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"Caroline" Byram, dau of James and Hannah Byram
Posted by: Judy Fowler Kilgore (ID *****3323) Date: October 15, 2006 at 12:20:25
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I recently received a copy of John Byram's book, "Byrams in America," and I think I may have a clarification for one of the children of James and Hannah Byram listed in John's book. I have been over the will and censuses from 1810 and I can't find a place for his "Caroline" given as #VA2-081 in the book, referenced by source #315 (Mrs. Mary B. Crouch, Jr., dec'd) and aternate info from source # S-366 (the LDS IGI). Ouch! This is usually a very bad source.

Mrs. Crouch says that Caroline Byram married William J. Cook. The IGI says that Caroline Byram married Mathew Robinson in 1848 in Mecklenburg Co., NC. Both are correct, but Mrs. Crouch has the right "Caroline." We have seen her as "Martha C. Byram" and she did, indeed marry William J. Cook. She appears in James' will as Martha C. Cook.

I believe that whoever linked Caroline and Mathew Robinson to James and Hannah Byram and placed the info on the IGI was in error. Our Martha C(aroline) was in Coweta County in 1848, either just married to, or about to be married to, William J. Cook. There is no record in Coweta or Campbell counties that I have been able to find. They appear in the 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880 censuses of Coweta County with their two girls, Mary J. and Hannah Louisa.

Both William J. and Martha C. (for Caroline -- I feel reasonably certain of this) Byram Cook are buried at Macedonia Baptist Church cemetery between Newnan and Palmetto, in Coweta County. (Source: Coweta cemeteries book, p. 231.) Their daughter, Hannah, apparently never married and is buried there also. All three are side by side.

James Byram names a daughter "Martha C. Cook" in his will (see earlier post). I believe she is the "Caroline" listed in John's book.

Any discussion, clarification, etc. would be gratefully appreciated.

Judy K in Newnan, GA

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