River in Rutherford County, NC. A few years later in 1795, part of this land was sold to Williams Dobbins. Byars moved to that area now in Cherokee County, SC about 1822, and on April 5, 1826, received a South Carolina State grant for 394 acres of land, in Spartanburg District located on the headwaters of Island, Suck and Buck creeks, part of an original grant to James Steadman. This land included that tract that is now the Cowpens National Battleground. Part of this land was sold by Byars to James H. Ezell on November 16, 1840, and on January 6, 1886, James Ezell sold part of the land, but reserved one acre, where the Cowpens Battleground monument now stands, as belonging to the Washington Light Infantry Company of Charleston, S.C. The federal government later erected the present monument on the site. Nathan Byars died August 18th, 1846, at the age of 97 years, and his grave is located about 1/2 mile from the battleground monument, about 11 miles west of Gaffney, Cherokee County, SC.
REVOLUTIONARY WAR VETERAN. From Pension Record No. W6223 that was allowed Nathan, December 31, 1844. Personally appeared before the Judge of the Court of ordinary for Spartanburg District, Nathan Byars a resident of District of Spartanburg and State of South Carolina, age about ninety-five years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benefits of the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832.
Nathan was a . Inscribed on the roll of Charleston, South Carolina. (Pension) at the rate of twenty dollars per annum, to commence on the 4th day of March 1831 and ended the 18th of August 1846.
Nathan said, 'His father (John) told him he (Nathan) was a small boy at the time of General Braddock defeat", (this was in the French and Indian War in 1755.)
Nathan was the son of John Byars, according to November 1760 land records of 640 acres in Granville County, North Carolina.
Item entry from LDS Library, SLC. "Nathan Byars (1749-1846) was born in Grantsville County, North Carolina, and married twice. After his Revolutionary War service, he moved to Rutherford County, North Carolina and then to Spartanburg District, South Carolina, and Married twice. Descendants and relatives through the seventh generation lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and elsewhere."
Franke Affidavit, p. 9 -4: Affiant further avers that Nathan BYARS was born in Granville County, North Carolina, Married his first wife in Orange County, entered the Revolutionary War from Caswell County, and lived after the war in Rutherford County, and afterwards removed to Spartanburg District, South Carolina, where he was deceased 18 Aug 1846, aged 97 years.
NOTE: ltr Clovis Byars Herring, p.1, -5. "We descend from Nathan Byars and Drucilla Harrelson. Old Nathan was a Revolutionary War Soldier, a slave trader, and a not too great husband. Drucilla received a legal separation from the North Carolina Assembly in 1808. That was not very common in those days. After Drucilla's death he married Delphy Logan who had a son by him before they married.
More About Nathan Byars and Delphy Logan: Marriage: 18 Oct 1819, Spartanburg Co, SC.
Children of Nathan Byars and Drucilla Harrelson are: