Jane Byers

11 December 1807–8 September 1877 (Age 69)
Buncombe, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Jane

When Jane Byers was born on 11 December 1807, in Buncombe, North Carolina, United States, her father, William Byers, was 27 and her mother, Sarah McCarson, was 24. She married Joseph Merrell about 1825, in Buncombe, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Gilmer, Georgia, United States in 1850. She died on 8 September 1877, at the age of 69, and was buried in Allen, Oconee, Georgia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Joseph Merrell
Jane Byers
Marriage: about 1825
Mary CATHERINE Merrell
William A Merrell
Elizabeth A Merrell
John Merrell
Sarah Jane Merrell

Spouse and Children

about 1825
Buncombe, North Carolina, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings

    William Byers


    Sarah McCarson




World Events (8)


Age 1

Atlantic slave trade abolished.
1811 · The Savannah Riots

Age 4

A barroom brawl in Savannah on Tuesday, November 12, 1811, had international impact. An American seaman boasted of having joined the crew of a French vessel, likely named La Vengeance. Others became upset at the idea of the American joining a foreign nation and a brawl erupted. The county coroner asked for peace but was beaten with clubs. A second clash occurred the following day when French sailors attacked five American seaman. A day after the second attack, twenty French sailors attacked six Americans. Four of them escaped but two were beaten and stabbed. Jacob Taylor died on the scene and a rigger named Collins died the following day. By Friday, a full scale riot erupted when the French crewmen arrested on murder charges were released. Many were arrested and French ships La Vengeance and La Franchise were burned. In the end, the incident caused disruptions in French-American relations and affected shipping and trade.
1830 · The Second Great Awakening

Age 23

Being a second spiritual and religious awakening, like the First Great Awakening, many Churches began to spring up from other denominations. Many people began to rapidly join the Baptist and Methodist congregations. Many converts to these religions believed that the Awakening was the precursor of a new millennial age.

Name Meaning

1 Scottish and northern English: topographic name for someone who lived by a cattleshed, Middle English byre, or a habitational name with the same meaning, from any of several places named with Old English bȳre, for example Byers Green in County Durham or Byres near Edinburgh.2 Americanized spelling of German Bayers .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (2)

  • Jane Merrell in household of Joseph Merrell, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Jane Byers Merrell, "Find A Grave Index"

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