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BYERS, DREW, TYUS, WEEKS and WRIGHT Descendants

Updated September 5, 2000

Drew WRIGHT Weeks
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Welcome! I'm researching both my ancestors from Virginia and my huband's ancestors from South Carolina, which has been a bit confusing at times with WRIGHTs in both trees.

SC INFORMATION: WEEKS and WRIGHT Descendants
The earliest ancestor was Arthur M. WEEKS (b. 1749) in Edgecombe Co., NC. About 1800 he moved to Barnwell Co. From Scotland, the WRIGHTs appeared in Edgefield Co., SC around 1767. Other surnames: BYERS, PRICE, and HARRIS. I'm especially seeking information about Augustus WEEKS who disappeared from SC around 1908-1910 with Maude WRIGHT.

VA INFORMATION: DREW, TYUS and WRIGHT surnames
The WRIGHTs from Scotland appeared prior to 1725 in Amherst Co., (now Nelson), VA. They remained there over 150 years before moving to Goochland Co., VA. The DREWs came from England to NY State about 1830, and moved to VA around 1837. They lived in King William, Surry and Sussex Counties, Va. The TYUS family from London, ENG, moved to Surry Co., VA prior to 1657.

Look at this site if you have any interest in the following surnames: BALDWIN, BATTE, BARHAM, BARCY, BURNETT, BYERS, CHILDRESS, DREW, GEORGE, GILLAM, HALL, HARRIS, HILL, HOWLE, HUNT, JACKSON, NORWOOD, PHILLIPS, POYTHRESS, PRICE, READY, ROSCHER (Rouscher), SANDYS, TYUS, and a few others.

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  • Demetrius Mayo GEORGE and his Descendants (3 KB)
    Edward Demetrius GEORGE, the son of Demetrius Mayo GEORGE, m. Thema Lallah WEEKS, daughter of Augustus WEEKS and Janie Ethel WRIGHT. See ARTHUR WEEKS file for more WEEKS & WRIGHT information.
  • Robert ELWELL and Descendants (20 KB)
    Robert ELWELL and wife, joanne DALLIBER, were the G-G-grandparents of Joseph ELWELL and Sarah BRIGGS of Salem, NJ. Joseph and Sarah's daughter, Mary ELWELL (b. 10/12/1800), m. Johnson HARRIS (b. 11/12/1794( on 6/9/1821. Johnson and Mary HARRIS were my G-G-G grandparents.
  • Francis Abraham DREW and Descendants (32 KB)
    Francis Abraham DREW (b. 5/21/1810 ENG, d. 4/8/1888 VA) and wife, Bridget ROPER (b. 2/10/1811, Belleshanin, Antrim, IRE, d. 6/11/1890 VA), were married on 6/21/1831 in NYC, NY. They had 11 children: Francis Archibald; George Marias; Virginia Helen; Joseph Hopkins; Charles Henry; Harriet; Mary Ann; Margrat (Margaret)Isabella; Alice Adelia; Samuel Cook; and Washington. Washington DREW , my grandfather, was b. 7/24/1843 Va, d. 3/29/1932 VA), and m. Hannah Ann RUSSELL, parents of Olive Leella DREW the wife of Lewis Williamson TYUS, Sr.
  • Thomas WEEKS and Descendants (7 KB)
    Although no known connection has been found between this family and the Arthur WEEKS family, it is likely they are interconnected. On the 1820 Barnwell Co. Census, both Thomas and Arthur Weeks appears on page 24. Thomas, d. 9/16/1862 in Barnwell Co., SC., married Frances LaFITTE? and had the following children listed in his Will: John H., James W., Thomas S., T. Friendly, Elizabeth R., Sallie, Margaret, and Annie J. WEEKS.
  • Sallie Gertrude CUSHMAN and Descendants (16 KB)
    Sallie Gertrude CUSHMAN, daughter of Granberry B. CUSHMAN, m. Robert Ernest WRIGHT, b. 3/12/1875. Robert WRIGHT was the son of Mahlon Carson WRIGHT and wife, Elizabeth S. HARRIS, of Edgefield, SC
  • Arthur WEEKS and Descendants (82 KB)
    Arthur M. WEEKS, b. 1749, in Edgecombe Co., NC. is the oldest know member of the WEEKS tree. In the 1820 Barnwell Co., SC Census he appears on the same census page (24) with Thomas WEEKS ( relationship between these two is unknown). Arthur was buried in Barnwell Co., SC prior to July 4, 1842. In the 1880 Aiken Co., SC Census, Arthur's son, Sovereign Hudnall WEEKS is listed as "born in VA abt. 1799".
  • John C. BYERS and Descendants (18 KB)
    John C. BYERS of NC, d. 9/30/1941, buried in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, VA. He and his wife, Magdaline PRICE, b. 9/4/1889, were the parrents of Flossie Mae, Robert Colie (died as infant), Grover, and Ella Victoria, wife of H. Odell WEEKS, Sr. of Aiken, SC.
  • John TYUS, I, and Descendants (58 KB)
    John TYUS, of Surry Co., VA., m. Mary Jordan on 3/2/171718. Their grandson, Benjamin TYUS (b. abt. 1739( m. Elizabeth WILLIAMSON on 3/11/1762. Their G-grandson (my grandfather) was Lewis Williamson TYUS, Sr., b. 6/20/1884 Sussex Co., VA, d. 12/23/1948. Lewis m. Olive Leella DREW on 4/23/1907 in VA.
  • William WRIGHT and Descendants (165 KB)
    WilliamWRIGHT (b. bef. 1728) lived in Amherst Co., VA with wife, Esther (MONTGOMERY ?). HIs Scottish ancestors moved to VA before the Revolutionary War and purchased land on Davis Creek from King George, III. They had 6 children: Robert, James, Sr., Andrew, b. 12/25/1749, Elizabeth, John, and William, Jr. all born in Albemarle Co. (now Nelson Co.0 Va. This is a large tree that contains 500+ names of WRIGHT Descendants (from Virginia): BOWLING, COLLINS, FORTUNE, GRIFFIN, HERRIS, HARRIS, JOHNSON, KIDD, MONTGOMERY, PHILLIPS, QUICK, SEAY, WOODY and others? Very interested in maiden name of Esther Wright, wife of William. Can you help?
  • Oliver S. RUSSELL, Sr. and Descendants (18 KB)
    Hannah Ann RUSSELL, b. 3/23/1862, Salem, NJ, d. 12/9/1938, was the daughter of Oliver S. RUSSELL, Jr. and Sarah Ann HARRIS, and the grandaughter of Oliver S. RUSSELL, Sr., and his wife, Elizabeth. Hannah Ann RUSSELL m. Washington DREW of VA on 6/2/1887 (my G-grandparents), for whom I'm named.
  • Thomas WRIGHT and Descendants (94 KB)
    Thomas WRIGHT b. bef. 1745, married Mary ?. Their son, James, Jr., b. 1767 in Belfast, Antrium, IRE, d. 1/22/1855. Both James and his wife, Elizabeth BUZHARDT, are buried in Edgefield Co., SC. They are the ancestors of Janie Ethel WRIGHT.
  • William Pinckney PRICE, Jr. and Descendants (19 KB)
    William Pinckney PRICE, Jr. was the father of Magdaline PRICE who married John C. BYERS. They had the following children: Florence (Flossie), Grover, and Ella Victoria, b. 2/21/1916, d. 6/5/1989.
  • Benjamin POYTHRESS and Descendants (5 KB)
    Benjamin POYTHRESS, b. 1801 Southhampton Co., VA, d. 7/26/1865. He married Mary Susan WILLIAMS, b. 4/8/1825, d. 11/18/1877; both are buried in the Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, VA. Their daughter, Susan Frances POYTHRESS, b. 12/23/1860 m. Williamson Lewis TYUS, II in Weldon, NC on 10/27/1881. (My g-grandparents). Susan had several sisters, including Laura Magnolia POYTHRESS, b. 6//27/1863.
  • Moses HARRIS and Descendants (36 KB)
    The granddaughter of Moses HARRIS, Elizabeth S. HARRIS, b. 6/3/1848, married Mahlon Carson WRIGHT on 1/30/1868 in Edgefield Co., SC. Their daughter, Janie Ethel WRIGHT married Augustus WEEKS, b. 7/8/1881 in SC, d. unknown. I"m desperately seeing information about Augustus WEEKS who disappeared between 1908-10 with Maude WRIGHT.
 

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