Excerpted from "Jacob Byler of North Carolina" @1985 by Roger L BYLER / YATES PUBLISHING, OZARK, MO --
Eliz'h "Katherine" BYLER, d/o John E BYLER & Eliz'h WALKER, bn 01 MAY 1801 Buncombe Co, NC, dd 04 APR 1881 (or 14 MAR 1882 said Jon MALLARD). Married 04 FEB 1819, Bedford Co, TN, to Eldridge T MALLARD, who was bn 26 SEP 1797, Granville Co, NC, & dd 19 MAR 1876 Rusk, TX. Father was Thornton MALLARD bn 1775 NC, & grdfather was John MALLARD (Will 1785) of Halifax Co, NC.
The MALLARDs were well-to-do. One legend says...Eldridge T gave a farm to his f-i-l. If true, might indicate road was unprofitable. MALLARDs moved to ALA after 1819 marriage. E.T. elected to legislature & served til about 1846, then moving to Rusk, Cherokee Co, TX, where he served as fed'l judge. Vol II of Annals of NW ALA states E. MALLARD served 1836-37, 39-42, from either Hancock or Walker Co, ALA.
Obit of E. MALLARD written by J. W. JOHNSON & printed in Rusk paper -- "Eldridge MALLARD, s/o Thornton MALLARD, was bn in Granville Co, NC, Sept 26 1797, & died in Rusk, Texas, Mar 19, 1876; aged 78 yrs, 5 mos & 23 days. He was moved when a child to Bedford Co, Tenn, where he md Miss Katherine BYLER. About 3 yrs after his mg he moved to the State of ALA, where he lived until the year 1846, when he moved to the State of Texas."
There was more to the obituary, but that is best left for another time, and another venue. It refers to 12 children, comprised (per one family member) of 9 girls & 3 boys, but the info provided to Roger BYLER names 6 of each gender, born between JAN 1820 and OCT circa 1844.
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