Burgess Harrelson, son of Peter Harrelson, wrote his will Oct 9, 1772, in Orange Co. NC. In his will he gave his daughter Drucilla Harrelson two hundred acres of land, part of the land adjoining land of Elkanah Harrelson etc. Drucilla Harrelson married Nathan Byars (spelled many different ways) who was born ca1749 NC d. 1846 Spartanburg Dist, SC. In 1808 Drucilla went before the General Assembly and asked for a divorce. At that time they did not allow divorces, but she was given an legal seperation. Nathan could not remarry unless Drucilla married or died. In her petition she said she had ten children. She did not say they all lived to maturity. There has been as many as fourteen children attributed to Nathan and Drucilla but few of them have been proved. Martha Byars who md Abner Womack and went to Warren Co. TN is proved by a son's Bible Records. Nancy Byars who md Thaddeus Dudley Walker, I believe is proved becuse Tahddeus helped Drucilla recover a portion of land from Nathan. Is there a marraige bond, or anything that would be of value to this research. One John Byars that married Mary Ann "Passie" Logan is doubtful. Although some have joined DAR on him, they may close that line because the proof is not up to todays standards. DNA shows that a Nathan(1850 Lawrence Co. AL) Robert Byars (Warren Co. Tn to LA) and others are connected. The Harrelson family has been researched and books have been written about them. Children are named but no valid documentation is given. When Drucilla made her petition she said their trouble started in 1801 when Nathan would put her out of the house and she would have to seak shelter elswhere. I would appreciate knowing if there is anything in Orange Co. NC that will verify any of the children. Nathan married Delphy Logan in 1819. We believe Drucilla died about that time. Nathan Byars and Delphy Logan already had a son and possibly a daughter when they married. Thank you for your time and consideration.
If you are a male with the surname Byars (any spelling) please consider joining the Byers/Byars DNA Project. I think with traditional research and DNA we can have a proven lineage. CBH