Need to know the ancestors of the Byers Family in Illinois
Sanford Clow and Elizabeth Byers Montgomery Co.
At the time of Edward's death in 1855, SANFORD P. CLOW, my 2nd Great grandfather, was living in Montgomery County Illinois, having settled in Bois D'Arc Township in 1854, and building his home in Section #4. On page 398 in the History of Montgomery Co., Sanford Clow is listed as one of two settlers to first move into the Bois D'Arc community.
In 1839 the Capital of Illinois was moved from Vandalia in Fayette County, to Springfield in Sangamon Co. By this time settlers were moving into the northern areas of Illinois, and with the large numbers north in Chicago it was decided that a more central location for the Capital was needed. With the moving of the Capital and all the associated business and construction with that move I would guess, Sanford probably headed in that direction.
We do know, from a marriage certificate, that on October 20, 1858 SANFORD CLOW and ELIZABETH BYERS were married in Springfield, Illinois. Elizabeth was the daughter of ABRAHAM BYERS of Sangamon County, her mother was MARGARET BRAMHULL. At this time they made their home near the village of Chattam, just south of Springfield. Chattam, Ill. is where they were living when my Great grandfather MATHIAS PARKER CLOW was born in 1860. Years later they lived in the Virden and Farmersville area all three, Chattam, Virden, and Farmersville are within a 15 mile radius of each other. In doing research even though we were in three different Counties, Sangamon, Montgomery, and Macoupin, Sanford during his married life move less than 15 or 20 miles.
Elizabeth Byers was from a large family, her father Abraham Byers was born May 6, 1790 in Virginia, her mother Margaret Bramhall was also from Virginia and was born in 1799. Elizabeth was born 1835 in Ohio but five brothers and sisters before her were born in Virginia, Lydia in 1827, Mary in 1828, John in 1830, Joseph in 1832, and Sarah in 1833. Elizabeth was the first born after they moved to Ohio, then followed Helen in 1843, since there was a eight year laps between Elizabeth and Helen, Margaret my Grandmother may have died and Abraham may have married his second wife Emily Jackson between those two births. Following Helen was George in 1845, Caroline in 1846, Lucinda in 1848, Abraham C. in 1851, and Emma in 1853. I believe they moved from Ohio to Illinois sometime around 1848.
Go to my web site "www.paintingsbydavidclow.yolasite.com"
and at the top of the page click on "My Clow Family" for more info on the Clow Family
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