When Ida Mae Bilyeu was born on 23 June 1869, in Christian, Illinois, United States, her father, Isaac Bilyeu, was 24 and her mother, Effadilla Workman, was 17. She married William Perry Tilley on 17 March 1897. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Clark, Kansas, United States in 1900 and Sitka, Clark, Kansas, United States in 1910. She died on 28 May 1915, in Prairie Grove, Washington, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 45, and was buried in Prairie Grove Cemetery, Drew, Arkansas, 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.
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