Sarah Elizabeth Byars (b. January 01, 1840, d. July 12, 1907)
Sarah Elizabeth Byars (daughter of John W. Byars and Rebecca M. Harwood)11 was born January 01, 1840 in Blount County, Alabama12, and died July 12, 1907 in Hot Springs, Arkansas...................Garland County13. She married (1) Lewis R McAnally on April 18, 1858 in Blount County, Alabama14. She married (2) John Quincy Adams on February 09, 1878 in Grundy County, Tennessee15.
Notes for Sarah Elizabeth Byars: Sarah Elizabeth Byars is found living in Blount Springs, Blount Co. Alabama 1850 Census with her parents John W. and Rebecca (Harwood) Byars. There is a marriage record in Blount County, Alabama for Sarah Elizabeth Byars and Lewis R. McAnally who married on 4-18-1858. The had three children all born in Blount Co. Alabama. Lewis and Sarah are found in the 1860 Blount Co. Alabama Census.
Lewis enlisted into the Confederate Army serving in the 12th Regiment of the Alabama Cavalry under Col. William Hundley and Major Bennett. The operated in east Tennessee and later consolidated with the First Alabama near Murfreesboro. They fought at Murfreesboro and Chichamuaga. Lewis was killed in the Civil War.
After the war, Sarah Elizabeth Byars McAnally is found in the 1870 Census living in Athens, Limestone Co. Alabama with her 3 children. Between 1870 and 1872 she moved to Grundy Co. Tennessee where she married John Quincy Adams. Sarah might have moved to Grundy Co. after her mother, Rebecca Harwood Byars died in 1855 and her father John W. Byars remarried Sarah Jane Morgan in Jefferson Co. Alabama on January 26, 1862. John W. and Sarah had three children, Mary, William and Joab Lambirth, Joab was born in 1867 in Jasper, Alabama and died in 1931 in Grundy Co. Tennessee. It appears that Sarah's step-mother Sarah Morgan Byars moved to Grundy Co. and died at Tracy City, Grundy Co. in 1903. It is also thought that Edmon Morgan Adams was named for Sarah Morgan Byars. (Sarah Morgan Byars remarried in Grundy Co. to Thomas Meeks).
John and Sarah Adams had three children, Nancy Amanda Palestine, Edmon Morgan and Joseph Green Adams. John Quincy Adams died while working in the fields of his farm on March 13, 1887. He was found in the field at the plow and died of heart disease. (Source May 14, 1887 Coroner report which states he died in Franklin Co. Tennessee.
His grave site has not been found but it could be one of the unmarked graves at the Harris Bell Cemetery on the old Harris Bell Farm at Bell Cove, Grundy County, Tennessee. There are suppose to be a number of Thomas, Adams and Bell family members buried there.
After the death of John Q. Adams, Sarah took her 3 small Adams children to Montgomery Co. Arkansas. She had 3 sisters and their families that were living in Montgomery and Garland Counties of Arkansas in the late 1880's.
Her older sister, Manerva A. Byars Thomas had bought land from the federal government. Manerva was a widow after her husband, Jacob J. Thomas was killed in the Civil War. (he served in the 1st Tennessee Volunteers). Her daughter, Margaret J. Wacaster signed as a witness for Manerva on the Pension application forms for Confederate soldiers widows.
Her sister Margaret J. Byars married Pleasant Marcus Mullings. Pleasant served in the Civil War as a 1st Lieutenant in Company "F" 29th Reg't Alabama Infantry. He was wounded in both legs on July 21, 1864 at Lovejoy Station, Georgia. After the war he moved his family from Alabama to first Hunt County, Texas in 1870. In 1872, they moved to Mazarn, Arkansas and he built his log home which still stands today after 121 years. Pleasant became the first postmaster of Mazarn on July 28, 1880.
Sarah's other sister, Malissa Byars married Joseph Mullings and also moved to Montgomery County, Arkansas.
It is speculated that Sarah Elizabeth Byars McAnally Adams moved to Arkansas to be near her three sisters and their families.
More About Sarah Elizabeth Byars and Lewis R McAnally: Marriage: April 18, 1858, Blount County, Alabama.16
More About Sarah Elizabeth Byars and John Quincy Adams: Marriage: February 09, 1878, Grundy County, Tennessee.17
Children of Sarah Elizabeth Byars and Lewis R McAnally are: