When Edmond Bilyeu was born on 29 December 1860, in Prairieton Township, Christian, Illinois, United States, his father, Peter M Bilyeu, was 28 and his mother, Elizabeth Permelia Workman, was 20. He married Mary Polly Workman on 20 April 1884, in Chatham, Sangamon, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Curran Township, Sangamon, Illinois, United States in 1930 and Curran, Sangamon, Illinois, United States in 1932. He died on 25 January 1932, in Sangamon, Illinois, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Sangamon, Illinois, United States.
Americanized form of French Billiou: from the ancient Germanic personal name Biliwulf, composed of the elements bili ‘gentle’ and wulf ‘wolf’. Compare Belyeu and Bilyou .
History: The surname Bilyeu is listed along with its original form Billiou and altered forms Balliou and Barlow in the (US) National Huguenot Society's register of qualified Huguenot ancestors. The Huguenot ancestor was Thomas Billiou, who fled from France in the first half of the 17th century (first to Flanders and then to the Netherlands); it was his (grand)son Pierre alias Peter Billiou who left the Netherlands and came with his wife and children to New Amsterdam in New Netherland (now New York City, NY) in 1661.